Community stewardship is at the core of our organization and has been a pillar of our history from the beginning. 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.
To 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.
Our associates are dedicated to giving back, and we have many opportunities for associates to get involved.
- Founder's Day — Since 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.
- United Way Week — Since 2001, we've built strong team bonds while building awareness, raising money and volunteering. Through our volunteer efforts during the week, associates also contribute to the wellbeing of our communities.
- Opus Volunteer Council (OVC) — The OVC is an associate-driven initiative to plan and execute volunteer activities for Team Opus.
- Action Teams — Associates 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.
- Future Builders — The Opus Foundation has a strategic focus on introducing and preparing youth for careers in the construction industry. Future Builders is a true partnership between the Foundation and associates with grantmaking and hands-on activities planned and executed by associates.
Since its founding in 2000, the Opus Foundation has awarded $43 million to projects and programs that build our communities. The Foundation awards over $3 million annually and supports nonprofit organizations in the following areas:
- Early Childhood Education — to provide high-quality experiences for preschool-age children, enhancing kindergarten readiness
- Youth Development — to promote healthy social and academic development of youth with an emphasis on supporting youth to stay in school and stay on track to pursue post-secondary education
- Workforce Development — to strengthen the workforce in our communities and help position and prepare under and unemployed individuals for career advancement and greater self-sufficiency
- Community Revitalization — to increase the vitality of economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, including the development of small businesses, affordable housing, and/or other important community assets such as community centers
- Pressing/Emerging Needs — to respond to emergency needs such as food, clothing or shelter resulting from economically challenging times
The Opus Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.
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
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:
- 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 – Small (2017)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Club Champion award (2016)
- Minnesota Keystone Honored Company (2004)