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 30, 2016

 iGive Welcomes Zuma

Feel good when you buy office products online from Zuma. Why? Because you know you’re saving money with Zuma’s guaranteed low prices, and because you’re helping Zuma do good work supporting great charities!

While we save you money with low prices on office products like Universal view binders, Smead hanging folders and Hon file cabinets, we also do good work by donating a minimum of half our profits to life changing charities that you help choose. And, our Conscious Capitalism business model ensures we treat our customers, employees, vendors, the environment and our community with respect, openness and honesty.

You’ll feel good knowing you saved time. Our website is easy to shop, and with a huge selection of over 50,000 items, when you buy office supplies online with Zuma you can consolidate your purchases with one supplier. We have a broad selection of office supplies, janitorial supplies, ink and toner, office furniture and business machines.

So you can buy office products online like file folders, report covers, classification folders, paper towels, HP ink cartridges and Alera chairs all from one source.  We feature top brands like Brother, Fellowes, HON, Smead, Universal, Safco and more.

Feel good knowing that most orders are delivered in 1 – 2 business days, and shipping is free for most orders over $75. Combine that with a knowledgeable, caring staff with personal customer service, and you’ll see why more and more people buy office products online from Zuma to help them do good work in the office, while helping Zuma do good work for others. Thanks for shopping on Zuma’s office supplies online store!

March 23, 2016

From March 21 – May 22, SoCal’s iconic specialty coffee and tea retailer will donate a portion of all CoffeeBean.com sales to fund arts and music programs in local public schools

coffee beanThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Los Angeles’ homegrown specialty coffee and tea retailer for more than 50 years, is partnering with the Adopt the Arts Foundation, a locally-based non-profit organization that works to preserve arts programs in L.A. public schools. From March 21 – May 22,10% of all online sales from CoffeeBean.com will go towards keeping and expanding creative educational programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. During the two month fundraiser, The Coffee Bean® plans to raise up to $50,000 to fund the Adopt the Arts program furthering their efforts to adopt schools and tapping star power of prominent actors and musicians along the way.

“We are excited to be partnering with a cause that supports education in our hometown of Los Angeles,” said Adam Tabachnikoff, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Strategy for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Our goal of $50,000 is enough to keep the arts and music program in an elementary school for one year, and our hope is that with the success of our fundraising efforts we will be able to help keep the program growing for years to come.”

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Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum with kids who designed artwork for limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee

At the beginning of April, coffee lovers can also support the cause by going online to CoffeeBean.com to purchase the limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee ($12.99), a 16 oz. whole bean House Blend that features three different designs from children who have benefitted from the program.

Co-founded by former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum, and activist, Abby Berman, Adopt the Arts has already donated over 1000 instruments to 30 LAUSD schools, as well as provided modern band curriculums, vocal and instrumental classes.  Celebrity supporters include actress and singer, Jane Lynch, who is one of the founding board members of Adopt the Arts, as well as John Stamos, Slash, Juliette Lewis, and others.

“Adopt the Arts is shedding light on the reality of public education and providing an opportunity for people to invest in their community.” Matt Sorum, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Adopt the Arts Foundation.

“As the product of a public school arts program including choir and school plays, I can’t imagine school without the arts. Sadly, that’s the case for so many kids in our own city.” says Jane Lynch. “Encouraging a child’s creative imagination makes for a more creative and collaborative adult. It’s a win/win for us all.”

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About The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. Embodying a passion for connecting loyal customers to one another with carefully handcrafted products, the company is known for sourcing and providing the finest ingredients and flavors from around the world. For more than 50 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has demonstrated a passion for product innovation epitomized by The Original Ice Blended® drink. The company has grown to be an international icon and currently has more than 1,000 stores spanning across 30 countries. Please visit CoffeeBean.com for more information.

About Adopt the Arts

In collaboration with well-known artists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and the general public, Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child, through the gift of making music and art. ATA is focused on developing strategic relationships with educators, administrators, and board members to ensure that most underserved schools in the district are identified and ultimately, helped. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, hopes, dreams and imaginations of our children.

To date, ATA has fully funded the music program in two schools, Rosewood Avenue and Westminster Elementary. Each school has been “adopted” by a celebrity or public figure, exposing children to inspirational people who have worked hard for their successes. The interaction between the children and adoptee creates a sense of responsibility and shared commitment for all of those involved.

March 21, 2016

Donations from ALEX AND ANI Living Water Bangle Exceed $1MM

Living Water International announced today more than $1MM in donations have been raised from the sales of the ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN Living Water Bangle. This fashion-forward fundraising initiative has enabled more than 42,000 families around the globe to have access to clean, safe water.

The unique partnership between Living Water International and ALEX AND ANI was inspired by Paige Dellerman, a former high school student at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. Dellerman focused her 2013 senior class project on connecting ALEX AND ANI to Living Water International as a way to combine her passion for Living Water with her desire to learn more about the ALEX AND ANI philanthropic mission and charm crafting process. A relationship was naturally established and soon after Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of ALEX AND ANI, designed the Living Water Bangle. Since its creation within the CHARITY BY DESIGN collection, donations from sales of the bangle have raised over $1MM for clean water projects led by Living Water International.

“Throughout our 25-year history, we have established many partnerships to help amplify our mission,” said Mike Mantel, CEO of Living Water International. “We’re very excited to see our relationship with ALEX AND ANI hit this milestone, as it will play an important role in fostering improved public health and in strengthening communities around the world. It reinforces our belief that we are stronger when we work together.”

In celebration of the $1MM milestone and to support an upcoming well-drilling trip to Haiti, ALEX AND ANI retail stores are currently promoting awareness and education on the Living Water Bangle. The upcoming trip to Haiti follows two other well-drilling trips in which ALEX AND ANI participated – Guatemala in 2014 and Nicaragua in 2015. These trips allowed ALEX AND ANI team members to participate in well drills and hygiene education, including germ transmission, proper hand washing and effective treatment of diarrhea.

“Over the past four years, our partnership with Living Water International has evolved into not only generating impact and funding across the globe, but also in creating unique opportunities for our employees to experience the Living Water mission by traveling to countries to help their team drill wells and educate the community on the benefits of clean water,” ALEX AND ANI, CHARITY BY DESIGN SVP Nicki Maher said. “Through first-hand experience, we have truly come to know and love the mission behind Living Water and have made it a priority to share this life-saving mission to bring water to the thirsty. Together with our customers, we have been able to bring more than 42,000 families access to clean water because of passion, action and love.”

For a video recap of the 2015 Nicaragua trip with Living Water International and ALEX AND ANI, visit: https://alexandani.wistia.com/medias/3ug6hq2ei5

About Living Water International
With 25 years of experience as a faith-based 501(c)(3), Living Water International (www.water.cc) exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately-needed clean water through the implementation of participatory, community-based water, sanitation and hygiene solutions in 21 developing countries across Central and South America, Africa and Asia. The organization has completed over 16,700 water projects as part of their ongoing commitment to provide water, for life, in Jesus’ name. Living Water’s end goal is to see holistic behavior change by supporting the local church and equipping local people to serve their own communities. For more information visit www.water.cc and engage on Twitter @livingwater or Facebook.com/LivingWaterInternational.

About ALEX AND ANI
The ALEX AND ANI brand creates meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories designed to connect you. Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer designs each piece. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world, and by incorporating powerful symbolism into each product, ALEX AND ANI provides a vehicle for consumers to express their individuality. ALEX AND ANI is committed to giving back to the world that we live in. By using recycled materials with eco-conscious processes and through our CHARITY BY DESIGN division, ALEX AND ANI positively impacts our planet and our communities. CHARITY BY DESIGN has strengthened non-profit organizations through innovative partnerships and collaborative experiences resulting in donations of over $30 million. An Inc. 500 Company, ALEX AND ANI has retail stores in addition to retail partners worldwide. Its World Headquarters is located in the Greater Providence, Rhode Island area, where its products are MADE IN AMERICA WITH LOVE™. Please visit alexandani.com for more information.

 


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 26, 2016

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The CVS Health Foundation today announced a $550,000 commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association to support expanded provider education and diagnosis resources for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers through their local chapters across the United States.

“The CVS Health Foundation is proud to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its effort to ensure that more people with Alzheimer’s are able to comprehend their diagnosis and receive affordable, high-quality care and support,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “By facilitating care consultation interventions when a diagnosis is provided, the Alzheimer’s Association is helping to maximize a patient’s quality of life, which directly aligns with our company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Effective health care provider outreach and education are essential for helping people with Alzheimer’s disease achieve their best quality of life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise from over 5 million today to more than 16 million by 2050. In 2015, Alzheimer’s and other dementias cost the nation an estimated $226 billion. By 2050, these costs are expected to rise as high as $1.1 trillion.

In addition, the report showed that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor.  This low diagnosis percentage remains the reality, despite studies finding several benefits – including allowing for better decision-making, medical care and future planning – in clearly explaining a diagnosis of dementia to the affected patient.

“With the support from the CVS Health Foundation, our local chapters can play an even stronger role in educating health care providers on the importance of diagnosing dementia,” said Beth Kallmyer, vice president, constituent services, Alzheimer’s Association. “By connecting people with the disease

and their caregivers with the community resources they need, we believe patients are better positioned to live their best life with the disease.”

Alzheimer’s Association Chapters with provider relationships will be invited to apply for grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 to implement a one-year health care provider outreach and education strategy and establish or expand an automatic referral process for education and care consultations, with the goal of increasing the number of people in each chapter with access to care and support programs.

 

About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 75 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

 

 

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.