Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., we began recognizing publishers who, despite having their own challenges, stepped up and helped out their communities. We’ve recognized more than 30 such publishers so far, but that only scratches the surface on the acts of kindness from around the publishing world. So we think we can do more.
In light of the recent nationwide protests that have stemmed from the death of George Floyd, we are witnessing a possible turning point in our national dialogue on race and social disparities. With that in mind, we feel it’s important to extend our shout-outs to publishers who are giving back to other important causes. So moving forward we will go beyond COVID-19 and acknowledge publishers who are effecting positive change within their communities.
Steven Swartz has issued two statements pledging his company’s commitment to supporting “a fairer and more just society,” which he stated was “a core principle” of the company. In his second memo, he also announced the company’s fundraising initiative to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Equal Justice Initiative. In addition to already donating $500,000, the company is pledging to match up to another $500,000 from employee donations. The fundraising endeavor is being spearheaded by the company’s Hearst Black Culture group, which was started by staffers at its magazine division.
Reader’s Digest Foundation
The Reader’s Digest Foundation is committing $2 million to United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting military families with the experience of shared storytimes.
“Our military families sacrifice so much for our country,” said Bonnie Kintzer, CEO and president of Trusted Media Brands and Chairman of the Reader’s Digest Foundation. “Even today, we see our military called on again and again to defend our nation’s ideals at home and abroad, whether it’s on the battlefield or in hospitals responding to COVID-19.”
Group Nine Media’s science publication is releasing a free educational offering for home education, “Seeker Learning.” In addition to offering access to its library of content, Seeker will open up a dialogue between the brand, teachers and parents looking for specific content.
“At Seeker, our mission is to empower curious audiences to understand how science is shaping their world,” said Seeker’s General Manager and Chief Content Officer, Caroline Smith. “Now more than ever, Seeker’s storytelling can be leveraged to educate and inspire, while helping to ease the burden so many educators and parents are facing.”
Are you a publisher that’s doing something to give back to your community? Let us know!
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