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.

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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.

 

March 1, 2016

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At F+W (and all 5 of our crafting brands: Interweave, Keepsake NeedleArts, Keepsake Quilting, Shop Fons & Porter, and Patternworks, we inspire and instruct passionate enthusiasts, but we also want to give back to the global crafting community.

We are so excited to invite our shoppers to be a part of Handmade with Love, a video and kit partnership both helping and connecting artisans worldwide.

By collaborating with TO THE MARKET, a provider and partner for survivor made goods from co-ops around the world, we are able to create kits that allow crafters here to help crafters globally. TO THE MARKET showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. These incredible kits with accompanying video were designed by Handmade Charlotte, a group of crafters with inspiring creativity who aim to discover the magic in everyday life.

TO THE MARKET has partnered with Handmade Charlotte and F+W to make these kits even more special by including items made by these incredible survivors. TO THE MARKET’s mission is to economically empower vulnerable populations through artisan enterprise. That means that all of the products we source and sell not only look good, but also do good.

For example, all of the kits come with a 100% organic cotton rucksack made by female human trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India through our co-operative partner Freeset. TO THE MARKET’s partnership with Freeset is one of over 25 in over 20 countries. In addition to the beautiful rucksack, several of the kits also have crafting components sourced from TO THE MARKET. We’ve got BIG plans to change lives and your purchase of these kits is helping us get there. THANK YOU!

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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 23, 2016

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From Cone Communications’ Blog: Prove Your Purpose

The Body Shop is no stranger to CSR commitments. In fact, the beauty brand has been in the trenches on social and environmental issues since its founding in 1976. Founder Anita Roddick was a driving force behind the company’s campaigns, from the first official “Save the Whale” campaign in collaboration with Greenpeace in 1986 to the 1998 “Make Your Mark” campaign launched by the Dalai Lama in collaboration with Amnesty International. Now, The Body Shop is going one step further, launching a comprehensive global CSR strategy to unify its message. Last week, as The Body Shop celebrated its 40th birthday, it simultaneously launched a new commitment entitled “Enrich Not Exploit,” helping to bolster the company’s goal to become the world’s most ethical and sustainable global business. The commitment’s official manifesto echoes Roddick’s belief that “business could be a force for good” and outlines the three pillars of the Enrich Not Exploit platform: “Enrich Our People,” “Enrich Our Products” and “Enrich Our Planet.” Within the pillars are a series of 14 goals set for 2020 that make the business accountable for delivery, including “powering 100 percent of stores with renewable or carbon balanced energy” and helping “40,000 economically vulnerable people access work around the world.”

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 11, 2016
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Microsoft’s Employee Giving Program raised a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits and schools around the world in 2015, including the company match of employee contributions. Our employees increased their support through time, money and talent by $8 million, marking the greatest year-over-year increase in our program’s history.

These results show how, more than ever, Microsoft employees live our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We believe Microsoft Philanthropies rounds out our ability to reach our mission, as well as to reach everyone. In the case of our Employee Giving Program, that means supporting more than 18,000 nonprofits that do invaluable work every day to strengthen communities and better our world. What better time than today to say “thank you” to those nonprofits, and to the many people who work for them. In 2015, these people and organizations improved lives around the world by addressing a wide range of issues, providing shelter for those fleeing wildfires that ravaged portions of the United States, for example, and helping those seeking safety from war-torn regions around the world. They provided mentorships and skills training for at-risk youth, expanded the number of acres of protected forestland, ran nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns and much more.

We celebrate the work of our nonprofit and education partners at the same time as we share our Employee Giving results, because they have inspired Microsoft employees to do more and give more. In fact, this year the participation rate for our Employee Giving Program hit an all-time high of 71 percent. Today we celebrate with our employees as well. We believe that they donate more time, talent and money because our program enables them to help address the causes they care about most. And their giving supported a very broad spectrum of local and global causes, among them humanitarian relief, health, human services and housing, education, arts and culture, agriculture, nutrition and the environment.

Our employees’ volunteer work makes me especially proud. In addition to dedicating a portion of each paycheck to a favorite charity, many employees integrate volunteering into their daily lives.  Each volunteer works out what works best for them at various stages in their lives. Some volunteer a few hours a month, as they can, while others are able to dedicate near second shifts as nonprofit volunteers. In total, employees contributed more than 570,000 volunteer hours in 2015.

In addition, our employees’ impact in Washington State – home to Microsoft’s corporate headquarters and more than 42,000 employees – was especially strong this year. Microsoft employees contributed $62 million to more than 4,000 nonprofits that help weave the fabric of our local communities. I’d like to tell you about a few of our volunteers:

  • Vanessa Payne, a technical advisor for Bing, and Heidi Fader, a program manager for the Storefronts Web team, volunteered a total of 340 hours in 2015, raising money for the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s. Inspired by a friend’s heroic battle with cancer, Vanessa and Heidi, who are childhood friends, dedicated themselves to the cause in 2013 and have raised more than $104,000 for cancer research so far.
  • Nykeesha Davis, a Microsoft human resources associate, volunteered 112 hours in 2015. She led a team of employee volunteers at YWCA of King County, developing six new computer-literacy programs for those served by YWCA’s career development centers. Nykeesha also serves on the board of Communities in Schools of Seattle, which coordinates high school dropout prevention programs. She notes that “the fact that these organizations get money for the time I’m already giving allows me to have a much larger impact financially than I would be able to do otherwise.”
  • James Spotanski, a program manager for Excel, logged more than 300 volunteer hours across nine nonprofits in Washington State, including Habitat for HumanityNorthwest HarvestHopelink and the United Way of King County. James says Microsoft’s policy of paying nonprofits $25 for each hour an employee volunteers is a tremendous encouragement. “I love my job,” James says, “and I think it’s great that Microsoft emphasizes this kind of community involvement so much.”

As we celebrate the important work of nonprofit organizations and the generosity of our employees, we recognize the need to further empower the nonprofit community. To fulfill our company mission, we, ourselves, need to do more. That’s why we recently announced our expanded commitment to corporate philanthropy with a broader ambition and a new organization, Microsoft Philanthropies. As a first step in the work of Microsoft Philanthropies, we recently committed to donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services over the next three years to nonprofits and university researchers, to ensure these organizations have the technology to advance the public good.

As we look forward, our communities and world continue to face many challenges. I know our employees are thinking of how they can help empower nonprofits through their donations of money, time and talent in the year ahead. We’re already working on new ways to grow Microsoft’s culture of giving and investing in strategic partnerships to help deliver the benefits of technology to everyone. We look forward to sharing more about our plans in the months to come.

February 9, 2016

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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

February 5, 2016

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Starting a business has enough challenges in itself, but being female and starting a business in the U.S. has its own set of challenges. Female entrepreneurs do not have the same access to funding, connections, or business instruction as do male entrepreneurs. Eighty-five percent of venture capital funded start-ups are led exclusively by men. Even in the beauty industry, where most customers are women, female founders are still underrepresented. SEPHORA, the leading beauty retailer, is taking action. It has launched the SEPHORA Accelerate program to build a community of innovative female founders in all areas of the beauty industry. The Accelerate initiative embraces a more collaborative and supportive structure, creating an approach that will be a catalyst for growth, infusing social impact into each new brand’s work.

SEPHORA Accelerate is an initiative that operates under SEPHORA STANDS, the company’s broad philanthropic arm, which works to inspire confidence among women in business. It has a pioneering mission to build long-term social impact programs for women by cultivating the next generation of beauty businesses. The qualifying candidates are invited to apply for one of up to ten coveted spots in the year-long program, with applications reviewed in partnership with OpenIDEO, the social innovation platform of IDEO, the award-winning global design firm.

Each ‘Fellow’ must meet specific criteria, including being a founder or co-founder of their business, being committed to building social impact into the company’s DNA and to fit within two broad categories: leading a company that creates a cosmetic product, or a company that creates technology or provides services related to beauty or that could be relevant to the beauty industry. Once selected, the Fellows participate in a boot-camp at SEPHORA’s Headquarters in San Francisco which is designed to teach the necessary skills to run and build their businesses.

These Fellows also gain access to an exclusive mentorship program comprised of Sephora’s network of beauty industry leaders and become eligible for possible funding through SEPHORA. The SEPHORA Accelerate ambition is to support more than 50 women-led beauty businesses by 2020. The inaugural SEPHORA Accelerate cohort will be announced this March.

SEPHORA will also introduce Classes for Confidence in April 2016, a series of specialised in-store complimentary classes. They are developed to help inspire confidence in women facing major life transitions by offering a supportive environment where participants can learn and have fun. These Classes will also help SEPHORA store employees to make a difference in their local communities. The program is currently being piloted in six U.S. states. It aims to inspire confidence in 100,000 women by 2020 through these special classes; it has already benefitted local women re-entering the workforce, including those in transitional housing and shelter projects.

These new programs demonstrate how SEPHORA is uniquely positioned to support and inspire women, and is doing so.

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February 4, 2016

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Company Commits $50 Million to “Delivering for Good” in Celebration of Super Bowl 50

MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 3, 2016 /3BL Media/ —FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) today unveiled its new global giving platform, FedEx Cares. The company will invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world.

“FedEx and our team members have a long history of supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president, FedEx Integrated Marketing Communications. “This new strategy builds on that heritage and takes it to the next level by focusing on ways we can use our operational strength and business expertise to address social challenges.”

FedEx Cares will focus on five pillars of strategic investment to strengthen communities:

  • Delivering for Good: Using the company’s global network to deliver resources where they are needed most in times of disaster and for special shipments.
  • Sustainable Transportation: Developing solutions that connect the world responsibly and resourcefully.
  • Employment Pathways: Providing pathways to success for young adults in underserved populations.
  • Road Safety: Applying its expertise and global reach in road safety to protect pedestrians and make roads safer.
  • Global Entrepreneurship: Advancing women and minority-owned small businesses and continuing to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, helping them access new markets and grow.

This company giving platform is complemented by FedEx team members who dedicate countless volunteer hours and identify local community investments based on individual needs in each market. In 2015, more than 17,000 FedEx team members took part in FedEx Cares Week, a period dedicated to service projects in the U.S. and regions FedEx serves around the globe.

In celebration of Super Bowl 50, FedEx also announced at a panel today with the NFL that $50 million of its $200 million commitment will be in the area of Delivering for Good, which delivers resources where they are needed most.

For more information about the mission of FedEx Cares, please visit www.FedExCares.com.