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.



America's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Art Van Furniture and America's Thanksgiving Parade go together like turkey and gravy. Nearly 25 years ago, Art Van Elslander made a historic donation that saved a Michigan tradition, America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. In 2013, Mr. Van became the presenting sponsor and is a source of pride for all the company's team members. For nearly a quarter of a century, Mr. Art Van Elslander, his children and grandchildren have made it a tradition to walk in the parade as well as numerous Art Van Furniture associates. Today, America's Thanksgiving Day Parade is presented by Art Van Furniture and is broadcasted nationwide. This special tradition is shared with millions of families across the US.
 




Million Dollar Charity Challenge

The Art Van Furniture Million Dollar Charity Challenge supports over 200 charities throughout the Midwest including 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 205 charities - collectively raise over $18 Million since 2009.
 

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Feeding the Hungry

Focus: HOPE
In 2011, Art Van Furniture 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 Furniture'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 Furniture 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 Furniture 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.




Furniture Donation

Art Van Furniture 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!


Area Organization Phone Number
Calhoun County Habitat for Humanity 269-441-1038
Bay City Area Do-All Material Assistance Center 989-894-0764
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity 810-766-9089
Holland Holland Rescue Mission Family Thrift Store 616-355-6221
Grand Rapids In the Image 616-456-6150
Greater Livingston County Love in the Name of Christ Furniture Ministry 810-494-4063
Jackson St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 517-783-2861
Jackson The Aware Shelter 517-783-2861
Kalamazoo/Portage Kalamazoo Deacons Conference 269-344-7333 ext 11
Kalamazoo/Portage YWCA 269-345-5595
Kalamazoo Residential Opportunities, Inc. 269-250-8234
Lansing St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 517-484-5395 ext 10
Macomb County Furniture Bank 248-332-1300
Macomb County St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 877-788-4623
Macomb County Salvation Army A.R.C. Thrift Store 866-448-3866
Muskegon Muskegon Rescue Mission 231-777-1808
Oakland County Furniture Bank 248-332-1300
Oakland County Grace Centers of Hope 855-435-7424
Oakland County Humble Design 248-243-7144
Oakland County St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 877-788-4623
Port Huron St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 877-788-4623
Saginaw Saginaw Rescue Mission 989-752-6051
Traverse City Father Fred Foundation 231-947-2055


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. For community relations or sponsorship questons, call (586)983-3000 or email us at communityinitiatives@artvan.com.
 

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Our Focus

Art Van Furniture impacts the
community in the following ways: