SAN MATEO, CA — February 3, 2015 — Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) and eScrip, the premier year-round national fundraising program especially for schools, today announced that Safeway has contributed over $300 million to the eScrip program since it began in 1999.
The eScrip fundraising model is a proven and powerful program that allows thousands of partner merchants, like Safeway, to contribute a percentage of a participating customer’s purchases back into education – and is free to participating schools.
“We applaud Safeway for all they have done and continue to do through the eScrip program — they are an outstanding community partner example, said Ian Diery, CEO of ESI. “eScrip allows parents to designate who receives the percentage of sales from their purchases – the choices parents make on where and how they shop can make a huge difference to their school.”
Safeway has made extraordinarily generous contributions to the local communities they serve, and are committed to giving $18 million in annual support, making a huge difference in children’s education. The eScrip program is a fundraising program that allows Safeway customers to register their Safeway Club Card with eScrip so that a percentage of their qualifying purchases are contributed to their child’s school or group.
Safeway’s contributions help fund critical programs at schools and provide supplies to help students succeed. Together with eScrip, Safeway is making a difference, one school at a time.
Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, eScrip is a subsidiary of Electronic Scrip Incorporated (ESI). eScrip is the longest running, most successful shop-to-fundraise program in the United States. With the introduction of eScrip, ESI pioneered a new phase of cause-related marketing and remains the committed leader in the market. eScrip is dedicated to establishing relationships between commerce and community by providing resources to organizations that support children. To date, with participation from millions of families and over 45,000 schools, the eScrip program has generated more than $420 million in merchant contributions to schools across the country. For more information, visit www.escrip.com; to visit the shopping site, go to https://shopping.escrip.com/.
Safeway Inc., which operates Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Carrs stores, is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States with sales of $36.1 billion in 2013. The company operates 1,331 stores in 20 states and the District of Columbia, 13 distribution centers, 19 manufacturing plants, and employs approximately 138,000 employees. The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. For more information, please visit www.Safeway.com.
ABOUT The Safeway Foundation
Founded in 2001, The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Safeway stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation have invested $1 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about The Safeway Foundation, visit www.safewayfoundation.org.
Over 50 Free Events Open To The Public
Atlanta, Georgia – February 1, 2015 – Historically known as Black History Month throughout America, Opportunity Hub has partnered with Kingonomics and Digit to launch #WealthMonth in an effort to address our nation’s poverty and wealth gap with innovation, entrepreneurship and access to capital being presented as the solution.
Throughout the month of February, Opportunity Hub (OHUB) will be hosting the “Wealth Month” event series inspired by Rodney Sampson’s best selling book, KINGONOMICS: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business & Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Wealth Month series focuses on educating its participants on definitive solutions to close the wealth gap in America by saving money, starting and scaling growth oriented businesses and learning how to invest via tools such as crowdfunding and angel investing. As the nation’s largest minority owned multi-campus coworking space, entrepreneurship school and incubator, Opportunity Hub invites existing and aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to participate in over 50 educational based events designed specifically for Wealth Month.
During February, #WealthMonth’s lead sponsor, Digit, a silicon valley venture backed financial technology company that helps people automatically and intelligently save money without thinking about it, will contribute five ($5) dollars for every new user that signs up for the free service. OHUB will use the monies to grow its seed investment fund and code school scholarships designed to engage more underrepresented minority (URM) communities in tech and startup culture. Digit’s service is free and easy to use. Campaign supporters can try out the service here, https://digit.co/r/ohub
Featured programming includes over 30 introductory daily classes at OHUB’s campuses, including a legislative hearing on Georgia’s Angel Investor Tax Credit under The Gold Dome, a 1-day Accelerator with TiE, 2 Hackathons, FinTech Forum & Pitch Day with Village Capital, SXSW Meetup, and the 1st SBA HBCU Millennial Trep Day. OHUB Mentors In Residence are committed and dedicated to closing the wealth gap by presenting innovating tools for saving money, teaching everyday citizens to start and scale growth oriented businesses and creating a pipeline of small, large and institutional investors and stakeholders.
The highlighted event of the month is the Ten Thousand Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Investors Conference & Expo taking place on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22 at New Birth Church in Lithonia, Georgia. The projected live-in-person attendance is 10,000. The global live streaming attendance could exceed 20,000.
All of Opportunity Hub and Kingonomics’ events in February are free and open to the public. Early registration is advised as most events and classes will fill up fast. Register for all events at www.wealthmonth.com or see the events calendar at www.opportunityhub.co/events.