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Global Emergency Response Program Announced

Submitted by: Global Impact

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Jul 14, 2005 – 12:00 AM EST


Global Alert Offers a Tool for Corporations & Their Employees to Respond to Crises Such as the South Asia Tsunami

Jul. 14 /CSRwire/ - ALEXANDRIA, VA - Global Impact, one of the most successful and trusted names in international philanthropy, is offering a new way for corporations and their employees to respond rapidly to a global crisis.

Global Alert is an electronic crisis response program of Global Impact, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the poorest people on earth. Global Alert offers a full range of services that assure operational efficiency, the sound stewardship of donor contributions and programs that help those most in need.

"The Global Alert concept has been an integral part of our strategic plan," said Renée S. Acosta, President and CEO of Global Impact. "We recognized early that a new frontier for international humanitarian relief and development resided in the American workplace, where employees were relying on their employers to quickly respond to international crises such as the South Asia tsunami and to provide them with a simple and effective method of expressing their support for those in critical need."

Global Alert's features include:

  • A web-based link that provides for easy set-up and use for corporations and donors;
  • A rapid response capability that activates a web link within 24 hours of a global crisis; and
  • A senior program staff with more than 100 years of combined philanthropic and IT experience to provide superior customer service.

    In addition, through Global Impact's existing partnership with more than 50 highly respected charities, the integrity of corporate and donor contributions is assured. All charities have been vetted, allowing for quick activation of Global Alert.

    The geographic scope of Global Alert is extensive, with member charities providing services to virtually every developing country, facilitating a rapid response no matter where or when a crisis occurs.

    The benefits of Global Alert for corporate partners are numerous. Global Alert not only establishes a corporation's capacity to respond rapidly and efficiently to a global crisis, it supports corporate branding, meets the needs of employees with diverse backgrounds and charitable interests, ensures high standards of accountability for charitable gifts and fulfills the corporation's global philanthropic needs.

    The outpouring of contributions by U.S. donors in the aftermath of the South Asia tsunami demonstrates the limitless generosity of the American people. In response to the tsunami, Global Impact partnered with California Pizza Kitchen, PepsiCo and Wells Fargo, resulting in nearly $1.1 million raised for relief efforts.

    Global Alert Established For Darfur

    A humanitarian crisis drawing less international attention but one that is no less urgent is the civil strife in Sudan. At least 180,000 people have died since fighting began in Sudan's Darfur region, and approximately 2 million people have fled their homes to escape the conflict. Darfur's refugees depend on the aid being provided by Global Impact's member charities.

    Darfur refugees are among the world's most vulnerable people. Since the threat of violence has prevented them from returning to their homes, these people are dependent on the food aid and other humanitarian assistance provided in refugee camps in western Sudan and across the border in Chad. Civilians continue to be systematically attacked, and women and girls raped.

    International relief agencies have braved violence and government obstruction to bring critical aid to the people who need it most. Many of Global Impact's member charities, such as American Jewish World Service, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Church World Service, Oxfam America, Save the Children and World Relief, are providing assistance to refugees from the Darfur region.

    Global Alert is a quick, efficient way for corporations to ensure that their charitable gifts and those of their employees are helping citizens around the world who are suffering from crises beyond their control.

    About Global Impact

    Global Impact is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the poorest people on earth. Global Impact represents more than 50 of the most respected U.S.-based international charities in workplace giving campaigns across the nation. Each year, Global Impact and its member charities touch more than 206 million lives in virtually every developing country through disaster relief, education, health training and economic programs that promote self-sufficiency.

    Global Impact was established in 1956 and has grown over the years to become the nation's recognized leader in raising awareness and funds at the workplace for its member charities. It provides a trustworthy, effective and efficient organization through which Americans can direct their charitable contributions where there is the greatest need. In addition to more than 40 years of participating in workplace giving campaigns across the nation, Global Impact also manages the two largest Federal workplace giving campaigns--the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) for all overseas commands of the Department of Defense. By providing the opportunity to give internationally, Global Impact continues to provide American citizens and companies the best way to reach out to people in need. For more information about Global Alert, please visit or contact Ed Baker at (336)-982-2643

  • For more information, please contact:

    Edward J Baker Global Impact
    Phone: 336-982-2643
    Levina Kim Global Impact
    Phone: 703-717-5261

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    Global Impact


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