Corporate Philanthropy - 2007
Last July in a post titled Saying "thank-you" by helping others we announced our Corporate Philanthropy program. We chose three non-profit organizations to sponsor. These were:
* Opportunity, Inc. (August, 2006)
* The Hunger Project (October, 2006)
* Free The Slaves (December, 2006)
We sponsored them by taking the funds we'd normally use for Starbucks' gift cards and flowers as a thank-you for sending us referrals and for becoming our customers and redirecting them to these worthy projects.
We decided to extend that project through 2007 in the same manner, choosing a worthy organization to support in alternating months, with funds from our customer thank-you budget.
Here are the 6 non-profit organizations from among our active customers we've chosen to support this year:
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTHCARE – February, 2007
....has been providing quality health-care and wellness promotion since 1969 to all members of our communities, focusing on those most in need.
EVERY CHILD – April, 2007
...a coalition that was formed in Pennsylvania in 2004 to "ensure that all children with complex health care needs and other disabilities have the opportunity to grow up in a loving, lasting family."
Watch their "Family Tree" video
GREEN BELT MOVEMENT – June, 2007
... provides income and sustenance to millions of people in Kenya through the planting of trees. It also conducts educations campaigns to raise awareness about women's rights, civic empowerment and the environment throughout Kenya and Africa. It was founded by Nobel Peace Price Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES – August, 2007
...a catalyst for community vitality in rural areas: we work with rural leaders and volunteers to expand the knowledge, skills, and networks for building communities that foster opportunity, thrive and endure.
KIDS HOPE UNITED – October, 2007
...a private, non-profit, human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. We serve more than 15,000 children and families in multiple states through a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based services. Our vision is a safe, nurturing home for every child.
BATTERED WOMEN’S JUSTICE PROJECT – December, 2007
...offers training, technical assistance, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil justice system in addressing domestic violence.
The Battered Women's Justice Project promotes systemic change within community organizations and governmental agencies engaged in the civil and criminal justice response to domestic violence in order to hold these institutions accountable for the goals of safety and security for battered women and their children.
I hope discovering these projects will be as inspiring for you as it's been for me. Just the mere act of sharing their stories gives me a sense of hope, a reminder there is good people in the world doing good things for others, and we're fortunate enough to have them as our customers in some manner, big or small, AND we're in a position to help them.
As the months progress we'll try to share a more detailed story with each project.