In 2009, Sprouts saw an opportunity to make a lasting impact on autism, a cause that affects one in 68 families nationally, through a company wide effort to promote autism awareness and financial support for Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). This is a cause near and dear to the heart of Sprouts executive chairman of the board of directors, Doug Sanders, who has a child is on the autism spectrum. Backed by the full-force of leadership, team members and business partners, Sprouts has raised more than $5 million to support programs that improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families; served as a Visionary Sponsor of the Arizona Autism Speaks WALK; and helped to propel autism national awareness efforts.
Here are a few highlights worth sharing:
Raised nearly $1 million through a three-year autism Round Up program, where customers were able to donate to autism during checkout
Funded an autism community grants program, through Autism Speaks, providing financial support to over 60 different autism nonprofits where Sprouts stores operate
Sponsored multiple Autism Speaks walk events in Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas
United over 300 team members each year to volunteer at the Arizona Autism Speaks walk
Partnered with SARRC to provide employment training and job placement to ten individuals with autism
Sprouts will continue its support of autism through its newly formed Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. Founded in 2015, the Foundation’s mission is to support healthy and wellness related causes that directly impact the neighborhoods where Sprouts customers and team members live, work and play. Click here for more information about the Foundation.