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Mary Kay Advocates for Domestic Violence Survivors in Atlanta

Wed, 2014-02-19 08:00

SOURCE: Mary Kay


Mary Kay Inc. and Mary Kay independent sales force members joined Georgia’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) in Atlanta on February 6 to advocate for laws that enhance safety and promote justice for domestic violence survivors with Georgia’s lawmakers. This event is part of Mary Kay’s national initiative “Lobbying for Good” and part of the company’s longstanding commitment to prevent and end domestic violence.

About Mary Kay
Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3.5 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. To learn more or to locate a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area, please visit marykay.com.

Tweet me: Joining forces with @GCADV, @MaryKay advocates for #domesticviolence survivors in #Atlanta http://3bl.me/xsncmb

KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, lobbying for good, Atlanta Lobby Day, domestic violence, domestic violence prevention, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation & Goldcorp Sign a Cooperation Agreement

Wed, 2014-02-19 06:30
Goldcorp’s policy is to identify and, where possible, to create partnerships with First Nations communities.

SOURCE: Goldcorp


By: Colin Webster, Director, Aboriginal, Government and Community Relations – Canada & USA

Goldcorp’s policy is to identify and, where possible, to create partnerships with First Nations communities. The recent cooperation agreement made between Musselwhite and The Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation is another example of Goldcorp’s commitment to creating shared value with Aboriginal communities to support a vision of economic independence and entrepreneurship. This agreement joins the list of successful collaborations with other First Nations, including the James Bay Cree and the Lac Seul First Nation, amongst others.

On January 22th, 2014, The Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation signed a Cooperation Agreement with Goldcorp establishing the basis for both parties to work together with respect to company activities in the ”Mish” traditional territory.

The Cooperation Agreement set out the terms of employment and training opportunities, business opportunities, ongoing communication, and financial contribution to the community and local land users affected by Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine. The Musselwhite Mine situated near Opapimiskan Lake in the Province of Ontario has operated since 1997.  A portion of the Mine’s access road and ancillary facilities, including a power line, cross through the Mish traditional territory located in the vicinity of Pickle Lake Ontario.     

“We are very pleased that an agreement has been reached and look forward to its implementation” said Mish Chief Gray-McKay, “It is important that companies, whose activities may impact our community or our traditional lands, work with us to conclude appropriate agreements which require our consent for such activities.   We appreciate the commitment and respectful approach the company has taken.”

Bill Gascon, General Manager of Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine said “Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine has a history of successfully working in cooperation with local First Nations. We look forward to the successful implementation of the agreement with Mishkeegogamang First Nation.”  

The new agreement between Goldcorp and Mish builds on the long-standing relationship between the two parties and is based on mutual respect, cooperation and coexistence. A series of local consultations generated broad and deep support for the agreement.

For more information on Goldcorp’s First Nations partnerships please visit our website:


Tweet me: Learn about Goldcorp's most recent commitment to creating shared #value with #Aboriginal #communities here: http://3bl.me/qc34dt

KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, first nations, #shared value, Goldcorp, Partnership, Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine, Mining

Yum! Brands' Programs Hunger to Hope and Dare to Care Featured on Wave Country (Yum! Brands US)

Wed, 2014-02-19 06:15

SOURCE: Yum! Brands


WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville | 02/18/2014

(Video) Laurie Schalow of Yum! Brands discusses programs Hunger to Hope, World Hunger Relief, and Dare to Care with host Dawne Gee on Wave Country. Read more...

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KEYWORDS: Wave Country, Yum! Brands, hunger to hope, World Hunger Relief, Dare to Care, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

Waste Management Announced as Presenting Sponsor of Kingston Classic

Wed, 2014-02-19 05:30

SOURCE: Waste Management


CONWAY, SC., February 19, 2014 /3Bl Media/ - For the thirteenth year in a row, CMC Foundation is pleased to announce Waste Management as the presenting sponsor of the 21st Annual Kingston Golf Classic, benefitting CMC Foundation’s Healthreach program. The Kingston Golf Classic will take place on May 23-24 at Legands Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach and includes practice rounds, a putting competition, two days of golf and a Kingston Party on Friday night along with prizes and giveaways for players.

The Healthreach program is Conway Medical Center’s (CMC) community outreach program which provides medical services to those in our community who are uninsured or underinsured and/or have no access to healthcare.Some of these services include: Mobile Medical Van- providing free medical screenings to those in rural areas, The Mammography Initiative- assisting disadvantaged individuals to obtain mammograms and/or screenings, CMC Smart Snacks- providing nutritious weekend snacks to elementary school children and The Diabetes Initiative- providing education and testing equipment for uninsured/underinsured patients. “We extremely excited to continue our sponsorship with the Kingston Classic. With so many people in our county needing the services and support of the Healthreach programs, we are proud to partner with CMC Foundation and look forward to this year’s event,” states Danny Asmonga, director of operations for Waste Management.

Over the last 20 years the Kingston Golf Classic has raised over $1,250,000 for the Healthreach program. For more information on the Kingston Golf Classic, a schedule of events or sponsorship information visit www.cmcfoundationsc.com or call 843-347-8058.

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KEYWORDS: Sponsorship, Golf Tournament, Golf Classic, South Carolina

CITGO and JEI, Inc. Recognize Local Charity for Supporting Cancer Patients in Louisiana

Wed, 2014-02-19 03:30
Colors for a Cause-Louisiana Receives CITGO Gift Cards for Fueling Good in the Community

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


DEQUINCY, La., Feb. 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - CITGO Petroleum Corporation has named Colors for a Cause-Louisiana as a winner of this year's Fueling Good Project. On Feb. 13, representatives from the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery and local CITGO Marketer, JEI, Inc., awarded $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to Colors for a Cause-Louisiana for its efforts to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families in Louisiana.

"We are enormously grateful to have been chosen as a Fueling Good winner and we cannot thank CITGO enough for their generous support," said Todd Parker, president of Colors for a Cause-Louisiana. "We make every effort to help patients and families in our community with their finances as they struggle with cancer and through the generosity of CITGO, we will serve even more families this year."

The CITGO Gift Cards will alleviate fuel expenses for members of the organization traveling to assist families and will benefit patients and their families as they travel for medical treatment.

Colors for a Cause-Louisiana was founded in 2011 to honor ten-year old Brennan Daigle from Westlake, La., whose battle with cancer sparked worldwide support. Today, the organization helps families in the community by providing financial assistance for mortgage and rent, utilities and travel expenses. The non-profit has since made it a tradition to take fire trucks from local fire stations and transform them into large, mobile reminders of the people who struggle with cancer each day. The project vehicles are dedicated to cancer victims and are used to support fundraisers for cancer research. Colors for a Cause-Louisiana continues to support its mission to spread awareness about all forms of cancer and the need for more research and funding.

Since 2009, the CITGO Fueling Good programs have rewarded more than 220 charities, further helping them to do good in their own communities. Visit www.FuelingGood.com for more information. For regular updates and to join the conversation, "Like" CITGO Fueling Good at www.Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood and view videos of past winners at www.youtube.com/CITGOFuelingGood.

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.

SOURCE CITGO Petroleum Corporation

For further information: Eleanor Rutland, 202-973-1313


Tweet me: #CITGO names Colors for a Cause-Louisiana as a winner of this year's Fueling Good Project http://3bl.me/ayqhts #FuelingGood

KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Citgo, Fueling Good, Colors for a cause, Louisiana, Cancer, JEI, Charity


Brazilian Artisans Sell Globally with Solidarium

Wed, 2014-02-19 02:15



With its online platform, Solidarium helps artisans increase their sales and escape poverty. On his journey, founder Tiago Dalvi is supported by SAP and Endeavor as part of the SAP Emerging Entrepreneur Initiative.

Click here to view this video and more on SAP TV

Or watch the video on YouTube.  
This video is also available with Portugese subtitles.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 253,500 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.



Tweet me: Watch: @SAP & @endeavor_global help #socialentreprenuers in Brazil; Solidarium helps local artists increase sales. http://youtu.be/ZU6-KDRsi

KEYWORDS: Brazil, Solidarium, SAP, artisans, handicraft, poverty alleviation, Tiago Dalvi, Endeavor, Emerging Entrepreneur Initiative

Wells Fargo Donates $275.5 Million to Communities in 2013

Tue, 2014-02-18 17:20
Grants help local community groups meet wide array of needs

SOURCE: Wells Fargo & Company


SAN FRANCISCO, February 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that it contributed $275.5 million to 18,500 nonprofits in 2013(1), marking the fifth consecutive year of more than $200 million in total annual corporate giving.

“From day one, Wells Fargo has been committed to helping build strong communities. It’s a commitment that’s core to our company’s vision and values,” said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. “Our business, our economy, and our country cannot be strong unless our communities are. These are the communities where our customers and our team members live, work, and do business.”

In 2013, Wells Fargo’s community investments included $81.6 million to 8,000 educational programs and schools around the U.S. and $84 million in grants to nonprofits focused on community development in distressed communities, including affordable housing, homeownership counseling, financial education, workforce development and job creation. In addition, Wells Fargo contributed to nonprofits serving the following causes:

  • Arts and Culture: $18.5 million
  • Civic(2): $16.3 million
  • Environment: $21.8 million
  • Human Services: $52.9 million

Team Member Giving and Volunteerism Increase
In 2013, 55,600 team members reported more than 1.69 million community involvement and volunteer hours. These hours represent a 12.7 percent increase over 2012 and a monetary value of $37.4 million(3). Examples of volunteer activities included serving meals to the homeless and working in food banks; cleaning waterways and restoring parks and public land; and delivering financial education to 108,820 individuals and families using Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking® program.

“Wells Fargo has an invaluable asset in its team members,” said Jon Campbell, head of Government and Community Relations at Wells Fargo. “These are dedicated people who, year after year, unselfishly give their time and talent, and donate their own financial resources, to their communities. They are setting an amazing example, and they’re making a positive impact in neighborhoods all over the country.”

In 2013, Wells Fargo team members contributed $64.9 million to more than 25,000 nonprofits and schools during Wells Fargo’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign. For 2013, United Way Worldwide named Wells Fargo’s campaign No. 1 in the U.S., the fifth consecutive year that the company’s team member giving has been recognized with that honor. Combined with other year-round donations to nonprofits, team members donated a record $89 million, a 12.6 percent increase over 2012. Team member donations and volunteer hours are calculated separately and are not included in Wells Fargo’s corporate giving totals.


About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 264,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2013, the Company invested $275.5 million in grants to 18,500 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.69 million volunteer hours around the country. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

(1) Corporate giving total includes giving by Wells Fargo Bank, its subsidiaries, the Wells Fargo Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.
(2) Donations in the “Civic” category focus on support to organizations and associations that enhance a community’s quality of life (such as public policy, community beautification, city parks, civic leadership, citizen education, and cultural diversity). Donations in “Community Development” primarily support affordable housing for low-to-moderate income individuals, economic development programs, and revitalization or stabilization of low-to-moderate income communities.
(3) According to Independent Sector, a U.S.coalition of more than 550 philanthropic organizations, the estimated value of one volunteer hour is $22.14.


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KEYWORDS: Finance & Investment, corporate philanthropy, Wells Fargo, philanthropy, charitable contributions, Donations, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

GM Foundation Donates $1 Million to Detroit Charities in Honor of Former GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson

Tue, 2014-02-18 09:45

SOURCE: General Motors


DETROIT, February 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The General Motors Foundation is donating $1 million among three Detroit charities in honor of GM’s former Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson and his wife Karin. The donations to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity Detroit and the Coalition On Temporary Shelter, or COTS, further the GM Foundation’s and the Akersons’ commitment to making a difference in GM’s headquarters city.

“Although not natives of Detroit, Dan and Karin Akerson were incredibly moved by the people and circumstances they encountered in the city,” said Senior Vice President of GM Global Public Policy and Communications Selim Bingol, chairman of the GM Foundation. “They changed many lives through their significant personal donations, and we wanted to honor their commitment through these grants.”

Of the $1 million, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen will receive $500,000 to feed Detroit’s citizens and tend to their basic needs. Habitat for Humanity Detroit will receive $400,000 towards both refurbishing and building new homes in Detroit, and COTS will receive $100,000 to continue to provide services to the homeless to foster self-sufficiency.

GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard presented the checks to each organization today. In addition, teamGM Cares Volunteers worked a shift in each facility, serving meals and preparing clothing contributions for the homeless, as well as framing houses for neighborhoods in Detroit.

“We are extremely grateful for the incredibly generous support the Akersons have provided the Capuchin Soup Kitchen during their years in Detroit,” said Brother Jerry Smith, executive director of the organization. “Now we are awed and humbled to receive this large gift from the GM Foundation in their honor. We wish Dan and Karin Godspeed as they journey into this next chapter of their lives; we will miss them.”

During Akerson’s tenure with GM, he and Karin became well known for their philanthropy. Shortly after arriving in Detroit, the Akersons chaired the Karmanos Cancer Institute Annual Dinner, raising more than $868,000. They then chaired the 40th Annual Capuchin “SOCK” dinner, personally donating $250,000 and raising a record $1 million for the organization.

Additionally, as a 40th Anniversary gift to each other, the Akersons donated $1 million to Habitat for Humanity Detroit to benefit the Morningside Community and kick off the “Leaders to ReBuild Detroit” campaign. Akerson also sent his 1958 Corvette to auction, raising $270,000 for the Habitat affiliate. In 2013, the Akersons received the “Sponsor of the Year Award” from Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, which also renamed the award in their honor.

“Once again, the GM Foundation overwhelms us with its generosity,” said Habitat for Humanity Detroit Executive Director Vincent Tilford. This contribution will enable us to continue to build homes, community and hope for hard working families.  Dan and Karin Akerson are true champions for Detroit and we are honored to be awarded this gift as part of their legacy.”

Added COTS’ CEO Cheryl P. Johnson: “This gift comes at a critical time for our agency. COTS is in a very important transition as we begin to shift more focus to serving families. I know from my time spent with Mr. Akerson that this work will honor his legacy, as he is such an incredibly family-centered individual. We are grateful to Dan and to the General Motors Foundation for making this investment in our community to help build self-sufficiency and poverty-resistant children.”

After serving as GM Chairman and CEO for more than three years, Mr. Akerson retired from the company on January 15.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visitwww.gm.com/gmfoundation.

About the Capuchin Soup Kitchen:

Founded in 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing, and spiritual counsel to those in need. Frequently preparing and serving 2,000 meals a day, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen also distributes household items and operates a shower program, food pantry, and children’s tutoring and art therapy program. Its Earthworks Urban Farm produces vegetables for Detroit’s hungry, and educates the community in regards to sustainable relationships between human beings and the earth. The soup kitchen's ROPE (Reaching Our Potential Everyday) ministry is designed to assist individuals "re-entering" society after bouts of incarceration or substance abuse. ROPE's first social enterprise is the "On the Rise Bakery."

About Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Habitat for Humanity Detroit is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing decent, safe and affordable housing to low-income families in Detroit and its surrounding communities. Since 1986, the Detroit affiliate has rehabilitated and/or built new homes in partnership with more than 350 families. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations and volunteer labor allow Habitat for Humanity Detroit to continue its mission of building homes, community and hope. For more information please visit www.habitatdetroit.org or call (313) 521-6691.

About Coalition On Temporary Shelter

Founded in 1982, Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) is a private, non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, as well as comprehensive support services for more than 2,000 people in Detroit annually. COTS mission is to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services which enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. COTS also exists to advocate for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness. For additional information or to support COTS initiatives, visit www.cotsdetroit.org.

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KEYWORDS: GM Foundation, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition On Temporary Shelter, Detroit, Dan Akerson

Protecting Our Planet, One Mile at a Time

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:00

SOURCE: Climate Counts


By Susan Torman, Climate Counts Communication Intern

Last year, Climate Counts’ intern Ben Trolio pedaled the climate movement forward when he participated in the NYC to Washington, D.C. Climate Ride. This multi-day, multi-city charitable bike ride benefits organizations working on sustainable solutions. As a beneficiary of the ride, Climate Counts receives funds from those who choose to ride for them, helping their efforts gain even more traction in the future. In addition to representing Climate Counts, Trolio rode for Better Future Project, a grassroots organization aimed at building a better world free from the burning of fossil fuels.

After some friendly pressure from his mates, Trolio chose to participate in the Climate Ride with two goals in mind- personal growth and advancing a cause. Trolio said, “Fundraising is challenging and asking for money is a true test to your values.” He had plenty of practice asking friends and family through e-mail blasts, Facebook, in-person conversation, and fundraising events.

“Climate Ride gives people a reason to raise money,” Trolio said. It can be hard to raise money for a cause without an event coinciding with a fundraiser. But with a worthy event, like biking 304 miles over the course of 5 days to support sustainability and protect our planet, fundraising can be easy. Trolio believes that anyone can raise the money- citing that even a 16-year-old succeeded in raising the funds to complete the ride. However, he also talked about the challenges of fundraising as a young person. He had to employ a variety of strategies to raise the money. His pool of donors had much less to give, but this presented a great opportunity for Trolio to perfect his fundraising skills. “When I start asking people about supporting Climate Ride, I get more confidence. It’s like training for a race. The more ask for you ask the more confident you become.”

The greatest highlight of his ride was biking alongside his dad who is a diabetic. Sharing this endeavor with his dad gave him a new perspective and appreciation for his biggest ally in life. No doubt biking day after day was challenging, but Trolio said that his biggest challenge was making sure he was eating enough! When asked if he would participate in the ride again, he responded, “I already signed up!”

Spots are still available for the California Wine Country ride May 17-20, 2014. This new ride is an exciting 4-day cycling adventure that begins in San Francisco, heads north to Marin and the spectacular Wine Country and on to California’s Capitol in Sacramento. Climate Counts is honored to be a beneficiary of Climate Ride again this year. Not interested in biking but want to support the movement? You can donate!

Participants are helping to provide much-needed financial support, raising awareness, engaging other riders, and helping to build a national network of supporters while making an extraordinary contribution to a cause they care about. For Trolio, “Biking as a community organizer allows me to connect with other people and help people to relate to the climate movement.”


Tweet me: #ClimateRide protects our planet, one mile at a time http://3bl.me/9cxg4t

KEYWORDS: Carbon Footprint, Climate Change / Global Warming, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People

Welcome News In the Fight Against MDR-TB and HIV

Tue, 2014-02-18 04:15
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company


Today's guest blog comes from Lilly's Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access, Dr. Evan Lee.

An encouraging new study covered by the Ne w York Times today offers evidence that people living with the double-burden of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and HIV/AIDS can be treated successfully for both conditions.

The data, published this month in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, found that in a group of South African patients infected with MDR-TB and HIV, the mortality rate was 86 percent lower for patients that started treatment for both diseases simultaneously versus those that were treated sequentially (i.e. who started HIV treatment only after completing MDR-TB treatment).

While the sample size is small, the findings are statistically significant and very promising for global health. As I noted on World AIDS Day last year, we simply cannot win the fight against TB or HIV/AIDS without addressing their devastating interaction in patients. In 2012, 1.1 million people worldwide were co-infected with TB and HIV, and 320,000 people with HIV died from TB.

To read more about the significant progress being made, please read our blog.

Tweet me: Study finds 86% lower patient mortality if #TB & #HIV are treated together instead of separately. #globalhealth http://bit.ly/M9xlVY

KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Eli Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company, HIV/AIDS, MDR-TB, Global Health


Tupperware Brands Philippines 2013 Women of Confidence Awards

Tue, 2014-02-18 04:00

SOURCE: Tupperware Brands


Tupperware Brands Philippines is encouraging more and more women to join the unbreakable Chain of Confidence, as another set of female heroes who embody Filipina pride and strength were recognized during the recent awarding of the five Women of Confidence held at the OZ Bar, Holiday Inn Suites, Makati City in January.


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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Women In Business, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Women, Tupperware Brands, Chain of Confidence, Philippines, women, women in business

Eric Hill and Orta Dare Denim Meet Children of the Nicaraguan Dry Season

Tue, 2014-02-18 03:25
Seeing the faces of the children you've helped makes you really understand



Our Global Adventurer Erıc Hill visits Nicaragua to see the good works of the Nicaragua Children's Foundation. Excerpts from his blog:

"The goal today was to visit two villages near San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua where the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation (NCF) has supported education. After the Donovans, a Canadian family of five, visited San Juan Del Sur on vacation, they saw a need there for aid to the elementary schools and decided to begin a foundation. Since 2006, the foundation has been providing much needed support with very little overhead...

...It started with about four or five kids walking with us to the schoolhouse, but by the time we reached it almost all of the little students had come to meet us and show us their school. Adorable. It’s when you get to see the faces of the children being helped that you really understand the reason for the efforts being made...

... NCF helps alleviate was the lack of enough supplies and uniforms for all the children. I interrupted to ask some questions that have been on my mind in all the developing countries I’ve been visiting: “Why are uniforms so important? Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to wear the same set of normal clothes every day?” I asked. His answer made a lot of sense and I believe it applies for the rest of the places I’ve visited. He told me that since there are differing levels of wealth even in these small villages, it is important to give the children a level playing field (by appearances at least). The small extra cost for uniforms was worth it instead of rags on some, riches on another. My sponsor Orta has done work like this, providing denim uniforms to students in need with their “School Uniforms Project” Social Mission. I couldn’t help but think with such extremes between the wet and dry season that Dare Denim uniforms would be perfect for this environment.

Check out Eric's full blog of The Global Odyssey Children of the Nicaraguan Dry Season

Eric Hill's Global Odyssey with Dare Denim:

Our friend Eric Hill’s Global Odyssey is a mission: “To visit all 194 U.N. recognized countries in world record time and film and document the exciting journey to show that awesome exists in EVERY country, especially with the people.” Eric’s journey will be one of full cultural immersion, while simultaneously raising funds and awareness in partnership with a variety of charity organizations.

To support him in his journey around the world Orta offers Dare Denim, a durable new fabric that features environmentally friendly processes and high-tech fibers, tough durability, thermo-regulation, abrasion resistance, water repellent finishes and anti-bacterial properties.

What could be a more perfect pairing? A global socially conscious adventurer wearing sustainably produced all terrain fabric, sponsored by Orta Blu. Eric will experience harsh climate extremes in both urban and natural environments, and Dare Denim covers him all fronts: hot, cold, wet, dirty and, not to mention, the perfect balance of comfort, style and endurance. Follow the Global Odyssey  on www.ortablu.org

Tweet me: Eric Hill & ORTA DARE DENIM meet children of Nicaragua http://bit.ly/1oH9vjU

KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, ORTA, Orta anadolu, ORTABLU, The Global Odyssey, NCF, nicaragua childrens foundation, Dare Denim, eric hill, education in developing countries, social missions


New Tools Take the Thinking Out of Donating

Tue, 2014-02-18 03:15

SOURCE: Cone Communications


With technology platforms changing the way we purchase products and services on a regular basis, it was only a matter of time before such innovations impacted the way we give to charity. Launched earlier this month, Boston-based startup Changefolio allows users to set up automated donations tied to everyday purchases. The approach is a novel one, giving users the power to create custom rules that, for instance, allow them to give 10 percent of every trip to the grocery store.

This announcement comes on the heels of the launch of Amazon Smile, the high-profile giving initiative from the retail giant that automatically gives 0.5 percent of purchase prices to a charity of the shopper's choice.

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

Tweet me: New Tools Take the Thinking Out of Donating http://bit.ly/1dsx4IZ via @Cone #ConeCSR

KEYWORDS: Non-Profit, Philanthropy, Donations, Giving

Ecolab Provided $1.2 Million in In-Kind Donations in 2013 to Aid Global Disaster Relief

Mon, 2014-02-17 08:30

SOURCE: Ecolab


ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ - During 2013, Ecolab provided $1.2 million in in-kind product donations to support global disaster relief efforts. Working in partnership with non-profit organizations, the company quickly mobilized its needed cleaning, sanitizing and public health products for distribution to areas around the world impacted by natural disasters.

"Ecolab's 44,000 associates understand what it means to be a part of a community and work extremely well in mobilizing company products during times of need," said Kris Taylor,  Ecolab vice president of Community Relations. "After last year's severe storms in the U.S. and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Ecolab immediately worked with our non-profit partners to provide needed cleaning and sanitizing products for use during clean-up efforts. We viewed it as our obligation to provide our products to those who needed them most."

In response to the typhoon in the Philippines, Ecolab partnered with World Emergency Relief to provide over 36,000 cases of cleaning and sanitizing products, and more than 6,000 laundry bags that local relief centers used for assembling disaster response kits.

Kristy Scott, CEO of World Emergency Relief, commented, "World Emergency Relief has partnered with Ecolab for over 15 years. Our two organizations working together have helped so many people during life's most difficult times. The value of Ecolab's spirit of generosity far outweighs the value of the products it donates. It is an honor to work with such a trusted and community-minded company."

About Ecolab
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2012 sales of $12 billion and 44,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com. Follow us on Twitter @ecolab or Facebook at facebook.com/ecolab.


Ecolab Inc.
Roman Blahoski , 651-293-4385

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Taco Bell Foundation for Teens Donates $120,000

Mon, 2014-02-17 06:30

SOURCE: Yum! Brands


As part of its commitment to enable and inspire teens to achieve más, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens will award $60,000 in educational scholarships to four teens who were selected to participate in the 12th Annual Taco Bell Skills Challenge during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, February 15.

“Throughout our 22-year history, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has provided opportunities like the Taco Bell Skills Challenge to give teens the resources they need to reach their full potential,” says Brian Niccol, Taco Bell’s president and chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.

Continue reading the original article on QSR Magazine http://bit.ly/1gW9DH0

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Goldcorp Supports Quebec City’s Université Laval in creation of Goldcorp Research and Innovation Chair in Natural Resources and Energy Law

Fri, 2014-02-14 10:45

SOURCE: Goldcorp


Quebec, Quebec City, February 14, 2014 /3BL Media/ – As part of its continued commitment to the province of Quebec, Goldcorp Inc. today announced its support for the creation of the Goldcorp Research and Innovation Chair in Natural Resources and Energy Law at Université Laval.

This unique Chair, made possible thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant from Goldcorp and a $250,000 contribution from the law firm Fasken Martineau, will help foster the development of unique research capabilities for all aspects of natural resources and energy law, including issues pertaining to resource management, rights and environmental performance.

“Over a year ago, when we set out to create a Chair that would champion social, environmental and economic concerns, Université Laval’s visionary approach caught our attention,” said Brent Bergeron, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Goldcorp. “With the expanded capacity made possible through this gift, Université Laval’s Faculty of Law is well positioned to become a global force on key legal issues and challenges in resource and energy development, crucial to both the world economy and the well-being of society. Together with an important team of partners,  Université Laval is  helping to shape the future of Quebec’s mining sector, and beyond.”

The Chair’s research will focus on three facets of sustainability: Social, Environmental and Economic Development. The position will also serve to train a new generation of experts in a rapidly evolving field where competencies are desperately needed, in addition to generating knowledge that can be shared with specialists and the general public alike.

For more information please see: http://www.relationsmedias.ulaval.ca/comm/2014/fevrier/universite-laval-cree-chaire-recherche-innovation-3382.html?an=1


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Be Open About Alcohol With Your Children

Fri, 2014-02-14 07:00

SOURCE: Brown-Forman Corporation


Some parents might feel hypocritical laying down rules about alcohol when they might worry they drink a little too often or a little too much themselves, but it’s important for parents to make clear the difference between adults and children drinking. It’s useful to explain that alcohol is only for adults because their bodies have finished growing, and even adults have rules about how much they can drink.


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STEM Key to Fixing U.S. Manufacturing Slide

Fri, 2014-02-14 05:30
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company


Research intensive industries, like biopharmaceuticals, are in a bind. It is estimated that 600,000 skilled manufacturing jobs are left unfilled in the U.S. due to the STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – skills gap.

And, it’s only going to grow. The private industry will add one million new STEM-related positions in the next decade, but there won’t be enough qualified candidates to fill the positions.

So what do we do as an industry and country? To read more, please visit our blog.

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Chief Executive Council for Madison: An Award-Winning Year in Review

Fri, 2014-02-14 04:00

SOURCE: Quest Diagnostics


Quest Diagnostics on YouTube

The Chief Executive Council For Madison (CECM) was presented with the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Award for Innovation in Governance by State Senator and Former Governor Richard Codey at their biannual meeting and anniversary celebration. The award highlights exemplary local government programs that provide innovative and practical approaches to solving municipal problems and concerns. The honor was presented at a January 22nd meeting where CECM convened local and national leaders to build further collaborations to strengthen the community, celebrate progress over the last year, and learn about national trends impacting the local area.

Read the press release

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KEYWORDS: Education, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Chief Executive Council For Madison, CECM, State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Award for Innovation, Richard Codey

A Global Valentine from Children International

Fri, 2014-02-14 02:05
Children Wish Their Sponsors a Happy Valentine's Day

SOURCE: Children International


Happy Valentine’s Day from Children International! We are celebrating the friendship that can grow between a child and sponsor. Watch the "Global Valentine” video and see children wish their sponsors a happy Valentine’s Day.


Please source all video with the following-
©2014 Children International.

About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience, and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.

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