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  • Celebrating a Decade of Coming Together and Giving Back

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi June 17, 2015 01:00 PM

    Brandee McHale (far right) with students from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship at the American Red Cross Headquarters in New York City.

    For the past ten years, Citi volunteers have participated in over 11,000 Global Community Day activities, contributing more than two million hours of service through our annual event. In the days leading up to and including June 13th, more than 80,000 Citi colleagues, friends and family, alums and clients joined together as one global volunteer team for our tenth anniversary.

    We volunteered in nearly 500 cities across 93 countries and territories, and the diverse range of activities reflects our tradition of thinking globally and acting locally. With more than 1,200 service projects, ranging from neighborhood clean ups and home building, financial literacy and mentoring young people to environmental conservation and disaster relief efforts. In true Global Community Day fashion, we gave back in many different ways, but with one common purpose: demonstrating our strong and continued commitment to enabling progress in the communities in which we live and work.

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  • Empowering cities, economies, people
    and sustainable growth:
    2014 Citi Global Citizenship Report

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi June 10, 2015 08:30 AM

    Today we released our 2014 Global Citizenship Report – a look at our efforts to enable progress in the cities and communities in which we live and work. The report, Progress: Responding to Global Challenges, provides examples of how we invest, partner and act in a way that promotes economic growth and opportunities that are sustainable and impactful. Some key highlights include:

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  • Citi’s 10th Annual Global Community Day – Are You In?

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi May 27, 2015 03:30 PM

    On Saturday, June 13th, Citi will mark its 10th Annual Global Community Day. For the past nine years, we have marked this annual day of service by donating our time, skills and expertise to make positive impacts in the communities where we live and work. This year, as in years past, tens of thousands of Citi colleagues from cities large and small will join their families and friends in this proud Citi tradition.

    Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, we have seen communities and lives transformed due -- in large part -- to the combined efforts of our community partners and the more than half a million Citi volunteers who have contributed more than two million hours of service to Global Community Day projects. While these statistics help quantify the extent of our impact from a macro perspective, on a more personal level we see the tangible impacts that Global Community Day has made for individuals and communities.

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  • Citi and JA: A Commitment to Youth

    By Brandee McHale, President, Citi Foundation and Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, CEO of Citi Holdings and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide May 12, 2015 07:45 AM

    Citi and the Citi Foundation have been working with JA (Junior Achievement) since 1986, partnering on every level: from helping JA build capacity, to funding large scale programs, regional and global initiatives, and projects at the community level; to dedicated collaborations with Citi volunteers.

    Every year, JA reaches more than 10 million youth across 123 countries, and 50 states within the United States, working to improve their financial and entrepreneurship skills as well as providing them with the resources needed to gain employment, start their own businesses, and begin to accumulate financial assets through savings. In today’s economy, these skills provide young people with invaluable tools for building their future and achieving their ambitions.

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  • Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards: The Commitment to Fulfill a Dream

    By Camila Sardi, Public Affairs Manager, Citi Venezuela April 09, 2015 04:00 PM

    Since 2005, at Citi Venezuela, we have been dreaming alongside a country full of entrepreneurs – helping make those dreams come to life. Today, ten years after launching the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA), we have seen hundreds of individuals from across the country take a chance on their on their ideas by applying to the CMA, with more than 100 winning the contest and becoming managers of their own businesses.

    The CMA is an initiative, funded by the Citi Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship among Venezuela’s neediest communities. The initiative’s goal is to stimulate and recognize the important role of small businesses within local economies.

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  • Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards: Enabling Progress in China through Microfinance

    By Lingzi Liu, Citi China Corporate Citizenship Head April 06, 2015 02:15 PM

    Together with my colleagues, I recently had the privilege of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Citi Microentrepeneurship Awards (CMA) in China. Leading the CMA program in China, which is funded by the Citi Foundation, has been a priceless experience; one that has been both humbling and meaningful. I never tire of feeling a rush of pride when watching how the program’s winners, mostly low-income women, enable progress in their communities and achieve the unexpected.

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  • Pathways to Progress: Year One Update

    By Ed Skyler, Chairman of the Citi Foundation and Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi March 31, 2015 01:00 AM

    One year ago, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million initiative to provide 100,000 low-income young people in the United States with opportunities to develop workplace and leadership skills critical to competing in a 21st century economy. It was the largest commitment in our Foundation’s history. We focused on 10 of the largest U.S. cities, working alongside community partners, government leaders on the federal and local level, and Citi volunteers to deliver high-impact programs that help put young people on the road to professional and economic success.

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  • Advancing Progress By Giving Back

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi March 30, 2015 10:00 AM

    A Citi volunteer mentors a small business owner in Argentina as part of Vital Voices program

    Recent research has shown that when women advance in the labor force they tend to invest a more significant proportion of their earnings into the education and well-being of their own families, while also making measurable, positive contributions to the economic progress in their cities, countries and regions. Yet, despite the social and economic strides women have made in the last decades, they still face numerous barriers to personal and professional growth. As we celebrate International Women’s Day this month, it as a dual opportunity to applaud the achievements of women worldwide and to promote a call to action about the need to continue driving opportunities for women to enable them to succeed.

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  • Volunteerism - Beyond the Numbers

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi February 19, 2015 07:40 PM

    I am often asked what impact our volunteer efforts have on the hundreds of communities around the world where our employees give back year-round. We can start with the numbers: 70,000+ Citi employees, families and friends turned out for our annual Global Community Day in 2014, for example, contributing 350,000+ hours of service, across 93 countries and 479 cities. We know that 63,000+ meals were served, 31,000+ youth were engaged, and nearly 1,400 houses were built for families.

    But the real heart of our impact moves beyond the numbers, and is centered around the individual stories that result from these service experiences – both from those who act in service and those on the receiving end.

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  • Thinking 'Small' to go Big on Innovative Ways to Tackle Urban Housing

    February 05, 2015 03:34 PM

    The following blog post is part of the City Accelerator initiative supported by the Citi Foundation. The City Accelerator, in collaboration with Living Cities, aims to speed the adoption of local government innovations to improve cities and the lives of their low-income residents.

    The small house movement in the United States is slowly gaining attention under the realities of changing lifestyles, an aging population, and evolving financial priorities. Some cities are looking to "tiny homes" as an innovative way to approach urban housing. One example is in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where the Citi Foundation is supporting a project that is promoting "out-of-the-box" thinking to help young people become successful and independent by age 24. Many of the ideas coming out of that program relate to housing, and specifically small houses. A typical tiny home might be one-tenth the size of a conventional home and a corresponding fraction of the cost. The idea is that these smaller homes can be used to address two components of the emerging housing issue: sustainable housing solutions for the older population and affordable entry-level homes for younger generations.

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