Powered by Purpose Award
At Curio412, we aim to elevate the power of working to make a difference. Our annual Powered by Purpose Award recognizes five businesses whose efforts of philanthropy and/or social enterprise improve the community, our region, and beyond!
Nominations open in the fall each year! Businesses honored by the award will be notified in November and presented with their award during the month of December.
Check out this year's award honorees!
Ashley HomeStore provides home furnishings that make a house feel like a home, but their impact on the community goes beyond providing quality home furnishings. Through dedicated partnerships with nonprofits, they have become true advocates and supporters for the welfare of our community by holding food collections, toy collections and hosting community events. They consistently find creative ways to give back to the community.
Brentwood Bank believes in the power of community banking to empower local decision-making, business and product development. This year, Brentwood Bank kicked off several programs including a partnership with the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation to provide workshops in Spanish, a Women in Business Series to support female entrepreneurs and business owners/representatives, and a non-profit summit in collaboration with Nonprofit Sidekick. These outreach efforts allow them to co-create custom approaches and community partnerships that help individuals achieve their financial goals. In addition to their work in the community, they embrace a conscious leadership philosophy which promotes a purpose-driven work culture and empowers their employees to make a difference by encouraging service on boards and within community organizations.
CEPHR, Inc is a values-based Human Resources Consulting Firm with a commitment to living their core values of Integrity; Trust; Empathy; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging; Community; Active Listening; Agility. Through their work, they understand that our human Values and valuing people first impacts stronger, more empathetic and thriving workplaces where the human is put first, and we consider that before all else. They live these values daily through their community impact by publicly supporting numerous community organizations and causes through volunteering, donating, and sharing understanding of cultural competency. They have donated 200+ hours to service in addition to financial donations. Where they are unable to give financially, they contribute time and expertise through Leadership Conferences for Multiplying Good’s Students In Action, as part of the Community Leadership Course for Veterans, and for supporting organizations such as Open Field, Ascender, Leadership Pittsburgh, The Neighborhood Academy, and more!
Millie's Homemade Ice Cream
Millie's Homemade Ice Cream is on a mission to #spreadlove in their community through the simple joy of scratch-made ice cream. As a community-oriented business, they've focused on building relationships and utilizing their business to truly become community changemakers. This year they have donated over $22,000 worth of dollars and product to around 80 charitable organizations. This includes nonprofit-for profit partnerships, fundraisers, community scooping nights with organizations. One example, being the recent Kitchen Cupboard Ice Cream supporting North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO). Beyond NHCO, we have hosted Dine and Donate fundraiser nights for a number of schools, sports teams and other charitable groups in which the groups promote the events and 20% of net sales are donated back to the organization. We have also donated buckets of ice cream to various social events for charitable organizations and created custom flavors to benefit charities as well like NHCO, Allegheny County Parks, Cue Perry and more. They have also donated space to 412 GivesBack to host a Halloween party to raise awareness about their organization and have allowed them to collect back to school supplies. As a noteable mention, Mrs. Clore's fifth grade art students also receive free scoops of ice cream each year for decorating our Christmas tree at the shop. Their talents should be rewarded!
Treasure House Fashions is a women’s resale clothing shop whose mission is to promote the dignity and self-esteem of women, particularly women in transition or crisis. Year to date for 2023, Treasure House Fashions has given away over $475,000 worth of clothing. As the “closet” for over 60 agencies in the greater Pittsburgh area, clients shop for free. With 61% of all poverty in Allegheny County is in the suburbs, neighbors may be one paycheck away from financial disaster. At Treasure House Fashions those we serve don't need to choose between food, gas and clothing. They receive ABUNDANT donations and pass along the bounty through extended discounts. They also keep Pay It Forward gift certificates at the register (underwritten by caring community members) to cover shopping for those struggling neighbors in need! This expression of kindness and care is deeply appreciated and often met with tears of gratitude. That's women (and men) helping women!