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SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
A local elementary school received a big honor Tuesday afternoon.
A grant check was presented to Cane Run Elementary School in the amount of $20,000 due to their participation in Yum! Brands', parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, Hunger to Hope Global Volunteerism initiative.
The program was launched last year as a way to give back to local communities.
To view full article posted on WHAS11.com click here.
*Original article published by WHAS11 on October 29, 2013.
KEYWORDS: Environment, Food & Farming, Human Resources, hunger to hope, Hunger to Hope Volunteer Challenge, volunteer, Yum! Brands, Peace Garden, csr
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Our guest blog comes from Lilly's Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access, Dr. Evan Lee.
This week, Lilly is joining delegates from 125 countries at the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris. We are discussing the latest scientific developments and program successes in the global fight against TB and other lung diseases.
It is an important moment for TB in particular. The World Health Organization’s new Global TB Report found that while encouraging progress is being made, an unacceptably high 8.6 million TB cases occurred in 2012. About three million of these cases were undiagnosed or undetected by national treatment programs. This is increasing the risk of severe illness and the development of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), which WHO has declared a public health crisis in many high-burden countries.
Improving TB treatment outcomes in the hardest hit countries takes collective efforts from individuals, communities, governments and donors. A powerful article in the New England Journal of Medicine brings this point home through the story of a South African patient who was recently cured of XDR-TB.
We’re also working to underscore the importance of partnership, including through a Lilly-sponsored symposium at the Union conference, “Putting the Puzzle Together: Meeting the MDR-TB Challenge.” During this session, we’ll examine the complexities of MDR-TB and identify successful models to guide future efforts. Various perspectives will be highlighted by panelists from high-burden countries – India, China, Russia and South Africa – as well as Lesotho, which is heavily affected by the HIV-TB co-epidemic. These include a young woman who survived MDR-TB, a community-based organization that is training pharmacists as a first point of contact, government perspectives, and a funder addressing health systems strengthening.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Corporate Responsibility, Union Conference, MDR-TB, tb, tuberculosis, Eli Lilly, lung health
SOURCE: Taproot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
Small businesses are the leading driver of job creation in the U.S. While this is an impressive fact, many entrepreneurs with plans to grow their businesses struggle to access the resources they need to expand and add new jobs to their payroll. What if businesses like these had access to pro bono services?
Pro bono has become a dependable way for nonprofit organizations to build their capacity and to go deeper and further in achieving their intended impact. Pro bono consultants provide nonprofits with a wide range of support – including marketing, technology, design, finance, human resources, and strategy. These talented professionals give their expertise at no cost because they know that their investment supports a good cause. By building these organizations, they’re making their communities stronger.
What if this same kind of pro bono support was available to small businesses?
Think about it: small businesses deal with many of the same challenges that nonprofits face. It’s not hard to imagine the small business owner who’s struggling to build an IT plan to support her growing operations, or who needs help thinking through the financial realities of expanding to a new location.
Does the same impact equation that we apply to nonprofit organizations (pro bono service + organizational challenge = stronger organization and stronger community) apply to small businesses as well?
Consider this potential scenario: Imagine that a pro bono consultant is helping a small immigrant-owned restaurant in a low-income neighborhood develop a marketing plan. Could this pro bono consultant be doing something good for her community? What if the increased revenue from this new marketing plan was enough to justify hiring a few new employees from the neighborhood? Suddenly, this is not just a marketing plan that’s good for business – it’s looking pretty good for the neighborhood too.
But, wait: Businesses aren’t charities. Shouldn’t they rise and fall with market demand? When a pro bono consultant works with a small business on solving a key issue, is that diverting resources that the business would have otherwise spent buying professional services from another business? Perhaps even another small businessthat also needs the support?
This is a complex question. I was often asked a similar question in a previous role I held within the Bloomberg Administration, where I was responsible for directing a set of no-cost capacity-building services for small businesses. As the government, what was the value of offering free assistance to small businesses that were starting, operating, and expanding in the city? Were we interfering with the market?
Indeed we were. Or, rather, per our justification, we were addressing a problem with the market. After all, the market isn’t always fair. There are many entrepreneurs who do not have access to the financing, education, network, and other resources they need to thrive. By making these offerings available to all businesses – including the ones that but for us might not have grown and thrived – we believed that our intervention was justified. Our job wasn’t to pick the winners; it was to create the conditions in which the winners could win. We were helping to level the playing field.
I think of things in much the same way when I consider whether pro bono services should be made available to small businesses. I don’t advocate that every small business should receive pro bono support -- many entrepreneurs can and should buy the professional services they need on the market because they can afford them. But what about those small businesses that have the potential to grow their revenues, add jobs to the economy, and deliver more tax revenue to their communities, but lack access or resources to reach their next level of growth? I argue that it’s those small businesses that we need to support. To do this, we must build out the criteria that would qualify which businesses should – and shouldn’t – be eligible for pro bono support. And then we need to create the marketplace where this work can happen.
What do you think?
Catherine is a Senior Consultant in Taproot’s Advisory Services practice. She serves on the Microenterprise Advisory Council at Volunteers of Legal Service, where she helps to ensure that small businesses in need have access to pro bono legal assistance. Previously, she was the Director of NYC Business Solutions within the City of New York’s Department of Small Business Services.
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Education, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Taproot Foundation, small business, pro bono
SOURCE: Taproot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
In honor of Pro bono Week 2013 everyone at Stone Soup Films rallied and in short order did what we do best: harness the power of our awesome skilled volunteers to produce and donate a film to a worthy organization. In this case, though, we made a pro bono film about Pro bono Week highlighting the range of pro bono services that benefit local nonprofits. How meta is that.
Here's how it got done: first we filmed an interview with Max Skolnik (ED of Taproot here in DC) and then impulsively Max turned the tables on Stone Soup ED and film producer Liz Norton by interviewing her. We then ingested that footage back at the office, put up the interviews on our transcription website and two volunteers typed them up word for word. Highlights were then selected and the film was on its way.
Monday morning a crew of five filmed the workshop for several nonprofit groups at Winston & Strawn on how best to utilize pro bono resources. Afterwards we went outside and stopped random people on the street to do brief interviews on what they knew about pro bono. At one point a crew member went to drop off some equipment in my car and when they came back, one of the women being interviewed was sobbing! The crew member was only gone a few minutes so after the woman walked away they asked "what the heck happened?" Turns out she was so moved by the survival of one of her friends through the work of a local organization that she has been moved to donate her skills as an accountant there ever since!
Pro bono is a powerful thing.
The next day, we arrived at the Taproot Campfire in the shadow of the US Capitol. The room was filled to capacity with consultants donating their time and nonprofit groups soaking up the constructive attention. The energy was fantastic! After filming for several hours we got back to the office where our editor was working on piecing together all of the elements so far. More footage was ingested. Dum de dum (that takes a while). In the meantime, we emailed the logo for Pro bono Week to a volunteer graphics guy - he animated it and sent the file over a few hours later.
More editing ensued. A rough cut was screened. Changes were made, then music and titles were added. People fought over whether or not to include the man-on-the-street interviews. Those who wanted them in the cut lost the argument. There was just too much good stuff at the campfire, so that became the focus. By Wednesday afternoon at 4pm we locked the picture, dumped it onto a thumb drive and raced over to the Uproot Party to screen the finished piece.
9 skilled people+3 cameras+2 mics +1 edit suite=Pro bono happiness all around
KEYWORDS: Education, Energy, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, stone soup films, probonodc, washington, DC, Pro Bono Service, Taproot Foundation, pro bono week 2013
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 31, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas Resorts are honoring America’s Armed Forces this Veteran’s Day with several entertainment and restaurant offerings free of charge or at discounted prices. Military personnel, including active members and retirees, can present their government issued military identification cards in exchange for the following offers:
Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts
Military personnel, past and present, may present their government issued military identification cards to the restaurant cashiers to take advantage of the Buffet of Buffets offer. The complimentary passes may be obtained at any Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas buffet on Nov.11 and are active for 24 hours from the time issued at the following buffets:
Bally’s Las Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas
Harrah’s Las Vegas
The Quad Resort & Casino
Paris Las Vegas
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
To purchase tickets and for current show dates and times, please visit http://www.totalrewards.com/las-vegas/shows.html
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KEYWORDS: caesars entertainment, Armed Forces, Veteran's Day, Veterans, Discounted Entertainment for Veterans, las vegas
SOURCE: Taproot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
October 31, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Taproot Foundation announces that The Kresge Foundation has approved a challenge grant of $100,000 continue support of Taproot in the development of pro bono resources within the nonprofit sector. The Kresge Foundation, which boasts 85 years of experience building the nation’s nonprofit infrastructure, is a strategic thought leader and grant maker. By awarding Taproot a challenge grant towards the expansion of its digital resources, Kresge has signified its view that Taproot plays a critical role in building the nonprofit sector.
Taproot Foundation, pioneer and architect of the global pro bono marketplace, is dedicated to making pro bono professional resources accessible to nonprofits everywhere through its newest program – Powered by Pro Bono. According to research conducted in 2011 by Taproot Foundation and FTI Consulting, cash-strapped nonprofits don’t know how to find quality pro bono talent, and more nonprofits would seek more pro bono help if they could better translate organizational challenges into specific projects. To meet this growing need, Taproot is developing a digital platform that will create meaningful matches between business professionals with skills to offer and the nonprofits that need their support.
Prior to receiving support from the Kresge Foundation, Taproot had begun to build its online infrastructure with signature tools including the Project Finder – an accessible catalog of over 130 templates of the most common pro bono projects, each one matching different nonprofit needs with professional expertise – as well as the Provider Finder, which provides access to networks of individual and institutional providers to staff pro bono projects.
In addition to support from the Kresge Foundation, the continued development of the online pro bono marketplace is made possible by the generous financial support from HP as well as ongoing strategic collaboration with key partners including LinkedIn, Foundation Center, True Impact and BoardSource.
About the Taproot Foundation
The singular goal of the Taproot Foundation is to build a pro bono marketplace that, like philanthropy, is large, accessible, professional and transparent. By 2020, Taproot envisions that there will be a robust pro bono marketplace delivering more than $20 billion in pro bono consulting value. When nonprofits can access pro bono support from anywhere – and business professionals have the guidance and resources to identify the most meaningful engagements based on their skills – the core economics of the nonprofit sector are transformed. We look forward to the work we will undertake in partnership with the Kresge Foundation that will make pro bono consulting services common currency for nonprofits everywhere.
About The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is a private foundation founded by Sebastian S. Kresge that supports communities by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development. The Foundation’s Management and Infrastructure team consists of representatives from across the six issue areas. Kresge Challenge Grants are designed to assist nonprofit organizations as they work to strengthen leadership and financial support through challenge grants for capital projects. More at http://www.kresge.org/.
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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Education, Environment, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Finance & Investment, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, kresge foundation, Hewlett-Packard Company, linkedin, BoardSource, foundation center, Taproot Foundation, Pro Bono Service, Corporate Pro Bono, pro bono marketplace
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 31, 2013 /3BL Media/ - As part of its philanthropic mission, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic is hosting a series of golf clinics for veterans of all abilities. Headlining the clinics are some of the world's top professional golfers who participated in the 2013 Charity Classic, including Annika Sorenstam, Billy Horscheland Juli Inkster.
Working in partnership with the nonprofit organization Golf For All, the first clinic, taking place on November 1, will feature Sorenstam at her ANNIKA Academy in Reunion, Florida followed by two events with Inkster at St. Andrew's Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Additionally, Horschel will treat wounded veterans to a clinic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida.
Golf For All, a program of the Northeast Accessible Golf Association, provides accessible golf programs and clinics for veterans with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges. Specializing in teaching golfers with adaptive needs, PGA professional and Golf For All co-founder Bob Beach will also be on hand at the clinics providing each veteran tailored, one-on-one instruction including the use of adaptive equipment such as the special Paragolfer. Beach was recently awarded the prestigious Patriot Award by the PGA of America (2013). The award recognizes a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. At the clinics, CVS Caremark colleagues will come together with the veterans to enjoy a day of camaraderie on the golf course.
"The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is proud to support the men and women who protect & serve our country through this series of golf clinics," said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairwoman, CVS Caremark Charity Classic. "This event is a natural extension of our company's longstanding commitment to veterans and our annual tournament's charitable mission. We know that our colleagues, the participating veterans and the pro golfers will truly enjoy this unique event which combines golf and camaraderie."
"It's an honor to work with Annika, Juli and the CVS Caremark Charity classic on these clinics. Events like these are an important element in the year-round programming Golf For All offers and help us achieve our mission of providing access to the game of golf for people with disabilities," said Bob Beach, co-founder, Golf For All. "Our proven programs use the inherent therapeutic qualities of golf to promote inclusion, self-confidence and independence, while also providing a community in which participants can thrive."
"I'm humbled and honored to spend time with this incredible group of veterans who have selflessly dedicated their lives to serving their country," said Sorenstam. "As a golfer, it's especially gratifying to see how the game of golf has such a positive impact in their lives. I'm thrilled to be a part of this special clinic."
About the CVS Caremark Charity Classic
The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is Rhode Island's largest charitable sporting event. Since 1999, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic has driven more than $16 million to charities, providing vital funding for a variety of critical programs serving children, families and people in transition throughout Southeastern New England. For more information, visit cvscharityclassic.com.
About Golf For All
Golf For All, a benefiting charity of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, is dedicated to providing access to the game of golf for veterans and other people with disabilities. Golf For All runs year-round programming for veterans, people with autism, Parkinson's Disease and movement disorders, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome as well as amputees, blind golfers and more. For more information, please visit www.golfforall.org.
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company inthe United States. Through the company's more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 700 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at www.info.cvscaremark.com.
KEYWORDS: cvs, cvs caremark, CVS Caremark Charity Classic, Veterans, golf, Golf Clinics, Golf for Call, Annika Corenstam, Billy Horschel, Juli Inkster
SOURCE: Taproot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
Minneapolis, October 31, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge will occur simultaneously in the three cities – Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis – in March 2014, to perform pro bono service for nonprofit organizations in those communities. The Nerdery has committed to doing its 24-hour hackathon in communities where its Nerds (Nerdery staff) live and work. Since 2008, more than $4 million in professional services have been donated to 114 nonprofits through The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge: http://overnightwebsitechallenge.com.
The Nerdery will also begin looking to partner with like-minded Nerds in other cities to bootstrap its Overnight Website Challenge initiative in their community – conceivably, anywhere there are good nonprofits with not-so-good websites, and interactive talent longing to serve. The Nerdery has established The Nerdery Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to advance philanthropic initiatives like The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.
For nonprofits and volunteer interactive pros hopeful to participate in the 2014 Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge events, registration will open in January 2014. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon.
Eligible nonprofits (501c3-registered organizations) can apply for the opportunity by articulating their vision of how nerds could further their mission through better use of interactive technology. After completing their application, nonprofits can direct their fans to post supporting testimonials to their online profiles; selection judges will favor nonprofits whose applications by its constituents, including people served by the organization, donors, volunteers, staff, board members and other supporters.
Volunteer teams must self-organize with 8-10 web pros. Team captains recruit their peers and cover these skill sets: front-end development; back-end development; project management; strategy; user experience; graphic design; copywriting; quality assurance.
The Nerdery announces selected nonprofits and teams a few weeks before the Overnight event, but neither the needy nor the nerdy will know with whom they’ll be paired until the 24-hour countdown clock begins ticking at 9 a.m. on the first morning of the event.
In the final hours of an Overnight Web Challenge, an independent panel of judges representing the nonprofit and interactive communities begins assessing the work of development teams; this same panel of judges will have previously selected participating nonprofits from a larger pool of qualified applicants.
The People’s Choice award is a crowd-sourced vote via The Overnight Website Challenge Facebook page, where you’ll also find before/after screenshots, links to new websites and testimonials from web pros and nonprofit reps. Team scores in Design/UX, Functionality and Impact comprised three-fourths of the Best in Show Award, which also included one final important element: Launch.
In Web Challenge events previous to March 2013 in the Twin Cities, only one overall winning team has been recognized, and after weary finalists presented their work during the 25th hour. The Nerdery has since established a post-Challenge awards/judgment event and a much different endgame approach, as part of The Nerdery’s continuing effort to make their initiative the best possible experience for all involved. Post Overnight Website Challenge awards/judgment will be standard operating procedure from here forward, with a separate event 2-3 weeks after each all-nighter. Prizes remain the same: bragging rights, and the gratification of nerdy deeds done in the name of community service.
A couple weeks prior to an Overnight Website Challenge, The Nerdery will convene team captains and nonprofit leaders for an orientation that includes a speed-dating exercise between nerds and nonprofits for the purpose of making good matches between needy orgs and nerdy vols.
About The Nerdery (http://nerdery.com)
During more normal working hours, The Nerdery is an interactive design and development company that partners with ad agencies and companies of all kind to engineer and execute their interactive projects, including websites, mobile and social media. With offices in Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City and voted by its staff onto multiple top workplace lists, The Nerdery is the professional home of 460+ web developers, UX designers, QA engineers and other Nerds. Founded by three programming pioneers in 2003, The Nerdery has made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first six years of eligibility. At The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, a 24-hour community-service event, more than $4 million in professional web development services have been freely given to 114 nonprofit organizations in Illinois and Minnesota. For year-to-year job growth, The Nerdery was featured in Inc. Magazine’s December 2012 edition as Hire Power Award recipient. In 2013 The Nerdery won a BOLD Award from the Association for Corporate Growth for embracing a culture of distributed leadership, articulated by the late Luke Bucklin, Nerdery President and co-founder: “Put your business card on the desk in front of you...This card does not define you. You are a Co-President. You are bigger than your defined role...Play your part – transcend your job title, be a hero.” Watch Nerdery CEO Mike Derheim’s Ted Talk, titled “What if everyone at your company was a Co-President?”
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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Education, Environment, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, the nerdery, Taproot Foundation, pro bono week 2013, Corporate Citizenship, Technology, Solutions, pro bono
Kathleen and Howard Ingalls have been ranching for over 55 years. From their ranch in Meade County, South Dakota, they’ve seen their fair share of bad weather over the years, but the winter storm known as Atlas, was just about as bad as it gets. Between October 3 and 5, an intense winter storm hit western South Dakota, bringing with it heavy rains, record breaking snowfall and hurricane force winds.
“We don’t typically see winter storms like this so early in October,” says Mrs. Ingalls. “At this time of year, the cattle are still slick, they haven’t developed their winter coat and they aren’t able to deal with this kind of wet and cold weather.”
The result? Tens of thousands of cattle, sheep and horses froze to death as hypothermia set in and ranchers watched helplessly.
Find out how TransCanada is supporting the relief effort and how you can help, on our blog.
KEYWORDS: Food & Farming, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, TransCanada, TransCanada Corporation, TransCanada Corp., Keystone, Keystone pipeline, South Dakota, Winter Storm Atlas, cattle, ranching, Community Investment
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2013 /3BL Media/ - AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in more than 140 countries around the world, announced today that Michael Feigin, corporate vice president, procurement, has been tapped as the newest member of the ACE Mentor Program of America’s Executive Committee.
ACE, which stands for “Architecture, Construction and Engineering,” is a not-for-profit corporation that attracts more than 8,000 U.S. high school students annually to the architecture, planning, engineering and construction industries through hands-on mentoring with field experts.
Feigin, who has been involved with ACE in different capacities for 12 years, served on the group’s National Board of Directors for the past six years, where he helped maintain the organization’s corporate governance and risk management controls. In this new role, Feigin will be one of 14 members of ACE’s National Executive Committee, the leadership group that governs ACE at the national level and sets its strategy and direction, including support of ACE’s local affiliate network.
“I am honored to be selected to join the ACE National Executive Committee,” said Feigin. “AECOM’s long-standing support of this great organization will continue to influence the development of future leaders in our industry.”
As a national sponsor for the past five years, AECOM volunteers train future engineers, architects and construction professionals in urban and under-served communities; lead the program’s national and local affiliates; and provide scholarship opportunities to graduating students who have demonstrated exceptional interest and leadership skills in these professions. This is one of AECOM’s efforts around the world dedicated to ensuring the success of the industry’s future generations.
More information about AECOM’s corporate social responsibility efforts is available online at www.aecom.com/News/Social+Responsibility.
AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries and had revenue of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2013. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, csr, AECOM, architecture, construction, engineering, ACE Mentor, National Executive Committee, mentorship, Corporate Social Responsibility, Feigin
October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ - For the past week H&M’s customers and employees have been given the chance to decide which three development issues the H&M Conscious Foundation should support over the coming years. The result of the voting process is now ready.
“A lot of people in several countries have taken the chance to vote and we are very happy about that. This shows that there is a great commitment among our employees and customers. The three issues which received the most votes are Clean water, Education and Strengthening women”, says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO at H&M and board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation.
The H&M Conscious Foundation wants to thank everyone who visited the site and placed their vote to make a difference! Most visits were from Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands.
Now, the H&M Conscious Foundation will partner with three world-renowned organisations to globally address these three issues and promote many important initiatives in countries where H&M operates. These partnerships are expected to be in place at the beginning of next year. Additionally, the H&M Conscious Foundation will initiate local programs with other organizations related to the three selected issues in countries where H&M operates.
Follow the H&M Conscious Foundation’s future work and read more: hm.com/consciousfoundation.
Voting: Everyone was able to vote at makeadifference.hm.com between 22-29 October.
Five topics: H&M employees and customers could vote for one of these five topics: Clean water, strengthening women, safeguarding natural resources, education and reduction of poverty through self-empowerment.
The experts that were consulted about which global challenges they find most immediate are: Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Honorary Elder, Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs – Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals, Ela Bhatt - Founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Founder Chair of the Cooperative Bank of SEWA and member of The Elders, Sir Richard Branson - Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group, Prof Johan Rockström - Professor in Environmental Science at Stockholm University and Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, Alek Wek - Supermodel and member of the US Committee for Refugees’ Advisory Council, José María Figueres Olsen - Minister of State and elected President of Costa Rica (1994-1998) and President of Carbon War Room.
Funding: Thanks to the Stefan Persson family’s substantial donation of SEK 500 million in 2013, it is possible for the H&M Conscious Foundation to make real impact for people and communities.
The H&M Conscious Foundation is a non-profit global foundation initiated in connection with H&M’s 60th anniversary in 2007. The mission of the foundation is to reach beyond H&M´s value chain, and contribute to positive long-term change for people and communities where H&M operates. The foundation’s framework of support is based on the UN Millennium Development Goals. For further information, visit www.hm.com/consciousfoundation.
KEYWORDS: Fashion & Apparel, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, H&M Conscious Foundation, UN Millennium Development Goals, philanthropy, foundation
It's a Fact!
Region President, Verizon New England; Boston, MA; mom of a toddler boy and a baby girl
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As the president of Verizon New England, Allison Cole is one of the highest-ranking women in the region, overseeing more than 4,000 employees. Her team supports sales and customer service operations for consumer and small business customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Equally impressive as her responsibility, though, is how quickly she rose to her current role.
Allison began her career at Verizon in Arlington, Va., in 2000 at the manager level as just an individual contributor. She quickly moved up in the ranks, being promoted to director before turning 30. As one of Verizon’s emerging young leaders, Allison helped lead the roll out of the company’s nationwide fiber-optic FiOS broadband and TV service – one of the most aggressive investments Verizon has ever made. Today, Verizon serves more than five million FiOS customers, which has helped grow overall consumer revenue despite the continued decline in the traditional landline phone business.
Click here to read the full article from the original source, Working Mother.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, mom, mother, working mother, parenting, 2013 Working Mothers of the Year, Verizon, toddler, infants, Boston
October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ - GSK and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) today announced the launch of a new joint initiative that will endeavour to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration. GSK and BMGF will invest a combined $1.8 million in early stage research into vaccine thermostability.
Most vaccines must be kept cold and transported under constant refrigeration via a so-called ‘cold chain’ which is a significant challenge in hot, remote and resource-limited regions.
Details of the Vaccine Discovery Partnership (VxDP) under which this initiative falls were unveiled this morning at the Foundation’s Grand Challenges Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In one of the first projects to start under this initiative, GSK researchers will explore how to make adjuvants – a critical component of some vaccines – more heat stable.
“Developing a thermostable adjuvant is an important and ambitious goal. This partnership is the starting point for research into an exciting area of biomedical technology that has the potential to overcome a significant and long-standing barrier to vaccine access in developing countries,” commented Emmanuel Hanon, Senior Vice President, Vaccine Discovery and Development, GSK. “At GSK, we believe that by working together we will find innovative solutions to the world’s biggest health problems.”
This project will focus initially on the adjuvant AS01 which is used in GSK’s RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, currently in late-stage development in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. RTS,S has been designed for use in infants and children from sub-Saharan Africa, where maintaining vaccines at an optimum temperature can be challenging. Developing a method of making AS01 more heat stable could bring a significant public health benefit. The results could also have broader applications for all other AS01-containing vaccines, including vaccines in development by GSK against HIV and tuberculosis.
“Vaccines are one of the most powerful tools to save and improve lives, and this partnership with GSK will help drive research and development efforts to overcome persistent global health challenges,” said Trevor Mundel, president of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Reducing the dependence on the cold chain is critical to the affordable delivery of life-saving vaccines to the children who need them most.”
Despite significant progress over the last decade, over 22 million children in developing nations remain without access to life-saving vaccines. Reducing dependence on the cold chain is a key approach to support the effective and affordable delivery of vaccines for global health.
The VxDP, instigated by the BMGF, aims to integrate key players in vaccine development – biotechnology institutions, pharmaceutical companies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and academia – to drive advances in vaccine research and development (R&D) that have the potential to transform global health. Projects funded through the VxDP will look to solve some of the world’s most intractable health problems, including barriers to vaccine access.
GSK is in on-going discussions with the Foundation to shape and plan additional projects with relevance to global health that can be initiated through this new collaboration.Notes to Editors:
About AS01 and RTS,S
AS01 is the adjuvant used in GSK’s RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate. GSK is also developing other AS01-containing vaccines against HIV and tuberculosis.
RTS,S, the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine candidate, is being developed in partnership by GSK and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), together with prominent African research centres and their Northern academic research partners. RTS,S aims to help protect infants and young children living in malaria-endemic areas of Africa against infection and clinical disease caused by plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly type of malaria parasite.
About the Vaccine Discovery Partnership (VxDP)
The Vaccine Discovery Partnership (VxDP) is a novel funding programme initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance innovation in the development of vaccines for global health. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) framework, the VxDP will oversee a range of projects with multiple industry partners. Projects funded through the VxDP will span preclinical to experimental Phase IIa trials. These projects may be of relatively high risk, such that they would be difficult for any one organisation to fund without the partnership. The Foundation will set aside funds to support pilot projects and partnering companies will contribute matching resources and expertise while also committing that advances will support those who need them most through global access provisions.
GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com.
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SOURCE: Tupperware BrandsDESCRIPTION:
ORLANDO, Fla. and JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct. 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- Tupperware Brands Corporation, a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling innovative, premium products across multiple brands and categories - announced findings from a new independent research study, "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: A Study of the Impact of Tupperware Brands in Indonesia," that analyzes the economic and social impacts of the company's business model on its Indonesian sales force. Partnering for a second time with the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs on the independent study, Tupperware Brands Chairman and CEO Rick Goings presented the study's findings with GFI Program Director Halima Gellman at a press conference held in Jakarta today.
Chief among the findings is that 99 percent of Indonesian women report that their lives have changed for the better after working with Tupperware for at least three years, which is attributed to increased financial status, more self confidence in their abilities as professionals and homemakers, and greater respect at home and in the community. In particular, the financial benefits of selling Tupperware can be transformational, moving families into new income brackets, and the social and professional benefits are dramatic: Women experience a conversion from housewives with few activities outside the home to career women with pursuits, goals, dreams and plans to achieve them.
This study is part of a larger initiative by Tupperware Brands to benchmark the "Tupperware Effect" -- how training, supporting and financing women can change entire communities and nations - in its markets. The study, commissioned by Tupperware Brands and conducted by GFI and Indonesian survey firm DEKA, explored how the lives of women in Tupperware Brands' Indonesian sales force, its largest market in the world, are changed as a result of their work with the company. Last year, GFI conducted the first of these studies on Tupperware Brands' Mexico market.
"The strength of our brand and flexibility of our business model have allowed us to develop a strong business that works well in both emerging and established markets - providing women across the globe with opportunities to achieve personal, social and economic empowerment," said Goings. "This study of Indonesia, as well as our prior findings in Mexico, suggests that Tupperware's effect on empowering women is universal and occurs regardless of geography, culture or religion. We know, and research has shown, that investing in women pays significant economic dividends, and we are thrilled that our investments in Indonesia are clearly paying off."
The study included interviews with 800 Tupperware Indonesia saleswomen who had been with the company for at least three years in six Indonesian cities. Top-line study findings include:
-- Tupperware Brands increases women's financial status and solvency. 97 percent of women have felt a positive change in their financial situation, and 70 percent reported having the ability to save their earnings. Additionally, more than 54 percent are now better able to support their children's needs; 47 percent can support their husband financially and supplement the household income; and more than half (59 percent) contribute to household expenses.
-- Women elevate their families' purchasing power. As Tupperware helps saleswomen improve their socioeconomic levels, their expenditure and purchasing power increases. Sixty-four percent of Tupperware families have monthly expenditures that exceed $485 compared to only 30 percent of average Indonesia households.
-- Women become role models and inspirational figures at home and in the community. As Tupperware Brands helps women achieve financial independence and success, a large majority of saleswomen (71 percent) reported a change in their family dynamic. Nearly half of women feel that they are more admired and appreciated in the home (45 percent) and have become role models for their children (49 percent).
-- Women in the sales force embrace their roles as entrepreneurs and are committed to the brand. A large majority (77 percent) of women reinvest a portion of their earnings in building their business, showing they view Tupperware as a career or personal business, not a way to meet basic needs.
-- Tupperware's business model helps women become leaders and feel more confident in their abilities. Saleswomen find that after working with Tupperware, they are better able to manage the duties of mother, housewife and entrepreneur. Specifically, they highlight Tupperware trainings and opportunities for rewards and recognition, domestic and international travel, and interactions with people in higher socioeconomic brackets as confidence builders. Nearly half of the respondents noted that working with Tupperware helped them cultivate greater determination to achieve their goals (48 percent) and greater confidence in their ability to solve problems they encounter (42 percent). Likewise, women reported that Tupperware trainings enhanced their time management and communication skills and character development - three areas they were successfully able to transfer to their domestic duties.
-- Indonesian women support a culture of giving. The company's strong corporate social responsibility programs, combined with its built-in networking and mentorship opportunities, create a culture of giving among the women. Forty-five percent report that Tupperware has changed their lives by making them care more for others, and 57 percent said that Tupperware has given them the opportunity to change other people's lives for the better.
"As we've seen in both our Indonesia and Mexico studies, Tupperware saleswomen develop holistically," said Caleb Shreve, Executive Director of Global Fairness Initiative. "A woman in the Tupperware business builds professional skills and social networks that help her grow into a successful entrepreneur. With this success comes financial empowerment, and the ability for her to invest in her home, her community and the growth of her business. This professional and financial growth is enabled by the personal growth she experiences, a growth of self-confidence, independence, and pride, all of which are fundamental to her success. In Indonesia - a country where traditional roles for women are largely domestic - we found that Tupperware has created a safe, entrepreneurial space where women can find financial independence and develop careers outside of the domestic sphere."
Comparative Findings: Indonesia and Mexico
According to the report, the "Tupperware Effect" is felt more strongly by the Indonesian sales force compared to Mexico. "Most significantly, an Indonesian saleswoman feels more deeply connected to and supported by her fellow saleswomen; expresses a stronger sense of personal 'place' in her community; invests more in her enterprise; has greater purchasing power; and directly gives back, both personally and financially, to her community," the report concludes.
Like their counterparts in Mexico, saleswomen in Indonesia saw increased personal, social and economic empowerment. Similar numbers of women reported that their financial status had improved as a result of joining the company. Additionally, an Indonesian Tupperware saleswoman tends to earn a higher income relative to comparable professional salaries. For example, while Tupperware Mexico's saleswomen may earn as much as a mid-level professional in Mexico City, an Indonesian saleswoman is capable of matching the salary of a manager-level professional in Jakarta.
Women in both countries use their income to pay for household needs, increase savings, and reinvest in their business. In addition, both groups of women, approximately three-quarters, reported a positive change in family relationships after joining Tupperware. Outside of the home, both groups of women reported significant improvements in social status. While Indonesian women also see their place in the family as the primary focus, they emphasize their recognition in the wider community more than their counterparts in Mexico.
*Financial impact: Nearly all women (97 percent) have felt a positive change in their financial situation. Nearly half (47 percent) can support their husband financially and supplement the household income
*Professional impact: 48 percent of respondents noted that working with Tupperware helped them cultivate greater determination to achieve their goals and greater confidence in their ability to solve problems they encounter (42 percent)
*Personal Impact: Nearly half of women feel that they are more admired and appreciated in the home (45 percent) and have become role models for their children (49 percent)
*Societal impact: 57 percent said that Tupperware has given them the opportunity to change other people's lives for the better
About Tupperware Brands Corporation
Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling innovative, premium products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.8 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.
About the Global Fairness Initiative
The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) promotes a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world's working poor by advancing fair wages, equal access to markets, and balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit www.globalfairness.org.
DEKA Marketing Research is one of the largest market research agencies in Indonesia. It is the largest Indonesian independent research agency in the country, with 20 years of experience in market research. DEKA is the 1st market research agency in Indonesia, which has been certified for ISO 20252: 2006. DEKA is a member of the European Society for Market Research for over 15 years. Managing Director of DEKA was a country representative of ESOMAR in Indonesia for two periods. DEKA is also a member of IRIS (International Research Institutes), a worldwide network of independent research agencies with 30 members in 307 countries, and a member of PERPI (Perhimpunan Riset Pemasaran Indonesia). DEKA's Managing Director is a founder and sitting as Chairman I of PERPI.
About the Study
From February 2013 to August 2013, the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), a Washington, DC-based non-governmental organization that works to promote more equitable, sustainable approaches to economic development, partnered with DEKA, an Indonesian survey firm, to explore how women's lives are affected through their work with Tupperware Brands. Using an established set of quantitative and qualitative tools--including focus groups, surveys, and field observations--GFI and DEKA collected and analyzed data on the lives and livelihoods of over 800 Indonesian women in the Tupperware sales force.
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KEYWORDS: Jakarta, Tupperware Brands, women, Indonesia, Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: A Study of the Impact of Tupperware Brands in Indonesia, DEKA, Global Fairness Initiative, Tupperware, Women Entrepreneurs
SOURCE: Capital OneDESCRIPTION:
October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ - As Hurricane Sandy-impacted communities pause to recognize the one year anniversary the Red Hook Initiative is launching a $5M campaign to ensure that young people from Red Hook are better equipped to handle the next storm. 500 Futures is a four year campaign designed to reach 500 Red Hook youth annually to ensure that they graduate from high school, and go on to college or to a strong career path.
In the Red Hook Houses, where less than half of adults have a high school diploma and the unemployment rate for young adults is 75%, Hurricane Sandy left thousands without heat, power, and hot water for weeks. “Families didn’t leave because they didn’t have the resources to evacuate. When disasters hit, it’s the most vulnerable who are most at risk. 500 Futures is setting out to change those risk factors by addressing poverty at its core, starting with young people” says Jill Eisenhard, RHI’s Founder and Executive Director.
Red Hook Initiative’s work over the last decade has demonstrated that education, employment, social support systems, and improved infrastructure will ensure long-term resilience for Red Hook residents. 500 Futures will aim to raise $1.25M per year over the next four years to meet an increased demand for comprehensive services for Red Hook youth. The non-profit believes that young people can not only be recipients of services, but can also be trained to deliver the message and to create their own social change. Over 80 teenagers are employed annually at RHI; many work at the center throughout their four years of high school—earning money while focusing on a plan for their future.
RHI is seeking support from individual and corporate donors to help carry the campaign. Capital One recently committed $90,000 to support Red Hook Initiative programming, like the 500 Futures campaign. “We recognized that young people took an active role in the relief work that happened in Red Hook last year. Not only were they doing vital emergency response work, they were also developing their own skill set and building their confidence. We are proud to support RHI’s effort to reach more Red Hook youth” said Daniel Kamins, Community Relations Manager at Capital One.
Jordan Brand has also pledged $125,000 of support over the next three years. Earlier this year RHI was given the Wings for the Future Award recognizing their work employing and training young people in Red Hook, Brooklyn. “In a community with such tremendous need, we have demonstrated that our program graduates not only complete high school, they go on to college and enter workforce training programs that truly build a pathway out of poverty. Jordan Brand understands that pathway and gotten behind our efforts.” Eisenhard said.
Individuals or corporations who are interested in becoming part of the campaign can get involved by donating, volunteering their time and services, or by signing up to assist with fundraising within their own personal networks. For more information: www.rhicenter.org.
Contact: Jill Eisenhard (718) 858-6782 email@example.com
The Red Hook Initiative (RHI) is a community center in Red Hook, Brooklyn that serves over 1,500 Red Hook residents annually. Founded in 2002, RHI believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth. Over 95% of RHI’s employees are Red Hook residents. In 2012 RHI won the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee and New York Magazine Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award. In 2013 they were recognized as a finalist in the Brooke Mahoney Excellence in Board Governance Award. RHI recently launched 500 Futures, a 4-year $5M campaign, to expand its youth development programs for 500 young people per year. For more information go to www.rhicenter.org
KEYWORDS: Red Hook Initiative, capital one, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy, 500 Futures Campaign
SOURCE: Capital OneDESCRIPTION:
October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ - On the eve of the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, staff of The Intersect Fund were joined by Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs and representatives of Capital One Bank to announce a grant of $50,000 for The Fund’s Disaster Relief Loan Program and an additional $400,000 in low-interest loans for Sandy relief and other lending.
According to the recently released quarterly Capital One Market Pulse survey, which gauged the economic outlook among local businesses, more than half (53%) of New Jersey small businesses said they were affected by the destruction of Superstorm Sandy in some way. The survey found that of those impacted, 55 percent have recovered from the storm, 36 percent have partially recovered, and 9 percent have not at all recovered. Thirteen percent of small businesses in New Jersey said Superstorm Sandy impeded their ability to hire in the ten months following the storm.
“While hard-working small business owners across the state continue to recover from Sandy, we recognize that many entrepreneurs in the state have yet to return to pre-Sandy conditions,” said Daniel Delehanty, Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, Capital One Bank. “We know there is more work to be done, and that is why we’re continuing our support of The Intersect Fund’s Disaster Relief Loan Program to help local small businesses -- which are the backbone of our economy -- continue to recover and rebuild.”
As part of its overall effort to support Sandy recovery, Capital One previously provided $60,000 in grants and $150,000 low-interest loan to support the Fund’s Disaster Relief Loan Program.
“One year later many of New Jersey small businesses are still suffering the effects of Superstorm Sandy said Rohan Mathew, The Fund’s President and CEO. “Our loan officers have crisscrossed the State meeting with farmers and fisherman, realtors and bodega owners, all trying to recover after this devastating storm. We have provided more than 60 loans totaling more than $500,000 to date. With the continued support of Capital One Bank and our other partners including the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, The Robin Hood Foundation and The Catholic Campaign for Human Development The Intersect Fund will be able to provide financial support and technical assistance to New Jersey’s smallest businesses for months to come.”
Under the program, qualifying New Jersey businesses that sustained physical or economic damage during the storm or its aftermath are eligible for loans. The maximum loan is $15,000 at an interest rate of 5 percent for up to 36 months. There are no application fees or prepayment penalties. Most loans will be approved within three days of completion of the application. Applications are available online at http://intersectfund.org/content/disaster-loans/ or by phone at 800-840-1900.
The press conference took place at It’s A Wrap Cafe, one of The Fund’s Disaster Relief Loan recipients. David Holmes, III “Chef D”, Proprietor of It’s a Wrap was on hand to thank The Intersect Fund. "One of the most challenging things in my professional life was having the courage to start my own business,” said Chef D. “The second most challenging thing was finding the courage and resources to bounce back from Hurricane Sandy. As a small business it was difficult finding a program to provide the capital needed to reopen as well as supplement the loss from the insurance company. I had funding from The Intersect Fund in ONE WEEK! They are a network of professionals that I can rely on for questions, concerns and advice. I truly thank God for The Intersect Fund staff, they truly care about the little guys in small businesses. One year later, my business has grown, I have hired more employees, I’m expanding and I have plans in motion for a second location.”
In its brief history, The Intersect Fund has positioned itself as the premier nonprofit microlender in New Jersey by providing more small business loans than any other lender in the state and is one of the fastest growing microlenders in the country. The Fund has disbursed more than $1,300,000 in microloans with a repayment rate of 98 percent. The Fund also provides business coaching and technical assistance to individuals interested in starting a business as well seasoned business owners. These activities have already created more than 100 new jobs statewide.
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KEYWORDS: Hurricane Sandy, CapitalOne, New Jersey, funding, The intersect fund, Disaster Relief Loan Program
SOURCE: Caesars FoundationDESCRIPTION:
October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Nails, paint, energy efficient light bulbs and countless helping hands will come to the aid of six U.S. veterans scatter across the country. In the week leading up to and following Veterans Day, hundreds of Caesars Entertainment and Rebuilding Together volunteers will honor Veterans Day in a big way by performing safety upgrades and beautification projects on four homes, a local high school and a community Veterans of Foreign Wars Post building.
Located in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, New Orleans and North San Diego, these projects are an extension of last year’s inaugural efforts between Rebuilding Together and Caesars Foundation along with Caesars Entertainment Corporation HERO employee volunteers to make individuals’ homes safe and energy efficient.
“Veterans have made many sacrifices for each of us,” said Gwen Migita, vice president of sustainability and community affairs at Caesars Entertainment. “We are honored to be able to give back to our nation’s heroes on their special day with the help of Rebuilding Together.”
With an emphasis on environmental sustainability, these home renovations will help to make each residence more financially sound and efficient. All of the homes Caesars volunteers work on will include energy efficient and globally sustainable modernizations to help homeowners reduce energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.
“Caesars Entertainment rightly places an importance on helping others by making critical home repairs for those homeowners in need. It is inspiring to see its employees and its guests rally to assist these veterans and their families to obtain necessary repairs to live in safe, warm, and drier conditions, while demonstrating the terrific benefits of corporate charity involvement,” said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Our partnership with Caesars Entertainment has made a tremendous impression in many local communities. We very much appreciate their support in serving others.”
The rebuild projects are sponsored by a combined $105,000 in gifts from Caesars Foundation, a private charitable foundation funded by a percentage of operating income from the company’s resorts.
As part of Caesars Entertainment’s commitment, skilled craftsmen from its resorts across the U.S. will host regional eco-friendly home training sessions designed to directly benefit low-income families, the elderly, veterans, and persons with disabilities. By providing residents, Rebuilding Together affiliates and supporters with both the knowledge and tools to adopt environmentally friendly practices at home, the company is helping to improve the health and wellness of communities in which they operate all year.
Migita added, “With each educational session, we hope to inspire and grow our extensive efforts to create a more sustainable environment nationwide.”
For more information about the company’s corporate responsibility efforts, visit www.caesars.com/aboutus.
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
ABOUT CAESARS FOUNDATION
Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by a percentage of operating income from Caesars Entertainment's resorts. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $10,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation's objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work. For more information, please visit www.caesarsfoundation.com.
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KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Energy, Environment, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Finance & Investment, Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Veterans, rebuilding together, sustainability, caesars foundation, las vegas, New Orleans, San diego, atlantic city, volunteerism, environmentally-friendly living, seniors
SOURCE: Hilton WorldwideDESCRIPTION:
McLean, VA, October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Hilton Worldwide celebrated the company’s annual volunteer campaign completing more than 2,400 volunteer projects in over 700 cities in 72 countries throughout the month of October. Now in its second year, Global Week of Service is Hilton Worldwide’s largest annual volunteer service event which recognizes the company’s service and volunteer culture and strengthens the communities Hilton Worldwide serves.
Team Members from over 900 properties and offices completed projects including resume building for and mentoring of youth, refurbishment of schools and community centers, preservation of cultural landmarks, river and park clean-ups, meal preparation and the creation of community gardens and green spaces. All of the projects focused on engaging Team Members to deliver Hilton Worldwide's commitment to Travel with PurposeTM and its corporate responsibility pillars: creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably. Throughout the past year, Team Members have donated over 150,000 volunteer hours globally.
“Our second annual Global Week of Service exceeded our goals, allowing us to make an even greater impact on the communities where we live, work and travel,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton Worldwide. “Exceptional service is at the core of what we deliver every day for millions of guests around the world, and Hilton Worldwide’s Global Week of Service is another opportunity for us to bring our Team Members together and celebrate our passion to serve.”
To help facilitate Global Week of Service and other volunteer projects across its global footprint, Hilton Worldwide leverages the Purpose Portal, a customized volunteer tool that connects Team Members with projects and organizations in their communities and recruits volunteers for thousands of organizations around the world. The platform also provides resources for the company’s global network of thousands of community and sustainability champions and volunteer project organizers enabling Hilton Worldwide to empower Team Members to take a leadership role in planning activities not only for its Global Week of Service, but also year-round.
Throughout Global Week of Service, Hilton Worldwide’s network of partners, including Points of Light, Hilton in the Community Foundation, Global Soap Project and Feeding America in addition to more than 1,300 local community organizations supported the company’s Team Members as they participated in community service projects around the globe.
Examples of volunteer projects during this year’s Global Week of Service include:
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During the Week, Team Members were encouraged to share their personal stories of service and hospitality through a variety of channels. Photos and stories from the events are now posted at www.hiltonworldwide.com/serve, on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page, on Flickr and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 665,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonorsTM. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
About Travel with PurposeTM
Travel with PurposeTM is Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities in four areas - creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where Hilton Worldwide operates; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the company's use of natural resources.
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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Human Resources, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Hilton, Hilton Worldwide, employee volunteerism, Employee Engagement, Corporate Responsiblity, corporate volunteerism, skills-based volunteerism, community service
When Robert Musslewhite, CEO of The Advisory Board Company, presented the 2013 challenge of 100% participation in service, $1 million in nonprofit benefit, and 10,000 lives touched, his employees responded. At The Advisory Board Company, employees are encouraged to develop as professionals and lead with both their heads and their hearts. The company culture is driven by a desire to not only go beyond every expectation to serve mission-driven organizations, but to do so with an understanding of the importance of its nonprofit partners’ work. Because of this service-driven mindset, combined with a collaborative approach focused on truly understanding all facets of a challenging issue, they have built deep relationships with their partners. According to Graham McLaughlin, Senior Director of Community Impact, it is this combination of head and heart that drives employee participation in service and results in the large-scale impact generated by the firm, be it in their pro bono work or in their business outcomes with their hospital and higher education members. However, it is the support from senior leadership which has truly encouraged that success. Employees’ skills are always essential ingredients, but this approach placed equal value on the act of caring about the organization and individuals within it.
Musslewhite’s first challenge of 100% employee participation in pro bono service activities symbolized his understanding that individual work is valued as part of a broader collective impact story. The $1M in benefit was the head’s call to action. By providing $1 million worth of skills-based volunteering, employees could share the valuable professional skills they possessed. “It emphasized the value of employees’ time, expertise, and individual passion” said McLaughlin.
The final call to action, 10,000 lives touched, is the heart’s call to action. By leveraging the expertise of a consulting team, Advisory Board employees have been able to touch the lives of thousands of individuals. It’s not always easy to see those impacts, but the effects are real. The Advisory Board technical team stayed late one night to refurbish computers to donate to individuals in need of them. “As a result of that effort, a young woman named Tabitha was able to have a computer, complete homework and research projects, and is now in college on a scholarship,” McLaughlin shared.
To date, The Advisory Board is well on its way to reaching these goals. So far, $1M in benefit to pro bono partners has been achieved, thousands of lives have been touched, and employees are closing in on the 100% staff participation. 90% of the staff has tracked their volunteerism, and to ensure they get to 100%, the CSR team at The Advisory Board has developed a number of tactics to drive participation:
The CSR team has also developed creative ways to drive internal volunteer tracking. During the recent “Week of Service,” employees received a 5 minute calendar invite every day with tracking instructions for their volunteer activities. This daily reminder enabled The Advisory Board to better capture its employees’ efforts and encourage volunteers to track their hours more systematically and accurately. Each Community Impact Lead receives a monthly update on his/her team’s volunteer participation and who has or has yet to volunteer. Equipped with this knowledge, Community Impact Leads can design new volunteer activities similar to those that achieved the highest participation levels and actively promote volunteer work to those who have limited volunteer hours.
Informal competitions are also incorporated to bring The Advisory Board closer to its goals. The CEO challenged the company’s second largest office in Austin to get to 100% participation before headquarters in DC – if that happens, he has promised to wear a “Don’t Mess with Texas” t-shirt on his next visit. Many of the other firm executives have side bets with their offices in hopes of getting to 100% office participation.
While the full challenge has yet to be completed, there are real signs that this program has impacted the behavior of Advisory Board employees. Employees are not only participating in volunteer activities, but actively engaging with partner organizations, allowing The Advisory Board to deepen its relationships with community stakeholders. One of these organizations is Community of Hope (COH), a federally-qualified health center in Washington, DC where Advisory Board employees provide pro bono service regularly. In addition to their business and pro bono work, the team had also thrown birthday parties for kids in temporary housing at COH, spent time reading to the children in the waiting room, and formed strong bonds with individuals at the center.
The team received an end-of-year performance incentive for hitting value delivery targets, and without hesitation decided to invest it in the kids they had worked so closely with at Community of Hope. The incentive amount was mailed as a donation to COH the next day. According to McLaughlin, “while other interactions with COH may have driven more impact on revenue streams or operations, this moment was representative of our focus as a firm because it was thoughtfully considered, stemming from genuine relationships formed during this head and heart driven campaign.”
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, volunteer, Employee Engagment, community involvement, volunteerism, CSR programs
SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means that most of us will be eating a big meal with loved ones. But, what about the people who struggle to put food on the table? Thanks to KFC's Recipe for Hope program, they might not have to go hungry this holiday season. From now until November 10, customers will be given the opportunity to donate $1 at KFC restaurants across the country when they pay for their meal.
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* Original article by Samantha Neudorf, The Daily Meal was published on October 15th, 2013.
KEYWORDS: KFC, Yum! Brands, World Hunger Relief, WFP, silent auction, Hunger, volunteer