August 3, 2016

Sprint gives back through iGive.com

Sprint believes that connectively is critical to learning and career advancement. They recently announced a donation of approximately $1 million in devices and service to for 500 City of Oakland, CA young adults as part of the Sprint for ConnectED program, and partnership with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) — a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving life outcomes for boys and men of color.

“In this increasingly digital world, at Sprint we believe that connectivity can play a critical role in transforming young people’s lives to achieve higher levels of education and better job opportunities,” said Suehyun Johan Chung, Sprint’s Northern California president. “We’re honored to be part of this tremendous summit and help 500 Bay Area young adults to complete their online homework to get better grades, apply for jobs or school opportunities that are only available online, and have access to the same online resources as their connected counterparts.”

This is just one way that Sprint gives back to the community. Purchases made through iGive at Sprint online can support your favorite cause.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.8 million connections as of March 31, 2016 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Susan C. is this month’s iGive Super Shopper!  Susan has raised over $100 for her cause, Frostig.  The Frostig Center is celebrating over 60 years of excellence in serving children with learning disabilities and iGive is celebrating Susan for her supportive efforts.

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“The shared objective of all The Frostig Center’s unique programs is to enrich and enhance the lives of children with learning disabilities. We were founded in 1951 by Marianne Frostig, Ph.D., who was a pioneer, leader and advocate in education for children with learning disabilities. In fact, she was helping children with learning disabilities before there was even a medical term for this diagnosis.”

iGive.com & Williams Sonoma have teamed up to provide Susan with a $150 Gift Card, as a thank you for all she’s done on behalf of her cause.

June 20, 2016

nation of makers imageFrom June 17 -23, 2016 the White House, in conjunction with groups from around the country, will celebrate the National Week of Making.  The effort promotes the experiences that inspire creativity in students and spark interest in STEM Careers. iGive.com is excited to see several participating retailers taking a key role in promoting this effort.

AT&T Aspire is joining in this movement and collaborating with two organization that help to broaden participation in inventing among young people.

  • Bitsbox will launch a home-based making and coding education pilot. Their goals is to double the overall number of young people making apps on the Bitsbox website to more than 1.2 million and are working explicitly to reach thousands of youth in under-represented communities.
  • Maker Media, with support from AT&T and several other companies, is committing to engage over 1 million kids nationally over the next 12 months in hands-on project based learning through online Maker Camps, Maker Faires and School Maker Faires.

The National Week of Making coincides with the National Maker Faire June 18-19 in Washington, D.C., that features makers from across the country and will include participation of numerous Federal Agencies such as the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services, National Endowment of the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  This event is sponsored by Barnes & Noble, Intel, Microsoft, Radio Shack and many others.

June 3, 2016

As the summer season kicks off, Eddie Bauer reinforces it’s commitment to the Every Kid in a Park Initiative. The iconic outdoor brand is pledging $50,000 to the National Park Foundation’s Field Trip Grants program.

The Every Kid in Park Initiative is a program supported by The White House that provides every fourth grader, and their families a free annual pass to the National Parks.  The grants focus primarily on supporting underserved and urban communities. Eddie Bauer’s donation helps to fill the gap from cutbacks in school funding for field trips.

“Many people who enjoy outdoor recreation started as kids, enjoying the outdoors with their family and friends. It is also when they begin to develop an appreciation and respect for nature,” states Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer for Eddie Bauer. “It’s this next generation that holds the power to ensure these lands remain protected and preserved. Through our donation to the National Park Foundation, we hope to provide more youth with access to our national parks, and inspire them to explore and protect the outdoors for generations of outdoor enthusiasts to come.”

About The National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at http://www.nationalparks.org

About Eddie Bauer
Eddie Bauer is an active outdoor brand offering premium-quality outerwear, apparel, footwear, accessories and gear. For almost 100 years, Eddie Bauer has been outfitting America; inspiring and enabling people to live their adventure. Eddie Bauer products are available online at EddieBauer.com, and at more than 400 stores in the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Shopping at Eddie Bauer through iGive.com enables you to support your favorite cause with every Eddie Bauer purchase.

Karan C. is this month’s Super Shopper! Karan raised over $1,000 in one month.

That’s right – OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS has been raised by one member for Maharishi School, in Fairfield, IA.  This non-profit private school serves pre-school through grade 12 students, with college prep courses and an average student-to-faculty ration of 12:1.  Fully accredited, Maharashi school offers a unique program of consciousness-based education that develops the full potential of its students, while giving them firm grounding in all the traditional subjects.

http://maharishischooliowa.org/

In addition to the Consciousness-Based Education offered, the Maharashi School and the town of Fairfield are leading the way in Sustainability, Solar Power, and Seed to Table initiatives.

iGive.com and eBooks have partnered to send Karan a $100.00 gift certificate.  Congrats & keep up the good work!

http://www.yceml.net/0632/6215288-1417771500836

May 24, 2016

Hanesbrands.com

HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI), Glasswing and the U.S. Agency for International Development announce a public/private partnership that will add an additional $1 million in funding for youth education in El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

In these areas, students cannot attend school past sixth grade because of danger and community conflicts. This program will allow youth to continue their education.

iGive.com celebrates not only the financial commitment of this program, but also the fact that more than 300 Hanes employees donate their time to support these programs every week. USAID will match the company’s three-year investment for a total amount of more than $1 million for Glasswing International.

“Glasswing is an organization that smartly leverages existing resources to make a significant impact in the communities it serves and where we operate,” said Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll. “Glasswing has been a fantastic partner in our efforts to build communities and improve the lives of our employees. We are looking forward to expanding this very powerful community improvement model to the Dominican Republic.”

Hanes was one of the first corporations to support Glasswing, in part because it part of the community in which Hanes employees live and work. Hanes maintains a commitment to “doing the right thing” as exemplified in their Hanes fo Good philosophy.

“Hanes has been a crucial partner for us to develop our community schools model where the whole community, including parents, teachers, students, local governments and corporations, work in partnership to generate community pride, as well as safer and healthier schools where youths can thrive,” said Ken Baker, chief executive officer, Glasswing International. “The hundreds of Hanes employees who volunteer weekly in the schools are an inspiration to us and an example for other global businesses to follow.”

HanesBrands

HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes,Champion, Playtex, DIM, Bali, Maidenform, JMS/Just My Size, L’eggs, Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. A member of the S&P 500 stock index, Hanes has approximately 65,300 employees in more than 40 countries and is ranked No. 490 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies by sales. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices. The company is the only apparel producer to ever be honored by the Great Place to Work Institute for its workplace practices in Central America and the Caribbean, and is ranked No. 167 on the Forbes magazine list of America’s Best Employers. For seven consecutive years, Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star sustained excellence/partner of the year award – the only apparel company to earn sustained excellence honors. The company ranks No. 246 on Newsweek magazine’s green list of 500 largest U.S. companies. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate.

Glasswing International

Glasswing International empowers individuals to address the root causes of poverty and violence in their communities through education and health programs. Its cross-sector approach forges partnerships with international and local governments, corporations, non-profits, and civil society. In eight years, Glasswing has grown from three employees to a team of over 250 employees across Latin America, the Caribbean, and New York City. Glasswing currently has permanent offices in six Central American countries and projects in 14 countries. Since its formation, Glasswing has directed more than $25 million to education and health programs with less than 5% going to overhead. For more information, please visit www.glasswing.org.

May 4, 2016

April 27, 2016
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Winners of Samsung Mobile App Academy join professional developers at the company’s annual conference in San Francisco

Student developers will stand alongside professionals at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco today. The students, chosen from the five winners of the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy, made apps to address issues in their local communities. Winning apps include an interactive pill chart to incentivize children with serious illness to take their medication, a system for diagnosing pulmonary illnesses and a game to teach kids coding.

A summer program held at universities across the country, Samsung Mobile App Academy offers students in grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to learn coding from actual developers and create a marketable app of their own. The goal is to help the students develop the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills critical to careers in the digital age. Participants are asked to focus their apps in one of four categories: health, education, environment and community investment/sustainability.

The five winners of the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy will be announced at the conference. They are:

  1. Emily Waite, a senior at Franklin High School in Franklin, Mass., won the Grand Prize, including a $20,000 scholarship, for her app Med Kid, which helps children who are seriously ill take their medications accurately.
  2. Maya Varma, a senior at Presentation High School in San Jose, Calif., won Second Prize, including a $10,000 scholarship, for her app iBreathe, which helps diagnose early five prevalent pulmonary illnesses.
  3. Quymbee Chen, a senior at Bronx High School of Science in Bronx, NY, won Third Prize, including a $5,000 scholarship, for her app Code Clash, a game for kids to learn code.
  4. Gayathri Sridhar, senior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, Calif., won Fourth Prize, including a $1,000 scholarship, for her app Forte, which helps teens cope with depression.
  5. Noa Schwartz, a senior at Brookline High School in Brookline, Mass., won Fifth Prize, including a $500 scholarship, for her app Connexercise, designed to reinvent the workout experience.

In the Zone at the Conference

Grand Prize winner Emily Waite and Third Prize winner Quymbee Chen will present their apps to attendees at the third annual Samsung Developer Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 27 and 28. This year’s conference focuses on the Internet of Things, the interoperability between devices and applications, and virtual reality. Samsung Mobile App Academy winners will be stationed in the Innovator Zone on the showroom floor, with other talented students who participated in similar Samsung programs in regions around the world. The students also will meet Samsung professionals who develop software for a living, giving them the opportunity to meet leaders in STEM fields and likeminded innovators.

Waite got the idea for her digital pill chart from watching her cousin and friend, both with serious illnesses, have to take a lot of medication at the one time. “For my app, I wanted to create a fun way to incentivize children to take their medications,” said Waite. App users receive icon gifts when they take their medicine as well as complete doctor visits. Waite recently decided she will attend Cornell University in the fall and major in mechanical engineering.

Chen chose to make education the focus for her app, as she enjoys tutoring middle school students in computer science. She said: “I wanted to design an app that teaches kids how to code, but I wanted it to be fun, so I modeled it after a popular cartoon. The app trainer pushes the users to improve, while teaching them about computer science topics in ways kids can relate to.”

All five winners participated in the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy, attended by a total of 350 students nationwide. The program, which is free and attended by students who are required to go through an application process, lasted five days and focused on a custom coding curriculum. Last summer, Samsung Mobile App Academy programs were held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts; University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, California; Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; Rice University in Houston, Texas; University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland; and University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

“These students are well on their way to mastering the art of app creation. They have shown their forward-thinking and creativity through their projects. We are excited to have them at our annual Samsung Developer Conference in recognition of their enthusiasm for STEM and for making a difference in the lives of people around them,” said Ann Woo, senior director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America.

For more than a decade, Samsung’s Hope for Children initiative has been focused on helping youth in underserved communities across the United States gain access to quality healthcare, technology resources and STEM education. In addition to Samsung Mobile App Academy, which started in 2011, the company also supports STEM education through other national programs, including the Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Learn more about the Samsung Developers Conference at www.sdc2016.com.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more of the award-winning products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com and for the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow on Twitter @SamsungNewsUS.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies that redefine the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space with the open platform SmartThings, our broad range of smart devices, and through proactive cross-industry collaboration. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, and for the latest news, feature articles and press material, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com

 

March 28, 2016

The 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Open will be held this weekend at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon and in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton. More than 50 teams of children from eight Arab countries compete in this year’s ‘TRASH TREK Challenge’, working to find solutions to the world’s waste problem.

This year’s challenge is especially compelling for teams based in Lebanon, where for more than eight months, the capital city of Beirut has been congested with numerous unsanctioned public garbage mounds.

Ramez Shehadi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Booz Allen Hamilton MENA said, “Young people throughout our region must come to understand the critical importance of sustainability and be inspired and encouraged to make an impact. Studies in science, technology, engineering, health, and environment are just a few among many longer term directions they can take in pursuit of helping to create a better community.”

He continued, “This is not just the case in Lebanon or the region, but  across the world – we are all faced with profound sustainability challenges that are impacting our access to clean water and renewable energy and which are only further complicated by the issue of efficient waste management. We must continue to identify ways to create meaningful engagement with our youth – empowering them and enabling the progress they deserve. The FIRST® LEGO® League is a tremendous example of an  inclusive, challenging and exciting initiative that rallies young minds around a real world problem they are all intimately aware of.  I look forward to understanding more about the solutions brought forward.”

The FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Open is the biggest regional robotics competition in the MENA region, organized annually under supervision of the Arab Robotics Association, an organization formed of FLL Operational Partners in the Arab World to help share their experiences and organize regional tournaments.

This year’s event represents Booz Allen Hamilton’s second successive year of close collaboration with the initiative in the region. Participants of all ages will benefit from direct interaction with senior Booz Allen consultants who will share knowledge and expertise as part of their commitment to developing the next generation of innovators.

Booz Allen employees around the globe regularly donate their free time in support of a broad range of STEM programs and mentorships like FIRST. Earlier this year, the firm joined the ranks as a designated FIRST® Strategic Partner—one of only 18 organizations to achieve such recognition.

Read more about FIRST.

Read more about Booz Allen Hamilton’s commitment to STEM.

February 9, 2016

www.igive.com

Every year, over 3.2 million young students are subjected to bullying either in person or through Social Media. The very sad fact is that these young children are taking their lives only because they are taunted regarding their sexual preferences, weight, color, religion, class or creed.

EveryGirlClub has a very big problem with this and they want to stop the hurting – permanently.

“This is an honest testimonial, not a plug for our business. It is so sad to read almost every day that a child took their own life because of constant peer harassment. It is something that is very close to my heart and I felt I had to make an effort to help, in some way, to stop teen bullying,” said EveryGirlClub co-founder A’Leigh Rey. “These kids should feel free to be how they we born.”

EveryGirlClub has created a “Married to the Cause Ring” to benefit, 100% of net profits, to the STOMP Out Bullying campaign primarily. Charity wristbands have been historically popular to raise awareness to one’s cause, but EveryGirlClub decided to change things up.

“I think the rings are cool. The wristbands are great but a little ‘been there, done that’ we wanted to do something a bit different,” said Rey.

EveryGirlClub is an online subscription box company that provides monthly products for girls going through that tough transition of puberty, delivering discreet supplies of feminine hygiene/sanitary kits, disposable razors, acne kits and body odor solutions.

“Our cause rings come in a pack of three – small, medium and large, so people can share with their friends, to spread the word. Teen bullying needs to stop, and if there is anything we can do to help, we will. We need to stomp out bullying!” said Rey.

Please visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org and http://www.dosomething.org to support our mission. Thank you.

EveryGirlClub, LLC. offers one time and recurring monthly subscription orders of personal feminine sanitary and hygiene products. We ship worldwide. For more information please visit our website at: http://www.everygirlclub.comor email us at: everygirlclub@gmail.com