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Commitment in Action

Harland Clarke helps strengthen the communities where we live, work and play through charitable giving, participation in local events and volunteerism

Harland Clarke Licensing Specialist Bonnie Owens and Chief Operating Officer Dan Singleton show the engraved award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)
The NBCF award displays many colors close up.
Harland Clarke receives a warm thank you from the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Dr. King’s fundamental question is at the heart of Harland Clarke’s commitment to re-investing in the communities that touch the lives of our employees, our clients and our clients’ account holders. The company’s dedication is backed by action. At the corporate level, Harland Clarke donates a portion of sales from checks and related products to local and national organizations. And employees volunteer their time, participate in events that celebrate diversity and service, and engage in charitable giving of their own. The following programs highlight some of the ways Harland Clarke and its employees are focusing on giving back to the community.

Corporate Donations
Harland Clarke was recognized recently by the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® for making a difference through its corporate donations.

NBCF presented Harland Clarke with an engraved award for contributing more than $98,400 from July 2007 to June 2008. The donations have enabled NBCF to increase awareness of breast cancer through education, provide mammograms for those in need, and offer programs that are significantly changing the survival rate of womenacross the country who are diagnosed with breast cancer. NBCF also acknowledged Harland Clarke as a Gold Level Sponsor’s Circle member. Harland Clarke, which has contributed to NBCF since January 2007, donates $50 for every $1,000 in sales of Hope and Courage duplicate checks, checkbook covers and labels.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation also presented Harland Clarke with an award for donating more than

$20,000 in 2008, and it recognized the company as a Fundraising Advocate. Harland Clarke’s contributions helped support the Make-A-Wish Foundation as it provided hope, strength and joy to more than 13,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions in 2008 by making their wishes come true. Harland Clarke has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2001 and donates $0.50 to the organization for each Watercolor check sold.




Honoring Dr. King

Harland Clarke CEO Chuck Dawson, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, Harland Clarke Diversity Director Stacy Franklin and Georgia Perimeter College President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli attend the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2009 Birthday Celebration on Jan. 15, 2009
Harland Clarke employees Lennise Bueno and Sally López in Puerto Rico volunteer in their community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Harland Clarke employees make no-sew fleece blankets for families in need.
Harland Clarke Proposal Services Manager Angela Malik interacts with students during Junior Achievement’s Careers With a Purpose program.

Harland Clarke employees began 2009 with a charitable tone by participating in a variety of events that honored Dr. King’s legacy of service.

On Jan. 15, Harland Clarke President and CEO Chuck Dawson attended the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2009 Birthday Celebration in Decatur, Ga., co-presented by Georgia Perimeter College and Harland Clarke. Dawson spoke about Harland Clarke’s commitment to both the community and its diverse and inclusive work environment for more than 6,000 employees across the nation. He also introduced the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, who was the first African-American woman to travel in space. The theme of this year’s celebration was “historic firsts.”

On Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds of Harland Clarke employees acrossz the continental U.S. and in Puerto Rico participated in a “day on” of community service. Activities included collecting and delivering food, clothing and toys; serving food to the hungry and homeless; volunteering at a thrift shop; participating in a community-wide clean-up; planting flowers; shopping for the elderly; and making no-sew fleece blankets.

United Way
Each year, Harland Clarke supports the United Way through a national campaign. Employees participate by making pledges, volunteering at United Way agencies in their respective towns during Days of Caring, and taking part in special events that enhance fundraising efforts and provide team-building opportunities, such as jeans days, balloon sales, silent auctions and more. The 2008 United Way theme, “Live United,” was exemplified by the efforts of Harland Clarke employees, who raised $546,575 in pledges and $730,045 overall.

Junior Achievement
Harland Clarke recently teamed up with Junior Achievement (JA) to help make a difference in the lives of students at Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Ga. Beginning in March, several Harland Clarke employees volunteered to spend one hour per week for seven weeks working with a class of students.

The curriculum had two parts: Careers With a Purpose and Financial Responsibility. Kenyatta Arnette, career technology department chair at Southwest DeKalb High School, described the impact JA had on his students. “Participating in Junior Achievement has afforded my students a practical educational opportunity that cannot be adequately expressed in textbooks,” he said. “My students have been challenged to dialogue about relevant real-world experiences, enabling them to make connections between the business world and what we teach.” Angela Malik, proposal services manager for Harland Clarke and a JA volunteer in Arnette’s classroom, also felt the experience was a valuable one. “The students were receptive and engaged; they asked questions and actively participated in group sessions,” she said. “I had a great time taking part in this worthwhile program.”