April 13, 2016

Honor special bonds with a set of bangles celebrating two of the sky’s most connected constellations and benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need someone to lean on – someone who will protect them and keep them on the right track. The Big Dipper, like a safe haven, watches over the Little Dipper, symbolic of the unbreakable bonds we share. Across the expansive sky, these beloved groupings of stars are constant reminders that we’re never truly alone.

Shop the new Big and Little Dipper Set of Two Charm Bangles, and ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price with a minimum donation of $25,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

This campaign is valid through 5/9/16.

April 8, 2016

At iGive.com we like to promote social and community initiatives… if you know a company that is worthy please share your story with us and consider nominating them for the Citizens 2016 Award.

Nominations Open Today for 17th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today began the nomination process for its annual Citizens Awards, which recognize businesses for their positive impact on society.

“Each and every day, businesses across America are using their products, resources, and partnerships to make our world a better place,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. “We encourage businesses of all sizes to submit a nomination for the corporate citizenship work they do in communities around the world.”

The Citizens Awards recognize the private sector’s most accomplished social and community initiatives. Dozens of industry leaders, including Citi, Discovery Education, GE, IBM, Shell Oil Company, UPS, and more have received a Citizens Award for their outstanding contributions in addressing some of society’s greatest needs.

This year, six program awards will honor businesses for specific strategic initiatives: Best Commitment to Education Program; Best Community Improvement Program; Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program; Best Economic Empowerment Program; Best Environmental Stewardship Program; and Best Health and Wellness Program.

Additionally, the Foundation will award two Best Corporate Steward awards — one for large businesses and another for small and middle-market businesses. These awards will honor companies for exceptional overall corporate citizenship portfolios.

The nomination process is open to businesses, chambers of commerce, and industry associations of all sizes. Details on each category’s eligibility and measurement criteria are available here.

The nomination period is open until June 3, 2016. An external review committee of experts in their fields will review the applicants and select three finalists in each category. Finalists will be announced on September 13, 2016. Winners, selected by another expert panel, will be announced at the Citizens Awards gala on November 16 in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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April 5, 2016

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Build-A-Bear Workshop and Save the Children hosted 25 guests from Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services at the Build-A-Bear Workshop Empire State Building store in New York City. The event celebrated the culmination of the Build-A-Bear Share Your Heart cause campaign supporting Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Build-A-Bear and its guests raised more than $300,000 during the company’s Share Your Heart campaign, including $100,000from the Build-A-Bear Foundation. They also collected more than 47,000 heart cards to send well wishes to children participating in the Save the Children Journey of Hope program, which empowers children of all ages to identify and build coping skills, self-esteem, and overall resilience

March 17, 2016

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Petmate®, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, and country music superstar Miranda Lambert are teaming up to launch the new MuttNation™ Fueled by Miranda Lambert brand at Global Pet Expo March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Every purchase will help fund rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation™, the organization established by Miranda and her mother Beverly Lambert in 2009.

Miranda’s love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life.  Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started “Cause for the Paws,” a yearly fundraiser now in its 8th year.

“The creation of MuttNation is a dream come true.  It’s an extension of me and my mom’s love for all dogs and our goal of helping every dog find a happy, loving home,” says Miranda.  “We are beyond thrilled to have Petmate as a committed and trustworthy partner that shares that same vision. There are millions of beautiful dogs looking for homes and it is our hope that in addition to raising money, we will raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet.”

The comprehensive collection of bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, feeding and watering products reflect Miranda’s lifestyle. The product unites a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair. The vintage prints and antique hardware are inspirations of Miranda Lambert’s signature look.

One of the highlights is the Rescue Mutts collection of six plush puppies – each toy puppy was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog’s adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda’s heart as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.

Petmate has always supported rescue and adoption efforts. “This partnership represents a major commitment to help put a stop to the epidemic of homeless pets sweeping our nation,” says Chris Wilson, the company’s executive vice president for product development.  “We are so excited to create a collection that provides ongoing support for MuttNation Foundation.  The MuttNation product line truly reflects Miranda’s lifestyle and her passion for pets.”

Toys
In addition to the Rescue Mutts, the toy collection features hand-crafted, mixed material toys with a Boho style designed for truly engaging fetch, tug and chew play.  Miranda uttfans will love the suede feel plush tambourines for chew play, guitars and animal favorites including a unicorn, flamingo, rooster and armadillo for tugging.  Perfect for fetch, toss and tug, chewing and teething, the molded rubber guitar can hold small treats stashed inside for hours of entertainment.

Bedding
The bedding collection has a down-home feel providing a relaxed yet stylish look for the home.  The superstar of the line is a tooled leather styled lounger with Petmate’s signature Dig & Burrow feature that taps into dogs’ love for nesting.  The line rounds out with loungers, pillow beds, and irresistibly soft cuddlers in pink plaids, brown cow prints, denim, and a custom bandana print.

Collars and Leashes
The collars and leashes collection features a blend of  “Country” and “Rock & Roll.” Collars are custom fit, with mixed material feels like denim and leather, tassels and bows with antique brass and nickel hardware.  The standout Bandana Neckerchief collars embrace the Americana spirit of country life.

Watering and Feeding
This collection features vintage-inspired finishes including mats with tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard photo-real prints.  The square melamine bowls bring a nostalgic tone to the line while the rustic crock bowls tap into country chic.

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About Petmate
Founded in 1963, and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Petmate is passionate about providing fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families. The company’s vision, to be the worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry, encapsulates its commitment to deliver award-winning, innovative ideas daily to each of its product categories including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel. Petmate’s portfolio of pet, family-favorite brands include Aspen Pet, Chuckit!, Dogzilla, Jackson Galaxy and JW. For more information, visit www.petmate.com.

Petmate products are available at PetSmart, Petco, Walmart, and PetMountain

About MuttNation Foundation
Founded in December 2009, MuttNation Foundation is a donation-supported organization working to end pet suffering and homelessness.

Formed by Bev Lambert and Miranda Lambert, the charity volunteers and partners with shelters and animal assistance organizations to provide spay and neuter programs, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, and education. As a family operated 501(c) 3 organization, their goal is to ensure that every single dollar donated assists animals in need.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds through donations from the officers and directors of the Foundation and the general public, through direct donations, occasional benefit concerts, and other fundraising mechanisms in order to support other 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental institutions or entities whose purpose is to build animal shelters for better care; increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals; and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs. For more information, visit www.muttnationfoundation.com

About Global Pet Expo
Global Pet Expo, presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show featuring the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today. The 2015 Show featured 1,051 exhibitors, 3,113 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 6,061 of the most qualified pet product buyers in the industry attended the Show, including an impressive number of international retailers. In 2016, Global Pet Expo will take place March 16-18 in Orlando, Florida. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. This show is not open to the general public.

March 15, 2016

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores recently raised over $3.8 million for local 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations and its national beneficiary, the American Heart Association (AHA) during its semi-annual Community Days event which took place on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27. Over 7,000 organizations nationwide signed up to sell exclusive Bon-Ton coupon booklets in their neighborhoods, at Bon-Ton Stores and online for a $5 donation prior to the event.

The Community Days event increases awareness of local organizations, raises funds and gives customers the opportunity to shop at Bon-Ton Stores with exclusive discounts. In return for their donation, purchasers received a booklet that contained a 25% off shopping pass and over $500 in special coupons that could be used at any Bon-Ton store during the two day event. The participating organizations retained 100% of the money they raised through the $5 booklet donations.

The Bon-Ton Stores Community Days event has supported hometowns for more than 17 years and has generated over $133.7 million in donations for local non-profit 501(c) (3) groups and schools since the Community Days fundraising event began in 1999.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. 
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes ten furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit http://www.bonton.comhttp://www.igive.com/html/fm.cfm?vendorid=13246&s=159. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

March 10, 2016

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Wear the storied Shamrock and be a blessing to children in need. Shop now and ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price from each Kindred Cord Shamrock sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000 between March 2016 and December 2016, to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

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This campaign is valid through 3/17/16

ALEX AND ANI are proud of their CHARITY BY DESIGN program.

This program empowers consumers to enter the charitable world through their purchases, a portion of proceeds from all CHARITY BY DESIGN products are donated directly to non-profit organizations who strive to enhance the quality of lives on Earth. The program has raised over $30 Million for charity.

 

February 24, 2016

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From America Charities Blog:By Sarah Ford on February 22, 2016

There is growing importance that corporations and nonprofits align strategically, work to identify mutually beneficial goals, and work in partnership to deliver transformational experiences [i.e. to employees, customers, other stakeholders] while meeting real nonprofit needs (Source: America’s Charities Snapshot 2015 – The Corporate DNA).

Last year I touched upon this subject in a blog post featuring a cause marketing partnership between America’s Charities member Dress for Success and Talbots.

Dress for Success® is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Through customer donations and a percentage of proceeds from store events in Spring 2015, Talbots, a women’s apparel chain, ended up collecting more than 4,000 boxes of clothing and was able to donate $500,000 to Dress for Success.

This year, Dress for Success’s powerful partnership with Talbots has grown to include O, The Oprah Magazine, and their goal is to double the monetary and clothing donations they received as a result of last year’s partnership.

Talbots and O, have joined forces to launch an unprecedented spring collection that is for women, about women, supporting women and dressing women. The collaboration was created to support Dress for Success in an effort to empower more women in the workforce.

As part of the collaboration, O Magazine’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman, teamed up with Talbots’ design team to create the exclusive O, The Oprah Magazine for Talbots Capsule Collection.  

Shop Talbots Oprah Collection February 22 – April 3, 2016:

Starting today February 22 through April 3, as we head into Women’s History Month, this limited-edition 7-piece collection is available at Talbots stores nationwide, with 30% of the net proceeds benefitting Dress for Success.

On Saturday, March 5, all Talbots stores across the country will hold “Spring Style Shopping Parties,” where women nationwide can shop at 25% off (excluding the capsule collection), enjoy refreshments, and make donations to Dress for Success. Donations of nearly new office-appropriate attire will be accepted at any Talbots location from March 3 to March 6, while monetary donations will be accepted at the register of each store through April 3.

Talbots Oprah Collection Benefits Dress for Success Women

This collaborative cause marketing effort between Talbots and O is a fantastic example of how businesses can align their corporate values in a way that mutually benefits their brands and a nonprofit like Dress for Success.

Click here to shop and support Dress for Success through O, The Oprah Magazine for Talbots Capsule Collection. To learn more about Dress for Success and other ways to support their work, click here.

February 22, 2016
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Eddie Bauer announced The One Tree Initiative with philanthropic ambassador Ryan Reynolds to benefit American Forests. Since the start of its partnership with the national nonprofit conservation organization 20 years ago, Eddie Bauer has helped plant more than 6.5 million trees. With the launch of The One Tree Initiative, Eddie Bauer pledges its continued support of American Forests’ mission to protect and restore threatened forest ecosystems around the world, one tree at a time.

In a public service announcement released today to inspire a united commitment to forest conservation, actor and longtime activist Ryan Reynolds supports the notion that every tree matters. The inspiration and purpose of the campaign is to ignite action across a widespread audience, highlighting that our forests are an invaluable resource. And with very little effort, we can do a lot to preserve them for our future.

The One Tree Initiative recognizes that one person and one dollar can impact the future of our forests,” says Mike Egeck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eddie Bauer. “We are proud to partner with Ryan as our philanthropic ambassador as he shares our passion and appreciation for the outdoors. This campaign reminds us that we can all play a role in preserving the beauty of nature, and even a small donation to American Forest can make big impact in protecting our forests for future generations to come.”

Eddie Bauer launched its partnership with American Forests in 1995 with the “Add a Dollar, Plant a Tree” project, in which the brand plants a tree every time a customer chooses to add a dollar to his or her purchase. Eddie Bauer donates 100 percent of these funds collected from customer donations to American Forests’ reforestation projects in the U.S. and Canada.

In November 2015, Eddie Bauer announced Ryan Reynolds as its philanthropic ambassador with the planting of American Forests’ 50 millionth tree in a drought-stricken and fire-damaged area of the San Bernardino Mountains. To recognize the 20th anniversary of its partnership with American Forests, the brand pledged to plant 20,000 additional trees in the San Bernardino Mountains in 2016.

During Earth Week in April, Eddie Bauer will be matching customer donations under The One Tree Initiative, giving one tree for every dollar up to 75,000 trees. Starting today, customers can donate directly through the American Forests website and through a mobile Text-to-Give program, in which five trees can be planted for $5 simply by texting ONETREE to 80077.

About Eddie Bauer
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, footwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style, and customer service.  Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 400 stores throughout the United States, Canada, Germany andJapan, through catalog sales, and online at www.eddiebauer.com.

About American Forests
American Forests restores and protects urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the first national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems, and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. In the past 25 years alone, American Forests has planted 50 million trees in more than a thousand forest restoration projects. These projects have restored hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, protected vital water supplies, and planted trees that store millions of tons of greenhouse gases. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

February 17, 2016

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Florida-based Pelican Water Systems responds to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, with the donation of 25 drinking water systems, complete with replacement filters, to the Whaley Children’s Center.

Flint, Michigan, has been in the news following the detection of dangerously high levels of lead in city drinking water. First reported in January of 2015, ongoing testing has detected levels as high as 397 parts per billion in some homes. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that there is no level at which lead in the water is safe, they generally only get involved when lead levels reach 15 parts per billion or greater. Pelican Water Systems CEO, Iain Whyte, said in a recent on-air Cumulus Flint radio interview, “We’ve continued to monitor the situation to try and work with people locally and see if we can educate them as to the best ways to remove lead and other impurities in the water.”

City officials urged residents to stop consuming city water in October of 2015 after high levels of lead were found in children’s blood samples. Residents were also advised not to use unfiltered water for cooking or bathing, ultimately prompting state officials to issue a “state of emergency” in December of 2015. President Barack Obama would one month later declare a state of emergency.

The consumption of lead through water can have serious and long-term health implications including damage to the nervous system, stunted growth in children, and the development of some learning and behavior disabilities.

In that same interview, Whyte said, “The NSF-certified countertop drinking systems are small, compact and tested to eliminate 99.4% of lead.” Obviously, the filters do need to be checked regularly, but the systems have been tested to be very effective in removing lead from the water supply. Offering up to a year of purified drinking water through the use of additional filters, Pelican Water Systems provides some of best longevity for water filters on the market today.

The increased lifespan of Pelican Water Systems’ filters ensure that residents of Flint, Michigan, who have been impacted by the water crisis have access to safe, purified water over the span of several months.

About Whaley Children’s Center
Whaley Children’s Center is dedication to providing child trauma survivors with the necessary tools to reach their full potential. Through the leadership of a dedicated staff and the work of tireless volunteers, the Whaley family facilities have provided care, and treatment to hundreds of abused, neglected, and at risk children and families throughout Michigan for nearly a century. Based in Flint, Whaley Children’s Center is dedicated to treating their patients with fairness, dignity, and respect. More than just a treatment center, Whaley works to be leaders in the community as well. When paired together, a dedication to service and topnotch treatment provide hope to children and families who have survived trauma.

About Pelican Water Systems
PelicanWater.com is the official, factory-direct retail website for Pelican Water Systems, providing professional knowledge and leading technologies in whole house water filtration, countertop water filtration systems, UV bacteria disinfection systems, as well as salt-free water softening and conditioning systems. Pelican Water products use cutting-edge technology and enable customers to go green by eliminating wasteful and harmful salt brine discharge that is polluting our valuable fresh water resources.

For over a decade, Pelican Water has stayed true to their mission statement: being a company that helps families enjoy cleaner, safer, better-tasting water in their homes in an environmentally-friendly way. Pelican Water has been and continues to be the global market leader in salt-free water softening system. For more information about Pelican Water Systems, visit PelicanWater.com.

February 2, 2016

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WARREN, Mich., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rise to the (charity) challenge! The eighth annual 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge competition kicks off February 1 with Cindy Crawford, international supermodel, businesswoman and philanthropist, reprising her role as the campaign’s official ambassador for the second consecutive year. Crawford plans to inspire nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to raise $3 million during this year’s spirited competition.

“We are delighted that Cindy has embraced the Art Van Charity Challenge by lending not just her name, but her deep commitment to this extraordinary community initiative,” said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. “The fundraising bar has been set high for this year’s competition and I look forward to seeing how participating charities rise to the occasion.”

On February 1, the Art Van Charity Challenge, powered by CrowdRise, will begin accepting applications from Midwest nonprofit organizations focusing on children, health care and human services. Art Van Furniture will award a total of $300,000 in grants to fundraising nonprofits, with this year’s top prize increasing to $100,000. Other grants awarded will range from $1,500 to $50,000. The competition lasts five weeks, from May 18 to June 22, 2016.  To date, the Art Van Charity Challenge has raised the most funds out of all CrowdRise challenges in the Midwest.

“Each of us has been touched in our lives by someone in need of the services these wonderful charities provide,” said Crawford, who lost her brother to leukemia when she was nine years old and has helped raise money for the Leukemia Foundation of America and other special causes. “It is a privilege for me, and fulfilling on so many levels, to again play a role in supporting so many deserving organizations through the Art Van Charity Challenge.”

The Art Van Charity Challenge raised $2.3 million in 2015, over $22 million in the past seven years, and donated more than $7 million to participating nonprofit organizations. The Art Van Charity Challenge supports more than 260 charity partners in the communities it serves. For more information, visit artvancharitychallenge.com.

About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 100 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.