SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
Kota Kinabalu: KFC employees lend a hand to distribute 2,663 KFC meals worth RM19,000 to flood victims at several relief centres located in Beaufort, Tenom and Keningau, last Sunday.
The meal which consists two pieces of original recipe chicken were distributed to 1,167 victims in Beaufort, 1,096 victims in Keningau and 400 victims in Tenom.
KFC's Operation team was present to distribute the meals with the assistance of the Fire and Rescue personnel to the flood victims at the relief centres.
Continue reading the original article on the Daily Express: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=88448
KEYWORDS: Daily Express, Yum! Brands, KFC, community, disaster relief, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, Malaysia
SOURCE: SiMPACT Strategy GroupSUMMARY: DESCRIPTION:
Employee engagement matters. The findings of an employee engagement study involving over 1500 employees was recently summarized in an article written by Adam Weinger. The study showed that “companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%.” A key driver in employee engagement is the pride employees have for companies where they work. Contributing to employee pride are the contributions a company makes to society--an opportunity many corporations are missing out on. Further, employee engagement can be enhanced if organizations focus on targeted community investment initiatives and opportunities for employee involvement, such as employee giving programs.
The findings of this study align with those of LBG Canada, a network of companies seeking to maximize the impact of community investment and together are setting the highest standard in community investment management, performance measurement and reporting in Canada. LBG Canada companies know how important employee engagement is as all LBG Canada companies offer formal employee engagement programs (employee volunteering and/or employee giving). Many are seeing huge success as a result--over half of LBG Canada companies offering employee giving have participation rates of over 20%. The attached infographic illustrates some of the important performance statistics and trends within employee engagement that LBG Canada companies are achieving.
KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Social Gifting, Volunteerism, CSR Reports, employee volunteering, employee giving, Employee Engagement
Atlantic City, N.J., Feb. 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- New Jersey is proudly the 14th state in the nation where lesbian and gay couples can marry. We here at Caesars Entertainment say it's about time! In celebration of this historic moment, we want to give one happy couple the wedding of their dreams. From the bachelor or bachelorette party all the way through to the "I Do's", this package features the best of the best in Atlantic City.
One lucky couple will receive a lavish wedding, valued at $50,000, for 100 invited guests complete with a cocktail hour, dinner, custom cake designed by celebri-chef Deb Pellegrino, photographers, flowers, entertainment, luxury accommodations, Bachelor & Bachelorette parties, and more!
Here's how to enter:
The contest will run from February 18, 2014 to March 14, 2014. A voting period will take place soon after, from March 17, 2014 toMarch 31, 2014. Instagram users will be encouraged to search the #LoveIsLoveInAC hash-tag and "like" their favorite video. A judging panel will then choose the winner from the top 5 most "liked" videos.
To view the full release, click here.
KEYWORDS: Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Change, Social Actions, caesars entertainment, atlantic city, New Jersey, csr, diversity, inclusion, equality, LGBT
By Valerie Pascale, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility
As today marks the second anniversary of Goldcorp’s blog, Above Ground Online, it seems like a good time to celebrate three key and necessary elements of corporate citizenship: transparency, listening and responding. These elements drive the importance of the blog as an interactive forum for discussion between Goldcorp, their global communities and stakeholder groups.
The creation of the Above Ground blog came from a very grassroots movement from within Goldcorp. The idea for the blog arose in a leadership training seminar, in which a small team of Goldcorp employees proposed the blog as a strategy for improving community engagement and transparency.Encouraging engagement with all of Goldcorp's communities
From that tiny seed, Goldcorp's blog community has grown to almost 1,000 participants today, who in turn share some of these ideas with their respective communities, and so the conversations continue. While printed newsletters and magazines are informative and valuable, Above Ground Online provides a two-way communication forum and a voice for anyone who is interested in connecting with Goldcorp directly on a variety of topics. And—because these communities don’t only speak English—the blog is simultaneously published in Spanish and French. It’s also linked to Facebook and Twitter for increased accessibility.More than ‘soft’ topics
Over the past two years Goldcorp's blog has covered many topics. Some are good news stories, such as the discussion of Goldcorp’s health and educational initiatives across the Americas, and some stories have been posted in response to serious issues of community concern. In November, 2012, Goldcorp provided a timely update on the Guatemalan earthquake. The post on Understanding Mine Closure sparked intense discussion on various social media channels. As a vehicle for forthright disclosure of the companies actual practices, Goldcorp provided instant reaction and responses to questions as they arose.Looking forward
Goldcorp has been pleased with level of engagement received through the blog, and hopes that interested stakeholder groups and communities will increasingly use the blog and other channels for meaningful dialogue in the years to come. As a company, Goldcorp's goal is to mine responsibly and live out their vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value. To do this well, they need your feedback. Goldcorp will continue to demonstrate their commitment to transparency, listening and to responding in a timely and open way and hopes that stakeholders will use this space, and other channels, to continue to engage in active and open dialogue.
KEYWORDS: Education, Energy, Environment, Health and Wellness, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, Goldcorp, Stakeholder engagement, CSR communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Mining, Gold, blog
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
We’re pleased to announce that Lilly’s 2012/2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, and a condensed highlights version, is now available. The report provides a full accounting of the progress Lilly made on numerous corporate responsibility efforts. This video provides a snapshot of our global corporate responsibility efforts.
The full report serves as the company’s annual Communication on Progress to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). As a signatory of the UNGC, Lilly shares its progress annually on 10 universally accepted principles related to human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
KEYWORDS: Education, Energy, Environment, Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Corporate Responsibility, Eli Lilly, Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company
SOURCE: Children InternationalDESCRIPTION:
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Peace Corps-Philippines and Children International have partnered to create a comprehensive youth leadership training manual. The manual, called Youth Leadership Training through Project Design and Management, provides trained facilitators and educators with a youth-friendly resource to enhance the skills of young leaders.
Youth who participate in the youth leadership training program that is based on the new curriculum will first learn about themselves and their roles in both their families and their communities. They will gain decision-making skills and learn what makes a good leader. Once the youth have a basic knowledge of leadership skills, the manual will introduce the concept of project design and management to them and give them the opportunity to identify, plan, implement and evaluate a community project of their own.
Starting this year, the new manual will be used by Youth Program Coordinators and peer educators at 16 Children International agencies. The Peace Corps will also use the new manual to train 272 Peace Corps volunteers and their counterparts, so they can return to their communities and use the manual to train others.
Project design and management training material is often criticized as not being youth-friendly. The goal of the new youth leadership training manual is to relate more to youth by including a variety of activities that are fun, energetic and relevant to them. The new curriculum combines concepts from the Youth Leadership Training manual used by Children International since 2009 and the Project Design and Management training manual used throughout the world in most Peace Corps development programs.
Chris Economon, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and one of the designers of the manual, says, “Youth Leadership Training through Project Design and Management is a great tool to help empower the next generation of leaders. It is exciting that the knowledge in the new manual will be shared by Children International and the Peace Corps through their work around the world.”
Jack McCanna, Children International's Vice President of Program Services, explains, "Youth participation and leadership are key elements in Children International's programs, and this manual created in conjunction with the Peace Corps will enable more youth to benefit from programs that will help prepare them for a brighter future."
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Direct: (816) 943-3730
Direct: (816) 943-3832
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Peace Corps, Youth, Leadership, Training, project design and management, Philippines, Children, Children International
SOURCE: Trend MicroDESCRIPTION:Week of February 17, 2014
To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week. What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.
OPT-OUT OF LOCATION TRACKING: A new site allows consumers to enter cell phone ID information to stop their whereabouts being tracked by in retail stores. Thanks to the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), they have corralled some major mobile analytics firms to take part in this program so that if you sign up once, it applies to all (vs. having to separately let each of them know you don’t want to be tracked). Some like Sen. Al Franken think this kind of tracking should always be opt-in vs. opt-out, but the FPF believes some tracking is ok within a certain context. Another discussion for another day, but kudos to the FPF for creating this valuable tool for us. You can sign-up for the op-out at http://smartstoreprivacy.org/
This is a great story for adults and teens alike to understand how much of their privacy they give up by just owning a phone; but it also gives them a way to proactively control it if they so choose.
FILTERING DOESN’T HELP: Despite the recent push for universal broadband in schools, teacher Abigail Walthausen claims there’s a barrier to teaching children these valuable lessons: widespread use of Internet filters in schools. In blocking harmful content, some software limits access to much important social media because of the difficulty of filtering explicit content from user generated material. Abigail claims schools should employ supervision rather than inadequate filters to monitor educational usage rather than simply shutting down rich and useful websites completely. We wholeheartedly agree, Abigail!
FUNDS FOR CONNECTING SCHOOLS: In a speech on Safer Internet Day last Tuesday, NY Sen. Charles Schumer applauded the accumulation of $750 million in charitable contributions from major tech and telecom companies generated by the Obama administration. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would be restructuring the program’s funding to double resources dedicated to connecting schools and libraries to the Internet. Schumer stated, “It’s critical now more than ever that our schools keep up with advancing technology,” he said.
COMCAST, TIME-WARNER CABLE & US: Last week Comcast announced it would acquire Time-Warner Cable for $45 billion in stock, a merger that may have interesting implications for consumers’ choices among cable companies and the fate of net neutrality. On the former, 75% of US homes may end up having only one cable option for fast Internet if the merger is approved. On the latter, Comcast agreed to uphold net neutrality only until 2018, after which time they could handle Internet content differently (throttle it or charge differently) based on its type (such as streaming video vs. static web content). The FCC is looking at this closely, and so are the rest of us.
See you next week!
KEYWORDS: Business Ethics, Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Twitter, Community, Engagement, Expert Connections, Positive Change, Social Change, Youth Action, Time Warner, comcast, net neutrality, opt out, filters, internte safety, digital citizenship, online safety
SOURCE: Wells Fargo & CompanyDESCRIPTION:
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Feb 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has been named the largest workplace campaign in the U.S. in 2013, according to United Way Worldwide. This is the fifth consecutive year Wells Fargo has earned this top honor.Wells Fargo contributed $16.4 million to United Way in 2013, and its team members pledged more than $64.9 million during the company’s annual giving campaign, bringing the company’s United Way campaign total to over $81 million.
“Wells Fargo’s leadership and commitment to creating stronger communities set the pace for other companies to follow,” said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. president, United Way Worldwide. “Wells Fargo and its team members are generously giving and volunteering to improve lives and the long-term economic stability of families throughout the U.S.”
Wells Fargo also recently committed $5 million to United Way to support a five-year, comprehensive national network to improve the financial capability of low- and moderate-income households. This partnership creates lasting change in communities by ensuring individuals and families have the knowledge and tools to succeed financially and plan for the future.
Additionally, Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.69 million hours in 2013, including a robust skilled volunteerism program with a special focus on financial literacy, plus the company offered fully paid leave to team members to work on a significant nonprofit project for up to four months. In 2013, United Way recognized Wells Fargo with its highest awards for volunteer engagement.
Wells Fargo is a member of the United Way Global Corporate Leadership program, an elite group of the world’s top companies dedicated to leveraging their assets – corporate resources, employee engagement and consumer reach -- to create opportunities for a better life for all people in the areas of education, income and health. Wells Fargo has been recognized by Forbes, Businessweek, Newsweek, Barron’s and The Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the world’s most admired, most generous and most respected companies. Join @UnitedWay and congratulate @WellsFargo on Twitter.
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KEYWORDS: Wells Fargo, United Way, United Way Worldwide, philanthropy, corporate philanthropy
SOURCE: Trend MicroDESCRIPTION:
Week of February 11, 2014
To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week. What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.
SAFER INTERNET DAY: This year marked the first nationally coordinated Safer Internet Day celebration in the U.S. Official host ConnectSafely held a fantastic event in Washington DC to mark the day and the beginning of many great things to come. The event featured a fantastic teen panel, a panel of social media companies, and New York Senator Charles Schumer. The live streamed event was recorded and available for viewing @ http://saferinternetday.us/. I was fortunate to have attended and hope this year’s theme “Let’s create a better Internet together” will continue for the years to come. Here are my thoughts on why.
While this was a successful day to help raise awareness, our work continues everyday to help others become safe, responsible, and successful users of the Internet.
CLUB PENGUIN COMMITS TO STOP BULLYING: Disney’s Club Penguin, a social media platform aimed at kids ages 6 to 12, now offers a “pledge,” which is a reminder to keep the site bully-free and safe. It can be printed out or taken online.
ONLINE PRIVACY POSSIBLE: There are ways to make your online presence less trackable. To do it right, a person needs to know what pieces of information are used to track a user and basic, publicly available tools to mask them. But the best way to protect your online privacy? Don’t put it on the internet in the first place.
TECH TIME & OUTDOORS TOGETHER: A biologist and wildlife expert doesn’t see technology as a roadblock for kids to get outside, but a smart phone can enhance their experience as a plant and animal identifier, trail finder, waterfall tracker and picture data collector. This is welcome advice! As parent I have found myself using my smart phone to answer the questions of my curious kids, wherever we go, whatever the topic or subject of interest is to them (a building or a bird). I feel this is a great way to encourage and educate my kids about the world around them.
BALANCING TECH TIME ON SNOW DAYS: One parent shares her experience of managing her kids screen time and the challenges faced when a snow day fell during a no-technology school week.
This is a very familiar scene, and I agree and have used her recommendation: set a schedule for the day. My kids love having that predictability (and continuity of having planned activities as they do during school) and it definitely helps keep any arguments for more screen time at bay.
See you next week!
KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Twitter, Social Change, Social Actions, Teen Action, Youth Action, safer internet day, club penguin, Children, safety, online safety, internet safety
For the past couple of years, Sanofi, a diversified global healthcare leader, has engaged in a volunteer effort called Season of Solidarity. This past fall, a Season of Solidarity team from Sanofi’s U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater constructed and decorated picnic tables and wooden clocks that were recently donated to the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, to be used by its students and patients.
Original article on NJ.com: http://bit.ly/1d07Yx3
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, matheny, Sanofi, season of solidarity, volunteerism, community involvement
SOURCE: Mary KayDESCRIPTION:
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.
KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, lobbying for good, Atlanta Lobby Day, domestic violence, domestic violence prevention, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
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:
KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, first nations, #shared value, Goldcorp, Partnership, Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine, Mining
SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
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...
KEYWORDS: Wave Country, Yum! Brands, hunger to hope, World Hunger Relief, Dare to Care, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: Waste ManagementDESCRIPTION:
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.
KEYWORDS: Sponsorship, Golf Tournament, Golf Classic, South Carolina
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
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
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Citgo, Fueling Good, Colors for a cause, Louisiana, Cancer, JEI, Charity
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.
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.
KEYWORDS: Brazil, Solidarium, SAP, artisans, handicraft, poverty alleviation, Tiago Dalvi, Endeavor, Emerging Entrepreneur Initiative
SOURCE: Wells Fargo & CompanyDESCRIPTION:
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:
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
SOURCE: General MotorsDESCRIPTION:
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.
KEYWORDS: GM Foundation, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition On Temporary Shelter, Detroit, Dan Akerson
SOURCE: Climate CountsDESCRIPTION:
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.”
KEYWORDS: Carbon Footprint, Climate Change / Global Warming, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
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.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Eli Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company, HIV/AIDS, MDR-TB, Global Health