Our Commitment to Giving Back
Wendy’s/Arby’s Group® believes “giving back” improves the quality of life in the many communities we call home with our company-operated and franchised restaurants.
givingbackCaring about our communities is important – and it’s the right thing to do.
That’s why we focus our resources
Promoting foster care adoption
Expanding youth-mentoring opportunities
With the support and commitment of our employees, franchisees, suppliers and customers, we’re actively involved in supporting our signature programs with these foundations – the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and Arby’s Foundation.
With the help of individual
Together, these efforts are making a difference in the lives of others and building stronger communities.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA)
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national nonprofit public charity, is dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 130,000 children anxiously waiting in North America’s foster care systems.
Created in 1992 by Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas – who was adopted as a child – the Foundation operates with the vision that every child deserves a permanent home and loving family.
The Foundation works to
One signature program is Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® – an initiative that currently funds 120 experienced, full-time adoption recruiters at agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. Since its inception in 2004, this ground-breaking effort has helped match more than 1,000 foster care children with
The Wendy’s system actively supports the DTFA and cause of foster-care adoption through three major initiatives:
Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge in Las Vegas – a professional golf tournament, pitting three top players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours against each other for bragging rights. Now in its 18th year, more than $32 million
Father’s Day Frosty® Weekend – an annual event, where the proceeds from each Frosty sold at Wendy’s restaurants go to the DTFA (50-cents in the U.S., $1 in Canada). In 2009, more than $1.8 million was generated.
A Home for the Holidays® – a CBS television special, promoting foster care adoption, made possible through Wendy’s partnership with the DTFA and the Children’s Action Network. Marking its 11th anniversary in 2009, the television special features include real-life stories of families who have experienced the joys of adoption, combined with performances by some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. Click here for video highlights of the 2008 event.
As a result of these efforts, the DTFA has helped thousands of children in foster care find forever families.
For its significant work, the DTFA was
The Arby’s Foundation
The Arby’s Foundation is grounded in the belief that every individual has the power to make a difference, one child at a time. From its inception in 1986, the Arby’s Foundation has provided more than $27 million for leadership, education and mentoring programs in the communities Arby’s serves.
With the help of Arby’s franchisees, suppliers, employees, customers and sponsors, significant support is generated each year to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters and its local affiliates through the following
Arby’s Charity Tour – a series of 25 amateur golf tournaments held in communities throughout North America,
Restaurant Fundraising – 2,500 restaurants raising more than $2 million for local charities in 2008.
Community Events – more than 200 locally focused events that communicate the mission, vision and values of the Arby’s Foundation.
Together, these programs are helping young people achieve their dreams.
Click here for more information on the Arby’s Foundation.
Wendy’s High School Heisman
For eight generations, the Heisman name has signified excellence, determination and prestige among college football’s elite. In 1994, the next level of outstanding achievers secured their names into the Heisman lore when the Wendy’s High School Heisman (WHSH) was created.
The WHSH program has set the standard for high school
To date, more than 188,000 high school students have represented their schools and have been touched by the Heisman mystique. Of them, 181 have progressed to the National Finalist level, with 30 students earning the designation of Wendy’s High School Heisman National Award Winner.
Click here for more information on Wendy’s High School Heisman.