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Giving Tuesday at Magellan Promotions

Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, helping to kick off the charitable giving season. This year the Magellan Promotions team got involved by making donations to our favorite causes and charities.  Thanks to matched donations from Magellan Promotions, members of our team were able to contribute over $600 to these worthy organizations.

Here’s where we each donated, and why.

Michael: The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Michael and his sons at UWM’s Panther Prowl

We support student success because today’s UWM students will shape the world of tomorrow. Because cost should not prohibit potential. Our students are looking for a better life, and they’re willing to work for it. Four out of five of them hold down jobs while earning a degree, yet still graduate with debt. Scholarships are game-changing – they bring the possibility of a dream to reality.

I chose to support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, my alma mater, because the school has supported me so much as I have grown my business. My support, and the support of other donors, will help other students achieve their dreams while at UWM and beyond.

To learn more about the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, visit http://www.uwm.edu/give

Julia: Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Egg McMuffin, the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Giant Pacific Octopus

I grew up going to the zoo, taking zoo classes and exploring with my family. While I may have outgrown most zoo classes, I still spend many mornings wandering around the zoo and visiting some of my favorite animals (including Egg McMuffin, their new Giant Pacific Octopus, and the otter family – Emerald, Clover, Shamrock, and Larkey)

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee not only supports the Milwaukee County Zoo, they participate in wildlife and endangered species conservation and educate the community on the importance of wildlife and the environment. In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, the zoological society provides exceptional animal, environmental and science-based educational opportunities to children, adults and families and works with conservation groups around the world to protect species that are in immediate danger of extinction.

To learn more about the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, visit zoosociety.org/About/Mission.php.

Rachel: The Women’s Center

I support the Women’s Center because I feel strongly in their mission to help support families in need, especially children who often suffer silently in these situations.

The Women’s Center’s mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support to women and their families and to facilitate their development. The Women’s Center provides free and comprehensive services designed to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. The services offered by The Women’s Center include emergency shelter for abused families, transitional living, counseling, child abuse prevention programming, legal advocacy and employment counseling.

To learn more about the Women’s Center, visit twcwaukesha.org.

Alyssa: Herma Heart Institue at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

This year I’m giving to the Herma Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in honor of all of those children and families who have dealt with CHD this year.

The Herma Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin cares for patients with congenital heart disease from before birth through adulthood, and consistently reports some of the best surgical outcomes for even the most complex types of heart disease. They are known as innovators in the field as they continue to challenge the standard of care through new treatments, technologies and follow-up programs that are often adopted by other pediatric hospitals

To learn more about the Herma Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, visit chw.org/medical-care/herma-heart.

Giving Tuesday at Magellan Promotions

Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, helping to kick off the charitable giving season. This year the entire Magellan Promotions team got involved by making donations to our favorite causes and charities.  Thanks to matched donations from Magellan Promotions, our staff were able to contribute over $700 to these worthy organizations.

Here’s where we each donated, and why.

Michael: Roots Ethiopia

A family supported by Roots Ethiopia

Roots Ethiopia supports Ethiopian families succeeding in work and school through supporting and creating a number of self-help initiatives.  The long term vision is focusing on proactive, sustainable projects and are based on local wisdom and experience.  Roots Ethiopia gives form to supporting Ethiopians helping Ethiopians, anchored in a partnership that values culturally-appropriate, forward-thinking ways.

My wife and I adopted both of our boys from Ethiopia, so the country is close to our family’s heart.  The organizers of Roots Ethiopia adopted children from Ethiopia as well and have the same goals that we have for families living in rural Ethiopia.  We have seen and learned about the importance of their mission of supporting children getting an education and women having opportunities to be independent through means of work.  Our family is excited to support these goals.

To learn more about Roots Ethiopia, visit http://www.rootsethiopia.org.

Julia: Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Strannik, an Amur Tiger at the Milwaukee County Zoo

I grew up going to the zoo, taking zoo classes and exploring with my parents and younger brother. While I may have outgrown most zoo classes, I still spend many mornings wandering around the zoo and visiting some of my favorite animals (including the Amur tiger family – with their three almost-grown cubs!)

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee not only supports the Milwaukee County Zoo, they participate in wildlife and endangered species conservation and educate the community on the importance of wildlife and the environment. In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, the zoological society provides exceptional animal, environmental and science-based educational opportunities to children, adults and families and works with conservation groups around the world to protect species that are in immediate danger of extinction.

To learn more about the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, visit zoosociety.org/About/Mission.php.

Rachel: The Women’s Center

I support the Women’s Center because I feel strongly in their mission to help support families in need, especially children who often suffer silently in these situations.

The Women’s Center’s mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support to women and their families and to facilitate their development. The Women’s Center provides free and comprehensive services designed to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. The services offered by The Women’s Center include emergency shelter for abused families, transitional living, counseling, child abuse prevention programming, legal advocacy and employment counseling.

To learn more about the Women’s Center, visit twcwaukesha.org.

Alyssa: Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation

Alyssa volunteering at the VLCF Gala

I’m giving to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation because of the work they are doing for Cancer Research. With many instances of cancer affecting my family and those of many friends, this cause is near and dear to my heart.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF) is dedicated to winning the battle against cancer by funding advancements in cancer research and compassionate care. Since 1971, VLCF) has raised over $19 million in the fight against cancer.  It has grown to include additional charitable cancer fundraising events such as the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball, Food and Wine event and Lombardi Walk/Run, among others.

To learn more about the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, visit lombardifoundation.org.

Hannah: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music brings music education to over 17,000 students of all ages, many who would not have access to quality music programming without this organization. I have a close connection to the Conservatory from the time I spent working here, and have seen how strong of an impact music can have on the lives of these students, young and old. The Conservatory helps to remove the barriers keeping musicians from pursuing their passions, such as by offering them scholarships.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, visit wcmusic.org.

Alli: Wisconsin Humane Society

Animals have always been a large part of my life and my family. I want to do what I can this holiday season to help those poor animals that don’t have a home and are left out in the cold. The Wisconsin Humane Society helps rehouse and rehabilitate homeless animals every single day, giving them the opportunity they wouldn’t have had before to thrive be loved by families throughout the state. For that, I am extremely thankful.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Humane Society, visit wihumane.org.

Giving Back Mid-Year Recap

Half the year is gone! Time sure does fly. Here is a look at how Magellan Promotions has contributed to our community the first half of 2015:

 

January – Back in September 2014, we had great success we had with our social media driven donation for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Because of that success, we started the year off with a second social media driven donation. For every like or share of our Magellan Promotions Facebook Page, we donated $1.00 to The Guest House of Milwaukee. It is Milwaukee’s largest publicly-funded homeless shelter, providing shelter to 86 men each night, and over 400 individuals each year. We saw an astronomical increase in our total reach for this post: 10,260 people! In the end, we donated $250.00 on Match Day, making our total donation to The Guest House $500.00.

February – For the month of February, we showed some love to Roots Ethiopia. This is an organization who has the mission of “Supporting community identified solutions for job creation and education in Southern Ethiopia.” We supported them through at-cost production of field bags and hats for a trip to Ethiopia.

“The bags were a delightful way to start off a really meaningful 2 days of work. They set the tone of ‘team’ – and for that I am just deeply grateful,” said Meghan Walsh, the founder of Roots Ethipia.

To read the full blogpost and see pictures of the donated products, please click here.

March – Throughout the past ten years of business, Magellan Promotions has become more involved in higher education, finding ways to use promotional items that will effectively market schools to students, alumni, staff, and the community. We have been attending more and more conferences, including several Association for College Admission Counseling (ACAC) Conferences. Our Wisconsin ACAC has a goal to “help high school and community college students in Wisconsin prepare for collegiate study.” To support this goal, we donated to the WACAC Idea Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to first generation higher education, low-income students in Wisconsin.

April – Hooray for the Earth! We here at Magellan Promotions do everything we can to be environmentally friendly. mke riverkeeperAbout a year and a half ago we transitioned to a primarily paperless office, and we always look for new ways we can keep our world clean.  As part of the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail and Milwaukee Riverkeeper Earth Day Clean Up, our Magellan crew of six ventured around Miller Park picking up trash and other items not native to nature (such as a whole bike!). Across town, another member of our staff was volunteering at the cleanup at Kletzsch Park. For more photos and information about our spring cleanup, click here.

MayHappy 10th Birthday Magellan Promotions!

Magellan Promotions Staff with 10 year Anniversary Cake

Magellan Staff celebrating 10 years at the Product Showcase.

After 10 years of business, we wanted to recognize a client who has been with us since the beginning and continues to be a great client: The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. To show our appreciation, we donated to the UWM Foundation, specifically the UWM Outstanding Scholar’s Scholarship Fund.

June – With many different conferences occurring during the summer, we helped out an “Unconference” by donating lanyards and Texas shaped post-it notes. Have you ever heard of an “Unconference”? This trending alternative to the traditional conference has been popping up on our radar for the past two years. The TXwHEART (Texas Women in Higher Education – Acting, Reflecting, Transforming) Unconference focused on topics regarding Women in Higher Education. It is a participant-driven conference that has no set agenda, but rather, participants choose the topics and discuss.

Stay tuned for more Giving Back activities for the remainder of 2015!