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Edelman has just made the first Community Investment Grants to staff making a personal time commitment to causes of their choice. John Edelman, managing director, global engagement and corporate responsibility, today announced 24 grants of between $1,000-$2,500, totaling $56,400. John intends to distribute another $155,000 by the end of June.

Edelman makes participation in local charities a vital part of enabling staff to ‘Living in Color’. In July we will expand this commitment with new benefits including employee paid volunteer time.

Today’s grants are distributed across geographies and issues. Dan Lochmann of our Tokyo office founded a group the help fight retinopathy of prematurity, a potentially blinding eye disease that affects very young children. This disease blinded Dan’s daughter in one eye. He wrote in his application, “Although further advances in ROP treatment cannot help my own daughter recover her impaired sight, I founded RIPROP to help prevent other families from going through the same experience we did.”

Annie Tiranti of our UK office received money to fund Penwith Community Radio in a remote and economically disadvantaged town in the furthest Western tip of the UK. She wrote, “The funds allocated will build stronger bridges between young and old, creating exceptional media pieces to showcase on radio.”

Teresa Henderson of the Dallas office received money for the Extreme Apartment Makeover at the Family Gateway Apartments, a housing complex. “We will provide paint, cleaning supplies, blinds, carpeting and other necessities necessary for renovating apartments of families in need.”

Gaston Terrones Dimant of the NY office, an Argentine, received his grant to support STEM Brazil, to educate marginalized youth in science and math in 21 public schools in Recife, Brazil. “Worldfund’s activity is related with the nature of my role at Edelman working across the Americas.”

In total there are eight education, six health, two poverty, two youth, two economic development and two arts grants.

I am proud to continue the tradition of the public relations business in giving back to society. I would also call out my father, Dan Edelman, whose work on boards from SOS Kinderdorf to the Weitzmann Institute, and generous donation to Columbia Journalism School will continue to benefit generations of students.

  • Congratulations to Edelman on its Living in Color program. I read your blog with great interest and am impressed with the company’s commitment to not only philanthropy, but also to encouraging employees to give back to their communities.

  • Mary Ackerly

    ‘Living in Color’ is a standout effort, one worthy of praise to Richard and John for their leadership. One of the most valued social lessons I learned while at Edelman for eight years is that volunteerism is its own reward. Thank you for continuing your Chairman’s well known legacy of giving.

  • Pat Garrison

    I am so deeply impressed with this initiative. Your commitment — real, practical and beyond lip service — should be the model for the industry from this point on.

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