Responding to the Health Impact of Hurricanes
While the tragedy and loss suffered by the Harvey and Irma hurricanes has been heartbreaking, the outpouring of support as communities come together has been equally inspiring.
Community Health Charities’ Disaster Response fund meets the short and long-term health and mental health needs of those impacted by crisis.
Funds raised will provide emergency medicines and medical services to meet long-term needs related to health and mental and emotional wellbeing. Long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time and resources, as it is more than supplies and buildings—it’s rebuilding people’s lives.
Read about the efforts of our charity partners in the wake of the storms, plus review preparedness resources during National Preparedness Month. Lastly, read this BBB Wise Giving Alliance article featuring Community Health Charities and many of our charity partners as trusted, accredited charities for Hurricane Irma relief.
Help Prevent Suicide
“I don’t think of it as courage,” said Peter Dudley, Community Health Charities board member, on sharing his family’s struggle with suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, October 5th is National Depression Screen Day, and October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Use this time to share your story, support those in need, and review our mental health resources.
Perk Place Cafe Caffeinates for a Cause
Jeff and Natalie Meyer opened Perk Place three years ago in Oklahoma City with a simple business model: giving back. Each of Perk Place’s locations donates 25 cents of every transaction to its designated charity.
Along with the primary charity, Perk Place highlights a different nonprofit every month. The coffee is free from 7 to 8 AM, encouraging patrons to donate to the “generosity jar” in honor of the chosen charity. Perk Place has partnered with Community Health Charities to spotlight a variety of our charity partners; the shop has collected an average of $400 for our charity partners’ every month one is highlighted.
In the words of Perk Place, “generosity rules.”
Read the full story.
Welcome to our Newest Charity Partners
Community Health Charities is excited to welcome its newest charity partners: Cancer Support Community Central Ohio, Crescent Cove, Cure SMA Illinois Chapter, Gildas Club Metro Detroit, KOA Care Camps, Maine Cancer Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation, Sickle Cell Disease Association of Florida, Inc., and Veterans4Warriors.
Make a Small Change for a Big Result
What you eat and how you live affects more than weight: USDA research indicates that a healthy diet full of nutritious food plays a part in preventing chronic disease.
Whether you’re making school lunches or healthy changes to your lifestyle, it’s hard to make a big change all at once. To get started, try these four small changes, provided by the Choose My Plate campaign, to make your health and long-term wellbeing a priority.
Pet Partners Provides Emotional Support and Wagging Tails
Pet Partners, a Community Health Charities charity partner, utilized their furry employees to bring comfort to those recovering from Hurricane Harvey: trained therapy dogs visited a relief site in Victoria, Texas to provide emotional support to those in need.
Read how more of our charity partners make an impact.
9News Recognizes Denver Heroes at Work
At Community Health Charities’ 7th Annual Health Heroes at Work Recognition Breakfast on August 18 in Denver, attendees celebrated Colorado’s commitment to building stronger, healthier communities and enjoyed breakfast at the Studio Loft at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Don Parsons, a retired surgeon general working at 9Health Fair, was the 2017 Health Hero of the Year. Winners of the 2017 Campaign Excellence Award included Great-West Financial, Kaiser-Permanente, King Soopers/City Market, and TIAA. Winners of the 2017 Campaign Success Award included Pinnacol Assurance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Hyatt Regency Denver. The event was emceed by 9News anchor Corey Rose with special remarks by Beth Bowlen, daughter of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.
Check out the 9 News Denver story and read more about the event.
Stay Safe During Wildfires
Wildfires are burning across the west coast, affecting both the communities witnessing active fire and those surrounding them—a 2011 study found that two thirds of the United States was affected by smoke-induced air conditions. The fine particles dispersed into the air during fire are linked to a range of health conditions, ranging from burning eyes to aggravating chronic heart and lung diseases.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends those living in areas affected by smoke and worsened air conditions take active steps during wildfires.
U.S. News and World Report and Fox Business Feature Community Health Charities
New Board Members Welcomed at September Meeting
The Community Health Charities Board of Directors’ September 14 meeting introduced four new board members: Peter Dudley, Erin Gollhofer, Xiaoteng Huang, and Tiffany Reeves.
Volunteer Toolbox: Blankets of Comfort
Community Health Charities has easy onsite volunteer opportunities for your employees. This month’s featured tool is Blankets of Comfort—make a simple 5-step blanket to provide warmth and comfort to children and adults in the hospital, transitional housing, or homeless shelters.
This volunteer opportunity, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit.
Additionally, find volunteer opportunities by zip code and keyword through our online search.
Campaign Resources: Casual for a Cause
Check out Community Health Charities’ library of campaign resources to help engage your employees and advance the causes you care about. This month’s featured resource is Grand-ola Wrappers: thank your employees who support workplace giving campaigns with granola bars in grand-ola wrappers celebrating their compassion, commitment, and dedication.
For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources.
Invest in Employee Wellbeing and Increase Your Bottom Line
Research shows that companies who invest in employee wellbeing annually reduce costs by $1,600 per employee. Not only does health and wellness improve employee morale, it lowers healthcare costs, increases productivity, reduces absenteeism, and lessens employee turnover rates. Check out Forbes’ 14 employee wellbeing initiative ideas to get started making overall health a priority in your company culture.
Fuel up for Back to School
While it’s tempting to pack a pre-packaged breakfast, what you put in your body in the morning fuels you for the rest of the day. Whether it’s for a child or you, stay away from foods loaded with fat and sugar. Instead, try the American Heart Association’s Top Ten Tips for a Healthy Breakfast.
Read our full article for the 10 delicious breakfast ideas.
Cause an Impact on a Child’s Life
It’s back to school season, and it’s a great time to think about children—not every child is fortunate enough to be healthy and safe in a loving home.
Each year, nearly 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer, and many more face an uncertain future due to life-limiting conditions (such as homelessness). Utilize our Every Kid Deserves® resources to learn how to make a difference today.
S&C Electric Company Increases Giving 36%
S&C Electric Company, an electric power switching, protection, and control systems company headquartered in Chicago, had their most successful giving campaign to date this year, raising $98,000 for Community Health Charities—36% higher than 2016.
How’d they do it? Tried and true effective campaign practices. Friendly competition. Departments competed to have the highest percentage of team members contributing to the cause, no matter the size of the donation. While the campaign lasted two weeks, S&C supports team members giving and volunteering in their communities throughout the year—it’s a part of S &C’s tradition of being a good corporate citizen. S&C Electric Company is a Community Health Charities partner committed to employee engagement.
Philanthropy or Fraud?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a Community Health Charities partner, issued a warning about a fake charity sweepstakes. The scammers call from a Washington D.C. area code (202), referencing the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and saying that the recipient has won $450,000. The catch? The “winner” must give up their banking information for taxes and insurance. Both the FTC and the Make-A-Wish Foundation posted alerts about the scam.
Keep yourself safe from charity scammers with BBB’s tips on identifying fraud.
21 Ways to Make the World a Better Place
Generosity doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive; this Thrive Global article gives 21 ways you can be more giving in your daily life. Our CEO, Tom Bognanno, contributed Idea 18: Volunteer an hour a week.
A New Trend in Corporate Volunteering
Chris Jarvis, CEO and co-founder of Realized Worth, emphasized the importance of empathy in volunteering during our August webinar, Corporate Volunteerism. In this new era of employee volunteerism, organizational opportunities must be transformative and cause-focused, resulting in devoted volunteers. This requires leaders who are passionate and frame the experience, encouraging team members to connect and identify with the individuals impacted by the volunteer experience. Only then will the volunteering be transformative and lasting.
Chris closed out his webinar with a thank you to Community Health Charities: “It is a fantastic organization that I am so thankful for. There is not a Community Health Charities in most of the other parts of the world; I just want to applaud the good work you are doing.”
Community Health Charities Welcomes New Board Members
We’re proud to welcome our newest board members, Erin Gollhofer, Peter Dudley, and Xiaoteng X. Huang! Erin is bringing 13 years of experience in the nonprofit and community engagement fields; she is currently the Global CSR Communications Consultant at Kimberly-Clark. Peter is the Senior Vice President and Manager of Team Member Philanthropy at Wells Fargo. He won the 2016 Charities@Work Individual Impact Award for his work in the community and recently teamed up with Community Health Charities to raise awareness of mental health through WriteCause. Xiatoteng co-founded PinkU Japanese, a Japanese street food restaurant, and graduated from Cornell University in 2011. They’ll be attending their first board meeting in September.
Volunteer Toolbox: Shoebox for Support
Community Health Charities has an array of volunteer resources for your employees. This month’s featured tool is Shoebox for Support—lend a helping hand to individuals, children, and families experiencing homelessness. Find a shoebox and fill it with toiletries and other basic necessities.
Additionally, find volunteer opportunities by zip code and keyword through our online search.
Community Health Charities Welcomes New Board Members
Check out Community Health Charities’ library of campaign resources to help engage your employees and advance the causes you care about. This month’s featured resource is Casual for a Cause: Employees can donate $5 towards your workplace giving campaign for a sticker—available on the resource library—allowing them to dress down for the day.
For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources.
Do it for Dad: Take Action During Men’s Health Month
June is Men’s Health Month, and June 18 is Father’s Day. Did you know that this year alone nearly 1 in 4 men will die of heart disease and about one-half of all men will develop cancer during their lifetime? And it’s not just heart disease and cancer that are killing men, it’s mental health, addictions, diabetes, and other health issues too. That’s why it’s critical that we work to increase awareness, early detection, and treatment.
What can you do? There are a few easy ways to take action. Be sure to visit or call your dad and tell him how much you love and appreciate him on Father’s Day. Make a commitment to yourself to follow up with him to ensure he’s getting a regular physical. Send dad an e-card from ZERO, check out these health resources at Community Health Charities, or make a donation in his honor to his favorite charity. Don’t forget to read Tom Bognanno’s Huffington Post piece on his battle with cancer, “Skip the Tie and Help Save Dad’s Life this Father’s Day” and share with a friend.
“Spirit HR Gives” Reaches Hundreds of Employees
Spirit HR just announced a new partnership with Community Health Charities to launch its “Spirit HR Gives” program. The program provides a way for employees at client companies to support the participating charity of their choice.
5 Tips to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women. You can make these healthy changes to decrease your risk of developing heart disease:
Watch your weight.
Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure by limiting fried and high-fat foods.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get active. A 10-minute walk each day can even make a difference.
For more tips, visit the American Heart Association.
No Couch Potatoes! 12 Tips to Keep Kids Active This Summer
Experts say too many kids choose sedentary activities, like video games and television, instead of exercise. With a little planning, you can ensure your kids have their best, most active summer ever. Check out these fun ideas.
Rise in Prostate Cancer Deaths
Prostate Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, aside from skin cancer. Every 20 minutes, another American man dies from prostate cancer. In one year, that’s enough to fill a baseball stadium, according to ZERO: the End of Prostate Cancer. That’s why ZERO is advocating for revised U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and offering free navigation care to patients. Fewer men are being tested for prostate cancer. Early detection can save lives, so learn more about where to get a free screening near you.
Health Just Got a Little Easier
Community Health Charities just launched a new website filled with tools, health resources, volunteer opportunities, causes, and more. Join us to build stronger, healthier communities together. Check it out.
PTSD Can Happen to Anyone
We typically associate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with our military but it can happen to anyone. In fact, about 6 of every 10 men (60%) and 5 of every 10 women (50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Going through trauma is not rare nor is it a sign of weakness. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. Learn, connect, and share during PTSD Awareness Month.
Be Happier and Healthier by Adopting a Creative Lifestyle
Those who live creative lifestyles tend to be happier and healthier. A recent study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine provided proof that creativity actually generates positive physical changes in the body. Creating relieves stress, enhances brain functionality, elevates your mood, enhances your social life, and even staves off illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Learn how to tap into your creativity and other healthy habits.
Don’t Miss This Year’s Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship
Last chance! Join your colleagues from American Express, Coca-Cola, The Walt Disney Company, Walmart, and more at the 2017 Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship. This year’s conference on June 29 in New York City brings together CSR leaders to share the latest advances and thinking on employee engagement. Space is limited so register today.
Top Health and Philanthropy News
Employee Mental Health: The Diversity Issue No One Talks About – Digitalist Mag
Helping Your Employees Manage Headaches During Work— ContinuWell
Framing wellness programs for a diverse workforce – Benefit News
The Philanthropy World Is Embracing Impact Investing – Fast Company
We need to open up about mental health in the workplace – The Guardian
Know Women’s Philanthropic Preferences – NonProfit Times
BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Community Health Charities Join Forces
BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) and Community Health Charities recently joined forces to promote transparency and high standards of conduct among charities, especially in workplace giving campaigns. Through a new agreement, all of Community Health Charities’ more than 2,000 member charities must submit information for BBB evaluation and are asked to work towards meeting all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Check out the press release.
Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Community Health Charities Launch New American Indian Health Fund
Last month, Cynthia Rolfe, Community Health Charities board vice chair, unveiled the new American Indian Health Fund and partnership between the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Community Health Charities. American Indians are disproportionately affected by long-term health challenges that in many cases can be prevented through healthy lifestyle options, disease management programs, education and prevention resources, availability to health services, and research to improve care and treatment. The Fund will support Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, American Diabetes Association, Limbs for Life, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Camp Blue Hawk.
View Oklahoman and Journal Record media coverage:
Join Us for 2017 Employee Engagement Summit
Corporate citizenship professionals are invited to “The Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship” on June 29, 2017 in New York City. This annual Charities@Work event in its 16th year draws business leaders from across the country. Speakers include American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Doug Pitt (Brad Pitt’s brother), and many more. Check out the press release or register now.
Get the FAACTS on Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May
More than 24.5 million Americans are affected by asthma, including nearly six million children. Allergies affect over 50 million Americans, including as many as 15 million Americans with food allergies. There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Join the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America to raise awareness or learn more about the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT).
Change Your Salty Ways
American adults eat more than double the American Heart Association’s recommended salt limit. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease is to eat less sodium and reduce your salt intake. Find out how you can change your sodium palate and start enjoying foods with less sodium. Join us to Change Your Salty Ways in 21 Days.
Autism Goes Mainstream – But is it Enough?
The Huffington Post promoted Community Health Charities’ CEO Tom Bognanno’s recent blog featuring Autism Speaks, plus @HuffPostParents tweeted it to more than one million followers.
Read the post and share today.
Check Out Gallup’s State of the Workplace
The workplace is changing, and today’s leaders need employee insights to build an exceptional workplace. Gallup’s State of the Workplace Initiative provides leaders and organizations with analytics, advice, and science-based solutions that reflect the attitudes and behaviors of employees and their workplaces in over 140 countries. Download your copy today.
Volunteering Just Got Easier
- Find volunteer opportunities by zip code and keyword with our tool.
- Check out our new “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit with 17 easy onsite volunteer opportunities you can do without leaving the office.
Rev Your Engine in the Battle Against Breast Cancer
This month, to celebrate the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, and IndyCar Driver Pippa Mann’s fourth year of partnership with Susan G. Komen, Pippa launched a special auction to raise awareness and funds for Komen leading up to the race.
How Nonprofits Can Raise More Money
Our May Member Symposium featured tips and top strategies from Joe Waters, founder of Selfish Giving, on how nonprofits can identify the best companies to work with to raise more resources for their work.
Check out the webinar recording.
Fitness That Fits You
May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. Exercise can help ease arthritis pain, which is why the Arthritis Foundation created this helpful, customizable tool to help: Your Exercise Solution℠ — fitness that fits you.
Raise Your Voice During Older Americans Month in May
This month, the Administration on Aging is raising awareness about vital aging issues across the country through “Age Out Loud.” Speak up and out loud during Older Americans Month and use the hashtags #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud.
Who Let the Dogs In? – Forbes
If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It – Harvard Business Review
10 Dairy-Free Ways to Get Calcium – Prevention.com
8 Things You Need To Know About Shingles – Prevention.com
100 Recipes & Resources for Food Allergy Sufferers – GoDairyFree.org website
At American Express, Health Means Business
Nancy Testa, Community Health Charities’ board member and American Express Chief Diversity Officer, spoke at the recent U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Health Means Business National Summit about the important role businesses play in a culture of health. American Express has a unique partnership with Community Health Charities, providing custom educational content for employees on the most pressing health issues. Surveying employees before and after the educational campaigns demonstrates measurable increases in impact, awareness, and behavior changes. Nearly $226 billion annually is lost in productivity due to health-related issues every year, so healthier employees are a solid ROI for any business.
American Lung Association Wins Healthy10
Congratulations to our member charity, American Lung Association, for winning two Healthy10 awards for their innovative asthma and Lung Force initiatives. Read more.
Member Charity of the Month: American Heart Association
Community Health Charities is proud to support National Nutrition Month throughout March. Good nutrition plays a key role in leading a healthy lifestyle – and keeping your heart healthy. Combined with physical activity, what you eat can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of heart disease. Check out great tips from American Heart Association, and join the movement to be Healthy for Good: eat smart, add color, move more, and be well.
Health Tip: Feed a Fever or Starve a Cold
Whatever the illness, what you eat matters. If you are trying to recover from a cold or flu, limit your consumption of sugary drinks and snacks. Research has shown that eating refined sugar can temporarily suppress your white blood cells’ ability to fight off bacteria. Read more.
Chicago Health Heroes at Work Focuses on Current State of Health
Congratulations to Elkay Manufacturing, S&C Electric, Network Service Company, State of Illinois Employee Combined Appeal, and Echo Global Logistics for building stronger, healthier communities. These companies joined Cook County President Toni Preckwinckle, Senior Partner at Mercer Health & Benefits Kerry Finnegan, Covenant House CEO Kevin Ryan and other business and nonprofit leaders at Community Health Charities’ Chicago Health Heroes at Work event March 8. Check out the article, listen to the radio interview (starts at 22:00), or read the news release.
Corporate Partner in Focus: Accolade
Following the amazing success of Accolade’s MLK Day of Service, Accolade announced the “Accolade ImpACT Charitable Donation Campaign Kick-off,” its first annual campaign in partnership with Community Health Charities. Its employees will be able to make a charitable donation via payroll deduction to one of over 2,000 of our member charities. Congratulations to Accolade for its success and thanks for being a great workplace giving example!
Cause of the Month: It’s Your Choice
Research shows 83% of Millennials, and 70% of all U.S. employees, would be more loyal to a company that helps them contribute to social and environmental issues. Want to get your employees more engaged? Check out Community Health Charities’ customized causes.
Community Health Charities News
Understanding Workplace Donor Behavior webinar and slides are now available for review. Explore our proprietary new research on why and how people give, preferences for local versus national charities, what donors expect from charities, and what health issues donors are most interested in supporting. Additionally, we discussed what charities can do to increase trust, transparency and impact, as well as the latest employee engagement trends. Check out the full webinar recording and slides.
Blog Update: Check out Community Health Charities’ President Tom Bognanno’s most recent blogs on Huffington Post:
Congratulations to the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California on receiving a You Grant from the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation. Funds will support Camp Crescent Moon, the nation’s first and oldest summer camp for children with sickle cell disease.
Tie one on for Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month with The National Hemophilia Foundation as part of their Second Annual Red Tie Challenge in March. This initiative challenges Americans to get creative in wearing a red tie, while raising funds and bringing attention to the more than three million Americans that have a bleeding disorder. Join the challenge and tie one on here.
Why it’s time we paid employees to exercise at work – LinkedIn.com
The Pain You Can’t See: Erin Andrews Reveals Cervical Cancer Battle – mmqb.com
Zuckerburg Charity Buys AI Startup to Battle Disease – Yahoo Finance
Charitable Giving and Fundraising News
4 Reasons Companies Should Embrace March Madness Office Competitions – Entrepreneur.com
How corporations can be a force for good – The Washington Post
Millennial engagement: Youth are spurred by causes, not party loyalty – Yahoo.com
Digital Donors Changing Charitable Communications – The Nonprofit Times
What the Average American Deducts from Charitable Giving – Motley Fool
17 Million Reasons Why 2016 Was Great
Happy New Year! Take a look at all the amazing things we accomplished together in 2016 here. Thank you for your partnership, and here’s to an impactful 2017.
Accolades of Note: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Speaking of accomplishments, check out some of the awesome awards given to our member charity St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2016:
- Named a top children’s cancer hospital in the U.S. for the 6th year in a row in Best Children’s Hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report
- One of the top children’s cancer care hospitals in the U.S., Parents magazine
- Named a “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 6th year in a row, Fortune magazine
Five Member Nonprofits Named “Best Charities for Your Donations” by Consumer Reports
It is always a delight to see our member charities recognized by outside organizations. In December, Consumer Reports named five of Community Health Charities’ member charities as some of the best charities to donate to:
- American Kidney Fund
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
- National Psoriasis Foundation
- Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
View the complete article on ConsumerReports.org.
More Community Health Charities Members in the News!
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): How one mother helped her son and other children with mental illness – The Washington Post
- March of Dimes: March of Dimes Offers 9 New Year’s Resolutions on Healthy Pregnancy for Moms-to-Be – Yahoo News
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Maryland (MADD): Breathalyzer technology saves more lives when all offenders use it, study says – The Baltimore Sun
Corporate Member in Focus: Echo Global
This past holiday season, Echo Global Logistics, one of our workplace giving business partners, elected to give to charity in lieu of gifts to its employees. Thank you, Echo, for your generosity and leadership.
Member Charity of the Month: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
January 23–29, 2017 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, a national health observance for teens to dispel false beliefs about alcohol and drugs. Drinking and driving, or driving and drugging, has become an epidemic among teenagers.
In fact, a national poll of 11th and 12th graders found that more than a third of teens mistakenly believe they drive better under the influence of marijuana (As cited in Janet Loehrke, USA TODAY). For warning signs to watch for if you suspect a teen of underage drinking or to get statistics for your state, visit MADD.org.
Cause of the Month: Human Trafficking
Since 2007, the month of January has been observed as Sex and Human Trafficking Awareness Month per presidential proclamation. Now more than ever, it is imperative that businesses, communities and the government raise awareness of this epidemic. Learn more about the cause and resources available on our human trafficking resources page. You can also learn about Restore Her Heart, a project of Community Health Charities that provides funds to assist victims of human trafficking.
Health Tips: 3 Healthy Food Habits to Adopt in the New Year
Every New Year, many of us resolve to eat healthier. We substitute fruit for candy as our 3pm snack or start a health cleanse. Check out three habits to add to your list for better nutrition and overall better health.
- Drink more water – rather than consuming high-calorie soda, sports or fruit drinks, try water and add a spritz of lemon or lime for taste.
- Eat more whole grain bread and pasta – it will fill you up quicker and provide vital nutrients.
- Make better breakfast choices – skip fat and sugar-filled pastries for a healthier option.
For more details on fat and calorie consumption and suggestions of better food alternatives, check out our latest blog.
Community Health Charities News
In December, Community Health Charities welcomed Nancy Testa as our newest board member. Nancy is currently the head of Human Resources for the Global Merchant Services & Loyalty Group and was also recently appointed as Chief Diversity Officer for American Express. American Express is a long-term strategic partner with Community Health Charities, and we are so excited to have Nancy on board.
Check out Community Health Charities’ President Tom Bognanno’s Huffington Post article Tragic violence will continue until we make mental health a national priority on the airport shooting that took place earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the need to improve mental health services for veterans.
This past December, Community Health Charities celebrated with fellow federation partners the accomplishments of the Nashville Electric Service workplace giving campaign which raised nearly $120,000 from 2013-2016. Brandon Long of our Nashville, Tenn. office reported that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was the largest recipient of pledges for our portion of the campaign. Way to go!
Check out these fundraising articles of interest:
- Five Fundraising Topics to Master in 2017 – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- To Woo Millennials, Financial Advisers Turn to Their Charitable Side – The Wall Street Journal
- Americans’ Giving Has Continued to Drop Despite Recovery – The Atlantic
Health News: Check out these health articles of interest:
- Michelle Obama to Cede FLOTUS Title but her PHA Legacy Could Live On – The Christian Science Monitor
- Candor on Mental Illness Also Carrie Fisher’s Legacy – The New York Times
- Oprah is a Weight Watchers Powerhouse – Chicago Business Journal
Tom Ridge Joins Us to Lift Up Military Veterans
Tom Ridge, first Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, joined Heather Nauert of Fox News, Major General Mark Graham, Brigadier General Allyson Solomon, Marianne Downs from Lockheed Martin, and Kerri Childress from Fisher House Foundation for Community Health Charities’ recent veterans’ event. Our session Exploring Cross-Sector Collaboration to Advance Military, Veterans and First Responders’ Health at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Conference opened with a keynote by Ridge, followed by a panel on the critical physical and mental health needs of veterans. We also formally launched Hero’s Health, benefiting our member charities. Check out the resources and ways for your business or employees to get engaged, view event photos, and read our CEO Tom Bognanno’s post.
A shorter version appeared on the Chamber’s website.
Zika Response Featured in USA Today and CNN
Community Health Charities’ work on Zika Response to raise awareness and funding for March of Dimes and CDC Foundation was featured in a front page USA Today story as well as more than 90 other articles across the country, including Citizen Times and many others. Our CEO Tom Bognanno’s op-ed, “Businesses Must Step Up in Zika Fight” also appeared online on Huffington Post, plus check out our Spanish-speaking CNN en Espanol interview with Juan Carlos Lopez. We are currently offering Zika resources in both English and Spanish on our website, as well as our Zika Response Fund.
Fighting for Women’s Health
At the end of October, we launched the East Bay Breast Cancer Fund, bringing together Black Women’s Health Imperative, Sutter Health/Better Health East Bay and Susan G. Komen to change how we raise dollars for critical community health needs. In the East Bay, just outside San Francisco, Black, Hispanic and Asian women experience a higher loss of life to breast cancer. African-American women are estimated to be 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than Caucasian women, according to recent statistics. But many of these lives can be saved with increased access to screenings and early diagnosis. That’s why our goal is to help more women #GetScreened. We’ve already rolled out this fund in workplace giving programs in more than 150 businesses in California, including the City of Oakland and City of Berkley. Learn more about the fund:, read this blog post by Jim Hickman, CEO of Better Health East Bay, or check out some of the media coverage like this story in The Daily Californian.
A Holiday Care Package for Caregivers
Over 43 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for loved ones young and old. Check out our CEO’s Huffington Post blog with tips and resources for caregivers to handle everyday stress, the holidays, and getting the help they need.
#GivingTuesday Launches Giving Lab
In 2016, #GivingTuesday raised nearly $168 million. #GivingTuesday recently announced the creation of the Giving Lab, a resource portal that allows visitors to read, download, comment and engage with the latest research about giving from around the globe. To learn more, click here.
ELKAYCares Campaign up 22%
Community Health Charities is proud to be a part of ELKAYCares, a comprehensive community giving and volunteering program. Elkay’s 2016/2017 campaign results speak for themselves – this Community Health Charities campaign had a 22% increase over last year. The Elkay Manufacturing Company has more than 3,500 employees worldwide and is America’s number-one selling stainless steel sink company, including faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains, bottle fillers and cabinets. Learn more about the ELKAYCares program.