EngagementMatters365: Donor report shows health is #1 Email Newsletter Posted on: November 7, 2018November 7, 2018 KampCo Restaurants Give Back Nine KampCo locations across Oklahoma and Texas, including five Johnny Carino’s restaurants and four Kamp 1910 Café diners, are partnering with Community Health Charities and hosting Give Back Nights, encouraging customers to donate as they dine. “We have employees facing all kinds of health issues. As we look around at our employees and neighborhoods, and the communities around us, we see many needs,” said Randy Kamp, founder of KampCo. “We believe we have an obligation to use our resources to give back and we are excited to support such worthy causes and make a difference in our local communities.” KampCo will also donate 10% of proceeds at all locations for one night as part of their CHC campaign kickoff. DONOR REPORT SHOWS HEALTH IS #1 A recent survey of donors in the U.S. found that donors prefer larger, more recognizable nonprofits that provide health impact. Even though donors were not prompted with a list, 36% named a large charity, including ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Nearly 1 in 3 of those surveyed named a health-related charity, making health the number one supported cause FORBES: 5 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TRENDS YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING For the latest trends in CSR, check out our CEO Thomas G. Bognanno’s Forbes piece on how global corporate leaders are aligning social impact and employee engagement with business objectives. CFC CONTRIBUTIONS ANTICIPATED TO INCREASE Workplace giving, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), is alive and well. Our CEO Thomas G. Bognanno was recently quoted in a Federal Times article discussing the new digital direction of the CFC. “We are confident that as more charities and participants become familiar with the new system, CFC contributions will increase accordingly,” said Bognanno. Community Health Charities and our partners are the single largest recipients in the CFC, which has raised more than $8.3 billion since 1961. CHESAPEAKE FOR KIDS WEEK ENERGIZES EMPLOYEES Recently, Chesapeake Energy and its employees held a Chesapeake for Kids Week to raise funds for Community Health Charities, Special Olympics, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and Children’s Hospital Foundation Oklahoma. The week’s events culminated with a children’s movie night. Proceeds from donated concession items were contributed as part of Chesapeake’s CHC giving campaign, and children brought in their piggy banks to donate “Change for Change.” For more campaign special event ideas, check out our campaign tools playbook or contact us at [email protected]. CSR CENTER NEWS Check out the latest articles in our CSR Center: Corporate Social Responsibility: Making It Work for Your Organization’s Volunteer Program, including the webinar recording from Jerome Tennille, Marriott International. Health Benefits of Volunteering for the Employee Volunteer by Jessica Jenkins, Realized Worth Cultural Quantum Mechanics by Rebekah Bastian, Zillow Group The Science Behind Why Employee Giving and Volunteering Works by Chris Jarvis, Realized Worth Cross-Company Collaboration: Creating Regional Impact through Skills-Based Volunteering by Danielle Holly, Common Impact To read these and other articles from Kimberly-Clark, Continuwell, and Wells Fargo, visit our CSR Center. EngagementMatters365: Get Expert CSR Advice From Kimberly-Clark, Marriott, And More Email Newsletter Posted on: September 6, 2018September 6, 2018 New CSR Center Features Kimberly-Clark, Marriott, Wells Fargo, And More Our new CSR Center just launched, featuring insights and trends on engaging employees, building better corporate partnerships, and improving workplace culture from leading companies. Check out the articles: A New Hope: Engaging New Employees in your CSR Efforts by Erin Gollhofer, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Managing Results is Half the Leaders’ Job by author S. Chris Edmonds 5 Steps for Successful Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, featuring Jerome Tennille, Marriott International Why Employee Engagement Matters, featuring Charu Raheja, Continuwell & TriageLogic Group Why Employee Engagement Surveys Matter by Peter Dudley, formerly Wells Fargo, now Cancer Support Community 3 WAYS NONPROFITS CAN REACH DONORS DURING THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN The upcoming months are pivotal for nonprofits: The Combined Federal Campaign runs September 10, 2018 to January 11, 2019. We are hard at work connecting military and federal employees to your mission and finding donors passionate about your cause. Here are three easy ways you can take action to enhance our efforts during the Combined Federal Campaign: Email donors that have previously given to you through the CFC If you need your donor list, contact [email protected] Advertise your CFC number on the main page of your website and on supplementary materials Participate in charity speaking events at local government offices. Are you needing training or are unsure how to register for speaking events? Contact [email protected] Together, with the powerful support of more than 3.8 million military and federal workers, we are building stronger, healthier communities. Mark Your Calendars: Join Marriott To Maximize Your Corporate Partnerships Looking to increase the impact of your corporate partnerships? Join Jerome Tennille, Manager of Volunteerism for Marriott International, to learn how to best align with companies for mutual benefit: “Corporate Social Responsibility – Making it Work for your Organization’s Volunteer Program” on Tuesday, September 18 at 1:00 PM. Before the webinar, check out some of Jerome’s advice on creating successful corporate-nonprofit partnerships. REGISTER NOW Jerome Tennille is the Manager of Volunteerism for Marriott International, where he leads the company’s traditional and skills-based volunteer programs, ensuring they reflect the latest innovations, technologies, and best practices. This includes Marriott’s global week and month of community service, providing the framework, resources, and support needed for volunteerism efforts to be executed both globally and locally. Community Health Charities Partners With The OKC Dodgers For American Indian Health Pictured From Left To Right: Shelly Douglas, Community Health Charities; Governonr Edwina Butler-Wolfe, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, and Josh Hill, OKC Dodgers Play ball! Community Health Charities teamed up with the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board to support American Indian health. The three organizations hosted the American Indian Health Fund Night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Friday, August 17. Tickets for the baseball game were sold at a special rate of $16, with $2 of each ticket supporting the American Indian Health Fund. The American Indian Health Fund is a program founded by Community Health Charities and the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board that supports and improves American Indian’s health. Edwina Butler-Wolfe, Governor of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, threw the first pitch. Read the full article in Mvskoke Media. Support Community Health Charities’ American Indian Health cause to advocate for the health of American Indians. Support All Kids Going Safely Back To School September signifies one thing: The end of summer vacation. Kids across the country are filling up their backpacks, packing their lunches, and headed back to school. However, not every child has access to a safe, healthy learning environment: Every day, 160,000 students skip school for fear of being bullied. Nearly 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness annually, and many more face uncertain futures due to life-limiting conditions. Support End Bullying and Every Kid Deserves causes to help give every child a brighter future. EngagementMatters365: Increase Employee Productivity By 22% Email Newsletter Posted on: August 9, 2018 S&C ELECTRIC COMPANY RAISES $493,500 FOR COMMUNITY CHARITIES S&C Electric Company employees raised $493,500 for three organizations supporting Chicago, IL including $141,295 for Community Health Charities and our members. The campaign was funded by employee generosity and S&C Electric Company’s 150% company match. “We’re extremely grateful for S&C’s support of our mission,” said Thomas G. Bognanno, president and CEO, Community Health Charities. “Together with partners, we’re finding cures to save children with cancer, supporting our military veterans and first responders, and working to end bullying and human trafficking, which are difficult challenges. With S&C’s help, we’re one step closer to reaching these important goals in Chicago and across the country.” Prioritize corporate social responsibility and institute a workplace giving campaign. We have the resources and expertise to guide you from start to finish. ADAPT OR DIE: MOVING YOUR NONPROFIT FROM TRANSACTIONAL TO COLLABORATIVE As technology and donor demands continue to evolve, many nonprofits that were strong and successful in the past are now struggling and left with a particularly daunting decision: adapt or die. Community Health Charities President & CEO Thomas G. Bognanno shares his recommendations for how to make the switch from transactional to collaborative, helping your nonprofit remain relevant and increasing your impact into the future. JEA’S PROVEN METHODS FOR SUCCESS JEA, a publicly owned electric utility company, annually raises over $50,000 during their workplace giving campaign—peaking at $73,104. How do they do it? Passionate employees, an organizational culture of giving back, and following tried and true methods of employee engagement and workplace giving. Check out the Giving And Engagement Case Study: JEA for proven methods on engaging employees, communicating with employees, setting up your campaign team, fundraising, and more. LIBERTY DIVERSIFIED INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS BY GIVING BACK Liberty Diversified International (LDI), a Community Health Charities company partner, celebrated their 100-year anniversary this July. The celebration consisted of a 19-day “Great Gratitude Tour,” where the organization gave back to 17 cities and celebrated with millions of dollars in giving. The tour concluded with a Grand Finale that presented 15 LDI nonprofit partners with gratitude grants, including Community Health Charities and four of our nonprofit partners. We’re proud to partner with a company so focused on building stronger, healthier communities across the country. LDI’s campaign extended beyond community wellbeing to employee wellbeing as well, with 14 weeks of wellbeing resources in 100 Ways To Celebrate Gratitude Through Wellbeing. Contact us and access our campaign resources to organize opportunities for your employees to support their communities. INCREASE EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY BY 22% Employee engagement has never been more critical. Engaged employees are happier and 22% more productive (Harvard Business Review), yet most companies find employee engagement challenging. In fact, Gallup studies show 70% of U.S. workers are not engaged at work. For simple ways to enhance employee engagement and reduce turnover, including suggested communication methods, valuable tools, and company resources, check out “Engaging and Communicating With Employees: Empower, Communicate, and Engage Your Employees with Access to Resources.” This e-book was authored by Community Health Charities Board Member and Continuwell President & CEO Charu Raheja. Check out out our Tools For Engagement Guide for more ways to engage and inspire your employees. 3 CHALLENGES ON THE HORIZON FOR NONPROFITS Charitable giving is thriving at first glance—charities raised $410 billion in 2017. However, Chronicle of Philanthropy reporting indicates that this may be philanthropy’s peak due to limiting trends: The share of Americans who give to charity is declining. Giving has declined in all age groups—not only millennials. Nonprofits are increasingly relying on the wealthy. Community Health Charities is working hard to support our nonprofit partners and make it easy for companies and their employees to build stronger, healthier communities. Check out our resources: workplace giving campaigns, in-office volunteering events, and engagement activities. EngagementMatters365: Experts From Coca-Cola, Best Buy, and American Express Share Their Top Engagement Strategies Email Newsletter Posted on: July 19, 2018July 19, 2018 EXPERTS FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, JOHNSON & JOHNSON, AND MORE SHARE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES Thank you to everyone who attended the 17th Annual [email protected] Employee Engagement Summit June 27-28, 2018. The preconference sold out and the Summit was packed. Participants joined distinguished presenters from American Express, Best Buy, The Coca-Cola Company, Campbell Soup Company, KPMG US, Johnson & Johnson, and more leading global companies to discuss engaging employees and driving greater social impact. Let us know if you would like access to event materials and presentations. CORPORATE PARTNERS: OUR CORPORATE PORTAL LAUNCHED THIS WEEK Community Health Charities appreciates your time and diligence in managing your organization’s workplace giving campaign. To help you, we have centralized support services for our corporate partners with our new corporate portal. Register to create your account. Your account gives you access to update your workplace information and contacts, request nonprofit partner representation at campaign events, and review campaign reporting. We will continue to add features over time to enhance user experience and convenience. INCREASE EMPLOYEE RETENTION BY PRIORITIZING CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY It’s no longer enough for organizations to exist and create a profit—employees are expecting organizations to make a positive impact. 75% of US workers expect their employer to support groups and individuals and need in their respective communities, either through donations and/or volunteer efforts, reported a Glassdoor Study. Is your organization meeting industry standards? Whether it’s your first time running a workplace giving campaign or you’re looking to increase participation, Community Health Charities has the resources to help you meet your goals and increase employee engagement. BP EMPLOYEES TAKE 23 MILLION STEPS BP ran a One Million Step Challenge where employees who hit the mark over the course of a year were eligible for deductions in their health plans. In one year, 23,000 employees took over 23 billion steps collectively. For more ideas and resources to prioritize physical and mental health in your workplace, check out our Health and Wellness Guide . CHALLENGES ON THE HORIZON FOR NONPROFITS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP Charitable giving is thriving at first glance—charities raised $410 billion in 2017. However, Chronicle’s reporting indicates that this may be philanthropy’s peak due to limiting trends: The share of Americans who give to charity is declining. Giving has declined in all age groups—not only millennials. Nonprofits are increasingly relying on the wealthy. Community Health Charities is working hard to support our nonprofit partners and make it easy for companies and their employees to build stronger, healthier communities. Check out our resources: workplace giving campaigns, on-site volunteering events, and engagement activities. EngagementMatters365: Heat Up Your Employee Engagement This Summer Email Newsletter Posted on: June 26, 2018June 26, 2018 CSR PROFESSIONALS, DON’T MISS OUT: JUNE 28 IN NYC It’s your last chance to register for the 17th Annual [email protected] Employee Engagement Summit, chaired by Community Health Charities. Join leaders from American Express, Campbell Soup Company, the Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson and more to drive greater employee engagement and social impact. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with corporate leaders from across the country—the June 27 Preconference Peer-Learning Workshop is already SOLD OUT. Register now for the June 28 Employee Engagement Summit. CORPORATE PARTNERS, WE’RE LAUNCHING A CORPORATE PORTAL NEXT MONTH Community Health Charities values the time our corporate partners dedicate to building healthier communities and recognizes the importance of convenience in achieving our engagement goals. We are centralizing support services for our corporate partners by developing a campaign portal launching in mid-July. Within this new platform, campaign coordinators will have access to readily available resources specific to their company. Many features like the ability to update contact and profile information, access campaign tools and guides, request charity partner attendance at events, and view reporting will enhance our communications during every phase of the campaign process. Additional information coming soon to campaign coordinator email inboxes. COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES ELECTS OFFICERS TO LEAD NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Community Health Charities recently elected an impressive slate of incoming officers to lead the National Board and achieve the organization’s new mission to empower people to take action to improve health and wellbeing. “I could not be more proud to serve alongside these visionary leaders,” said Cynthia Rolfe, national board chair, Community Health Charities. “Each officer brings career experience and personal commitment to health and well-being. All the board members are honored to help Community Health Charities ensure our partners can build healthier communities far into the future.” National Board leadership includes: Cynthia Rolfe, Board Chair; Stephen Keith, MD, MSPH, Vice Chair; Kevin Clayton, Vice Chair; Linda G. Blount, Secretary; and Eric T. Jones, Treasurer. JILLIAN NIESLEY AND ROMANA ROLNIAK JOIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Community Health Charities is thrilled to welcome two new board members: Jillian Nielsey, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Community Impact, Comcast Corporation, and Romana Rolniak, Communication Manager II at Walmart U.S. They’re joining an evolving team of corporate professionals and nonprofit executives working to build stronger, healthier communities. STARTING A WORKPLACE GIVING CAMPAIGN? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Whether it’s your first time running a workplace giving campaign or you’re looking to increase participation, our Campaign Coordinator Guide has everything you need from starting the campaign to announcing its success. KICKSTART YOUR COMMUNITY IMPACT WITH GIVINGMATTERS365 Community Health Charities offers companies our own online giving platform, GivingMatters365, connecting your employees directly to the causes important to them through stories of impact, volunteer opportunities, goal updates and incentives, and more. “Protolabs has a commitment to making a difference in the areas in which we live and work. Partnering with Community Health Charities strengthens that commitment and provides a way for our employees to give back to local charities close to their hearts,” said Alex Sovell, an employee at Protolabs. “The giving platform [GivingMatters365], has provided an additional way to engage our employees in our Community Health Charities events. As a high-tech manufacturing company, we rely heavily on technology in our day-to-day and the platform is very user friendly for our employees.” Learn more about Community Health Charities’ flexible solutions to engage employees, reach CSR goals, and build healthier communities. COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES PRESIDENT & CEO JOINS ZERO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Thomas Bognanno, Community Health Charities President and CEO, has been elected to serve on the national board of directors for ZERO: The End of Prostate Cancer, a leading nonprofit with a mission to end prostate cancer. “I am joining with ZERO to help them end prostate cancer. The fact is every 18 minutes another American dies from prostate cancer—that’s 29,430 deaths per year. That’s enough to fill a baseball stadium,” said Bognanno. Thomas Bognanno is an advocate for men’s health, sharing his experience with prostate cancer to encourage men and families to prioritize their health. HEAT UP YOUR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT Summer starts next week: How are you keeping your employees engaged during the summer months? Change up your employee engagement program and take advantage of the warm weather: host a picnic during lunch, find outdoor volunteer opportunities, offer flexible hours on Friday afternoons, and prioritize your employees. Use our Tools For Engagement Guide and Year-Round Employee Engagement Calendar for more ideas to liven up your workplace this summer and our Health and Wellness Guide to keep your employees happy and healthy. Pick a cause for employees to support that is relevant to summer months, such as KOA Care Camps, Camps For Kids With Diabetes, Camps For Kids With Health Challenges, and more to help children facing long-term health challenges get the chance to be kids in a safe environment this summer. EngagementMatters365: Maximize The Impact Of Your Corporate Social Responsibility Email Newsletter Posted on: May 21, 2018 CSR PROFESSIONALS: YOU’RE INVITED TO NEW YORK CITY THIS JUNE Join us in New York June 27-28, 2018 for the 17th Annual [email protected] Employee Engagement Summit. The summit will explore challenges and opportunities facing CSR professionals, including igniting employee activism, increasing employee activism through NGO partnerships, leveraging CSR marketing channels to demonstrate impact, aligning employee engagement and corporate purpose, and more. Speakers include CSR experts from American Express, Best Buy, Campbell’s Soup, and more. Early bird registration has been extended: Register by May 21, 2018 to save $100 with the code EARLYBIRD2018. MAKE THIS YEAR’S WORKPLACE GIVING CAMPAIGN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ONE YET Looking to make this year’s workplace giving campaign the most successful one yet? Set a goal! Giving your employees a tangible goal is critical to motivating and inspiring your team. Our Goal Setting Guide helps you every step of the way, starting with realistic objectives, incorporating last year’s results, participation, and more. After you’ve set your goals, use our Tools For Engagement Guide to get your team excited about the upcoming campaign. DONAN EMPLOYEES EMBRACE GIVINGMATTERS365 Donan knows the importance of offering employees choice and a chance to give back to their communities. Donan offers employees Community Health Charities’ GivingMatters365 portal , an easy-to-use online giving portal, to support any nonprofit or cause important to them. This freedom has proven effective: The campaign raised an average of $25,000 annually since partnering with Community Health Charities, peaking in 2017 at $35,000. “The support of the GivingMatters team has rocketed the success of our campaign! The amount of attention and guidance they provide is top of the line,” said Heather Fuqua, Human Resource Generalist at Donan. Read Donan‘s full story and see how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging their employees. STAND WITH OUR VETERANS THIS MEMORIAL DAY There are 21.8 million veterans in the United States. That’s 21.8 million friends, family members, partners, and coworkers who risked their lives for us. After sacrificing and serving our country, many military veterans need to recover from both physical and mental wounds. Nearly 1 of every 4 active duty military members show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or other mental health conditions. They fought for us. Now let’s fight for them. This Memorial Day, volunteer to support veterans and their families; host in-office opportunities to thank veterans for their service; share health resources for military and veterans; and support Hero’s Health. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS THIS MAY Mental health affects everyone. Whether your loved one is living with a diagnosis or you’re struggling to manage daily stress, mental health is vital to your wellbeing. Prioritize mental health beginning with Mental Health Month: Share mental health resources. Support Mental Health and Wellbeing. Start employee engagement strategies in your office to minimize workplace stress; continue the trend of wellness all year with the Year-Round Employee Engagement Calendar. April 2018: Engage Employees Year-Round Email Newsletter Posted on: April 23, 2018April 25, 2018 NEW CAMPAIGN RESOURCE: 2018-2019 EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT CALENDAR Get easy ideas you can use every month, all year long, to increase employee engagement, show appreciation, and make a difference in your community. Check out the full calendar, with ideas from March 2018 through February 2019. REGISTER NOW FOR [email protected] Join American Express, Best Buy, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, New York Life, Ralph Lauren, Wells Fargo,and many more for the 17th Annual [email protected] Employee Engagement Summit June 27-28 in New York City. The event brings together more than 100 CSR leaders and practitioners from across the country to share the latest advances on employee engagement, workplace giving, and corporate citizenship to drive greater social impact. Register before May 14, 2018 for early bird pricing and save $100. INCREASE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT DURING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK It’s National Volunteer Week. This week, whether in the office or after work, take time to build stronger, healthier communities. Increase employee engagement by using our Volunteer On the Spot Guide to coordinate in-office volunteer activities, or use our volunteer opportunity locator to find projects in your area. Be sure to share your volunteer photos and tag @HealthCharities so we can amplify your post BUILD STRONGER, HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES THIS APRIL Next week is Every Kid Healthy Week! Not every child is fortunate enough to be healthy and safe in a loving home—but every child deserves to be. Support Every Kid Deserves and share health resources, and volunteer next week to improve children’s health and wellbeing. 1 in 68 children, and their families and loved ones, are affected by autism. April is Autism Awareness Month; share autism health resources with families in need. April is National Minority Health Month— support ending Health Disparities and share health resources. Too many individuals, children, and families can’t get the help they need or are disproportionately affected by poor health due to their economic status, race or ethnicity, where they live, and other factors beyond their control. Mother’s Day, May 13, begins National Women’s Health Week. Support mom and the women in your life through Women’s Health and women’s health resources. DAKOTA ELECTRIC RAISES OVER $29,000 BY OFFERING WELLNESS PROGRAMS YEAR-ROUND Dakota Electric Association leadership values employee wellness, focusing on keeping employees healthy and engaged all year—not exclusively during workplace giving campaigns. Read Dakota Electric’s full story and how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging their employees. VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: SHOEBOX OF SUPPORT You can give a helping hand to individuals, children, and families experiencing homelessness. Find a shoebox and fill it with toiletries and other basic necessities. This volunteer idea, and many more, are available in our Volunteer On the Spot Guide March 2018: Spring Into Good Health Email Newsletter Posted on: March 27, 2018March 27, 2018 REGISTER NOW: [email protected] JUNE 27-28, 2018 Calling all corporate responsibility professionals! Join us in New York City on June 27-28, 2018 for the 17th Annual [email protected] Employee Engagement Summit. Register now to qualify for early bird rates. CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Women have been making the world a better place for centuries— breaking down barriers, advancing research, and making life-saving discoveries. Now, it’s our turn. Honor their history by working to improve the future: Volunteer with Alzheimer’s Association, Susan G. Komen, and other charities supporting women. Support Women’s Health and help women live longer, healthier lives This Women’s History Month, continue the tradition of building stronger, healthier communities—for everyone. SPRING INTO GOOD HEALTH March is National Kidney Month. Use this month to get a kick-start on the National Kidney Foundation’s kidney-healthy habits that will help keep your kidneys (and you) running. March 28 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day: 9 out of 10 people at risk for diabetes don’t know it—take the Diabetes Risk Test today and learn more through our diabetes health resources. April 7 is World Health Day. Share health resources and support Health Disparities, ensuring that every individual, family, and child has the access to health resources they need VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: COMFORT KITS More often than not, families arrive at hospitals and homeless or women’s shelters with very little. Show them someone cares by providing Comfort Kits, ranging from goodie bags filled with playing cards and candy to new towel sets. Small in-kind donations can have a big impact. This volunteer idea, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit. CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: COUPON BOOK IDEAS Incentivize campaign participation by rewarding employees with a coupon of appreciation. Determine incentives to offer, customize the coupon template, and share with engaged employees. For more details and to explore the rest of our employee engagement tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources ELKAY MANUFACTURING INCREASES EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION BY 25% Research shows that 70% of all U.S. employees would be more loyal to a company that helps them contribute to social and environmental issues. Plus, our proprietary research shows that 85% of consumers prefer to give to local charities, making a difference right where they live and work. Maximize your employee’s potential by maximizing the impact they can have on their communities; it worked for Elkay Manufacturing. Read Elkay Manufacturing’s full story and how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging their employees. PARTNERSHIP WITH BBB WISE GIVING ALLIANCE HOLDS CHARITIES TO HIGH STANDARDS Our partnership with Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance promotes transparency and high standards of conduct among our charity partners. This ensures that our over 2,000 charity partnerships consist of only the most trusted health charities While filing your 2017 income taxes, keep in mind BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s fundamentals on claiming charitable tax donations. February 2018 Email Newsletter Posted on: February 26, 2018March 14, 2018 SFM Mutual Insurance Works Hands-On To Give Back Workplace giving isn’t solely about meeting CSR or company goals—it’s engaging employees by helping them give back to their communities. SFM Mutual Insurance knows this first hand. For their second annual giving campaign with Community Health Charities, the company focused on giving employees the opportunity to work hands-on with the charity partners they support. Read SFM Mutual Insurance’s full story and how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging with their employees. Thank You, Jaxport Jaxport, a full-service international trade seaport in Northeast Florida, presented Community Health Charities and other partners with $40,000 from their 2017 Charity Drive. Over the past ten years, employees have raised more than half a million dollars supporting North Eastern Florida. Celebrate Your Health February is American Heart Month. Nearly 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Chances are, your coworkers are living with a heart condition or know someone who is. This February, start some heart-healthy habits in your workplace. March is National Kidney Month: Celebrate your kidneys this month by keeping them healthy with National Kidney Foundation’s Tips on How to Heart Your Kidneys. American Diabetes Association Inspires New Giving Campaigns Two companies, Carman and Munich, started employee giving campaigns with Community Health Charities thanks to American Diabetes Association recommending us on their website. Be sure to talk about your partnership with Community Health Charities in your communications to encourage more organizations to join. The more we work together, the more we can improve health and wellbeing Make Plans To Attend [email protected], June 27-28 Volunteer Toolbox: Max Straps This month’s featured tool is the Mask Straps—they are used to improve the comfort level for patients required to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection or protect patients from infection. These mask straps replace the elastic band that comes standard on the mask. Patients say that flannel and fleece material feel much better against their cheek and cause far less rubbing than the original elastic band. This volunteer idea, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit. Campaign Resources: Olympics-Themed Campaign Plan This month’s featured campaign resource is the Olympics-Themed Campaign Plan. Kick off your workplace giving campaign with a breakfast of champions; host office competitions complete with gold, silver, and bronze medals; and hold a closing ceremony. For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources. January 2018 Email Newsletter Uncategorized Posted on: January 18, 2018March 14, 2018 New Year, New you! Three Ways To Give Back In 2018 This year, don’t make your resolutions about cutting back—make them about giving back. Give yourself mental and physical health. Give your time. Give your support. Read the full article. New Year, stronger, healthier communities. Receiving A Tax Cut? #GiveItBack Congress recently passed a tax bill reducing taxes for the majority of Americans. While this may be good news for some households, the tax change will double the standard deduction and may reduce the incentive to donate to charity—it is estimated to cost charities $12 to 20 billion annually. This year, if you’re benefiting from tax changes, consider giving back. Read more about #GiveItBack in the The New York Times. Help End Human Trafficking This January Human trafficking is a problem in the U.S. and around the world, affecting the most vulnerable: children in foster care, the homeless, those struggling with mental health issues, members of the LGBT community, or sexually abused individuals. Women and girls account for 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation (International Labour Organization Report). January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Support Restore Her Heart or establish a Give Now page to protect, rescue, and empower women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Share health resources to learn more about what you can do to help. An Event Every Day Is the Northern Tool + Equipment Way To keep employees engaged, Northern Tool hosted an event every day of their two-week giving campaign. It’s their fourth annual campaign with Community Health Charities. The events focused on giving back to the community, and included impact speakers and volunteer activities benefiting partner charities. The more lighthearted events included human bowling with tennis balls, candy grams, and birdhouse building for a charity partner. Read the full story and learn how more of our company partners are building stronger, healthier communities. FIGHT ADDICTION AND SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among U.S. youth, killing more than 4,300 each year. In 2010, there were 189,000 youth emergency room visits for injuries and other conditions related to alcohol. January 22 to 28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Support Mental Health and Wellbeing to provide hope and healing. Share addiction resources to offer help to employees or loved ones in need. HELP WOMEN LIVE LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer used to be one of the leading causes of cancer death for American women. Thanks to your support, the death rate has decreased over 50% over the last 30 years. A woman dies from cardiovascular disease every 80 seconds in the U.S. Friday, February 2 is National Wear Red Day. Wear red for women to advocate for more research and advances in cardiovascular health. Support Women’s Health and continue the fight to help all women live their healthiest, best lives. Unite Against Cancer More than 8 million people die from cancer each year. That’s 8 million too many. On February 4, unite to end cancer on World Cancer Day and share cancer resources with those in need and support our charity partners fighting to find a cure: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, Cancer Research Institute, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Fight to end cancer this February and create a Give Now page for your employees. PLEDGE OPERATION PREVENTION Community Health Charities proudly pledged to support #OperationPrevention, in partnership with Milken Institute, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Discovery Education to combat opioid misuse in schools, homes, and communities nationwide. The no-cost program offers resources for students, teachers, and parents to combat and prevent addiction. Pledge to spread awareness today. IN MEMORIAM: DR. MATHILDE KRIM Join us in remembering our charity partner amfAR as they mourn the loss of their founding leader. “On behalf of Community Health Charities, its staff and Board of Directors, I would like to convey our most sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Mathilde Krim. Dr. Krim’s greatest legacy will be her life of fearless and visionary leadership in awakening a sleeping world to the devastating realities associated with what became an HIV/AIDS global crisis. Her tireless commitment to find a cure is both inspirational and a clarion call to others to continue her fight against HIV/AIDS.” ~ Community Health Charities President and CEO Thomas Bognnano WISE GIVING WEDNESDAY: GIVING AT THE OFFICE Read the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance’s new piece “Giving at the Office,” featuring Community Health Charities’ President and CEO Thomas Bognanno. It’s part of our joint effort to promote transparency and high standards among charities. VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: KARDS FOR KINDNESS This month’s featured tool is Kards for Kindness. Make homemade cards for local military veterans, nursing home residents, children’s hospital patients, teachers, individuals with limited mobility, or those serving overseas. Veterans and the elderly often feel isolated, lonely, or unappreciated. Your words of encouragement offer hope and help them feel a part of your community. This volunteer idea, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit. CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: CAMPAIGN BEST PRACTICES This month’s featured campaign resource is our Campaign Best Practices guidelines. Learn how to increase participation and employee engagement through company champions, goal setting, incentives, special events, and more. For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out all of our Campaign Resources. December 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: December 17, 2017March 14, 2018 COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN: STAND FOR HEALTH There’s just one month left for military and federal employees to support their favorite charities with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). With the unprecedented back-to-back disasters plus CFC’s delayed start this year, support is needed now more than ever for our charity partners to defeat cancer, fight the deadliest diseases, and save lives. Check out Community Health Charities’ interview, “CFC givers have many military-friendly options. One expert suggests playing the long game” featured in Military Times, Army Times, Navy Times, and Long Island Technology News, reaching an audience over 1 million. Our charity partners, Autism Speaks, Arthritis Foundation, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, American Cancer Society, and Alzheimer’s Association were all included. MEDICA RAISES OVER $370,000 BY CELEBRATING, TOGETHER Together, we don’t just give—we celebrate! Community Health Charities company partner Medica’s 2017 “Together We” giving campaign didn’t just focus on fundraising. Instead, it focused on uniting the Medica community around a single cause: Together we can make a difference. The campaign kicked off with a picnic lunch with over 900 Medica employees. The lunch was emceed by “Medtallica,” a band comprised of Medica employees. When the bass player unexpectedly wasn’t able to attend, a board member stepped up and jammed impromptu with the band. Read Medica’s full story and how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging with their employees. TAX REFORM’S IMPACT ON DONOR COMMUNICATIONS Check out Community Health Charities’ CEO in “As Tax Changes Loom, Charities Encourage Donors to Give Now,” in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. “The message should be: ‘Give to us now because if this tax reform goes through, we could be in trouble in years to come.’ ” #HEALTHYSELFIE PARTICIPANTS DIRECT $1,000 TO CHARITY On Giving Tuesday (November 28), caring individuals submitted their #HealthySelfies on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for a chance to win a portion of $1,000 to direct to their favorite of our charity partners. Winners directed their contributions to Autism Speaks, Connecticut Legal Rights Project, and Mental Health America. Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s challenge, as we work towards building stronger, healthier communities together. GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND ENGAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES Looking to engage your employees? Help them support the causes they care about. The Better Business Bureau invited Community Health Charities’ CEO Thomas Bognanno to join the Better Series podcast to speak on engaging employees through workplace giving, volunteering, and overall wellbeing. Listen to the full podcast. SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 27-28, 2018; [email protected] SUMMIT Save the date! Corporate professionals are invited to the 17th annual [email protected] summit on June 27–28, 2018. The event engages corporate responsibility professionals and industry experts to discuss the latest ideas on enhancing employee engagement and citizenship initiatives. COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES HONORED FOR #GIVINGTUESDAY November 28th, 2017 was proclaimed Giving Tuesday by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Community Health Charities was honored at the proclamation ceremony for our involvement in this globally recognized day of benevolence. St. Mary’s County employees raised $9,000 during their 2016 campaign and are challenged to exceed contributions this year. VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: CAMPS FOR KIDS WELCOME PACK This month’s featured tool is the Camps For Kids Welcome Pack. Each year, more than 14 million children attend summer camp in the US. It’s a right of passage for many, providing outlets for independence and personal growth. For kids facing long-term health challenges, it offers life-changing opportunities to see beyond their limits to new possibilities. Grab a backpack, pillowcase or bag, and create a Camps for Kids Welcome Pack. This volunteer opportunity, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit. CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: JEANS DAY This month’s featured resource is Jeans Day. Host a “Jeans Day” event to engage employees and encourage campaign participation. Employees donate in advance or on the event day. Give them a sticker to represent their participation and share the impact. For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources. November 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: November 27, 2017March 14, 2018 WIN $500 BY POSTING YOUR HEALTHY SELFIE THIS #GIVINGTUESDAY As the holiday season approaches and you consider what you’ve been grateful for in 2017, #GivingTuesday is a great time to start thinking of ways to give back to your community and the causes important to you. This year, join us for #GivingTuesday on November 28 with one of our six ways to give and learn how to win $500 for a charity partner of your choice with a #healthyselfie. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAX REFORM AND CHARITY Read “Tax Reform Talk Muddies Giving To Charity: What You Need To Know” in NASDAQ and Investor Business Daily. The articles feature Community Health Charities’ CEO Tom Bognanno and his thoughts on how tax reform “would remove the tax incentive for some $95 billion of annual charitable giving and could result in a loss of up to $14 billion in donations.” SPORTSMAN’S GUIDE PUTS THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING The best way to incentivize employees? According to Sportsman’s Guide, it’s simple: Fun! Sportsman’s Guide doesn’t utilize traditional workplace giving campaigns—there are no payroll deductions. Instead, the company hosts a week of fun events designed to engage employees and get them excited about giving back to the community. All of the week’s fundraising goes directly to Community Health Charities. This year’s week of activity included a raffle for parking garage spaces, candy grams, and vacation time donations, a product sample sale, an impact speaker from a charity partner, a silent auction, and the crowd favorite: a carnival. Read the full story and learn how more of our company partners are building stronger, healthier communities. ADDICTED: ONE DOCTOR’S TAKE ON THE OPIOID CRISIS “The face of opioid addiction has changed. Although still in existence, images of the poor, minorities, derelicts, and those on the fringe of society have been replaced by images of the rich, famous, young, and white.” Read Dr. Frank James’ exposé on the addiction industry. 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 has raised more than $8 billion since its beginning in 1961, making it the world’s largest workplace giving campaign. The campaign runs through January 12—support Community Health Charities’ charity partners this campaign season! KEEP YOUR LUNGS HEALTHY: COMPLETE THE LUNG CANCER RISK QUIZ November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Take the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Risk Quiz and find out how susceptible you and your loved ones are to lung cancer. Then, take active steps to keep your lungs healthy. DRIVE FOR A CURE TO DIABETES THIS NOVEMBER One in 11 Americans has diabetes. That is 30.3 million people. November is National Diabetes Month. Whether you or a loved one are living with diabetes or are simply looking to learn more about the condition, check out our health resources and support Drive for a Cure. MANAGE STRESS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS In most cases, caregiving is a labor of love; however, the demands are undeniable. Being a caregiver requires a whole new set of tasks and commitments. November is National Family Caregivers Month. If you’re a caregiver for a loved one, prioritize your self-care this month. As the holiday season approaches follow the advice of our CEO’s Tom Bognanno on managing caregiver stress. TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMERS ARE WOMEN More than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s. Individuals over the age of 65 are at risk, and one in three people over 85 have been diagnosed with the condition. Almost two-thirds of people developing Alzheimer’s are women. November is National Alzheimer’s month. This month, take action to help your friends, parents, grandparents, and loved ones living with this disease. Learn the key symptoms of Alzheimer’s, share Alzheimer’s resources, and support Women’s Health. FOUR WAYS TO FIGHT FOR OUR VETERANS Out of an estimated 18.5 million military veterans in the United States, four million are living with a service-connected disability. One in four military members show signs of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, or other mental health condition. They’ve sacrificed and served our country. They fought for us. Now it’s time to fight for them. Find four ways to serve our servicemen all year long. IMPACT THE LIVES OF SUICIDE SURVIVORS 1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition. 1 in 5 youth experiences a severe mental disorder. 300 million people around the world are living with depression. Survivors Day is November 18. If you or a loved one is a survivor of someone who died by suicide, seek support this month. Utilize our mental health resources, support Mental Health and Wellbeing, and share your story of encouragement with WriteCause. GREATNONPROFITS NAMES COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES A 2017 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT Thanks to you, we’re a Top-Rated Nonprofit for the second year in a row! This means that you, our board members, our volunteers, and our donors chose us as a charity they love working with and trust. Thank you to everyone who shared their story and helped spread word of all the good we’re doing, together. VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: WAITING ROOM FUN BAGS This month’s featured tool is Waiting Room Fun Bags. It’s hard to sit still and wait in the hospital or doctor’s office. Help brighten a child’s day with busy bags or fun bags. Fill a sealed, zippered plastic bag with activities. Make bags age-specific but generic enough for a boy or a girl. This volunteer opportunity, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit. CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN This month’s featured resource is an Olympics-Themed Campaign Plan. Kick off your workplace giving campaign with a breakfast of champions; host office competitions complete with gold, silver, and bronze medals; and hold a closing ceremony. For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources. October 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: October 30, 2017 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. September 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: September 22, 2017 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. August 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: September 13, 2017 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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. June/July 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: July 1, 2017July 18, 2017 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 April/May 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: May 1, 2017June 8, 2017 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: “American Indian Health Fund Launched” “Fundraising Paramount to Boosting Tribal Health Care” 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 [email protected] event in its 16th year draws business leaders from across the country. Speakers include American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Doug Pitt (Brad Pitt’s brother), and many more. Check out the press release or register now. Get the FAACTS on Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May More than 24.5 million Americans are affected by asthma, including nearly six million children. Allergies affect over 50 million Americans, including as many as 15 million Americans with food allergies. There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Join the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America to raise awareness or learn more about the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT). Change Your Salty Ways American adults eat more than double the American Heart Association’s recommended salt limit. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease is to eat less sodium and reduce your salt intake. Find out how you can change your sodium palate and start enjoying foods with less sodium. Join us to Change Your Salty Ways in 21 Days. Autism Goes Mainstream – But is it Enough? The Huffington Post promoted Community Health Charities’ CEO Tom Bognanno’s recent blog featuring Autism Speaks, plus @HuffPostParents tweeted it to more than one million followers. Read the post and share today. Check Out Gallup’s State of the Workplace The workplace is changing, and today’s leaders need employee insights to build an exceptional workplace. Gallup’s State of the Workplace Initiative provides leaders and organizations with analytics, advice, and science-based solutions that reflect the attitudes and behaviors of employees and their workplaces in over 140 countries. Download your copy today. Volunteering Just Got Easier Find volunteer opportunities by zip code and keyword with our tool. Check out our new “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit with 17 easy onsite volunteer opportunities you can do without leaving the office. Rev Your Engine in the Battle Against Breast Cancer This month, to celebrate the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, and IndyCar Driver Pippa Mann’s fourth year of partnership with Susan G. Komen, Pippa launched a special auction to raise awareness and funds for Komen leading up to the race. How Nonprofits Can Raise More Money Our May Member Symposium featured tips and top strategies from Joe Waters, founder of Selfish Giving, on how nonprofits can identify the best companies to work with to raise more resources for their work. Check out the webinar recording. Fitness That Fits You May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. Exercise can help ease arthritis pain, which is why the Arthritis Foundation created this helpful, customizable tool to help: Your Exercise Solution℠ — fitness that fits you. Raise Your Voice During Older Americans Month in May This month, the Administration on Aging is raising awareness about vital aging issues across the country through “Age Out Loud.” Speak up and out loud during Older Americans Month and use the hashtags #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud. Health News Who Let the Dogs In? – Forbes If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It – Harvard Business Review Get Your Office Moving For Employee Health And Fitness Month – Forbes Workplace Wellness Programs Help Cut Health Costs – USA Today We’re Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That’s Bad For Business – NPR Why Getting the Best Sleep is Even More Important Than You Thought – Thrive 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 February/March 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: February 26, 2017 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 January 2017 Email Newsletter Posted on: January 1, 2017 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. 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 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 December 2016 Email Newsletter Posted on: December 1, 2016 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.