by Educational Insights | 19 Jan 2023
AWARD-WINNING EDUCATIONAL TOY COMPANIES –
LEARNING RESOURCES, EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS, AND HAND2MIND –
BRING LEARNING TO LIFE WITH $1.7M IN PHILANTHROPIC AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT IN 2022
As a mission-driven organization, the family of companies is proud to have supported numerous causes and charity organizations throughout the year
Vernon Hills, IL (Jan. 19, 2023) – Educational toy companies Learning Resources, Educational Insights and hand2mind advanced their mission to bring learning to life with donations totaling more than $1.7M in monetary and product support to a wide variety of philanthropic organizations in 2022.
“Our mission is to bring learning to life,” said Sari Winick, Global Chief Marketing Officer. “To that end, we are proud to have helped a wide variety of philanthropic organizations that support children and families during 2022.”
Some of the most impactful giving initiatives supported by the family of companies in 2022 include:
The translation and distribution of free educational resources to Ukrainian refugees in locations around the world along with a financial donation to support relief efforts for those affected by the conflict. Employees spearheaded a Ukraine fundraising campaign, spread the word, and asked partners to support it, raising a total of $95K from the company, employees, their friends and family, and valued business partners.
Support for the Uvalde, Texas school tragically impacted by a shooting. hand2mind donated thousands of dollars of curriculum resources to the school.
Following last Summer’s tragic event in Highland Park, IL, which is located near the Learning Resources and hand2mind corporate headquarters, the companies supported the community with a monetary donation to the Highland Park Community Foundation, as well as a donation of educational products to HP Unites.
To help start the school year safely, the companies donated $800,000 worth of PPE and classroom supplies to meet the request of another longtime partner, the Kids In Need Foundation
After hearing charities were receiving fewer donations than they needed for Christmas, a substantial donation of thousands of toys was made to longtime partner Toys For Tots, based out of the local Great Lakes Naval Base.
Learning Resources established a Buy-One-Give-One campaign in December to support underserved families nationwide, allowing them to share in a love of learning through play during the holidays.
Additionally, throughout the year, employees have generously given their time to local Chicago-based causes such as Bernie’s Book Bank, Feed My Starving Children, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Best Buddies and Play Your Part Chicago. The Educational Insights team, located in California, also supported many Los Angeles-based charitable organizations financially, through in-kind donations, and volunteer hours this year. Some of those include Momentum Pediatric Therapy Network, My Stuff Bags Foundation, Special Needs Network and Next Up Foundation.
The family of companies has partnered with local and national networks to participate in giving initiatives, including the WGN-TV Toy Drive, The Drew Barrymore Show, The Today Show and Good Morning America. Past sponsorships include Donors Choose, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk, Autism Speaks, Ravinia Festival, and Advocate Healthcare.
Over the last six years, the family of educational toy companies has supported more than 35 charities and donated millions of dollars to non-profit and smaller organizations, in addition to various private and public schools nationwide.
ABOUT Learning Resources
We're Learning Resources®, and learning is where we play. With nearly 40 years of experience, our family-owned company’s mission is founded on offering kids educational toys for infinite inspiration to succeed in school and beyond. From ABCs and 123s to fine motor and STEM, our award-winning products help kids discover countless ways to develop a lifelong love of learning while they build new skills. In 2022, Learning Resources expanded this dedication to learning and enrichment with Brightkins, a line of interactive pet training tools and toys that help families discover bright ways for pets to play!
ABOUT Educational Insights
Based in sunny Southern California, Educational Insights is the creator of award-winning toys and games backed by a playful promise to provide new experiences that ignite passion and fuel kid creativity and imagination. For more than 60 years, our award-winning toys and games have helped kids around the world embrace their originality, celebrate their differences, and pursue their very best selves.
Learn more about how we are igniting the spark in every child at www.EducationalInsights.com, or follow the brand on TikTok @educationalinsights, Instagram @educationalinsights, and Facebook @EducationalInsights.
At hand2mind, we believe children learn best by doing. For over 50 years, teachers and school administrators at thousands of schools and districts across the country have relied on our high-quality, hands-on materials to expand their core curriculum. Offering resources for math, science, STEM, and literacy, our mission is to support teachers, inspire students, engage parents, and champion learning by doing.
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