ELEVATE TOGETHER™ powered byRound It Up America®is a nonprofit initiative designed to address systemic discrimination and historical racial disparities in business growth and profitability in Black and Hispanic communities.
Through a partnership with the National Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Centers and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the initiative helps support Black and Hispanic small businesses with five or less employees. TheODP Corporation(parent company to Office Depot and CompuCom) is the initiative’s founding partner. TheNCR Foundationalso supported Elevate Together™ as a corporate partner in the initiative's foundation year.
As part of a seasonal sponsorship opportunity, the following companies have proudly supported Elevate Together™ to further close the racial wealth gap and advance economic opportunities for minority-owned small businesses:
Elevate Together™ University — small business workshops (accounting, finance, marketing, supplier development, IT, legal) presented by Elevate Together corporate partners
Provide access to professional networks and platforms
Help to increase the pipeline of diverse suppliers
Increase amount of capital available to minority small business owners through non-traditional lending sources
Cash grants to minority small business owners
Donation of in-kind products and services (copy and print services; tech products and services; office/home office furniture furnishings; business services; office supplies)
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How will donations be used? Elevate Together™ powered by Round It Up America® works with the National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to deliver impactful, measurable and scalable support services that foster business creation and growth opportunities for Black and Hispanic businesses. Services include education and training, mentoring and advisory. Some businesses may also be eligible to receive a cash grant or in-kind products and services from the initiative.
Can individuals donate to Elevate Together™ directly? Donations to the Elevate Together™ initiative are currently being collected through point-of-sale terminals at Office Depot OfficeMax retail stores, through the point-of-sale checkout process on OfficeDepot.com, and through employee payroll deductions at Office Depot
How can corporations donate to Elevate Together™? Corporate donors can contribute to the Elevate Together™ initiative throughRound It Up America, a 501(c)3 organization. Interested corporate donors should contact ElevateTogether@officedepot.com.
Is Elevate Together™ a 501(c)3 non-profit organization? Elevate Together™ is the program name for the initiative powered byRound It Up America, a 501(c)3 organization. Round It Up America collects and distributes all funds donated to the Elevate Together™ initiative.
Are donations to Elevate Together™ powered by Round It Up America® tax deductible? Elevate Together™ is powered by Round It Up America, a 501(c)(3) organization responsible for the collection and distribution of donations. Donations to the Elevate Together™ initiative are generally tax deductible for both individuals and corporations. Donors should consult a tax professional to resolve questions regarding their particular donation.
SMALL BUSINESS REPORT
How does a business participate in the Elevate Together™ initiative? Black and Hispanic small business owners interested in participating in the initiative must contact the National Urban League at 212-558-5442 or the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 202-842-1212 during standard business hours Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm ET.
Why should a business participate in the Elevate Together™ initiative? Black and Hispanic small business owners that are part of the Elevate Together™ initiative will receive short and/or long term-term education and training, mentoring and advisory services delivered by local community partners. Some businesses may also be eligible to receive a cash grant or in-kind products and services from the initiative.
In how many locations will the Elevate Together™ initiative be launched? Elevate Together™ will launch in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and South Florida. The initiative will eventually be expanded to additional geographic locations in the United States.
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