Mom and Pop Stores: Promoting Good
The research was unable to prove or disprove the hypothesis that mom-and-pop stores promote good in their communities; after conducting thorough research about the topic, we were able to find examples of mom-and-pop stores' charitable contributions, but statistical data about mom-and-pop stores' giving was publicly unavailable. Several mom-and-pop stores in the US donated to people in Haiti, and a number of them volunteered as well.
Examples of Charitable Giving
- A local mom-and-pop toy store located in Hamtramck, Michigan, donated all of its toys to the local public; a post on the store's official Facebook page said that it was closing its last storage unit and that people who are looking to start a new business can come to its facility and take as many toys as they want for free.
- Amna Saleem, also known as @AGlasgowGirl on Twitter, helps her family run a family corner shop. In an interview with BBC, Saleem revealed that the corner shop gave "supplies to local charities and facilitated simple provisions for NHS staff during the pandemic."
- According to the Greenwich Times, a local newspaper, locally-owned mom-and-pop stores "sponsor the local Little League teams and donate to the school fundraisers." This particular article was an opinion piece from Linda McMahon, a resident of Greenwich, co-founder and former CEO of WWE, and Connecticut's Republican nominee for the US Senate in 2012.
- Jeffrey Manley and Jusak Yang Bernhard are the owners of a mom-and-pop store called Wag Heaven. Wag Heaven organizes several fundraising events in Texas, and the proceeds from these events are donated "to those in need." In addition to organizing fundraising events, the store also arranges educational workshops for the local people by partnering with institutions like the Pet Club and The Playful Child.
Charitable Giving by Small Businesses
- According to a research study published by SCORE, small businesses in the US contribute to their local communities in numerous ways, "75% of small business owners in the US donate an average of 6% of their profits to charitable organizations annually."
- 66% of small businesses donate to local charitable organizations, and nearly half of them (48%) give to youth organizations.
- As per the study data, 42% of small businesses donate to local first responders, and 39% support local religious organizations.
- 37% of small business owners in the US help local service groups, like rotary clubs and scouts, and 37% of them volunteer and donate food in soup kitchens.
- Constant Contact's research about small family-owned businesses in the US revealed that, on average, family-owned businesses in America donate $50,000 a year.
- A survey conducted by Sage reported that small business owners personally donate to charities and nonprofit organizations every year. 92% of small business owners who participated in Sage's research study agreed that they donate to nonprofits and charitable organizations. "53% of the small business owners also actively engage their employees to volunteer, and 58% wished that they could do more to support the local communities."
Due to the lack of publicly available data about mom-and-pop stores' contributions or charitable giving, we were unable to conclude whether mom-and-pop stores promote good in their communities. While we were able to find several examples of mom-and-pop stores that contribute to their local communities, no statistics were available in the public domain to prove or disprove the hypothesis that mom-and-pop stores promote good in their communities.
In order to find relevant statistics, we searched for official studies or statistical reports from organizations like the US Small Business Administration, SCORE, and the International Council for Small Business. SCORE has published numerous research reports and statistics about the contributions made by small businesses in the US, but none of the reports provided any clear research methodologies (size of these small businesses was not provided); as a reason of which, we were unable to establish that the findings from these reports were relevant to our research. The US Small Business Administration has also published multiple research studies detailing the importance of mom-and-pop stores; however, none of the reports mentioned charitable giving from these stores.
Since we were unable to locate any relevant information from the previous approach, we searched for relevant surveys PewResearch, Nielsen, Gallup, and several others, but no surveys have been conducted by any of these portals about the charitable giving from mom-and-pop stores in the US.
During our research, we found multiple sources citing individual contributions from mom-and-pop stores in the US; for instance, an NPR transcript mentioned that during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, several mom-and-pop stores in the US donated to people in Haiti and a number of them volunteered as well.
We searched for examples of charitable giving from local mom-and-pop stores in different US states; for this, we searched through the local media sources operating in different states. We were able to find some examples of local corner stores and small mom-and-pop stores' charitable initiatives.
Since we were unable to find hard data to support the statement that mom-and-pop stores promote good in their communities, we have not concluded the hypothesis; however, with the examples that we have provided in our research findings, it is evident that mom-and-pop stores do contribute to their communities. We have included a few sources that were published before 2018 because recent sources were unavailable.