“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

That is a quote that many local business owners are taking to heart, and it’s really striking a chord with their patrons. When a business donates their time or services to charity, it’s not only good for business, it’s also good for morale. Pair this with the fact that charitable contributions can increase employee satisfaction and consumer perception of the business, and you have a business model that becomes a win-win for all parties involved.

One company that is doing just that is the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop with its Pie It Forward program to help improve the local community of Franklin by giving back. Each month, the shop creates a specialty pie for the program, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of that pie is donated to a charity or nonprofit organization within the community. For example, this past September, funds from every peanut butter pie sold were donated to Friends of Franklin Parks.

“We have developed the Pie It Forward program to provide our bakeries with creative ways to support local schools, churches, the military and other important nonprofits. Pie It Forward is our play on Pay It Forward. We just add pie.”

Although the Franklin location of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop is in the middle of a relocation within the next year, you can still go online to request your charity or nonprofit organization to be considered for the program. For more information, visit ButtermilkSkyPie.com.