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Tribal Monitors Help Preserve Cultural Heritage

Mon, 2014-03-03 03:25
Members of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe monitor for signs of cultural significance along the Houston Lateral Pipeline

SOURCE: TransCanada


Along the Houston Lateral pipeline, Alabama-Coushatta tribal monitors provide awareness, knowledge and information on the significance of the land that enhances TransCanada’s understanding of the Coushatta community. The tribe arrived in Texas in 1807 and was later placed on a reservation in Livingston, a town in East Texas. This unique tribe of people inhabited the east bank of the Trinity River, currently Liberty County.

The tribal monitoring program is administered through TransCanada’s regional tribal liaison, lead environmental inspectors and the Houston Lateral project team. Monitors are required to adhere to a Tribal Monitoring Plan and report daily and weekly activities that identify the areas and activities monitored that week, issues or concerns that were encountered and how the issue was resolved.

To read more about how Alabama-Coushatta tribal monitors are working with the Houston Lateral Project click here...

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Energy, Human Resources, TransCanada, aboriginal relations, Alabama-Coushatta, Houston Lateral, human resources, Corporate Social Responsibility, cultural heritage


Bangladesh Factory Victims Fund: Donating is Responsible, Not Admission of Guilt

Mon, 2014-03-03 03:15

SOURCE: Cone Communications


Since last year's Bangladesh factory collapse, a number of companies have made efforts to improve factory conditions and address worker well-being, including Levi's, Marks & Spencer and H&M. Now, a new fund seeks to provide monetary support for those directly affected.

ust two months before the anniversary of the Bangladesh tragedy, five companies have donated to the newly created Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, which will provide compensation for nearly 4,000 survivors and families of victims and will pay for such things as medical bills and lost wages. Although some companies have concerns that a public donation may be seen as an admission of guilt, others, such as Dan Rees of the International Labor Organization, see it as a "mechanism that the whole industry can support."

To read more on Cone's Prove Your Purpose blog, please click here.

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Human Rights, Bangladesh, supply chain, Transparency, Cone

Building on Lilly's Legacy of Giving

Mon, 2014-03-03 02:25
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company


Lilly has a proud legacy of giving back and lifting up that originates with the company’s founder, Colonel Eli Lilly. In 2013, we continued those efforts through a mix of traditional philanthropy and new approaches to help people in need. 

Last year, we gave more than $750 million in charitable contributions to help people living in impoverished communities, patients facing financial hardship, and families struggling to recover from natural disasters, among others.  This is an increase of $50 million compared to 2012.  About 90 percent of our total philanthropy is driven by the value of product donations associated with our U.S.-based patient assistance programs. 

Read more about Lilly's global giving, and view a video on how we mix traditional philanthropy with new approaches, on our blog.

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KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Eli Lilly & Company, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Corporate Responsibility, philanthropy

Elsevier Award Recognises Brilliant Women Scientists In the Developing World

Fri, 2014-02-28 07:00

SOURCE: Justmeans


(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The number of women in science, technology and innovation in the world’s leading economies is alarmingly low and actually on the decline in several, including the U.S. Women remain severely under-represented in degree programs for these fields. Even in countries where the numbers of women studying science and technology have increased, more women are not finding their way into the workplace. This why the recent winners of the 2014 Elsevier Foundation prizes are impressive not only for their research, but for their potential, as these awards and recognition could bring exciting new opportunities for research. Plus, over time, these researchers will fulfil their potential as teachers and mentors, as partners in international projects and as advisers to governments. Such leadership can make a long-lasting contribution to global science.

The five female chemists were honoured with Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, each for research that looks to nature for ways to address cancer, malaria and other medical problems. The winning researchers, representing five regions of the developing world, are from Indonesia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Yemen. The focus was chemistry; a selection panel of eminent chemists independently selected each winner based on her achievements, who had impressive accomplishments in applying the chemistry of nature to pharmaceutical science. The Elsevier Foundation prize includes USD $5,000 and all-expenses paid attendance at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Chicago. In 2015 the prize will be for physics and mathematics.

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Sangeeta Haindl - I enjoy being a staff writer for 3BL Media/Justmeans on topics - Social Innovation, Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurs. When I am not writing for 3BL Media/Justmeans, I wear my other hat as owner of Serendipity PR. Over the years I have worked with high-profile, big, powerful brands and organisations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from my industry. I believe in the power of serendipity for business and superheroes. I also am a Twitter lover and believe that social media is a digital constellation:connecting people in an easily explored galaxy. I would also describe myself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer and Futurist. I enjoy helping others, paying it forward and being a mum.

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KEYWORDS: Community, Social Change, Justmeans, elsevier foundation, women, Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, STEM careers

Founder of Bloomberg L.P. Michael Bloomberg Joins "My Brother's Keeper" Launch

Fri, 2014-02-28 04:00

SOURCE: Bloomberg


Founder of Bloomber L.P. Michael Bloomberg joins Barack Obama in launching "My Brothers Keeper", an initiative targeted at young men of color. "My Brothers Keeper" is based off the Young Men's Initiative in New York City which was launched by Bloomberg while he was mayor. The Young Men's Initiative addresses issues in education, employment, health and justice. Bloomberg discusses why he launched the Young Men's Initiative and why it is so important for programs like these to exist. Read more here.

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KEYWORDS: philanthropy, csr, citizen, mayor, Bloomberg, People, Men

CITGO Lemont Refinery Employees Donate Winter Coats And Other Necessities To Three Local Domestic Violence Shelters

Fri, 2014-02-28 03:00

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


LEMONT, Ill., Feb. 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The CITGO Community Action Team (CCAT), employee volunteers with the CITGO Lemont Refinery, organized a winter coat and supply drive benefiting three local domestic violence shelters serving Will County.  CITGO employees and contractors donated new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, personal care products, clothing and household items for women and children at Guardian Angel Home Community Services, Lamb's Fold Women's Center and Crisis Center for South Suburbia.

"With the holiday season behind us, we recognize there are dedicated companies like CITGO who keep our organization in their hearts year round," said Ines Kutlesa, Chief Executive Officer at Guardian Angel Community Services.  "We are very grateful for their generosity and commitment to helping families in our community."

CCAT members delivered about ten large storage containers full of winter coats and much needed essential household products to the three shelters.  These shelters provide community-based supportive housing and other vital services to help individuals in their efforts to develop healthy, mutually supportive relationships and eliminate domestic violence from their lives.

Earlier this year, CITGO Lemont employees delivered nearly $300 in monetary donations and more than 65 tote bags full of paper towels, household cleaning products, personal hygiene items, diapers and baby wipes to these three shelters as part of the CCAT's "Donations for a Brighter Spring" campaign.

The CITGO Lemont Refinery employs more than 800 local residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy.  In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 6,000 locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community.  Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs.  For more information on the CITGO Lemont Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/Lemont.

CITGO, which is based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.  The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.


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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Volunteerism, Citgo, CITGO Community Action Team, domestic violence, CITGO Lemont Refinery, employee giving, Guardian Angel Community Services, Crisis Center for South Suburbia, Lamb's Fold Women's Center

Postcards from Peru Week 2: Taking in the Peruvian Culture

Thu, 2014-02-27 11:35
By Lora Phillips, Symantec Senior Manager, Global Corporate Responsibility

SOURCE: Symantec


Entering the second week in Peru, the Symantec Service Corps (SSC) team has settled into their business projects as well as their home for the month, Hotel Casa De Mi Abuela, which translates to "My Grandmother's House."

While each morning the 10 team members head out to three different locations, they return at the end of the day and sit in the garden outside of their hotel, debriefing on what they learned and establishing a plan for the next day. We're keeping in close contact with them through their blogs, and are compiling weekly updates on their progress. Here's an update from Week Two!

Continue Reading: http://bit.ly/1mJqlAc

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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Volunteering, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Volunteerism, Symantec Service Corps., pro bono, Employee Engagement

Eastman Welcomed Dr. Benjamin S. Carson to a Full House Crowd

Thu, 2014-02-27 09:30

SOURCE: Eastman Chemical Company


On Tuesday, February 25, Eastman welcomed world-renowned neurosurgeon and best-selling author Benjamin S. Carson, M.D. Dr. Carson as he presented, “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great,”based on his most recent book.

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Sponsored by Eastman in honor of Black History Month, the event was at full capacity with more than 2,000 people in attendance. 

“It is our privilege to host Dr. Carson here in the Tri-Cities region,” said Etta Clark, vice president of Public Affairs and Policy. “Dr. Carson’s story is inspirational, and his personal and professional accomplishments are remarkable.”

Dr. Carson discussed a variety of topics, but the heart of his message focused on empowering individuals through education and personal responsibility. Reflecting on his childhood, Carson explained that he grew up in single-parent home and praised his mother for never giving up when times were hard.

"She never felt sorry for herself," said Carson. "And she didn't feel sorry for us either," he laughed. "It became very clear to me that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you, is you."

Dr. Carson emphasized the importance of education at all ages, into adulthood. He challenged the audience to spend time learning every day.

Retired from a highly publicized medical career, Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics as well as former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Carson is credited with pioneering work on the first completely successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head.

Carson is president of the Carson Scholars Fund, which he co-founded with his wife, Candy. The organization recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.  A best-selling author, Dr. Carson has released four books and is currently working on his newest, One Nation, scheduled for release in May 2014. He is also a weekly columnist for The Washington Times and contributor for FOX News.

Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Contact Info:

Amanda Allman
Corporate Communications
+1 (423) 229-1025

KEYWORDS: Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Change, Social Actions, Technology. Innovation & Solutions

Caesars Entertainment Celebrates Marriage Equality With $50,000 Wedding Giveaway

Thu, 2014-02-27 07:30

SOURCE: Caesars Entertainment Corporation


Caesars Entertainment is celebrating marriage equality with their "Love is Love" $50,000 wedding giveaway.

In celebration of New Jersey being the 14th state in the nation where lesbian and gay couples can marry, the Caesars Entertainment team is giving one happy couple the wedding of their dreams beginning with their bachelor/bachelorette party to the "I Do's", and will feature the best of the best in Atlantic City.

The $50,000 prize includes a lavish wedding with 100 invited guests, a cocktail hour, dinner, custom cake designed by celebri-chef Deb Pellegrino, photographers, flowers, entertainment, luxury accommodations, Bachelor & Bachelorette parties, and more. 

There are four easy steps to enter
1. Follow @Total_AC on Instagram
2. Create a video telling them why you're the best couple to win the prize. 
3. Upload video to Instagram (maximum of 15 seconds)
4. Tag @Total_AC and use hash tag #LoveIsLoveInAC when posting your video.

This contest runs from February 18 - March 14 2014 and the voting period will take place from March 17 - March 31 2014. According to the release, Instragram users will be encouraged to search the #LoveIsLoveInAC hash-tag and "like" their favorite video. A judging panel will then choose the winner from the top 5 most "liked" videos. For more details click here.

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KEYWORDS: caesars entertainment, diversity, inclusion, LGBT, equality, Love is Love, atlantic city, Wedding Giveaway Contest, Wedding, marriage equality

Southwest Airlines Named to Fortune’s 2014 List 0f World’s Most Admired Companies

Thu, 2014-02-27 05:00
For 20 Consecutive Years, Southwest Has Been Named a Most Admired Company

SOURCE: Southwest Airlines


DALLASFebruary 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today was named to FORTUNE’s 2014 list of World’s Most Admired Companies for the 20th consecutive year. Southwest was ranked as the 9th Most Admired Company and is the only commercial airline to make the Top Ten.  FORTUNE worked with the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, and asked executives, directors, and analysts which companies they admired most from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25 percent in last year’s survey, plus those that finished in the top 20 percent of their industry.

“The Employees of Southwest Airlines are the secret ingredient in our recipe for success, and they are the reason we are consistently recognized as one of the Most Admired Companies in the world,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines.  “This is my 28th year at Southwest, and I have never had more confidence, more pride, and more enthusiasm for the future.  Congratulations to the People of Southwest on this high honor.”

Nearly 700 companies from 30 countries around the world were analyzed and ranked with input from 3,900 executives, directors and analysts. The survey measures nine attributes, including financial performance and corporate reputation. To read more about this honor for Southwest, go here to read a blog post from CEO Gary Kelly.

In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2013 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. With Southwest Airlines, Bags Fly Free ® (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply), and there are no change fees when you need to change your flight. Southwest's fleet offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, a majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity, live and video-on-demand TV currently available for FREE compliments of DISH, and a new, sustainable cabin interior. Southwest acquired AirTran Airways in May 2011 and by the end of 2014 intends to complete the full integration of the AirTran network into Southwest. With 41 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest and AirTran operate nearly 3,500 flights a day. Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares are available online at southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

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KEYWORDS: Southwest Airlines, Fortune, Gary Kelly, world's most admired companies, csr, fortune magazine, Hay Group

New Study Highlights Promising Approach for Closing Education Achievement Gaps

Thu, 2014-02-27 03:35



Bethesda, Md., February 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - More than 60 percent of America's black and Hispanic school children are living in poor or low-income families, and more than one in five children overall are in poverty, putting many of these students at risk for educational failure. Child Trends reported today on a promising strategy for providing at-risk students the academic and non-academic supports necessary for educational success.

Child Trends conducted an extensive review of the research and evaluations underlying Integrated Student Support (ISS) approaches operating in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. ISS approaches promote academic success by securing and coordinating supports tailored to the specific needs of at-risk students. These supports can include tutoring and mentoring, linking students to physical and mental health care, and connecting their families to parent education, family counseling, and food banks. A key component of all these models is the use of assessments to identify supports needed and data to monitor progress over time.

"Overall, we found that ISS is solidly grounded in decades of research on child and youth development, there is promising initial evidence that ISS models improve academic outcomes, and there are preliminary studies finding a positive return on investment," said Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D., senior scholar Child Trends and lead author of the study. "Because the evidence is both promising and preliminary, we urge the field to continue to refine and test ISS models."

Leading organizations with ISS approaches include: Beacon Initiative, Children's Aid Society Community Schools, City Connects, Comer School Development Program, Communities In Schools, Say Yes to Education, and School of the 21st Century. Child Trends estimates that about 75 percent of the students served by an ISS approach are black or Hispanic, and largely from low-income families. The largest provider is Communities In Schools, which serves 1.3 million K-12 students in 2,200 schools.

Core Findings

In an extensive scholarly report and shorter white paper, Child Trends reported the following findings:

  • There is emerging evidence that ISS models can contribute to student academic progress as measured by grade promotion, credit completion, math achievement, overall GPA; attendance, and for reading achievement. This finding is based on 11 rigorous evaluations completed to date; but the evidence is more consistent from quasi-experimental studies as opposed to the more rigorous random-controlled evaluations.
  • Preliminary studies find a positive return on investment in ISS. To date, there have been three studies of the long-term payback for investments in ISS. While there were variations in study methods, all of the studies found positive ROIs, ranging from more than $4 to $15 saved for every $1 invested.
  •  ISS, as a student-centered approach, is firmly grounded in child and youth development research. ISS models embrace a "whole child" perspective that recognizes the importance of a child's health and safety, socio-emotional development, behavior, and relationships to his or her educational success. ISS also recognizes that educational success is affected by multiple contexts, in and out of school. Research clearly indicates that the likelihood of academic success is enhanced by a more comprehensive set of supports.
  •  ISS is also aligned well with empirical research on the varied factors that promote educational success. A large body of empirical research, as well as new analyses by Child Trends, indicate that school success (or failure) is the product of multiple and varied factors at the individual, family, and school levels. This suggests that providing an array of academic and non-academic supports in a coordinated fashion, as ISS does, is a more effective strategy than focusing on one, or a small set of, supports.
  • High-quality implementation is important to achieve positive outcomes. This finding is consistent with studies of early childhood and after-school programs. However, evidence from ISS implementation evaluations, about which specific practices and/or services contribute to better outcomes, is mixed and inconclusive, warranting further study.

Achievement Disparities and School Success

Disparities in test scores between poor and wealthier U.S. students have grown in the past ten years; the income gap is now larger than the black-white achievement gap. However, black and Hispanic children are approximately twice as likely as white children to be living in poverty, with the myriad disadvantages that poverty implies. Both black and Hispanic students are at least twice as likely as white students to drop out of high school. When it comes to attaining a bachelor's degree, white students are 75 percent more likely to do so than are blacks and are more than one-and-a-half times more likely to do so than are their Hispanic peers.

"ISS approaches recognize that academic success depends on a range of factors, which makes these programs well suited for addressing the academic and non-academic needs of at-risk students, if they are implemented with quality," added Moore. "These programs complement reform efforts to improve the academic performance of our schools."

About the Study

Child Trends drew on research in child and youth development, examined the empirical research on the factors that affect school success, conducted additional quantitative analyses, examined existing program evaluations, and interviewed leading practitioners in the ISS field. Bloomberg Philanthropies and AT&T provided funding for the Child Trends' research report and its dissemination.

About Child Trends: Child Trends, based in Bethesda, Md., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. For more than 30 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on our data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. Our work is supported by foundations; federal, state and local government agencies; and by nonprofit organizations. Child Trends has more than 100 employees and annual revenue of about $13 million. childtrends.org

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KEYWORDS: Education, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Achievement Gap, closing the achievment gap, Child Trends, Education study, academic achievement, Achievement gap study

#DardenDigest: Go Green, Go Community

Thu, 2014-02-27 03:30

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants


Darden’s green commitment lives with our people and you’ll find some of the best examples in our Sustainability Teams. These groups of self-selected employees are found in our Restaurant Support Center and restaurants across the country, leading everyday sustainability efforts and encouraging coworkers to be good stewards of the environment. One of our passionate leaders, Trisha Weeks from LongHorn Steakhouse, tells us how her Green Team embraces this commitment.

Continue reading at Darden Digest

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KEYWORDS: Habitat for Humanity, darden, Darden Restaurants, longhorn steakhouse, Recycling, sustainability, community service, volunteer

JK Group CEO to Explore the Benefits of Corporate Giving on DriveThruHR

Thu, 2014-02-27 03:15



PLAINSBORO, NJ, February 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ -

Robert Farina, chief executive officer of JK Group, the leading end-to-end solutions provider of software and value-added services for corporate philanthropic programs.

Will be the featured guest on DriveThruHR, a top-rated internet radio show focusing on issues of concern to HR professionals.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST (12:00 p.m. CST / 11:00 a.m. MST / 10:00 a.m. PST)

The live episode can be accessed at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drivethruhr/2014/03/06/bob-farina-at-lunch-with-drivethruhr.

Corporate giving programs are proven to improve recruitment efforts, increase employee satisfaction and retention. As a result, corporate giving is on the rise and socially responsible companies are working to integrate corporate philanthropy into their organizational cultures. With the new standard being set, today's employers have the opportunity to show their communities, and their employees, that they care about social responsibility by developing a comprehensive corporate philanthropy program.

During his appearance on DriveThruHR, Robert Farina, chief executive officer of JK Group, will explore the extensive benefits of corporate philanthropy programs and discuss key considerations for getting started with giving. In addition, Farina will share the various options for engaging employees as well as the trends and technologies that are shaping corporate philanthropy in 2014. Listeners will learn about JK Group and the role that technology plays in effective corporate giving and volunteerism initiatives.

HR and CSR professionals interested in learning how their organization can benefit from a comprehensive corporate philanthropy program are encouraged to tune into DriveThruHR for this informative session. The live webcast can be accessed at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drivethruhr/2014/03/06/bob-farina-at-lunch-with-drivethruhr.

About JK Group, Inc.
For over 20 years, JK Group has been the innovator in software and outsourced services for corporate philanthropic programs. Hundreds of leading global corporations rely on JK's technology and services to support both domestic and international giving programs, facilitating over $1 billion in contributions each year. The company is a leader in providing solutions for matching gifts, volunteer and event management, employee giving campaigns, grants administration, PAC programs and disaster relief. For more information, please visit www.JK-Group.com

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KEYWORDS: Event, Human Resources, Community, Engagement, Social Gifting, Social Change, Volunteerism, Employee Engagement, employee volunteering, corporate giving, corporate philantrhopy, employee giving, corporate social responsibiliy, csr

Marvel Unveils New Custom Comic Book Created for Children's Hospital Care Packages

Thu, 2014-02-27 02:30
By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

SOURCE: The Walt Disney Company


As Compassion Month coverage wraps up, we’d like to end on a heroic note.

We are thrilled to unveil an exclusive Marvel comic book—crafted for some very special kids by the House of Ideas’ creative agency, Marvel Custom Solutions—starring none other than the world-famous Armored Avenger, Iron Man!

Developed in conjunction with Child Life Council, the custom comic book, which folds open to reveal an exciting poster, hopes to inspire young patients and other kids as they work to overcome adversity. The all-new adventure presents a dramatic clash between Iron Man and his infamous foe, Fin Fang Foom, as a metaphor for the super powers we all have within us that we draw upon to help get us through difficult times. The comic—which features the work of writer Jim Zub; penciler Wellinton Alves; inker Anderson Silva; colorist Guru eFX; letterer Joe Sabino; and cover artist Jee-Hyung—will be a limited edition issue. Only 250,000 copies will be made available in print.

The Marvel custom comic will be included in Disney hospital care packages and sent to hundreds of hospitals around the world. These care packages also include special Disney toys, DVDs, books and Club Penguin memberships.

We recently sat down with Marvel Custom Solutions Creative Director Bill Rosemann, who talked about the experience of working with Disney Citizenship to bring this special story to life.

What was so unique about this partnership between Disney Citizenship, Child Life Council and Marvel? Can you talk to us about your experience?

We hope every comic book we publish entertains the reader and takes them away from their worries… but when we can do that and also create a story that helps children during their stay in a hospital? Now that’s unique! We wanted to let kids and their families know that everyone at Marvel and Disney is on their side—that we recognize the immense challenges they are facing, and that they have the strength within to face those challenges. We may create comics and movies starring super heroes, but they are our true heroes.

Your comic book will be seen and will impact thousands of children across the country. How does that make you feel?

When anyone joins the staff at Marvel, they must raise their hand and swear that “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” Okay, maybe we don’t, but we do our best to keep that famous Marvel mantra in mind while we work on everything we create. Speaking as a father of a toddler, creating this comic was a true honor, and it represents a wonderful opportunity to live out this metaphor that Stan Lee and so many creators have taught us for the last 75 years.

What do you think the cover represents?

Jee-Hyung’s amazing art presents an Iron Man who is powerful, tough and willing to push through adversity… just like the kids that we’ve created this comic for!

Can you describe the comic book? Any fun/interesting tidbits you'd like to share?

Writer Jim Zub and penciler Wellinton Alves deliver action, drama and an inspiring message all in one three-page story. We start off with the world’s most popular hero doing what he does best—looking good and cracking jokes—then we add in the towering Fin Fang Foom. Yes, our main-event fight is between a high-tech knight and a 100-foot tall dragon! And did I mention that the third page folds out to become a totally cool poster that will look awesome on everyone’s wall?

How has this project impacted your career at Disney?

It’s an inspiring reminder that Disney truly cares about the lives of children, especially those who are going through tough times. At various points in everyone’s career, you’re hopefully lucky enough to have choices of who to work for and invest your time and effort with—so it’s gratifying to work for a company that actively strives to do good in the world.

What message do you hope kids and families will take away from the special Marvel issue you helped develop along with Disney?

Our main message is exactly what Iron Man says on the last page: “Never give up!” Kids may not be able to strap on armor and fight alien dragons. But when it feels like the weight of the world is pressing down upon them, they can look within, dig deep and realize they are strong enough to face any challenge.

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KEYWORDS: Marvel, Child Life Council, Disney, Disney Citizenship, Compassion Month, Marvel Custom Solutions, Iron Man, Fin Fang Foom


Global Pro Bono Summit Day 3

Wed, 2014-02-26 17:15

SOURCE: Taproot Foundation


Day three of the GPBS was all about commitments.

Corporate social responsibility representatives from over 30 companies convened at SPUR in San Francisco where hundreds of colorful sticky notes helped guide the dynamic and interactive conversations around pro bono and employee engagement.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, Global Fellows and BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders spent the day in Marin County exchanging competencies and experiences in a series of workshops designed to facilitate pro bono implementation.

Read the full blog on the Taproot Foundation site 

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Global Pro Bono Summit Day 2

Wed, 2014-02-26 09:50
Deep Dive into Pro Bono

SOURCE: Taproot Foundation


The BMW Foundation’s 17th Transatlantic Forum opened today on day 2 of the Global Pro Bono Summit. Responsible business leaders from Germany, Canada, and the US across the human resources, design, and IT sectors joined the Global Fellows in a full day of discussions focused on the question of how pro bono services can not only benefit nonprofit organizations but the providing companies as well.

The creative and inspiring work-space of the Impact HUB in San Francisco set the tone for a lively expert panel featuring Aaron Hurst, Taproot Founder; Jonathan Copulsky, Principal of Deloitte Consulting; Meg Garlinghouse, Head of LinkedIn for Good; and John Cary, Curator of Autodesk Foundation. Fellows and leaders together with the panelists dissected the issue of how to get both recipients and providers to truly understand pro bono and what that pro bono service means across the cultural divide.


Read the full article on the Taproot Foundation site!

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“Ambassador” Class Preps for International Service

Wed, 2014-02-26 07:30
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company


One of the most coveted volunteer opportunities at Lilly is that of a Connecting Hearts Abroad ambassador. Connecting Hearts Abroad sends at least 100 employees from different countries, job levels, and roles on a two-week assignment to provide assistance in developing communities.

As Michael Cloonan, an ambassador in Peru in 2012 said, “We all go away with so much more than we leave behind.”

Of the 10 service trips planned for 2014, a majority of ambassadors will apply general skills to assist in health clinics, care for children or the elderly, or work on community development projects. Other ambassadors will apply specialized skills in science and medicine to assist Lilly NCD Partnership global health sites in India and South Africa.

Read more about the ambassadors on our blog.

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Gearing up Girls for Careers in STEM

Wed, 2014-02-26 05:00



By: Laquita Hall, Vice President of Business Operations, AT&T Technology and Network Operations

I have spent over twenty years using my background in physics and electrical engineering working at AT&T. I spend a lot of my free time thinking about how we can get more women in this field, and it starts with a focus on young girls. We stand to benefit substantially by getting more girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). 

Starting to focus early on getting young women to explore their interests in the STEM fields can put them on the track for lifelong success. We must start as early as fifth grade. Cultivating their math and science skills—encouraging them to hang in there because they are fully capable to succeed in STEM.  It’s essential that they realize this is exciting!!!  Organizations such as Spark 101 help to bring these stories about real life careers into classrooms.  I was excited to be part of one of these videos recently because I want people everywhere, and especially girls, to know that technology can be awesome!

As the Vice President of Business Operations at AT&T, I have one of the coolest jobs in the country, working with people across the company who are innovative, creative, talented and smart to help develop products and solutions for the over 107 million customers who rely on our services every day. We use advances in technology, like the “On the Spot” app highlighted in the video, to improve the customer experience and keep them invested in using AT&T products. And we get to test out those many products to discover which ones work best and which ones will make the interaction with the customer the greatest yet.

Science and technology are and will continue to be important factors in what we are able to accomplish in our lifetimes.  And I hope girls who have an interest and passion in these fields will be encouraged to follow it. A great way to help make that happen is to become a mentor. Through AT&T's Aspire Mentoring Academy, we hope to help fill the mentoring gap by providing opportunities for employees to share career advice, skills and knowledge with teens that need it most. I encourage all of my fellow employees in these fields to get engaged with a young person and help show them how fun and exciting STEM can be! Who knows, we may just be building our future innovators in technology!

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Charitable Foundation of CITGO Accepting Letters of Interest for Bronx Grants

Wed, 2014-02-26 03:45

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


BRONX, N.Y., Feb. 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The Simón Bolívar Foundation, the charitable organization of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, is accepting letters of interest for grants from qualifying organizations that offer services to South Bronx residents in the areas of education, environment, healthy living and arts and culture. Eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations can apply online at the Foundation’s website: www.simonbolivarfoundation.org. Applications must be received by March 27, 2014.

CITGO created the Bronx Social Programs in 2007 to promote a brighter future for the South Bronx, where residents have a vibrant community that is a good place to live for generations to come. Since the programs’ inception, more than 100,000 Bronx residents have benefited from them.

A volunteer Community Advisory Team made up of local leaders and residents who have in-depth knowledge and expertise of their community and/or in the focus areas of education, environment, healthy living and arts and culture will review the applications and recommend programs to be selected by the Simón Bolívar Foundation to receive funds.

The Simón Bolívar Foundation Inc. is a Section 501 (c)(3) private foundation created by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, an indirect subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit www.CITGO.com. 


CITGO Petroleum Corporation  •  P.O. Box 4689  •  Houston, TX 77210-4689

832-486-1489  •  Facsimile 832-486-1814

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CITGO Lemont Refinery Sponsors Fifth Annual MDA Muscle Team Event

Wed, 2014-02-26 02:55
More Than $200,000 Raised for Area MDA Families

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- CITGO Lemont Refinery employees joined the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and professional athletes including Chicago Blackhawks star Brandon Bollig, former Chicago Bears player Rashied Davis and Chicago White Sox legend Ron Kittle for the 5th Annual MDA Muscle Team Event, which raised more than $200,000.  The proceeds will benefit thousands of families in the Chicagoland area living with neuromuscular disease by providing MDA support services, research and educational programs including local clinics at Lurie Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Northwestern Medical Center and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Medical Center.  The money will also assist with repairs to medical equipment, provide flu shots, fund support groups and send local children to a week of MDA Summer Camp.

"MDA is grateful to have such a dedicated partnership with the CITGO Lemont Refinery and its generous employees," said April Elashik, Executive Director of the MDA Chicagoland offices.  "As a presenting sponsor of our 5th Annual Muscle Team Event, CITGO has helped to provide the best care available to our local families with neuromuscular disease.  Most importantly, this support allows us to continue making progress towards a cure through life-saving research efforts. The support of CITGO is unsurpassed.  Together, we are making progress that can move muscles."

The 2013 MDA Muscle Team Event was held on Oct. 25 at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. The unique reception and fundraiser brings together Chicago area athletes, MDA families and sponsors to put their muscle behind the search to find treatments and a cure for neuromuscular diseases. Children living with neuromuscular diseases were paired up for the evening with players from the Blackhawks, the White Sox and the Bears. Attendees had the chance to participate in a variety of activities, including a wine pull, live and silent auctions showcasing a variety of items, including sports tickets, unique sports memorabilia and a chance to create a lifetime of memories by sending a child to MDA summer camp. 

The MDA is able to host this special event because of the generous year-round contributions and volunteer work the association receives from its sponsors, including CITGO. CITGO is MDA's top corporate sponsor and has been supporting the organization since 1986, raising more than $160 million through the efforts of its employees and the local owners and operators of the nearly 6,000 CITGO locations. CITGO employees and marketers raise 90 percent of these donations through a variety of special fundraising events such as golf and bowling tournaments, walk-a-thons and auctions.  These volunteer efforts and donations help MDA provide rehabilitation services to more than one million families in the United States.

The CITGO Lemont Refinery employs more than 800 local residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy.  In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 6,000 locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community.  Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as MDA, United Way and a variety of environmental, education and preservation programs.  For more information on the CITGO Lemont Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/Lemont.

CITGO, which is based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.  The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.


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