The Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation has been set up to help promotional products industry members and non-members get back to business in the wake of a federally-declared natural disaster. The fund can help replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples, provide a work area or give other assistance as needed to get a business up and running as soon as possible.
The Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to this fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No substantial goods or services were provided by the Foundation in return for contributions.
Jeff Thomas, MAS, started in the promotional products industry in 1987 at a California promotional products company and worked there 15 years. In August 2001, he joined The Vernon Company and is based in Rohnert Park, California, as an account executive. Jeff served as the PMANC President in 2009. He was the 2008 PMANC X-Treme Promo Showcase Chair and RAC Delegate 2008–2010. Jeff is Chair of the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation.
Dan Jenne, CAS, has been in the promotional products industry for more than 20 years. He is active in CAAMP; his leadership service included the Show Committee Chair, Board member and Chairman in 2008. Dan has also served on the RAC Board and was the 2011 Past President.
Donna Vorce, CAS, is the owner of First Impressions, a certified woman-owned promotional marketing company in Columbus, Ohio. A member of OPPA, she served as President in 2008, been their RAC Delegate and served as the legislative liaison. Active in her local community, Donna has twice received the Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Award and been featured in Promotional Consultant magazine.
In celebration of the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York’s (SAAGNY) 50th anniversary and its maturation into a regional association, SAAGNY created a 501C3 foundation. The mission was to provide a consolidation point where the industry could benefit the greater community, as well as the world of promotional products. The charter focuses on intra-industry scholarships for children of members and external efforts particularly aimed at children.
In 1999, hurricane Floyd struck Bound Brook, New Jersey with a devasting flood. Main Street businesses were closed with a small probability of reopening again. The thought for the Foundation was to work with these small businesses by giving them a helping hand in recovery using the industry’s own assets—perhaps a calendar, magnet or special product that called awareness to their reopening. A few businesses were helped in the business recovery effort, and SAAGNY learned that such action is not only good for these businesses, but outstanding public relations for the industry.
The SAAGNY Foundation was about 6 years old on September 11, 2001. The day following tragedy attacks on the World Trade Center, members of the SAAGY Foundation held a conference to discuss what, if anything, it could do. At that time in our industry history, the relationship between ASI and PPAI was chilly. ASI had created shows as PPAI ventured into technology and providing data. With a phone call to both parties, SAAGNY, ASI and PPAI came together in a series of conference calls to explore what the industry could do to help the country. The resulting effort was called Industry United. Simultaneously, ASI continued its own efforts to raise and donate money to a variety of victim funds.
The efforts, which were publicized by ASI and PPAI, yielded more than $30,000 that was raised and distributed. Promotional products, including a patch of appreciation and emblematic jewelry, were distributed to many first responders. The “team” thought the core products we produce could best represent the industry. While the focus is on “doing good,” the image-polishing for our industry is a wanted byproduct.
PPAI did not have a 501C3 organization affiliated with it at that time. PPCEF existed and was exclusively dedicated to scholarships. The SAAGNY Foundation approached PPAI with the idea of it being a conduit for the industry to reach out in times of need and crisis. The response at the time was firm: “We are not in the charity business.”
When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, the amount of devastation was overwhelming. People nationwide reached out to help. The industry had no centralized ability to help those within our industry or the population in general. Once again, ASI commenced an effort and we were relatively dormant. Peter Hirsch and Danny Sirmon began efforts in their respective cities and the SAAGNY Foundation joined them as well. It was at this point that PPAI recognized the need for some sort of group. From that point on, PPAI has had its own response mechanism.
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After a natural disaster, the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation can help replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples, provide a work area, or give other assistance as needed to get a business back up and running ASAP.
Want to Donate? Individuals, or Companies—
Checks (made out to PPDRF) can be sent to:
The Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation
c/o Regional Relations
3125 Skyway Circle N
Irving, TX 75038-3526
Have a booth, or display at your regional show
Regionals, or companies match donations made by individuals
If a donor makes a specified minimum donation, he’s entered into a raffle for a prize
Make a presentation at your annual meeting, holiday party, or professional development event
Add a donation line to your annual membership dues notice
Make PPDRF the recipient of your golf tournament, or charity event
Ask for donations in your newsletter and on your website
If your company has been adversely affected by natural disaster, please let us know—the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation (PPDRF) can help replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples, provide a work area, or give other assistance as needed to get a business up and running as soon as possible.
To help us determine your needs, please fill out this Needs Assessment Survey.
Testimonials from …
Advance Diamond Tech
I am very grateful for this assistance during this difficult time. From all the associations I am involved with, PPAI and this fund came through the fastest. As you can probably imagine, now is the time when it counts the most. I also appreciate the extended membership by the PPAI and as I told you, I hope that I can contribute to this fund in the very near future.—Sam Brach
Emporium Leather/Royce Collection
Thank you very much from Royce Leather for your generosity with extraordinary expenses incurred in order to operate our business due to Hurricane Irene. It has been quite a challenge to overcome the effects of Hurricane Irene and the recent tropical storm that hit our New Jersey warehouse and we appreciate the funds that will help us transcend that challenge. The funds are a real testament to the kindness and humanity that characterizes PPAI members and we hope to be there for others who may endure untimely challenges and natural disasters in the future.—Kathy Bauer
Thank you so much for that check; it was very helpful. We certainly put it to good use. We did have to rent a truck for the whole week and then, in the following week, we had a few days where we could get away with a 12-people van. But your thoughts and your caring were over the top. So, from me and Emporium Leather, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your caring. And it certainly helped lift the load. Thank you again.—Harold Bauer
Your kind offer will be used to pay for the accounting software that I had to purchase and for the labor of the IT technician who installed it. I appreciate PPAI’s response to my situation.—Maureen Coffey
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Disaster Planning for Your Business:
Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster (Part 1)—article in PC Today, September 6, 2017
Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster (Part 2)—article in PC Today, September 7, 2017
Four Strategies for Disaster Recovery—article in Promotional Consultant Today, August 8, 2013, about pre-planning so you can cope when disaster occurs
Three Questions for Disaster Preparedness—article in Promotional Consultant Today, August 7, 2013, about the effect of disaster on your community to your rebuilding/recovery plans
Checklist for Financial Recovery after a Disaster—use this one-page checklist before and after a disaster to put your financial affairs in recovery mode.
It’s a Disaster. Now What?—a guide to dealing with disaster for your business.