General Growth Properties and Its Community Partners
GGP strives to give back to our local communities. One of our core values, “Do the right thing” is demonstrated every day in our malls. Local education is GGP’s main focus, as our shoppers want us to help their children get the education they deserve. Last year, more than 3,000 mall events and programs helped fill community needs and raise funds for 1,200 charities – helping teachers get the classroom supplies they need, finding pets find new homes, putting books and toys into the hands of deserving kids at holiday and building affordable housing in our neighborhoods. Caring partnerships happen at our malls each month – tales of community needs being met with assistance and support from GGP malls and our employees, with $10.8 million in donations in 2013.
Toys for Tots Collection Drive
Visits to Santa at 109 GGP malls during the holiday season included donations to Toys for Tots for many families. More than 5,000 new toys and $12,000 was donated Toys for Tots, creating special memories for deserving children our communities.
Celebrate Schools! with DonorsChoose.org
For the second year, GGP partnered with DonorsChoose.org during back-to-school with malls across the country mobilizing their passion for education. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. The partnership is designed to shine the spotlight on the importance of a quality education and assist local schools and teachers with much-needed supplies and funding.
In 2013, the Celebrate Schools! campaign gave nearly 850,000 students a better education through 10,484 classroom projects. Digital cameras, musical instruments, field trips and equipment for science experiments are just some of the thousands of teacher requests made reality by GGP malls, shoppers and employees.
Celebrate Teachers! Recognizes Top Notch Teachers
Around the country 80 GGP malls surprised outstanding teachers, just in time for National Teacher Day on May 6, 2014. The Celebrate Teachers! program asked communities to nominate the favorite teachers. From more than 1,200 nominated teachers, the public voted and 80 educators were named Top Notch Teacher in their community. Mall teams visited the schools, often surprising the winner in the classroom for at special school assemblies.
"Thank you for even considering me for this award. It is truly an honor and extremely humbling. I have never been an 'out there' teacher who needed kudos for doing what I know is my job. I've always preferred to work quietly in the background. I just love and teach 'my' kids and enjoy getting to know their parents."
—Mrs. LaFond, Milwaukee, WI (Mayfair)
GGP Malls and Shoppers Band Together to Help Teachers of Moore, Oklahoma
The DonorsChoose.org campaign "Rebuild Moore Schools" directly supported teachers and students affected by the Oklahoma tornado in May. DonorsChoose.org worked with teachers in the area to fund classroom recovery projects for critical supplies such as clothing, food, books, therapy resources, and classroom furniture. GGP’s Oklahoma properties, Sooner Mall and Quail Spring Mall, supported this recovery effort.
My School’s Cool
Ten GGP malls have created year-round school partnerships with My School’s Cool. The program encourages parents, teachers and students to save receipts, visit the mall and engage in other activities to earn cash for their schools. During the 2012-2013 school year, more than $270,000 was awarded to local schools through this program.
Chicago Cares is a non-profit organization that encourages volunteer opportunities for companies throughout the city. GGP is part of a corporate partnership with Chicago Cares and connected with one Chicago public school - New Sullivan Elementary. Activities have included student mentoring, holiday gift donations, volunteer days to refurbish classrooms and donation of school supplies and winter apparel to students.
American Red Cross
GGP malls support the American Red Cross through a national partnership, allowing immediate response to local, national and international disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, tornados and wildfires. Mall signage, websites and social media are used to encourage support for those in need in times of crisis.