Annual FUNraising Campaign
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Meade
Each year, thousands of Future Professionals and staff members from Paul Mitchell Schools donate their time, talent, and energy to support a variety of charitable causes. Over the past 11 years, our annual, three-month-long "FUNraising" campaign has raised over $13.3 million through bake sales, fashion shows, cut-a-thons, grassroots outreach, and countless other activities and events to support our philanthropic efforts.
In addition to hosting and participating in charity, fundraising (and FUNraising), and community support events, Paul Mitchell Schools contribute to the nonprofit Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation. Thanks to the funds raised, as well as the support and volunteerism generated by the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, we have accomplished the following:
- Built two homes through Habitat for Humanity
- Fed thousands of African orphans
- Provided life-saving pediatric equipment for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
- Sponsored groundbreaking health studies in dogs and cats through Morris Animal Foundation
- Expanded Cancer Schmancer's Fran Van program and supported their Trash Cancer prevention campaign to encourage disease-preventing behavior changes
- Helped build custom-designed "smart homes" for our nation's most severely wounded warriors while supporting active duty service members, veterans, first responders, and the children and families of our fallen through the Gary Sininse Foundation
- Helped the Magic Johnson Foundation provide four-year college scholarships; test people from low-income communities for HIV; provide technical upgrades to 5 Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Centers; and serve over 600 people at the annual Holiday Lunch and Toy Party, providing food, Christmas trees, and holiday cheer
- Provided parent education to families who have children with a hearing loss and provided literacy and individual speech therapy to low-income deaf children through the No Limits educational and performing arts program.
- Partnered with Morris Animal Foundation and their Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to help improve the health of dogs. Over the next 10 to 14 years, observational data collected from 3,000 golden retrievers will help the foundation learn how to prevent cancer and other diseases that take the lives of dogs too soon.
- Rescued 12 victims of modern slavery from the captivity and violence of human traffickers by helping the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) provide emergency responders to meet the immediate needs of a dozen highly traumatized victims. With Paul Mitchell Schools’ help, these people have a safe place to live, help with medical issues, and basic necessities such as food and clothing.
- Helped ELSA serve nearly 100 teens and young adults from 16 to 35 years old who are challenged with moderate to severe disabilities including autism, through the benefits of therapeutic riding and ranch skills programs to improve quality of life and promote greater independence; expanded therapeutic riding services with new safety tack including two surcingles; and provided an 8-week summer ranch program for nearly 60 low-income children and teens from 6 to 18 years.
- Purchased generators for three rural Guatemalan communities to provide to provide the power to bring life-giving water to over 13,500 people through Wells of Hope. The communities of San Lorenzo, Sanyuyo, and Palo Verde are desperate for water and have no electricity available to run the deep well pumps that are used to bring the water to the surface.
- Provided resources for caregivers through the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
- Provided hair care services for the poor, homeless, and underpriveleged
- Helped beauty industry professionals in the wake of natural disasters
- Supported individuals and organizations that benefit hairdressers th
- Helped salon professionals rebuild their salons and professional lives following the devastation of natural disasters through the NCA Disaster Relief Fund.
- estic abuse, and hundreds of other causes
"People in need are not just those who line up at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. At Paul Mitchell Schools, giving back is an ongoing attitude about how we do business." - Winn Claybaugh, Dean and Cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools
Visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org for more information about our history, our partners, our sponsored organizations, and up-to-the-minute news about this year's campaign.
"It's about each of us paying more than our share of rent on this planet in order to help many people have much better lives or even have the chance to live one. What a great culture that is!" - John Paul DeJoria, Chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems
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