100,000+ NONPROFITS COUNT ON US.
GENEROSITY UNLEASHED: $830 MILLION IN DONATIONS
SOURCE: Southwest AirlinesDESCRIPTION:
DALLAS, May 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Ellen Torbert, was honored today with the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award. This award, presented by the Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area (WTS), honors women and organizations that have made a significant contribution in promoting diversity and cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project/activity that supports the WTS goals and mission.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area. I feel privileged to work for a Company that recognizes that our unique cultures make us who we are, therefore, we value and embrace the diversity of all our Employees and Customers,” said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines' Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. “Southwest Airlines has a long history of celebrating its People, and I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of my Company.”
In her role, Ellen provides leadership, vision, and advocacy as Southwest continues its work to foster an inclusive work environment. As part of Ellen's responsibility for Southwest's diversity and inclusion efforts, she provides coordination and leadership to the Company’s supplier diversity, diversity recruiting, and training efforts.
Since Southwest’s beginnings nearly 42 years ago, the LUV airline has always approached business differently—instituting the ten-minute turn, democratizing the skies with affordable air travel, delivering Legendary Customer Service—the list goes on and on. One thing that has remained constant since Southwest took to the skies four decades ago is doing the right thing, and it always comes From the Heart. To learn more about how Southwest Airlines champions Diversity and Inclusion, visit http://www.southwest.com/citizenship.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2011 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.
KEYWORDS: Southwest Airlines, diversity, Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award, Women's Transportation Seminar
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, local Long Island CITGO Marketers joined Miss New York, Shannon Oliver, in hosting CITGO “Fueling Good Day” at John Philip Sousa Elementary School, Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School and Manorhaven Elementary School as part of a new partnership between CITGO and the Miss New York Organization to promote education, one of the four CITGO pillars of good. Oliver, an ambassador for the Miss New York Organization and for Fueling Good, spoke to the elementary and middle school students about the importance of diversity awareness in helping future generations eradicate bullying and break stereotypes. CITGO Marketers and representatives were also on hand to talk about education and gave teachers the opportunity to participate in the new CITGO Fueling Education Promotion in which they could win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms through ClassWish.
KEYWORDS: miss new york, shannon oliver, Citgo, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, anti-bulling, long island, CITGO Fueling Education Promotion, Fueling Good Day, John Philip Sousa Elementary School, Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School, Manorhaven Elementary School, Miss New York Organization, ClassWish
May 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - UPS announced a coordinated plan with its key disaster relief partners that will provide urgent relief as well as strategic support for the long-term recovery efforts needed in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as Cleburne and Shawnee, following the devastation caused by the tornadoes that struck there earlier this week.
"In addition to the $550,000 cash and in-kind support contributed to the American Red Cross's Annual Disaster Giving Program last month, we're pledging an additional $250,000 to execute the plan we have developed with our partners, which will provide urgent relief and support for the long-term recovery needs of these communities," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation.
UPS's financial and in-kind contribution is comprised of several grant recipients:
UPS is already moving a shipment of equipment that will be used to provide communications service to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the city of Moore, the local Fire Department and other disaster response groups. UPS has also been in daily contact with the American Red Cross staff since the tornadoes touched down to assess the areas in most need of assistance, offering in-kind support as well as the help of our trained Logistics Action Team.
Earlier this year, as a leading member of the American Red Cross's Annual Disaster Giving Program, UPS contributed to help enable the organization to respond to the nearly 70,000 disasters that occur throughout the year. UPS believes in giving support before disasters occur so relief agencies will have funds and in-kind support at their disposal to act immediately when a disaster strikes.
Last year, UPS supported more than 200 humanitarian relief programs in 35 countries. This includes programs that prepare communities for a crisis, providing them with urgent relief when a crisis occurs and post-crisis recovery phase support. Through a combination of in-kind shipments, technical and expertise sharing and funding of relief organizations, UPS contributed in excess of $6.5 million in 2012. This includes areas impacted by natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac as well as global crises in the Sudan and the Congo.
UPS has a long history of working with disaster relief organizations to deliver critical, life-saving aid to communities in need around the world," said Martinez. "The victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes are facing many hardships. By donating financial and logistical support to organizations that will provide assistance in the days, weeks and months ahead, UPS is helping ensure impacted citizens have a reliable, efficient and predictable path back to recovery."
KEYWORDS: UPS, Oklahoma, disasters, The UPS Foundation, Red Cross, Moore, Eduardo Martinez
SOURCE: Lincoln Financial GroupDESCRIPTION:
Lincoln Financial Group Distribution (LFGD) Sales Team Visits Teach For America (TFA) School To Discuss Importance of Math Skills
On May 7, Lincoln Financial Group held its final Teach For America (TFA) Career Speaking Day at the Antonia Pantoja Charter School in North Philadelphia. Four members of the Lincoln Financial Group Distribution (LFGD) Annuities team demonstrated how they use math every day in their jobs by role-playing different sales scenarios. Ron Major, Manuel Mejia, Raymond Petrilla and Lorenzo Amaya demonstrated concepts like the difference between simple and compound interest, as well as saving and investing money.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, has had an ongoing partnership with Teach For America. Since September, the company has worked with this eighth-grade class in particular. The students, many of whom speak English and Spanish, have been recipients of school supplies donated by the company’s Radnor and Philadelphia employees, and have participated in a pen pal program with them, among other activities.
For more information about Lincoln Financial Group, please visit our website at www.lfg.com or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lincolnfinancialgroup to learn more about our corporate social responsibility initiatives.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Lincoln Financial Group, Teach for America, Philadelphia, volunteer, community, csr
SOURCE: Capital OneDESCRIPTION:
NEW YORK, May 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - LIFT, a national organization working to help families facing tough times achieve economic stability and well-being in the United States, has announced Capital One’s commitment to a multi-year investment totaling $1 million toward LIFT’s work to expand economic opportunities for people striving for a better future for themselves and their families. In addition, the investment includes in-kind services for on-the-ground community support from Capital One’s regional associates. This announcement was made at the LIFT Annual Spring Benefit—the organization’s flagship fundraising event of which Capital One is the premiere sponsor—held last night at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan.
“At both Capital One and LIFT, we understand that poverty is a complex and multi-faceted problem and all of its associated issues—unemployment, homelessness, hunger, illiteracy, health care costs, and more—are interlinked,” said Heather Cox, LIFT national board member and executive vice president, U.S. Card Operations at Capital One. “Working together, we hope to help reshape the national conversation on poverty in a manner that recognizes the inherent dignity, value and potential of all individuals and works to find solutions to this complicated issue.”
This multi-layered, multi-year partnership comes as an expansion to current regional engagements where Capital One is a key supporter of LIFT’s comprehensive and customized wrap-around services to families. This support enables LIFT to further address the multi-generational cycle of poverty in six key U.S. cities: Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles.
“This partnership is a critical step forward in our ability to advance our work. The fact is that millions of our neighbors are in—or on the verge of—economic crisis. And our experience has shown that moving past crisis to economic stability requires more than income. It requires strengthening a person’s confidence, making sure they have people in their corner, and navigating to the resources they need to stabilize their lives, like decent jobs and safe housing,” says Kirsten Lodal, CEO and co-founder of LIFT. “Quite simply, at LIFT we believe we all need the same types of support—confidence, connections and resources—to get through shaky ground moments in our lives, regardless of our neighborhood or our background. We are proud to have Capital One as a partner in these efforts.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 50 million Americans—one in six individuals—live below the poverty line. According to the federal poverty measure, a family of four is considered below the poverty line if it earns less than $23,550 a year, which translates into an average of $16 per person per day to cover basic daily needs, such as food, bus fare to doctor’s appointments and utility bills.
LIFT aims to establish a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country’s fight against poverty through its comprehensive and compassionate model that helps its clients to secure better-paying jobs, safer homes, valuable education and training, and the means to afford healthcare, transportation and food.
During the organization’s Annual Spring Benefit, entitled “LIFTing Our Veterans,” LIFT celebrated a year of remarkable growth and achievement, and formally launched its New York office’s Veteran’s Initiative—a veterans-serving-veterans model of support where veterans can work collaboratively with a LIFT advocate to locate employment, housing, and other critical services. The event featured a Capital One sponsored concert by the New Directions Veterans Choir, an award winning a cappella group that consists of men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military. The group members, all of whom have experienced moments of crisis such as homelessness and unemployment, shared their journey to solid ground and stability with guests. To learn more about LIFT or its event Annual Spring Benefit, visit www.liftcommunities.org.
About Investing for Good
Through Investing for Good, Capital One focuses on four areas that are key building blocks of economic opportunity: Affordable Housing, Education, Financial Literacy and Small Business and Workforce Development. To maximize the impact of Investing for Good, Capital One examines local market needs and uses data-driven insights to develop innovative programs and engage in meaningful partnerships with nonprofits to provide the wrap-around support needed to address the most pressing economic issues challenging the long-term economic prosperity and well-being of individuals, families and businesses. An important aspect of Investing for Good is sustaining strong relationships with nonprofit partners, and using Capital One resources to help extend the capacity of nonprofit partners to deliver on their missions and serve their constituents. In 2012, Capital One was ranked number five in The Civic 50, a ranking of America’s most community-minded companies. More information on Capital One’s Investing for Good initiative can be found at www.CapitalOneInvestingForGood.com
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A. offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities - good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families - benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.
LIFT works to lift families out of poverty in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC where it employs a people-powered solution to support members of the community working to secure a decent job, safe housing, the education they need to advance, or critical social services. Each client gets a team of Advocates who stick with them every step of the way during their journey with LIFT. Advocates are rigorously-trained partners and problem solvers who work side by side to set goals, and make connections to resources to help clients move their lives forward. Since 1998, LIFT has helped more than 70,000 families get access to critical resources that help them move from uncertainty to stability.
Patience B. Peabody
KEYWORDS: LIFT, community, Poverty, capital one, Investment, unemployment, homelessness, Hunger, illiteracy, health care costs
The 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte featured 260 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from five U.S. teams (Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations) and the British Armed Forces team competing over six days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition to Deloitte, the presenting sponsor, the fourth annual competition is also supported by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation, AT&T, BP, Budweiser, Semper Fi Fund and Daniels Fund. For complete coverage of the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, visit TeamUSA.org/warriorgames.
The Warrior Games, presented by Deloitte and organized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), are designed to introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to Paralympic sport competition and encourages them to stay physically active. The competition was held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16, 2013. Two-hundred sixty injured service members and veterans participated in the fourth annual event, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations, as well as one international team from the U.K. Teams competed in seven sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track & field and wheelchair basketball.
KEYWORDS: Deloitte, warrior games, Veterans, Paralympic
SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLCDESCRIPTION:
May 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - In the wake of the devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma earlier this week, The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, today announced that it will provide $100,000 to First Response Team of America, a nonprofit disaster relief organization which assists local first responders with rescues and also provides help with cleanup efforts.
“We know that the road to recovery for the residents of Moore and Oklahoma City will be long,” said Reid Bigland, President and Chief Executive Officer - Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Chrysler Foundation is proud to support First Response Team of America’s efforts to help the people of Oklahoma get back on their feet.” The Ram Truck brand has an existing relationship with First Response Team of America, including donating three heavy-duty trucks to support their efforts.
First Response Team of America goes from disaster to disaster lending a hand and assisting with rubble and water rescues and cleanups, clearing roads, creating a way into the community by removing debris and pumping out floodwaters, powering up emergency rooms, nursing homes and shelters and clearing home sites for those without insurance. The team tracks weather conditions so it is positioned to be nearby and ready to assist when disaster strikes. The team’s heavy equipment includes Ram trucks, multi terrain loaders, cranes, lighting towers, plasma cutters and a hovercraft for water rescues.
Last year, the Ram Truck brand announced a partnership with The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) and First Response Team of America. Sponsored by the Ram Truck brand, TWCC launched an exclusive cross-platform series of in-the-field “Responding by Storm” reports chronicling the works of the First Response Team of America.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma," said Jody Trapasso, President – The Chrysler Foundation. "We are heartened by their unwavering spirit during this difficult time and we are humbled to support the relief and recovery efforts."
Chrysler Group and its brands have a long history of supporting its communities in their time of need. In the wake of last year’s Superstorm Sandy, the Ram Truck brand donated 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks and $100,000 to the American Red Cross.
About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.
The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
About The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has established a proud legacy of empowering people in the communities where we live and work. The Chrysler Foundation focuses on four key areas through its grant application process and volunteer activities: Education: K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives that encourage the study and pursuit of careers in business, design, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or supply-chain management; Military: support for our nation’s service members and their families in need; Multicultural / Diversity: initiatives that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations; and Youth Development: organizations and programs that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth in the transition to adulthood.
Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.
Kevin E. Frazier
Chrysler Group LLC - Corporate Communications
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Chrysler Group LLC - Corporate Communications
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KEYWORDS: oklahoma tornadoes, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, First Response Team of America, Moore, csr
SOURCE: Southwest AirlinesDESCRIPTION:Trump, Venture, and Valdez: Man’s Best Friends—Sent with LUV
During a recent conversation with a caller, I had the opportunity to talk about four of my favorite things during her inquiry: Southwest Airlines, dogs, SeaWorld, and VETERANS. WOW! What a great combination, which really made me want to go the extra mile for the special group she described.
The call was from Dianne Rathcke with the Dixon Correctional Institute in Louisiana, and after a couple of generic questions, she proceeded to tell me about a very special program, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). The program choses certain individuals, in this case offenders, to train service dogs for the disabled and/or handicapped. Dianne told me about three of their dogs, Trump, Valdez, and Venture III, who were to graduate in May at a ceremony at SeaWorld in Orlando. She simply asked if Southwest transported service dogs and what the cost would be. I reviewed flight options for her, gave her details on the cost, and told her that I would make a few calls to see if there was anything extra we needed to assure we could assist in the transport of these special dogs. Diane let me know that the two people who would be accompanying the dogs, veterans Colonel John C. Smith and Master Sergeant Keavin L. Tanner, were in charge of the training program at the prison.
In further conversation with Dianne, I learned that because the program operates solely on donations, they would be holding a fundraiser at the correctional facility to pay for the airline tickets. I shared this with my Senior Representative Kim Seale who suggested we reach out to our Communication Department, which handles all special animal travel requests. We all wanted to make this trip special, and after working with our Communication Department, I was able to get approval for Southwest Airlines to donate the travel for our two veterans, along with Trump, Valdez, and Venture!
When Dixon Correctional Institute found out that Southwest was providing their flights, the group was overjoyed. I was especially happy that we were able to help because now they would be able to put the money they raised back into the program instead of paying for tickets.
On Friday, May 17, Colonel Smith, Master Sergeant Tanner, Trump, Venture, and Valdez embarked on their adventure to Orlando. I have to give kudos to the Southwest Employees at MSY, who took such great care of our special group. I don’t think it took long for our Customer Service Agents who helped get the dogs checked in to fall in love with them.
Trump, Venture, and Valdez were celebrated at their graduation at SeaWorld. The service dogs will each soon be matched with their perfect human companion, and both lives will be forever changed. Helping this special group was such a wonderful experience and will always be remembered by all who were involved—especially Trump, Valdez, and Venture.
KEYWORDS: Southwest Airlines, Veterans, service dogs
San Francisco, Calif., May 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ — San Francisco, the Bay Area, Silicon Valley. While many know this region as the birthplace of America's tech movement, it's also the birthplace of another phenomenon that's sweeping America -- the pro bono movement. Nearly 100 of the Bay Area’s top business, social entrepreneurs and civic leaders will gather at PG&E’s headquarters today at a half-day summit to recognize and celebrate corporate trailblazers meeting the unique social needs of the region through skills-based and pro bono service.
This summit comes at the height of the national A Billion + Change campaign as it reaches its goal of inspiring the largest commitment of corporate pro bono service in history. Over the past year-and-a-half, A Billion + Change has convened summits like these from coast to coast to raise awareness about skills-based and pro bono service as a smart business strategy for social change. Whether it’s lending strategic planning, IT solutions or contributing financial or marketing expertise, companies are stepping up to lend their best and brightest talent to address pressing community priorities.
Speakers at this event include:
· Ezra Garrett, Vice President of Community Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer at PG&E. Through PG&E’s New Energy Academies, its employees are volunteering their skills and knowledge as mentors, advisors and guest speakers, and helped high school teachers develop a renewable energy curriculum and teach students about new energy careers. PG&E is also currently piloting a more formal skills-based volunteer program.
· Teresa Briggs, Bay Area Managing Partner, Deloitte. When the Children’s Discovery Museum, The Tech Museum, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the San Jose Museum of Art were faced with losing operating subsidies, Deloitte helped them demonstrate their financial contribution to the downtown economy, helping them secure their funding. Deloitte has provided pro bono support to more than 50 organizations in the Bay Area worth $2.5 million.
· Carol Guttery, Director of Employee Engagement at Salesforce.com Foundation. Salesforce employees volunteer to support Salesforce implementations for nonprofits to strengthen their operations. Last year, the company donated over 6,500 hours of service and implemented over 130 projects for nonprofit organizations.
· Mike Hannigan, President & Co-Founder of Give Something Back. One of the first B Corporations in the Bay Area, Give Something Back is an office supply store that donates a portion of their profits to nonprofits their customers vote for, including Voices for Children or Sacramento Loaves and Fishes. With $5 million in donations, they are ranked as one of Northern California’s largest corporate donors. Mike Hannigan also donates his time pro bono to causes he cares about, like Social Venture Network and B Lab.
"A Billion + Change companies have committed an astounding $2 billion worth of service time to help nonprofits tackle the tough problems and pressing needs of our communities,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service and manager of A Billion + Change. “That’s equal to more than 6,400 full-time employees. The potential change we can achieve by harnessing the untapped potential of corporate America for social good is enormous.”
In just a short time, more than 370 of America’s favorite brands—26 in the Bay Area alone—have taken A Billion + Change’s free pledge to donate their best and brightest talent to tackle tough problems in their communities and around the world.
“We are excited about the opportunity to expand volunteer and community engagement opportunities for our employees,” said Ezra Garrett, Vice President of Community Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer at PG&E. “By taking the pledge with Billion + Change, we will be able share our employees’ expertise and skills to address pressing needs in the communities we are privileged to serve. We urge other companies to join with us in this important effort.”
From Charitable Giving to Strategic Impact: The Power of Pro Bono will be hosted by A Billion + Change, PG&E, ACCP and the Taproot Foundation. It will bring together the region’s leading minds to explore the multiple benefits of skills-based volunteer programs– how they build nonprofit capacity, positively impact communities, and enhance business through talent development, brand awareness, employee engagement and much more. The summit will also feature a set of expert-led roundtable discussions on key issues such as: done-in-a-day models, building nonprofit readiness for pro bono and taking your skills-based volunteer programs to the next level.
“Deloitte believes that the greatest contribution we can make is to take the skills and intellectual capital we have and bring it to bear on nonprofit organizations,” said Teresa Briggs, Bay Area Managing Partner for Deloitte. “You, too, can make a difference by doing what you and your company do best—give back your skills and talents.”
There’s no higher-impact service for a business to give back to society than pro bono service. For nonprofits and communities, the value of skilled support can be 500% greater than the value of traditional volunteering, according to True Impact, which helps organizations measure the social and business impact of their operations.
To learn more about how you can re-define what it means to have an employee volunteer program that makes a difference, visit A Billion + Change online at: www.abillionpluschange.org.
About A Billion + Change
A Billion + Change is a national campaign inspiring the largest commitment of pro bono service in history. It was launched by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2008 and continues as an initiative of the federal agency. Reinvigorated in 2011 with expanded leadership under the honorary chairmanship of Senator Mark Warner, it is now housed and managed by Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. The initiative is powered by the support of HP, the Case Foundation and IBM and Capital One with additional founding support from State Farm, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Morgan Stanley. Learn more at: www.abillionpluschange.org.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), and the PG&E Corporation Foundation strive to power strong communities throughout Northern and Central California. In 2012, PG&E contributed more than $23 million to more than 1,200 charitable organizations, including matching the generosity of employees who donated $6 million and volunteered over 40,000 hours to company-supported events. Community investments are funded entirely by shareholders. For more information, visit www.pge.com/community and www.pgecurrents.com.
The Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP) is considered one of the United States’ leading independent organizations and is dedicated solely to the development of corporate leaders who leverage integrated philanthropy in support of business goals while creating positive societal impact. ACCP is a 501c6 nonprofit advocacy and continuing education organization which is governed by a 20-member board of directors, representative of different industry segments and regions, and provides ongoing oversight of the ACCP staff and operations. ACCP helps corporate responsibility executives identify and adopt best practices and provides unique training programs for contributions professionals. ACCP has nearly 150 company members and connects hundreds of executives, both member and nonmember, through traditional and virtual peer to peer learning networks.
Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. Since 2001, Taproot Foundation has worked to engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono through our award-winning Service Grant program, through our Advisory Service practice by helping companies develop their own pro bono programs and through our Advocacy efforts by hosting convenings and create innovative solutions for the pro bono field globally. Taproot is the recognized leader and expert in pro bono services; and, a leader in capacity building and social innovation. For more information: www.taprootfoundation.org
A Billion +Change
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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Deloitte, Bay Area, san francisco, a billion+change, Taproot, PG&E, ACCP, pro bono, non-profit
SOURCE: Lincoln Financial GroupDESCRIPTION:
Nearly 50 Lincoln Financial Group volunteers recently worked in classrooms at Batchelder Elementary School in Hartford, Conn. teaching on topics that ranged from being a good citizen of the community to financial literacy and entrepreneurship. It was part of the company’s second annual Junior Achievement (JA) Day.
By using hands-on activities relevant to students’ interests and lifestyles, employees related the students’ schoolwork to the real world and the skills they will need to get jobs. These skills included how money works, filling out a job application and deposit slip, calculating profit, and community involvement. Employees further enriched the curriculum by drawing on their own business experiences to illustrate the concepts.
Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, has had an ongoing partnership with Junior Achievement: the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, make smart academic and economic choices, and become their own Chief Life Officers.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Hartford, Volunteering, junior achievement, Batchelder Elementary School, corporate citizen, csr, Lincoln Financial Group
SPRINGFIELD, Mass, May 22, 2013 / 3BL Media/ PRNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) today announced plans to donate $100,000 to support the communities affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and across the Midwest. The company will also match donations made by eligible MassMutual employees and financial professionals through the company's Matching Gift Program. All contributions will be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the thousands of people impacted by the devastation of these violent storms," said Roger Crandall, Chairman, President and CEO of MassMutual. "We hope that our support will help bring some much-needed relief to the families in these areas."
MassMutual is also attempting to contact policyowners in affected areas who are receiving disability income insurance benefits from the company. This is MassMutual's standard procedure for responding to natural disasters by helping to ensure that our customers are safe, and the proper arrangements are made so they continue to receive their benefits.
MassMutual also reports that its financial professionals and their families in the affected areas are safe and accounted for. MassMutual's core offices are fully operational across the U.S., and financial professionals in local communities and home office staff are available to assist customers with any questions.
Additionally, MassMutual's disaster relief and servicing guidelines help ensure that policyowners and clients in impacted areas have service and product options available to them when natural disasters occur. These may include extended grace periods, lost policy assistance, address change support, and various policy provisions. For more information, review MassMutual's Disaster Relief and Servicing Guidelines or call our Customer Service Center at (800) 272-2216.
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company's strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.
MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.
For more information, visit www.massmutual.com or 'Like" MassMutual on Facebook.
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KEYWORDS: MassMutual, tornado, severe weather, csr, sustainability, policy owners, relief effort
SOURCE: CSX CorporationDESCRIPTION:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ - As part of its continued commitment to honor military veterans and their families, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) launched the “Drop and Give Them 10” campaign, a national fundraiser for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
The “Drop and Give Them 10” campaign runs through May 29.
“At CSX, we are grateful for the courageous service of our nation’s military veterans to protect our hard-won freedoms,” said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and CEO. “To honor their service and sacrifice, we’re inviting people across the nation to help us ‘push up’ support for Wounded Warrior Project® – an amazing organization that helps critically injured service men and women return to productive civilian lives.”
Here’s how it works: Now through May 29, when you do 10 pushups and log them on http://www.dropandgivethem10.com/, CSX will donate $1 to Wounded Warrior Project®. If you post a picture or your experience, CSX will donate an additional $1 up to $50,000 total. Just don’t forget to use the #GiveThem10 hashtag when sharing tweets or Instagram images.
CSX has a long-standing commitment to hiring America’s veterans and reservists. Nearly one in five CSX employees has served in the military, and many continue to hold Reserve or National Guard status. In April 2013, CSX was ranked first on the list of Top 10 Companies for Veterans by DiversityInc.
About Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a desire to provide comfort items to wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has grown into a holistic rehabilitative effort to assist warriors with visible and invisible wounds as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Tens of thousands of injured servicemen and women, family members, and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs. Learn more by visiting woundedwarriorproject.org.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).
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KEYWORDS: CSX, Wounded Warrior, Veterans, national campaign supporting wounded warrior project, give them 10, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
The National Endowment for the Arts interviewed DSI faculty member and grant recipient, Asi Burak, for his development of Half The Sky Movement : The Game. Asi will be leading the Games for Impact workshop in July.
Read the interview: http://artworks.arts.gov/?tag=asi-burak
Take the workshop: http://dsi.sva.edu/news-and-events/game-design-workshop/
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, school of visual design, csr, sustainability, Arts, Grants, national endowment for the arts
The ongoing story of the Coalition for Immokalee Workers is a model of place-based community action (grassroots) working through coalition, collaboration, and agreement rather than separation, disagreement and opposition. It's about CSR, business human rights, and leadership.
It's how Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, moved beyond "declarations" and used her leadership position and power to bring support to the co-founders Lucas Benitez and Gerardo Reyes-Chavez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
We have added three videos today to EarthSayers.tv, Farming and Food Production special collection, to share our respect for and advance the work of Lucas Benitez, Co-Director, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and that of the workers, friends, members, and colleagues of the Coalition.
The first video is a speech by Mr. Benitez back in 2002 at the Mary Robinson Speaker Series in which he honors Mary Robinson for joining their cause and talks about the Coalition and the Code of Conduct they are successfully enlisting Corporations and growers to sign and adopt.
The second video is a news report from Democracy Now, May 20th, on the hundreds of farm workers and their supporters who are in New York City ahead of Wendy's shareholder meeting to ask for improved working conditions for those who pick its tomatoes in the Fair Food campaign organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. CIW farmworker and a co-founder with Lucas of the CIW, Gerardo Reyes-Chavez talks about this social responsibility campaign. So far McDonald's, Subway, Burger King and Taco Bell have all joined the White House-recognized Social Responsibility Program, agreeing to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes to raise wages and only buy from fields where workers' rights are respected.
The third is a video record of the fifteen-day, 200-mile March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food which came to a "loud, colorful, and jubilant end" on Sunday, March 17th outside Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland, Florida.
Ruth Ann Barrett, Sustainability Advocate, Earthsayers.tv, May 20, 2013, Cleveland, Ohio.
KEYWORDS: Food & Farming, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Burger King, business human rights, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, community action, csr, Democracy Now, Farming and Food Production, farmworkers, Florida, Gerardo Reyes Chavez, grassroots, Immokalee, Ireland, Leadership, Lucas Benitez, Mary Robinson, McDonalds, Subway Sandwiches, sustainability, Taco Bell, voices of sustainability, Wendy's Restaurants, Human Rights
May 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Verizon is calling on its employees and customers to assist victims of the May 19-20 tornadoes that swept through the Oklahoma City area. Verizon has committed $100,000 in grants to disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will provide a 1-to-1 match of employee online donations (from $25 up to $1,000 per employee) to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross. Text messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the Red Cross. Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be taken from their prepaid balances.Verizon Wireless Waives Overage Fees
Verizon Wireless will waive any text, voice or data overages for customers in the communities affected by the tornadoes. It has also brought in mobile cell sites to the hardest hit areas to add emergency calling capacity, established free phone charging stations, offered to place free calls at its retail stores, deployed its mobile support unit for customers and its emergency mobile command center to help first responders coordinate relief efforts.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these horrific storms,” said Dean Taylor, Verizon Wireless president-Oklahoma. “Verizon employees work and live in these communities, and we’re committed to supporting our neighbors in Moore, Shawnee and other communities in the Oklahoma City area.”
+1 (304) 356-3404
KEYWORDS: Oklahoma City, tornado, Red Cross, Salvation Army, text-to-donate, disaster relief, matching gift, Verizon Foundation, VERIZON WIRELESS
SOURCE: Allstate CorporationDESCRIPTION:
Northbrook, Ill., May 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Allstate Insurance Company is on the ground in Oklahoma assisting customers and residents following the recent rash of tornadoes across the state. Two mobile claim centers are currently set up in Moore and Shawnee. Adjusters are helping those insured with one of the Allstate companies start the claims process.
These mobile claims centers are specially equipped motor coaches designed to go into impacted areas quickly after storms happen. The units are equipped with satellite phones, wireless data access, generators and even bottled water and teddy bears for kids.
By visiting an Allstate Mobile Claims Center, Allstate customers will be able to start the claims process and ask questions about their claim. For an updated list of Mobile Claims Center locations visit www.allstate.com/catastrophe/Mobile-Response-Units.aspx
Allstate policyholders whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by the recent tornadoes can contact Allstate by visiting their local agent, calling 1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676), visiting a Mobile Claims Center, or logging onto Allstate.com.
To help the community recover, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation, together with agency owners and employees, will donate up to $75,000 for relief efforts. The American Red Cross, one of our long-standing partners in disaster recovery, will receive a grant of up to $50,000 to help meet the immediate needs of those affected by the storm. An additional $25,000 grant will support a local nonprofit helping the people of Moore rebuild their lives.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
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KEYWORDS: Allstate, oklahoma homeowners, Tornadoes, csr, sustainability, severe weather, community
SOURCE: XL Group plcDESCRIPTION:
DUBLIN, Ireland, May 21, 2013 / 3BL Media/ PRNewswire/ -- XL Group plc ("XL" or the "Company") (NYSE: XL) today announced that it plans to hold its eighth Global Day of Giving on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The company-wide employee volunteer day is dedicated to supporting the communities in which XL operates.
Since inception in 2006, when XL celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Global Day of Giving has grown with XL employees donating more than 130,000 hours of community service to hundreds of charitable projects in various locations worldwide.
XL's Chief Executive Officer, Mike McGavick, said: "Communities around the world continue to face tough times. Through our Global Day of Giving, we are able to directly impact the communities in which we work, strengthen our relationships with partners, including charities and other non-profit organizations, and work towards developing longer-term solutions to some of the issues facing these communities. With XL's goal to 'make your world go', we're pleased to take this time to play a small role outside of the office in giving back to our communities."
During this year's Global Day of Giving more than 165 projects have been scheduled in more than 50 locations around the world to address issues such as:
Education/Youth Development: Engaging with young people, mainly from disadvantaged areas, ranging from kindergarteners and primary school students in the U.S., Bermuda and India to college students in the UK, to help them with a variety of educational development activities including homework, science projects, interview skills, resume writing, and career planning.
Environment: Taking care of forests, beaches, parks and other natural habitats through a myriad of activities around the world including: Forest clearing and cleaning in Germany and the Netherlands, respectively; gardening and landscaping in Brazil and throughout the U.S. and Europe; clearing rubble and invasive plant species in Bermuda; weeding, planting vegetables and harvesting in Shanghai, China; and cleaning beaches from Hong Kong to New York.
Homelessness/Hunger: Working with Habitat for Humanity in Schaumburg, Illinois on the demolition and framing of a home; refurbishing and painting a homeless foundation building in Spain; preparing meals for those in need in Baltimore, Bermuda, Brazil and Singapore; sorting and packing donations at food banks throughout the U.S. and Canada; and organizing clothing donations in Beijing, China, Paris, France and the U.S.
Senior Care: Constructing covered garden pavilions to provide protection from the elements to residents of a nursing home in Austria; spending time socializing with seniors in places such as Germany, India, Ireland, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S.
About XL Group plc
XL Group plc (NYSE:XL), through its subsidiaries, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. XL is the company clients look to for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. Its principal offices are located at No.1 Hatch Street Upper, 4th Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland. To learn more, visit www.xlgroup.com
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KEYWORDS: xl group plc, global day of giving, csr, employee volunteer day, community service, Education, environment, senior care, homeless care, Hunger
The Camino game explores the risks of migration from Mexico into the United States. This was a student made game in Asi Burak's Game Design class.
You too can make your own game in Asi's summer workshop.
Sign up today: http://dsi.sva.edu/news-and-events/game-design-workshop/
KEYWORDS: Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, games, immigration, Social Impact, csr, sustainability, social value, summer games workshop
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Verizon is calling on its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of the May 19-20 tornadoes that swept through the Oklahoma City area. Verizon has committed $100,000 in grants to disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will provide a 1-to-1 match of employee online donations (from $25 up to $1,000 per employee) to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross. Text messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the Red Cross. Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be taken from their prepaid balances.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these horrific storms,” said Dean Taylor, Verizon Wireless president-Oklahoma. “Verizon employees work and live in these communities, and we’re committed to supporting our neighbors in Moore, Shawnee and other communities in the Oklahoma City area.”
(NOTE: Click here for more on Verizon’s response to the Oklahoma tornadoes.)
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, healthcare and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s online News Center at newscenter.verizon.com. The news releases are available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/feeds.
KEYWORDS: disaster relief, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, text to donate, oklahoma tornadoes, Disaster Response, company matching, Oklahoma City
SAP announced that it has been listed in Triple Pundit’s Top 10 Employee Engagement Strategies for its Social Sabbatical programme, whereby SAP’s most promising employees from across the globe support underserved communities in South Africa, Brazil and India, with the aim of providing mentorship and helping solve those communities’ most pressing challenges.
According to an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey, sponsored by SAP, the world needs to create more than 500 million new jobs by 2020 to provide career opportunities for the unemployed as well as for young people who will be joining the workforce. The bulk of this challenge falls on countries in the developing world, including South Africa, Brazil and India.
*Original post on IT New Africa.
KEYWORDS: SAP, Social Sabbatical programme, africa, community, Volunteering, mentorship