100,000+ NONPROFITS COUNT ON US.
GENEROSITY UNLEASHED: $830 MILLION IN DONATIONS
SOURCE: Comcast CorporationDESCRIPTION:
April 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - More than 70,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family and friends, and community partners across the country are expected to spend Saturday, April 27, giving back to their communities as they take part in Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. In its 12th year, Comcast Cares Day will also go international for the first time with NBCUniversal managing projects in England, France, Germany and New Zealand. This year will also mark more than 3 million volunteer hours and half a million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day first began in 2001.
“Comcast Cares Day speaks to the heart of our company,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. “As we celebrate Comcast’s 50th anniversary, I am extremely honored to participate this year alongside tens of thousands of Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family members and friends across the country and around the world to make a meaningful difference that will have a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”
During this year’s Comcast Cares Day, more than 700 projects will take place across the country and internationally, including projects in communities where Comcast and NBCUniversal employees work together, including New York City and Los Angeles.
“Comcast Cares Day is a great example of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s unwavering dedication to the communities we serve,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. “People across the country will experience firsthand Comcast’s commitment to their neighborhoods, which extends beyond this day and throughout the year. Giving back is in our DNA, and we celebrate all of our community partners and employees who continuously strive to improve the lives of others.”
On Saturday, volunteers will contribute their time and energy by providing maintenance, supplies and makeovers to local schools, parks and community centers. Comcast Cares Day is also taking place during Earth Week, which is widely supported by NBCUniversal’s Green is Universal initiative. Many planet-friendly projects such as building community gardens, cleaning beaches and riverbanks, and planting trees will add to the diverse line-up of projects.
Comcast and NBCUniversal also have partnered with many non-profit community organizations and local chapters of the National Urban League and the National Council of La Raza, who will be working side by side with Comcast Cares Day volunteers on Saturday. Additionally, teams from Comcast and NBCUniversal will be partnering with City Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, along with hundreds of other local community organizations.
Below is a sampling of the multiple projects taking place:
Comcast and NBCUniversal support the communities they serve by volunteering, providing access to innovative technology, giving financial support and partnering with organizations to make communities stronger. Comcast invests in programs and nonprofits that address our priorities: digital literacy, youth leadership development and community service. Since 2001, Comcast’s overall giving has exceeded $2.5 billion in cash and in-kind contributions supporting local non-profit organizations and other charitable partners across the country.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities — promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $123 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news and entertainment cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks.
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KEYWORDS: Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Actions, Volunteerism, Youth Action, volunteerism, corporate volunteerism, comcast cares day
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013 /3BL Media/—Deloitte announced today that Will Reynolds, senior consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP in Deloitte’s Federal Government Services practice has been named to the 2013 U.S. Army Team competing in the Warrior Games. An active participant in adaptive sports since 2005, Reynolds earned his spot on both the cycling and swim teams following tryouts with the Army earlier this year. He is the first Deloitte employee to participate in the Warrior Games.
“We’re excited to have Will competing on the Army team,” said Robin Lineberger, chief executive officer, Federal Government Services practice, Deloitte LLP. “It’s a special honor to have one of our own participating this year. Deloitte has been involved in the Warrior Games since its inception because we believe Paralympic-style competitive events accentuate the ability and resiliency of these men and women.”
In 2004, Reynolds was wounded during combat in Iraq. After two years of treatment and 23 surgeries, he was granted medical retirement from the Army. Reynolds graduated from the West Point Academy in 2002 and earned his MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business. He returned to work in the public sector with Deloitte Consulting LLP in 2010.
Adaptive sports, especially cycling, played a prominent role in Reynolds’ recovery and rehabilitation process. He remains connected to the adaptive athletic community, serving as a director for Team Red, White & Blue and a volunteer with the Walter Reed Bethesda cycling program for veterans and service members as well as participating in numerous Disabled Sports USA programs.
“I’m proud to represent the Army and Deloitte at the Warrior Games,” said Reynolds. “I’ve always been an athlete and participation in adaptive sports not only satisfies that itch to compete but also keeps me connected to the veteran community. I’m looking forward to performing on the national stage alongside old friends and taking home some medals for the Army team.”
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 will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16, 2013. Two-hundred sixty injured service members and veterans will participate 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 will compete in seven sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track & field and wheelchair basketball.About Deloitte’s Federal Government practice
Deloitte provides consulting, financial advisory, risk management, audit, and tax services to selected clients. More than 6,600 professionals are dedicated to serving U.S. federal clients with wide-ranging missions. Deloitte is helping federal organizations explore how to be more efficient or seize the opportunity to do things differently, with a deep understanding of the government’s requirements, processes and systems along with insights into workforce and technology issues. Deloitte applies a mix of private-sector insights and public-sector experience to help federal agencies rethink, reduce, and restructure—from day-to-day operations and large-scale transformations. To learn more, visit www.deloitte.com/federal.
As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.
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KEYWORDS: Deloitte, Will Reynolds, warrior games, Veterans, Colorado Springs
SOURCE: The Home DepotDESCRIPTION:
Jarrett Mitchell, who everyone knows as Jay, is a Merchandising Execution Manager (MEM) for District 120 in Nashville, TN, and an undiscovered talent in The Home Depot’s sea of orange. In his spare time, he does Hip Hop. According to him, he sings as a form of artistic expression and a therapeutic release – it gives him an outlet. He says he loves it and we think you will, too.
Visit http://beyondtheapron.tumblr.com/ for the musical stylings of Jay.
KEYWORDS: Nashville, Music, homedepot, Home Depot, talent, hiphop
SOURCE: Allstate CorporationDESCRIPTION:
April 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Public Safety Action Committee, recently formed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, announced plans today to award up to $2 million for proven programs that help at-risk youth for Summer 2013. The committee posted a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) with the primary focus on mentoring and enrichment programs on its website www.GetInChicago.org.
The Public Safety Action Committee is raising $50 million from private donors to invest in prevention and intervention programs to reduce violence and make Chicago safer. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the fund and committee's creation in early February, appointing Allstate CEO Tom Wilson and Loop Capital CEO Jim Reynolds as co-chairs overseeing the fund.
"It's time to 'GET IN' to neighborhoods and help create a safer Chicago," said Wilson. "All of us....businesses, nonprofits, religious leaders and individual citizens must come together and make sure our children have bright futures."
"We are wasting no time in ensuring that these critical dollars get to the outstanding organizations across Chicago that are investing in our children's future," said Reynolds. "This first investment will ensure that hundreds of at-risk youth will have access to mentoring, job-training and counseling services that help them excel and keep them safe."
The announcement marks the Public Safety Action Committee's first grant cycle, with additional funding earmarked for future grant cycles. Applying organizations must have experience working in neighborhoods that have the highest rates of violence; an annual budget of at least $500,000; the ability to track data about participants using an online data-management system; and willingness to serve all youth assigned to their programs by the Committee.
"I am delighted to see that our public-private partnership to support Chicago's kids is launching, and that we are investing in a brighter future for some of our most vulnerable children," said Mayor Emanuel. "The greatest thing we can do as a city is give our children the support they need to build a successful life, and I will work tirelessly to provide safe alternatives that reduce the risk of our kids getting involved with drugs, gangs, and violence."
The full RFP and complete list of guidelines can be found at www.GetInChicago.org. The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on May 6, 2013, and all applications must be submitted online. Questions about the RFP process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KEYWORDS: Community, Positive Change, Public Safety Action Committee, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Request for Proposals (RFP), Chicago, Allstate Insurance Company
How does a global company know what counts as a charitable contribution when each country around the world classifies NGOs in differing ways? A new study,Global Guide by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) has sought to answer this very question by providing clear and concise guidance. From no tax deductions in Russia to required giving in Brazil, this report outlines the variety and complexity of the giving guidelines in 17 nations with the highest concentrations of Fortune Global 500 firms. This is CECP's first collection of global corporate contributions data using a newly created framework, developed with pro bono assistance from Deloitte. that can be applied to international giving programs.
This worldwide comparison of corporate giving reveals whether donations in advanced economies are as high as they could be and what countries might learn from each other. The data was collected from 31 companies from diverse industries representing North America, Europe and Latin America, and shows that leading companies designated 44 per cent of their total giving to international recipients. While the overall giving for the Global Guide respondents was US$39 million. Daryl Brewster, CEO at CECP says, "These Global Guide findings gives the public for the first time access to a focused analysis of global corporate giving data, allowing a deeper look at how companies are approaching international societal engagement."
The data collected is insightful, and shows that while setting funding priorities, reporting on data, and budgeting are done at office headquarters, the actual approval process of the grantees was largely done at local community level. Fifty five per cent of survey respondents were headquartered in the U.S., 13 per cent in France, and 10 per cent in Brazil and the U.K. Eleven companies reported their total giving breakdown to specific countries; 114 countries received contributions from at least one company. More specifically, eight companies made contributions to South Africa and seven companies made contributions to Argentina, China, Japan and Mexico.
Sangeeta Haindl is a staff writer for Justmeans on Social Enterprise. When not writing for Justmeans, Sangeeta wears her other hat as a PR professional. Over the years, she has worked with high-profile organizations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from her industry. She now runs her own UK consultancy: Serendipity PR & Media.
KEYWORDS: Green Companies, Social Entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, social innovation, Social investment, Venture Philanthropy, Cause Global, best practices, funding
SOURCE: The mGive FoundationDESCRIPTION:
Denver, April 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - You can do something to help repair the devastation caused by the April 15th bombing at the Boston Marathon. Text the word BOSTON to 80108 to give $10 to The One Fund Boston, Inc. Donations will support victims of the tragic event.
One Fund Boston is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Governor’s office and the Mayor of Boston. Boston-area businesses were quick to seed major contributions to start The One Fund stating that the Boston Marathon is about courage, resilience and community. Companies around the country jumped in and now individuals can become every day philanthropists through mobile donations.
The wireless carriers and The mGive Foundation are driving the launch of a national text donation campaign. In response to outcries from a heartbroken nation that wanted to do something to help Boston, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint led the charge to get a mobile contribution campaign set up immediately.
“One Fund’s mantra is that they will stand together in the recovery of this tragedy as one state, one city, one people. Mobile donations add the layer that we are one nation, standing behind Boston and ready to help,” said Jenifer Snyder executive director of The mGive Foundation. “We saw the tragedy unfolding in the news, right in our backyard and at such a well-known event, and our instincts are that we must to do something. Texting a donation will mean making a real impact for Boston.”
mGive is the entity that helped raise nearly $70 million, through simple text donations, for a variety of issues and disasters. Their technology and processes are the backbone to the mobile channel for social good.
“Text donations are the modern-day version of the whole town coming out to help in times of crisis,” said Snyder. “From anywhere in the country, we can feel like we’re helping our “neighbors” in Boston after this horrific attack.”
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, OneBoston, boston marathon, mGive, Text to Give, text donation, Boston Bombing, One Fund Boston, The mGive Foundation, Jenifer Snyder, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, 80108, text 2 give, mobile giving, Mobile
SOURCE: Keep America BeautifulDESCRIPTION:
STAMFORD, Conn., April 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Two organizations with a commitment to improving and beautifying communities across the country have teamed up to launch a new gardening grant program, Taking Root™. Troy-Bilt®, a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, and Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, will award six KAB community groups a total of $25,000 in grants and $7,000 in Troy-Bilt lawn care products.
Earlier this year, all KAB-certified affiliates in good standing were invited to apply for the Taking Root grant for gardening projects such as starting a community garden, implementing a gardening education program, or creating a flower garden. Among the applications received, six finalists were selected and announced today on Troy-Bilt’s Facebook Page.
Each finalist created a video expressing its need for the grant and the public is being asked to vote for their favorite. The organization with the highest number of votes on May 12, 2013, will receive $10,000 in cash, plus $2,000 in Troy-Bilt products. Each of the five runners-up will receive $3,000 in cash plus $1,000 in Troy-Bilt products.
The six finalists are:
“It’s important to us at Troy-Bilt to support our communities through improving and beautifying the outdoor environment, which is why we’ve had such a successful partnership with Keep America Beautiful for nearly 15 years,” said Heidi Ketvertis, director of marketing for Troy-Bilt. “We’re excited to introduce Taking Root this year by recognizing six community groups that are embarking on important projects from community gardens to neighborhood restoration, nutrition, beautification and education.”
”Through the significant partnership with Troy-Bilt and the strong contributions of our affiliate network, we’re able to accomplish meaningful and lasting impact in communities across the country,” said Matt McKenna, Keep America Beautiful president and CEO. “We know the restorative powers that community gardens create so we’re delighted to further our purpose to create vibrant communities through this generous grant.”
Taking Root voting will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on May 12, 2013, and the winner will be announced the following week.
In 1937, Troy-Bilt® introduced the first American-made rototiller and since then has expanded its legendary expertise and durable product line to create a complete selection of the industry’s finest lawn and garden tools. The company’s award-winning product line includes top-quality tractors, mowers, tillers, cultivators, trimmers, snow throwers and a variety of outdoor power tools. Troy-Bilt machines are built to last and engineered to take on the toughest challenges to make jobs simpler and safer. For more information, visit troybilt.com or Troy-Bilt’s Facebook Page.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliate and partners including state recycling organizations, the national nonprofit works with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, inspire generations of environmental stewards and generate positive impact on local economies. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org.
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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Living, Conservation, Water, Sustainable Food, Non-Profit, Philanthropy, Volunteering, Cause Marketing, Social Media, Positive Change, People, Volunteerism, Keep America Beautiful, Troy-Bilt, Taking Root, Keep Carbondale Beautiful, Keep Hammond Beautiful, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Rome Clean and Green, Shreveport Green
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
By Aman Singh
Chances are a CVS pharmacy is within walking distance of your house. Or at least within a couple of miles.
One was for me. As a new citizen, a kind CVS manager gave me my first American job, taught me how to differentiate between a nickel and a quarter and the basics of customer service in a country where consumers rule a market spoiled with choice.
KEYWORDS: Greenbiz, cvs, cvs caremark, equal access, access for all, Healthcare, environment, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, Aman Singh
SOURCE: Children InternationalDESCRIPTION:
KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 22, 2013 / 3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Children International, a leading humanitarian organization, is providing fuel-efficient Ecocina cookstoves that can save lives among poor families in rural Honduras. The stoves are also better for the environment because they reduce wood consumption and harmful pollutants – a great reason to celebrate on Earth Day. In stark contrast to modern kitchens where burners can be turned on and off at will, "kitchens" in rural areas of the developing world often consist of open flames inside highly flammable primitive homes.
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Cooking over open flames presents many dangers. It presents a burn and fire hazard for the women who cook as well as the children at their feet, exposes the families to pollutants that can contribute to bronchial and lung problems, and also puts children, often young girls, in danger as they search for firewood alone in the forest.
Children International operates community centers in areas where extreme poverty is the norm. "Inside our community centers, children experience things similar to what you might see in the United States – tile floors, restrooms, chairs and desks. They receive health and dental care and participate in programs with caring adults, all designed to help them escape the traps of poverty. Working in those communities, however, we see the very real dangers the children and their families face in their own homes. Cooking over open flames is one of those dangers. These Ecocina stoves make a life-saving difference, and we are glad to be able to help these families," says Jim Cook, president of Children International.
The Ecocina stoves are manufactured in Honduras by E'Copan, a StoveTeam-sponsored factory. StoveTeam has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets for their innovative approach to creating local employment, improving health and reducing air pollution.
To sponsor a child living in poverty, visit www.children.org.
To make a contribution for a family living in poverty, visit Help a Family.
Established in 1936, Children International is an award-winning humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Children International delivers services through more than 80 community centers. The organization's programs benefit approximately 340,000 children and their families in 11 countries around the world, including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and Zambia.
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SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLCDESCRIPTION:
Auburn Hills, Mich., Apr 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ -The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, today announced additional grants totaling nearly $30,000 to support 10 Michigan high school robotics teams, which qualified to compete for the 2013 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Championship April 24-27 at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The grants will help the teams offset costs associated with items such as registration fees; parts and materials; and team apparel.
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Teams vying for the championship will compete in a high-tech version of disc golf, called ULTIMATE ASCENTsm. During each match, two competing Alliances (each comprised of three robotics teams) will try to score as many flying discs into their goals as possible in 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Matches end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field.
“The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group are proud to play a role in encouraging students to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “We wish all of the teams the best of luck as they embark on this exciting and rewarding challenge.”
The teams secured their championship berths and the additional funds from The Chrysler Foundation as the result of their performances at regional and district competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students. The Chrysler Foundation distributed grants to the following high schools:
SCHOOLS, LOCATION - TEAM NAME
Andover & Lahser High Schools, Bloomfield Hills - Bionic Barons
Bishop Foley Catholic High School, Madison Heights - Foley Freeze
Goodrich High School, Goodrich - More Martians
Grand Blanc High School, Grand Blanc - EngiNERDs
Macomb Academy of Arts & Sciences, Armada - Fighting PI
Notre Dame Preparatory School, Auburn Hills - Killer Bees
OSMTech Academy at Clarkston High School, Clarkston - Team RUSH
Oxford Community Schools, Oxford - TORC
Pontiac High School, Pontiac - Wings of Fire
Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek High Schools, Rochester Hills - Adambots
The Chrysler Foundation is also providing additional funds to Assumption College Catholic High School (Purple Raiders) from Windsor, ON, bringing the total amount of grants awarded for the 2013 FIRST robotics season to more than $185,000. Over the past 17 years, The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group have invested more than $1.7 million to support FIRST Robotics teams across the United States and Canada. Additionally, numerous Chrysler Group employees volunteer their time and talents to the teams, serving as team mentors and competition coordinators.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
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.
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Things aren't really back to normal yet here in Boston. My office was open today, but the streets on two sides of the building are closed. I went to a new café for lunch because all my favorites are still shut. My friends who live right at the site of the second bomb - whose apartment a bunch of us were in at the time of Monday's events - are still staying with friends. The streets around my office, a block from Copley Square, are crowded by oddly quiet.
One thing that is normal, though, is the outpouring of support that we've come to expect in light of a traumatic event. This is most evident, of course, in the tremendous efforts of the first responders, who certainly saved many lives on Monday. It's evident in the #BostonHelp and #PrayforBoston hashtags on Twitter and in the tributes to the city that have taken over my Facebook feed for the last few days. And of course, it's evident in the way the corporate community has leapt into action.
Here are the trends I've been seeing in the corporate response to the explosions at Monday's Boston Marathon.
In the immediate aftermath of the explosions, I saw a number of companies jump in to offer the assets they had available on hand, in order to serve immediate needs. Google immediately launched its Google Person Finder service, to help people at the event communicate to people elsewhere that they were safe. El Pelon Taqueria was one of a number of area restaurants that offered displaced individuals a place to go, along with free food and free wifi; several restaurants in the area surrounding the crime scene continue to offer free food to first responders. AirBnB and a number of airlines announced on Twitter that they were waiving fees for people making last-minute travel changes due to the events, and Pooch Hotel, which boards dogs, tweeted that first responders could board for their animals free of charge so they could focus on relief efforts. A local yoga studio tweeted that classes would be free on Tuesday, and two major local museums were also free that day - all three emphasized that they wanted to provide an opportunity for reflection and healing.
One immediate response that I found striking was the number of companies that reached out to inspire and support their customers or employees. My company has sent out a series of emails our employees to keep everyone up to date on the status of our Boston headquarters (which was closed for the Patriots' Day holiday), to share resources for employees in need, and to comfort employees and begin the process of healing together. I think that was really important, but it's also something I expect of a well-run company. What I didn't anticipate was the number of companies that reached out to me as an customer with a similar message. The first such message I received was from Marathon Sports, whose Boylston Street sporting goods store was impacted by the explosions. The email, with the subject line "Our City Is Strong," focused on the feelings the company's employees and so many customers are experiencing, the company's pride in its staff for the way they comported themselves during the crisis, and a commitment to move forward with the community - the Boston community and the running community - stronger than ever. The email also provided links to relevant services, including places to donate, the missing persons hotline, and the police tips hotline. I received similar emails from my gym and CitySports (another sporting goods store), both located within a few blocks of the explosion. (I should probably note that I am unfortunately not as sporty as my inbox suggests.)
I have also noticed that quite a few companies are hosting fundraisers to benefit victims of the explosions. More than 50 local restaurants are donating a portion of tonight's (Wednesday's) proceeds to the Greg Hill Foundation, which will use the funds to benefit victims. A group of breweries in the area are hosting a fundraising event tonight, as well. RueLaLa is selling a tshirt that read "Tough Proud Brave Free Boston" and donating all net proceeds to the Emergency Medicine Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A few companies are also soliciting cash donations on behalf of recovery efforts. Technology Underwriting Greater Good, an initiative "dedicated to bringing together technology companies, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists to help young people realize their full potential", has raised over $153,000 so far. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is raising money for the One Fund Boston (details below); the Kraft Family, which owns the Patriots, is matching donations up to $100,000. Similarly, LevelUp, the mobile payments company, will match funds donated through its up, up to $26,200. The company has also enabled users to donate the coupons they earn to recover efforts. Currently, LevelUp is directing funds to Children's Hospital Boston and the Red Cross.
We are starting to see companies making direct donations to nonprofits involved in responding to the explosions. Most of this activity has centered around the One Fund Boston, established yesterday by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The One Fund, which will "help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013," was created with an initial $1 million donation from John Hancock, a major marathon sponsor. In the twenty-four hours since the Fund was created, it has collected more than $7 million in donations, including $1 million donations from AT&T, Bain Capital, and Partners HealthCare. The One Fund is also raising money from individual donors, with more than 8,500 contributing so far. Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw similar funds after 9/11 and other events, will be the Fund's administrator.
Separately, the Bruins and the National Hockey League are donating $250,000 - $100,000 from Jeremy Jacobs, the team's owner, and $50,000 each from the NHL, the NHL Player's Association, and TD Garden (the facility where the Bruins play). The Bruins are also donating tickets to first responders and planned to honor victims and responders during tonight's game. Twitter has donated its top promote tweet spot to the hashtag #OneBoston, which people are using to highlight inspirational stories and charitable efforts; the value of this donation (that is, the amount a company would pay for the spot for a day) is $200,000.
Has your company contributed? Share your activities with other corporate donors by submitting it to the US Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center, which is compiling a donations tracker. I'd also love it if you leave a note in the comments.
Looking for direction on your company's efforts? The Center for Disaster Philanthropy provides advice on when, where, and how to give in the aftermath of disasters. The Business Civic Leadership Center also provides a number of resources to companies seeking to support disaster relief efforts, and the Council on Foundations publishes "Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations." It also provides resources via a Disaster Resource Center. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy has published a research report on lessons learned from past corporate disaster relief efforts. Some time ago, I wrote an article for onPhilanthropy.com laying out the steps in developing a corporate disaster relief plan. The article is old, but I think it's still relevant.
Jessica Hubbard (formerly Stannard-Friel) is a Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at an education company. Her experience in CSR includes work as a corporate philanthropy consultant at Changing Our World, where she advised companies on strategic social engagement; as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's CSR Initiative, where she worked with Jane Nelson; as Corporate Philanthropy Editor for onPhilanthropy.com and co-founder of the blog Future Leaders in Philanthropy (flip.onphilanthropy.com); and on a short-term project with the MAC AIDS Fund at Estee Lauder's MAC Cosmetics, where she worked on international grantmaking strategy.
This post originally appeared on the Reimagining CSR Blog. Posted with persmission of the author.
KEYWORDS: boston marathon, csr, corporate giving, jessica hubbard, help boston, boston marathon bombings, One Fund Boston, sustainability, Disaster Resource Center
SOURCE: Sodexo, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
Gaithersburg, Md., April 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Sodexo recognized Northwestern University junior, Sarah Suh today at its Diversity Business Leadership Summit in Chicago for her work fighting hunger in local communities. Sodexo president and CEO George Chavel presented her with a certificate for the Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship, which provides $5,000 toward her education at Northwestern, a matching $5,000 grant in her name for the hunger-relief organization of her choice, and a trip to Washington, D.C. in June where she will be formally awarded the scholarship along with four additional student recipients.
“Not many people know that 1 in 6 Cook County residents are food insecure. That’s 16 percent of those who live in Cook County that don’t always know where their next meal is coming from”, said Chavel. “Sarah’s volunteer efforts are playing a critical role in the fight to end hunger in the area and we are proud to award her this scholarship.”
Suh, a resident of Buffalo Grove, Ill., is student president of the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University (CKNU). Support for the organization is aligned with Sodexo’s STOP Hunger initiative, which spans 42 countries on 6 continents and mobilizes communities to join together in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and food waste locally. Suh has volunteered more than 800 hours to CKNU and helped serve nearly 17,000 meals in the Evanston, Ill. community. She plans to present the matching $5,000 grant to the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University.
Sodexo’s STOP Hunger initiative has a long history in Cook County and throughout Illinois. Since 1997, Sodexo’s Feeding Our Future® program has provided approximately 268,250 meals to children in the greater Chicago area. Last year Sodexo employees raised and donated almost $40,000 to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. And since 2000, Sodexo Foundation has provided Chicago hunger-relief organizations with 34 grants totaling more than $1,395,600.
View a brief YouTube video and Flickr photo album from DBLS, including remarks from Earvin "Magic" Johnson and recognition of Sarah Suh. To learn more about Sodexo’s fight against hunger visit www.SodexoFoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @STOPHungerUSA.
Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $20 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
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KEYWORDS: Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity, Women In Business, Education, Events, Conferences & Webinars, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Sodexo, CKNU, STOP Hunger
The Baltimore Sun gave readers a preview of what participants could expect from the April 16th, A Call To Coaches: Your Voice Counts training - a seminar to help coaches combat domestic violence by teaching athletes to be men of good character.
By Aaron Wilson
Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty plans to deliver a strong message to hundreds of middle school, high school, college and youth coaches to try to prevent domestic violence.
Canty has partnered with the Verizon Foundation and A Call to Men for a four-hour seminar Tuesday at the Sheraton Inner Harbor to promote healthy relationships and respect for women by fostering a positive atmosphere in the locker room.
The intention is to give the coaches training for how to mentor their athletes about relationships with women in the program named, "A Call To Coaches: Your Voice Counts."
Click here to read more.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Ravens, baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, NFL, Chris Canty, Verizon Foundation, A CALL TO MEN, domestic violence, domestic violence prevention, Coaching, Athletics
SOURCE: General MotorsDESCRIPTION:
DETROIT, April 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The United Way Worldwide on Thursday honored General Motors with its Summit Award for making a difference in Metro Detroit and communities across the United States, particularly in the area of education.
The philanthropy award recognized GM employees’ contributions of more than $5.8 million through the United Way campaign, as well as the GM Foundation’s transformative $27.1 million grant to United Way of Southeastern Michigan to create a “Network of Excellence” within seven Metro Detroit high schools. Its goal is to increase graduation rates from 50 percent to 80 percent over five years. Attendance rates at all seven schools improved last year -- an early indicator for improved graduation rates.
Also noted was the nearly 1,200 hours the company’s teamGM Cares volunteers served within the Network of Excellence schools in 2012.
“General Motors and the GM Foundation have made a tremendous commitment to education and ensuring that all people are given the tools they need to be successful in life” said Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide president and CEO.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
About General Motors 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, Environment and Energy 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, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
KEYWORDS: GM Foundation, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, summit award, Network of Excellence, teamGM Cares, csr, General Motors
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- Today, United Way Worldwide, the country's largest privately funded nonprofit, presented Deloitte LLP with the Special Recognition Fleur de Lis Award for the most Tocqueville Society Members (individuals giving $10,000 or more annually) nationwide in a single organization. This is the 11th consecutive year Deloitte has won this esteemed national award.
"Once again, Deloitte has demonstrated outstanding leadership focused on sustainable social impact," said Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide president and CEO. "The organization is one of United Way's most committed supporters, leveraging its resources and talent through skilled volunteering, pro bono work, thought leadership and a shared emphasis on education, especially in creating a 'college-going' culture."
Deloitte raised more than $21 million through its annual campaign in 2012, which included nearly 900 Tocqueville members. "At Deloitte, we strive to make an impact every day in the communities where we work and live. Our people are what make this a reality. Collaboration with United Way is an important part of our service including pro bono, volunteerism, and giving," said Joe Echevarria, CEO, Deloitte LLP. "We are honored to receive the Fleur de Lis award again this year and thank our Tocqueville givers for their on-going generosity."
Deloitte provides millions of dollars in pro bono services for local United Ways, plus 25 Deloitte professionals currently serve on United Way boards. Deloitte also promotes impact volunteering by engaging young people from top-tier schools to work side-by-side with their professionals during United Way Alternative Spring Break, which the organization sponsors and uses to recruit new talent. Further, Deloitte collaborates with United Way in nearly every community in America, and member firms of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited participate as well in India, Poland, Peru, Korea, Panama, Hungary, Taiwan and Colombia.
About United Way
United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED(R) is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit: www.UnitedWay.org.
KEYWORDS: Deloitte, United Way, Fleur de Lis Award, volunteer, Social Impact, philanthropy, pro-bono
SOURCE: The Adventure CapitalistsDESCRIPTION:
Santa Barbara, Ca., April 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – A new consumer empowerment app will launch at the Community Environmental Council’s Earth Day event this weekend, April 20-21, at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara, CA. The event draws 35,000+ people and boasts such attractions as the 2013 Environmental Hero’s Awards, this year honoring Van Jones and Bill Nye. You will not want to miss the Green Car Show, the Eco-Marketplace, and New Noise’s two-day production of live music, speakers, and family programming. Be there!
Darrell Park, author of Better Than We Found It, has launched a new app via the Apple App store called PowerfulME. He and the PowerfulME team will be showcasing the app (Booth number 320) alongside a number of other do-gooder products and companies.
The PowerfulMe App was created to allow users to support companies they believe in, and eat the foods and beverages that are aligned with their ethics, beliefs, and dietary preferences going forward. Download the app today and get started.
“Consumers have the money. They should have the power, “ states Darrell, CEO/Founder of PowerfulME.
Let’s face it - Earth Day is really every day. We are the stewards of precious and finite resources. Clean air and water must be managed and not taken for granted. Each of us can take more responsibility for what we buy, consume, and support. How many times have you walked into a friend’s kitchen, who you consider to be well educated and health conscious, and been amazed by the bad, packaged, sugary, GMO laden food or virgin wood paper goods that they are buying with their hard earned dollars? There are alternatives to such products! And there are often really good companies behind those products!
People are still learning to connect their education, lifestyle, beliefs, and dietary preferences with their buying decisions and consumer behavior. PowerfulME helps connect these dots in a very simple, practical way.
Like Wikipedia, app users can use the existing product and company data and sort it as they’d like. PowerfulME is a tool for smarter buying and encourages a more conscious, healthy, accountable marketplace.
The goal of PowerfulME is to help consumers shape marketplace behavior, and not be duped by good advertising.
To download the App for free, click here.
To view a demo of the App, click here.
To view a commercial about PowerfulME, click here.
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KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Environment, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Food & Farming, Health and Wellness, Human Resources, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, The Adventure Capitalists, earth day, csr, sustainability
BOSTON, April 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Verizon Foundation has pledged $100,000 to One Fund Boston to assist the victims of the April 15 bomb attacks and their families. The foundation also will provide a 1-to-1 match of employee online donations to One Fund Boston.
One Fund Boston was established by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to assist families most affected by the bomb attacks.
“The thoughts and prayers of Verizon employees across the globe are with the victims, families and friends affected by this senseless tragedy,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation. “Verizon’s roots in the Boston community go back more than a century, and we’re committed to supporting the community during this crisis.”
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, health care 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 6.2 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: One Fund Boston, boston marathon, disaster victims, Verizon, philanthropy, Verizon Foundation
SOURCE: PCI Media ImpactDESCRIPTION:
NEW YORK, April, 22 2013 /3BL Media/ — On Sunday, April 28 PCI-Media Impact will hold a fundraiser at the Aaron Emanuel Salon to raise money for their ongoing Liberia Photovoice project, which, seeks to empower survivors of sexual violence in the country’s capital city. From 9am to 6:30pm, Aaron Emanuel, located at 307 E 77th St, New York City will donate all proceeds from blowout services to support the next phase of the project.
In January the PCI-Media Impact team worked with a group of 25 remarkable young women at Monrovia’s THINK home, to explore the question “What does it mean to be a woman in Liberia?” through photography. All the girls of THINK (Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness) have been victims of gender based violence at the hands of men, women, strangers and family members. Ranging from ages 13 to 24, half of them already mothers and most below a fourth grade reading level, each one of them has a unique and heart-wrenching story about their past.
Armed with their cameras- and tailored photography training by a professional, the THINK girls become powerful agents of change. They explained, “It is our responsibility to not just learn how to do other things, but also to share with others,” and “If other girls are going to change and have different experiences in life, then they will have to learn from our example.”
Sexual violence is at an epidemic level in Liberia, which has lead to a generation of young mothers with virtually no education or means of supporting themselves. The girls at the THINK home are working to overcome their difficult pasts and gain the education and skills that will allow them to thrive in the future. One of the trade skills they’re learning is hairstyling.
To honor that spirit, Aaron Emanuel has partnered with PCI-Media Impact offering crucial financial support. All of the day’s 35 dollar blowouts and will be donated to provide new cameras, printers and a laptop for the girls of THINK, as well as additional training for both the girls and their teachers to ensure the project will continue and evolve. In addition to the salon’s services, hair products and stunning portraits of the girls will be raffled off.
Photovoice is a manner of photographic storytelling that enables vulnerable populations to tell their stories from their individual perspectives. Telling these stories challenges cultural norms and provides human context to the problems facing women of Liberia. You can see each girl’s story here.
To make an appointment please call the Aaron Emanuel Salon at (212) 422-3000. Also be sure to check them out on Facebook.
For more information on this project or ways to get involved please click here, check out their Facebook & Twitter pages or contact Communications Officer, Abby Wood at email@example.com or (212) 687-3197.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Liberia, Monrovia, Think, VAW, GBSV, PCI-Media Impact, Aaron Emanuel Salon, NYC, New York City, Hair salon, Fundrasing, Sexual Violence, photography, Photovoice
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkSUMMARY:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 18, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it will come together with the Boston business community to support The One Fund Boston, established by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to raise money for victims and families who have been affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the private foundation of CVS Caremark, will donate $100,000 to The One Fund Boston, which is also accepting online donations from the public at www.onefundboston.org.
"CVS Caremark has deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston. We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and its effect on victims and their family members," said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark. "We are honored to support The One Fund Boston and assist in the community's recovery from this tragedy."
In addition, beginning Friday, April 19, more than 250 CVS/pharmacy® stores in the Greater Boston area will hold an in-store donation campaign for the The One Fund Boston that will allow customers to make a donation directly to the Fund at store checkout and pharmacy counters. CVS/pharmacy will encourage customers to add $1, $3 or an amount of the customer's choice to their purchase at the register.
"We have stores only blocks away from the Boston Marathon finish line, so we know how strongly this tragedy has affected our local customers and employees and that there is a strong desire to help," said Mark Cosby, President of CVS/pharmacy. "We wanted to make it easy for our customers to support One Fund Boston by bringing an in-store donation campaign directly to the Boston community."
The CVS/pharmacy in-store donation campaign for The One Fund Boston will run until Saturday, May 4.
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at http://investor.cvs.com or through the Web site's press room at www.cvs.com/pressroom
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at http://info.cvscaremark.com.
KEYWORDS: Community, People, Social Actions, boston marathon, cvs caremark, Boston, Massachusetts
SOURCE: United Nations Global CompactDESCRIPTION:
In an op-ed in The Guardian, UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell calls for companies to help end child labour, which is a key theme of the Children's Rights and Business Principles: Child labour will end only if businesses respect children's rights.
Read the full article in the The Guardian.
About The United Nations Global Compact
Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With more than 7,000 corporate signatories in over 135 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.www.unglobalcompact.org
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, children's rights, united nations, UN Global Compact, The Guardian