Ok, we’ll admit it…the old cliché is true.

It really is better to give than receive. So when NAN takes part in community and charitable endeavors it’s not ALL about philanthropy… it’s about the joy we experience from making a difference. But when all is said and done, the help provided to others through the generosity of our employees, partners and neighbors is truly something special. So it’s with that commitment to give back that we announce the 3rd Annual Backpacks for Kids Drive. And this year, we’re kicking it up a notch. Our goal is to provide 500 fully stocked backpacks, helping young students start the school year off right by providing them with many of the tools they need throughout the school year that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

“We do a lot of work in the local community and beyond”, says NAN Co-Founder Joni Pilgrim. “But I think I speak for most of our staff when I say that this is definitely one of our favorite projects. Children and education are close to our hearts and we work tirelessly to support our local schools and educators.

Co-Founder Cari Burris agrees. “I remember going back to school for a new year. There’s enough for kids to worry about. If a family is going through a tough time financially, then having a backpack and the right school supplies might not be on their list of concerns. And if we can fill 500 backpacks this year, it’ll be a huge help to a lot of deserving kids.” NAN’s goal is to add more participating schools and enlist the help of major corporate sponsors and even sports organizations. “The more entities involved, the better,” says Pilgrim. “There can never be too much support for those who need a hand.” And that’s been NAN’s philosophy from the company’s inception. Some of the other recipients of NAN’s philanthropic efforts include the FEAST Food Pantry, Gr8ToDonate, and the Children’s Cancer Center. “All of our employees get involved. Not because they’re required to, but because we all love it,” says Burris. “There’s a great side benefit to giving…it’s not only bring aid to those we set out to help…it actually does a lot to bring our staff closer together. Working side by side on something like ‘Backpacks for Kids’ is a great way to strengthen our company from the inside out, and that’s better for everyone.”

If you are interested in getting involved or would like to be featured as a Corporate Sponsor, WELCOME! A minimum of a $250 donation is all that is required. What you get in return is priceless. Not only are you helping local children start the year off right with all of the supplies they need for a successful school year, but you also get:

  • Company logo (hyperlink) and contact information featured on our website
  • Social Media recognition
  • Company logo and contact information featured in letter included in each backpack and to faculty members wishing everyone a successful school year

Nationwide Appraisal Network will be shopping for all supplies with the money we collect through donations. Please make check payable to Nationwide Appraisal Network and notate “2015 Backpacks for Kids” in the memo line. Please email your company logo, website, and contact information to jpilgrim@nationwide-appraisal.com.

Thank you for helping to support the students of Belcher Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary and Skycrest Elementary during the 2015-2016 school year! We’d love to hear from you; together we can all make a difference.

ABOUT NATIONWIDE APPRAISAL NETWORK- NAN is an industry leader in appraisal property valuations, providing a unique approach to appraisal management through customization, innovation, and quality. NAN website  – 888.760.8899

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