How One Business “Lyft”ed Employee Participation To 90%

Based in San Francisco, Lyft is disrupting not only the transportation services industry but employee engagement as well. This month, the venture capital-backed company hosted a week of employee volunteer activities across the San Francisco Bay Area with an impressive participation rate of over 90%.

Read Lyft’s full story and how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging with their employees.

American Express Kicks Off Giving Season

American Express kicked off the giving season and their workplace giving campaign with its 4th Annual Bingo-a-Thon. Community Health Charities works closely with American Express and was proud to be a part of this year’s event. Approximately 500 employees attended the kickoff that included food, prizes, and the chance to hear from and meet representatives from American Express’ charity partners.

Check out Community Health Charities’ Campaign Special Event Ideas toolkit for inspiration and ideas to get your team engaged.

Improve Your Heart Health

Charu Raheja, Community Health Charities board member, had no idea she was at risk for having a stroke until it happened to her. She describes the recovery process like “being two different people in the same lifetime.” Read her full recovery story.

October 29 is National Stroke Day. Share Community Health Charities’ Heart Health resources, 3 tips to maintaining heart health, and Charu’s advice on surviving and thriving after a stroke.

Help Us Earn GreatNonprofits’ 2017 Top Rating Again

GreatNonprofits is honoring highly regarded nonprofits with their 2017 Top-Rated List. Thanks to you, we earned the award in 2016, and now we’re asking for your help again.

Help us boost visibility for the work we do together to raise awareness and resources for health by posting a brief comment. It’s easy and only takes three minutes! Visit our webpage on GreatNonprofits and share your story.

Have We Created A Culture Of Bullying?

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Do your part to create a safe environment for kids at school: read our CEO Tom Bognanno’s piece on Huffington Post; support the End Bullying cause, and share bullying resources.

Study Shows Decline

Fewer Americans are donating to charity. According to a study done by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, only 24 percent of Americans made a charitable donation in 2015—that’s six to seven percent less than a decade earlier.

The majority of charitable donations are coming from taxpayers who earn $100,000 or more annually—changes in the economy and giving patterns are to blame for the middle class’ decrease in giving.

So, how do we work together to build stronger, healthier communities? Find the causes that are important to your employees. Community Health Charities creates customized surveys  to help you discover the causes your employees care about. Plus, we offer volunteer opportunities, health resources, workplace giving campaigns, and more.

You’re Invited: Creating Effective Partnerships with Corporate Functions

Do You Know American Liver Foundation?

October is Liver Awareness and Liver Cancer Months. At a recent Community Health Charities’ event in Colorado, American Liver Foundation shared health resources and helped a woman whose husband is awaiting a liver transplant.

American Liver Foundation’s CEO Tom Nealon walks the talk. He’s raised over $1.5 million for research since running his first Boston Marathon for the American Liver Foundation on behalf of his friend Zac, a child born with liver disease.

Read impact stories about our charity partners.

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 is one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world, raising $256 million annually.

The campaign runs October through January—support Community Health Charities’ charity partners this campaign season!

American Cancer Society Is Attacking Cancer From Every Angle

 

American Cancer Society recently launched their new tagline: Attacking From Every Angle. The campaign focuses on everything the charity does to support those living with cancer, beyond research: free rides to treatment, insurance advice, lodging, and more.

That’s what American Cancer Society has been doing for over 100 years: funding breakthrough treatment and tirelessly supporting cancer patients. Check out their new website and videos.

Rebuilding Lives After Disaster

Whether it’s Harvey, Irma, Maria, or Las Vegas, stand with those working to rebuild their lives: volunteer your time, whether you live in the affected area or are helping from a distance, raise awareness, share resources for those affected by the disaster, and support Disaster Response.

Long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time and resources, as it is more than supplies and buildings—it’s rebuilding and restoring the lives of individuals, children, and families.

Support Women This October

Approximately 252,710 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Take action for your own health and support the women in your life—mothers, daughters, wives, and friends by: sharing resources, supporting East Bay Breast Cancer and Women’s Health, and learning more about the top health issues affecting women.

Prioritize Mental Health And Wellbeing

October 10 was Mental Health Awareness Day. Continue this mindset of overall wellness into the rest of October by supporting Community Health Charities’ Mental Health and Wellbeing cause and sharing mental health resources.

Volunteer Toolbox: Craft Kids

Community Health Charities has easy onsite volunteer opportunities for your employees. This month’s featured tool is Craft Kits. One of the ways St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital creates a warm and comfortable environment is providing arts and crafts for patients. The Happy Cart Project provides materials for children while they are receiving care in the hospital or waiting for a loved one.

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: Coupon Book

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 our Coupon Book: Incentivize campaign participation by rewarding employees with a coupon of appreciation. Determine incentives to offer, customize the coupon template, and share with your employees.

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

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

Community Health Charities was recently featured in the news for our anti-bullying campaign and workplace engagement initiatives. Read the articles here.

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.”

Watch the webinar.

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.

This volunteer opportunity, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit. Request access to the toolkit by emailing info@healthcharities.org.

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

Want To Be Happier And More Successful? Learn To Like Other People – Fast Company

According To Research, Here’s The Single Key To Improving Employee Engagement – Forbes

These 8 Companies Know the Impact of Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace – Entrepreneur

Employee Mental Health: The Diversity Issue No One Talks About – Digitalist Mag

Helping Your Employees Manage Headaches During Work— ContinuWell

The Healthcare Potential: IoT, Wearables and Beyond – Intel

Framing wellness programs for a diverse workforce – Benefit News

The Philanthropy World Is Embracing Impact Investing – Fast Company

Social Good Campaigns Are Here And They Aren’t Going Anywhere – Forbes

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.

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

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

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.