ISTS is a proud supporter of Middle Tennessee businesses and nonprofits, as well as national organizations. We encourage employees both collectively and individually to embody our core value of “Give Back” by being active in causes that inspire them and lending a hand in the community.
The Starfish Campaign
Inspired by the popular story of a young boy and his attempt to save hundreds of starfish stranded on a beach, ISTS President and CEO Becky Sharpe founded the Starfish Campaign in 2010. Each year, ISTS team members come together to nominate and select charitable organizations to receive a donation from the company. This annual corporate giving initiative encourages ISTS employees to “Help Others” both professionally and personally. In 2017, ISTS incorporated a social media campaign (#HelpThatOne) to drive public awareness of and drum up additional financial support for the chosen organizations.
Through the campaign, ISTS has provided financial support to:
- Youth Villages Holiday Heroes – ISTS team members support local children and families in foster care during the holiday season by providing gifts and stockings.
- Tennessee Promise – Several ISTS employees volunteer as tnAchieves Mentors, guiding students through the college admissions process and helping ensure they meet all requirements to receive a Tennessee Promise scholarship.
- Ride for Reading Nashville – ISTS staff collect book donations for delivery via bicycle to children in low-income areas.
- Partnership 2020 – ISTS is an investor in this economic development initiative responsible for recruiting businesses to Middle Tennessee, facilitating expansions and creating new jobs.