Corporations: Using Business Objectives to Advance Social Change

Date: 01/17/2013 Time: 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Location: Minnesota Council on Foundations, 105 5th Ave S, Suite 225, Minneapolis, MN, 55401 MCF Member: $30
Nonmember Grantmaker: $60

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Description: Join us on January 17 to hear from Minnesota corporate grantmakers whose innovative programs connect business objectives, community agendas and philanthropy in order to mobilize thousands of individuals around social change.

Katie Galloway, Aveda Corporation, and Susan Schuster, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, will share how their companies are creating strategies and using social media and other tools to inspire internal and external audiences to take action.

Katie will talk about how Aveda’s Earth Month campaign has evolved from a small grassroots effort in 1999 to a global multi-million dollar effort that raises awareness and funds for environmental causes. Learn how Aveda engaged stakeholders – employees, salon staff and customers – in the campaign and how the diverse participants have contributed to fundraising growth and improved access to clean water.

Susan will share the story of how Minnesota’s first corporate giving garden planted at Blue Cross and Blue Shield headquarters in 2008 has blossomed into more than fifteen local companies all growing fresh produce to feed the hungry. Learn how this community involvement initiative has inspired participants to propel a social movement that supports access to healthy food, community involvement and employee wellness.


  • Katie Galloway, Earth Fund manager, Aveda Corporation
  • Susan Schuster, senior community affairs consultant, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Katie Galloway is the Earth Fund Manager for Aveda Corporation. She joined Aveda’s Earth and Community Care department in 2006 to manage Aveda’s corporate giving program and other environmental sustainability and community involvement initiatives. Katie oversees Aveda’s grantmaking and manages the company’s employee giving programs, sponsorships and in-kind contributions. Prior to joining Aveda, Katie worked for St. Paul-based Friends of the Mississippi River focusing on outreach programs related to water quality protection and habitat restoration.

Susan Schuster is a senior community affairs consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and a passionate advocate for community involvement. Experienced in leading community nonprofit initiatives and collaborating across corporate, nonprofit and government sectors, Susan pursues her passion for making meaningful connections between people, organizations and opportunities. As founder of the Twin Cities Corporate Giving Garden Network, she has nurtured her commitment to making a healthy difference in people's lives through innovation in corporate community engagement.

MCF Cancellation Policy: if you must cancel your attendance for this event, please contact Chantel Karney via email or at 612.465.0715 before January 15 to ensure a refund.