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sitiCare Offers Opportunity to Support Local Charities While Dining Out

May 7, 2014 Category: Uncategorized

Chef Moon Krapugtong, the owner of Yanako, with Jason Whyte at A Taste for Good event

The microfunding business sitiCare is using Philadelphia’s thriving restaurant sector to draw philanthropic donations from diners. It does this by selling gift certificates for participating restaurants, of which 15 percent of their value is donated to a featured charity. 

At the end of the month, sitiCare presents a check for the total amount of funds to the charity. Certificates purchased this month benefit Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides homeless and low-income children with the essential items they need to thrive, including shoes, books, toys and art supplies. 

“The key motivation behind sitiCare was really to support local charitable organizations and the work that they are doing, because after the economic downturn, most organizations were strapped for cash,”  said Jason Whyte, CEO and founder of sitiCare.

sitiCare also holds charity events at restaurants once a month where 25 percent of the proceeds go towards the charity of the month.

“A Taste for Good event is an opportunity for supporters of a specific organization as well as sitiCare supporters to come together, eat some really good food at a great restaurant in the city of Philadelphia, and give a larger portion to that organization,” said Adia Garrick, sitiCare’s restaurant relations manager.

This year sitiCare has hosted events at Le Cheri French Bistro,benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Philadelphia, and Yanako Japanese Bistro, benefiting E.A.T.S. Philly.

In addition to hosting another “A Taste for Good” event this summer,  the organization will also be working to expand sitiCare’s programs beyond restaurants.

“Next year, don’t be surprised if we have more than restaurants to offer,” Whyte said.

A complete list of the charities sitiCare partners with is available at siticare.com/donate-to-charity.

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