A Note for the Holidays – Giving Back
Last week, I mentioned that we will begin expanding this blog beyond podcasts in 2013. This week, I’m taking the opportunity to talk about a pillar of our organization at Brand Connections and Brand Fast-Trackers. We’ve spoken a lot about how critical sustainability and corporate responsibility is for companies, particularly in our conversations with UNICEF’s Caryl Stern, Fifth & Pacific’s Jane Randel, Edelman’s Carol Cone, and Havas’ David Jones. This trend will only continue. I am proud to be a part of an organization that supports positive change as a part of our DNA, and I’m incredibly lucky to have Brian as a mentor, colleague and friend. Happy Holidays – KK
Our Company’s Commitment to Positive Change
As a child, Brand Connections Chairman and BFT Host Brian F. Martin was impacted by childhood domestic violence. When he was seven, he vowed to do everything he could to end it. That promise is now the Children of Domestic Violence , the first non-profit organization dedicated to developing scalable solutions to help those who have experienced childhood domestic violence reach their full potential and break the cycle of violence.
Studies have shown that children are three times more likely to repeat the violence they see when they become adults. Children of Domestic Violence has set a goal to educate and change the lives of those impacted. This year, organization produced a documentary short, The Children Next Door. The film, about domestic violence as seen through the eyes of a child, has been showing at numerous prestigious film festivals to help spread the word. Last month, The Children Next Door won the Special Jury Prize at the DOC NYC film festival.
Most employees here at Brand Connections were unaware of the terrible legacy of domestic violence on children. Today, we are learning through Brian, by attending film screenings and by helping to spread the information to help educate our families, friends and communities. We’re working together to help, because once we learned more, we felt compelled to participate.
We are not asking for donations. Rather, in the spirit of our visionary founder, please visit the Children of Domestic Violence and learn a little more about how you can help.
Thank you. Wishing you a very happy holiday from Brand Connections and Brand Fast-Trackers.
Please note, Brand Fast-Trackers will return after the holidays. See you in 2013!