Apollo Education Group, Inc., has been recognized as one of the nation’s most community-minded companies as part of the Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. The award celebrates those who set the standard for corporate civic engagement and seek to best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. This is the fourth time Points of Light has recognized Apollo Education Group since the award’s inception in 2012.
“We are proud to be recognized by Civic 50 as a company that leads the way in corporate civic engagement,” said Greg Cappelli, chief executive officer, Apollo Education Group, Inc. “Our culture at Apollo Education Group is profoundly rooted in giving back to our communities and spreading our passion for improving the world.”
As a responsible corporate partner, Apollo Education Group creates opportunities that are centered on education and workplace readiness, employee volunteerism and healthy communities. Through its educational subsidiaries, Apollo Education Group offers scholarship programs providing access to much-needed education opportunities as well as a strong employee, student and alumni volunteer force helping individuals become better learners and workers. The company also provides its community partners with in-kind donations and donations of technological resources, as well as consulting assistance to help further the goals and missions of their organizations.
“We are at the beginning of a boom in corporate social responsibility,” said Neil Bush, chairman of the board of Points of Light. “Corporations are putting policies in place that prioritize connection with communities. They’re seeing a positive effect through meaningful engagement with community members, increases in employee satisfaction and morale, and positive feedback from consumers.”
Apollo Education Group’s subsidiary University of Phoenix and its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a perfect example of these efforts. The organizations, both believing that education is the foundation to strengthening families and communities, have a long-standing relationship centered on providing children and parents the resources they need to build better futures through education. In 2015, University of Phoenix staff, faculty, students and alumni across campuses nationwide collected more than 20,500 supplies in support of the BGCA Back to School Drive to help BGCA children have the resources they need for a successful school year.
Each year, Civic 50 honors the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation as determined by an annual survey. The findings are culminated in a report that showcases the companies’ best practices in engaging their communities.
Leading researchers, industry thought leaders and corporate advisors provided strategic guidance on the development of the survey. This year’s Civic 50 applicants were evaluated and accrued points based on several criteria, including the quantity and impact of financial and human resources applied to civic improvement, whether internal and external resources are activated to maximize community impact, how a company’s community engagement activities support its business interests, how broadly community engagement is supported and institutionalized within a company’s policies, systems and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business value of its community engagement programs.
The survey was administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value. The survey instrument consisted of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the Civic 50 scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities.
To view a complete list of the Civic 50 companies for 2016 and to access the full report, The 2016 Civic 50: Turning Good Intentions into Sound Business Practices, which presents the highlights, trends, benchmarking data and best practices from the 2016 Civic 50, please visit www.Civic50.org.
About Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Apollo Education Group, Inc. is one of the world’s largest private education providers, serving students since 1973. Through its subsidiaries, Apollo Education Group offers undergraduate, graduate, professional development and other nondegree educational programs and services, online and on-campus principally to working learners. Its educational programs and services are offered throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Education Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company’s website at www.apollo.edu.