FedEx Announces Innovation Award Winner at 2013 National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Conference

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On the national level in the US, we sponsor an Innovation Award for National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD). The National VOAD coalition includes 55 of the country’s most reputable national organizations (faith-based, community-based and other nongovernmental organizations) and 55 State/Territory VOADs, which represent Local/Regional VOADs and hundreds of other member organizations throughout the country.

Coach Joe Gibbs Motivates Small Business to be Prepared

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Watch the brief video below associated with this blog post. You will hear firsthand from Coach Joe Gibbs, a small business owner himself, about the importance of being prepared – and how to get prepared – for a disaster.

Making a difference in Sao Paulo, Brazil: special donation helps The Salvation Army feed the hungry

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An official ceremony was held last month at The Salvation Army headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was held in celebration of the donation of a brand new Disaster Response Unit (DRU) from FedEx. The DRU is a custom made canteen truck designed to help feed the hungry both in times of disaster and throughout the year.

Speedy Support from FedEx for Sandy Relief Gets Big Thank You from Direct Relief

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Earlier this month I participated in the Partners for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) conference sponsored by FedEx and hosted by Direct Relief. Direct Relief is one of four major relief organizations with which FedEx works year round. They are the only NGO licensed to distribute pharmaceuticals in all 50 US States. Pharmaceutical companies donate product to them and they use the products to help a network of more than a thousand health clinics serve disadvantaged people across the US. They also provide medicines and medical supplies to NGOs around the world.

Got International? FedEx Helps Deliver Simpler Access to Cross-border Philanthropy

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In January 2003, some household name US corporations were featured in a story in the Financial Times. The story reported that the companies had given financial donations to a charity linked to a terrorist organization. The names of the companies were included in the headline of the story. Ouch. One of the companies had a matching grant program. One of their employees donated to a charity that turned out to be indirectly associated with a terrorist organization and when the matching grant program kicked in the company made a direct donation to that organization.