(Irving, TX) Big Brothers Big Sisters is pleased to honor Nerium International and its Nerium Ripple Foundation for outstanding dedication to mentorship. With its headquarters based locally in Addison, TX, Nerium is the largest corporate donor in the country raising $1.3 million in fundraising support for the 112-year-old youth mentoring organization in 2015. As part of that $1.3 million nationally, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star received $125,000 to provide mentors for at-risk youth in North Texas.
“Nerium has been a powerful ally in the work of providing hope and a brighter future for children who need additional love and guidance,” said Pierce Bush, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star. “I am proud to highlight Nerium as an organization that is truly passionate about improving lives.”
In addition to the $1.3 million raised in 2015, Nerium generated more than $2 million in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring program in the United States and Canada from 2012 to 2014, bringing the total to $3.5 million. These generous gifts come from corporate funds as well as donations from Nerium’s Independent Brand Partners, the company’s external sales force. The impact of these financial gifts is that 3,500 at-risk youth have benefitted from the guidance of a carefully monitored one-to-one mentor. This program model has been proven by independent studies and recognized by the federal government for keeping youth in school and out of trouble so they can achieve their greatest potential in life.
Nerium’s dedication goes beyond the outstanding financial contributions, however. More than 300 of Nerium’s Independent Brand Partners have served as volunteer mentors with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Leadership begins at the top, and Nerium’s executives demonstrate this daily. Chief Leadership Officer Renee Olson has been a Big Sister to Ryan for more than two years and Co-CEO Jeff Dahl was matched with Little Brother Angelo a year and a half ago. Both youth attend school in Denton County.
“The missions of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Nerium International are nearly identical,” said Nerium founder and CEO Jeff Olson. “Both organizations work to make lives better with caring individuals gently modeling the way.” Mentorship is one of the keys to the corporation’s rapid success, achieving $1 Billion in cumulative revenue in only four years. The concept is featured heavily in Jeff Olson’s book, The Slight Edge.
Nerium has gained international recognition for its passion for community outreach, including four PR News Community Social Responsibility Awards and the 2015 DCEO Magazine Corporate Responsibility Award. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America honored Nerium in 2013 with its Community Spirit Award and in 2015 with the President’s Award, the highest award for corporate partners. Nerium has set a goal for raising $2 million in charitable giving in 2016.