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CAEPV News - 2004
31 August 2004 - Bloomington, Illinois
CAEPV Receives Volunteer Action Fund Award from the American Express Foundation
American Express Fund Grants More Than $183,000 to U.S. Non-Profit Organizations
Contact:
Chenelle Blackman, American Express Foundation
212-640-5625

The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV) has been selected by the American Express Foundation as a recipient of a Volunteer Action Fund (VAF) award. Awards are presented on a competitive basis, semi-annually, to eligible non-profit organizations at which American Express employees and teams of employees volunteer their time in the community. The grant represents one of 183 grants presented across the United States this year.

The VAF award will fund CAEPV's efforts to educate and aid in the prevention of intimate partner violence through workplace education and awareness programs. CAEPV Executive Director Kim Wells said, "Every contribution that is made to CAEPV for providing education and awareness of domestic violence is critical to its existence. The need for this service is especially important when one considers that one in every three women in the world will be a victim of intimate partner violence at some point in her life."

"Supporting employee volunteerism is one of the key principles of our philanthropic activity and the Volunteer Action Fund provides a vehicle to distribute more philanthropic dollars to projects that involve and concern our employees," said Beth Salerno, president of the American Express Foundation. "We are pleased that the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence was selected as a grant recipient."

"I am proud that American Express established this Fund to provide additional support to an organization that is very important to me," said Joanne Colucci, Director of Global Security for American Express, and a volunteer member of CAEPV's board of directors. "This is a further demonstration of the company's commitment to employees and the community as well."

VAF was established in 1994 to recognize the contributions of American Express employees who volunteer in their communities. The review committee in the United States is comprised of American Express employees who meet twice a year to evaluate and administer grants. As a result of the success of the program, it was expanded outside of the United States in 1996, where it is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. More than $3,100,000 has been contributed through VAF to support employee volunteer efforts worldwide since its inception in 1994.

About the American Express Foundation: The American Express Foundation was founded in 1954. It makes grants under three program themes, including cultural heritage, economic independence and community service on behalf of American Express Company and its subsidiaries.

About the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence:
The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is a leading force in the fight against intimate partner violence and its effects on the workplace. It is the only national organization of its kind founded by business leaders and focused on the workplace. Since 1995, the Alliance has brought together dozens of progressive companies who exchange information, collaborate on projects, and use their influence to instigate change. The Alliance offers extensive research, policy knowledge and issue expertise to the business community, including training, program guidance, and crisis consultation - with programs designed to make the workplace safe and to prevent intimate partner violence from impacting the workplace.

CAEPV has member and associate organizations reaching over one million employees nationwide. Corporate members include Altria Group, Inc., American Express, ADM, Avon Products, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Shield of California Foundation, CIGNA, Eastman Kodak, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Legal Momentum,Lifetime Television, Liz Claiborne Inc., Mary Kay Inc., Northern Trust, RAND, State Farm Insurance Companies, Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless. Internationally, the Office of the Status of Women, Commonwealth of Australia, is a CAEPV member organization.
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