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The Retail Orphan Initiative (www.RetailROI.org)

has been organized to raise awareness

and bring real solutions to help the more than

400 Million vulnerable children worldwide.

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3 Primary Goals of the Retail Orphan Initiative

  • To raise awareness to the needs of 400 Million Vulnerable Children
  • To work with and encourage retailers, vendors and manufacturers to create internal programs to help with orphan/foster care
    • Mentors, no-interest loans for adoptions, overstocks, back to school drives
  • To fund existing charities that are on the forefront of orphan/foster care worldwide.
    • Grants that can double or triple existing work
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RetailROI Groundwork

  • Birthed out of the passion and work of Paul Singer, CIO, SuperValu
  • Meeting between Paul and Greg Buzek at Oracle OpenWorld 9/08
  • Calls and Discussions 10/08
  • RetailROI Formed 11/15/2008
  • Press Release 12/9/2008
  • First face to face meeting 1/11/2009
  • First Fundraisers January 2010
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RetailROI – Board of Advisors

  • Donor Trustees
    • Paul Singer – fmr CIO Target, Supervalu
    • Marc Millstein – President RetailConnections
    • Greg Buzek – President IHL Group
  • Board of Advisors - Retailers
    • Timothy Kasbe – CIO Sears Holdings
    • Ed Collupy – VP IT The Pantry
    • Robert Fort – VP IT Guitar Center
    • Steve Bozzo – CIO 1-800 Flowers
    • Vickie Cantrell – CIO/COO Tory Burch
    • GiriDurbakhula – VP IT Charlotte Russe
    • Steve Katsirubas – CIO Clarks Companies NA
    • Steve Biondo – VP HR Family Christian Stores
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RetailROI – Board of Advisors

  • Board of Advisors – Vendors/Analysts
    • Verlin Youd – SVP Trading SAP
    • Paula Paravecchio – EMEA Managing Dir. Microsoft
    • Jeff Roster – Research VP Gartner
    • Jeff Ketner – President Ketner Group
    • Barry Wise – Founder Wise Retail
    • Cathy Hotka – Cathy Hotka Associates
    • Rose Spicer – Sr Director Retail Marketing Oracle
    • Virginia Dickens – President Visions Advertising
    • Cathy Marder – Assoc. Publisher Edgell Communications
    • Ryan Sorley – VP Retail Strategies AMR Research
    • Ravi Bagal – VP Retail and Distribution Verizon Business
    • Kevin Sterneckert – Research Director Retail AMR Research
    • Diana McHenry – Director Global Retail – SAS Institute Inc.
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RetailROI - Structure

  • Sub-Fund under The Giving Back Fund
    • Provides 501 (c) status
    • Low administration costs ($18k for year)
    • Dormant until funds are raised
    • Provides for foundations for athletes and entertainers (Ben Roethlisberger, Jalen Rose, Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, John Thompson, Nancy Kerrigan, Yao Ming)
    • Leverage relationships and experience
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Why Retail is the perfect vehicle

  • US Consumer – 20% of world economy
    • Extraordinary influence around the world through supply chain relationships.
  • Retail touches consumers every week.
  • One of largest employer bases in the world
  • A small portion of transactions can add up fast.
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SuperSaturday/Auction

  • RetailROISuperSaturday
    • 108 attendees
    • CIOs representing 107,000 stores
  • Silent Auction at Retail Insider’s Party
  • Raised $115,000 ($98k net)
    • $80,000 distributed in grants
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Real Return – What Can $1,000 Do?

  • Rescues 1 child off the streets
  • – clothes, educates, feeds, provides medical care in group home of 15 with 4 adult caregivers
  • …for a year.
  • Help the adoption of 8 children over 20 years
  • – Turns into $32,000 through no-interest loans, matching donations from family/friends
  • – essentially the adoption becomes a charity
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4 stories of grants being sent so far

Old picture here, but in conjunction with this Safe House, ROI funds being used to create border station to rescue women/children in trafficking in Nepal

Adoption. These kids came home from Ethiopia to US Family with the help of a grant from RetailROI through LifeSong.

Through Warm Blankets, ROI funds being used to hire Haitian workers to build new orphan homes, thus providing jobs and safe housing.

Pay for 9 children to be rescued from the streets of Cambodia and placed in a group home for a year.

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Here at Home - Real Return – What Can $1,000 Do?

  • Save a Family and Over $1 Million Savings to Society
  • Avg. cost per child in state custody ($78,000 )
  • 80% of foster kids become parents themselves by age 20
      • 2-3 children on average by 22, with no extended family support
      • 90% chance of being on public assistance for up to 20 yrs or more
  • 75% of all US inmates are former foster children
  • Yet 50% sent to state custody for temporary circumstances at home
      • short term jail, surgery, temporary homelessness, drug treatments
      • But what if there was a Safety Net?
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Safe Families provides a partnership between stable “Safe” families and an “at risk” family.

  • Outside of the “foster” system (but often with their support)
  • Mom or dad retains legal custody
  • Partnership or Co-Parenting (not an adoption program)
  • Safe Family gets temporary pwr of attorney for medical and education
  • Volunteer families are unpaid. $1,000 investment pays for screening.
  • Avg in-home placement is a 5 yr old for 45 days.
  • 85% of children return to stronger families with safety net vs 15% in state
      • 97% kept from going into State Custody
  • Long-term (safety net and mentoring relationship created)
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History

  • Started 5 years ago in Chicago area by Lydia Home Project.
  • In last 2 years over 1,200 children placed in Chicago area alone.
  • In 2009 started in Indy, Atlanta, Southern California, and South Florida.
  • In 2010 starting in Nashville, Minneapolis, Tampa, Orlando)
  • Franchise model (no fees), run by state authorized organizations
      • Olive Crest (Southern California, Oregon, Washington)
      • 4Kids of South Florida (Miami, FLL, Palm Beach)
      • Bethany Christian Services (Nashville, ATL, Chattanooga, Orlando, Tampa)
      • Lydia Home (Chicago area, Minneapolis, Indianapolis)
  • Our opportunity? To fund the startups across the country
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RetailROI Grants thus far – 45k

  • To fund start in Nashville, Minneapolis, and Miami/FLL
  • To continue the work in Chicago
  • The opportunity is to spread this across the country.
      • in first 4 months in FLL, 800 families signed up to be volunteer Safe Families and take children in. But need funding for home studies, background checks, fingerprint checks, etc.
      • Child experts believe that over the next 20 years, 50% of the children currently going into state systems can be prevented with program.
      • Without it, numbers from 520k today to 1.7 million by 2030
  • RetailROI can make a HUGE difference by being seed funding to start programs
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3 Primary Goals of the Retail Orphan Initiative

  • To raise awareness to needs of 400 Million Vulnerable Children
  • To work with and encourage retailers, vendors and manufacturers to create internal programs to help with orphan/foster care
    • Mentors, no-interest loans for adoptions, overstocks, back to school drives, adopt a home
  • To fund existing charities that are on the forefront of orphan/foster care worldwide.
    • Grants that can double or triple existing work
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Raise Awareness

  • Get the stats out to people in the industry
    • PowerPoint Templates
    • Mass video email campaign using popular retail technology people
    • Trade events/Trade Publications
    • “the Good News in Retail”
    • Social Media (Blogs, Facebook, Twitter)
    • Buttons, cards, elevator pitch.
  • Enlist famous adoptive parents or adoptees…
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Help Companies Create Internal Programs

  • Mentors for Foster Kids
    • Be the one adult who doesn’t change in a child’s life.
    • Takes 4-7 hours a month
  • No-interest loans/grants to employees who adopt
  • Maternity benefits to adoptive/foster parents
    • Adoptive parents often need more time than birth parents to adjust to new child because of existing issues
  • Life-skills training for foster kids/orphans
    • Financial training, how to be good employee, cooking, integrity, micro-businesses, how to buy a car, put on makeup, get an apartment
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Help Companies Create Internal Programs

  • Back-to-school drives for orphans/foster kids
    • Supplies, clothing, and even diapers are huge needs retail can meet for the foster system.
  • Utilize your organization’s core competencies
    • Building materials – construction/repairs for children’s homes. Clothing, school/office supplies, books, children’s toys, logistics, computers, S/W.
  • Donate overstocks intelligently to help provide needs for orphanages/foster kids
    • RetailROI building a database of children’s charities to help streamline this process.
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Help Companies Create Internal Programs

  • Work with suppliers in China/India to support orphan related causes locally
    • Over half the world’s orphans live in the countries that “supply” Retail
  • Engage your local community/Brainstorm
    • This is not about building a big charity
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Support “feet on street” charities

  • Provide grants to charities where real work is done
    • Focus on entrepreneurial charities
    • Hand ups, not just hand outs – provide hope via resources/training or safety net.
    • Where grants can double or triple the work, not just cover admin or advertising costs
    • Give 90% + away every year – get the money working
  • Bring the “World is Flat” mentality to Orphan Care
    • Lowering the cost, broadening the global reach
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Fundraising in 2010

  • RetailROI SuperSaturday
  • RetailROI Auction at Retail Insiders Party
  • Online Auction March 1-9th
  • Matching Donations from Companies/Foundations
  • Round-Up for Orphans at the POS
    • Allow consumers to round their transactions to the nearest $, Euro
    • Work with POS S/W groups to underwrite any software changes
    • A penny or two a transaction really adds up fast
  • Financial Goal is to raise $1M this year, give $940k away
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Where We Need Help

  • Donations (personal and corporate/foundations)
    • Work to get ROI available for corporate match for donations
  • Become a company advocate
    • Work to drive RoundUp or other fundraiser (TekServePOS)
    • Work with HR on Mentoring program (or Other activities within your company.)
  • Help spread the word in the Industry
    • Twitter, Facebook, Presentations, Brochures, Ads, Buttons
  • Work with RetailROI Committees
    • Events, Messaging, Corporate Donations, Branded Products, Hospitality, Charity Database, Website
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“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world,

and that is an idea

whose time has come.”

– Victor Hugo

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Retail can make a HUGE Difference

  • YOU can make the difference

Will you get involved?

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Questions?

  • info@retailROI.org
  • greg@ihlservices.com
  • +1.615.591.2955