When we talk about unleashing our culture and code, we’re also talking about making the world a better place. We put that mission in action by investing in women and future leaders, strengthening communities around the globe and empowering our people, partners, clients and audiences to make an outstanding impact on society’s biggest challenges.
AOL'S corporate citizenship, called Citizen AOL is comprised of three pillars:
- AOL Charitable Foundation
- Employee Engagement
- Cause Marketing
AOL Charitable Foundation
The AOL Charitable Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls and underserved youth. The Foundation expands opportunities for future leaders around the world by:
- Increasing access to education and technology
- Fostering leadership
- Cultivating creativity and innovation
Reaching individuals in more than 19 countries, the Foundation focuses funding on programs that have a deep impact on the empowering future leaders from all backgrounds, such as providing computer science education to all NYC public school students.
AOL employees are passionate about giving back. AOL provides three days off annually for individuals to volunteer with nonprofit organizations they support, from mentoring underserved students, to teaching kids networking skills, and more. AOLers recently took employee engagement to new heights, climbing the three highest peaks in the UK to benefit charity. Twenty three employees from across the business scaled Mount Snowdon in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike in England (978m), and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m) in 24 hours, raising $22,000 for Free The Children.
On Take Your Child to Work Day, AOL hosted over 1,400 children in 20 offices around the globe, introducing youth to subjects ranging from Coding 101 to Digital Marketing and Personal Branding.
Monster Help Day
Each spring, AOLers around the world come together to give back to the communities where they live and work as part of AOL’s signature volunteer program, Monster Help Day. To date, the event has seen AOLers volunteering over 63,000 hours together in more than 50 cities around the world.
And while the benefit to those in need is significant and tangible, the positive impact to the company is also very real:
“I just can't express how much I love AOL for giving us this day and a few more to truly serve others. It's a huge passion for me to give of myself to those less fortunate and feel so blessed to work in a place that allows and encourages that. Thank you AOL!”
– Monster Help Day 2016 Volunteer
Through internship programs and mentoring, AOL also connects underserved youth with our teams to help develop the leadership, creativity, and technical skills they’ll need to explore careers in media and technology.
Supporting Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders and Changemakers
Through mentorship programs and innovative partnerships we inspire a new generation of tech leaders and innovators. For example, the 2016 #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge invited female high school finalists from around the US to San Francisco to pitch tech products and startups addressing global girls’ education, hack the world overnight at TechCrunch Disrupt, and showcase their work alongside some of the world’s best creators and innovators at Disrupt’s Startup Alley. And they are just getting started. In partnership with Citizen AOL, many of the girls' work supported First Lady Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to help #62MillionGirls around the world who aren’t in school get access to education.
AOL has built powerful platforms for brands to connect with consumers. We leverage these capabilities to educate and inspire audiences to take action and make a difference. From supporting disaster relief efforts to amplifying critical PSA messages, AOL has donated its time and media to hundreds of nonprofits loved by our teams, consumers and clients.
To connect content with causes, we unleash the editorial strength of some of the most respected properties on the web. For a powerful example, watch the Love Has No Labels diversity and inclusion campaign, an exclusive digital launch partnership between AOL and the Ad Council.
This reflects a sample of what we’ve done to date. We continue to build on this strong foundation by growing our partnerships and reach to fulfill our vision for Citizen AOL. For inspiration and information on how you can make an impact, follow Citizen AOL on Twitter or through the hashtag #AOLGivesBack.