One of our core values is "Pie," which represents generosity and is at the heart of all that we do. We strive to be generous with our customers, our employees, our community, and our environment. This drive to give back has led us to donate more than $2 million to great causes in Northern Michigan since Cherry Republic's inception in 1989.
From supporting local farmers and helping to protect our precious Great Lakes to promoting renewable energy and rallying behind our hiking and biking trails, we like to put our money where our mouth is, so to speak. And to all of our generous-minded citizens out there, we encourage you to do the same! After all, who doesn't like pie?
One percent off the top
Each year, we donate 1% of our sales and give it to causes we believe will have a positive influence in our region. A few deserving recipients include:
- National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center
- FLOW (For Love of Water)
- Michigan League of Conservation Voters
- TART (Traverse Area Recreational Trails)
- Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail
- Friends of the Sleeping Bear Dunes
- Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear
When someone comes into one of our stores we charge them a refundable 1% tariff on their purchase. This tariff was enacted by the Cherry Republic legislature in 2002. The typical tariff amount on each purchase is 25 cents. This money is set aside and donated to agricultural programs in northern Michigan. Our primary focus is on preserving our farmland forever and strengthening the new small farm economy in Northern Michigan. Recipients in the past have included: