When CEO John Veson and COO Eva Douzinas joined Veson Nautical, both had served on charity boards and cared about giving back to their community. "It's very special to donate to places you feel close to," says Douzinas. "We wanted to share that experience with our staff, so they could feel responsible for sharing a piece of our profit with an organization that's important to them." Employees donate $500 to a favorite charity and share its significance with the company. "We didn't realize how important that would be, but it's been one of our most popular perks that we offer," Douzinas says.