When we at The Junior League of Tampa first heard about The Container Store’s mission to support “nonprofits that promote women and children’s well-being and health,” we were struck by how much this echoed our own focus area – breaking the cycle of poverty of children and families through child welfare and education. We were thinking alike!
And then when we were selected by The Container Store as their nonprofit partner for their Grand Opening in Tampa, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Many of our members have been fans of The Container Store for years – shopping in other cities and online – and now we had this amazing store coming to our own backyard.
Even more important to us as League members, however, was that The Container Store was donating 10% of their opening weekend sales to League. The fact that 100% of donations to The Junior League of Tampa go directly to our community programs and projects means that The Container Store’s giving is a true dollar-for-dollar impact in the community.
The power of community partnerships – or “collective impact” – is becoming a much talked-about phrase in the nonprofit world, and it’s through these partnerships that The Junior League of Tampa has the most impact as an organization. Our partnership with The Container Store has been a sterling example of this impact.
To celebrate the Grand Opening of the Tampa location, The Container Store invited our League membership – as well as many hundreds of others, including their employees and guests – to a fabulous party the Thursday evening prior to the opening on Saturday! All of us who attended had a common reaction: “Wow!” The food, the band, the dancing – The Container Store knows how to throw a party! But the best part about the evening was putting together a shopping list of all of the items we wanted to buy that weekend. In particular, I needed – and found – a terrific storage solution for the Legos that are taking over our house…courtesy of my three sons.
The opening weekend was great to be a part of – seeing League members and other friends and family in Tampa filling up shopping carts. We were thrilled to see how many thousands of people came to the store to get everything from cute bowls and boxes to really creative design solutions for closets and garages – while also helping their local community. We wanted to re-do every room in our house! See our photo gallery from the Tampa Grand Opening Weekend.
After all was said and done, The Container Store presented a donation to the League for $20,000 – an incredible amount that we are more than excited about! This very generous donation will have a significant impact on our Tampa community, and truly show how The Container Store fulfills its goal to be a good corporate neighbor.
Stephanie Wiendl, President, The Junior League of Tampa