Corporate Responsibility
KVan

We need to bring longevity and sustainability to our cities and neighbourhoods so that they can be enjoyed today, and for decades to come.

Kevin Van

President & CEO

The Power of Partnership

For more than 65 years, Qualico has been committed to providing shelter and vibrant communities for families to live, work, and play in.

That commitment does not stop there. As part of Qualico’s long-term vision and mandate, it also recognizes that the company has a commitment not only to its employees and customers, but also to the larger community in terms of environmental stewardship and community support.

Our aim is to support organizations within our communities that are experts on these issues. By bolstering these community leaders through the power of partnership, our contributions can be the spark, catalyst or foundation for creating a ripple effect of improvement and innovation. 

 

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Committed to a Better World

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Our History of Giving

The philanthropic spirit of Qualico has continued through the generations of leadership. 

Our founders, Dr. David and Katherine Friesen, started small, and from their early days in the business, they felt a responsibility to help those around them where they could. Ruth and Brian Hastings continue to be pillars in the philanthropic communities in cities where Qualico has a history. Under the leadership of Kevin Van, Qualico has chosen to dedicate our impact giving in five areas: ending the cycle of poverty, promoting gender equality, ensuring sustainability in building, encouraging lifelong education, and celebrating healthy lives. We view these areas of giving as impact areas, where we feel motivated to take action.  

Our Impact Areas

end cycle of poverty

END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY

gender equality

GENDER EQUALITY
 

Buildiong Sustainability

BUILDING SUSTAINABLY

education

EDUCATION
 

healthy lives

HEALTHY LIVES
 

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Our Connection to the Cause

We continually review how we support communities.

Our contributions need to have lasting and practical impact, but be relevant to a modern workforce and the company leadership. Underpinning this, while in the third generation of leadership, our giving must always stay true to the giving philosophy of our founders.  

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Dr David Friesen and Katherine Friesen

FUNDS FROM PACESETTER HOMES AUSTIN GARAGE SALE EVENT HELP LOCAL FOSTER FAMILY

Oct 29, 2019, 20:20 PM by Qualico Communications
Austin, TX – What do you do with furniture that’s being retired from use in model homes? If you’re Pacesetter Homes Austin, you hold a garage sale event to raise funds for a local non-profit organization. The family who received the donation has been fostering a sibling group of nine children and was in the process of adopting the children to become a family of 11.

Austin, TX – What do you do with furniture that’s being retired from use in model homes? If you’re Pacesetter Homes Austin, you hold a garage sale event to raise funds for a local non-profit organization.

Logo of the charity Austin Angels

The company’s recent garage sale event raised $2,000, which was donated to a family in need through Austin Angels (part of National Angels), a non-profit that provides support to local foster families through various programs.

The family who received the donation has been fostering a sibling group of nine children and was in the process of adopting the children to become a family of 11.

Chelsea Timmons, Area Sales Manager at Pacesetter Homes Austin, said the company consulted employees about what to do with the funds they raised through the garage sale.

Watch the video, featuring Chelsea Timmons, here:

 


“When we received Austin Angels’ newsletter about the family and their need, our entire team just had their heartstrings pulled all over the place,” she said. “We knew that there was a family in need, not only of a place to live, but of furnishings and a consistent place for kids to do just their normal everyday activities. We chose Austin Angels by having our employees vote and tell us what causes they are passionate about.”

Chelsea notes that Pacesetter Homes Austin also has a personal connection to foster families and the work that Austin Angels does.

“About a year ago, our Starts Coordinator received a phone call that she had been waiting her entire life for,” she said. “She learned that a little baby had been born and his mother wasn’t going to be able to provide for him. She and her husband ended up adopting the baby.”

According to Chelsea, Pacesetter Homes Austin enjoyed discovering a non-traditional way of giving and being involved in a family’s life to help change the trajectory of their future. She said Austin Angels gave the company the perfect opportunity to do just that.

“What the Pacesetter Homes Austin team was most excited about was that Austin Angels is a group that is not just an inch deep and a mile wide,” she said. “Austin Angels lets these families know they’re here, not just seasonally, but for the long haul. They’re going to help, provide support, and not just put a band-aid on these families’ situations. And that is what our team wanted to be a part of.”

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