How Donatos Pizza goes the extra mile to give kids a chance to succeed

Pillar Award finalist

Jane Grote Abell

Jane Grote Abell
Tom Krouse
president and CEO
Donatos Pizza
(614) 416-7700 |

Donatos Pizza strives to provide delicious pizza to each one of its customers, but that’s not the only thing the company does with the goal of making people smile. One of the cornerstones of the company’s mission is to promote good will and to be an asset to every neighborhood that it serves.

This philosophy of helping others and giving back stems in part from Jim Grote’s personal experience when he started the company while he

Tom Krouse

was still in college. Grote placed a lot of importance on developing young talent and promoting the importance of education. His family’s $1 million contribution to the South Side revitalization project is the largest and latest contribution in a longstanding commitment to the neighborhood where the business was born.

Today, Chairman Jane Grote Abell and President and CEO Tom Krouse continue the tradition of philanthropy at Donatos.

Project Goodwill was established in 2005 and conducts weekly activities to benefit a group of charities that is selected annually by the entire staff at the company’s home office.

The effort has raised more than $74,000 for deserving charities since its inception and continues to expand its reach. Each year, Project Goodwill adopts a class at both Southwood Elementary and Hamilton Avenue Elementary schools. They provide several class parties and trips that the students would otherwise not be able to experience.