Nonprofit PR Awards: Social Responsibility

Office Depot Foundation  - "Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying" Program 

Social Responsibility _Office Depot FoundationIn the spring of 2013, a rare opportunity was presented to the Office Depot Foundation. Office Depot announced a branded partnership with British boy band One Direction. The company pledged to give $1 million from the sale of these products to the Office Depot Foundation for the creation of an anti-bullying educational campaign, which was to be launched in the fall of that year.

Research shows that an increasing number of fourth through eighth graders report being victims of bullying. An estimated 160,000 students skip school every day to avoid being bullied, while 40% of middle schoolers believe that violence is increasing at their schools.

It was decided quickly that the best way to reach children would be through a program of school assemblies featuring a dynamic speakers.

Schools that are interested in participating can visit the Office Depot Foundation website and submit an application. The speaker’s scheduling team then makes the specific arrangements.

"Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!" launched  during the first week of September (2013) in Texas. Through November 22, 125 anti-bullying assemblies were held at nearly 70 schools in 11 states and has reached approximately 46,000 students, teachers, school administrators and parents.

The Foundation logged approximately 30 print and online media placements.

Along with Office Depot’s corporate public relations efforts, media coverage for the anti-bullying initiatives has included more than 886 million impressions.

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  • The Allstate Foundation - Purple Purse
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Caysey Welton is Associate Editor at PR News and Folio: Magazine. He spent more than a decade as a chef and restaurant professional before switching tracks to pursue his passion for media and communications. Caysey has a deep interest in converging media landscapes and ecosystem disruptors, public relations and crisis communications. He holds a BS in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University.

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