A pillar of our organization's history, giving back to the community is at the core of our organization today and serves as the basis for our values — safety, integrity, respect, innovation, entrepreneurship and stewardship.
We give back to the communities where Team Opus members live, work and raise families. We have a strong, long-standing commitment to lending time and expertise to enhance these communities and make them better places to live, work and raise a family.
Founded in 2000, the Opus Foundation has invested nearly $53 million to help build Opus communities and support efforts that make them better places to live, work and raise families. The Foundation is committed to improving conditions that disproportionately affect historically disinvested individuals and communities. Learn more about the Opus Foundation
We have many opportunities for associates to get involved in our philanthropic activities.
Founder's DaySince 2012, we have honored our origins by hosting a company-wide volunteer day. Founder's Day commemorates the day Gerry Rauenhorst signed the first contract for Rauenhorst Construction Co. Associates across the company volunteer with local affiliates of Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity. Check out past Founder's Day events
United Way CampaignWe build strong team bonds while building awareness, raising money and volunteering during our annual campaign. Through our volunteer efforts during the week, associates also contribute to the wellbeing of our communities. Check out past United Way Campaigns
Opus Volunteer Council (OVC)The OVC is an associate-driven initiative to plan and execute volunteer activities for Team Opus. The OVC's purpose is to engage associates who are committed to and passionate about volunteerism and to identify, organize and promote opportunities to volunteer in our communities. Learn more about OVC
Action TeamsAssociates in each office serve as the link between the community and the Foundation. They help increase scale and impact by connecting the Foundation with community members, recommending grantees and providing input on funding strategies. Learn more about our Action Teams
Developing a Diverse WorkforceAs a commercial real estate developer, designer and design-builder, connecting with our communities and supporting workforce development in these verticals just makes sense. Learn more
Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community AwardTo honor our founder's legacy of giving, Opus and the Opus Foundation® launched the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award in 2015. Fueled by unwavering optimism, Gerry demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a commitment to finding a better way to build a business, community and value-centered life. With an enduring belief that business has a responsibility to strengthen society, Gerry ensured giving back was a cornerstone of our organization. Learn more about the Building Community Award
We don't just say we value community stewardship; we show it in our actions and priorities. Our initiatives have earned numerous recognitions confirming the impact of our work, including the following:
- Christopher House Thrive Benefit Honoree (2022)
- Minnesota Business Magazine Community Impact Awards Best in Class – Medium (2018)
- Minnesota Keystone Honored Company – Medium (2017)
- Greater Twin Cities United Way Best in Show – Smal (2017)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Club Champion award (2016)
- Minnesota Keystone Honored Company (2004)
The Minnesota Keystone Program recognizes companies that donate at least 2% of their pre-tax earnings to the community. Created in 1976 by business leaders, including our founder Gerry Rauenhorst, the program recognizes and encourages charitable giving. Learn More