Archive for the ‘Philanthropy’ Category

Grand Gestures in Grand Rapids

What do a publishing company, a multi-level marketing company and a furniture manufacturer have in common? They are all providing their employees with the opportunity to tutor emerging readers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. HarperCollins Publishers, Amway and Steelcase have partnered with Innovations for Learning and its TutorMate program to bring online literacy tutoring to first […]…

Reading Resolution

Happy New Year to our loyal blog readers! Did you know that one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to read more? Keith Jones, a Quality Engineer at NCR Corporation in Atlanta, is an avid reader. So when NCR encouraged employees to get involved with TutorMate, he jumped at the opportunity. Keith was […]…

Service: Uniting Us All

Last month, Innovations for Learning’s team had the opportunity to participate in the Points of Light Conference (POL), the world’s largest conference dedicated to service, according to the POL website. An estimated 3,000 people from across sectors (nonprofit, government and business) and borders (37 countries!) attended, connected, and volunteered at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Conference highlights […]…

PIMCO: A Global Corporation, Making a Local Impact for Literacy

While global investment management firm, PIMCO, has offices far and wide, spanning 12 different countries, its New York City and Newport Beach employees are committed to making a difference right in their own backyard. By tutoring first grade students online through TutorMate, a combined 32 PIMCO employees are making a local impact in the lives […]…

Hooked on Volunteering

By Seth Weinberger We know that the human body is capable of releasing endorphins that result in highs without addictive drugs. Volunteering can induce such a high by creating a euphoric feeling of satisfaction. But not all volunteer efforts create the same highs. Some corporate responsibility activities have a large social benefit even though the […]…

A Culture of Good Citizenship at Denver’s Janus Capital Group

When the busy CEO and over 50 no-less busy employees of a national corporate leader in financial services agree to make a weekly commitment to tutor first grade students in the Denver Public Schools, it is certainly remarkable. This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with this CEO, Richard Weil, of Denver-based Janus Capital […]…

Giving thanks to our tutors

We love this video produced by our partners in Phoenix, Valley of the Sun United Way, featuring TutorMate volunteer Yolanda Stokes from Wells Fargo and her student, Jaffet. As we gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday, we at Innovations for Learning simply want to say thank you to our volunteers like Yolanda who devote time […]…

Houston launches TutorMate drive: See it here!

Read Houston Read Corporate Campaign Launch from Houston ISD on Vimeo.   The Read Houston Read campaign, rallying dozens of corporations to the cause of early literacy, has blasted off with a breakfast for corporate leaders — and the great video above. The Houston Independent School District wants 1,600 volunteers to flood elementary schools to help […]…

Houston ‘literacy crisis’ spurs call for 1,500 volunteers

Houston educators are looking for 1,500 volunteers to join Innovations for Learning and other organizations to battle what they’re calling a “literacy crisis” in the nation’s fourth-largest city. The Houston Independent School District is asking citizens to give 30 to 60 minutes a week to mentor a child in person or over the Internet in […]…