Ōninites were able to contribute more than $61,000 to great causes through Ōnin’s SEEDS Initiative in 2021 — and we’re just getting started. Through The Ōnin Group’s SEEDS initiative, which empowers its employees to direct a significant amount of the company’s philanthropic efforts, Ōninites have helped 27 organizations that do amazing work help people flourish across the 20-plus states in which Ōnin operates. By submitting causes that matter to them for SEEDS, these Ōninites have allowed the company to provide much needed financial support for their missions, from ending human trafficking to education to foster care to, fittingly, employment assistance for the disadvantaged and underserved.

“This was the whole inspiration for the Seeds Initiative,” explained Christina Johnson, Director of People & Culture with The Ōnin Group.“Ōnin makes a huge point to let our people know that they are the heart and soul of this organization. SEEDS is a way for us to put our money where our mouth is, to prove to them that, if it matters to them, it matters to Ōnin. It is a chance for them to carry out our primary aims, to empower people and to create opportunity, beyond the walls of our home offices and local branches.”

The list of organizations the company has helped is both expansive and inclusive:

  • Lifeline’s Run for One
  • The RGV Food Bank
  • First Annual ABTR Walk to End Duchenne: Ōninites walked in the event to support
    our fellow Ōninite Pete Petro.
  • 2021 Clerestory Golf Tournament
  • Covenant Rescue Group
  • The Jones Mission
  • Embrace Ministries
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum
  • NAMI Mobile
  • King’s Home
  • Jasper County CASA
  • NAACP Freedom Fund Gala
  • Midfield City School Career and Tech
    Education Dept
  • St. Joseph the Worker in Phoenix
  • Big House
  • Family Promise of Montgomery
  • Renascence Inc
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters
    of Greater Birmingham
  • Project Search Arkansas
  • Hispanic Alliance GA
  • Project Rescue
  • Acts of Kindness
  • WIT (Women in Training)
  • Bryanna’s Blessing Bags
  • The Miss Alabama Scholarship
  • Angel Tree
  • Boundless Foundation
  • Elevated Student Ministries

“Last year was an amazing year for the SEEDS initiative, and it is inspiring to see the things that inspire our people to want to make a difference,” said Johnson. “The only real criteria we have for approving SEEDS requests is that the recipients do work that promotes human flourishing. We leave exactly what that means open for interpretation, and as a result, we have been able to fund some pretty amazing projects that probably never would have crossed our minds if our philanthropy was steered solely by our leadership team.”