A Culture of Philanthropy, In Times of Tragedy and Always

Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan affected WAY too many people.
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The Wall Street Journal recently reported about the newest corporate organization stepping up to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Moody’s Corporation has announced that it has made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross through The Moody’s Foundation, its philanthropic branch. According to The Wall Street Journal, the American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, and the donation from Moody’s will go towards Red Cross operations providing food, shelter, and emotional support in the Philippines.

The company is known for its dedication to philanthropy, both through The Moody’s Foundation, and on an individual employee level. Moody’s CEO Raymond McDaniel explains, Moody’s commitment to our communities encompasses our businesses, philanthropy activities and employee engagement programs, touching on all three components of the triple bottom line. They enrich the lives of the people of Moody’s, the people of the communities where we live and work and the people of the world. Employees are encouraged and rewarded for their personal philanthropy and volunteerism,” of the culture of humanitarianism fostered by the company.

Moody’s Corporation has a global reach, so its “community” spans 29 different countries where the company maintains a presence. Frances Laserson, President of The Moody’s Foundation, says, “Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines and their families around the world as they begin to recover from this tragic event. We encourage everyone who is able to contribute to the relief and rebuilding effort,” of the ways in which the company culture inspires philanthropy in employees. It’s really heartening to witness a major corporation encouraging its employees to support important causes in any way they can. Moody’s has a long history of philanthropy and supporting disaster relief efforts; it isn’t the kind of company that only supports those in need when it becomes relevant to do so.

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Helping Victims of Boston Marathon: Twitter

Monday, tragedy struck the finish line of the Boston Marathon as two explosions rocked nearby buildings, blew out windows, knocked down runners, and injured and killed bystanders. So far, three victims have been confirmed dead with over 140 injured. Those on the scene rushed to help in any way possible, and those far away sent prayers their way.

If you’re looking for ways to help in the aftermath, consider these organizations, which have already set up quick response programs. All are keeping Twitter updated with valuable links, information and more.

The Red Cross, true to form, is helping people on the scene connect with loved ones to let them know that they are ok. Those still needing to communicate with family and friends can visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website. While the organization says it received enough blood donations for now, they are keeping a constant update on Twitter @RedCross.

The Salvation Army is providing food and water to various locations throughout the city, placing canteens at the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center, Kenmore Square, and more. Updates can be found via Twitter @SalvationArmy.

“The runners, their families, and the first responders also received emotional and spiritual care from 12 Salvation Army officers and 23 Salvation Army staff volunteers,” said Major Ivan Rock. “Eight Salvation Army officers were deployed to various hospitals throughout the Boston area offering pastoral care as needed.”

The Boston Children’s Hospital has released seven of its ten original patients. The remaining three children are in critical care, where one is stable and the other two remain in critical condition. Updates can be found on Twitter @BostonChildrens. The hospital is also providing valuable resources for explaining tragedies to children, also found on its Twitter feed.

There have also been several hashtags used on Twitter since the explosions, including #HelpBoston, which is a great way to keep up with ways to help. News sites are also keeping live updates, including CNN (@CNNImpact), Fox (@FoxNews) and NBC (@NBCNews).