CVS Health celebrates #GivingTuesday by awarding $100K to nonprofits
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Health Foundation has announced the 50 organizations that were selected to receive a total of $100,000 in grants in celebration of #GivingTuesday to recognize their colleagues' spirit of volunteerism and to support the inspirational community-based work being done by nonprofits nationwide.
For the second year in a row, CVS Health colleagues were asked to nominate organizations that they volunteer with in their communities to receive a grant from the CVS Health Foundation. The foundation more than doubled its commitment this year, in response to the success of its 2013 campaign, which awarded 25 organizations with a total of $25,000 in #GivingTuesday grants.
Tuesday marks the third annual #GivingTuesday, a national campaign created to spark a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations who come together to support charitable causes, and encourages everyone to participate in a national day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Health Foundation's goal to make a positive impact in the lives of people by investing in local communities.
"#GivingTuesday reminds us that the holiday season is a special time of year to not only give back to our local communities but to recognize those who give back all year long through their commitment to volunteerism," said Eileen Howard Boone, president, CVS Health Foundation. "We're proud to support these organizations through our #GivingTuesday campaign and to celebrate our colleagues who volunteer their time for great causes in their local communities that have a meaningful impact on the lives of the people we serve each and every day."
Funding through the grant program will support 50 CVS Health colleague-nominated organizations nationwide, including:
• Clifton R Lewis Good Life Foundation Tolleson, Ariz.;
• Cutrano AZ Troop Run Phoenix;
• Junior Achievement of Arizona Tempe, Ariz.;
• Multiple Sclerosis Society Arizona Chapter Phoenix;
• Phoenix Children's Hospital Phoenix;
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central California Bakersfield, Calif.;
• Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Manhattan Beach, Calif.;
• Pediatric Therapy Network Torrance, Calif.;
• Always Brothers Fairfield, Conn.;
• Hockanum Valley Community Food Pantry Vernon, Conn.;
• Colon Cancer Alliance Washington, DC;
• Super Leaders, Inc. Washington, DC;
• Arc of the Nature Coast of Hernando, FL Brooksfield, Fla.;
• Boca Helping Hands Boca Raton, Fla.;
• Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida Orlando.;
• Greater Chicago Food Depository Chicago;
• Pat Tillman Foundation Chicago;
• Chicago Public Library (Harold Washington Library) Chicago;
• Toys for Tots Chicago;
• American Cancer Society (Relay for Life) Carmel, Ind.;
• Big Sister Association of Greater Boston;
• Hope in Bloom Dedham, Mass.;
• Lowell Humane Society Lowell, Mass.;
• Greater Lansing Food Bank Brighton, Mich.;
• VSA of Southeast Michigan Detroit;
• American Red Cross (Livingston County Chapter) Howell, Mich.;
• Autism Society of North Carolina Raleigh, N.C.;
• Special Olympics of North Carolina Morrisville, N.C.;
• Victory Junction Gang Camp Randleman, N.C.;
• Family Reach Foundation Parsippany Troy Hills, N.J.;
• Julia M. Bommer Memorial Trust (Julia's Butterfly Foundation) Wyckoff, N.J.;
• Connection for Women and Families (Pathways Women's Cancer Support) Summit, N.J.;
• Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Long Island Chapter Haupauge, N.Y.;
• Manhasset Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department Manhasset, N.Y.;
• Marfan Foundation Adopt-A-School Project Port Washington, N.Y.;
• Conversation Station Orwell, Ohio;
• National Hemophilia Foundation Lansdale, Pa.;
• National MS Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter Philadelphia;
• Horses with Hope Pittsburgh;
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State Cranston, R.I.;
• Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry Cumberland, R.I.;
• Operation Stand Down Johnston, R.I.;
• Shri Service Corps Pawtucket, R.I.;
• Tomorrow Fund Providence, R.I.;
• American Diabetes Association (Knoxville Office) Knoxville, Tenn.;
• Haven for Hope San Antonio;
• Kid Net Foundation (Jonathan's Place) Garland, Texas;
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas Irving, Texas;
• North Texas Food Bank Dallas; and
• San Antonio Food Bank San Antonio.
Shopper expectations spelling changes for Cyber Monday
NEW YORK — Is Cyber Monday losing its sizzle?
Black Friday may not be what it used to be in light of today’s retail landscape and economic environment, and it seems the same could be said for Cyber Monday, as today’s tech-savvy shoppers increasingly expect great deals online throughout the holiday season — not just on one day.
“For today’s shopper, every day is ‘Cyber Monday,’ and consumers want and expect great deals, especially online, throughout the entire holiday season — and they know retailers will deliver,” stated National Retail Federation’s president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retailers will still offer unique deals exclusive to Cyber Monday, but consumers also know shopping on Cyber Monday won’t be their last chance to find low prices and exclusive promotions.”
That’s not to say, however, that Cyber Monday isn’t projected to deliver some hefty results. According to NRF’s Cyber Monday Expectations Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics over the weekend, 126.9 million (52.3%) shoppers planned to shop online on Cyber Monday. That is down slightly from the 131.6 million who planned to participate last year.
Meanwhile, HookLogic — a provider of e-commerce performance marketing solutions that partners with retailers, online travel agencies, and automotive companies — is expecting to see “the biggest Cyber Monday ever.”
In fact, HookLogic predicts that 9 pm to 10 pm EST on Cyber Monday will be the busiest hour of online shopping in U.S. history.
While mobile retailing remains important, NRF reported that about 85% of consumers said they would use their at-home computers to shop online. This compares with about 19% who said they would use their mobile device.
Retailers are no doubt doing what it takes to compete on every level. For example, Cyber Monday started even earlier at Amazon as the online retailer kicked off some of the best deals of the year on Nov. 29, with new deals added as often as every 10 minutes. Also new this year, Amazon offered mobile app shoppers exclusive Lightning Deals on Cyber Monday.
Walgreens is promoting deals both online and in store, including “Cyber Week” deals. Such “Cyber Week” deals include the Spa Sonic Professional Skin Care System for $29.99 with a Balance Rewards card (regularly $64.99) and 30,000 points with the purchase of a FitBit Flex Activity Band.
Also promoting “Cyber Week” is Target. More than 100,000 items went on sale on Target.com on Nov. 30 and will run to Dec. 6. In addition, all Target.com orders will continue to ship for free through Dec. 20.
At Walmart, Cyber Monday shoppers could take advantage of such deals as up to 45% off electronics, up to 50% off toys and video games, and up to 45% off home and appliances. Walmart also offered free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
Shoppers at CVS.com can receive 25% off regular/non-sale priced items using the coupon code CYBER25 through Dec. 2. As part of this limited Cyber Monday sales event, CVS.com will also be offering deals up to 75% off on popular gift items, including a variety of beauty products.
“Retailers are taking on the growing demand of online shopping and doing what it takes to compete on every level, including mobile optimization of their websites and unique in-store experiences that marry the two channels more than ever before,” said NRF SVP and Shop.org executive director Vicki Cantrell. “Retailers have made the online shopping experience even more compelling this year by offering free shipping deals, low prices and enhanced buy online, pick up in-store programs.”
“Shoppers have been taking advantage of discounts throughout the entire holiday weekend and will still look for ways to capitalize on Cyber Monday as well,” added Prosper’s principal analyst Pam Goodfellow. “The convenience of shopping online and finding great prices and shipping promotions every day has changed how shoppers will approach their holiday shopping lists this year, but it’s safe to say millions will still expect some of the season’s best deals on Cyber Monday.”
Rexall launches campaign to help vaccinate children in northern Uganda
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — This flu season, Rexall has partnered with Amref Health Africa to launch “Shot For Shot,” a campaign committed to providing life-saving vaccinations to children that need it most. For every flu shot administered by a Rexall pharmacist, Rexall will make a donation toward delivering vaccines to northern Uganda, where vaccination rates are well below World Health Organization targets.
“We are proud to partner with Rexall to deliver much needed vaccinations to children in northern Uganda, a region with low childhood immunization rates. And, we are pleased to be working in partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Health as part of its scheduled vaccination campaign,” stated Anne-Marie Kamanye, executive director of Amref Health Africa in Canada. “Statistics show that vaccination rates in northern Uganda are well below World Health Organization targets. We are working with communities and the government to change these numbers and welcome the support of Canadians through Rexall’s Shot for Shot program.”
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the flu affects 10% to 20% of Canadians each year. While the majority who become sick do recover, it is estimated that approximately 12,200 are hospitalized and, on average, 3,500 Canadians die each year.