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