August 23, 2016

petsmart and petsmart charities help pets in need

PetSmart and PetSmart Charities are coming to the aid of hundreds of animals left homeless by the Louisiana floods, which are being dubbed the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy.

A large shipment of pet supplies including: Pet food, cat litter, feeding bowls, leashes, crates and beds were delivered from the PetSmart central region Distribution Center.  These items are valued at more than $80,000.  In addition, grant makers at PetSmart Charities are providing more than $30,000 in financial support to local animal welfare organization is Louisiana. The grants will help with the financial strain these nonprofits are facing due to the increased need to provide shelter, food and veterinary care for rescued animals.

According to news reports, the rising water has forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate their homes. As well, hundreds of animals have been rescued with a high percentage of them being pets. Local animal welfare organizations are overwhelmed as they care for the rescued animals, providing shelter, food and care and working to reunite pet parents with their beloved pets. The emergency relief is in direct response to PetSmart and PetSmart Charities’ partners requesting the support.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers generously contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores.  PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of those donations by issuing grants and providing other support to help pets in need.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel®dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. 
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart

August 19, 2016

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Two iGive.com retailers BCBGMAXAZRIA and Wen® Hair and Body Care By Chaz Dean  are showcasing Fall looks in  LA’s inaugural Fashion Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles.  The August 24th event at the Taglyan Complex August 24th  will feature past and present Make-A-Wish® recipients and celebrity supporters on the runway. Celebrity Stylist Brad Goreski will take the stage as honored host of the black tie fundraiser. Guests will have the chance to see one special wish granted live during the show. To close the evening, singer Rebecca Black will hit the runway with an intimate performance of her latest single.

On-site donations will help Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles® continue their important work granting incredible wishes of kids diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles

Since its founding in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles chapter has granted more than 9,000 wishes to children living in communities throughout Los Angeles County.  Annually, the chapter grants about 350 wishes locally, with nearly twice as many waiting their turn. To donate to Make-A-Wish through iGive.com, visit https://www.iGive.com/MakeAWish

BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC BCBG Max Azria Group began with a single idea – to create a beautiful dress. Founded in 1989 by Max Azria, the brand embodies a true combination of European sophistication and American spirit. The BCBG Max Azria and BCBG Max Azria Runway labels are sold in 700 freestanding boutiques and shop-in-shops at top department stores across the globe.

WEN® is a special concept in cleansing your hair that has Hollywood buzzing. It was developed as an alternative to the way people are used to cleansing their hair; eliminating the use of some ordinary shampoos that can contain harsh sulfates. WEN® Cleansing Conditioners replace shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner, giving you five products in one bottle.

August 16, 2016
Walmart donates to disaster relief

Walmart Trucks Deliver Bottled Water to Louisiana

Once again, in a time of crisis Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are stepping up.  The company is making a commitment to provide support through cash and in-kind donations of $500,000 to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by the floods in Louisiana. Working closely with the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, coordination efforts are being made with elected officials and governmental entities across the region to meet the needs of those affected by the overwhelming flooding in the Louisiana region this week. The company expects to deliver over one million bottles of water to affected areas.

 

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disaster in Louisiana, working hand in hand with the people of the Gulf Region during and after Hurricane Katrina. Walmart continues to help communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products, and by creating ways for associates and community members to locate and help one another. In the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastating floods in Louisiana and the catastrophic effect it’s having on our associates and members of the community,” said, Mark Cooper, Senior Director of Emergency Management, Walmart. “We are fully committed to the relief efforts and will continue to work closely with local officials to do everything we can.”

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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will have the added benefit of helping your local cause.

About Philanthropy at Walmart 
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

August 16, 2016

Weight Watchers, an iGive.com partner, and American Cancer Society team-up fo Project LIFT

For those living and surviving breast cancer, weight gain can be an unexpected consequence following treatment. Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) launched Project L.I.F.T. – Live Inspired, Fight Together – a new movement, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. The program is designed to help those survivors with advice and support.

One study reviewed by the Weight Watchers team showed that breast cancer survivors are twice as likely to gain 11 pounds or more within 5 years of treatment as compared to their cancer-free peers.

“There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. alone with a history of invasive breast cancer.1 Through this program we’ve developed with the American Cancer Society, we will uniquely support these survivors and guide them on the road to achieving their best holistic health post-treatment,” said Stacey Mowbray, President of Americas at Weight Watchers International, Inc. “We believe the Weight Watchers culture of extraordinary encouragement combined with the resources to inspire and guide healthier choices can really make a difference for survivors.”

This fall, through Project L.I.F.T., Weight Watchers, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, will deliver:

  • Content For Survivors:
    • Weight Watchers Project L.I.F.T. Online Content: Available to both Weight Watchers Members and non-members and in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, Weight Watchers will provide free information on its WW Living site designed for breast cancer survivors. This content will help women understand why they might have gained weight, how losing a modest amount of weight can provide many health benefits, and how they can work to lose the weight through information and support within the community.
    • Weight Watchers Magazine: To celebrate survivors during National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Weight Watchers is featuring three breast cancer survivors who are also Weight Watchers Members in the September/October issue of Weight Watchers magazine, on newsstands August 16.
    • American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® Events: Every three-to five-mile Making Strides walk, occurring during the month of October, is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about steps to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer or find it early, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer. Weight Watchers Members, staff, family, and friends across the country can join and support the Weight Watchers team at Making Strides events nationwide, joining walks in their local communities under the Weight Watchers banner. To find and sign up for a local Weight Watchers walk, please visit MakingStridesWalk.org/weightwatchers.
    • Wear WW Proud: Weight Watchers has designed a special T-shirt, which Weight Watchers team members can wear during the walks. Beginning in mid-September, shirts will be available online for purchase at http://shop.weightwatchers.com/ with profits benefitting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer.
    • On-The-Ground Activations: Weight Watchers will have an on-the-ground sponsorship presence in 11 local walk events with Weight Watchers photo booths for walk participants to capture and share the moment.
    • October Limited Edition Products: Beginning in mid-September and throughout the month of October, Weight Watchers will sell a limited edition water bottle and journal in its meeting rooms and in its online shop at http://shop.weightwatchers.com with profits benefitting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help save lives from breast cancer.
    • Breast Cancer Survivor Talks: Weight Watchers will open its doors to members and non-members throughout October in 11 select markets nationwide, inviting all who are interested to participate in an open discussion to share their stories, encourage each other and learn together.

To join Weight Watchers through iGive.com and support your favorite cause use this link. To support the American Cancer Society through your online purchases with iGive join here.

 

August 12, 2016

iGive retailer eBags supports teachers and students

Leading travel goods and school backpack retailer eBags announced today that it has teamed up with the non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org to help support public teachers and their students in the back-to-school season. Every school backpack purchased will mean a $1 donation to DonorsChoose.org.

Peter Cobb, eBags co-Founder, commented, “Helping elementary kids create their own journeys throughout the world through virtual reality is perfectly aligned with our mission and values as a company. We genuinely believe that travel creates better world citizens, so we’re thrilled to be involved in helping these kids learn about the world beyond their doorsteps.”

To date, DonorsChoose has raised more than $400 million nationwide, impacting more than 19 million students in 70,000 schools. In addition to the donation, $1, eBags is launching a DonorsChoose.org landing page that encourages millions of their back-to-school shoppers to learn more about the non-profit’s programs.

eBags CEO Mike Edwards is passionate about what’s happening around the country with DonorsChoose.org. “As the go-to source for school backpacks and a leader in the travel space, this is a truly meaningful way for us to give back to communities and help ensure that our next generation receives an excellent education. We are committed to donating $1 for each school backpack purchase on eBags.com during this peak back to school season.”

About eBagsWith more than 17 years in travel and over 26 million bags sold, eBags is the leading online retailer of luggage, backpacks and accessories. The company is devoted to helping its customers find the perfect travel gear for any journey. Ranked a top luggage retailer in 2016 by Consumer Reports. eBags features 80,000 products from 800 brands, including TUMI, Samsonite, Kenneth Cole, Patagonia, The North Face and more. For more information, visit eBags.com. eBags purchases made through iGive.com can support your favorite cause.

August 9, 2016
iGive.com partner Life is Good Kids Response Pie Chart

What Makes Life Good for Kids Ages 3-12 (PRNewsFoto/Life is Good Company)

In the Spring of 2016 Life is Good® created it’s first t-shirt art contest for kids, asking them “what makes life good.” For each entry the Life is Good donated $1 to help kids in need. Over 7500 entries were received and the company has released the results:

  • 30% showed that love and relationships are the most important – whether it was family, friends or pets.
  • 24% believe that nature – the earth, the sky, trees and more are what make life good.
  • Creativity and inspiration came in at a tie at 14% inclusive of subjects like art and music.
  • Smaller categories like fun, learning and world peace make up the rest of the entries.
  • Less than 2% of kids said that technology – video games, TV, phones are what make life good.

“It’s not a total surprise that children value relationships more than anything else, but seeing such an overwhelming amount of them put this first is a great reminder of who we need to be as adults and role models,” said Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker for Life is Good. “As a clinical social worker for over 20 years, I have witnessed children struggle immensely when they lack healthy attachment relationships. When children are rooted in a foundation of love and care, they are far more capable of using social, emotional and cognitive skills that allow them to feel safe, focus on the good, and embrace all life has to offer.”

Also revealed today were three children’s drawings selected by the Life is Good team to be made into Life is Good’s first-ever Kids Art Collection. One hundred percent of the net profits of this collection will support the work of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, which partners with leading childcare organizations to positively impact the quality of care delivered to our nation’s most vulnerable children. The final three artists also received a $2,000 college scholarship.

The thousands of art submissions will live on as a traveling art exhibit at public outdoor spaces starting in Boston this fall. Additionally, the art will be turned into an interactive digital art display featured at some of the children’s hospitals that partner with the Life is Good Kids Foundation.

“It was incredibly inspiring to see life through children’s eyes,” said John Jacobs Chief Creative Optimist & Life is Good co-founder. “Life isn’t easy, but we have the choice to approach it with optimism and to help make it good with great relationships and love. We are excited to share the artwork and inspiration with others.”

To shop the winning designs and see all of the entries, please visit: Lifeisgood.com/DrawingInspiration

ABOUT THE LIFE IS GOOD COMPANY

The Life is Good Company is a $100 million lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading the power of optimism.  The company donates 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in need.  To date, the company has donated over $11 million, principally through Life is Good products, events and community fundraising efforts. Life is Good® is a registered trademark of The Life is Good Company. Please visit LifeisGood for more details and to support your favorite cause with iGive through your online shopping.

ABOUT LIFE IS GOOD KIDS FOUNDATION

The Life is Good Kids Foundation is an accredited 501(c)(3) that partners with organizations serving the most vulnerable children to improve the quality of their care.  The Foundation’s Playmaker program connects with schools, hospitals, camps, and a variety of social service agencies to give childcare professionals the resources they need to make a positive, life-changing impact at a pivotal time in a child’s development.

August 9, 2016

“Band Together,” a $2 Million donation campaign by Jewelers Mutual Insurance will benefit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Habitat for Humanity® , Feeding America®/Food Banks Canada. The company, which is the leading insurer dedicated exclusively to jewelry and the jewelry industry, invited its policyholders and the general public to vote online at its website for their favorite cause.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® received the Jewelers Mutual $1 million top donation. Habitat for Humanity® will receive a donation of $700,000 followed by Feeding America®  and Food Banks Canada

“Jewelers Mutual heard from longtime customers, but also from those who’d never heard of us before. And everyone was excited to band together and help us provide the biggest gift in our company’s history.”

About Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Today, Jewelers Mutual remains the trusted insurance advisor and loss-prevention expert for jewelry businesses including retailers large and small, wholesalers, manufacturers, custom designers and appraisers. Consumers also put their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their personal jewelry and the special memories it represents. The company’s strong financial position is reflected in its 29 consecutive ratings of “A+ Superior” from A.M. Best Company and more than $14 billion of jewelry coverage in force. To learn more, visit JewelersMutual.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude). To support St. Jude’s through your online shopping with iGive.com visit: https://www.iGive.com/StJudeChildrensHospital

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org. To support a local Habitat for Humanity chapter through your online shopping search “Habitat for Humanity” at http://www.igive.com.

About Feeding America®
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  The Feeding America Southwest Virginia Chapter is on iGive https://www.iGive.com/FeedingAmericaSV

 

About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists close to 850,000 Canadians each month. Together, our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

July 18, 2016

famous footwear logo Naturlizer logo

Logging in to the Naturalizer Shoes/ Famous Footwear parent company corporate social responsibility site: https://caleres.com/community/ highlights the commitment that Caleres places on giving back.  The corporate mission is to inspire people to feel good … feet first. Five fundamental values guide us toward that end: Passion, Accountability, Curiosity, Creativity and Caring.

In 1921, founder, George Warren Brown, established a trust to provide funds to charitable organizations. To date, more than $20 million to 501(c)(3) has been donated to organizations in St. Louis and many communities around the world where the company operates.

The mission is to support charitable organizations, which are either…

  • Strategically aligned with our mission, vision and values
  • Focused on advancing the footwear industry
  • Benefit the overall St. Louis community in growing and attracting new businesses and residents

In addition to the foundation, the company has other charitable efforts. Through the companies’ Famous Footwear stores, the company has raised more than $15 million for the March of Dimes Foundation March for Babies in communities across America.

In addition to donating, company associates have dedicated thousands and thousands of hours to local volunteerism to support organizations such as United Way, Two Ten Footwear Foundation and the American Heart Association. As a company, they encourage and applaud those who give of themselves for causes about which they are passionate. Participating in iGive.com enables shoppers to give back the causes about which they are passionate with their online purchases.

The name, Caleres comes from the Latin word calere – meaning to glow with passion or intensity. With persistent determination, Caleres has preserved the founding spirit that launched the company in 1878: a ferocity for crafting the perfect fit. Today,  are they among North America’s top footwear companies. Our portfolio focuses on contemporary fashion, healthy living and family. Merchants include: Naturalizer, Famous Footwear, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes, LifeStride, Bzees, Ryka, Sam Edleman, Franco Sarto, Via Spiga, Diane vo Furstenberg (DVF), Carlos by Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear.

 

July 15, 2016

From July 14 -16, 2016 Verizon will be enabling wireless users to call or text from the U.S. to France and home wireline customers can make free calls to France. Verizon hopes this will enable customers affected by the attack in Nice, France to connect with family and friends.

Verizon understands that customers want to reach out to their loved ones immediately and urgently. They request that users  please check requests from local authorities regarding keeping phone lines open for emergency responders.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) employs a diverse workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New York, the company also provides communications and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. Verizon is also a participating advertisers with iGive.com which enables online shoppers to donate to their cause of choice through online purchases.

 

July 13, 2016

walmart bio eyes - shop through iGive.com to give back more

Walmart and bio eyes (b.e) eyewear announce a new eyewear collection that is helping give back through the Seva Foundation.

The program, titled “Buy a frame, Help a child to see”, helps provide teacher trainings, vision screenings, optometrist exams, prescription glasses, corrective treatments and surgeries.  These services are provided through a donation made with the sale of each bio eyes frame.

bio eyes is committed not only to making a charitable, fashion forward statement, but also to contributing to a more sustainable world. In 2016, 200,000 in-need children in India, will be given the care to clearly see a brighter future.

In addition, the bio eyes frames are made from plant-based materials that are environmentally friendly.

Together Walmart and bio eyes believe this is a positive addition to their collection, not only from a fashion standpoint but also from a corporate social responsibility one. The bio eyes men’s and women’s optical and sun collections will be available exclusively at Walmart Vision Centers with frames starting at $54.

“Our customers are not only looking for affordable, quality frames, but also products that make a difference,” said Tabitha Watkins, merchandise manager, optical, Walmart U.S.  “We’re excited to bring bio eyes to our shelves not only for what it will do for our customers, but for what is does for the environment and for children across the globe.”

Walmart shoppers who make a bio eyes frame purchase online through iGive.com will also earn a donation for their favorite cause.

About Walmart

What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Today, nearly 260 million customers visit our more than 11,500 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce sites in 11 countries each week. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs 2.3 million associates worldwide – 1.5 million in the U.S. alone. It’s all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world.