Community

We strive to play a valuable role in helping communities grow. That’s why, in 2020, our brands donated more than $20M to support youth-related and other philanthropic causes.

The Inspire Brands Foundation exists to ignite and nourish change for good. With compassion, possibility, and a champion’s spirit, we are making a difference in the communities we serve.

Our Focus Areas

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Childhood Hunger

Childhood Hunger


Childhood hunger affects more than 12 million U.S. kids, which can prevent them from performing their best. Through investments in local and national partners, we provide the food necessary to fuel potential.
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Youth Leadership

Youth Leadership


We know the right experience at the right time can kickstart a child’s confidence for the future. Whether this experience is an introduction to a team environment, a transformative relationship or a new way of thinking, we help unleash the leaders within the next generation.
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Career Readiness

Career Readiness


Basic job skills help lay the foundation for a strong future. By building partnerships within communities across America, we’re inspiring youth to see their full potential and chart their path to a successful career.

From our Support Centers to our restaurants, each of our brands are driving change for good.

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Arby’s partners nationally with No Kid Hungry, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Junior Achievement, to ensure that every kid is empowered to dream big and pursue their dreams with confidence.

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$6.3M
donated to youth-related causes
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550+
organizations benefitted through local grants
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14.8M+
means provided to youth in need

“I believe everyone within our company has been either directly or indirectly impacted by hunger issues at one time in their lives. Our hope is to do whatever we can to minimize that for others in the future.”

– Tom Browne, Heartland Beef, Arby’s franchisee

“Acknowledging these Pint-Sized Heroes is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these amazing kids, inspiring us all to step up in our communities whether our contribution is big, small, or pint-sized.”

– Shannon Blakely, VP of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins

From care package creators, to face shield printers, and nature photography curators, Baskin-Robbins’ launched the “Pint-Sized Heroes” charitable program in 2020 to celebrate the extraordinary, passionate, creative, and thoughtful young people who are giving back to their communities during the pandemic.

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$5,000
donated to each Pint-Sized Hero's charity of choice

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Benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other youth sports organizations, the Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation is helping thousands of youth develop life-enhancing skills through participation in team sports.

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$2M
donated to youth-related causes
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44K
balls provided for at-home sports
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10K
pieces of equipment provided to local BCGA Clubs

“I grew up walking to the Boys & Girls Clubs from school, so this really hits home to be able to support them.”

– Leticia Sosa-Carver, General Manager, Buffalo Wild Wings

“Since Dunkin’ restaurants live at the heart of neighborhoods across the country, our goal is to make a long lasting impact at the community level.”

– Victor Carvalho, Dunkin’ Franchisee and Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation Co-Chair

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The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation bring the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. Through local grants and programs like Dogs for Joy, the Foundation helps kids feel like kids, even on their most difficult days.

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$9M+
donated to philanthropic causes
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350+
organizations benefitted through local grants
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5
new Dogs for Joy welcomed to children’s hospitals

Launched in early 2021, the Jimmy John’s Foundation is dedicated to providing youth the opportunities and skills to ensure they are able to pursue their dreams and thrive. While the Foundation is just getting started, it builds on the legacy of community engagement by the Jimmy John’s brand and its franchisees.

Areas of Focus

youth Education & Athletics
Independence
Local Community
Community
Opportunity
Opportunity

“Our community involvement is a core tenet of how we run our business. We would not be where we are at today without the community support and it is extremely important for us to help others in any way we can.”

– Cheryl Doelker, Jimmy John’s franchisee

“Limeades for Learning is incredibly important for teachers for assistance with needed supplies, and even more so because it involves our communities.”

– Mara Friedland, Limeades for Learning teacher

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The Sonic Foundation is sparking brighter futures for America’s youth through support of hunger, education, and community. In partnership with DonorsChoose, Sonic’s Limeades for Learning program provides essential funds necessary for teachers to inspire creativity and learning.

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$3.9M
donated to youth-related causes
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10K
teachers funded through Limeades for Learning
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1.4M
unique learning experiences provided

Our Aspirations

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Elevate the communities we serve and play a valuable role in their growth.

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Invest in and partner with organizations dedicated to providing food to the children who need it most.

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Unleash the next generation of leaders by helping young people build the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

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Inspire youth to realize their full potential and chart their path to a successful career.