Charitable Giving

For over 65 years Marsden Services has been deeply embedded in the communities we serve.  Under the leadership of our founder Skip Marsden, our firm embraced a legacy of generosity, stewardship, and commitment to the charitable causes that make our hometowns better places to live and work.

Our goal through this initiative is to enrich and build strong communities. We do this by creating partnerships with charitable organizations and matching our resources with the needs of the community. Although we donate to several different causes, our focus remains on the areas denoted below, particularly for people who are economically disadvantaged.

Mission Statement

Mission

To fund projects and programs that build Marsden communities and make them better places to live, work and raise families. Marsden supports nonprofit organizations through corporate giving and the Marsden Fund. In 2018, the Marsden Fund of the Opus Foundation was established to support strategic philanthropic investments in Marsden communities with an emphasis on community revitalization, early childhood education, workforce development and youth development.

Guiding Principles

  1. Marsden believes that grants supporting opportunities for people to become well-educated/self-sufficient lead to healthier communities and greater individual success.
  2. Marsden seeks out organizations that are entrepreneurial in their approach – the organizations are creative, proactive, innovative, and results-oriented.
  3. Marsden values organizations that leverage funding and volunteer talent to achieve their objectives.
  4. The majority of Marsden grants are awarded in communities in which Marsden and its affiliates do business. On occasion, national grants may be made that benefit individuals and communities across the country.
  5. Marsden grants support employees’ involvement in their communities because we believe such investments provide important time and talent to solve problems, build leadership, and reflect corporate and employee values.
  6. Marsden encourages collaboration, teamwork, and team-building among Marsden and its affiliate’s employees; and between employees and community partners.

Funding Focus Areas

  1. Early Childhood Education: Programs/projects that provide high quality experiences for pre-school-aged children that result in enhanced social skills and school readiness.
  2. Youth Development: Programs/projects that promote healthy social and academic development of youth, with an emphasis on fostering their aspirations to stay in school and pursue higher education or vocational training.
  3. Workforce Development: Programs/projects that strengthen the workforce in our communities to position and prepare under/unemployed individuals for career advancement and greater self-sufficiency.
  4. Community Revitalization: Programs/projects aimed at increasing the vitality of economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, such as the development of small businesses, affordable housing, and/or other important community assets such as community centers.

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