Apollo executive will join session exploring the importance of
employee involvement to drive more effective community investment for
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 2014--
Today’s younger generation of millennial workers are passionate about
their involvement in their communities and improving society, making
them a critical factor in companies’ decisions to expand community
investment. Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) executive
Pat Gottfried will join in this week’s 2014 CECP Summit as part of a
session that focuses on tapping into this employee enthusiasm to develop
more successful community investment programs.
The session, titled Harnessing Employee Passions: Models that Work,
will cover several strategies for businesses to rally their employee
base to support companies’ community investment activities including
employee giving and measuring the overall impact to companies and
communities. Gottfried, the vice president of Corporate Social
Responsibility for Apollo Education Group, will specifically share her
expertise in using skills-based volunteerism to drive for greater
“Employees are a quintessential piece of driving a community investment
strategy that meets the societal needs championed by nonprofits, while
making the most of the company’s investments,” said Gottfried. “Tapping
into employee passions and developing volunteer opportunities that speak
to employee skills sets and the overall mission of the company will
create a successful culture of community investment.”
CECP is a coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal
improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Founded in
1999, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 150 CEOs of the world’s
largest companies across all industries. Apollo Education Group is a CECP-affiliated
company. The 2014 Summit provides an opportunity for these companies
to share in best practices and drive for further success in their
community investment efforts.
“It is a privilege to be part of the CECP Summit and share my knowledge
and experience with contemporaries from some of today’s most well-known
and successful businesses,” said Gottfried. “Apollo Education Group has
been highly regarded for our work in strategically investing in our
communities to ensure the dollars and time are producing real results
for all involved and I am excited to share our strategies during the
Apollo Education Group was recently recognized as one of America’s most
community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative
that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve
the quality of life in the communities where they do business. Apollo
ranked number one among the featured companies in the category of
Gottfried offers several tips on creating a civically minded
organization, which she will discuss in more detail during the CECP
session. These tips include:
It all starts with leadership. Involvement of senior leadership is
vital to a civically minded company culture. At Apollo Education
Group, for instance, senior leaders demonstrate commitment to social
responsibility by volunteering their time serving in leadership
capacities with Apollo’s nonprofit partners.
Strategically align the company with nonprofit partners that support
the mission of the company. As an education company, Apollo Education
Group has educational expertise and resources to share with nonprofit
partners in a common mission to provide access to education and
Make community involvement a company policy by formalizing
policies that allow for paid-time off for community service and
support team building initiatives that include large-scale employee
Measure the outcomes. Companies are not just engaging in philanthropy
because it is a good thing to do, it is a necessary thing to do.
However, funding decisions are made based on demonstrated outcomes, so
it is important that activities yield measurable results.
Continuously evaluate, adjust and learn from each investment and
activity. Companies often become attached to favorite charitable
groups, but keep in mind that partnerships are there to challenge each
other. In a true philanthropic partnership, both funder and charity
are engaged in common goals and should challenge one another to build
better, more innovative programs.
For more information on the 2014 CECP Summit and CECP, visit http://cecp.co/events/summit/2014-summit.html.
To learn more about how create a more civically minded organization,
Apollo Education Group is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen by
serving communities and individuals across the country. Through its
corporate social responsibility efforts, Apollo focuses on giving in the
areas of education, workforce readiness and sustainability. To learn
more about the impact of these efforts, please visit http://csrreport.apollo.edu/.
About Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Apollo Education Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private
education providers and has been in the education business since 1973.
Through its subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global,
Institute for Professional Development, Western International University
and College for Financial Planning, Apollo Education Group offers
innovative and distinctive educational programs and services, online and
on-campus, at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. Its
education programs and services are offered throughout the United States
and in Europe, Australia, Latin America, and Asia, as well as online
throughout the world.
For more information about Apollo Education Group, Inc. and its
subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company’s website at www.apollo.edu.
Source: Apollo Education Group, Inc.
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Investor Relations Contacts:
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