In Our Community


As Founder and Chairman of the company that bears his name, Mr. Art Van Elslander's vision in business and life is progressive and limitless. He has an unwavering commitment to superior customer satisfaction and to his 3600 employees, whom he has empowered with his endless support and trust.
 

Mr. Art Van Elslander's capacity for giving seems to know no bounds. He makes giving back a priority, one he strives to instill in all who surround him, from family and friends to business associates and employees.



Million Dollar Charity Challenge

The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge supports charities throughout Michigan, Toledo, Fort Wayne, and Chicago who successfully impact children, healthcare, and human services. It is designed to help non-profits gain awareness, recognition, and most importantly, resources. Art Van Furniture is proud to host and sponsor events and nonprofit organizations that help the community at large, including over 150 charities Michigan-wide, that have helped raise over
$17 Million since 2009.
 

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Feeding the Hungry

Focus: HOPE
In 2011, Art Van donated $50,000 to Focus: HOPE. In 2012, the company has committed $1 million in funding and over $20,000 worth of food, books, art supplies, and mattresses. Art Van's support will go even further, in the form of quarterly fundraising and friend-raising events in its stores. Mr. Van Elslander was a close friend of Focus: HOPE's co-Founder, Eleanor Josaitis, and said this about the company's commitment to carrying on her work: "Eleanor had such a strong impact on so many lives. Keeping her spirit, her legacy and her work alive is imperative." Learn more.

 
Forgotten Harvest
Forgotten Harvest, one of the original Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge grant recipients, was chosen for a special $1 Million contribution because it is a vital source of food to many of our charity partners and to the community. The Art Van donation will enable Forgotten Harvest to provide the equivalent of five million meals, or roughly 14,000 meals per day. Forgotten Harvest is America's most efficient food rescue organization. Part of our work with Forgotten Harvest is support of the Good Neighbors Holiday Campaign. Learn more.



America's Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 1990, when the annual America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit was in financial peril, Van Elslander made a historic donation that saved the Michigan tradition. Since then, the company has been a major contributor to the event each year. And, to honor his strong and consistent support, Mr. Van has acted as Co-Grand Marshall of the parade. Today, America's Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationwide, and this special tradition is shared with millions of families across the US.



Furniture Donation

Art Van prides ourselves on the strong relationships we have built with numerous charities that help distribute donated furniture to those in need.
 

Used Furniture Pickup
Are you replacing furniture in your home and would like to donate your used furnishings that are still in good condition? Below is a list of community organizations that can come and pick up your donation. Choose from the list below to contact the organization closest to you!


Contact Organization Street Address Email/Phone
Rich Cadez Detroit Rescue Mission 5225 East Davison
Detroit, MI 48212
313-366-3409
Sheryl Reid Professional Counseling 520 Superior St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
reids2@michigan.gov
810-966-2180
Jay Starkey In The Image 1823 S. Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
jstarkey@intheimage.org
616-456-6150
Robert Boyle Furniture Bank of SE MI 333 North Perry
Pontiac, MI 48342
info@furniture-bank.org
248-332-1300
Michelle Atwell Grace Center of Hope 35 East Huron Street
Pontiac, MI 48342
atwellm@gracecentersofhope.com
855-435-7424
Lindsay Krempa Humble Design 180 N. Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342
lindsay@humbledesign.org
517-740-8900


Sponsorship Application

Funding Guidelines
Art Van Furniture strongly believes in giving back to local and statewide organizations, particularly groups and programs that focus on children, health and human services. To be eligible for a contribution, your organization must meet the following requirements:

Art Van Furniture strongly believes in giving back to local and statewide organizations, particularly groups and programs that focus on children, health and human services. To be eligible for a contribution, your organization must meet the following requirements:

  • Be recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation
  • Be able to provide financials according to these guidelines: If you are a public charity with gross annual support and revenue of over $500,000 you must provide an audited financial statement prepared by an independent CPA. If you are a public charity with gross annual support and revenue of below $500,000, but above $250,000, you must provide a financial statement that is either reviewed or audited by an independent CPA. If you are a public charity with gross annual support and revenue of under $250,000, you must provide a profit and loss statement.
  • In policy and practice do not discriminate based on age, race, color, sex, religion, disability, national origin, height, weight or marital status.

Art Van Furniture supports a wide range of organizations and encourages creativity and innovation to develop partnerships that mutually benefit organizations and Art Van Furniture. Art Van Furniture seeks sponsorships that bring value to their customers and employees. As a supporter of an organization, Art Van Furniture looks for the following results:

  • Enhance Art Van Furniture's visibility in the community
  • Help position Art Van Furniture as a leader in the corporate community
  • Introduce associates to potential new customers
  • Raise money for the benefit of nonprofits in the neighborhoods we serve
  • Opportunities for cross promotion through in-store events and community activities

Art Van Furniture does not provide funding to:

  • Individuals
  • Annual Fund Campaigns
  • Private foundations or endowment funds
  • Religious organizations (i.e., churches)
  • Political activities, parties, or candidates
  • Veteran organizations
  • Entertainment events
  • Scholarships or conferences
  • Golf tournaments
  • Travel or tours
  • Municipalities
  • Public or private schools and universities
  • Courtesy advertising program books, and yearbooks
  • PTA and Booster events
  • Fraternal or labor organizations
  • Sporting events, or teams
  • Medical research


 
Sponsorship Application
To apply for a sponsorship, your organization must serve the Michigan, Toledo, Fort Wayne, or Chicago regions. Sponsorship applications may only be submitted through this online form. Your application cannot be saved and must be completed in its entirety to be considered.
 

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