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ABC’s Wayne Silverman to Coordinate Share America! Workplace Efforts
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Wayne Silverman, Ph.D., Chief Administrative Officer of the American Botanical Council (ABC), has been appointed the new co-chair of the Share America! Corporate Access Committee (CAC) along with Sheila O’Neal of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in San Diego.

Share America! is a prestigious consortium of non-profit medical research and human service organizations. It organizes employee workplace campaigns for the employees of federal, state, and local governments, and now, corporations.

The corporate campaign initiative adds a new dimension to the exposure that ABC and its fellow federation non-profits receive.  “With current stresses in the supplement industry, including ABC and Share America! in employee giving campaigns is a way for a company to support us with little or no cost to the company,” said Silverman.  In June, ABC hosted representatives from Share America! at the Case Mill Homestead for a planning meeting of the CAC.  Silverman and O’Neal later conducted their first committee meeting to launch the corporate access effort.

Participation in Share America! expands the choices for supporting the work of non-profit organizations beyond traditional United Way agencies.  Companies can add the Share America! umbrella to the choices given to employees for their annual campaign, or they may design their own group of Share America! charities that best represents their needs. Experience has shown that as private corporations offer broader choices to their employees beyond United Way, employee total support and participation rates both increase in all campaigns.

HerbalGram and ABC invite readers to ask their companies to take part in the Share America! workplace campaign program. They also invite employers to offer this option.  ABC and Share America! will help design and implement an employee giving campaign that will include the local, regional, and national charities that employees and employers want to support.  This also allows corporations to support the important work of ABC without increasing their charitable giving budgets.

Federal and state employees who participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and selected state campaigns will find ABC listed under Medical Research Agencies of America as “Herbal Medicine Institute.”  ABC’s Board of Trustees recently adopted HMI as an “assumed name” for ABC to reflect the organization’s mission more accurately.  ABC plans to increase the use of this name in the future.  The ABC Board of Trustees urges employees to look for ABC or HMI in their campaign books.

If requested, ABC staff will accompany Share America! staff to present the program to the company.  As an incentive, if a company joins the program as a result of ABC’s efforts, ABC itself will receive a larger share of that company’s campaign for the first year.  To receive information about expanding your workplace campaign, please contact Share America! at 877/841-6839, or Wayne Silverman at ABC 512/926-4900, ext. 120, or .