The Center for Leadership and Service at the University of Florida created the Purpose 20 Awards to honor the contributions made to Alachua County by local for-profit businesses. These 20 businesses provide invaluable cash and in-kind donations while supporting the community with efforts in environmental sustainability, serving as role models for change within the community and encouraging staff members to give their time to local causes. All of this work often goes unrecognized. The Center for Leadership and Service hopes that by recognizing these businesses, we inspire others through their example and demonstrate that business is about more than making a profit — it is also about having a purpose to build a better community.
Bosshardt was established in 1987 and has been actively involved with many local charities and organizations from the beginning. Bosshardt sets an example through its founder’s involvement and engagement within the community. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bosshardt is co-founder of Gainesville Harvest, which delivers food to the hungry in Alachua County, and continues to volunteer at the Acorn Clinic and the Alachua County Health Department. In 2013, the Bosshardt Charitable Fund was created, which is comprised of employees and agents within the family of Bosshardt companies. Bosshardt has been a proud supporter of the Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle Support Program for many years, participates in the annual Relay for Life event benefiting the American Cancer Society, and partners with ElderCare of Alachua County and the Meals on Wheels Program. Together, Bosshardt owners and employees have served over 150 organizations with their charitable efforts.