Ruby Tuesday and Cultivate Wines are joining together to celebrate and present a $10,000 check to Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tenn. The presentation will take place on Dec. 11, 2012, at the Ruby Tuesday on Franklin Road at 11:30 a.m. The Lwala Community Alliance participated in Cultivate’s third quarter voting campaign and came in fourth place to win this grant. Lwala’s mission is to advance the comprehensive well-being of the Lwala community through education, health care and economic infrastructure. This grant will help support their programs focused on educating and empowering girls and women, who often do not make it past primary school in this area. “Through partnerships with companies like Cultivate and our own Ruby Tuesday Give Back program, we have an opportunity to positively impact every local community that we serve and become a force for good wherever we go,” said Kimberly Grant, Ruby Tuesday Chief Operations Officer. By partnering with Ruby Tuesday, Cultivate is able to leverage their unique philanthropic model of giving away 10 percent of all revenue through a democratic voting platform, allowing their consumers to choose where the money is going. This enables small, grassroots or outside-the-box organizations to have access to funding they typically could not receive through the traditional avenues. Organizations apply on the Cultivate website, and after vetting them, Cultivate posts between 15 and 30 organizations to their website for voting each quarter. Anyone can vote, and at the end of the quarter, the money generated is distributed to the top vote-getters. Together Cultivate Wines and Ruby Tuesday have already given more than $359,000 to 35 organizations across the U.S. “We are incredibly proud of the difference we’ve made so far, but our bigger goal is that other companies will follow suit and copy our model. Especially in this era of government funding cuts to education, family services, and more, we need companies to step up to the plate,” said Ali Banks, Cultivate’s founder. “If we all join together, we can use capitalism to heal our country and revive the American Dream, all while still turning a profit!”
About Ruby Tuesday:Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has Company-owned and/or franchise Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants in 45 states, the District of Columbia, 12 foreign countries, and Guam. As of September 4, 2012, we owned and operated 712 Ruby Tuesday restaurants and franchised 78 Ruby Tuesday restaurants, comprised of 34 domestic and 44 international restaurants. Our Company-owned and operated restaurants are concentrated primarily in the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest of the United States, which we consider to be our core markets. About Cultivate Wines: Cultivate is a grassroots, American company that is part of the movement for "connected capitalism”— the belief that a company should not only exist to make a profit, but also to do good in the world, and that that should mean more than just writing a check to a national foundation for the sake of “corporate goodwill.” As such, Cultivate Wines gives 10 percent of gross revenue to non-profits supporting education and basic human needs through a democratic online voting platform where anyone can vote . Since launching in November 2012, Cultivate’s “GIVE” has donated $359,000 to 35 different organizations. In each of the last three rounds of the GIVE, the 1 st place winner received $50,000 and five runners-up each received $10,000. About Lwala Community Alliance: In April 2007, after 3 years of fundraising, the Lwala Community Health Center finally opened. Over time the program has become more multi-dimensional to include small scale micro-enterprise, public health outreach, water and sanitation, and education programming. In April 2011, construction on a new maternity and integrative care wing was completed, thereby tripling the space of the original clinic. As a result, the facility is now designated as the Lwala Community Hospital. Their clinical staff at the hospital provide more than 15,000 patient visits each year, and they have over 1000 people enrolled in HIV care. Their education program reaches out to 15 schools and they employ dozens of Kenyans through various programs.