Las Vegas loves to showcase the best of the best, and when it comes to social responsibility and paying it forward, we lead by example. When home organizations and visiting corporations actively give back to the community, the environment and the people who make this destination shine, we all make the world a better place.
As the leading convention destination, Las Vegas not only encourages corporate social responsibility, the city also lives it. The following organizations are a big part of ensuring that all members of our community continue to grow and thrive. When looking to include the local community as part of your CSR, these great organizations are often selected by visiting conventions and corporations for philanthropy efforts.
One of Las Vegas’ oldest nonprofit organizations, Opportunity Village (OV) enhances the lives of adults in Southern Nevada with intellectual and related disabilities, as well as their families, through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation. Beyond donations, many trade shows use OV to help out with large-scale events, including stuffing bags, custodial services and other necessary convention jobs.
Three Square is a vital resource for food insecure Las Vegas residents. On top of various programs that help the surrounding community, its banquet surplus program ensures that no useable food goes to waste. Trade shows and organizations holding their meetings in Las Vegas can donate food items to hungry families or volunteer time at the venue.
HELP of Southern Nevada
Since 1970, HELP has served both homeless adults and youth in the community by offering a variety of programs, training and services to help individuals and families increase their self-sufficiency and become less dependent on government assistance. Beyond donating funds to the organization, corporations can host donation drives or hold team-building events at the venue to positively impact the community through creating change in others’ lives.
While sustainability may not be the first thing someone thinks about when it comes to the Strip, many don’t know the level of dedication that Las Vegas resorts have to their environmental responsibility initiatives.
- MGM Resorts has a well-developed CSR program, with projects that include environmental programs, inclusivity initiatives and sustainability goals. The company recently announced a partnership to build a 100-megawatt solar array, along with achieving multiple LEED and green building certifications. It has also strengthened the community, generating billions in economic impact and investing in education, reskilling and career readiness programs.
- Caesars Entertainment is also dedicated to strengthening society and building sustainable communities alongside responsible gaming practices and community resources that support its staff and Las Vegas at large. The company is mitigating climate change by reducing energy consumption and working to reduce water use and food waste across a range of initiatives. It’s also active on broader social issues such as homelessness, with programs that assist the most vulnerable members of society.
- Both Caesars and MGM are integral partners with Three Square Food Bank, which has paved the way to allow food banks and shelters to accept food from banquets and conventions. This was previously not allowed due to health restrictions.
Clean the World Foundation
Clean the World Foundation’s goal is to ensure that everyone has access to clean water, proper sanitation and adequate hygiene to help eradicate hygiene-related deaths, globally. With a presence in Las Vegas, its hotel recycling program collects soaps, shampoos and other hygiene items from many resort partners on the Strip to distribute to those in need.
Convention Groups Participation
CSR activities are an increasingly popular aspect of the nearly 22,000 meetings and events that take place each year in Las Vegas. The influx of events and business travelers heading to Las Vegas each year leaves a lasting impact on Southern Nevada’s community through various initiatives.
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CES – put on by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – is one of the biggest annual conventions anywhere and attracts over 175,000 people each year. The most talked about convention goes beyond hosting events to educate and promote sustainability and other innovations, showing its dedication to a greener future. CES strives to make the event more sustainable each year with its green initiative, which includes:
- Recycling: in 2019, 1,400 tons of materials were recycled; 1.7 million square feet of carpet was reused; 100% of vinyl banners were diverted from landfill; and all booth and aisle signs were recycled.
- Donation: CES/CTA donates all furniture and materials that exhibitors don’t want to bring home with them to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village, Teachers Exchange and HELP of Southern Nevada. CES/CTA also donated two canine security officers to the LVCVA to keep the convention and wider community safer.
- Grants: For the past five years CES/CTA has awarded:
- $123,000 to Green Our Planet to build 36 outdoor garden classrooms in schools across the Clark County School District, directly impacting over 30,000 students.
- $52,000 to Touro University Nevada for campus upgrades, including a solar-powered outdoor charging workstation.
- $20,000 to University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Foundation to support UNLV’s Team Las Vegas’ participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2020 competition.
- Their grant program is open to new applicants every year.
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National Auto Dealers Association
NADA Show, the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) annual convention, has been repeatedly held in Las Vegas and has made a huge impact. The organization takes its social responsibility seriously and has numerous initiatives housed within its foundation to help the community and nation at large, including:
- The NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund helps auto and truck dealership employees who have been impacted by natural disasters.
- NADA always makes a large local donation when it’s in town. In 2018, it donated $50,000 to the Nellis Support Team, a nonprofit organization whose broad mission includes supporting more than 30,000 airmen and women and their families at Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, and the Nevada Test and Training Range in Southern Nevada.
- Forward is its new website featuring its Workforce Initiative and other programs benefiting wounded veterans, disaster relief victims and others in need, dedicated to helping individuals receive training and obtain meaningful work.
- McCarthy Memorial Program pairs veterans and disabled children with highly trained service dogs.
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The Clean Show
The Clean Show, the largest textile care exposition in the world that features working equipment and industry education, will return to Las Vegas for the seventh time in June 2025. During its last Las Vegas convention in 2017, it partnered with LaundryCares Foundation to host a Free Laundry Day event at Las Vegas Coin Laundry, along with educational activities supporting the foundation’s mission to aid childhood literacy.
MAGIC Fashion Marketplace Show
Alma USA introduced Eco-Concept to Las Vegas at the MAGIC show held in August 2019, where 100% recyclable polypropylene carpet is put down for a trade show. After the show, the carpet is lifted and fed into Eco-Concept’s mobile trailer-housed machine onsite. The carpet is shredded and compacted into bales that are sold to recyclers who melt the shreds into pellets, which are then sold to companies that produce chairs, tables or garbage cans.
The Las Vegas community continues to thrive due to the socially conscious businesses that reside in the valley as well as the generosity of those who do business here. When you book your next convention here, you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping others.