Bringing smiles to courageous kids
Bags of Fun - Story
Tammy Krause has a mission. And it’s a personal one. Her six-year-old daughter, Gabby, died in 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer. As she fought, her mom made sure that her time spent receiving care was filled with toys, games and as much fun as possible.
This sparked an idea for Gabby: It became her wish that all children fighting a serious illness had their own “Bag of Fun.”
And with that wish, The Gabby Krause Foundation and Bags of Fun were born. In 2019, more than 500 children in the Denver area received a Bag of Fun from the foundation, filled with age-appropriate toys, games, and other fun presents to help keep them entertained while they deal with serious health concerns.
The nonprofit is now in its 15th year and is looking to expand. While they are already delivering Bags of Fun to children in Kansas City and Indianapolis, this desire for growth led the organization to this year’s Pro Bono Challenge at Charles Schwab.
Joining this year’s Pro Bono Challenge really seemed like a good fit based on the challenge we’re trying to solve. We want to expand our mission and grow in other cities across the country, and Schwab’s Pro Bono team is helping us with that goal.”
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Each year, at locations around the country, Schwab employees — known internally as “Schwabbies” — donate their time and professional talents to help nonprofits solve challenges their organizations are facing. Taking the form of a fast-paced “flash” consulting event, the Pro Bono Challenge seeks to help these organizations find the solutions they may not have the expertise or funds to create.
“Our foundation has a long-term relationship with Charles Schwab,” says Tammy Krause. “And joining this year’s Pro Bono Challenge really seemed like a good fit based on the challenge we’re trying to solve. We want to expand our mission and grow in other cities across the country, and Schwab’s Pro Bono team is helping us with that goal.”
During a tour of Schwab’s state-of-the-art campus in Lone Tree, Colorado, a few years ago, the sight of the facility’s spacious outdoor amphitheater planted the seed for another idea — an outdoor fundraising event that would pull in employees and members of the surrounding community alike. “June Jam” was born. Since that time, Tammy and her Bags of Fun team have partnered with Schwab to host the annual event on the Lone Tree campus featuring local music, food trucks, family and fun.
Schwabbies also have donated time to help gather items and create the bags that the organization distributes to the children they serve. Tammy credits this type of sustained community support from organizations like Schwab with making the delivery of 10,000 Bags of Fun possible over the last 15 years.
“What really stands out is what an incredible experience we’ve had working with Charles Schwab,” says Tammy. “The employees are so engaged, the leadership is kind. And their efforts, from community involvement to skills-based volunteering at the Pro Bono Challenge, have helped us grow, raise money smarter and get more fun into the hands of kids that need it most.”