Amazon Provides $1M Donation in Support of the Red Cross for Critical “Right Now Needs” of Blood Donations

Amazon has announced a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross to help increase blood donations and reduce shortages. The $1 million donation will be in the form of Amazon.com gift cards offered to those who come out to give blood at critical times throughout the year to help meet patient needs. The Red Cross responds to emergencies every day across the country, whether it’s supporting a family after a natural disaster or helping to provide critical blood products to a patient in need. Right now, there is a…

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Points of Light and The Starbucks Foundation Expand Innovative Service Model in 20 Cities Across the United States

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, and The Starbucks Foundation announce the expansion of The Starbucks Foundation Service Fellows Program, an innovative service model inspired by national service. Following a successful six-month pilot last year, the full-scale program will expand to 7 new markets, reaching 20 cities and engaging 100 Starbucks partners (employees). The program is designed to provide needed day-to-day support to local nonprofit organizations while providing an opportunity for Starbucks partners to pursue their personal passion to get involved in their communities. “The…

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Save the Children Announces $1.5 Million Grant from GSK to Enhance Disaster Relief

Save the Children is pleased to announce that global healthcare company GSK will donate $1.5 million over three years to help enhance the global nonprofit’s ability to respond to disasters in the United States. The donation is aimed at maximizing the impact of Save the Children’s critical work, including helping to mobilize rapid responses to help children affected by natural disasters, strengthen the capacity of staff and volunteers and increase its efficiency through data system improvements. The announcement comes in the lead up to June 1, the official start of…

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Co-op raises £300 million in first for a UK retailer through a sustainability bond focusing on fairtrade

The Co-op, in a first for a UK retailer, has issued a sterling denominated Sustainability Bond. It has raised £300m and shall proceed to allocate proceeds exclusively on its work on supporting and promoting Fairtrade, including Fairtrade producers and their communities. The move underlines the Co-op’s unique focus on a better way of doing business which delivers real benefits for members, communities and investors. The Co-op’s leadership on Fairtrade comes as some other major retailers are scaling back their investment, a key source of support for communities around the developing…

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Local charities could receive £1 billion in deposits from cans and bottles

One in five people (20%) using a UK-wide deposit return system would donate deposits they’d paid on drinks cans and bottles to charity all of the time, according to a new survey carried out by ICM Unlimited and published on 30 May by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). This could result in annual donations of more than £1 billion to good causes. A further 19% of respondents said they would donate their deposits most of the time, and more than a third (34%) would donate at least some…

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