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About the Entertainment Industry Foundation

Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national and global level that facilitate positive social change. Some of EIF's programs include Stand Up To Cancer, EIF Women's Cancer Programs, the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, and a national education initiative that includes the new Hunger Is program to solve childhood hunger in America.

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Woman supporting a child suffering from a neurological disease on a ball

The Safeway Foundation and Easter Seals work together to offer help, hope and answers to children and adults living with autism and other disabilities or special needs. Since 1985, Safeway has raised more than $129 million for Easter Seals programs such as vocational training, independent living assistance and early intervention therapy for children with developmental delays.

At the local level, support from The Safeway Foundation has provided Easter Seals affiliates the ability to not only maintain current services, but also to significantly expand the work of the organization on behalf of children and adults with disabilities.

Funds raised by The Safeway Foundation:

  • Provided job training and supportive services to more than 500 clients in Southern California through Easter Seals WorkFirst, which helps people with disabilities not only find employment but assists them in maintaining that status. Safeway's support also helps those seeing to develop their own small business
  • Trained Easter Seals staff across the country around expanding visibility of early intervention programs which are critical to ensuring a great start in life for children, especially those with autism or other disabilities
  • Enabled expansion of autism therapy services in Fort Worth, TX by opening a fourth center to address unmet needs in the North Texas community
  • In Chicago, Dominick's supported the building of Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research and has been recognized through the naming of the Vocational Training and Work Center and the Research Node Connection Lab in Dominick’s honor
  • Helped more than 200 veterans find full time employment in the Washington, DC metro region
  • Supported the distribution of iPads and other assistive technology devices to children with autism and their families through Easter Seals Washington State's "Autism Interactive" program
  • Provided expansion of Easter Seals Children's Development Center in Phoenix, along the ADAPT Shop which offers children with disabilities and their families individualized adaptive supports that can be identified, designed and/or fabricated just for them and for their specific needs
  • More than 80 Safeway employees helped refurbish Easter Seals Camp at Rocky Mountain Village (Colorado), which serves more than 3,000 people with disabilities each year
  • Supports services for children with disabilities in Oregon through Easter Seals Children's Therapy Center including a full range of therapy services to children from birth to age 18, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy and mental health services
  • Provided more than 37,000 hours of services to children with developmental disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area through Easter Seals Kalidescope, including affordable after-school care, respite for caregivers and other supports

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Special Olympics volunteer and participant with walker standing side by side on grass

For more than four decades, Special Olympics has been organizing athletic games for people with intellectual disabilities. Safeway has raised more than $9.4 million for Special Olympics to fund 21 Special Olympics programs in 20 states, plus The District of Columbia. These funds are carefully invested into the neighborhoods where they are collected.

Using funds raised by The Safeway Foundation, Special Olympics:

  • Offered free training and competition opportunities year-round to more than 13,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities in Northern California
  • Gave approximately 1,800 athletes in Illinois, many of whom live at or below the poverty level, the chance to advance from local competitions to sectionals, districts and state tournaments
  • Provided the equivalent of a full year of service for an astounding 711 Special Olympics athletes in Texas.

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Smiling Safeway employee standing next a smiling young boy with a neurological disease

Safeway works hand in hand with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and related neuromuscular diseases. So far, Safeway has raised over $68.4 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association; helping MDA researchers make landmark achievements.

Using our funds, MDA:

  • Launched the first clinical trial with a drug that specifically targets the genetic flaw in familial ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Designed two projects to prevent debilitating side effects caused by long-term steroid therapy, currently the only approved drug regimen for Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy
  • Activated a clinical trial designed to optimize a gene therapy strategy for Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophy
  • Uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy and more than 40 other neuromuscular diseases

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Man wearing a shirt that says "I wear blue" on the back

Safeway has raised over $68 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), the world's largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research committed to finding better treatments and, one day, a cure. The foundation channels resources to the world's top scientific minds—cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration to speed breakthroughs.

Money raised by The Safeway Foundation:

  • Funded a new advance in early detection– a urine test that locates a unique piece of DNA found only in prostate cancer cells
    • Potential to catch prostate cancer many years earlier
    • Together with a PSA test and a checkup will help doctors determine who has prostate cancer and thus prevent patients from undergoing unnecessary biopsies.
  • Funded research that has played a role in the recent approvals of three new drugs which extend the lives of patients with advanced metastatic disease
  • Supported research that helped identify 25 genotypes (varieties) of prostate cancer

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Doctor pointing to breast cancer imagery on her computer screen

The Safeway Foundation is a major fundraiser for breast cancer research at the top research centers in the United States and Canada. Because of advances in early detection and treatment, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. In the last nine years, Safeway has raised a total of $108 million for breast cancer awareness and research.

Our donations contribute to cutting-edge trials and programs, including the I-SPY Trials, which are designed to accelerate the development of more personalized clinical breast cancer trials. Since the launch of the I-SPY Trials, scientists have reported findings that could influence the way researchers screen, treat and assess the prognosis for women with advanced breast cancer.

The Safeway Foundation has also launched an aggressive breast cancer awareness and detection program by partnering with regional medical institutions to support mobile mammography programs.

Our funding from last year alone:

  • Provided over 15,000 mammograms for women who would otherwise not had access to services through our mobile mammography screening
  • Provided almost 20,000 people fighting breast cancer with the ability to check online to see if there is a clinical trial for prevention or treatment of breast cancer that might be right for them through www.breastcancertrials.org
  • Will benefit over 150,000 women in the Athena Breast Health Network in just the next 5 years. Athena's mission is to save lives by transforming how we deliver care today, learn from our patients, create life-changing science, and improve prevention and treatment options tomorrow
  • Will make it possible to reduce the cost and the amount of time it takes to approve new breast cancer treatments by half through our sponsorship of the I-SPY 2 Trial, an unprecedented new clinical trial design, which is enrolling women all over the country

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Special thanks to our vendor partners, who help make this possible.

Logos of all the vendor partners: Anheuser-Bush, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Constellation Brands, Dr. Pepper, General Mills, Kraft, MillerCoors, Pepsico, Unilever

The sense of personal satisfaction and reward that comes from helping a neighbor in need is incredible.

—Safeway Volunteer