Nelson Connects beCAUSE

We give beCAUSE we care.

What is Nelson Connects beCAUSE?

Generosity and community involvement have been integral to Nelson Connects ever since Gary Nelson founded our company in 1970. Our organization continues to lead by example with generous support of organizations, causes, and people in need.

Nelson Connects family members and internal staff members have contributed not only financial support but also thousands of hours of volunteer time to important causes. Our philosophy of giving has resulted in Nelson Connects being recognized for our high level generosity, frequently alongside much larger companies with significantly more resources (such as when we were recently ranked 18 out of the top 100 Bay Area corporate philanthropists).

To ensure we maximize the impact of our charitable efforts going forward, the Nelson Connects beCAUSE corporate philanthropy program evaluates and selects company-wide donations and sponsorships.

Our Mission
Nelson Connects beCAUSE is dedicated to strengthening the communities in which we live, work, and play through volunteerism, investment, and inspiring others to share our passion for giving back beCAUSE we care.


beCAUSE in our communities

Nelson Connects supports a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and community support efforts. Recently, our teams have:

  • Contributed more than $100,000 to California Wildfire Relief Efforts.
  • Raised over $20,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and directly participated in multiple of their fundraising events.
  • Made wishes come true for children through Make-A-Wish®.
  • Contributed to a variety of Sonoma Valley schools and educational programs.
  • Volunteered at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sonoma and Santa Rosa.
  • Brought the magic of Broadway to the North Bay by supporting Transcendence Theater Company.
  • Supported the health and wellness of women through the Power Walk benefiting Dress for Success.
  • Brought awareness to those struggling to make ends meet with Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Supported the efforts of the Elsie Allen High School Foundation to help Santa Rosa high school students succeed.
  • Raised awareness of the number one killer of women – heart disease – by participating in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women.
  • Helped Santa reach more than 500 Sonoma County kids with donations of toys and supplies to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Our community programs

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beCAUSE grants*

Nelson Connects beCAUSE grants in the amount of $500–$2,500 are available to qualifying nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations serving California communities in which Nelson Connects has a presence.

*Grant applications must be received a minimum of 60 days prior to funds needed.
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employee volunteer program

Nelson Connects provides regular time off for internal staff members to support causes in our communities. We also organize special team-wide volunteer opportunities. If you represent an organization seeking volunteers, use our volunteer request form to request Nelson Connects volunteers. Your request will be passed along to our local contacts in your area.
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employee gift matching

Nelson Connects beCAUSE gift matches are available to 501(c)3 organizations to which Nelson Connects internal staff members contribute. Please talk with a Nelson Connects internal staff member for more information.

Looking for support?

Nelson Connects beCAUSE is managed by a rotating committee of Nelson Connects internal staff members. The beCAUSE committee reserves the right to adjust any program rules, requirements, and details at any point. If you have any questions or a request not outlined in the opportunities listed above, please contact us.

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