December 2022 — Six companies earned this year’s Giving Back Award from Best Company. The 2022 Giving Back Award recognizes companies striving to do good and actively giving back to their community with additional services, funds, and more.
Best Company is proud to recognize these businesses and highlight their efforts to give back and overall positive reputations below.
Better Earth is a vertically integrated solar company that was founded in 2019. The company currently has over 70 reviews on BestCompany.com with a 3.8 average star rating.
Better Earth currently services the California, Florida, and Arizona markets and, as a true, full service provider, does not use subcontractors nor third-party points of contact.
Every time the company installs a new solar system, Better Earth donates money to the GivePower Foundation, which helps create solar-powered, water filtration devices in developing areas around the world.
Better Earth’s website also features a GivePower Foundation donate button, which guides visitors directly to the Foundation’s donation form.
On its website, GivePower states that its Solar Water Farm Max system “can provide access to clean drinking water for up to 35,000 people every single day.”
In addition to the company’s donations, a nine-person Better Earth team joined GivePower on a trek in April 2022 to help install a solar microgrid that provides power to a health post in Pakhapani, Nepal.
Along with Better Earth’s partnership efforts with GivePower, the company strives to educate consumers about sustainability and is regularly involved with local events like community beach clean-ups.
ION Solar Verified
Founded in 2013, ION Solar is a full service solar company that services areas in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The company does not use subcontractors.
ION Solar has over 670 user reviews and a 4.4 average star rating on BestCompany.com.
ION Solar has a program called ION Earth that focuses on partnering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Homes for Our Troops to “provide (free) solar solutions to homes, businesses, schools, and shelters in need.”
In this program, ION Solar donates a solar system (along with its team members’ time and expertise) for every two megawatts of solar its team installs. The company’s website features several videos about its ION Earth program and the specific projects the team has worked on.
ION Solar’s website also features a built-in form that allows visitors to present the company with a new ION Earth project idea.
Trinity Solar Verified
Founded in 1994, Trinity Solar is one of the nation's largest privately held residential solar installers. The company has over 1,800 employees and has completed more than 70,000 solar installations.
Trinity Solar services areas in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, and offers additional services such as energy auditing, electrical contracting, and more.
Trinity Solar has over 330 user reviews and a 3.6 average star rating on BestCompany.com.
Trinity Solar actively partners with various, local non-profit organizations in an effort to help them increase funding and provide no-cost solar installations to their members.
According to the company's website, Trinity Solar contributes $100 to an organization "when a member sits with a Trinity consultant." Additionally, the company will contribute $1,000 to an organization each time an organization member receives a Trinity Solar installation.
Vivint has been in business for over 20 years and offers a variety of home security solutions to residential and commercial consumers.
The company has won several home security related awards including the PCMag Editors’ Choice Award, U.S. News & World Report's Best Home Security System of 2019 award, and more.
Vivint has over 8,300 user reviews on BestCompany.com with a 3.8 average star rating.
Vivint is consistently active in its communities. According to Vivint’s website, the company has a dedicated giving back program called Vivint Gives Back.
The program’s mission statement reads, “Vivint Gives Back is bringing families and technology together to make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Through the program, Vivint provides discounts on home security systems to families that have a child with an intellectual or developmental disability.
The company also strives to give back to local and global communities through its volunteer participation in organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, All-Together Playground, and Sub for Santa.
LeafFilter Gutter Protection Verified
LeafFilter is a home improvement company that offers gutter protection solutions. The company has been in business for over a decade and is vertically integrated, which means that it does not outsource work.
As one of the largest home improvement companies in the United States, LeafFilter services most states with the exception of Alaska, Arizona, and Hawaii, and has over 1,000 reviews along with a 4.7 average star rating on BestCompany.com.
Leaf Home, LeafFilter’s parent company, is regularly participating in various community initiatives including fundraising events, donations, volunteering, and more.
Leaf Home mentions that supporting communities is part of its core culture by stating the following: “As a company, we aim to positively impact the communities where we live and work by contributing and giving back to society in a variety of ways.”
Earlier this year, Leaf Home created a giveaway to celebrate and honor veterans on Veteran’s Day. This giveaway consisted of Leaf Home providing and installing stair lifts for an individual veteran in each of its 21 U.S. locations.
Additionally, LeafFilter has completed various giving back initiatives in the past, such as the Akron-area I Promise School, where the company provided school supply fundraising, donations, and volunteering.
Gabb Wireless Verified
Gabb Wireless is a cellular network company that provides safe devices and cell plans specifically designed to protect children, empower parents, and connect families.
The company offers several protective, tech-focused features and options and provides national coverage with the exception of Alaska. Gabb Wireless has over 170 user reviews and a 4.3 average star rating on BestCompany.com.
This year, Gabb Wireless conducted a 3-day event where it gave away 27,000 devices, ran a $3,000 family vacation giveaway, and provided 1 year of free service to 5 families. The company also gave away 100+ free devices and service to single-parent households.
In the past, Gabb Wireless has been known to run various giving back campaigns and support Single Parent Advocate, a non-profit organization that specializes in “aiding single parents, their children, and their supporting organizations.”