At CQuence Health Group, the only thing our employees may enjoy more than giving back to our communities is combining our philanthropy with an added element of competition.
Throughout the year, employees compete to “TAGG” the most for the chance to select which charity the organization will support with a monetary donation. Together A Greater Good, or TAGG, is an innovative way to give back to our community in the Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska area by simply using a free mobile app to scan a receipt from a purchase made at any participating company.
“TAGG is an easy way to give back and it doesn’t cost anything extra,” said Receptionist Renee Leners. “I just scan the receipt and that business donates a percentage of the purchase to charity.”
The list of participating TAGG businesses is constantly expanding. Everything from restaurants and gym facilities to grocery stores and automotive services can be found among the amazing organizations who help us support our favorite causes. TAGG collects all donations from the participating businesses and deposits them into our team’s account quarterly. CQuence then chooses a charity to receive our TAGG funds twice each year. The honor of choosing a charity is given to the employee who is drawn out of a raffle. Each employee receives one entry into the drawing for every TAGG receipt they submit. The winner chooses the organization that receives our TAGG funds for the previous two quarters.
“It’s very rewarding to TAGG because you know that you’re making a difference and, when you get to choose the charity that benefits, it’s even that much more rewarding and personal,” said Creative Services Manager Justin Eggspuehler. As one of the drawing winners, Justin selected the Community Alliance, a mental health agency that offers a holistic approach, as the recipient of the company’s TAGG funds for the first half of 2019.
Senior Accounting Analyst Lisa Morris was the TAGG drawing winner for the second half of 2019. Her partner, Doug, helped her earn multiple drawing entries by TAGGing receipts from his favorite lunch spot, Pizza West. Lisa selected the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha to receive CQuence’s TAGG funds because their mission of providing the gift of togetherness for families in their greatest time of need hits home for her personally.
In November 2019, Doug’s niece, Shelby, had twin girls who were born three months premature. While the twins were being treated at Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha, Shelby was driving back and forth from her home in Atlantic, Iowa to care for her four older children. The Ronald McDonald House offered Shelby and her family residence until they were able to take the twins home from the hospital in February 2020.
“When the winter weather was making it more challenging for Shelby and her family to commute to the hospital and the babies needed their mom for feedings, the Ronald McDonald House was there to help,” said Lisa. “I felt like this extra amount from TAGG was a great opportunity to pay it forward to the Ronald McDonald House for the help they gave to our family members during a difficult time.”
The Ronald McDonald House provides all of the basic essentials of home for families who live more than 35 miles away from the house and have a seriously ill or injured child receiving treatment at an Omaha-area hospital. The cost to provide these services is approximately $120 per night, per family, and no family is ever turned away due to inability to pay the $20 suggested donation.
In addition to the monetary donation from TAGG, CQuence’s employee volunteer group, CQ Cares, also donates their time to make dinner for the families of the Ronald McDonald House once each quarter for the past six years. On February 19, 2020, Lisa and a team of CQ Cares members prepared and served dinner for over 50 guests at the Ronald McDonald House.
“This is a great opportunity to directly help people that are going through a scary and stressful time in their life,” said Reporting Analyst Jennifer White. “These families not only have to deal with the worry of a very sick child, but they also are away from their home and normal support systems, sometimes for long periods of time. They truly appreciate a good home-cooked meal at the end of their day.”
As you can see, a little TAGGing can go a long way. To learn how you can join TAGG, visit TogetheraGreaterGood.com. If you’re already a participant, share your favorite companies to TAGG in the comments below!