As the largest local television company in the United States, we have a responsibility to deliver more than high-quality journalism, local programming, and a commitment to working with our advertising and marketing partners in the communities in which we operate. Our broadcasting and digital media businesses must be woven into the fabric of the local community. That means our employees should be regularly engaged in public service and helping others.

Since the company’s founding on June 17, 1996, our journalists have witnessed the impact that local non-profit organizations and public service agencies have on the community—in times of crisis, these organizations mobilize quickly to help those most in need, often making a critical difference in the lives of millions of people every day. But they can’t do it alone. They need help—and that’s where we come in.

In 2016, for the company’s 20th anniversary,  Nexstar’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Perry A. Sook, established the company’s “Founder’s Day of Caring.” It also serves as a “thank you” to Nexstar’s local communities for how they helped make Nexstar a success. 

Every year, during the third week of June, employees across Nexstar’s 116 markets are given paid time off to volunteer at non-profit organizations and/or public service agencies in their local community. The idea is to enable our employees to make a personal commitment to make the community a better place for everyone.

“We are a local service business and the best thing we can do to celebrate our success is to give back to the communities that made us successful. That’s the whole intent for Founder’s Day and that’s what we’re all about.”

Perry A. Sook
Nexstar’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO


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The 2024 Founder’s Day of Caring was held on Friday, June 14, and our television stations covered our efforts in the hopes of inspiring our viewers, partners and advertisers to help, too. Here are a few photos and videos Nexstar Nation took throughout the United States.


You can see a list of some of the non-profit and public service organizations we’ve helped below; the list is long and we’re proud of it.

The choice of which organizations to support is made at the local level and covers a wide range of charities and social service agencies. The mission is to give back and give help where it is needed most.

3 Square Faith Refuge Women & Children’s shelterNo One Walks Alone
A Veteran Suicide Awareness WalkFamily ServiceNortheastern Association for the Blind
Ability ConnectionFathers on a MissionNorthern Virginia’s Shelter House
ADRC Feed the ChildrenOasis Social ministry 
Amandas House and Foster the VillageFeeding AmericaOdessa Family YMCA
American Cancer SocietyFeeding Southwest Virginia One Blood 
American Heart AssociationFeeding the Gulf CoastOutside Foundation
American Red CrossFood Bank of Central Louisiana Poe Center
Amy’s Rays of SunshineForge EvolutionPolice Athletic League
Anacostia Watershed Foster the Village Project Angel Food 
Andre HouseFOUND MissionProvidence Ministries
Andre House of HospitalityFretail StoreQueen City First Responders
Animal Friends of North Central West VirginiaGeaux 4 KidsRachel’s Table
Animal Protection League Good Samaritan MinistriesRebel Rescue Ranch
Animal ShelterGrand Rapids Home for VeteransRecovery on Redwood
Ark of Redemption Local cat shelter Great Plains Nature Center Red Hook Initiative Columbia Street Farm 
Bagel RescueGreater Baton Rouge Food BankResQRanch 
Beach Clean UpH.E.R Shelter River Bend Food Bank
Black Warrior Riverkeeper Habitat for HumanityRonald McDonald House Charities
Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” stores Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern NC
BookSmiles Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam CountyRonald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City
Botanical GardensHagerstown Fire DepartmentRuby’s Rescue 
Boys & Girls Club HALO Animal Rescue Sacramento Food Bank
Brightside Child and Family Advocacy CenterHatching Hope Salt Lake City Neighborhood Clean-up
CAC Beardsley Community Farm Helping HeroesSalvation Army Capital Region in Harrisburg
Caitlin’s SmilesHidden Lakes Boys & Girls Club Salvation Army Food Pantry
Cancer Services of Eastern NCHigh Plains Food BankSan Francisco-Marin and Contra Costa Solano food banks 
Capital Area Food Bank  –  Urban Demonstration Garden  Hope CenterShepard’s Market Food Pantry
Caritas Food Pantry House of Bread Simply Give hunger program
Caritas Retail Store ‘Hidden Treasures’ House of Bread and Miami Valley MealsSleep in Heavenly Peace 
Cerebral Palsy Research FoundationHouston Food Bank SNOWCAP COMMUNITY CHARITIES
Charity Newsies Humane Society of MissouriSouthern STARRS
Charles C Spalding Honolulu Club Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food BankSpringfield Rescue Mission 
Charleston ReStoreJacob’s VillageSt. Jude’s
Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and ControlJoplin Public LibrarySt. Vincent de Paul 
Chesterfield County Food Bank Outreach CenterLa Crosse Community TheatreStable Strides
Children Mending Lexington Rescue MissionStewpot
Children’s Harbor, located inside Children’s Hospital Lion’s Club Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park Sacramento 
Children’s Hospital – Children’s HarborLive by Living SWI Industrial 
City Rescue MissionLoaves and FishesTeays Valley ReStore
Clark County Developmental Disabilitieslocal Fire Departments, Rescue Squads and Sherriff Offices to Fill the Boot for FoodTeddy Bear Den
Colonial Capital Humane SocietyLocal Food PantriesTexas State Veteran’s Cemetery
Community Partnership for Child Developmentlocal nature center THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK
Cradles to Crayons Lollypop Farm Humane SocietyTwisted Pines Winery
Dayton FoodbankMANNAUnited Way 
Disability Connect MARBRIDGE FOUNDATION United Way Hands On 
Dockweiler State Beach Marshall Historic CourthouseUnited Way of the Capital Region
Dress For SuccessMeals From the Heartland United Way/Bottom Line Diaper Bank
East Bay Community Action Food BankMetropolitan MinistriesUtah Food Bank
East Lake Park Miami Valley MealsVets and Friends 
East Texas Food Bank Mid-Ohio FarmVolunteers of America Utah’s Men’s Detox Center 
Eau Claire Humane Society Midwest Food BankWafer food pantry
Ele’s PlaceMilitary Missions in ActionWeinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank
Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities   Mission at Kern CountyWELLSPRING 
Erie Family Center Museum of North Texas HistoryWesterville Area Resource Ministry
Every Dog Matters RescueNational Museum of the Mighty Eighth WHEAT Food Pantry 
Exceptional Foundation Nationwide Children’s HospitalWild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
F.O.A.M – Fathers on a MissionNehamiah ProjectWildlife Prairie Park 
Fairfield Humane SocietyNeighborhood HouseWildlife Zenya
  Women & Children’s Center
  Zoo New York


Nexstar Nation showcased their outstanding community service efforts on social media. They posted pictures and memorable video clips highlighting the great work being done on X (formally Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The hashtags that were designated for this year’s Founder’s Day of Caring were #NexstarNation and #NexstarFDOC2024. See some posts below but click on the icons for for a full round-up.