Earlier this year we shared a story about a little girl, a kindergartener who Operation Warm was trying to help by giving her a larger size coat. The coat she had fit ok, but was starting to get a little snug and as all kids do, this girl was growing and would soon need a larger size coat to fit her. What made this story so heartwarming and heart breaking was how hesitant the little girl was to get a new coat.
At LIVESTRONG, we fight for the more than 32.6 million people around the world affected by cancer, right now. We believe you become a survivor the moment you are diagnosed—it’s a mindset, not an outcome. And for survivors in the midst of treatment, it can be a chaotic (and scary) process.
When the issue of childhood hunger is discussed, people usually imagine impoverished children in developing countries. But the truth of the matter is millions of children in America face food-insecurity.
As you can imagine, hunger isn’t prejudiced. It doesn’t care about gender, age, or ethnicity. It doesn’t know if you’re homeless or part of the working class. It can impact anyone.
Yet somehow, the issue of hunger in America has gone largely undetected.
Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For these children, simple surprises and joys of life are eclipsed by doctors’ visits, hospital stays, medical tests and treatments. The lives of their family members shift to a place of fear and stress. The desire to preserve limited childhood years and creating new memories as a family can seem daunting.
Your organization has grand plans for launching an employee giving campaign this fall. You know your employees are passionate about giving back to the community, and this year you vowed – VOWED – to empower them to support their favorite causes through a workplace giving campaign. But what happened? September is already halfway over. Where did the time go? Is it too late to do something?
Every September, childhood cancer organizations around the world come together in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, with a goal to increase awareness and raise funds for those affected by childhood cancer. According to CureSearch, each year more than 15,000 children in the U.S. alone are diagnosed with cancer.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. According to BrightFocus, over 50 million people live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in the world today, and if breakthroughs are not discovered, rates could exceed 152 million by 2050.
Raise awareness about and support hunger-related issues in Appalachia
Did you know that of the 13 states that make up the Appalachia, Kentucky has by far the worst poverty rate, and sadly, 20% of Eastern Kentuckians do not know where their next meal is coming from? CAP's Grateful Bread Food Pantry helps feed hundreds of families every month!
After employees donate through an employee giving program, then what happens?
The answer to that question begets a slew of other questions that employers need to consider when handling charitable funds from workplace giving programs.
The fact is, processing and disbursing charitable contributions is a complex process, with a number of risks and costs involved that can have significant, long-term ramifications on your business’ bandwidth, budget, and bottom-line.