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Devin D. Thorpe

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Gander Group Parnters With kathy ireland® Worldwide For Empire City Casino 12th Annual Coat And Toy Drive

Press Release – November 14, 2018 – Gander Group is partnering with kathy ireland® Worldwide in support of the 12th Annual Christmas Spirit Coat and Toy Drive organized by Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, and its President/CEO, Timothy J. Rooney.

“Our organization is honored to participate in this cause. Bringing smiles to the faces of children and their parents is the highlight of this season for me. We are humbled by the generosity of this community and are committed to help anyway we can.” says Josh Blake, CEO of Costa Mesa, California-based Gander Group, one of the casino industry’s leading manufacturers and distributors of consumer products and national brands, which has donated thousands of toys to the annual charity event for eight consecutive years.

kathy ireland® Worldwide, which recently partnered with Gander Group for kathy ireland® branded products exclusive to the North American casino marketplace, will also partner with Gander Group for the Christmas Spirit Coat and Toy Drive. “We are thrilled to join Gander Group and Empire City Casino, in their effort and determination to make the Holiday Season a happy one for struggling families, and especially their young ones,” says entrepreneur/philanthropist Kathy Ireland®, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kiWW®. “I urge everyone to join our mission in ensuring that every child this Holiday Season has a coat to warm their body and Christmas toys to warm their spirit,” adds Ms. Ireland.

“There are no greater deeds than charity and service,” says Timothy J. Rooney, President & CEO of Empire City Casino. “No act of kindness or generosity is ever too small.”

The giving program begins on November 15 and continues through December 15. Donations will be accepted every day throughout the period at any of the casino’s promotions booths. Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats. The items will be donated to Catholic Charities and the Yonkers-based Aisling Irish Community Center to assist the organizations’ local families this upcoming holiday season.

The Coat and Toy Drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino, with more than 10,000 toys and 3,500 coats donated since its inception in 2007.

Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kiWW®

About Gander Group

Gander Group is a product development and merchandising leader in the US, specializing in the gaming industry. With nearly a century of combined marketing and product development experience, Gander Group has partnered with internationally recognized brands and hundreds of casinos across North America. Focused on ROI, profit margin, and customer retention, the Gander Group utilizes decades of expert know-how, data analytics, global logistics, obsessive quality control, extraordinary showcase-level creative, and a passion for getting their client’s the results they are looking for.

About kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®)

kiWW® is listed as one of the most powerful brands in the world by License Global Magazine. Kathy Ireland is named one of the 19 most influential women in licensing by License Global magazine and according to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. Furniture Today names Kathy one of the most influential leaders in the furniture industry. Kathy graces the cover of Forbes Magazine twice (2012, 2016). kiWW® is responsible for billions of dollars in retail sales. kiWW® is the recipient of multiple awards including several Good Housekeeping Seals. Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including: YWCA Greater Los Angeles for which she is an Ambassador, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEF, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kathy is named an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit or call 914.968.4200 for information.

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The Modelo Fighting Chance Project Launches with the International Rescue Committee to Create Economic Opportunity for Those Fighting to Succeed

Partnership Brings New Financial Opportunity Center to Dallas and Curriculum to 10 Cities Nationwide

Press Release – CHICAGO/NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2018 – Modelo, the beer brewed with The Fighting Spirit™ and enjoyed by millions of hard-working men and women, introduces the Modelo Fighting Chance Project dedicated to providing the support people need to achieve their full potential. The give back initiative, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), aims to make a positive impact in the lives of Refugees, Immigrants and Americans in need providing them with the financial tools and support they need to achieve their vision of the American dream. This three-year commitment totals $1 million, which includes donations and other efforts.

In its first year, Modelo’s donation has already funded a new Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) in Dallas. Through educational programs and job assistance initiatives, the FOC helps IRC clients integrate into their communities while building a foundation for lasting economic independence and financial success. The grant has also sponsored new training for financial coaches in 10 other IRC offices – Phoenix, Atlanta, New York, Baltimore, Seattle, San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Turlock, California – extending the partnership’s impact from coast to coast. Second- and third-year donations will be distributed strategically based on areas of greatest need.

Modelo has always been committed to honoring those with the fighting spirit – those who prove it doesn’t matter where you come from, it matters what you’re made of – by telling their inspiring stories through compelling and emotional advertising campaigns. Now, it is helping to enable and fuel The Fighting Spirit. Joining forces with nonprofits that promote economic empowerment, The Modelo Fighting Chance Project will focus on three key pillars: career development, financial stability and entrepreneurship. The IRC is the first nonprofit partnership forged through this initiative.

“Modelo consumers embody perseverance, grit and the fighting spirit to keep going in the face of adversity,” said Greg Gallagher, Vice President, Brand Marketing in the Constellation Brands Beer Division. “That same spirit lives within the IRC as they give people a fighting chance to succeed. We are proud to work with them toward our shared mission to give back to the people and communities who live the fighting spirit of our brand.”

“From reinvigorating local economies to adding to the cultural fabric of our cities and towns, refugees bring immense value to the communities they call home,” said Lauren Gray, senior director of institutional philanthropy and partnerships at the International Rescue Committee. “Now, more than ever before, it’s critical we build inclusive communities and ensure all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Partnerships, like the one with Modelo, reinforce that an investment in a refugee is one that ensures a stronger, healthier and more prosperous future for us all.”

Through a variety of programs including financial coaching, skill-building workshops, career coaching, business counseling and assistance earning industry-recognized credentials, the IRC gives people the resources they need to take control of their future.

“Our immigrant community in Dallas is part of what makes our city such a great place to live and work,” said Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings. “They help revitalize our city, drive our economy and contribute to our cultural and ideological diversity. The Modelo Fighting Chance Project’s partnership with the IRC is a key step toward efforts to integrate new residents into the city and our community. On behalf of the City of Dallas, we are appreciative of this investment, which I know will have real impact – today and into the future.”

To learn more about The Modelo Fighting Chance Project and its work with the IRC, visit and follow the social conversation with #ModeloFightingChanceProject.

About Modelo®

Born in 1925 in the small town of Tacuba, Mexico, Modelo has been brewing distinctive high-quality beer ever since, including Modelo Especial®, Modelo Negra®, Modelo Chelada Especial (TM) and Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante(TM). Modelo Especial is a golden, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager with a clean, crisp finish whose original recipe was first brewed under the vision to create a ‘model’ beer. As the #2 imported beer in the U.S., Modelo Especial recently surpassed 100MM cases sold in 2018. Modelo Negra is a Munich Dunkel-style Lager brewed with slow-roasted caramel malts for a rich, smooth taste. Modelo Chelada Especial is a michelada-style beer made with the refreshing flavors of tomato, salt and lime. Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante is a tomato-based michelada-style beer with the unique and authentic flavor combination of sweet tamarind and spicy chipotle peppers. The Modelo family of beers are exclusively brewed, imported and marketed for the U.S. by Constellations Brands.

About the International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 25 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the third-largest producer and marketer of beer for the U.S. market and the world’s leading premium wine company with a leading market position in the U.S. Constellation’s wine portfolio is complemented by select premium spirits brands. Constellation’s brand portfolio includes Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, Pacifico, Ballast Point, Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino, The Prisoner, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit

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The Meet Group Unites with Action Against Hunger to Feed Families

Press Release – New Hope, Pa. November 15 , 2018The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MEET), a public market leader in the mobile meeting space, has teamed up with Action Against Hunger to offer a limited edition virtual gift in its MeetMe, Skout, and Tagged mobile applications to help children and families suffering from malnutrition this holiday season.

Action Against Hunger has led the global fight against hunger for almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year. The organization is committed to doubling the number of children who receive urgent hunger care, from three million to six million by 2020.

“Nearly half of all child deaths worldwide are from causes related to undernutrition, and roughly 821 million people go to bed hungry every night,” said Catherine Cook Connelly, VP of Brand Strategy for The Meet Group. “This Thanksgiving season, we want to bring awareness to hunger as a global issue. Hunger is predictable, preventable, and treatable and I know our community will come together and support families in need.”

The custom gift will be available for purchase in the MeetMe, Skout, and Tagged livestreaming apps to help raise money for this worldwide issue between November 15, 2018, and November 30, 2018. For every Action Against Hunger gift sent to broadcasters, The Meet Group will donate $0.25, up to an aggregate of $10,000 to Action Against Hunger. For more details, click here.

About The Meet Group

The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET) is a portfolio of mobile social entertainment apps designed to meet the universal need for human connection. We leverage a powerful live-streaming video platform, empowering our global community to forge meaningful connections. Our primary apps, MeetMe®, LOVOO®, Skout®, and Tagged®, entertain millions of mobile daily active users, generating untold numbers of casual chats, friendships, dates, and marriages. Our apps, available on iPhone, iPad, and Android in multiple languages, combine product innovation with sophisticated data science to both entertain and connect our audience. The Meet Group has a diversified revenue mix consisting of in-app purchases, subscription, and advertising, and we have offices in New Hope, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dresden, and Berlin. For more information, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Wells Fargo Launches Second Annual Food Bank Program to Fight Hunger During the Holidays

Announces $4 million donation to Feeding America®, will collect food at bank branches and Mobile Pop-Up locations

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO – November 13, 2018 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today launched its second annual Holiday Food Bank program to help feed people and families in need this holiday season.

Wells Fargo kicked off the program with a $4 million donation to Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S. The company also will match up to an additional $1 million in consumer monetary donations to Feeding America, potentially bringing Wells Fargo’s total contribution up to $5 million. The organization estimates that, with every $1 contribution to Feeding America providing 10 meals, Wells Fargo will help secure more than 40 million meals for people in need. According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 8 U.S. households currently experience hunger, not knowing where their next meal will come from.

Feeding America also will help Wells Fargo collect thousands of pounds of food at bank branches and other locations and distribute them to local food banks across the U.S.

“Food insecurity is a very real issue in too many communities, and it feels even more urgent during the holidays,” said Jon Campbell, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “Wells Fargo believes we’re in a position to help move people and families out of poverty and build financial stability. And it starts with ensuring that all people have access to basic human needs — stable housing, food, education, and steady employment. Through our annual Holiday Food Bank, we are combining the power of our extensive branch network, the generosity of our customers, the enthusiasm of Wells Fargo volunteers, and the expertise of community food banks to make the season a little brighter for those who need it most.”

Building upon the success of last year’s holiday food bank program, which collected more than 251,000 pounds of food, Wells Fargo encourages its customers, team members, and the communities it serves to join in this year’s effort to “give what you can” this holiday season.

Between Nov. 13 and Dec. 31, people can join this effort by:

  • Donating non-perishable goods at one of 5,700 Wells Fargo branch bank locations or at Mobile Pop-Up food banks in nine cities across the U.S.
  • Making a monetary donation to Feeding America through the Wells Fargo ATM or online at Wells Fargo credit card customers can donate Go Far rewards points in support of Feeding America or the nonprofit partner of their choice. Each $1 in rewards equals 1 point.
  • Volunteering their time at one of Feeding America’s 200 member food banks around the U.S.

“America has a hunger problem. There are people struggling with hunger in every single county in the United States. The hidden face of hunger could be a coworker, an elderly neighbor or a classmate,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “The weight of hunger is particularly challenging during the holidays. Feeding America is proud to partner with Wells Fargo to help people who face hunger in communities across the country. We hope everyone is inspired to support their neighbors in need by giving what they can through the Wells Fargo Holiday Food Bank program.”

Mobile Pop-Up food bank locations include Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. For a full schedule, please visit

During last year’s Holiday Food Bank program, Wells Fargo team members volunteered more than 7,000 hours at local food banks and expects to increase that support this year.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,950 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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Business Breaking Chains: N2 Publishing Donates Millions To Help Free Victims Of Human Trafficking

N2 Publishing and its giving program N2GIVES donates to 30 Nonprofits to enable the rescue of modern-day slaves

Press Release – (WILMINGTON, NC) November 13, 2018 – For the third consecutive year, N2 Publishing has announced a multimillion-dollar donation to nonprofit organizations fighting human trafficking and restoring hope to victims. The national media company will gift 30 nonprofit partners a combined $3 million.

While there are countless worthy causes for companies to support, N2 has committed to donating two percent of total revenue each year to what’s often referred to as the greatest injustice of our time: human trafficking.

Modern-day slavery is a reality that an estimated 40 million people are facing across the globe, in the U.S., and even in our own hometowns. N2GIVES supports organizations fighting trafficking overseas, but also nonprofits who crack down on forced labor and sex trafficking in unassuming American communities.

“To fight human trafficking, it takes people who are willing to go, but also people who are willing to send,” said Duane Hixon, CEO of N2 Publishing. “Everyone can play a part, and as a for-profit business, N2’s role is clear: We are going to financially support many of the best organizations that bring hope and justice to those often ignored.” To hear about the root of Hixon’s passion for fighting human trafficking, watch this short clip. To hear Hixon discuss corporate philanthropy, click here.

N2GIVES first partnered with anti-human trafficking nonprofits in 2017 through a donation of $2.2 million. In 2018, their annual giving totaled $2.5 million, not including the donation of a home now used as an emergency shelter for victims of trafficking, the first of its kind on the East Coast. Now N2GIVES will donate $3 million to support their 2019 nonprofit partners that are the best at what they do – rescuing and restoring the lives of men, women, and children held against their will. This gift brings N2GIVES’s total contributions to more than $8 million.

To learn more about N2 Publishing’s fight against human trafficking and to review a complete list of nonprofit recipients, visit the N2GIVES website at, and go to to read about how the company uses its profit, product, and people to make a positive impact worldwide.


Founded in 2004 and based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Neighborhood Networks Publishing, Inc., is “turning neighborhoods into communities” by partnering with affluent neighborhoods across the country to produce more than 900 private, monthly publications filled with resident-contributed content. Each N2 issue is personal, relevant, and unique to the community it serves. Visit N2 Publishing online at


N2 Publishing’s giving program, N2GIVES, financially supports nonprofit organizations working through different means to achieve one goal: ending human trafficking. Created in 2017, N2GIVES’ first corporate giving amount totaled $2.2 million. The annual donation amount, roughly two percent of N2 Publishing’s total revenue, increases each year as N2 experiences growth, and has reached $3 million for 2019 based on latest revenue figures. For more information, visit

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P&G Tackles Clean Water, Gender Equality and Plastic Waste in 2018 CSR Report

P&G Highlights Contributions to Society, the Community and the Environment in New 2018 Citizenship Report

Press Release – CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) extends its long history of doing good in the world by bringing the comforts of home to those impacted by disasters, continuing to spark conversations about diversity, inclusion and gender equality with its advertising and making meaningful impact on the environment with new 2030 goals including a vision to ensure that none of the Company’s packaging ends up in the world’s oceans.

Captured in the 2018 Citizenship Report released today, P&G highlights the recent activities that define the Company as a force for good and a force for growth.

“Our aspiration is clear. We want to be a force for good and force for growth. We know that the more we integrate and build Citizenship into how we do business, the bigger the impact we can make with the people we serve, the communities where we live and work, and the broader world that surrounds us. In turn, this helps us grow and build our business,” said David Taylor, P&G’s Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Company has made progress in all its Citizenship priority areas and the highlights from the report include:

  • Community Impact: This year, the Company celebrated a milestone with its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, distributing its 14 billionth liter of clean drinking water to those who need it most. P&G’s brands played an important role in helping those impacted by natural disasters such as the hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence, and our Tide Loads of Hope program washed more than 3,800 loads of laundry to help bring a sense of normalcy to those suffering the effects of natural disasters.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: P&G sparked important conversations around equality with two award-winning films: “The Talk” about racial bias and “The Words Matter” about LGBT+ inclusion. Its brands launched multiple advertising campaigns that include positive portrayals of diverse families and individuals. Internally, the Company introduced additional benefits to modernize employee parental leave policies as part of its Flex@Work program.
  • Gender Equality: As a leader in using its voice to call attention to gender equality, P&G created a thought-provoking new exhibit, “Women at Work: Myth vs. Reality,” which challenges outdated thinking about women in the workplace. It also partnered with Sesame Workshop and the Muppets to set new expectations about gender for boys and girls around the world and introduced a range of new brand advertising campaigns championing equal voice and equal representation for all individuals.
  • Environmental Sustainability: In April, the Company announced ambitious sustainability goals for 2030. Having already achieved many of its 2020 goals for climate, water and waste, P&G’s Ambition 2030 framework focuses on where the Company can make the biggest positive difference – with its brands, supply chain, society and employees. The Company has renewed its focus on plastic waste and many of its brands are stepping up to increase the recyclability of packaging and use more recycled material.

“For more than 180 years, the Company has been touching and improving lives. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. And it motivates us to do more and be a force for good and a force for growth in the world,” said Taylor.

The Executive Summary, a 24-page overview of the progress and stories is available online as well as a detailed version of the report. David Taylor’s video discussing the progress on Citizenship can be found online here. P&G published a Sustainability Report annually since 1999 but expanded it beginning in 2016 to include a more comprehensive overview of the Company’s Citizenship priorities.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.


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RumbleOn Celebrates and Thanks Heroes Nationwide

Active military, police, firefighter and EMT customers receive special gift

Press Release – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — November 12, 2018RumbleOn (NASDAQ: RMBL), the only 100-percent-online powersports and pre-owned vehicles marketplace, today celebrates Veterans Day with the announcement of an initiative that gives back to local heroes.

Since the start of 2018, RumbleOn has given away more than 300 gift boxes containing Visa gift cards, motorcycle gear, apparel and a handwritten card from the RumbleOn team to military members, police officers, firefighters and EMTs who purchased a powersport vehicle using the RumbleOn platform. This year, over $158,000 has been gifted in boxes containing $500 Visa cards, motorcycle gear, apparel and a handwritten card from the RumbleOn team. These deserving recipients may choose to use this gift to cover the cost of additional services or make a deposit on a new bike of their dreams. The initiative is ongoing, and in order to receive the RumbleOn gift, customers simply identify their line of service during the purchase process.

The announcement follows RumbleOn’s cash offer milestone, in which a lucky and deserving customer received a surprise $10,000 check along with RumbleOn’s offer to buy her bike. Additionally, RumbleOn recently supported a local Dallas-area Boy Scouts troop on their tenth annual car show event, which became the largest yet with an attendee increase of 300 percent. RumbleOn takes social responsibility just as seriously as consumer ease, efficiency and safety when buying and selling a motorcycle or powersport vehicle.

“Few things in life are as important as taking care of our community. We can’t thank those who serve in the military, law enforcement, firefighting and EMT industry enough,” said Marshall Chesrown, CEO of RumbleOn. “We recognize the sacrifices they make every day and make it a point to turn that gratitude into something practical.”

“Riding down an open road is one of the most healing experiences of my life. There isn’t anything better than that thrill and feeling of freedom.” said Omar Pacheco, a RumbleOn customer. “It’s incredible to be recognized by a brand like RumbleOn. They truly acknowledge the hard work that people put into their community and nation. It’s especially powerful because their mission ties directly back to my passion for biking.”

For more information on the RumbleOn marketplace, visit

About RumbleOn

RumbleOn operates a capital-light disruptive e-commerce platform facilitating the ability of both consumers and dealers to Buy-Sell-Trade-Finance pre-owned vehicles in one online location. RumbleOn’s goal is to transform the way pre-owned vehicles are bought and sold by providing users with the most efficient, timely and transparent transaction experience. Serving both consumers and dealers, through its 100 percent online marketplace platform, RumbleOn makes cash offers for the purchase of pre-owned vehicles. In addition, RumbleOn offers a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles for sale along with third-party financing and associated products.

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Zappos.Com Is Powering The Shaq-A-Claus Sleigh This Holiday Season, Helping The Big Guy In Red Spread Cheer To Children In Need

Press Release – LAS VEGAS (Nov. 7, 2018), the customer service company that just happens to sell shoes, clothing, and more, announced today it is powering the sleigh of legendary basketball player Shaquille O’Neal for Shaq-A-Claus, the gift-giving program the NBA Hall-of-Famer has been running since 1992. This year, Zappos is spreading joy (and fun!) even further by helping its customers deliver WOW through a toy drive that will benefit children in need during the holiday season. Shaq-A-Claus marks the fourth partnership of the customer service company’s GIVE program, which enables customers to help make the world a better place through easy, sustainable actions.

The gift of a toy during the holidays can bring a smile that lasts the whole year through. Zappos is helping gifts reach kids this season by providing its customers the ability to download pre-addressed and pre-paid shipping labels that can be used to ship toys directly to Zappos from anywhere in the continental United States. This holiday season, Zappos and Shaq will distribute the toys in person to Boys and Girls Clubs in both Las Vegas – Zappos’ local community – and Newark, N.J. – Shaq’s birthplace.

“We’re thrilled to offer our customers an opportunity to make the holiday season a bit brighter for children in need and feel the joy that giving back can bring,” said Steven Bautista, head of charitable giving at Zappos. “We’re especially excited to be working with Shaq–for a big guy, he’s got an even bigger heart, and his philanthropic determination aligns perfectly with Zappos’ core values, making him a perfect fit–figuratively speaking of course (he’s got a few inches on us).”

The Shaq-A-Claus partnership is part of the Zappos GIVE program–powered by Zappos for Good, the customer service company’s department dedicated to fostering community efforts. The Shaq-A-Claus initiative will continue as a service to Zappos customers beyond this holiday season. This means that every toy received by December 10 of this year will be gifted to children in time for the 2018 holidays. Zappos customers will continue to be able to contribute toys throughout the year so giving back doesn’t end with the holiday season. Toys received after December 10 will be gifted to children during the following holiday season to children identified through Shaq’s community relationships.

To help spread more cheer this holiday season, Zappos will be amplifying the giving spirit by matching each toy received from customers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For every toy given by customers, Zappos will purchase an additional toy with an average value of $25 to give to children.

To learn more about GIVE, visit: Other partners in the GIVE program include the Kids In Need Foundation, Soles4Souls, and Spread The Word. For more information about Shaq-A-Claus, visit:

About Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is a four-time NBA Champion and three-time NBA Finals MVP. The retired, 15-time NBA All-Star was named as both one of the highest ranked athletes in the NBA and most influential in sports. With a PhD in Leadership and Education, this iconic marketing and social media marvel is ranked among the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company Magazine. As a celebrity, athlete, business professional and comedian, O’Neal has an enormous and devoted fan base across a variety of demographics. Visit; follow @Shaq on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Established in 1999, has quickly become the leading destination in online apparel and footwear sales by striving to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection. Zappos currently showcases millions of products from over 1,000 clothing and shoe brands. Zappos is also proud to be rated ELITE by STELLAService and was named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, one of only 40 companies so named in the U.S. More information about the customer service philosophy, unique culture and job openings can be found at More information about Zappos Insights, and its business membership program can be found at, Inc. is a subsidiary of, Inc.

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KIDBOX Accelerates Social Mission, Surpasses $10.6 Million in New Clothing Donations For Children in Need

KIDBOX fosters the next generation of social activists with its ‘Kid’s Board of Directors’ by providing each member with $10,000 in new clothing for local community outreach

Press Release – NEW YORK, November 6, 2018 — KIDBOX, the first social mission-based kids’ style box, announced today that with its recent donation of $2.8 million, the total amount donated in new children’s clothing through its partner Delivering Good has surpassed $12 million. KIDBOX is also evolving its social mission to inspire kids to do good and foster a new generation of givers and philanthropists. The company is working closely with its Kid’s Board of Directors on local give-back initiatives across the country.

KIDBOX is a box with a heart and a company that is dreaming bigger than ever before. With a social mission at its core to clothe one million children in need, KIDBOX gives families the opportunity to open up the conversation about giving back with their children. This conversation often happens for the first time when families decide on their charity donation together. Every season, there are new charities for customers to choose from, including supporting children in foster care, military families, children affected by natural disasters, and more. Over the past two years, the cause that KIDBOX customers donated to the most was children living in homeless shelters. With these donations, KIDBOX and its customers help to instill confidence and a sense of pride for less fortunate kids — one child at a time, one box at a time.

“Thanks to our partnership with Delivering Good, we’re able to continuously update our seasonal charities to ensure that our customers can donate to relevant causes across the country,” said Miki Berardelli, CEO of KIDBOX. “This way, we’re able to reach children swiftly and when they need it most. This season in particular, customers can choose to donate to victims of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.”

KIDBOX’s Kid’s Board of Directors brings the company’s mission to life, as each appointed member is encouraged to inspire others to do good. The new KIDBOX Kids’ Board of Directors features an impressive group of 12 kids from across the country between the ages of 8-14 who have demonstrated leadership and passion for social good.

“There is a new generation of kids that are eager to spread kindness and are actively looking to build a better world. Our Kid’s Board of Directors is the embodiment of this cultural progress,” said Haim Dabah, founder and Chief Giving Officer at KIDBOX. “Through our platform, hundreds of thousands of kids have selected their favorite charity to help other children. Doing good at a young age is contagious and very inspiring.”

“As the Chairman of KIDBOX’s Kids Board of Directors, I’m proud to be aligned with a company that shares my mission of doing good for those who may not have the same opportunities as I do,” said Kids Board of Directors Chairman Sidney Keys III. “I hope that the Board and I will inspire other kids and parents to give back to those less fortunate.”

Since the summer, each board member has developed and begun implementing ideas for local charitable events to help their communities. KIDBOX has provided them with $10,000 in clothing value to use at these events. A few notable Kid’s Board projects include:

  • Jayden Perez (nine-year-old, Woodland Park, NJ)
    • In October, Jayden flew to Puerto Rico to donate KIDBOX clothing to children affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Jayden personally handed out KIDBOX clothing donations to children in three different locations — Arecibo, Florida and Gurabo.
  • Chairman, Sidney Keys (12-year-old, St. Louis, MI)
    • This December, Sidney, an avid proponent of education and helping kids read, will host a National Book Month Skate Party. Proceeds from the event will go towards raising money for Chub Cares: Adopt a Bro. Sidney will also be donating KIDBOX clothing to 150 kids in need.
  • Daniella Benitez (14-year-old, San Diego, CA)
    • In October, Daniella traveled to Tijuana to build houses with Build a Miracle. There, she passed out new KIDBOX clothing to many of the children whose homes she built at the community center.
  • Aden Garf (12-year-old, Needham, MA)
    • In October, Aden, with help from Circle of Hope, an organization that teaches children about giving back, hosted an event where he invited kids hand write note tags to attach to the KIDBOX clothing he will be donating to children in shelters.
  • Carter Buchholz (10-year-old, Wooster, OH)
    • This month, Carter plans to create a fun Hollywood-style event with pizza and a photobooth for the children at Cornerstone Elementary School in Wooster Ohio. Cornerstone Elementary has 148 homeless students and Wooster has an 85% poverty rate within its schools.

KIDBOX is also proud to work with KIDBassador and actress, Brooklynn Prince, and her charity The Community Hope Center, a program-based organization that impacts low-income, poverty-level families and individuals living in and around Osceola County, Florida. KIDBOX has added The Community Hope Center to its list of four charities for donation for the next four seasonal boxes. This winter customers can donate to the Community Hope Center as well as to victims of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, children advocacy and adoption organizations, and those that provide academic support for families in poverty.

KIDBOX’s Chief Giving Officer Haim Dabah will be an honoree at the Delivering Good Annual Gala on November 7 in NYC, themed “Our Children, Our Future,” for his passion for social good and extraordinary dedication to helping those in need. Since Delivering Good’s founding in 1985, over $1.8 billion of donated products have been distributed through its network of community partners, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide.


Launched in 2016, KIDBOX is a company on a mission, creating styled, curated boxes of clothing for kids full of premier brands with substantial savings and donating new clothing items to children in need. For every KIDBOX a customer keeps, a new item of clothing is donated to a child in need helping to instill warmth, confidence and pride in kids who need it most. The KIDBOX experience also helps parents start the conversation about giving back as a family when they select the charity together. To date, KIDBOX has donated over $10.6 million in new clothing to children in need.

Pairing proprietary data science and machine learning with a team of expert stylists, KIDBOX creates a fun, easy and engaging shopping experience that starts online and delivers surprise and delight right to the doorstep of each customer, many who make the opening and exploration of their KIDBOX a special event for the whole family. KIDBOX can outfit children from newborn to size 14, featuring over 150 premier brands, including Splendid, Jessica Simpson, DKNY, Adidas, Levis, PUMA and 7 For All Mankind. In Summer, 2018, KIDBOX introduced its exclusive brand lines: Miki B., Kid’s Club and Baby Basics.

A VC-backed startup, led by Canvas Ventures. KIDBOX is headquartered in New York, NY and lead by CEO Miki Racine Berardelli, a member of the National Retail Federation Board of Directors. Visit to learn more.

About Delivering Good

Delivering Good, Inc. (formerly K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help millions of kids, adults and families facing poverty and disaster each year. Since 1985, over $1.8 billion of donated product has been distributed through our network of community partners. Learn more at

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Employee Choice Plays An Increasingly Large Role In Workplace Giving And Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts, New Study Finds

Special Report from Giving USA Foundation and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy explores how workplace giving is changing

Press Release – CHICAGO [November 5, 2018]—Changes to the workforce and new attitudes toward work are affecting workplace giving, and philanthropy is increasingly important to employees, employers, and nonprofits, according to a new report released today by Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

The Giving USA Special Report on the Evolution of Workplace Giving finds that employees increasingly want a choice in how their employer gives back, and for their employer to give to a charity of the employee’s choice. This is similar to trends among nonprofit donors overall, who want more information about their donation’s impact and more choice over how it is used. The landscape of workplace giving campaigns has radically expanded to include a wide range of activities, from skilled volunteer opportunities and matching gifts to more traditional federated campaigns such as United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

This special report is a publication of Giving USA Foundation, written and researched by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, with support from Deloitte. Distilling academic research and information from a variety of sources, it provides insights that corporations, employees and nonprofits can implement to strengthen their corporate culture and their community. It presents key findings about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and summarizes previous research about who gives to workplace campaigns.

Among the findings:

  • Employee choice is key. Employees want to use their talents, skills and time on a cause that they find personally meaningful. Employees also respond well when employers match time, donations or other resources to causes that the employee has chosen.
  • Engaged employees are more generous in workplace giving campaigns. Employees who are involved with an employer’s CSR efforts (or otherwise feel loyalty to their employer) tend to give more to workplace giving campaigns. Therefore, it is important that companies educate their employees about opportunities to get involved and keep in touch with employees about the outcomes of ongoing CSR efforts.
  • Nonprofits should seek out longer-term volunteer opportunities with employee groups that fit with their needs, capacity and long-term goals. While volunteering is a common form of CSR, nonprofit organizations should be aware of potential costs, such as for developing new programs or hiring more staff to accommodate large volunteer groups. Nonprofits should not only seek strategic partnerships that benefit the nonprofit, but the corporate volunteer group as well for best results.

“This report underscores the importance of the partnership between nonprofits and corporations,” said Rick Dunham, chair of Giving USA Foundation. “These findings emphasize to companies, fundraising professionals and nonprofits that effective communication, through a wide range of platforms, empowers employees to become donors and advocates for their causes in and through their workplaces, which is not only advantageous for the nonprofit, but for the corporation as well.”

Another theme that emerges throughout the new report is the increased prevalence of technology in the workplace and in workplace giving. For example, employees have come to expect options for how they make their gifts (e.g., payroll deduction, online platforms, etc.). Indeed, the majority of workplace giving now takes place online. While this can be considered a positive development for giving, the proliferation of technology also presents the challenge of how to engage remote workers, who may not be physically present in an office environment, in the company’s CSR initiatives.

Workplace giving is a key aspect of corporations’ giving. Total giving by corporations, including workplace giving, reached the highest inflation-adjusted level ever in 2017 at an estimated $20.77 billion, an increase of 8.0 percent in current dollars (5.7 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars), according to Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy for that year.

To examine the current state of workplace giving, the report draws on three case studies that illustrate best practices for employee engagement and workplace giving campaigns in action. The first two case studies examine best practices for employers, while the third demonstrates how nonprofits can forge meaningful corporate partnerships and promote workplace giving campaigns.

“We know that workplace giving today reflects the changing nature of work, the role of technology, and the attitudes and aspirations employees bring to the workplace. As a consequence, workplace giving campaigns offer an exciting opportunity,” said Una Osili, Ph.D., associate dean for research and international programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “This report makes it possible for stakeholders to apply what we already know and look to new areas of research, such as how employers can better engage diverse employees in workplace giving campaigns.”

The report highlights areas of opportunity for companies of all sizes, from finding nonprofit partners that are a good match for the skill set and size of a corporate volunteer group, to communicating effectively with employees about ongoing CSR efforts.

Finally, the report confirms that workplace giving and CSR efforts are on track to keep growing in the future. Increasingly, CSR is a factor that prospective employees, consumers and even investors consider before becoming involved with a company. Given this increased focus on CSR, workplace giving campaigns have the potential to be powerful tools to engage employees and allow companies to work in tandem with nonprofit organizations toward social good, the report finds.

Expert Panelists to Discuss Special Report during Free Live Webcast on November 7

On Wednesday, November 7 at 12pm ET, join Giving USA Foundation and The Giving Institute to explore the research and trends highlighted in Giving USA’s Special Report, “The Evolution of Workplace Giving.” Panelists are:

  • Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Laura Coy, Director of Philanthropy Strategy at William Blair
  • Katie O’Brien-Jensen, Sr. Leader of Community Affairs at ITW

This event is moderated by Rick Dunham, CEO of Dunham+Company and Chair, Giving USA Foundation.

Register for this free event here.

Read the Full Report

The Giving USA Special Report on the Evolution of Workplace Giving is now available at as a digital download ($24.95) or 50-page paperback book ($29.95).

About The Giving USA Foundation

Advancing the research, education and public understanding of philanthropy is the mission of Giving USA Foundation, founded in 1985 by The Giving Institute. Headquartered in Chicago, the Foundation publishes data and trends about charitable giving through its seminal publication, Giving USA, and quarterly reports on topics related to philanthropy. Published since 1956, Giving USA is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in America. Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017 is available now at Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018 will be available on June 18, 2019.

About the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The school offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Follow us on Twitter @IUPhilanthropy and “Like” us on Facebook.

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