Corporate Relations & Engagement

Tony Blair to donate profits of memoir to charity
August 17, 2010

Tony Blair, who took Britain to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, is donating millions in earnings from his forthcoming memoir to a charity for injured troops. The Royal British Legion said Monday that the former prime minister has agreed to give all proceeds from "A Journey" to its Battle Back Challenge Center. The center opens in 2012 and will provide state of the art sports facilities and rehabilitation services for seriously wounded personnel.

Corporate In-Kind Donations Up 5 Percent in 2009
August 16, 2010

While corporations cut back their charitable giving in 2009, non-cash contributions by U.S.-based companies rose by 5 percent, USA Today reports. A recent survey of the nation's largest companies conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and USA Today found that the dollar amount of cash grants awarded by U.S.-based corporations declined some 7.5 percent, to $3.9 billion, in 2009. The survey also found that non-cash contributions of items such as computer equipment, software, drugs, and employees' time accounted for more than 50 percent of the total charitable contributions at nineteen of the companies surveyed. For example, employees at Bank

Florida Marlins pitch stadium tour for Haiti fundraiser
August 16, 2010

In a new fundraising tactic, the Florida Marlins are pitching a behind-the-scenes tour of their new ballpark to help raise money for new housing in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The baseball franchise and Food for the Poor, an international nonprofit agency, have teamed up for a month-long fundraising campaign called Homes for Haiti. On Monday, they announced a new incentive in the campaign. The first 10 donors -- individuals or companies -- who give $1,000 or more will receive a tour for two of the Marlins' stadium currently under construction. The donors also will be treated to a cocktail party at

Applebee's fundraiser to help Carolina Cancer Services
August 16, 2010

The Applebee’s restaurant at 71 Plaza Parkway, Lexington, will host the Carolina Cancer Services Flapjack Fundraiser starting at 7 a.m. Tickets for the Flapjack Fundraiser are $7 and include a short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. Cancer Services is a nonprofit organization that assists patients with treatment costs and provides wigs, breast prosthetics and nutritional products to clients. Proceeds will benefit the club’s assistance program for patients battling cancer. “Applebee’s is proud to assist with fundraising for local nonprofits and help raise awareness for their organization,” said Michael Olander, president and CEO of the Apple Gold

Benevolence During a Brewers Broadcast
August 13, 2010

On Tuesday night, the Brewers’ game against Arizona was televised without commercials. Instead, the breaks were filled with messages about the team’s foundation and on-air fundraising auctions. Mark Attanasio recently gave $1 million to the foundation.

He said he was fairly certain that no team had gone commercial-free in a game, which could not have been done without a Fox Sports Wisconsin donation of the ad time.

Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund Reports Strongest First Half for Grants in 19-Year History
August 11, 2010

Kristin Mugford Elected to Gift Fund Board of Trustees BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund ('Gift Fund'), the nation’s largest donor-advised fund program and third largest public charity1, today reported that its donors made more than 152,000 grants totaling $531 million to nonprofits nationwide during the first six months of 2010, up 27 percent and 16 percent, respectively, from the same period last year. Both of these totals represent the strongest first half for outgoing grants in the Gift Fund’s 19-year history2. 'Our donors continue to give at record levels, reflecting their ongoing commitment to supporting the causes

During downturn, corporate giving focuses on basic needs
August 11, 2010

Even though the recession hurt corporate charitable giving last year, some areas of giving increased, including health and education, said the presidents of the Walmart Foundation and the GE Foundation. Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation, and Bob Corcoran, president of the GE Foundation, answered readers' questions in an online chat Tuesday sponsored by USA TODAY and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. "In the current economic downturn, we have focused on basic needs. For instance, hunger relief has become our main priority," said McKenna. In May, Wal-Mart announced a $2 billion initiative aimed at hunger relief. "This includes $250

America’s Biggest Businesses Set Flat Giving Budgets
August 10, 2010

Corporate profits are on the rebound, but most big businesses say it will be some time before they can give as much cash as they did before the recession, according to a Chronicle survey of 162 of the country’s largest corporations.

Companies donate employees' time, service instead of cash
August 9, 2010

"Would your family be interested in taking a break from cancer?" Aileen Schissel couldn't believe what her oncologist just asked. After years of battling breast cancer, a break from cancer seemed like an impossible dream. "I was so sick of being sick. The whole family desperately needed a vacation," says Schissel, of Glendora, Calif. "But with no money to go far, we never would have dreamed of taking this kind of trip." The Schissels left Friday on a Continental Airlines jet for Hawaii, where they will be staying at the five-star Four Seasons Resort Maui for four nights and

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Launches Action Nation Corporate Philanthropy Program
August 9, 2010

PLANO, TEXAS, Aug. 09 /CSRwire/ - Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) today announced the launch of a new corporate philanthropy program, ACTION Nation. The program will focus giving and volunteer efforts in support of DPS's mission to foster physically active, engaged and sustainable communities. "At DPS, ACTION is at the heart of everything we do. Every DPS employee contributes to our success by taking action to meet the needs of our customers and consumers," said Tina Barry, senior vice president – corporate affairs. "ACTION is also about giving back to our communities. All across North America, DPS