Donatos Family Foundation to partner with Habitat for Humanity for second year

Family-owned company to raise funds to support affordable homeownership from Jan. 30-April 30

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 30, 2023)Donatos, the family-owned, fast-casual pizza chain, is excited to announce that it is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International for a second year. The partnership falls under the housing pillar of the Donatos Family Foundation’s three-pillar giving back efforts, which also includes hunger and health initiatives.

From Jan. 30 through April 30, Donatos will partner with the global housing nonprofit organization. Donatos has pledged to raise at least $100,000 for Habitat, which will be distributed among local Habitat affiliates in communities near Donatos restaurant locations. Customers are encouraged to join in these fundraising efforts by rounding up when they place an order online, and Donatos will also donate $1 for every snickerdoodle cookie that is sold during this time frame.

“We are excited to be partnering with Habitat again this year to help them in their efforts to build affordable housing in communities across the country,” said Jane Grote Abell, executive chairwoman of the board and chief purpose officer at Donatos. “Giving more than we receive is woven into our culture and continuing the Donatos family legacy of giving back supports our mission to promote goodwill through our product, principles, service and people.”

Donatos was founded by Jim Grote on two core principles – leading with love and treating others the way that he wanted to be treated. This belief in doing business with love became known as Agape Capitalism and goes hand-in-hand with the Latin meaning of the name Donatos – to give a good thing.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Donatos Family Foundation for a second year,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and cause marketing partnerships at Habitat for Humanity International. “Putting love into action is deeply woven into our efforts of building homes, communities and hope, and we are grateful to have dedicated partners like Donatos who also share that same vision. We look forward to seeing the impact of this partnership in communities across the U.S.”  

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity found its earliest inspirations as a grassroots movement on an interracial community farm in south Georgia. Since its founding in 1976, the Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

About Donatos

Donatos features the Edge to Edge pizza, created by Jim Grote who founded Donatos in 1963. With 431 locations in 27 states, Donatos and its franchise partners operate 173 traditional restaurants in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Florida. Donatos’ products are also proudly served in 258 non-traditional locations (248 locations with Red Robin, nine sports and entertainment venues and one REEF Kitchen). For more information about Donatos, visit, like on Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram.