Tempe Elementary School District Receives First-Ever EdAhead Grant

On Jan. 26, 2015, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. made a first time donation of $4,100 to the Tempe Elementary School District* to support its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives. The school district will use the funds to support the Fees College Preparatory Middle School STEM based curriculum.

Tempe Elementary School District has allocated the EdAhead grant to support the second year of Fees College Prep’s STEM academic program, benefitting approximately 165 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students by providing a STEM-based curriculum and a dedicated elective focusing on science, social studies, and language arts. The donation will specifically allow the school to purchase and maintain additional equipment for the STEM lab, replace consumable materials for all STEM classes, provide a STEM student field trip to the Arizona Science Lab, participate in the City of Tempe’s Geeks’ Night Out, and participate in STEM competitions.

“We are extremely honored to have been chosen by the school district to receive this contribution from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.,” said Kacy S. Baxter, Principal at Fees College Prep.  “Our STEM program provides students real-world opportunities that help to guide career decisions.  The additional support allows us to expand and enhance the program, which ultimately benefits our students and paves the way for their future.”

This is the first year that Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has contributed to Tempe Elementary School District, and since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated a total of almost $530,000 to public schools throughout the country.

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EdAhead Sends Grimsley High School Students to International Career Development Conference Through $19,000 Grant

At Grimsley High School on April 16, 2015,  Dun & Bradstreet Credibility’s Greensboro team presented a check for $19,271 to the Enrichment Fund for Guilford County schools to establish “The Future Thinkers, Doers and Innovators Fund” on behalf of our EdAhead Initiative. EdAhead is the nation’s first education savings program with a multiple match, which means the donation we presented today is based on the matched amount of contributions (up to a certain amount) that the Greensboro office employees made to their 529 education accounts.

This fund provides scholarship support to Guilford County students who advance to regional and national conferences or competitions related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The fund gives priority to the students with the greatest financial need, and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility was actually able to meet a few of the students who were awarded a $2,400 grant from this funding. This grant also allows the Grimsley High School DECA students to travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in an International Career Development Conference. One student stated he was humbled for the financial assistance because this international leadership competition was his “superbowl,” and that this funding gave him the platform to meet likeminded future business leaders and further his business knowledge.

Kudos to our Greensboro employees for helping make this happen! 

 

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Tucson Unified School District Receives $20,595 Grant for STEM Programs

For the second year, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. donated funds to the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the company presented TUSD with a check for $20,595 that will be used to provide high school STEM clubs with the resources to plan, develop, prepare, and implement rigorous and relevant projects that connect academics and community service. Each student club will determine its own STEM related projects and/or field studies that will support their school and club goals, including service components designed to connect with other TUSD schools.

“We are thrilled that our donation to TUSD has doubled in size since our first donation last year,” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.  “As our partnership continues to grow, we are helping to expand the STEM program’s curriculum to more students in the Tucson area and provide a fantastic educational foundation.”

Since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated a total of $530,000 to public schools throughout the country, and $31,000 of that was to TUSD previously.

Millburn-Short Hills School District Receives Second EdAhead® Donation

For the second consecutive year, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. has donated to the Millburn-Short Hills School District to help aid the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated $20,650 to the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills.  The contribution is based on the matched amount of contributions that the company’s New York employees made to their 529 education accounts.

The grant, which was presented to the middle school on Feb. 27th, will be used to offer a new course, titled ‘Girls Coding with Girls.’ This two-semester course provides students an introduction to coding through JAVA in the first semester. Students will then apply their knowledge to creating games, smart phone apps, and basic web designs. The program’s second semester will expand their coding exposure to the world of Arduino, and extend the students’ skills to construct and drive basic electronic circuits.

Dr. Christine Burton, Interim Superintendent of Schools, says, “We thank the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, as always, for their support of our schools, and to Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. for their generous donation and ongoing funding of our iSTEM programs.”

$100,000 Matching Grant Donated to LA Unified School District

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, several Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. employees attended the CyberGirlz Summit at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business to present their first-ever donation to the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the EdAhead® program.

The $100,000 matching grant challenge will support the Beyond the Bell CyberPatriot and CyberGirlz programs, and will enable the CyberGirlz program to provide critical resources to train young women in technology and cyber security. Funds will be used to develop new teams of high school girls and provide additional support to the young women who have already committed to the CyberGirlz teams.

In addition, the company’s donation will be used to expand the Middle School program from eight to 15 participating schools.

“Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp is thrilled to help Los Angeles Unified School District support young women interested in pursuing technology and engineering. Our EdAhead® program was created to fuel the next generation of thinkers, doers and innovators, and the CyberGirlz and CyberPatriot programs are doing exactly that. We encourage other local businesses to join us in support of public education in the local Los Angeles area.” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

Photo Credit: LAUSD

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.