January 20, 2015
No LS&Co. employee or retiree should be without a financial safety net, and that’s where the Red Tab Foundation (RTF) comes in. RTF is dedicated to alleviating financial hardship and enhancing economic self-sufficiency for our LS&Co. family across the globe. At the heart of RTF is employees helping employees. One grantee, Susan, had this to say about what that help means to her:
It’s not just a place you go to work anymore for me; it’s a place where you have friendships and support that are with you for a lifetime.
Stories like these are possible because of you. At the start of 2014, only 12 percent of employees were donating to the Red Tab Foundation. Thanks to an extraordinary effort from all of you over the last year we’re now up to 43 percent companywide.
We hope that by now you’ve heard about the Pete Haas and Chip Bergh $150,000 Red Tab Challenge. For every $1 you donate, up to $4 will go directly back to our colleagues in need around the globe. Want to help?
Make a one-time donation here.
Sign up for recurring payroll deduction (U.S. only)
Donate directly to the Red Tab Foundation when you check out at one of our retail stores in the U.S.
Thank you to all the employees who made such a big difference in 2014. You’re contributing to a cause important to the employee in the chair next to you, and the one on the other side of the world.
Did you know? The Red Tab Foundation is one of two foundations at Levi Strauss & Co. The Red Tab Foundation helps employees and retirees who face unexpected financial emergencies. The Levi Strauss Foundation strengthens communities where employees and factory workers live and work. Both help bring our company values to life. Read more here.
September 29, 2014
Every year, the Red Tab Foundation (RTF) helps 1,000 individuals with financial assistance during emergency situations. What if you were one of the 1,000 who needed aid? At LS&Co. we believe that no employee or retiree should be without a financial safety net, and that’s where the Red Tab Foundation comes in. RTF supports co-workers and retirees in times of need, disbursing $1 million USD annually around the globe.
RTF’s employee giving campaign kicks off today, and your participation helps the Red Tab Foundation provide hope to a fellow co-worker or retiree facing difficult times.
This year, we’re excited to announce that you can quadruple the impact of your donation thanks to the Pete Haas and Chip Bergh $150,000 Red Tab Challenge. This dollar-for-dollar match, in combination with the $100,000 that the Levi Strauss Foundation matches every year, plus a match from each WLT member to their teams, means that for every $1 you donate, up to $4 goes to direct aid for employees and retirees around the world!
There are two simple ways to get involved:
Make a one-time donation.
Sign up for recurring payroll deduction (U.S. only), and be sure to email Alexis Bechtol so your participation is accurately captured. If you are already contributing via payroll deduction, you’re all set — you don’t need to do anything else.
By participating in this challenge, you’re contributing to a cause important to the employee in the chair next to you, and the one on the other side of the world.
Watch this video message from Anne to see why it’s so important to get involved.
September 3, 2014
At their Leading for Performance meeting in July, 25 LSA upper field leaders got together to give back to a cause close to their hearts: the Red Tab Foundation.
In just two hours, the district managers contributed to RTF’s mission by collating and stuffing 3,000 envelopes to be mailed to LS&Co. retirees across the United States.
Southwest District Manager Roy Matherly, who volunteered his time for the mailing, shared why RTF is important to him: “The Red Tab Foundation creates a sense of community among all Levi Strauss employees, and it provides a great service for those in need. As a DM, it is extremely rewarding to know we have this resource. I know firsthand of an employee who was helped by The Red Tab Foundation this year and was blown away by the support that was given.”
Volunteering goes a long way here at LS&Co. The district managers’ participation not only saved the Red Tab Foundation mailroom fees but also resulted in a company-sponsored team grant to RTF because of the hours they donated to the cause.
Thank you, district managers! The Red Tab Foundation community appreciates your support.
Want to get involved with the Red Tab Foundation or put together a team volunteer event in your community? Email us to find out how.Did you know? The Red Tab Foundation is one of two foundations at Levi Strauss & Co. The Red Tab Foundation helps employees and retirees who face unexpected financial emergencies. The Levi Strauss Foundation strengthens communities where employees and factory workers live and work. Both help bring our company values to life. Read more here.
July 24, 2014
Looking for an easy and resourceful way to support the Red Tab Foundation (RTF)? Take a page from our colleagues in Switzerland. Earlier this year, seven employees from our sales office in Wettingen got together to rework mutilated samples in a creative and philanthropic way.
Markus Rindernecht, who recently relocated to the Plaza, explains where the inspiration came from: “We usually get non-mutilated samples, but this last season was the first time they all came in with cuts,” he said. “The order was to destroy all samples after the sales period. We wanted to be resourceful, so we decided our team could create a product to benefit the Red Tab Foundation.”
For a team that’s focused on selling our product, not making it, this was a fun opportunity to get creative. They designed and manufactured denim pouches for iPhones and iPads and sold them at the European sales launch, raising US $600 for RTF.
After a matching gift from the Levi Strauss Foundation and a grant from LS&Co. for the volunteer hours put forth by the team in Switzerland, more than US $1,500 will go to RTF. A little extra effort can go a REALLY long way here at LS&Co.
Markus summed it up nicely: “Just think for a second about how good it feels to get help from someone when you are in need. And now think about how it feels to get help from family. The Red Tab Foundation is your second family.”
Interested in getting involved with the Red Tab Foundation? Email us for opportunities all around the globe. This is how we help each other.
June 1, 2014
Eugene, San Francisco, and Brussels ran for the Red Tab Foundation. Only a few more donations needed to help them reach their goal.
In April and May, employees in San Francisco, Eugene, and Brussels laced up their shoes to Run for Red Tab. Altogether, 214 employees raced in support of the Red Tab Foundation, raising over $23,000 for Levi Strauss & Co. employees and retirees across the globe.
Eugene, outfitted in their white RFRT shirts, bright colored shades, and bandanas, were ready to get colorful at the Color Me Rad 5K. The weather was typical – cold and cloudy – but the enthusiasm was high. Bringing close to 30 employees out for the run, Eugene raced along the McKenzie River, raising close to $1,000 for RTF!
In San Francisco, with the Golden Gate Bridge as their back drop and 140 employees and friends by their side, the Run for Red Tab at the Levi’s Presidio 10 was on. The Vacaville Outlet store brought down a team of nine runners for a morning full of activities. The sun came out just as all 4,000 race participants crossed the finish line; perfect timing for music, drinks, and breakfast. With your help, San Francisco raised over $19,000 – help them meet their goal by clicking here.
The fundraisers worked hard for the money, and the support came in from donors all across the globe. Every dollar raised goes directly to our peers worldwide who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency.
Notable “high-earning” fundraisers paired with competition amongst departments kept the energy high and the spirit plentiful for RTF. In San Francisco, the “Denim Divas” team brought in $3.2k, “Marketing Mavens of Levi’s” raised $2.4k, and the “Pod Squad” came in a close third with $2k. Our top fundraisers included Abigail Johnson and Tanya Wirht, who, with their enthusiastic pleas, brought in over $2500 between the two of them.
Thank you to the runners, fundraisers, sponsors, and all those who donated to the Run for Red Tab in Eugene, San Francisco, and Brussels this year. Your support of RTF is appreciated.
This is how we help each other.
May 19, 2014
Employees in the United States can now give back just by saying “YES!” at the point of sale.
We are excited to announce that thanks to a collaborative effort between retail operations, retail communications, IT and marketing, employees in the United States can now donate to the Red Tab Foundation (RTF) at the cash register.
When you make a purchase at one of our 175 U.S. retail stores (including outlet), you will have the option to donate to RTF and help your co-workers around the world. $1, $5, $10 — it’s a small portion of your employee discount, and no matter the number after the dollar sign, every penny helps. All funds will go directly to employees and retirees facing unexpected financial emergencies.
Hear why Meisje, senior manager at our Market Street store in San Francisco, is so passionate about this new addition to her daily routine.
On Community Day alone, 117 donations were made through this new option at just three retail stores in the U.S. Think what a difference it would make if every time you purchased a pair of 501® jeans, you simultaneously gave back to your peers around the world.
Thank you to everyone involved in making this a success, with a special shoutout to our retail store teams for their continued efforts in collecting donations.
Have an idea about how to give back or volunteer with the Red Tab Foundation? Email us.
This is how we help each other.
April 2, 2014
LS&Co. employees in San Francisco and Eugene are running for Red Tab. Help them achieve their fundraising goals in a weekend dedicated to running for RTF.
California and Oregon are warming up just in time for Aprils Run for Red Tabs. Eugene is hosting their first Run for Red Tab on April 12th, and then 500 miles away on the next day, San Francisco is holding their Run for Red Tab at the Levi’s Presidio 10.
Both cities have the same mission in mind – raise funds for the Red Tab Foundation – our unique foundation at LS&Co. that helps employees and retirees in times of financial emergencies.
Want to help? Here is how our community across the globe can support these two locations in reaching their goals:
Run for Red Tab San Francisco:
Date – Sunday April 13, 2014
Race – Levi’s Presidio 10
Goal – $30,000 (we are 1/3 of the way there!)
Help San Francisco reach $30,000 – Register to run, volunteer, or donate to the SF race here.
Run for Red Tab Eugene:
Date – Saturday April 12, 2014
Race – Color Me Rad 5K
Goal – $1,500
Help Eugene reach $1,500 – Register to run, fundraise, or donate to the Eugene race here.
Not in the plaza? You can still help out by fundraising or donating. Or you could even hold a Run for Red Tab in your city! (Email us to find out how.)
Thank you for your support. This is how we help each other.
March 6, 2014
Run, fundraise, donate or volunteer to show your support for the Red Tab Foundation.
Calling all fitness and Red Tab Foundation enthusiasts. On April 13, the Run for Red Tab San Francisco at the Levi’s® Presidio 10 race will kick off a series of global fundraising runs benefiting the Red Tab Foundation.
These runs bring in tens of thousands of dollars annually for RTF — not just from San Francisco but also from Brussels and South Africa, with new locales on the horizon for 2014. Last year we raised $22,000 in San Francisco, and with the help of colleagues like John, we plan to bring in $30,000 in 2014. All of the money raised goes directly to employees and retirees facing financial emergencies.
For those of you in San Francisco, gather your co-workers, friends and family and register today for a 5K, 10K or 10 mile run through the Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge. This year’s run has a whole new twist — a different venue, a sponsorship from the Levi’s® brand and some much-deserved party time with your co-workers after the race, featuring live music, bloody marys and breakfast burritos.
If you’re not in the Plaza, you can still help out by fundraising or donating. Or you could even hold a Run for Red Tab in your city! (Email us to find out how.)
Plus, we’re rewarding the top fundraisers with a plethora of prizes. Tickets to see the 49ers in their new stadium? Could be you! An iPhone 5 to capture your favorite moments on the run, or a Fitbit to keep track of your training? Be a rock star fundraiser, and you could receive one of these great prizes in return.
Ready to help raise $30,000? Click here for detailed info on how to get involved with one of the below:
- Employees: Your registration for any distance is FREE thanks to the Levi Strauss Foundation. That’s right, FREE. We hope that you help us fundraise or make a donation to the Red Tab Foundation in return.
- Family/Friends: The first 25 employees to register get one free entry for a family member or friend so they can join in on the fun.
- Train with us! We’ll be holding weekly runs on Wednesdays from the Plaza to help you dust off your sneakers.
- After you sign up to run, help raise funds for RTF via personalized fundraising pages.
- Don’t like to run? You can help us fundraise without stepping foot on the course and can still join in on the race day activities.
- Create a team with your department. A little interdepartmental competition never hurt anyone.
- Support the efforts of your co-workers without tying a shoelace or sending an email. Sponsor a participant directly or make a general donation to the Run for Red Tab SF.
VOLUNTEER ON RACE DAY
- Help sign in people, hand out water or just rally the troops. The race team at the Presidio 10 could use your help.
Want to know more? Have questions? Email us.
Thank you for your support. This is how we help each other.
March 3, 2014
The Red Tab Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014–15 school year
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” — Nelson Mandela
We couldn’t agree more with this quote that South African student Angelique recently shared in a note to us. Angelique is the recipient of a scholarship through Red Tab Scholars, a need-based program that awards up to $1,500 USD per year to the dependents of LS&Co. employees around the world.
“In a country where opportunities such as the one you have given me are few, it is a privilege to receive a scholarship,” Angelique wrote. “Funding my tertiary education is more than simply signing a check. It is placing me on a path to success and a better future.”
Angelique’s is just one of the many lives we have been able to touch through the Red Tab Scholars program. Since 2008, the program has awarded almost US $1.6 million in scholarships to more than 430 students in 17 countries — all thanks to generous contributions to the Red Tab Foundation from Bob and Colleen Haas and LS&Co. employees, retirees and shareholders.
Today we’re kicking off the application period for scholarships for the 2014–15 school year.
The scholarships, which are administered by Scholarship Management Services, are based on financial need (75 percent) and scholastic merit (25 percent). They can be used for post-secondary education at colleges, universities and vocational schools.
For an application form, visit www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/redtab. Applications must be postmarked by April 26, 2014.
Want to contribute to the success of these scholars? See why our colleague, Traci, is passionate about the program.
Thank you for making education possible for those in need.
January 29, 2014
Red Tab Foundation is looking for people around the globe to lend a helping hand throughout the year.
The Red Tab Foundation (RTF) is an independent nonprofit that helps employees and retirees in times of financial emergencies. But we can’t do it without your generosity and support. At our Poland plant, 700 of the 900 employees give via a modest payroll deduction — an example that Dockers President Lisa Collier hopes we can follow around the globe.
But while participation via donations and payroll deductions is vital, another key part of that support is employee volunteerism. We have various volunteer and ambassador opportunities throughout the world, and we’re looking for employees like you to be key players in the success of the foundation.
- Become an ambassador in your city, for your department or at your retail store. Help us spread the word and raise funds for RTF.
- Organize a Run for Red Tab event in your city.
- Donate your expertise. Are you a reporting guru? Social media professional? IT whiz? We need your skills!
- Raise funds for any event. Have a passion that you would like to share with others while supporting RTF? Bike rides, golf tournaments, walkathons — the options are endless, and the opportunity is yours. Have an idea? We want to hear it!
- Lend a hand on ad hoc projects (S.F. only). We could always use help with mailings to grant recipients and donors, baking for campaigns and other easy and interactive opportunities.
To get involved with any of the above projects, or to join our mailing list and stay up to date on future opportunities, email us. As always, thank you for your support of the Red Tab Foundation. This is how we help each other.