“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

Today is International Corporate Philanthropy Day and here at Alex and Ani, we believe that companies and individuals each have a role to play in making our communities great places to live and work. “My goals embody inspiring other businesses. I believe that all businesses should have some element that gives back to the society,” explains Carolyn Rafaelian, Alex and Ani Founder and Creative Director. “For example, if it is a laundromat, they could do laundry for free for a family in need. Everybody should pay it forward to their community.”

At the heart and soul of Alex and Ani lies Charity by Design, promoting love, empowerment and community. Together we support Carolyn’s vision by encouraging employee volunteerism, which not only supports our communities, but also provides a valuable outlet for employees to express their passion for people, animals and the environment by helping those around them in practical and meaningful ways.

“With everything that we stand for as a company, and as a brand, it is crucial that our individual employees embody what our customers feel. It is necessary that everyone understands the impact of their part in the community. It is who we are and it is the heart and soul that drives us each day,” says Nicki Castonguay-Maher, Charity by Design Vice President.

If you would like any volunteer service support of Alex and Ani employees, please email us at charitybydesign@alexandani.com. We hope that you will join us in International Corporate Philanthropy Day, but may it not end with today, but rather, may it become part of your everyday lifestyle.

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