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Corporate Community Impact

The spirit of giving back is an integral part of who we are. Through volunteer hours and financial support, our goal is to continue strengthening the communities in which we live and work.
Every year, our associates contribute their time and talents to impact diverse causes that are driven by our organizational culture and the community at large - not only at SETF but throughout the different subsidiaries of our parent company, JM Family Enterprises. Our three focus areas of giving are Empowering Families, Promoting Education, and Embracing the Environment.

Here are a few of the ways our associates made a difference in 2019:


  • More than 1,200 of our associates volunteered 15,000 hours at 230 company-sponsored events in the communities where we work — South Florida; Jacksonville, FL; Mobile, AL; Alpharetta, GA; St. Louis, MO; and other locations.
  • As an organization, we donated more than $27.5 million to nonprofit organizations.
  • 39 leadership team members served on the board of directors for nonprofit organizations.

Community Support

  • In a record-breaking campaign across our business locations, our associates raised $640,110 in our annual drive for United Way!
  • Every year, our African-American Achievers program honors four outstanding individuals in the categories of Arts & Culture, Business & Entrepreneurism, Community Service and Education. Each winner receives a $10,000 contribution to the charity of his/her choice. Additionally, a Youth Achiever is recognized and awarded a needs-based, four-year scholarship to Florida State University.
  • To support six food bank partners in the fight to end hunger, our associates gave $79,069 as part of our annual “Spring into Giving” event.
  • Our parent company JM Family Enterprises donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross following natural disasters in 2019, as part of a combined contribution totaling $500,000 with Toyota Motor North America and Gulf States Toyota.
  • $127,900 combined corporate and associate donations were made to support relief and recovery efforts for Hurricane Dorian.

Environmental Action

We believe that giving back to the communities where our associates live and work is tightly connected to conducting business with consideration for the environment. We like to say that doing the right thing not only feels good, but simply makes good business sense. Here’s how we continued our ongoing environmental focus in 2019:

  • We consumed approximately 41.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of non-renewable energy, which is a 7% reduction from 2018. As part of a larger, ongoing effort, our non-renewable energy trend has continued to drop each year since 2010.
  • Our organization operates seven roof-top solar arrays across our various locations in the southeast. In 2019, our solar arrays produced 749,506 kWh of clean, renewable energy - consuming the same amount of electricity from non-renewable means would emit 355 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. That number is comparable to 39,946 gallons of gasoline, consuming 822 barrels of oil, or the electricity use of 41 homes for one year!
  • Waste reduction and recycling: Across the organization, we diverted 71% of our total waste via recycling and waste to energy - that translates to more than 7.1 million pounds recycled in 2019! Some of the items recycled included 1,752,523 wooden pallets, 1,320,589 cardboard items, 340,893 tires, and 15,113 windshield glasses, to name just a few.
  • Water conservation: Irrigation use was reduced by 32,125,182 gallons or 13%, water used by associates was down 14,080,822 gallons or 11%, and water used by cars was down 17,615,834 gallons or 25%.

Choosing Supplier Diversity

At SETF and across our larger organization, we believe in partnering with a supplier base that is reflective of the many backgrounds and experiences of our workforce, diverse automotive products and services, and varied customers and business partners we serve.

Our philosophy is to build long-term, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with highly qualified minority- and women-owned businesses as an essential component of our continued growth and success. 
  • In 2019, we partnered with 22 businesses -- 9 which are women-owned and 13 which are minority-owned -- in our diversity program, for a Total Diverse Spend of $49,861,156, which accounts for 6.1% of Total Spend. Since 2011, Total Diverse Spend has increased by 160%, while the Percentage of Total Spend that comes from our diversity program has grown by 57%. The number of suppliers in our diversity program has grown by 22% in that same period.

Make a difference in your neighborhood

There are so many worthwhile causes that you can contribute to if you’re interested in giving back to your local community! And while you may think that giving back focuses mainly on monetary donations, the truth is there are many organizations that would also benefit from your volunteer hours or your help advocating for change, to name just a few. We encourage you to consider the needs in your local area, or take a look at some of the charitable organizations we partner with each year, as they may have a local chapter in your area:
  • United Way
  • American Red Cross
  • Feeding America (nationally, or through affiliated local food banks)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Habitat for Humanity
No matter how you decide to give back, your time and energy will make a difference and impact those who need it most in your community!