From the beginning, Svenson wanted to use MOD Pizza to foster positive social impact. First and foremost, he said he wanted to spread MOD-ness through “The ripple effect of just doing the right thing.” Since 2008, the company has donated $4.3 million to charities nationwide.
In 2018, MOD Pizza donated $1.8 million to their nonprofit partners, including anti-childhood hunger organization Generosity Feeds, which made 450,000 meals for hungry children over the past year. In June 2018, MOD introduced its first Impact Pizza called “The Isaac” named after a Chicago-area teen who died by suicide in 2017. More than $60,000 was donated to a suicide prevention organization, the Jed Foundation, as a result of the initiative.
The Svensons also do good internally and have become known for hiring employees who need second chances, like former felons.
“We believe in them often more than they believe in themselves,” Svenson said in a July 2018 interview.