Pitney Bowes Supports The Non-Violence Project Foundation to Help Make Schools Safe and Close the Achievement Gap
STAMFORD, Conn. & BAGNES, Switzerland, November 19, 2012 - It's no secret that victims of school bullying also suffer from low self-esteem and are regularly disengaged learners who have a tough time keeping up their grades. In fact, one in ten students drop out or change schools due to bullying.
Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) today announced their support of The Non-Violence Project Foundation to help foster a climate of safe learning in schools by educating teachers on how to help build self-esteem in students and inspire, motivate and engage youth in solving conflicts peacefully.
Pitney Bowes is providing consulting and in-kind software donations to benefit the Schools and Sports for Peace Programs of The Non-Violence Project. As part of the global Imagine One Billion Faces for Peace initiative, The Non-Violence Project is one of the world’s largest violence-prevention organizations actively eliminating youth-violence and helping to make schools and communities safe.
“Pitney Bowes’s in-kind donation will enable us to more easily distribute our educational materials in many languages and with local adaptations, thereby providing a better user experience for those who wish to foster and promote peace in their communities,” said Jan Hellman, co-founder, The Non-Violence Project Foundation. “We are grateful for their generosity – which will help us to increase the operational efficiency of our Schools and Sports for Peace Programs – as well as their commitment to fostering safe learning environments.”
Each year, Pitney Bowes grants approximately $1.4 million to literacy and education organizations, with a particular focus on improving access to books, closing the achievement gap and preparing people for successful employment.
“Safe learning environments enable students and teachers to focus on the learning for growth of future leaders,” said John O’Hara, president, Pitney Bowes Software. “As a global leader in helping organizations communicate more effectively, Pitney Bowes is proud to maintain its legacy in support of literacy and education through our support of the Non-Violence Project.”
Pitney Bowes’s in-kind software donation of the EngageOne Communication Suite enables the Non-Violence Project Foundation to provide educational kits for school groups and individuals via their preferred channel of communications – including mail, text, online or print.
Pitney Bowes Software is a global leader in customer data, analytics and communications management. The Pitney Bowes EngageOne™ Communication Suite also provides organizations with the capabilities to address the processing of transactional documents such as bills and statements, as well as on-demand and interactive communications.
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes provides technology solutions for small, mid-size and large firms that help them connect with customers to build loyalty and grow revenue. The company’s solutions for financial services, healthcare, legal, nonprofit, public sector and retail organizations are delivered on open platforms to best organize, analyze and apply both public and proprietary data to two-way customer communications. Pitney Bowes includes direct mail, transactional mail, call centers and in-store technologies in its solution mix along with digital channels such as the Web, email, live chat and mobile applications. Pitney Bowes is a $5.3 billion company with 29,000 employees worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™. www.pb.com
About The Non-Violence Project
The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to inspire, motivate and engage young people to understand how to solve conflicts peacefully. The NVP has educated more than 5 million young people, teachers and sports coaches around the world and the objective is to reach out to 100 million young people via local educational activities connected to our global call for peace and non-violence – Imagine One Billion Faces For Peace – IOBFFP. Founded in 1993 in Bagnes, Switzerland, NVP has offices in 15 countries. The NVP symbol, the iconic knotted gun – Non Violence – was originally created as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed. One of the original Non-Violence sculptures is displayed outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Sir Paul McCartney, Lionel Messi and Yoko Ono are, among others, ambassadors of the Non-Violence Project. Join the global peace movement on www.nonviolence.com and www.iobffp.com.