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.

Learn more. Watch the event. Read the press release.

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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

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.

Health News

Who Let the Dogs In?Forbes

If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of ItHarvard Business Review

Get Your Office Moving For Employee Health And Fitness MonthForbes

Workplace Wellness Programs Help Cut Health CostsUSA Today

We’re Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That’s Bad For BusinessNPR

Why Getting the Best Sleep is Even More Important Than You ThoughtThrive Global

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:

Upset About the Refugee Crisis? Do Something
Tragic Violence Will Continue until we Make Mental Health a National Priority
9 Resources to Combat Human Trafficking

Member News

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.

Health News

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!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Eat more whole grain bread and pasta – it will fill you up quicker and provide vital nutrients.
  3. 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.

Blog Update

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.

Partnerships

 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!

Fundraising News

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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.

Plus, you can get involved in #MyGivingStory, a nationwide campaign and social media storytelling contest about why people give. The winners’ featured nonprofit organizations will receive grant prizes of $2,500-$10,000. Submissions will be open until December 31 at 5:00 PM (ET).  Learn more about #MyGivingStory.

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.