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Nonprofit Focus: WebFX & Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Why do you feel it’s important for your business to support our area’s nonprofits?

As a company, we lead by example, work with integrity and  aspire to leave the world a better place—both in and outside, our neighborhood. In our hometown of Harrisburg, we host regular meetups, support local businesses and more. It’s not only our company, though. Our team members dedicate time outside of work to the local area, volunteering at local nonprofits and more. By supporting our area’s nonprofits, our company and our team can create a further impact to improve the community we love to live, work and play in. We’re passionate about doing what we can to help make the area we love a better place for everybody. Nonprofits make an enormous difference in quality of life for all, and they are doing so many creative, high-impact efforts in Central PA. The region wouldn’t be what it is without their efforts.

Why do you support this particular nonprofit and what does your business do to benefit the organization?

We’re goal-driven at WebFX—always looking to make a difference for our team and in our local community, while driving results and creating impact for our clients and their businesses. The Susquehanna River is just outside the front door of our Harrisburg office and provides us with a fantastic creative backdrop and an outlet for weekend recreation. As this river system is the biggest feeder into the Chesapeake Bay, we feel a collective responsibility to protect and nurture the waterways we use so often. We love how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation takes a holistic approach to cleaning up the bay and works to solve root issues with the 50 rivers and streams that flow into the bay. WebFX donates to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Project to plant a tree each time we hit a client goal. To date, we’ve donated 2,500-plus trees along the Capital Area Greenbelt and surrounding areas and have been able to help plant the trees each year. A single deciduous tree can intercept from 500 to 750 gallons of water per year, reducing runoff and pollution going into the Chesapeake Bay.


Describe your organization and the importance of corporate support to further your mission.

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is a collaborative effort of over 215 national, regional, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses and citizens committed to improving Pennsylvania’s communities, economy and ecology by planting 10 million trees in priority areas across the Commonwealth by the end of 2025.  Sustaining the partnership by providing wideranging resources and assistance is key to its long-term success through 2025. This is why the partnership continues to provide free trees to all partners across the Commonwealth based on a regional priority request system. Tree shelters and stakes are also available in critical regions, at no charge, as funding is available.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation coordinates the partnership in support of Pennsylvania’s efforts to reduce pollution in local rivers and streams and meet its commitment to the regional Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.   Today, over 27,000 miles of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams are damaged by pollution. The Clean Water Blueprint calls for 96,000 acres of forested buffers to be planted statewide from 2015 to 2025. Meeting this massive restoration challenge will take many hands—landowners willing to plant trees, volunteers willing to help, conservation partners connecting them, and funding to make it all possible.

For 2022, what is your greatest need?

The partnership works to enlist, energize and mobilize volunteer groups and individuals to team up with larger partners and help with plantings in their local communities. The partnership is planting nearly 500,000 trees by 2022. The successful planting and survival of 10 million trees is critical to the overall success of the program and requires funding for tree protection and stewardship. Through this investment, Pennsylvania’s economy will be stimulated and the partnership strengthened to grow and plant trees to reach the 10-million-tree goal by 2025. The partnership is accelerating the number of forested buffers alongside streams, particularly alongside farmland and urban and suburban settings. We are seeking funding to reach out to 19,000 landowners who would be willing to restore riparian buffers on their property by the end of 2025. This blend of target areas for trees will have a direct link to human health, strong communities, vibrant farms and a legacy of clean water for all. With your support, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership will help save the bay. Our goal is to reduce pollution locally and create dramatically cleaner waters in Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to WebFX and all of our Chesapeake Bay Foundation members in the Harrisburg region!

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