Students Recieve Free Books Through My Very Own Library and Scholastic Book Fairs

Scholastic Books will help more than 33,000 students from schools across six states and the Dominican Republic choose and own 10 new children’s books for free. This venture is made possible by My Very Own Library (MVOL), an international initiative that encourages literacy by offering students in need an opportunity to own their own books. MVOL works in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs so kids can choose their own books at a fun school book fair, build home libraries and develop a love of reading.

Throughout this school year, the My Very Own Library program will support:

  • 2,433 low-income students in 7 public schools in Kansas City, KS with the support of United Way of Greater Kansas City giving away over 24,330 books
  • 26 public schools in Newark, NJ, serving 16,500 students giving away over 165,000 books. (Partner Organization: United Way of Essex and West Hudson)
  • 1 Middle School & 1 High School at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, CA, serving 780 students giving away over 7,800 books
    (Partner Organization: Making Waves Foundation)
  • 4 schools in Chicago, Illinois, serving 1,250 students giving away over 12,500 books.
    (Partner Organization: University of Chicago Charter Schools)
  • 14 schools across the state of Wilmington, Delaware, serving 5,900 students giving away over 59,000 books
    (Partner Organization: United Way of Delaware)
  • 14 public schools in Milwaukee, WI, serving 4,500 students giving away over 45,000 books
    (Partner Organization: United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County)
  • 11 schools in the Dominican Republic, serving 2,000 students giving away over 25,000 books (Partner Organization: Dream Project)

Also included in the MVOL program are school visits by award-winning children’s book authors. During author visits, more than 100 copies of each author’s book are personally autographed and given to participating students. Additionally, each school also receives $1,000 in grant funding to host three family literacy events that coincide with each book fair event.

Founded in 2011 by the late Anne Feeley (1954-2012), My Very Own Library was first implemented in Newark, NJ, and has expanded year after year. To date, My Very Own Library has provided more than 1.2 million books to students in Newark, NJ; Richmond, CA; Chicago, IL; Wilmington, DE; Milwaukee, WI; and the Dominican Republic. By summer 2017, My Very Own Library will have provided nearly 1.6 million books to students across all seven locations it will serve.

Kicking off #31DaysofGiving with Penningtons. 
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Boxed.com Supports Homeless Women this Giving Tuesday


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Boxed.com, will spend Giving Tuesday delivering essentials to eight women’s shelters in the New York City area and twelve additional shelters around the country. The online wholesale shopping club with no membership fees and iGive.com partner, is teaming up with Unilever and WIN (formerly Women in Need). These donations help meet the number one urgent need for shelters- toiletries.

 

For more information on Boxed’s Pink Tax Initiative, visit boxed.com/rethinkpink and follow along on social with #RethinkPink. For more information on Boxed, please visit boxed.com and follow Boxed on Twitter @BoxedWholesale.

About Boxed Wholesale:
Founded in 2013, Boxed has taken the best elements of the wholesale shopping experience and folded it into one innovative, cutting edge mobile app that allows consumers direct-to-their-door access to all of their favorite warehouse club products, without membership fees. Boxed brings convenience and savings to on-the-go consumers who don’t have the time, means or patience to shop at a brick and mortar big box club. The brand’s innovative discovery-based design recreates the fun of the treasure hunt experience with a curated selection of everyday essentials that consumers love including household staples, health and beauty supplies, office pantry items, groceries and a wide variety of organic and green products. Purchases made at Boxed.com through iGive will also result in a donation to the shoppers favorite cause.

FedEx Teams Up to Deliver Supplies and Aid to Haiti

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FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has delivered more than 30 tons of emergency supplies in an effort to provide assistance to the people and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.

FedEx supports these disaster relief efforts through its humanitarian organization relationships with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International.

“The devastating reality is people in Haiti are relying on the delivery of humanitarian aid for life’s most basic necessities,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Global Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx. “The FedEx network and our people who power it are equipped to deliver these critical supplies where they’re needed most.”

FedEx has worked with Direct Relief for more than a decade to deliver medical resources during times of disaster. The organization’s aid filled a charter flight that took off from the Memphis World Hub and arrived in Port-au-Prince Wednesday, October 12. Supplies included medication, medical equipment, hygiene kits and tents that can be used as pop-up health facilities.

“Hurricane Matthew dealt a doubly cruel blow to Haiti, causing tragic loss of life and vastly increased risks and harm while at the same time damaging the health facilities and infrastructure critical to responding,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO, Direct Relief. “That’s why an aggressive, targeted response is so important and why FedEx’s leadership to take care of the transportation barrier is such a critically important step.”

A second charter flight landed in Haiti October 13, filled with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies from International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Together with these two organizations, FedEx delivered 11,000 hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies.

With many health facilities damaged, inaccessible, or non-functional as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the urgently needed aid will reach the most affected areas of Haiti, including Grand’Anse and Sud.

“FedEx’s swift action in the wake of Hurricane Matthew makes it possible for our teams to save lives and alleviate suffering in some of the hardest hit communities in Haiti,” said Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of International Medical Corps. “FedEx knows that speed saves lives, and that every hour counts. They are making it possible for our teams to deliver urgently needed supplies and bring lifesaving medical care to those in need, helping stop the spread of cholera—a disease that has the potential to be far deadlier than the storm itself.”

The relief effort is part of the company’s FedEx Cares initiative, through which FedEx will invest $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world. FedEx is also a participant in iGive.com where a percentage of online orders can give back to your favorite cause.

BJ’s and Boston Children’s Hospital reach half-way point to Blood Donor Challenge

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BJ’s Wholesale Club is helping Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) increase its registered donor base of blood donors by 5,000 through the end of this year.  Since March, more than 2,500 Massachusetts residents have registered as a blood donor through Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile drives, including stops at BJ’s Wholesale Club locations.

“Registering as a blood donor is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Bob Eddy, chief financial officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We thank every new registered donor and look forward to reaching our goal by the end of 2016.”

Across the United States more than 41,000 blood donations are used every day – that’s 1.23 million donations per month.  Locally, patients at BCH are in need of 24,000 blood transfusions each year, but that is more than three times the number of blood donations the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile receives over the same period.
To help, local BJ’s locations will continue to host the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile throughout the year.

In April 2014, BJ’s Charitable Foundation continued its ongoing support of BCH by donating $250,000 to support the Bloodmobile, which includes the following features:

  • A high-tech blood center in a 40-foot custom coach with all of the equipment available at the hospital-based blood center.
  • Outfitted with five-beds.
  • Ability for technicians to collect different blood components, such as red cells and platelets, for many different patient needs.
  • Donor screening, donating and post donation taking only 30 minutes.

To register or find a local blood drive, visit https://www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states. Online shoppers who wish to make a donation with their online shopping through BJ’s should visit www.igive.com.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children’s is also the pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on our social media channels: @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

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One Lucky Community Dog Park To Receive $30K & Helping Hand From Beneful® Team

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Seven community dog parks across the country are vying for a Dream Dog Park makeover through the Beneful Dream Dog Park promotion. Today through November 1, dog lovers can help decide which of the seven parks will receive $30,000 for park improvements by heading to Walmart.com/Beneful. In addition to the monetary donation, the dog park that receives the most votes by November 1 will also receive dog park equipment valued at up to $5,000 and hands-on volunteer support from the Beneful Dream Dog Park team.

 

The Lucky Seven
Dog parks from seven communities are participating in the special promotion, including:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana;
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas;
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina;
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each dog park has its own unique features and needs for improvements. Depending on which park is ultimately selected via votes, the $30,000 donation could be used towards many different types of enhancement projects– from extra benches and tables, to shade structures and landscaping, to water features and agility equipment – to meet the dreams and desires of local dogs and owners.

Cast a Vote
Dog lovers everywhere can weigh in daily with their votes. They should visit Walmart.com/Beneful to learn about the promotion and the seven participating dog parks. Votes can be cast daily by sharing a post on Twitter or Instagram using both #BenefulDogPark and the desired park’s promotion-specific hashtag:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin: #BenefulDogPark #Milwaukee
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana: #BenefulDogPark and #Indianapolis
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina: #BenefulDogPark and #Raleigh
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas: #BenefulDogPark and #Dallas
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: #BenefulDogPark and #OklahomaCity
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia: #BenefulDogPark and #Atlanta
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri: #BenefulDogPark and #KansasCity

To celebrate Beneful’s new dry food recipes – which offer real beef and chicken as the number one ingredient – and the dog park promotion, the Beneful team will be hosting special events at select Walmart stores October 1-2. Check out the event list on Walmart.com to see if the team will be in your neighborhood where you can join them to cast your vote and receive a sample of the new Beneful dry food, while supplies last.

Since launching the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project six years ago, the Beneful team has provided more than $2 million in funding to build new dog parks and improve existing ones in more than 20 communities nationwide. To learn more about Beneful’s Dream Dog Park Project and the community dog parks it’s supported, or read up on its variety of healthy dog foods and treats, visit Beneful.com. The Beneful team also shares out ongoing #DreamDogPark updates on social media – follow and connect with the team on Facebook.com/Beneful, and @Beneful on Instagram and Twitter.

Promotion Rules
Promotion begins at 9:00:01 a.m. ET on September 15, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2016. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 years of age or older at time of participation. No purchase necessary to participate. Limit of one (1) vote per person, per Twitter or Instagram account, per day, throughout the promotion period. For full details and official rules, please visit Walmart.com/Beneful.Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO  63164.

Pass It Forward With Verizon Wireless and The Baltimore Ravens

 

GoDaddy Offers a Path Forward

GoDaddy, an iGive.com merchant, gives back

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GoDaddy is offering “Path Forward” for mid-career professionals returning to the workplace. The world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced its participation in the Path Forward Return To Work program. The program reinforces GoDaddy’s commitment toward building a diverse and inclusive workforce, while also identifying incredible talent.

Three, 18-week paid interns will be hired. The professional being considered are mid-career professionals, many of whom who have taken at least two years out the workforce to care for kids, parents or other loved ones. The program runs from October through February 2017 and potentially provides interns the ability to earn a full-time position upon successful completion of the program. GoDaddy will provide participants with practical work experience and Path Forward will provide training and networking events designed to help ease the transition back to work.

The internship opportunities are available for engineering positions, and applications are being accepted now at GoDaddy.com/Careers.

“GoDaddy is an inspiring company that is prioritizing creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are thrilled to partner with them to help those who have taken time off from work for caregiving get back to their careers,” said Tami Forman, Executive Director or Path Forward.  “Partners like GoDaddy understand that great talent can sometimes come from unexpected places, and this program helps them tap into a new source of diverse, skilled, highly-motivated professionals.”

This program is another step in GoDaddy’s commitment to achieve greater workplace diversity and inclusiveness. The company is a vocal leader for gender diversity in the technology industry and recently signed the White House ‘Fair Pay Pledge’ aimed at balancing the gender salary gap and the White House ‘Tech Inclusion Pledge designed to increase workplace diversity. In 2015, GoDaddy also released its salary data, comparing men and women in like-roles and will continue to pursue opportunities to create a more diverse workforce.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com. GoDaddy offers a one-time $10 donation to your charity of choice through iGive.com.

About Path Forward

Path Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to eliminate the bias faced by people who take time off from the paid workforce for caregiving responsibilities and to support gender equality in the workforce. Path Forward creates programs that empower people to return to the workforce after a career break and implement these programs at companies that want to help. Learn more about Path Forward and sign up to get updates about our upcoming programs at www.pathforward.org.

PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart® Help Pets and Pet Parents Impacted by Louisiana Floods

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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

BCBGMAXAZARIA and Wen Hair Help Make-A-Wish

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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.

$500,000 towards Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts from Walmart and The Walmart Foundation

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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.