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Prosper for Purpose Launches 12 Months of Giving Program
Northeast Ohio Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Free Services
CLEVELAND (Oct. 19, 2016)—Prosper for Purpose, a Cleveland-based communications and development firm, today announced the launch of its new 12 Months of Giving campaign. The program focuses on providing local nonprofit organizations with in-kind donations, as well as marketing and public relations services at no cost to the organization.
Throughout 2017, Prosper for Purpose will select one Northeast Ohio nonprofit organization each month for which they will raise awareness and donations throughout that month. In addition, selected organizations will receive three hours of consulting from Prosper for Purpose free of charge.
“We are a purpose-built organization devoted to doing well by doing good. And there’s no better place to make a difference than in our own backyard,” said Founder and CEO Lorraine Schuchart. “We want to elevate awareness of charities and organizations in the Cleveland area because when they prosper our communities succeed.”
Initiating the 12 Months of Giving campaign is yet another way Prosper for Purpose honors its commitment to using business as a force for good. In early 2016, Prosper for Purpose became the first marketing and communications agency in Greater Cleveland, and the first nonprofit consulting and fundraising agency in Ohio, to receive B Corp certification. More recently, Prosper for Purpose became a member of 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment and to help the organization recruit new members.
Northeast Ohio nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the 12 Months of Giving program online at prosperforpurpose.com/12-months-giving. The deadline to apply is December 9.
About Prosper for Purpose
Prosper for Purpose is a strategic public relations firm that helps purpose-driven organizations maximize their impact by building mutually beneficial relationships with their publics. The agency develops brands and optimizes relationships for growth and positive social impact. Prosper for Purpose is proud to be a Certified B Corporation, meeting the rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. For more information, visit www.prosperforpurpose.com.
Prosper for Purpose Announces Membership with 1% for the Planet
Cleveland, Ohio, September 20, 2016 – Prosper for Purpose, a Cleveland-based public relations firm, joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.
“Our member companies have donated more than $145 million to our environmental nonprofit partners to date. Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of that comes from businesses. The planet needs bigger support than this, and our growing network of member businesses is doing its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes. Our members lead with purpose and commitment, characteristics that consumers support. We’re excited to welcome Prosper for Purpose to our global network,” says Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet.
“Joining the 1% for the Planet networks allows us to further commit to our mission of doing well and doing good. After recently becoming a certified b corporation, this partnership will allow us to amplify our positive environmental impact,” says Lorraine Schuchart, Founder and CEO of Prosper for Purpose. Schuchart explains that she decided to join 1% after meeting with Williams and members of her staff.
Members of 1% for the Planet contribute one percent of annual sales directly to any of the approved nonprofit environmental organizations in the network. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. Over 4000 nonprofits worldwide are currently approved.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global organization, leading a network of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals working together for a healthy planet. Launched in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, former owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, our network consists of more than 1,100 member companies and thousands of approved nonprofit partners in more than 40 countries. Brands whose products and services feature the 1% for the Planet logo give 1% of sales annually to nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting the environment. Our members have given more than $145 million back to the planet since 2002. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.
About Prosper for Purpose
Prosper for Purpose is a public relations firm that helps purpose-driven organizations maximize their impact by building mutually beneficial relationships with their publics. The agency develops brands and optimizes relationships for growth and positive social impact. Prosper for Purpose is proud to be a Certified B Corporation, meeting the rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. For more information, visit www.prosperforpurpose.com.
Agency acknowledged for commitment to clients, employees and community
CLEVELAND, OH (February 16, 2016) – Prosper for Purpose, a Cleveland-based public relations and development agency, today announced that it has become a Certified B Corporation. By earning the prestigious designation, Prosper for Purpose joins the ranks of Etsy, Patagonia, Warby Parker, Columbus-based Jeni’s Ice Cream and Cleveland-based Eco Watch in meeting the rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
The certification is issued to businesses by the international nonprofit B Lab. With a goal to redefine success in business, B Lab recognizes companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
The philosophy was inherent in the goals of Prosper for Purpose from its founding in January 2013. “We launched to help mission-driven organizations prosper through collaboration, creativity and purpose,” said Founder and CEO Lorraine Schuchart. “When I read about B Corporations, I discovered that Prosper was already adhering to many of the guidelines.”
Prosper for Purpose becomes the first marketing and communications agency in Cleveland, and the first nonprofit consulting and fundraising agency in Ohio, to obtain B Corp certification. The agency joins more than 1,400 Certified B Corps globally – including eight others in Ohio – with one common goal: to use business as a force for good.
“This is our public commitment to our do well by doing good philosophy. We are thrilled to now have the opportunity to benchmark and measure our positive impact on our communities, the environment and our employees,” states Schuchart.
In addition to primarily working with cause-driven organizations, Prosper encourages corporate social responsibility for employees through paid volunteer time, ongoing professional development and telecommuting. Prosper has also contributed considerable pro bono work for local nonprofits, including professional development training and public relations services.
About Prosper for Purpose
Prosper for Purpose guides, serves and works alongside leaders of mission driven companies and nonprofit organizations, as well as artists and entrepreneurs, to create successful brands and increase revenues. An integrated approach to marketing and development helps clients build better relationships, bring meaning to their mission, do well and do good – in other words, to prosper for purpose.
About B Corp
Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability; 2) promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 3) helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with whom they work — with as much rigor as their profits; 4) inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media. For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.