Aarsand & Co., Inc.


"A Step 2 Success"

"A Step 2 Success" is a public charity operated by the Aarsand Family Foundation, Inc. It is the family's hope to further the philanthropic wishes of our late founder, Knut J. Aarsand (1940-2002) through this charity. Since its inception in 2004 the charity has supported more than 150 young people who are trying to improve their lives, one step at a time!

While grant dollars are usually given to college age young people, grant dollars are also given to middle and high school age youth attending private and public schools.

Grantees must live in the counties in which the Aarsand company has stores (see store locator).

Support is also given to organizations. We currently assist the Maryland State Boychoir, and regional Boys and Girls Clubs, as they help particular youth who are taking one step at time.

While we are a public charity and depend on public support to further our cause, we are indebted to the Aarsand Company for providing all the funds to run this charity. As such, it is the foundation's promise that 100% of public money given will be used to directly help individual youth or organizations.

The company promotes an annual fund drive to support A Step 2 Success within all our stores. In 2015, patrons generously gave $112,771.05 and every cent of it will be given to support area youth.

Our mission: "is dedicated to directly helping adolescents committed to improving themselves through education and skill development and helping organizations that assist young men and women achieve self-improvement. The emphasis of the foundation is to lift up, mentor, train, educate, support and monitor individuals who need the support otherwise unavailable to them."

For more information about how to help support A Step 2 Success, or to benefit from this charitable organization, please contact: Torben Aarsand, Executive Director: torben@aarsand.com

Also please visit: www.astep2success.org

"A Step 2 Success"

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