For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2016
Lake Zurich, IL – November 10, 2016 – ACCO Brands and our portfolio of leading office and consumer brands like Mead®, Five Star®, and Cambridge®, Swingline®, AT-A-GLANCE® and Quartet® have long understood that giving back is more than just good business; it’s the right thing to do! We have partnered with The Kids In Need Foundation on this #GivingTuesday; the official start of the end-of-the-year charitable season. On this day, families, businesses and committed individuals come together to celebrate and encourage giving back. Today, ACCO Brands announces its continued commitment to Kids In Need Foundation, supporting this global movement, #GivingTuesday, and ensuring all students have access to quality school supplies.
Today, more than 16 million kids live in poverty, and come to school without the necessary tools to learn and succeed in the classroom. ACCO Brands is proud to be a part of this initiative in partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation. “We hope that by providing essential school supplies to children nationwide, we are energizing youth with the confidence that comes from having the tools needed to succeed,” said Tom Tedford, Executive Vice President, President North America Office and Consumer Products ACCO Brands. “Access to quality school supplies is critical to getting students on the right educational paths. ACCO Brands is committed to helping, and #GivingTuesday is a fantastic platform to challenge others to join us.”
In addition to working together on #GivingTuesday, ACCO Brands has been a longstanding partner of the Kids In Need Foundation. Since 2011, ACCO Brands has served as the Kids In Need National Notebook Sponsor, having donated more than 600,000 notebooks and folders to needy kids across the country. In the last five years, together ACCO Brands and KINF have gone from helping 1.6 million kids in 2010 to 4.8 million in 2015 – tripling the number of kids we helped during that period!
“Nothing is more important to us than ensuring all students have the school supplies they need to succeed,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “With ACCO Brands’ support, students can function in their classrooms and get their work done. Learning opportunities are much more meaningful when students do not have to worry about having pencils, notebooks, folders, and all the other supplies kids use every day. Partners such as ACCO Brands make it possible us to support the learning process.”
Both ACCO Brands and the Kids In Need Foundation know that when children have what they need to be engaged students, classroom behavior and grades improve, self-esteem strengthens, and kids develop better attitudes toward learning.
About ACCO Brands
ACCO Brands Corporation is one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded business, academic and consumer products. Our widely recognized brands include Artline®, AT-A-GLANCE®, Derwent®, Five Star®, GBC®, Hilroy®, Kensington®, Mead®, Quartet®, Rexel®, Swingline®, Tilibra®, Wilson Jones® and many others. Our products are sold in more than 100 countries around the world. More information about ACCO Brands can be found at www.accobrands.com.
About the Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $700 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.2 million students and more than 120,000 teachers annually. We are a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. For more information, visit kinf.org, and join us at twitter.com/kidsinneed & facebook.com/kidsinneed.
For Information Contact:
Mary Lester | Kids In Need Foundation