Companies Giving Back on Giving Tuesday and Beyond

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Featured this week: Arrow Electronics, BCBSMA; BCBSMN; Capital Power, CenterPoint Energy, Danaher, Dominion Energy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Flex, FM Global, Gallagher, Independence Blue Cross, LendingTree, National Grid, Nike, Qurate Retail Group, Target, TIAA, Travelers, and Wells Fargo

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As a senior community development advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Dallas Fed), Marycruz De León supports community partnerships in her district that are working to improve the region’s education/workforce outcomes and to promote digital inclusion. De León was recently featured in a Dallas Fed "Inspire Story," about forging cross-sector partnerships. “I love that I get to meet individuals that are passionate about helping their communities. It energizes me to watch and experience the good happening in our world.” Read more on her collaborative, community efforts.

Dominion Energy profiled Christian Stewart, a member of the Chickahominy Tribe and a student at Virginia Tech, who shared about his summer internship experience with the company. As a part of his internship, Stewart played a role in shaping the Native Pathways program, including how it will benefit potential tribal employees in the future. From working to update job postings — gearing them toward a younger, more diverse talent pool — to conducting outreach to Native American tribes and organizations for the company’s annual Diversity Student Conference, Stewart says these efforts mean a lot. “Growing up in the Chickahominy Tribe, the importance of family was really emphasized and having each other’s backs,” reflects Stewart. “I can say that Dominion Energy is the same way.”

Independence Blue Cross CEO, Greg Deavens, and Vice President of Community Affairs and Foundation President, Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, were among those named by The Philadelphia Tribune as Most Influential African Americans at a virtual event held on September 22, 2022. The event honored prominent Philadelphia leaders involved in education, business, health and community and religious organizations.

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This Giving Tuesday, Nike highlighted how its employees support global nonprofit organizations year-round. Since beginning the tradition in 2017, Nike employees and the Nike Foundation raised more than $22 million for NPOs on Giving Tuesday. Nike also celebrated its partnership with the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, a national, award-winning Native-led nonprofit that supports the health of Native American children. Nike will be collecting donations in stores through January 31, 2023, to support NB3’s community-driven and culturally-rooted programs promoting nutrition, physical activity, youth development, and cultural connections.

National Grid has entered its annual Season of Giving, starting off with a donation of $6 million to support its New York customers. The funds will go toward the company's Care & Share and Neighborhood Heating Fund, two energy bill assistance programs, and a new emergency food support program, Hearts Fighting Hunger. The program is the first of its kind, providing critical support to low-to-moderate income customers who belong to households experiencing financial hardship but just miss qualifying for the federally-funded Home Energy Assistance program. These households live on the edge of financial insecurity with an income above the federal poverty line but below the basic cost of living. The programs are expected to help more than 31,500 New York households or nearly 100,000 people.

Capital Power announced a $2 million contribution to the Build with Boyle initiative to help fund Boyle Street Community Services’ (“Boyle Street”) Okimaw Peyesew Kamik facility in Edmonton. The purpose-built facility will serve as a base for Boyle Street’s lifechanging support services for the community’s most vulnerable citizens. Capital Power’s contribution is dedicated to funding the new facility’s community kitchen and on-site housing needs.

“We’re honored to support Boyle Street Community Services in their mission to end chronic homelessness in Edmonton,” said Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO of Capital Power. “Their work to provide cultural, mental health, and family supports is critical for many of our neighbors in the downtown core. The Capital Power team is immensely proud to help bring the Okimaw Peyesew Kamik facility to fruition.” 

Wells Fargo donated $150,000 across four nonprofits to support the LGBTQ+ community in the wake of the tragic loss of life in the Colorado Springs nightclub shooting.

“We must unite together against hateful acts and support the LGBTQ community in this time of tragedy,” said Otis Rolley, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “So much more work needs to be done in fostering a greater understanding and challenging discrimination. We hope our support of these LGBTQ‑focused organizations in Colorado and nationally will help in advancing advocacy and education on the importance of inclusion. We stand as one with the Colorado Springs community.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, (BCBSMN) was recently recognized by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber as a 2022 Minnesota Keystone Program honored company. The state’s largest not-for-profit health insurer is the recipient of the Chamber’s large business award. “The corporate giving and volunteering programs of [BCBSMN] drive positive change in communities throughout Minnesota, with a strategic focus on advancing racial and health equity,” read a press release from the Chamber. One of the programs referenced was BCBSMN’s COVID-19 mobile vaccination buses. In 2021, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit to transform a fleet of six buses into mobile vaccination clinics that could reach populations facing barriers to care. In total, 375 Blue Cross associates volunteered to administer more than 7,200 vaccines in 42 counties. Additionally, BCBSMN worked to help seniors who were especially impacted by social isolation during the pandemic. 

Robert Half recently concluded its 20th annual Suit Drive, raising $300,000 for nonprofit organizations focused on education and employment, and providing support for thousands of professionals entering or re-entering the workforce. Since 2002, Robert Half employees across North America have helped tens of thousands of low-income job seekers by raising funds, sharing career resources, and collecting business attire for Dress for Success Worldwide and similar organizations. 

Robert Half employees also got involved by providing career advice via micro-coaching sessions, workshops and panel discussions; participating in the Dress for Success Virtual Power Walk to earn volunteer grants via Robert Half's Matching Gifts program; promoting a gift card drive for clothing, health/wellness items, and office supplies. "Our company values are rooted in doing what's best for our employees, our customers and our communities," said Lynne Smith, senior vice president of global human resources at Robert Half. "As we look back on the past two decades, I'm so proud of the work our teams have done to support Dress for Success and similar organizations by committing their time, expertise and additional resources to make a positive impact on the communities where we live and work."

At its recent Green Ribbon Commission Fall Meeting, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced its bold new climate action goals – commitment to carbon neutrality and zero waste by 2030. The company also announced the recipients of its 2022 Health Justice Partnership and Grant Program, in support of seven organizations dedicated to advancing environmental justice.

"At Blue Cross, we know that our overall health is intricately linked to the health of our environment," said Andrew Dreyfus, president and CEO, BCBSMA. "These are ambitious new goals. We are committed to improving our own operations and working with civic and not-for-profit leaders to accelerate environmental justice throughout the state to improve the health of our members, employees, and the community."

Danaher published its 2022 Sustainability Report which highlighted the progress of the company's sustainability program and announced  a new goal to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50.4% by 2032, compared to a baseline year of 2021—aligning to the prevailing climate science goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

"Every day across Danaher, we work to positively impact the world around us in meaningful ways," said Rainer Blair, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We feel a strong sense of responsibility to exceed the expectations of our stakeholders across the many facets of sustainability, and within this challenge we see tremendous opportunity to help all our stakeholders Realize Life's Potential."

Flex recently released its first Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures Report, emphasizing its commitment to transparency and attention to opportunities that help the low-carbon economy transition. The report provides a physical and qualitative transition climate change scenario analysis and corroboration that the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, and develop low-carbon products and services have placed the company in a favorable position. The company also reaffirms its commitment to halve its operational emissions by 2030 and dedicates itself to devising a plan to transition to net zero.

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Members from Arrow Electronics, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MassachusettsCenterPoint Energy, FLEX, Gallagher, LendingTree, QVC Inc, TIAA, Travelers, and the Walt Disney Company have recently registered for the 2023 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, happening this spring in Minneapolis, hometown of our convening sponsor, Target. Reserve your spot today!