March 11, 2016

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HanesBrands announced today that the company and its employees raised $2.4 million for the United Way of Forsyth County and surrounding communities, as well as donating food items and volunteer hours to community agencies as part of its award-winning campaign.

The United Way of North Carolina awarded Hanes with its Spirit of North Carolina Award for campaign excellence, the fourth consecutive Spirit Award and ninth total earned by Hanes and its employees.

The company and its headquarters employees raised $2.2 million for Forsyth County, while Hanes distribution center employees in North Carolina and Virginia raised more than $200,000.

“When we began the campaign in the fall of 2015, our initial goal was to drive awareness and increase employee engagement to support United Way,” said Hanes campaign chairperson Jaye Powell, the company’s vice president and general manager of socks and male underwear. “Our employees really stepped up and once again beat our goal. The community commitment and generosity of our employees is awe-inspiring. I am proud to be a Hanes employee.”

Hanes and its employees have given more than $39 million since 1999 to help fund an array of services in Forsyth County.

As part of the company’s campaign, employees also donated 10,500 nonperishable food items and $11,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C., one of United Way’s partners. Additionally, Hanes granted paid time off to more than 400 headquarters employees to volunteer for a Day of Caring at 13 local community agencies. Employee volunteers contributed thousands of volunteer hours performing various tasks at the agencies including landscaping, painting, administrative duties, and more.

During the weeklong campaign, activities held on campus included a kickoff celebration, silent auctions, and an agency fair that provided employees an opportunity to learn about the various local non-profit agencies in attendance.

“Our corporate partners determine the success of United Way’s annual fundraising campaign and thus the fulfillment of our mission to strengthen the community,” said Cindy Gordineer, president and CEO of United Way of Forsyth County. “HanesBrands always goes above and beyond, which is why they’ve been honored with the Spirit of NC Award year after year.

“HanesBrands understands that communitywide solutions require communitywide involvement. We are very grateful for their generosity and support.”

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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, Flexees, JMS/Just My Size, 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. For six 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 these 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.

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 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.

January 29, 2016
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As the holidays come to a close and students are returning to school, teachers across the country will have a special announcement for more than 37,200 students.  Their classroom project has been funded!

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of AT&T employees during the company’s holiday giving campaign; more than $200,000 was donated through employee’s gifts and the company’s match to fund projects on DonorsChoose.org. Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers post classroom projects that they need help funding. Once that project is funded, the resources are shipped directly to the school. AT&T’s support of DonorsChoose.org is part of the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to help students succeed in school and beyond.

Through this funding, students will be able to participate in classroom projects such as:

  • Learning the scientific process and collaboration by building and testing simple machines using LEGOs with a lab partner in Chicago.
  • Building a model home powered by the sun and wind with state-of-the-art data wireless sensors and a built-in graphing analysis application in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
  • Partnering with a local artist who airbrushes and sells fishing tackle, to teach students the trade with their new airbrushes and glass fusion kiln in Kalkaska, Michigan.
  • Creating book clubs where dance students will be able to learn more about their craft by reading Michaela DePrince’s “Talking Flight” in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I am so proud of my fellow employees for supporting students and teachers this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish during their second semester!

 

January 27, 2016

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Makers of Vita Bone® dog treats and Supreme Source™ grain-free pet food will help nonprofit continue serving people in need through animal visits

OGDEN, Utah, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — American Pet Nutrition (APN), the family-owned pet food company known for such trusted brands as Vita Bone® Biscuits and Chewy Sticks and Supreme Source™ premium grain-free dog and cat foods, and the nonprofit Pet Partners (www.PetPartners.org) are teaming up to help people through animal-assisted interactions. APN supports Pet Partners – the nation’s largest nonprofit to promote animal-assisted therapy, education and other activities – as a new corporate sponsor.

With APN’s help, Pet Partners will continue to bring the healing power of pets to people in need – from patients, the elderly, veterans and other deserving groups. Pet Partners provides animal-assisted interactions with dogs and 8 other species. With the highest-caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners evaluates handlers and their animals for visiting programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice facilities, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings.  Last year, Pet Partners teams made more than 1 million visits in all 50 states to people in need.

“All of us at American Pet Nutrition have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of pets everywhere, because we know what joy they can bring,” said Bill Behnken, president and chief executive officer of American Nutrition, Inc. “That’s why we’re pleased to be part of the great work that Pet Partners is doing. Their therapy teams make a positive impact in people’s lives every day.”

Behnken and the APN family share Pet Partners’ belief that the relationship between human and animal is a meaningful connection that enhances the lives of both people and pets.

“We are excited to have the support of APN and look forward to the company’s assistance with our efforts to educate, demonstrate and advocate animal-assisted therapy,” said Traci Pryor, senior director, national strategic partnerships at Pet Partners.

A family-owned American company, APN is committed to providing the highest quality and safest pet food and treats on the market. Founded in 1972 by Bill’s father, Jack Behnken, the pet food maker still adheres to the philosophy Jack exhibited when he asked the question: “If our pets are family members, shouldn’t we apply the same attention to quality and safety to pet food, that we apply to our own?” Bill expects the same level of quality implied by the answer to that question from more than 40 years ago to every product that goes out the door today.

“We still develop our own recipes based on the highest-quality ingredients. And by following the strictest safety and quality standards, we continue to earn the trust of consumers across the country,” said Bill.

About Pet Partners

Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting animal-assisted therapy, activities and education. Nearly forty years since the organization’s inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable. Today, Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interventions. For more information, visit www.petpartners.org. To Support Petpartners through iGive visit: https://www.iGive.com/PetPartners

About American Nutrition

The late Jack Behnken founded American Nutrition in 1972 under the mantra, “Do it better!” This philosophy still guides the company’s commitment to delivering the safest, highest-quality pet foods on the market. Today, the family-owned company is also known as American Pet Nutrition and exceeds FDA, AAFCO and USDA industry-wide pet food standards. American Pet Nutrition’s trusted brands include Vita Bone® Biscuits and Chewy Sticks, Beggar Dog™ Biscuits and Supreme Source™ grain-free dog and cat foods. For more information, visit www.americanpetnutrition.com.

American Nutrition Products are available at Petsmart

January 22, 2016

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KANSAS CITY, MO., January 21, 2016, /3BL Media/ – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc. and Children International are changing what it means to prepare young people in disadvantaged areas for careers in the tourism industry.

With almost 73 million youth worldwide looking for work, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO)1, Children International’s Into Employment® program continues to make progress against these challenges by offering disadvantaged youth the chance to tap into their potential and connect their talents with the needs of the local marketplace.

In addition to a grant from the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc., experienced management staff members from Starwood hotels teach young people the skills needed to excel in the hotel trade, including culinary arts, waiting tables and housekeeping. Additionally, the program equips youth with life skills – such as effective communication, conflict resolution and teamwork – to help them transition into their jobs and outline a career path. The training program was designed as a pilot in Ecuador and Guatemala, and has far-reaching possibilities to help youth around the globe.

“This program is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Children International’s Director of Workforce Development, Tom Owens. “The youth get the training they need to be successful; the hotels in these countries are able to hire talented, capable youth; the local economy grows; and the community enjoys more stability.”

Rocio Hammershaimb from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. added, “At Starwood, we have a long history of cultivating great talent. Many of our hotel management mentors once started their careers in entry-level positions and progressed through the organization. They serve as both role models and inspiration to the young professionals entering the program.”

Just last month, a graduation ceremony took place at a Sheraton hotel in Ecuador to celebrate 50 youth who completed the program. Guests from Ecuador’s Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Tourism and several other hotels attended the event and were impressed with the program and the graduates themselves.

Frank, a recent Into Employment graduate, said, “It has been a wonderful experience…the greatest experience of my life.”

Watch a video about the program

Learn more about Children International’s Into Employment program.

About Children International
Children International is a top-rated humanitarian organization focused on ending poverty by helping children and youth. We take a holistic approach to our programs and work through local professional staff at each of our 80+ community centers worldwide. Our goal is that each child graduates from our program healthy, educated, employable and empowered to break the cycle of poverty.

For more information about Children International, visit Children.org. Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc. & Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
The Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation is a registered 501c3 that focuses on workplace readiness, community vitality, and human rights to ensure vibrant communities. Since launching in 2011, the Foundation has put more than US$3 million into the communities where Starwood Hotels operate, focusing on workplace readiness, community vitality, and human rights. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,270 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences under the renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Tribute Portfolio™, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element®, along with an expanded partnership with Design Hotels. The Company also boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®). Visit www.starwoodhotels.com for more information and stay connected @starwoodbuzz on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Starwood.

January 21, 2016

As part of an incredible partnership, The Rite Aid Foundation KidCents Program is honoring 274 students who have been named recipients of Folds of Honor educational scholarships with in-store celebrations. Through the KidCents round-up program, The Rite Aid Foundation is pleased to provide this incredibly important support to the children of families who have already given so much to the communities we serve. Folds of Honor is a highly acclaimed nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled veterans. With financial support including The Rite Aid Foundation’s $1.3 million donation, Folds of Honor is able to provide healing, hope and opportunity for the dreams of children to be realized.

KidCents partners with hundreds of nonprofit child-focused organizations that are committed to helping improve the health and well-being of children. By participating in KidCents, wellness+ with Plenti members can round up every purchase at Rite Aid to the nearest dollar and designate their change to their charity of choice, giving kids a chance for better lives and brighter futures. Folds of Honor is one of the hundreds of nonprofits benefiting from the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents round-up program.

Learn more about Folds of Honor

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January 20, 2016

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Support Red Cross in winter storm relief efforts

The American Red Cross is mounting a relief operation to help those affected by the winter storms that have swept across the country this holiday season, including the tornados that have recently hit North Texas. These powerful storms have impacted thousands of lives, destroying homes and businesses. More solemnly, we know that 35 residents died in flood-related events.
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Please join us in supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the American Red Cross by making a donation. Through January 31, American will gratefully award you for your generosity: 250 AAdvantage® miles for a donation of $50; 500 miles for a donation of $100 or more.


Along with the support of the airline’s employees and customers, American is pledging an immediate $100,000 to the Red Cross as they assist those impacted.
“The tornadoes that hit north Texas during the holiday weekend had a tragic impact to our hometown community,” said Joe Taney, American’s vice president – DFW Hub Operations. “With more than 25,000 employees in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, American and its employees stand ready to assist and we encourage our customers to join us by donating to the Red Cross.”

January 18, 2016

Help raise awareness for
the Prostate Cancer Foundation

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Purchase a Blue No Iron Pinpoint Oxford Shirt through February 13 at Lands’ End.com and we will donate 10% to the Prostate Cancer Foundation with a minimum donation of $25,000. Donations will help fund promising research and help educate men and their families about this common cancer that affects an estimated 1 in 7 U.S. men.

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January 14, 2016

 

Joe Waters of the blog – Selfish Giving is back with his annual list of 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2015. As always, it was a great year for cause marketing.

“There was a noticeable spike in company-led cause marketing promotions compared to last year. Like a game of Where’s Waldo? I had to ask: “Where are all the great nonprofit cause marketing programs?” Of course, they are always there, but the advantage went to companies – at least in 2015. Perhaps nonprofits will mount a comeback in 2016.”

Let us know what you think about these promotions! Have a great cause marketing promotion that you want to share? Let us know

Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, OrvisGameStop.