December 2017

COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN: STAND FOR HEALTH

There’s just one month left for military and federal employees to support their favorite charities with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). With the unprecedented back-to-back disasters plus CFC’s delayed start this year, support is needed now more than ever for our charity partners to defeat cancer, fight the deadliest diseases, and save lives.

Check out Community Health Charities’ interview, “CFC givers have many military-friendly options. One expert suggests playing the long game” featured in Military Times, Army Times, Navy Times, and Long Island Technology News, reaching an audience over 1 million. Our charity partners, Autism Speaks, Arthritis Foundation, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, American Cancer Society, and Alzheimer’s Association were all included.

MEDICA RAISES OVER $370,000 BY CELEBRATING, TOGETHER

Together, we don’t just give—we celebrate!

Community Health Charities company partner Medica’s 2017 “Together We” giving campaign didn’t just focus on fundraising. Instead, it focused on uniting the Medica community around a single cause: Together we can make a difference.

The campaign kicked off with a picnic lunch with over 900 Medica employees. The lunch was emceed by “Medtallica,” a band comprised of Medica employees. When the bass player unexpectedly wasn’t able to attend, a board member stepped up and jammed impromptu with the band. Read Medica’s full story and how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging with their employees.

TAX REFORM’S IMPACT ON DONOR COMMUNICATIONS

Check out Community Health Charities’ CEO in “As Tax Changes Loom, Charities Encourage Donors to Give Now,” in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. “The message should be: ‘Give to us now because if this tax reform goes through, we could be in trouble in years to come.’ ”

#HEALTHYSELFIE PARTICIPANTS DIRECT $1,000 TO CHARITY

On Giving Tuesday (November 28), caring individuals submitted their #HealthySelfies on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for a chance to win a portion of $1,000 to direct to their favorite of our charity partners. Winners directed their contributions to Autism Speaks, Connecticut Legal Rights Project, and Mental Health America. Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s challenge, as we work towards building stronger, healthier communities together.

GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND ENGAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES

Looking to engage your employees? Help them support the causes they care about.

The Better Business Bureau invited Community Health Charities’ CEO Thomas Bognanno to join the Better Series podcast to speak on engaging employees through workplace giving, volunteering, and overall wellbeing.  Listen to the full podcast.

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 27-28, 2018; CHARITIES@WORK SUMMIT

Save the date! Corporate professionals are invited to the 17th annual Charities@Work summit on June 27–28, 2018. The event engages corporate responsibility professionals and industry experts to discuss the latest ideas on enhancing employee engagement and citizenship initiatives.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES HONORED FOR #GIVINGTUESDAY

November 28th, 2017 was proclaimed Giving Tuesday by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  Community Health Charities was honored at the proclamation ceremony for our involvement in this globally recognized day of benevolence. St. Mary’s County employees raised $9,000 during their 2016 campaign and are challenged to exceed contributions this year.

VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: CAMPS FOR KIDS WELCOME PACK

This month’s featured tool is the Camps For Kids Welcome Pack. Each year, more than 14 million children attend summer camp in the US. It’s a right of passage for many, providing outlets for independence and personal growth. For kids facing long-term health challenges, it offers life-changing opportunities to see beyond their limits to new possibilities. Grab a backpack, pillowcase or bag, and create a Camps for Kids Welcome Pack.

This volunteer opportunity, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit.

CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: JEANS DAY

This month’s featured resource is Jeans Day. Host a “Jeans Day” event to engage employees and encourage campaign participation. Employees donate in advance or on the event day. Give them a sticker to represent their participation and share the impact.

For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources.