Convenience retailers noted that their locations in communities also make them convenient places for groups to hold events: 61 percent allow their property to be used by local groups for fundraising events, whether car washes, cookie sales or direct fundraising.
More than three in four (76 percent) retailers also say they make local product/food donations to food banks and other groups to support those in need; of this group, 67 percent donate food and 76 percent donate beverages.
"Being a small, local chain, we like to keep our charitable giving to local organizations, where our customers know the people it is benefiting and can see their donations at work," said Dennis McCartney with Landhope Farms of Kennett Square, Pa.
A total of 90 NACS retail member companies participated in the association's Q4 2018 Retailer Sentiment Survey that featured questions about charitable giving.
Alexandria-based NACS represents 154,000 c-stores nationwide, which serve 165 million customers daily and half of the U.S. population, with sales that are 10.8 percent of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier member companies from more than 50 countries.