Community Matches Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Grant, $200,000 Raised for Education

Three weeks ahead of schedule, the $100,000 grant made to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) by Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. was matched by the community! SMMEF has now received $200,000 in donations that will be put toward the Vision for Student Success (VSS), a comprehensive program designed to improve student achievement and success from transitional kindergarten to 12th grade.

 

We Brought the ’70s Back for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation

Sunday, October 19 was a blast from the past at Santa Monica RunFEST. 35 motivated Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. team members ran the 5K Retro Run and chose to dress up in rad ’70s attire. Some brave runners even completed the 10K in their groovy shirts and sweatbands. D&B Credibility Corp. sponsored the event as part of it’s ongoing EdAhead support of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation.

The Retro Run wasn’t timed, so everyone just had fun with it! We all gathered together at the start and then ran at our own pace. As everyone finished, they huddled together near the finish line and cheered on the rest of the crew.

There were all kinds of goodies on the Santa Monica pier after the race, including samples of Cliff bars, Nestle chocolate milk, fruit, bagels and more. Plus we all got far-out Retro Run shirts and tanks for participating, and a medal for bragging rights.

When everyone was done running we all met up and hung out pool-side for an omelet bar and other awesome treats. It was a great time for friends to hang out and for new interns to get to know everyone.

It was definitely an early morning, but it was more than worth it. Everyone had a good time and got to meet new people or get to know someone better. The weather was perfect, the run was fun and the after party was the perfect ending. We love to work, play, shine and this race was the perfect way to show it!

 

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Awarded Dolphin Award

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We are honored to announce that Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. has been awarded the 2013 Dolphin Award for outstanding contributions to improving Malibu’s community life.

Last year, we donated $180,000 to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF). The donation will benefit public schools in Malibu and Santa Monica.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. has a history of contributing to the local community; under our EdAhead Initiative we match each employee contribution and give another match to local public school systems. In addition to Malibu, we have presented donations to school districts in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Arizona.

CEO, Jeff Stibel believes, “the road forward for our community is through education, and we cannot think of a better way to serve and give back than helping our kids”.

Photo Cred: US Department of Education 

EdAhead: Taking an Active Role in Improving Education

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. CEO, Jeff Stibel, understands that 1) the rising cost of college prohibits many people from attending, and often saddles those who do attend with thousands of dollars of debt; 2) most people have trouble planning long-term; 3) businesses and corporations should have a vested interest in education. EdAhead® works to help solve these issues by giving each Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. employee the option to divert earnings to a 529 college savings plan, which the company will match up to $2,500 yearly.

But EdAhead doesn’t stop there, it also seeks to improve education before college. The total amount matched to employee’s 529s is also donated to school districts in which Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.’s offices operate. In the first year of the EdAhead program, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. donated nearly $250,000 to local school districts.

Want to get your company involved? Request information on how to join the EdAhead movement!

Introducing EdAhead®, the First Employer-Matched Education Savings Plan, Ever

Many of us in the working world understand what it’s like to put aside some of your earnings each month for retirement. The most popular form is the 401(k), which diverts pre-tax earnings into a separate savings account. Earnings diverted to this account are matched — dollar for dollar, up to a certain amount — by employers.

However, if you’re a parent (or plan on being one), you probably have another savings account into which you’re pouring post-tax earnings to help pay for your children’s education. This savings account is not buoyed by contributions of any sort, unless you have empathetic relatives who want to donate various sums each holiday.

That’s all about to change with EdAhead®.

  • With EdAhead, employers select a 529 savings plan for their employees and agree to match employee contributions up to a certain limit.
  • You can use your 529 plan to fund higher education for yourself, your children, or even your relatives’ children.
  • And the kicker: Employers also add up all the contributions they made to their employee funds each year and donate the total amount to the local public school where the business (or office) operates!
Watch the reactions when Jeff Stibel announced this plan at a board meeting!

Want to send your child — or a relative’s child? — to college? Want to go yourself? Start investing in your future, or children’s futures, now.

Education is everybody’s business®, so request your employer join us! Together we can help turn around the educational crisis in our country.