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Global Impact Launches Relief Fund to Provide Critical Aid to Japan

Funds will be distributed to leading U.S.-based relief and development charities to assure help for vulnerable people

Submitted by: Global Impact

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Resources & Diversity1

Posted: Mar 23, 2011 – 12:36 PM EST


ALEXANDRIA, Va., Mar. 23 /CSRwire/ - In response to the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month, Global Impact established the Japan Relief Fund to address critical humanitarian needs in Japan's hardest hit regions.

Contributions to this fund will support the rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts of Global Impact's respected and carefully vetted alliance of U.S.-based international charities. Donations will provide people and communities in need with clean drinking water, food supplies, necessary medical attention and safe shelter. Multiple corporations partnered with Global Impact to support the Japan Relief Fund through employee giving.

"Major disasters, such as this, require short-term disaster relief and long-term international support to fuel the recovery efforts,” stated Renée S. Acosta, President & CEO, Global Impact. "We are deeply thankful to our corporate partners and their employees who will assure help for Japan’s most vulnerable people."

Highlights of key partner activities:

UnitedHealth Group will match employee donations made to the fund. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who suffered such tragic losses of life and property in this disaster. We recognize Global Impact as an organization that can make an immediate, positive impact in Japan, and our employees want to support it as it works with the most respected charities in Japan to assist in relief efforts," said Kate Rubin, UnitedHealth Group's vice president of social responsibility.

Ashland Inc. will match up to $25,000 of employee donations made to Japan relief efforts. "Ashland has historically supported relief efforts when communities are affected by natural disasters, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan," said Deborah George, contributions program manager at Ashland Inc. "Partnering with Global Impact allows us to respond to our employees’ diverse giving interests and aligns with the global nature of our business."

Grand Rapids Foam Technologies will match all employee donations raised through payroll deductions, regardless of the dollar amount. "Our thoughts are with the people of Japan, and partnering with Global Impact provides an effective way to deliver much needed help to those affected by this disaster," said Tasha Wright, director of human resources at Grand Rapids Foam Technologies.

To inquire about partnering with Global Impact, please e-mail:, and you will be contacted by Global Impact immediately.

Individual donations are also encouraged and can be made online through the Japan Relief Fund or by visiting

About Global Impact
Global Impact raises funds to meet critical humanitarian needs around the world. Global Impact supports an alliance of 58 U.S.-based international charities through innovative partnerships and workplace giving programs and manages two of the world's largest workplace giving campaigns: the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Additionally, Global Impact distributes charitable donations for corporations and creates international relief and development funds that match donor-preferred causes. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.3 billion to assure help for the world's most vulnerable people. Learn more at

For more information, please contact:

Ann Canela Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Phone: 703-717-5221

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