Thoughts on philanthropy from the hearts of our sponsors Featured

7:00pm EDT November 25, 2007

CVS/pharmacy

Philanthropy is very important as evidenced through the CVS Pharmacy Foundation and its “All Kids Can” campaign, which is focused on children with disabilities. In addition to the foundation, CVS sponsors individuals and stores in charitable giving. That is, an individual who volunteers can get a grant or store can receive a larger grant amount.

Also, CVS Caremark subscribes to corporate responsibility and encourages giving in multiple ways, including allowing managers in different markets the latitude to respond to their community needs. CVS Caremark strongly supports the foundation’s work, which has national partnerships with organizations such as Easter Seals. Such partnerships help to multiply the dollars and maximize the effectiveness, making it more than just an individual company effort.

Further, employees are encouraged to give to the United Way. We believe it is important for other companies to give back to the community as well because the problems in communities are so large that just one company or organization cannot do it alone. Developing partnerships with nonprofit, faith-based and other civic organizations allows companies to exponentially increase the availability of resources.

ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is committed to transforming tomorrow. We believe, as a sector leader and as a leading global company, that we have a responsibility to be a good corporate citizen. In 2007, the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation will make grants totaling nearly $5 million, with a significant focus on Cleveland and other Ohio communities where we operate. Additionally, ArcelorMittal provides community support through in-kind gifts and our employees’ time and knowledge.

Our commitment to the world around us extends beyond the bottom line to include the people in which we invest, the communities in which we support and the world in which we operate. We believe that successful businesses and successful communities go hand in hand. Financial support is only one aspect of our philanthropy. Employees are encouraged to give their time, knowledge and resources. ArcelorMittal philanthropy focuses on our three core business values: sustainability, quality and leadership.

We actively encourage employees to challenge themselves on a daily basis and to consistently raise the bar in their own performance and abilities on the job. Similarly, we encourage employees to build and demonstrate leadership through active community participation. We believe volunteering creates a valuable experience for both the individual employee and the nonprofits in which he or she partners. Engaging positively with the communities in which we operate and demonstrating our commitment is part of our DNA. As a leader in the industry, we feel we must demand no less. Similar to individual citizens, we believe corporate citizens have a responsibility to actively participate and support in the development and maintenance of vibrant, strong, sustainable communities.

Family Heritage Life Insurance

Family Heritage supports charitable organizations at both the national and local level. National organizations are selected by management and are organizations that are dealing in research or treatment for the illnesses covered by the company’s insurance policies. Those organizations include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

Selection of local organizations is based on employees being involved in the organization and being a champion for the organization. Northeast Ohio charities include Wigs for Kids, Harvest for Hunger, Greater Cleveland Council of Boy Scouts of America, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, Komen Race for the Cure and Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.

An example of creativity in charitable giving is found in Family Heritage’s campaign for Harvest for Hunger. Each March, Family Heritage employees develop contests for fund-raising. The employees are divided into teams and the teams compete to raise the most money. Events have included a weight-loss contest, pie-throwing contests, remote-control car races, penny wars and theme-dress days — such as pajama day, hat day and sweat-suit day. In 2007, the approximately 90 employees raised over $25,000 for Harvest for Hunger, or an average of $280 per employee.

Family Heritage’s community outreach efforts have earned it several awards. In 2002, the company was the recipient of the Pillar Award, which honors businesses of all sizes that are dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a better place to live through service to the community. In 2003, Family Heritage was presented with the S.H.A.R.E. Award, which is given to the organization in Northeast Ohio that best exemplifies employee-driven philanthropy. In 2006, the company received the Stevie Award from the American Business Awards for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank’s culture promotes philanthropy as a core value of its employees, corporate giving practices and also encourages the companies we support to consistently give back to the community. This commitment to the community has endured for more than 145 years and Fifth Third is proud to have provided more than $1.5 million (in the form of foundation grants, local donations and in-kind donations) to deserving organizations in Northeast Ohio in each of the past two years.

At Fifth Third, the belief is that building a stronger community helps build a stronger bank. In 1948, Fifth Third became one of the first financial institutions in the country to establish a Corporate Foundation. The Fifth Third Foundation Office reviews hundreds of funding proposals and requests for assistance from nonprofit entities and works strategically to align private and corporate contributions to affect the greatest and most positive change possible.

Equally important as corporate giving, the bank encourages individual philanthropy. This year, our main philanthropic campaign was the 2007 Start! Heart Walk. Todd Clossin, regional president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Northeast Ohio, served as the walk chair. As a company, Fifth Third raised more than $77,000 for the American Heart Association, surpassing our fund-raising goal by more than $14,000. Also important is our participation in the annual United Way campaign, which employees provide generous support for year after year. Employees also spend countless hours volunteering or serving on nonprofit boards and offering expertise in their chosen field.

The Foundation Office assists Fifth Third employees by matching, dollar for dollar, regular gifts to high schools and institutions of higher learning. In 2006, it matched more than $122,000.

Corporate College

As an educational institution, we are in the service business, and yet we know that to fulfill our commitment to our region, our employees need to be engaged in our community. Cuyahoga Community College touches the lives of more than 55,000 individuals annually, and our employees extend that reach through their individual volunteer efforts. Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College, is committed to encouraging employers to take a strategic approach to their philanthropy dollars and to their commitment of employee hours in volunteer efforts. We are currently campaigning for employers to model their support of education not only by assisting their employees in expanding their education, but also by finding ways to encourage and support employees’ efforts to support the education of their children and the children of our community. The support of education in this way ensures an educated work force — and that is a strategic philanthropic effort that will pay off for the individuals, the employer and the regional economy.

Think Media Studios

Think Media Studios is honored to support the Pillar Awards for the third year. Brian Glazen opened the doors to Think Media only 3 years ago, and the community of Northeast Ohio quickly opened its doors to this young, thriving company. Think Media encourages giving back to the community that has so warmly welcomed it. Brian and his employees believe that growth comes from a spark within, and so, it is their philosophy to make a positive and lasting change in the community by not only sharing their expertise and resources but also their time.

Hughie’s Audio-Visual & Computer

It is our philosophy at Hughie’s Audio-Visual to support and give back to the organizations and companies that have helped us grow. Whether in the form of equipment donations or monetary contributions, it is our way of saying thank you to those who have put their trust in us to professionally handle their presentation needs.

We also recognize that by supporting community projects and activities, we can enhance our community’s reputation and, in turn, help stimulate new business from which we all can benefit. Over the past few years, we have contributed to companies in the Greater Cleveland community through volunteerism and financial support. They, in turn, have been able to help people in need, and for that, we are grateful.