Community giving

CSM Corporation and CEO Gary Holmes understand that creating exceptional spaces where people work, live, and visit is about more than just real estate — it’s about building vibrant communities, too. 


That’s one reason why Gary and the Holmes Family Foundation have made generous contributions of time, money, and other resources to local and national organizations over the past decade.

Over the years that same spirit of giving has become an integral part of our employee culture at CSM. As part of that commitment, CSM employees provide special support to the Ronald McDonald House Charities — a nonprofit organization that helps provide a “home away from home” for the families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment.

Each year our employee-created committee coordinates opportunities for our team members and their families to participate in fundraisers, donations, and volunteer events to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. In 2015 alone, our employees:


  • collected over 5,000 items,
  • donated over 140 pop-tab houses,
  • provided more than 1,200 volunteer hours, and
  • contributed over $150,000.

Our employees also served numerous meals through the Cooks for Kids program, and have cleaned and performed maintenance throughout the Ronald McDonald House. It’s a cause that has grown near and dear to our employees’ hearts.

In addition to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Gary Holmes and CSM Corporation are major contributors to the following organizations, significantly improving many lives in the communities where we do business:


  • A Chance to Grow
  • Breck School

  • Children’s Cancer Research Fund

  • Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship (at Carlson School of Management)

  • Gillette Children’s Specialty

  • Matter

  • Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

  • University of Minnesota Foundation

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law

The CSM 40 Year Anniversary Committee serving Lunch during National Volunteer week at the RMHC – Upper Midwest!

One of CSM’s Core values is communities! Our CSM Event Planning Committee had a special opportunity to go to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest to participate in their Lend-A-Hand program. What an amazing experience and for such a great cause!