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 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)
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 to hold service days at local schools and neighborhoods to engage in facilities improvement and landscaping projects and interactive programs with adults and children. GGP specifically supports New Sullivan Elementary School by hosting an ongoing Read-With-Me mentoring program; donating school supplies and holiday gifts to students in need; and doing fundraising for school needs such as field trips, team uniforms, and computers.
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.