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Cocoa for a Cause: Giving Back with Graduate Gives

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‘Tis the season for kicking giving into high gear.

All year long in our hotel coffee shops, we’ve been selling delicious homemade hot chocolate to raise money for local non-profit partners. Each time someone buys a $3 cup of cocoa, 100% of the proceeds are donated to a philanthropic organization.

This effort is part of the bigger Graduate Gives program, our brand-wide initiative to do good in the communities that Graduate hotels call home. So far, our hotels have raised more than $403,000 for local charities.

And who are we helping, you ask? Our hotels pitch in to support a variety of causes, from wildfire relief and animal rescue to refugee housing and youth empowerment.

Here’s a quick overview of the non-profit partners supported by each Graduate hotel:

Graduate Ann Arbor
Humane Society of Huron Valley, which promotes the loving, responsible care of all animals in Ann Arbor and the greater Washtenaw County community.

Graduate Athens
Prevent Child Abuse Athens, dedicated to preventing child abuse in all of its forms through education, support and public awareness.

Graduate Berkeley
California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund, which supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.

Graduate Bloomington
City of Bloomington Animal Shelter, the primary provider of animal-related services in Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana.

Graduate Charlottesville
Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy.

Graduate Iowa City
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, which raises funds to support and expand the services of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Graduate Lincoln
Autism Family Network, a volunteer-based group that supports and advocates for individuals and their families with autism spectrum disorders.

Graduate Madison
Open Doors for Refugees, which helps refugees make a home in the Madison area.

Graduate Minneapolis
Secondhand Hounds, a Minnesota animal rescue working to find permanent, loving homes for at-risk dogs and cats.

Graduate Oxford
Palmer Home for Children, which provides superior care to kids in need of a home.

Graduate Richmond
Feed More, which collects, prepares and distributes food to neighbors in need throughout Central Virginia.

Graduate Seattle
Why Not You Foundation, dedicated to creating real and lasting change in the world by motivating, empowering and preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. This organization was founded by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Graduate Tempe
United Phoenix Firefighter Charities, an association of professional firefighters working to better their communities by performing charitable works.

Want to join us and buy a cocoa for a good cause? Stop by the coffee shop at your local Graduate this Giving Tuesday (or any other day) and grab a cup of hot chocolate. It’s that easy!

And be sure to share your good deed on Instagram with #GraduateGives so we can say thanks.

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