Corporate Friends of Children Past Winners
2004 Corporate Friends of Children
Citizens Financial Group Inc
Citizens Financial Group Inc. is one of the largest banks in New England, with some 850 branches in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Citizens is actively involved in its communities through partnerships with several local nonprofits, including Children's Friend in Providence, Rhode Island.
Navigant International, based in Englewood, Colorado, is the second-largest corporate travel management firm in the United States. Navigant's financial support has enabled The Adoption Exchange to expand its programs and find permanent homes for more than 400 children in foster care since 1991.
Hannaford Bros. Co.
Hannaford Bros. Co. is an upscale grocer with nearly 120 stores throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, upstate New York, and Vermont. Hannaford's charitable and community sponsorship programs have supported health, education, arts and cultural organizations, sports, and numerous civic programs, including the Community Counseling Center of Portland, Maine.
General Electric Company
General Electric Company, a diversified technology and services company with a presence in more than 100 countries, invests in educational opportunities and strong community organizations in GE communities around the world. GE initiatives have been benefiting Northeast Parent and Child Society, in Schenectady, New York, and the families it serves for more than 115 years.
2003 Corporate Friends of Children
Astoria Federal Savings
Astoria Federal understands the intrinsic value of investing in children, families, and communities, and supports a broad spectrum of initiatives--from health and human services to affordable housing. The organization prides itself on helping people achieve a better quality of life through education.
Ford Motor Company
Among its many charitable deeds and contributions, Ford has developed a program that provides dental care to more than 20,000 children in need, donated land for youth development facilities, hosted the largest fundraiser ever held for a single charity in Detroit's history, and provided early childhood and family education services for its employees.
By offering special benefits to employees who become adoptive parents--including a $5,000 reimbursement for related expenses, four weeks of paid leave, and resource and referral services--SAS has acted as a model for other corporations.
Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation, gives back more than $2 million a week to it communities through grants and special programs. That investment provides access, inspires dreams, propels achievements, and celebrates success among children, youth, and families everywhere.
Valentino's of America
Valentino's has a long history of support, leadership, and involvement by its owners and employees who sponsor work directly with a variety of youth organizations--most notably CWLA member agency Cedars Youth Services in Lincoln, Nebraska. The company's work sets it apart from other restaurant franchises as a true advocate for America's most vulnerable children.
2002 Corporate Friends of Children
Abbott Laboratories' liberal and generous adoption assistance is virtually unparalleled in the corporate world. Abbot reimburses employees up to $10,000 for expenses related to the successful adoption of a child. The key areas of interest for the Abbott Laboratories Fund are health, welfare, and education.
American Fidelity Assurance Company
American Fidelity Assurance Company prides itself on "delighting customers by exceeding their expectations." As an exemplary child- and family-friendly company, American Fidelity has delighted CWLA by exceeding our expectations for corporate citizenship.
Credit Suisse First Boston
Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) has partnered with Good Shepherds, a CWLA member agency in New York City, to provide tutoring and mentoring to high school girls in foster care. Beyond their work with Good Shepherds, CSFB employees help students earn high school diplomas, host a lunchtime literacy program for elementary students, provide an ongoing Career and College Lecture Series for at-risk youth, and teach inner-city youth how to write resumes and search for jobs.
Principal Financial Group
In one community in Iowa, Principal Financial Group helped establish a day care center serving low-income families, group homes for adolescents, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and a domestic violence shelter! With companies operating in more than 250 communities worldwide, and a giving capacity of nearly $7 million per year, just imagine the endless possibilities.
Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble's longtime national and international service to children, youth, and families sets it apart from other corporations. Whether it's establishing health care programs for mothers and children in Canada, improving special education programming in Malaysia, or teaching disabled children to ride horses in Southeast Georgia, P&G shines in its commitment to vulnerable children.
United Parcel Service
UPS employees go above and beyond to serve children, families, and communities--organizing food drives, working in soup kitchens, tutoring and mentoring youth, delivering meals to people with AIDS, and building homes with Habitat for Humanity. UPS workers are at the forefront of the national campaign to prevent world hunger; last year they distributed more than 250 million pounds of prepared and perishable goods to the hungry.
Selection Criteria for the Corporate Friend of Children Award
- Corporate personnel and management policies that promote the well-being of its employees and their families.
- Corporate giving and philanthropic activities that benefit children, youth, and families outside the corporate family.
- Corporate products that are not harmful to children and families or their physical and cultural environments.
- A sustained pattern of national, state, or local activities that benefit children, families, and communities.
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