Helping Our Communities

Why We Care

Contribute to our future
Building strong communities equals a strong future for all and exceptionally talented people for our business.

Employee commitment
Our people come from local communities and are committed to giving back. Having the opportunity to be personally involved in making a difference in their communities gives meaning and satisfaction to our work. It builds a sense of pride and unifies our people.

Add Value and Impact
We have specific experience and resources to support humanitarian and non-profit organizations with logistics knowledge and services. We hope to share our value by connecting supply chains for meaningful causes tied to local and international communities.

What We're Doing

GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge

Magnate CARES was proud to sponsor the GiGiFIT National Acceptance Challenge. This event benefits GiGi’s Playhouse and the Down Syndrome Community! Our team exceeded our goal, raising $837 in donations and participating in the event from all over the country. Every move they made helped to move the world in a more accepting direction.

Active for Autism Virtual 5k

We laced up our sneakers, some of us rallying our kids and pets, and headed onto the streets for a Virtual 5K! We smashed through our $500 goal, raising $970! Plus, the event itself raised over $71,000 with participants from 10 countries! All proceeds from the Active for Autism Virtual 5K will go to OAR’s new Changing Lives Fund and will be used solely for direct research and program support.

The Magnate family of brands is excited to announce our Hire Autism Employer Partnership with The Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

OAR created Hire Autism with the goal of helping individuals with autism find meaningful employment opportunities.

Abed Toys

CARES Coalition leader, Abed Medawar, joined the effort in his local community to help sort and pack toys and gifts collected from community drives to benefit 55 local families in the Hillsborough township in New Jersey. It’s great to see such support of the local community during the holidays, especially by our CARES leadership. Keep up the good work Abed!

Meals on Wheels Cards

The Magnate CARES Team has organized a holiday card drive for seniors that receive Meals on Wheels America, an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and isolation in America's senior citizen community. The team and their families crafted over 50 cards to be added to meal baskets as they are delivered. We hope the cards will bring a smile to someone in the Greater Chicago Area. Thanks to all staff and families that participated!

Meals on Wheels

Magnate CEO, Dante Fornari started volunteering as a “Cooler Cleaner”, cleaning meal delivery bags for Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels, an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger across America, is focusing on children that are missing school meals during COVID-19.

After the meals are delivered to home for the kids, the drivers bring the cooler bags back to be cleaned and sanitized. Dante was able to clean over 100 in just an hour and a half. Great work!

OAR Navigator Program

OAR’s Hire Autism Navigator Program helps adult job seekers with autism refine their resumes and prepare for job interviews. This program provides online resources to help job seekers find meaningful employment. After completing her online training with OAR, Karen has helped three job seekers so far and says it’s so rewarding to help make a difference in someone’s professional life. She will help them with resumes and cover letters for 4-6 weeks until the documents are completed.

The Organization for Autism Research was founded to apply science to answer the daily questions and challenges that autism presents to individuals with autism, their families, teachers, and caregivers. OAR focuses on applied research and the practical value of its resource materials.

The OAR’s Endurance Challenge is a 54-day exercise and fundraising challenge dedicated to autism research. Starting on October 20th, each participant completes an endurance challenge by OAR's founding day, December 13th. Challenges may be completed by any combination of running, walking, or cycling. Magnate CARES Coalition member, Karen Roberts, has completed her 119-mile challenge goal. Learn more at https://support.researchautism.org/endurance-challenge/KarenRoberts

Little Friends, an organization dedicated to empowering people with autism and other developmental disabilities, is joining a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday. On December 1st, we can all make a big impact on Little Friends and the children and adults they serve by raising funds that will help support programs that provide children with special needs socialization opportunities, therapeutic activities, motor play, and crafts.

Magnate CARES will be matching any donations from its team members up to $500 For more information about how you can support Little Friends #GivingTuesday please visit

https://www.littlefriendsinc.org/support-giving-tuesday

Naperville Park Riverwalk Cleanup

The CARES Coalition would like to spotlight Karen Roberts of Magnate Worldwide, who graciously volunteered her time at her local Naperville Park Riverwalk outside of Chicago to help dig up invasive weeds and shrubs from the wooded areas. A particular species of bush honeysuckle has caused issues in this park by draining nutrients and killing aquatic life. Thank you for being a caring member of your community!

Hillsborough, NJ Food Distribution

Masterpiece leader, Abed Medawar, recently volunteered at a Hillsborough Township NJ Food Distribution, inviting those in need to collect milk and other foodstuffs. Abed and the team were able to safely serve about 300 cars in total - great work!

Gregoire’s Ironman for Steps Together

https://www.steps-together.org/gregoire-masterpiece

On September 5th, 2020, Gregoire Simonet completed his 3rd Iron Man competition in Tallinn, Estonia while raising funds and awareness for Steps Together. The race came at a critical time in the nonprofit world which has greatly been impacted by the inability to host fundraising events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to share that Gregoire was able to beat the original target and raise over $15,000 for Steps Together!

Masterpiece ‘Retro’ Merchandise Fundraiser

As most museum, gallery, foundation, and private clients suspended their exhibition programming and artwork movements due to COVID-19, the physical world of art was brought to a halt. This left many artists, art handlers, vendors, and clients in the industry without work or resources to rely on through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across Magnate Worldwide, we pride ourselves on finding the best resources available for projects. Masterpiece was able to leverage that passion by compiling existing arts relief resources, art funding, and support efforts that were available to its Fine Art Division stakeholders. Part of this effort was a merchandise fundraiser project, that contributed donations to the Artist Relief Fund, NYFA/Rauschenberg Emergency Grants, and Gary Sinise Foundation contributing to relief both in the fine art industry and for first responders. All proceeds were raised by selling retro Masterpiece merchandise and matched by Masterpiece International.

Masterpiece ‘Retro’ Merchandise Fundraiser II

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https://www.blackartfutures.org/

Masterpiece was pleased with the outpouring of support from the first Retro Merchandise Fundraiser and decided to start a second in support of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color art and artists.

Thank you to everyone who purchased t-shirts and totes in support of our latest fundraiser. The donations raised by our colleagues and contributions from Masterpiece and Magnate Worldwide will go to the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund and the Black Art Futures Fund, which work toward the promotion and support of art and artists in these challenging times.

As before, all proceeds were raised by selling retro Masterpiece merchandise, including t-shirts and tote bags, and contributions were made by Masterpiece International and Magnate Worldwide.

Community Engagement

Magnate’s CEO, Dante Fornari, enjoys helping students find their way into supply chain careers. He was appointed to the Supply Chain and Logistics Management Advisory Council at Oregon State University in 2019.

Mentoring Future Leaders

Each year, Magnate Worldwide’s CEO, Dante Fornari, mentors one or two students in Portland State University's School of Business. Some have been in the business world for 10 years; some come straight out of undergrad, but most are within months of connecting their degrees to their careers.