Marriott International, Capital One and Berkshire Bank Share CSR Expertise

Don’t miss the latest CSR Center pieces by executives from Marriott International, Capital One and Berkshire Bank.
• Learn how to implement sustainability principles in “My Actions To Achieve a More Sustainable Future” by Jerome Tennille at Marriott International.
• Find out why it’s a moral imperative for successful leaders to sponsor other women in “Women and the Critical Role of Career Sponsors” by Katya Andersen, SVP of Card Customer Experience at Capital One.
• Learn how to achieve a 100% participation rate through “Employee Centered Corporate Social Responsibility” by Gary R. Levante, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Berkshire Bank.

Community Health Charities in the News

Check out our recent news coverage in the Washington Post, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and more, including:

Government shutdown impact on CFC 

Since the government was under a partial shutdown from before the holidays through the end of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) on January 11, we called an emergency meeting with OPM, CFC Outreach Coordinators, and other CFC partners last week. We are pleased to share the campaign has extended and will provide more details accordingly.

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KampCo Restaurants Continue to Give Back

KampCo is kicking off 2019 by continuing its partnership with CHC and giving back to our nation’s heroes. On January 29, KampCo will donate a portion of all sales to support CHC’s “Hero’s Health” cause.

“We’re very excited to be supporting Hero’s Health and Heart Health and giving back to people that have given so much for us,” said Randy Kamp, founder of KampCo. “It’s an exciting time to be able to support great causes that help great people and provide assistance when in need most.”

KampCo first started its cause marketing partnership with CHC in September 2018 and has since donated to a special cause once a month by raising awareness and donating 10% of proceeds at all KampCo locations across Oklahoma and Texas.

Do-Good Date Night 

A nationwide survey by our partner Leukemia and Lymphoma Society showed that volunteering enhances relationships and improves your love life. This Valentine’s Day and all year long, find volunteer projects near you with our Online Locator Tool. Or make it a group date and search our On the Spot Volunteer Guide for easy activities you can do with your family, friends, or coworkers.

7 Steps to a Healthier You: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

You are never too old, too out-of-shape, or too overweight to make healthy changes. And while it doesn’t take the start of a new year to institute healthy changes in your life, this is the perfect opportunity to think about the improvements you would like to see. Here are seven simple steps to help keep your resolutions.

CHC Board Member Awarded Gold Stevie for Female Entrepreneur of the Year

CHC Board Member and CEO of TriageLogic and Continuwell, Dr. Charu Raheja, was named a Gold Stevie winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services – in the 15th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Watch Dr. Raheja’s acceptance speech and post-awards ceremony interview.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.

There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis, and access to appropriate services lead to improved outcomes.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, be sure to learn the signs and help promote autism awareness.

Signs of Autism?

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism:

  • By 6 months:
    • Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions
    • Limited or no eye contact
  • By 9 months:
    • Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions
  • By 12 months:
    • Little or no babbling
    • Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
    • Little or no response to name
  • Any age:
    • Delayed learning of language
    • Difficulty holding a conversation
    • Poor motor skills
    • Repetitive actions or routines
    • Difficulty accepting change
    • Not understanding how to play or socially interact with others
    • Challenging behaviors involving sudden mood swings or aggression
    • Hypersensitivity to sounds or textures
    • Problems with eating and sleeping
    • Difficulty understanding other people’s thoughts and feelings

CHC invites YOU to help raise awareness by sharing our Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources, which provides access to autism tool kits, employment information, advocacy opportunities, support groups, and more.

CHC Board Vice Chair Joins NBA Cavaliers

Join us in congratulating Community Health Charities Board Vice Chair Kevin Clayton on his new role as vice president of diversity, inclusion and engagement for the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Read more about his exciting new opportunity.

Raising $8 Million in 6 Years, the Heart of San Francisco Beats Strong 

Working closely together for 30 years, Community Health Charities successfully streamlined the City and County of San Francisco’s “Heart of the City” Combined Charities Campaign and aided their ability to capture and easily access campaign data this year. We also provided support and expertise after encouraging a campaign extension to include a #GivingTuesday blitz that raised $50,000 in a few hours. Read more on how we partnered with the City, and helped them raise more than $8 million for charitable organizations over the last six years through this annual fundraiser.

CSR Pros: Network and Learn in NYC

Join The Coca-Cola Company, NBCUniversal, ExxonMobil, Best Buy, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Marriott International, Fossil and more at the 18th annual [email protected] Employee Engagement Summit June 12-13 in Times Square. CHC is once again leading this event which draws hundreds of corporate social responsibility and employee engagement practitioners from across the country. Topics include a shark tank to tackle your toughest challenges like increasing participation or measuring impact; aligning employee resources groups with social activism; the new frontiers in diversity and inclusion; and more. Register before April 30 to save $100 with code EARLYBIRD19:

Why Earth Day Is More Than Just a Day

Earth Day may be celebrated on April 22 but the activities you participate in on that day can help the world year-round. Check out our latest blog, “Why Earth Day Is More Than Just a Day,” to learn some earth friendly tips plus how the environment impacts your health.

How Will You Celebrate Volunteer Week

This week officially kicks off National Volunteer Week. If you’re still in need of volunteer ideas, check out our Volunteer On the Spot Guide for quick and impactful ideas. You can also visit our volunteer portal to find opportunities in your own community.

A CDC study revealed that excessive alcohol consumption was responsible for the death of almost 1 in 10 U.S. adults between the ages of 20 and 64. This means that approximately 88,000 lives are a lost to excessive alcohol use every year.

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, this April, Community Health Charities invites you to help us raise awareness. Below are facts and links to resources you can share to help empower individuals to lead healthier lives.

Alcoholism impacts physical health in a variety of ways:

  • Brain: Alcohol impacts the brain’s communication pathways, changing the user’s mood, behavior, decision-making, and coordination
  • Heart: Heavy use of alcohol, whether over time or once, can damage the heart and lead to high blood pressure and stroke
  • Pancreas: Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can lead to pancreatitis
  • Immune System: Chronic drinking weakens the user’s immune system, making them more likely to contract diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis
  • Kidney: Alcohol can cause changes in the function of the kidneys, making them less able to filter your blood and potentially leading to kidney and/or liver disease
  • Cancer: Clear patterns have emerged between alcohol consumption and the development of head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer

For more in-depth information on how alcoholism can impact your physical health, visit our kidney disease or addiction resources.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Community Health Charities is empowering individuals to take action by raising awareness about the signs of sexual assault.

The 2015 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reports that more than 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives.

Victims of sexual assault or sexual violence may demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Signs of depression
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Anxiety about places or situations that were not present in the past
  • Unusual weight gain or loss
  • Changes in self-care, such as paying less attention to hygiene and appearance
  • Increase in alcohol or drug use

Since sexual assault and violence a can lead to short and long-term physical and mental health problems, check out our mental health resources for access to hotlines, programs, and more.

Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, a global day of activism in support of environmental protection. According to the Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year.

Participating in Earth Day activities helps protect our environment, but did you know it protects your health as well?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that the environment can directly affect our health and wellbeing. Whether it is air or water quality, pesticide use, or sun safety, our bodies and minds are impacted by the environment.

For example, our partners at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America state, warmer temperatures in the U.S. have extended the pollen season 11 to 27 days longer since 1995.

Not to mention, the American Lung Association suggests that drought, wildfires, heat, flooding, pollution—the effects of climate change—already create serious threats to lung health.

Ways to Make an Impact this Earth Day and Year Round

  • Consider carpooling or catching public transportation for a smaller carbon impact
  • Visit our Volunteer portal to find opportunities help clean your community
  • Donate to one of our causes that support those living in communities who can’t afford clean water or those recovering from a crisis.
  • Plant a tree and start garden in your community
  • Start recycling at home and in your office
  • Switching to CFL or LED bulbs, which has a great impact on energy use

Community Health Charities is celebrating a 30-year partnership with the City and County of San Francisco (City) and their annual “Heart of the City” Combined Charities Campaign. Working closely together, Community Health Charities successfully streamlined the campaign process for the City and aided their ability to capture and easily access campaign data this year.

More than 15 percent of the City’s 33,000 employees participated in the annual workplace giving campaign, surpassing the $1.4 million goal. Plus, 22 percent of donors gave more than $500, raising 62 percent of the campaign total.

Scheduled to end mid-November, the campaign was $200,000 shy of the $1.4 million goal. Community Health Charities worked with the City to prolong the campaign through #GivingTuesday and helped create an email blast to all employees announcing the extension and offering ways to participate in the global day of giving. Within a few hours on #GivingTuesday, the campaign raised $50,000 and secured enough donations over the next few days to surpass the campaign goal.

The workplace giving campaign offered employees the chance to win donated items including a San Francisco 49ers Kyle Juszczyk Limited Edition Football, Peet’s coffee cards from San Francisco Municipal Executive Association, general admission passes to the San Francisco Zoo, a Sheriff’s K-9 Unit experience, and a tour of the dome at City Hall. A full list of the drawing results is available here.

“I am honored to have chaired the campaign this year. I appreciate the thousands of employees who serve our residents, visitors, and businesses and proudly give back to communities both locally and globally,” said 2018 Combined Charities Campaign Chair and Director of People, Performance, and Development at the San Francisco International Airport Linda Yeung. “It was a great pleasure and wonderful experience working with Community Health Charities. Their partnership enabled us to deliver positive changes to the campaign process that aided in reaching our $1.4 million goal.”

Employees have donated more than $8 million for charitable organizations over the last six years through this annual fundraiser.

Pictured: Community Health Charities Development Manager Krystie Scull and 2018 Campaign Chair and Director of People, Performance, and Development at the San Francisco International Airport Linda Yeung

Did you know that colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer? It’s also one of the most treatable cancers if caught early.

March is National Colorectal Awareness Month and CHC wants to help raise awareness year-round.  According to the American Cancer Society, Colorectal Cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., and on the rise for those 50 and under. Screening is key to preventing colorectal cancer, check for these signs and symptoms:

  • Rectal bleeding, dark or black stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Narrowing of stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas, pain, or feeling bloated)
  • Anemia
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • If you have Crohn’s, Colitis or IBS, you are at a high risk

Visit our cancer resources for additional information on how to reduce your risk, support programs for patients and caregivers and more.

Experts Discuss the Future of Workforce and Community Health

Community Health Charities recently held an invitation-only event in Atlanta, hosted by The Coca-Cola Company, for leading companies and organizations to discuss programs and projects that are seeing results and tangibly improving  workforce health and community resilience. Speakers included The Coca-Cola Company, Chevron, Georgia Health Policy Center, PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, and Black Women’s Health Imperative. Read more.

Save Your Seat for the 18th Annual [email protected] Summit

Community Health Charities is once again leading the CSR event of the year for corporate citizenship and employee engagement professionals on June 12-13, in New York City. This year’s themes include storytelling and demonstrating impact, harnessing employee activism, the latest trends in employee engagement, the new frontiers of diversity and inclusion, and more. Register before April 30 to receive the early bird discount with code “EARLYBIRD19.” Save your seat today!

Community Health Charities in the News

Check out our recent news coverage in the Forbes, Fast Company and more, including:

JAXPORT Increases Employee Participation in Giving Campaign 

Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) celebrated a 30 percent increase in employee participation in their 2018 Giving Campaign and recently presented Community Health Charities and other community partners with a check for more than $34,500. For more than 15 years, JAXPORT and its employees have donated nearly $660,000 to support good causes in Northeast Florida. Find out more.

Rococo Spreads the Love

Chef Bruce Rinehart’s Oklahoma restaurants, Rococo and The Manhattan OKC, recently launched a year-long partnership with Community Health Charities through their “Share the Love” campaign, which raises awareness and funds for local charities and features a different CHC partner every month. Read the full release.

Get a Head Start on Your Next Campaign Season

It’s never too early to start planning your goals for the next campaign season. Make this year’s workplace giving campaign the most successful one yet by checking out our Goal Setting Guide to get your mind on the right track. Let this guide help you every step of the way and get your team excited about the upcoming campaign.

Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), a full-service, international trade seaport in Northeast Florida, just celebrated  a 30 percent increase in employee participation in their 2018 Giving Campaign.

Recently, JAXPORT presented Community Health Charities and other community partners with a check for more than $34,500.

This year’s campaign marked a change in campaign leadership, and to encourage employee participation, JAXPORT held a drawing for Universal Studio tickets and Visa gift cards.

The company also hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for employees, conducted their sixth annual golf tournament at Hidden Hills Country Club, and offered participating employees with a “Jeans Week” to wear jeans to work.

“JAXPORT conducts this annual campaign to give our employees the opportunity to donate to health causes that resonate with them personally,” said Justin Damiano, JAXPORT’s Director of Government Affairs and 2018 campaign chair. “Their participation in this year’s campaign is evidence of the generosity of our employees, and of the heart they have for our community.”

For more than 15 years, JAXPORT and its employees have partnered with Community Health Charities and other nonprofit partners to raise awareness and resources for health and wellness. During that time, JAXPORT and its employees have donated nearly $660,000 to support good causes in  Northeast Florida.

Community Health Charities recently held an invitation-only event hosted by The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta to discuss local workforce health and community resilience and initiate solutions-oriented conversations.

Dr. Arti Aurora, Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, welcomed guests and spoke to the company’s focus on offering healthy beverage options.  “Ensuring we are building healthy communities is very important to us,” said Dr. Aurora. “We collaborate with more than 400 companies in the metro-Atlanta region because we believe in the power of working together in partnerships to invest in our community.”

Keynote speaker Karen Minyard, CEO, Department of Public Management and Policy, Georgia Health Policy Center, shared data proving zip code is often the biggest predictor of health status in the Atlanta region. She offered recommendations and implementation strategies for local businesses and others to collaboratively improve healthcare quality, access, and affordability, demonstrating clear return on investment in reduced healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism and improved productivity.

A panel discussion, moderated by Linda Blount, CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative and Community Health Charities board secretary, followed the keynote presentation and offered additional promising practices and an exchange of ideas on how companies can work together with health and community leaders to improve health outcomes for current and future employees.

“As a global community, companies need to come together to find a way to approach health that is consistent,” said Panelist Alex Cunningham, senior advisor for Chevron and Community Health Charities board member. “In the past, companies focused on direct costs and not on having happy, healthy workers. Today, we need to create cultures of health that leverage technology to allow people to work in ways that positively impact their overall health and wellbeing.”

Dr. Veda Johnson, Marcus Professor in General Academics and Pediatrics/Director for PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health focused on the importance of children’s health during the panel. “Every child who comes in to this world has the capacity to change the world,” said Dr. Johnson. “They are the legacy we leave behind and we need to invest more in them starting from birth if we expect them to be an effective workforce.”

Cynthia Rolfe, Vice President of Brand Strategy at Blue Cross Blue Shield (retired) and Community Health Charities board chair, thanked the presenters and the Coca-Cola company for hosting the event.

For more than 60 years, Community Health Charities has been raising awareness and resources for health, working with companies and organizations to build stronger, healthier communities. In 2019 and beyond, we’re focusing on improving the resilience and health of communities across the U.S., focused on addressing the root causes – social, economic, and environmental factors – that impact health. To learn more, contact Amanda Ponzar.

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Alex Cunningham and Charleeda Redman Join National Board


Alex Cunningham, Senior Advisor, Global Social Investment at Chevron and Charleeda Redman, Vice President at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, just joined Community Health Charities’ National Board of Directors. They will attend their first meeting in Atlanta, hosted by The Coca-Cola Company. For more on their impressive backgrounds, read the press releases for Alex and Charleeda.

Register for Employee Engagement Summit in NYC 

Registration is now open for the 18th Annual [email protected] Employee Engagement Summit, June 12-13 in NYC. This event brings together corporate professionals working in CSR and employee engagement to enhance their company’s social impact and network with senior leaders. Register now to receive the early bird discount, with code “EARLYBIRD19”. Space is limited.

Community Health Charities in the News

National Volunteer Week – Got a Plan?

Get involved this April 7-13 during National Volunteer Week. Start now by viewing our Volunteer on the Spot Guide and stay tuned for a special message that will give you everything you need to promote volunteer opportunities that help increase employee engagement, create positive team-building, recruit and retain employees, and provide visibility for your company. Let us know your plans for National Volunteer Week.

In Memory of Eric and Christine Rothschild

Read CHC Board Member Adam Rothschild’s personal story about losing both of his parents to ALS and Parkinson’s and learn why Adam and CHC are committed to improving health.

Through their “Share the Love,” campaign Chef Bruce Rinehart’s Oklahoma restaurants, Rococo and The Manhattan OKC, will donate a percentage of sales one night each month, plus a percentage of special food and drink items throughout the month, to a different featured cause from cancer to children and everything in between.

“We feel honored to be able to give back now through our Share the Love events as we have through other avenues for so many years,” said Rinehart. “We strongly believe in our community and helping whenever and wherever we can, and personally, we want to teach our boys to do the same. We really appreciate this partnership with Community Health Charities and the tremendous impact it is having in our local community.”

Rinehart’s restaurants highlight Community Health Charities and causes through various promotions and events, including football game watch parties and entering patrons who brought an item from a charity’s wish list to the restaurant into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Rococo.

“Our partnership with Chef Rinehart and his restaurants makes a difference to so many good causes,” said Thomas G. Bognanno, president and CEO of Community Health Charities. “We’re proud to partner and raise awareness and funds together to improve health and build stronger communities.”

Chef Bruce Rinehart spent the beginning of his more than 30-year long career learning from the best kitchens all across America. His passion, however, is in his home in Oklahoma City, as evidenced by his numerous charitable works and his 2012 Beacon Award for Most Charitable Influence, and his new partnership with Community Health Charities to “Share the Love.”

Interested in discovering ways to easily incorporate philanthropy in to your business model? Contact us at [email protected] and we can help craft a plan that will enable you, your employees, and your patrons to build stronger, healthier communities.

Everyone loves a romantic evening at a special restaurant with that special someone or just spending an afternoon cuddled on the couch with a good movie. But did you know that getting out and doing good is good for your love life too?

A nationwide survey by our partner Leukemia and Lymphoma Society showed that volunteering enhances relationships and improves your love life.

This Valentine’s Day and all year long, find volunteer projects near you with our Online Locator Tool. Or make it a group date and search our On the Spot Volunteer Guide for easy activities you can do with your family, friends, or coworkers.