This Sunday, don’t just join friends and family for the big game—unite with the world in the fight against cancer.

Sunday, February 4 is World Cancer Day. Our charity partners are fighting this Sunday, and every day, to find a cure for cancer and support everyone affected by it:

  • Andy was diagnosed at age 60 with multiple myeloma, a cancer that he lost his first wife to 12 years prior. A treatment involving stem cell transplantation saved his life. Now, Andy rides his bike with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training to fundraise and find a cure for multiple myeloma.
  • Jim was given six months to live after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. That was 25 years ago. The American Cancer Society funded the scientists who saved Jim’s life.
  • Gideon spent his first Christmas at home for the first time in 2017 after spending his first two in care at  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Doctors discovered tumors on his legs, arms, face, and stomach when Gideon was only seven months old.

This World Cancer Day, join in the conversation about cancer, beating it, and advancing life-saving research. Share cancer resources and support our trusted charity partners fighting to find a cure: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, Cancer Research Institute, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Stay in the game with these healthy options for your big game party.

Huddle up, because our charity partners have created some delicious, healthy alternatives to traditional game day snacks.

Heart healthy game-day treats that leave everyone satisfied? Touchdown!

Congress recently passed a tax bill reducing taxes for the majority of Americans. While this may be good news for some households, the tax change will double the standard deduction and may reduce the incentive to donate to charity—it is estimated to cost charities $12 to 20 billion annually.

This year, if you’re benefiting from tax changes, consider giving back.  Try one of these simple ways to give back, courtesy of the The New York Times.  Our favorite?

  • The tax bill is expected to cost charities up to $20 billion annually, and these charities and the people they support need your help more than ever.

Read more about #GiveItBack in the The New York Times.

Your good fortune can save a life, find a cure, or rebuild a community. It’s easy to give wisely: Community Health Charities has more than 2,000 Better Business Bureau trusted health charities needing your support. We have multiple ways to incorporate workplace giving into your organization’s culture, whether you’re looking to institute payroll deductions in a customizable platform or simply make it easy for employees to give with a Give Now page.

 

New Year, New you! Three Ways To Give Back In 2018

This year, don’t make your resolutions about cutting back—make them about giving back.

Read the full article. New Year, stronger, healthier communities.

Receiving A Tax Cut? #GiveItBack

Congress recently passed a tax bill reducing taxes for the majority of Americans. While this may be good news for some households, the tax change will double the standard deduction and may reduce the incentive to donate to charity—it is estimated to cost charities $12 to 20 billion annually.

This year, if you’re benefiting from tax changes, consider giving back.  Read more about #GiveItBack in the The New York Times.

Help End Human Trafficking This January

Human trafficking is a problem in the U.S. and around the world, affecting the most vulnerable: children in foster care, the homeless, those struggling with mental health issues, members of the LGBT community, or sexually abused individuals. Women and girls account for 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation (International Labour Organization Report).

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Support Restore Her Heart or establish a Give Now page to protect, rescue, and empower women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Share health resources to learn more about what you can do to help.

An Event Every Day Is the Northern Tool + Equipment Way

To keep employees engaged, Northern Tool hosted an event every day of their two-week giving campaign. It’s their fourth annual campaign with Community Health Charities. The events focused on giving back to the community, and included impact speakers and volunteer activities benefiting partner charities. The more lighthearted events included human bowling with tennis balls, candy grams, and birdhouse building for a charity partner.

Read the full story and learn how more of our company partners are building stronger, healthier communities.

FIGHT ADDICTION AND SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among U.S. youth, killing more than 4,300 each year. In 2010, there were 189,000 youth emergency room visits for injuries and other conditions related to alcohol.

January 22 to 28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Support Mental Health and Wellbeing to provide hope and healing. Share addiction resources to offer help to employees or loved ones in need.

HELP WOMEN LIVE LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer used to be one of the leading causes of cancer death for American women. Thanks to your support, the death rate has decreased over 50% over the last 30 years.

A woman dies from cardiovascular disease every 80 seconds in the U.S.  Friday, February 2 is National Wear Red Day. Wear red for women to advocate for more research and advances in cardiovascular health.

Support Women’s Health and continue the fight to help all women live their healthiest, best lives.

Unite Against Cancer

More than 8 million people die from cancer each year. That’s 8 million too many. On February 4, unite to end cancer on World Cancer Day and share cancer resources with those in need and support our charity partners fighting to find a cure: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, Cancer Research Institute, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Fight to end cancer this February and create a Give Now page for your employees.

PLEDGE OPERATION PREVENTION

Community Health Charities proudly pledged to support #OperationPrevention, in partnership with Milken Institute, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Discovery Education to combat opioid misuse in schools, homes, and communities nationwide. The no-cost program offers resources for students, teachers, and parents to combat and prevent addiction. Pledge to spread awareness today.

IN MEMORIAM: DR. MATHILDE KRIM

Join us in remembering our charity partner amfAR as they mourn the loss of their founding leader. “On behalf of Community Health Charities, its staff and Board of Directors, I would like to convey our most sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Mathilde Krim. Dr. Krim’s greatest legacy will be her life of fearless and visionary leadership in awakening a sleeping world to the devastating realities associated with what became an HIV/AIDS global crisis. Her tireless commitment to find a cure is both inspirational and a clarion call to others to continue her fight against HIV/AIDS.” ~ Community Health Charities President and CEO Thomas Bognnano

WISE GIVING WEDNESDAY: GIVING AT THE OFFICE

Read the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance’s new piece “Giving at the Office,” featuring Community Health Charities’ President and CEO Thomas Bognanno. It’s part of our joint effort to promote transparency and high standards among charities.

VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: KARDS FOR KINDNESS

This month’s featured tool is Kards for Kindness. Make homemade cards for local military veterans, nursing home residents, children’s hospital patients, teachers, individuals with limited mobility, or those serving overseas. Veterans and the elderly often feel isolated, lonely, or unappreciated. Your words of encouragement offer hope and help them feel a part of your community.

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

CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: CAMPAIGN BEST PRACTICES

This month’s featured campaign resource is our Campaign Best Practices guidelines.  Learn how to increase participation and employee engagement through company champions, goal setting, incentives, special events, and more. For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out all of our Campaign Resources.

Community Health Charities proudly pledged to support #OperationPrevention, in partnership with Milken Institute, Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education to combat opioid misuse in schools, homes, and communities nationwide. The no-cost program offers resources for students, teachers, and parents to combat and prevent addiction. Pledge to spread awareness today.

Take action:  Check out Community Health Charities’ addiction  resources, read one doctor’s take on the opioid crisis, establish a Give Now page or giving campaign to help, and support the work of our charity partners fighting to end addiction: Hazelden Betty Ford FoundationThe National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and Shatterproof.

This year, don’t make your resolutions about cutting back—make them about giving back.

  • Give yourself mental and physical health. This year, prioritize mental and physical wellbeing. 77% of U.S. workers suffer from at least one long-term health condition, from cancer to diabetes. Take time every day to focus on de-stressing and physically moving, whether you’re doing a crossword puzzle, taking a walk, or making a healthy dinner for your family. Give your employees the same gift of wellness by educating employees and offering our health resources.
  • Give your time. No matter where you live, your community needs your help. Set aside time in 2018 to volunteer. Use our volunteer opportunity locator tool to find organizations in your area supporting the causes you care about. If you’re looking to volunteer with your office, utilize our Volunteer On The Spot guide to make a difference during the workday.
  • Give your support. Congress recently passed a tax bill reducing taxes for the majority of Americans. While this is good news for many, doubling the standard deduction means fewer people will itemize charitable deductions on their taxes and is estimated to cost charities $12 to 20 billion annually. This year, if you saved on your taxes, consider giving back by eating locally or donating financially. Offer your team giving options including Give Now pages or a workplace giving campaign, featuring our causes and over 2,000 trusted charity partners.

New Year, stronger, healthier communities.

Research shows that 70% of all U.S. employees would be more loyal to a company that helps them contribute to social and environmental issues. Plus, our proprietary research shows that 85% of consumers prefer to give to local charities, making a difference right where they live and work.

Maximize your employee’s potential by maximizing the impact they can have on their communities; it worked for Elkay Manufacturing.

Elkay Manufacturing has nearly doubled their workplace giving campaign since 2014, raising over $107,000 in 2017—a nearly 25% increase from their 2016 campaign.  The secret? Providing ways for their employees to support the causes important to them. Community Health Charities provided Elkay manufacturing with charities relevant to the causes employees cared about both locally to company headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and nationally. The company matched pledges, making it easier for employees to have a large impact—and 49.4% of employees did.

“The ease and efficiency allows employees to support charities important to them from East to West coast,” said Elkay’s Linda Carlisle of Corporate Communications. “Instead of writing hundreds of checks, we write one check annually and Community Health Charities disperses it.”

To create a personalized campaign like Elkay Manufacturing did, utilize the Community Health Charities’ survey (this is a sample; we’ll customize one for you) to find the issues important to your employees. Then, work with a Community Health Charities representative to create a custom cause for your organization.

Workplace giving isn’t solely about meeting CSR or company goals—it’s engaging employees by helping them give back to their communities.

SFM Mutual Insurance knows this first hand. For their second annual giving campaign with Community Health Charities, the company focused on giving employees the opportunity to work hands-on with the charity partners they support.

Employees gathered in the office to pin teal ribbons to awareness cards for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, helping the charity spread awareness and resources throughout the year. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) giving tree was set up in the office’s lobby, with ornaments featuring wish list items for people hospitalized during the holiday season. Employees created glurch, a toy slime, for Fraser and the children and individuals it supports. The office also sponsored a family of seven living with cancer: In exchange for a $20 gift of support for the Angel Foundation, employees were permitted to dress down from the usual business casual to casual clothing for a week.

SFM Mutual Insurance’s engagement strategy works—the previous year’s campaign raised over $13,000.

Take a page out of SFM Mutual Insurance’s book—or our Volunteer on the Spot Toolkit—for your next campaign. Check out our volunteer opportunity locator  to find charities in your area that need your help, and contact info@healthcharities.org to set up a workplace giving campaign of your own

                                                                

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.

This year-end giving season is unlike any other.

Annually, 31% of giving occurs during DecemberHowever, this year, donors are already fatigued. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and wildfires caused over $15 billion in damage as of October. Puerto Ricans have been living without full power since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September. Wildfires took the lives of 42 people, injured 7,700, and burned over 8,400 homes and buildings. Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas, dumping 27 trillion gallons of rain and leaving an estimated 30,000 people needing temporary shelter. As if that weren’t enough, violent tragedies in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs rocked the nation.

As is tradition, Americans rise up and come together to support those in need, with an outpouring of generosity to rebuild lives and communities.

Meanwhile, the House and Senate are working to pass a bill that could have devastating effects on the number of Americans eligible to write off charitable giving as a tax deduction. Of highest concern is doubling the standard deduction limit currently in place for taxpayers. According to IRS data, this would remove the tax incentive for an estimated $95 billion of annual charitable giving and reduce the number of itemizers from one-third of Americans to about five percent. This could reduce charitable giving by as much as$20 billion.

With all the needs in our country (and world), we can’t afford to lose billions in charitable giving. Now is the time to support the causes that matter most to you.

Read more on The Huffington Post.

WIN $500 BY  POSTING YOUR HEALTHY SELFIE THIS #GIVINGTUESDAY

As the holiday season approaches and you consider what you’ve been grateful for in 2017, #GivingTuesday is a great time to start thinking of ways to give back to your community and the causes important to you. This year, join us for #GivingTuesday on November 28 with one of our six ways to give and learn how to win $500 for a charity partner of your choice with a #healthyselfie.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAX REFORM AND CHARITY

Read “Tax Reform Talk Muddies Giving To Charity: What You Need To Know” in NASDAQ and Investor Business Daily. The articles feature Community Health Charities’ CEO Tom Bognanno and his thoughts on how tax reform “would remove the tax incentive for some $95 billion of annual charitable giving and could result in a loss of up to $14 billion in donations.”

SPORTSMAN’S GUIDE PUTS THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING

The best way to incentivize employees? According to Sportsman’s Guide, it’s simple: Fun!

Sportsman’s Guide doesn’t utilize traditional workplace giving campaigns—there are no payroll deductions. Instead, the company hosts a week of fun events designed to engage employees and get them excited about giving back to the community. All of the week’s fundraising goes directly to Community Health Charities. This year’s week of activity included a raffle for parking garage spaces, candy grams, and vacation time donations, a product sample sale, an impact speaker from a charity partner, a silent auction, and the crowd favorite: a carnival.

Read the full story and learn how more of our company partners are building stronger, healthier communities.

ADDICTED: ONE DOCTOR’S TAKE ON THE OPIOID CRISIS

“The face of opioid addiction has changed. Although still in existence, images of the poor, minorities, derelicts, and those on the fringe of society have been replaced by images of the rich, famous, young, and white.” Read Dr. Frank James’ exposé on the addiction industry.

SHOW SOME LOVE WITH THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN

Military and Federal employees are eligible to participate in the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign. The federal workplace giving tradition has raised more than $8 billion since its beginning in 1961, making it the world’s largest workplace giving campaign. The campaign runs through January 12—support Community Health Charities’ charity partners this campaign season!

KEEP YOUR LUNGS HEALTHY: COMPLETE THE LUNG CANCER RISK QUIZ

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Take the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Risk Quiz and find out how susceptible you and your loved ones are to lung cancer. Then, take active steps to keep your lungs healthy.

DRIVE FOR A CURE TO DIABETES THIS NOVEMBER

One in 11 Americans has diabetes. That is 30.3 million people.

November is National Diabetes Month. Whether you or a loved one are living with diabetes or are simply looking to learn more about the condition, check out our health resources and support Drive for a Cure.

MANAGE STRESS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

In most cases, caregiving is a labor of love; however, the demands are undeniable. Being a caregiver requires a whole new set of tasks and commitments.

November is National Family Caregivers Month. If you’re a caregiver for a loved one, prioritize your self-care this month. As the holiday season approaches follow the advice of our CEO’s Tom Bognanno on managing caregiver stress.

TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMERS ARE WOMEN

More than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s. Individuals over the age of 65 are at risk, and one in three people over 85 have been diagnosed with the condition. Almost two-thirds of people developing Alzheimer’s are women.

November is National Alzheimer’s month. This month, take action to help your friends, parents, grandparents, and loved ones living with this disease. Learn the key symptoms of Alzheimer’s, share Alzheimer’s resources, and support Women’s Health.

FOUR WAYS TO FIGHT FOR OUR VETERANS

Out of an estimated 18.5 million military veterans in the United States, four million are living with a service-connected disability. One in four military members show signs of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, or other mental health condition. They’ve sacrificed and served our country. They fought for us. Now it’s time to fight for them. Find four ways to serve our servicemen all year long.

IMPACT THE LIVES OF SUICIDE SURVIVORS

1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition. 1 in 5 youth experiences a severe mental disorder. 300 million people around the world are living with depression. Survivors Day is November 18. If you or a loved one is a survivor of someone who died by suicide, seek support this month. Utilize our mental health resources, support Mental Health and Wellbeing, and share your story of encouragement with WriteCause.

GREATNONPROFITS NAMES COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES A 2017 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT

Thanks to you, we’re a Top-Rated Nonprofit for the second year in a row!  This means that you, our board members, our volunteers, and our donors chose us as a charity they love working with and trust. Thank you to everyone who shared their story and helped spread word of all the good we’re doing, together.

VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: WAITING ROOM FUN BAGS

This month’s featured tool is Waiting Room Fun Bags. It’s hard to sit still and wait in the hospital or doctor’s office. Help brighten a child’s day with busy bags or fun bags. Fill a sealed, zippered plastic bag with activities. Make bags age-specific but generic enough for a boy or a girl.

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

CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN

This month’s featured resource is an Olympics-Themed Campaign Plan.  Kick off your workplace giving campaign with a breakfast of champions; host office competitions complete with gold, silver, and bronze medals; and hold a closing ceremony.  For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources.