Giving Matters to The Port of Oakland Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: July 12, 2019July 12, 2019 Community Health Charities and the Port of Oakland have partnered for more than 20 years through their annual workplace giving campaign. Every year, Community Health Charities and Port employees unite to provide opportunities for a healthy future for individuals, children, families and communities in Northern California. To help improve campaign efficiency and employee participation this past year, Community Health Charities worked with Port of Oakland Executive Assistant and employee campaign coordinator Cheryl Ho to construct a customized donation platform through GivingMatters365. GivingMatters365 is a free tool for companies looking for help in managing employee pledges. It is self-sufficient, offers various levels of reporting and flexibility in campaign run times, and provides donor access to vetted, trusted charities or feature charities and causes that are important to your organization and employees. The platform tracks campaign progress in real time, ensuring campaign goals are met. After implementing this donation platform, the Port’s workplace giving campaign increased by 30 percent and raised $54,605. Thanks to the Port’s Social Responsibility Division who sponsored all administrative fees, 100 percent of the proceeds raised went to support the selected charities. “Building strong and healthy communities is important to the Port of Oakland. We understand that when individuals and families are thriving and healthy, they can pursue opportunities that increase their quality of life, such as home ownership, successful schools, reduced blight, and decreased crime rates,” said Ms. Ho. “Whether it is volunteering to clean up the coast line, supporting local after-school STEM programs, or encouraging a healthy lifestyle by sponsoring our employees to participate in our local running festival, we are fully committed to offering real hope for a brighter tomorrow for future generations. I know we can continue to create positive impact for our communities through our work with Community Health Charities.” If you are interested in running a workplace campaign, we are here to help. Whether you use our donation platform or any of our turnkey campaign resources or materials, Community Health Charities is with you every step of the way. For more information, contact us at [email protected]. Continental Resources’ Focus on Health is Paying Off for Employees, Community Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: June 24, 2019June 24, 2019 The promotion of health and well-being is a priority for Continental Resources. That is evident within the company and in the communities where its employees live and work. Continental’s annual fundraising campaign allows employees to choose where their money goes, while helping them learn about the organizations working to improve their community. Community Health Charities has benefitted from Continental’s Giving Campaign since 2015. “We enjoy working with Community Health Charities because it provides the opportunity for our employees to contribute to causes important to them and support organizations serving people with specific health issues that have impacted their own lives or families,” said Lesley Martin, the company’s senior director of community relations & events. “The ability to tailor their giving to support causes meaningful to them is a large part of why our Giving Campaign continues to grow.” During the company’s month-long 2018 Giving Campaign, Continental employees raised more than $325,000, marking an increase of more than $60,000 over the previous year and more than $100,000 over 2016. Department fundraisers – from bake sales, raffles and ice cream socials to email bingo and trivia night – are a popular engagement component of the campaign, bringing in nearly $76,000 in 2018, more than double what they accounted for in 2016. While Continental devotes an entire month to its Giving Campaign, company employees continue to engage with charities year-round by volunteering, thanking providers and raising money to support specific programs and initiatives. The company’s focus on building healthy communities extends beyond its annual campaign. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, the company’s founder, is a driving force in the quest to find a cure for diabetes. He is devoted to securing a healthy and secure future for all Americans. Continental takes proactive measures to equip employees and their families with the skills and resources to achieve healthy, active lifestyles. It has been acknowledged as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite and a Certified Oklahoma Healthy Business. Community Health Charities can help your company provide energetic and engaging campaign activities as well as empower employees to act year-round with our campaign resources. Contact us at [email protected] for more information. 100 Years, 100 Ways to Celebrate Gratitude Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: May 10, 2019May 10, 2019 Last year marked the 100-year anniversary for Liberty Diversified International (LDI), a Minnesota-based manufacturer of packaging, office furniture, and building products with facilities across the nation. The spirit of community and gratitude embedded in the company’s culture of caring was the focus of their 100-year anniversary activities, including their workplace giving campaign. To kick off the giving campaign, Community Health Charities (CHC) visited LDI’s headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota, to highlight partner charities and thank the company and its employees for their continued commitment to share their success with the community. The company also held mini-kick-offs for the various shifts at each of their locations. As a complement to their 100-year celebrations, CHC created a 100 Ways to Celebrate Gratitude Through Well-Being Guide for LDI employees. This guide empowered employees to further engage with the campaign through fun and educational activities that highlighted paying it forward. Each of the fourteen weeks focused on a different cause, such as physical fitness, financial fitness, mental health, children’s health, and more. In addition to the workplace giving campaign, company executives and advisory board members also celebrated by embarking on the Great Gratitude Tour, a 19-day journey that stopped in 17 communities where LDI employees live and work. Each stop of the tour featured thank-you events, activities and donations amounting to more than $1 million to national and local nonprofits, including several CHC partners. “We’re lighting the torch for the next 100 years, by working to inspire people across the country to share their gratitude, do good for others and get involved in their communities,” said Mike Fiterman, chairman of the board of LDI and grandson of the company’s founder. “We are a company born from gratitude. It’s a core part of who we are that continues to this day.” Employees are also encouraged to engage with the community year-round and are provided eight hours of pay a year for volunteering during the work day. “The well-being of our communities is important to us, and we believe it is our responsibility to contribute to their growth and vitality,” said Fiterman. “At LDI, we do our best to make the communities in which we live and work just a little better. And we encourage our employees to do the same by donating what they can, whether its dollars, cans of soup, hats and mittens, or that most precious of commodities – their time.” For ideas to engage your employees or launch your own gratitude movement, contact us at [email protected]. Raising $8 Million in 6 Years, the Heart of the City Beats Strong for Charities Blog Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: March 29, 2019April 3, 2019 Community Health Charities is celebrating a 30-year partnership with the City and County of San Francisco (City) and their annual “Heart of the City” Combined Charities Campaign. Working closely together, Community Health Charities successfully streamlined the campaign process for the City and aided their ability to capture and easily access campaign data this year. More than 15 percent of the City’s 33,000 employees participated in the annual workplace giving campaign, surpassing the $1.4 million goal. Plus, 22 percent of donors gave more than $500, raising 62 percent of the campaign total. Scheduled to end mid-November, the campaign was $200,000 shy of the $1.4 million goal. Community Health Charities worked with the City to prolong the campaign through #GivingTuesday and helped create an email blast to all employees announcing the extension and offering ways to participate in the global day of giving. Within a few hours on #GivingTuesday, the campaign raised $50,000 and secured enough donations over the next few days to surpass the campaign goal. The workplace giving campaign offered employees the chance to win donated items including a San Francisco 49ers Kyle Juszczyk Limited Edition Football, Peet’s coffee cards from San Francisco Municipal Executive Association, general admission passes to the San Francisco Zoo, a Sheriff’s K-9 Unit experience, and a tour of the dome at City Hall. A full list of the drawing results is available here. “I am honored to have chaired the campaign this year. I appreciate the thousands of employees who serve our residents, visitors, and businesses and proudly give back to communities both locally and globally,” said 2018 Combined Charities Campaign Chair and Director of People, Performance, and Development at the San Francisco International Airport Linda Yeung. “It was a great pleasure and wonderful experience working with Community Health Charities. Their partnership enabled us to deliver positive changes to the campaign process that aided in reaching our $1.4 million goal.” Employees have donated more than $8 million for charitable organizations over the last six years through this annual fundraiser. Pictured: Community Health Charities Development Manager Krystie Scull and 2018 Campaign Chair and Director of People, Performance, and Development at the San Francisco International Airport Linda Yeung JAXPORT Increases Employee Participation in Annual Giving Campaign by 30 Percent Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: March 14, 2019March 14, 2019 Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), a full-service, international trade seaport in Northeast Florida, just celebrated a 30 percent increase in employee participation in their 2018 Giving Campaign. Recently, JAXPORT presented Community Health Charities and other community partners with a check for more than $34,500. This year’s campaign marked a change in campaign leadership, and to encourage employee participation, JAXPORT held a drawing for Universal Studio tickets and Visa gift cards. The company also hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for employees, conducted their sixth annual golf tournament at Hidden Hills Country Club, and offered participating employees with a “Jeans Week” to wear jeans to work. “JAXPORT conducts this annual campaign to give our employees the opportunity to donate to health causes that resonate with them personally,” said Justin Damiano, JAXPORT’s Director of Government Affairs and 2018 campaign chair. “Their participation in this year’s campaign is evidence of the generosity of our employees, and of the heart they have for our community.” For more than 15 years, JAXPORT and its employees have partnered with Community Health Charities and other nonprofit partners to raise awareness and resources for health and wellness. During that time, JAXPORT and its employees have donated nearly $660,000 to support good causes in Northeast Florida. Rococo and The Manhattan Shares the Love with CHC Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: February 19, 2019March 27, 2019 Through their “Share the Love,” campaign Chef Bruce Rinehart’s Oklahoma restaurants, Rococo and The Manhattan OKC, will donate a percentage of sales one night each month, plus a percentage of special food and drink items throughout the month, to a different featured cause from cancer to children and everything in between. “We feel honored to be able to give back now through our Share the Love events as we have through other avenues for so many years,” said Rinehart. “We strongly believe in our community and helping whenever and wherever we can, and personally, we want to teach our boys to do the same. We really appreciate this partnership with Community Health Charities and the tremendous impact it is having in our local community.” Rinehart’s restaurants highlight Community Health Charities and causes through various promotions and events, including football game watch parties and entering patrons who brought an item from a charity’s wish list to the restaurant into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Rococo. “Our partnership with Chef Rinehart and his restaurants makes a difference to so many good causes,” said Thomas G. Bognanno, president and CEO of Community Health Charities. “We’re proud to partner and raise awareness and funds together to improve health and build stronger communities.” Chef Bruce Rinehart spent the beginning of his more than 30-year long career learning from the best kitchens all across America. His passion, however, is in his home in Oklahoma City, as evidenced by his numerous charitable works and his 2012 Beacon Award for Most Charitable Influence, and his new partnership with Community Health Charities to “Share the Love.” Interested in discovering ways to easily incorporate philanthropy in to your business model? Contact us at [email protected] and we can help craft a plan that will enable you, your employees, and your patrons to build stronger, healthier communities. KampCo Uses Cupcakes and Cause Marketing Campaigns To Give Back Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 13, 2018November 13, 2018 KampCo Foods is committed to keeping it local while helping raise awareness and funds to give back. That’s why KampCo Foods partnered with Community Health Charities to build stronger, healthier communities during the upcoming year as a part of the KampCo Gives Back campaign. KampCo locations provide Generosity Jars plus host monthly #KampCoGivesBack nights benefiting different nonprofits. These monthly fundraisers occur at all nine of KampCo’s locations across Oklahoma and Texas, which include five Johnny Carino’s restaurants and four Kamp 1910 Café diners. “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.” The company promotes a nonprofit or special cause each month and encourages employees and customers to get involved. Each location hosts a monthly Give Back Night where diners can donate as well. KampCo kicked off the partnership in September by donating 10 percent of proceeds at all KampCo locations to Community Health Charities. The company’s October Give Back Night benefited The American Cancer Society’s #Real Men Where Pink, and the Oklahoma City Chapter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. All month long a portion of sales from every strawberry cupcake was donated to support Breast Cancer Awareness. November’s charity, The Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma, is meaningful to the KampCo family. John Kamp, father of KampCo Foods founder Randy Kamp, suffered from Alzheimer’s prior to his passing on November 12, 2013. In memory of John, KampCo locations will donate proceeds from sales on November 12 to support the work to end Alzheimer’s. Check out the press release for more. *Pictured: KampCo Foods founder Randy Kamp Chesapeake Energy Energizes Employees Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 4, 2018 Chesapeake Energy, an oil and natural gas company headquartered in Oklahoma City, collaborates with local nonprofits to meet community needs and strengthen the places they call home. Currently, they have operation sites in six states: Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. 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, watching Peter Rabbit. 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.” These “give back” weeks continue throughout the year as a way to raise awareness and introduce employees to a variety of Community Health Charities partners. Interested in hosting give back weeks or a similar event? Peruse our list of campaign special event ideas available in our campaign tools playbook or contact us at [email protected] to help you find one perfect for your company! Oklahoma City Dodgers Hit a Homerun for Health Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 4, 2018November 6, 2018 The Oklahoma City Dodgers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, partnered with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Community Health Charities to host American Indian Health Fund Night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on August 17, 2018. The baseball team provided tickets at a discounted rate and donated $2 from every game ticket sold to the American Indian Health Fund, a collaboration between the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and CHC. Fans that attended received a free limited edition OKC Dodgers hat, game program and a post-game fireworks show. The fundraiser was so successful that the OKC Dodgers are already planning a repeat in 2019. “We consider ourselves an important community asset and we have 70 baseball games throughout every season that we try to identify groups of people that want to come out and have an enjoyable activity together,” said OKC Dodgers President and General Manager Michael Byrnes. “It’s interesting how everyone connects to the game of baseball.” The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board is a nonprofit in Oklahoma City that acts as the unified voice for the 43 federally recognized tribes located in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Community Health Charities raises awareness and financial resources for health and wellbeing. The American Indian Health Fund provides critical resources to improve the health of American Indians who are disproportionately affected by long-term health challenges that in many cases can be prevented. Read media coverage about the Fund launch or news and video about the OKC Dodgers partnership. JEA’s Proven Methods For Success Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 6, 2018 JEA, a publicly owned electric utility company, annually raises over $50,000 during their workplace giving campaign—peaking at $73,104 in 2014. 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. JEA’s 2018 campaign ran from April—June and was themed “Many Hands Doing What We Can To Help.” The campaign committee hosted a basketball tournament, charity walk, flag football tournament, and talent show to unite employees and excite them about giving back to the community. Community Health Charities also created personalized communications for JEA, including charity one-pagers, stories of impact, and sending charity speakers to JEA events. “At JEA, we have approximately 35 different departments that hold their own CHC rallies. These rallies can range from 15 people to well over 100. When a speaker from a CHC charity attends and speaks of the difference their organization can make in the lives of someone who is worthy of the assistance, it makes that particular charity seem ‘real.’ We can put ourselves in that person or family’s situation and can appreciate the love, kindness, support and friendship of those who give so much of their time to help others in need.”—Tia Kalina, Administrative Support, Brandy Branch Generating Station 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. Donan Engages Employees Across The Country With GivingMatters365 Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: April 23, 2018 Donan knows that the key to a successful workplace giving campaign is simple: Support employees giving back to their communities. The Kentucky-based forensic engineering company has 300 employees across the country. Despite the distance, the organization keeps employees engaged with GivingMatters365, Community Health Charities’ customizable online giving portal. The portal features Donan’s logo and campaign theme—“Let’s make a difference together.” Leadership means it when they say “together.” The organization offers a 50% match of employee contributions, helping employees enhance their impact on their community. Donan allows employees to use the GivingMatters365 portal to support any charity or cause important to them, ranging from Kentucky and other state based charities where they have presence, to our national charities, or our Signature Causes. This freedom has proven effective: The campaign has raised an average of $25,000, 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. “The GivingMatters sites allows our employees from coast to coast to participate and make a difference in their community and in addition allows Donan to make a difference in the employees community as well. We love our partnership with Community Health Charites!” Community Health Charities offers giving options, causes, campaign materials, and more. Learn more about GivingMatters365 and how our other customizable platforms could help your organization meet its workplace giving and employee engagement goals. Dakota Electric Raises Over $29,000 By Valuing Employees Company Partner Impact Posted on: February 8, 2018February 8, 2018 According to Forbes, 77% of employees believe health and wellness programs positively impact the culture at work, yet only 55% of organizations practice workplace wellness initiatives—Is your company one of the few not valuing employee wellbeing? Dakota Electric Association leadership values employee wellness, focusing on keeping employees healthy and engaged all year—not exclusively during workplace giving campaigns. At Dakota Electric, leadership listens to employees and their health concerns, and then invites local Minnesota Community Health Charities’ charity partners to the office for educational programs. Employees interact with the health issues that are important to them, engage with local charities, and learn healthy practices to use in their own lives. Dakota Electric holds these educational wellness events throughout the year. Dakota Electric’s consistent focus on health culminated during their 2017 week-long workplace giving campaign, Dakota Cares, with employees raising over $29,000 for Community Health Charities and other charities. Dakota Electric employees hosted a pledge drive and a variety of fundraising events, such as a sporting clay shoot, silent auctions, special meals, and more. “The employees stepped up to the challenge” President and CEO Greg Miller said. “It’s nice we can raise a significant amount of money to support these great causes. My thanks to the committee for all their hard work.” Want to impact and engage your employees? Learn how you can use the results to customize a wellness and giving campaign tailored to your team. ELKAY Manufacturing Increases Employee Participation By 25% Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: December 18, 2017December 19, 2017 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. Elkay Manufacturing has nearly doubled their workplace giving campaign since 2014, raising over $107,000 in 2017—a nearly 25% increase from their 2016 campaign. The secret? Providing ways for their employees to support the causes important to them. Community Health Charities provided Elkay manufacturing with charities relevant to the causes employees cared about both locally to company headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and nationally. The company matched pledges, making it easier for employees to have a large impact—and 49.4% of employees did. “The ease and efficiency allows employees to support charities important to them from East to West coast,” said Elkay’s Linda Carlisle of Corporate Communications. “Instead of writing hundreds of checks, we write one check annually and Community Health Charities disperses it.” To create a personalized campaign like Elkay Manufacturing did, utilize the Community Health Charities’ survey (this is a sample; we’ll customize one for you) to find the issues important to your employees. Then, work with a Community Health Charities representative to create a custom cause for your organization. SFM Mutual Insurance Works Hands On To Give Back Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: December 18, 2017December 19, 2017 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. Employees gathered in the office to pin teal ribbons to awareness cards for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, helping the charity spread awareness and resources throughout the year. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) giving tree was set up in the office’s lobby, with ornaments featuring wish list items for people hospitalized during the holiday season. Employees created glurch, a toy slime, for Fraser and the children and individuals it supports. The office also sponsored a family of seven living with cancer: In exchange for a $20 gift of support for the Angel Foundation, employees were permitted to dress down from the usual business casual to casual clothing for a week. SFM Mutual Insurance’s engagement strategy works—the previous year’s campaign raised over $13,000. Take a page out of SFM Mutual Insurance’s book—or our Volunteer on the Spot Toolkit—for your next campaign. Check out our volunteer opportunity locator to find charities in your area that need your help, and contact [email protected] to set up a workplace giving campaign of your own Employee Engagement: An Event Every Day is the Northern Tool + Equipment Way Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 6, 2017November 14, 2017 To keep employees engaged, Northern Tool hosted an event every single day of their two-week giving campaign. It’s the fourth annual campaign with Community Health Charities. The events centered on giving back to the community, and included impact speakers and volunteer activities benefiting partner charities. However, supporting the community doesn’t always have to be serious. The more lighthearted events included human bowling with tennis balls, candy grams, and birdhouse building for a charity partner. Northern Tool hosted a “thank you” breakfast on the last day of the campaign to show appreciation for employee participation. In addition to the daily events, Northern Tools’ team sent an email every morning updating employees on campaign progress and upcoming events. A fundraising thermometer in the lobby reminded employees of the progress they had made toward their goal, as well as the work that still needed to be done. The owners of Northern Tool generously matched employee donations, as they have each year. Northern Tool’s community focus doesn’t end with the annual giving campaign—it lasts all year. The company consistently provides outlets for its employees to work with the causes they care about. For example, full-time staff at Northern Tool are given a paid day off every year to volunteer with a charity of their choice, plus the company hosts holiday drives to collect toys and donations for local charities and shelters. Medica Raises Over $370,000 By Celebrating, Together Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 3, 2017December 13, 2017 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 with over 900 Medica employees. The picnic 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. The rest of the campaign was filled with events to keep spirits high, including a community showcase, raffles for parking spots, candy grams, service day projects, and a silent auction. The campaign ended with canoe races where the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners received a check to donate to their charity of choice, executives singing karaoke and a celebration of everything the Medica team did for their community, both volunteering and fundraising. Employees tied 20 blankets for a local charity partner, created 375 detergent packets, collected 500 bracelet kits for children in hospitals, and raised over $370,000 for charity partners. Looking to host a giving celebration like Medica? Use our Volunteering on the Spot toolkit to find easy volunteer activities, like Medica’s tie-blankets, to engage your employees and build stronger, healthier communities. How One Business “Lyft”ed Employee Participation to 90% Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: October 19, 2017October 25, 2017 Looking to engage employees? Try Lyft’s route: Promoting employee wellness and community involvement. Based in San Francisco, Lyft is disrupting not only the transportation services industry, but employee engagement as well. This month, the VC-backed company hosted a week of employee volunteer activities across the San Francisco Bay Area with an impressive employee participation rate of over 90%. Employees donated their time to help those in need – women, men, children— and even animals, with over 25 local charities participating in Lyft’s week of giving back to the community. Community Health Charities was a proud partner in Lyft’s employee engagement efforts and assisted with coordinating volunteer activities for Lyft employees: – Covenant House California – serving at-risk youth. Young people staying at Covenant House were invited to Lyft’s corporate headquarters for an executive panelist discussion on career paths, a company-wide outdoor barbeque lunch, and a tour of Lyft’s colorful offices. It was a rewarding experience for the young residents at Covenant House– inspiring them that anything is possible with focus and determination. – Ronald McDonald Houses of both San Francisco and Stanford – improving the health and well-being of hospitalized children and their families through supportive programs, such as housing and meals. Lyft employees prepared healthy dinners for resident families at two local Ronald McDonald House facilities – San Francisco Mission Bay and Stanford.. In addition, other Lyft employees assembled Halloween gift bags for the Ronald McDonald House children and their siblings. – WildCare – rescuing wildlife in Northern California. Lyft employees from all over the Bay Area rolled-up their sleeves to build and paint a climbing structure for one of WildCare’s permanent residents, a blind possum. It was a day of team-building and creativity, followed by a tour of the WildCare facility. – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – pioneering research and treatment for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital costs approximately $2.6 million a day to run, and there is no cost to be treated. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital relies heavily on donor contributions and fundraising events such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in late September. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s San Francisco office, Lyft employees rolled-up their sleeves again—this time to write thank you notes to generous donors and corporate partners who had participated in the Walk/Run. Michael Foods Involves Employees From Start to Finish Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: October 4, 2017October 13, 2017 How do you get your employees involved in workplace giving campaigns? Michael Foods does it by having them involved in the planning process from start to finish. Michael Foods is a seasoned Community Health Charities partner. They’ve found that their campaigns raise the most funds when employees join committees to handle campaign communication, monitor pledging, organize kick-off events, and more. This year, employees staffed the Buzz Committee to get the word out about upcoming campaign events. Employees emailed a video every morning with campaign updates, walked around the office selling compliments grams— sometimes even while wearing a chicken costume, put lollipops with campaign information on employees’ desks, and hosted a departmental can drive competition that collected canned goods to deliver to charity. The Events Committee organized an executive relay race, sold ice cream from an ice cream truck, and hosted lunchtime bingo to raise money. The best way to get your team excited about your campaign is by getting them involved. Check out Community Health Charities’ campaign resources and engagement resources to get your office more engaged. Spirit HR Gives its Clients a Way to Give Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: September 12, 2017 What’s even better than one workplace giving campaign? Helping your clients’ workplaces give to the causes they care about too! Spirit HR, a professional employer organization that businesses use to outsource employee management tasks like HR, benefits and payroll, partnered with Community Health Charities to do just that. Their online portal, Spirit HR Gives, makes it easy for employees at client companies to support the causes and organizations important to them. “We believe in supporting causes that help better the lives of those in our community and the Spirit HR Gives program is a perfect outlet,” explained CEO Dale Hageman. “Providing an easy way for our internal and worksite employees to contribute to their favorite charities is just another example of how we use our technology to enhance the employment experience. Learn more about workplace giving and the impact you and your employees can cause. Sportsman’s Guide Puts the Fun in Fundraising Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 29, 2017August 29, 2017 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. This was the first year Sportsman’s Guide hosted a carnival for employees. The event was held during lunch breaks and featured all the traditional aspects of a carnival: a variety of games, a prize table, authentic Mexican and Salvadorian cuisine, cotton candy, popcorn, and most importantly—a dunk tank. The carnival raised funds three ways: the purchase of tickets used for games and food, sales of an employee-created cookbook, and shots at the dunk tank. Management volunteered to be dunked, resulting in the dunk tank alone raising nearly $700! Participants could either pay $5 for 3 balls or $20 to simply push the button and dunk their supervisors. Giving back causes a serious impact, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it! Financial Services Company Makes Health A Priority Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 16, 2017 Amidst the 2007 worldwide financial crisis, a large financial services firm looked inward to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees during the chaos. What they found was bleak: Growing medical costs, underutilized employee wellness centers, lengthy medical follow-throughs, and poor medication protocols among employees. Their solution? Realigning company priorities—linking health and key top-line metrics. They partnered with Community Health Charities to support their transition: They emphasized employee outreach, hired dedicated medical teams, focused on individualized support, created health and wellness incentives, and tracked employee progress. The results? Employees were empowered to take control of their health: 85% of participants found the program extremely helpful. 32% saw a doctor. 54% started an exercise program. This led to reductions in healthcare expenditures, enhanced employee engagement, and reductions in healthcare expenditures. Employee wellness doesn’t just increase your bottom line—it increases the happiness and performance of your entire team. Perk Place Café Caffeinates For A Cause Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 16, 2017August 16, 2017 Jeff and Natalie Meyer opened Perk Place cafe three years ago in Oklahoma City with a simple business model: giving back. Since then, the coffee shop has expanded to two more locations in Oklahoma. Each of Perk Place’s locations donates 25 cents of every transaction to their desired charities. Along with their primary cause, 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; collecting an average of $400 per month for our charity partners. Thus far, Sharing Tree/Christmas Connection, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Limbs for Life, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Oklahoma have been highlighted. Our partnership has helped multiple local and national charity partners raise health awareness and resources. In the words of Perk Place, “generosity rules.” S&C Electric Company Grows Giving By 36% Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 10, 2017August 30, 2017 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. How’d they do it? Friendly competition. Departments competed to have the highest percentage of team members donate to the cause, no matter the size of the donation. The campaign theme was “Our Giving is Growing,” and the campus was covered in posters of trees with empty leaves. Departments earned differently colored leaves on the posters as their participation increased. Team members who donated $5 or more earned an “I’m a S&C Giver” t-shirt and an ice cream social at the end of the campaign—by then, the campus was a sea of t-shirts. Over 50% of S&C team members donated, causing the 2017 campaign total to grow by 36% from the year before. 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.