Feb 11th 2016

AOL Celebrates One Year with Ad Council's Love Has No Labels Campaign

AOL and the Ad Council celebrate Valentine's Day with the one-year anniversary of the viral diversity and inclusion campaign, Love Has No Labels. The digital-first campaign was designed to further the understanding and acceptance of all communities regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, age and ability. As the exclusive digital launch partner and adamant supporter of the campaign's first year, AOL generated nearly 6 billion digital impressions worth an estimated media value of $8.68M championing the campaign's message!
The Love Has No Labels campaign reflects AOL's commitment to embracing diversity and shows our continued interest in moving the needle for these important causes that are very much a part of AOL's DNA and philanthropic focus. Read the Ad Council's press release here and watch one of the original videos below. This Valentine's Day, spread your belief that love has no labels.

Feb 11th 2016

Honoring MLK, AOL Unveils Mural at Local School

AOL employees from the Beverly Hills office volunteered their time to visit King Elementary School in Compton, California. As part of AOL's commitment to helping local communities and inspiring future leaders to reach their full potential, we partnered with Turnaround Arts to donate a massive mural to King Elementary.

Hundreds of AOL employees helped paint the mural one month ago and world renowned artist Mark Paul Deren (Mad Steez) finalized the artwork and installed it at the school. Turnaround Arts uses arts education to turn around struggling U.S. schools. Since 94% of the students involved with Turnaround Artse are from low-income families, the goal of the mural is to boost school pride and infuse positive culture through creativity.

The mural dedication ceremony was attended by 120 5th and 6th grade students and spoke about how the vibrant colors and massive image of MLK will inspire them to dream big! They're so proud to have this creative mural prominently displayed on the wall outside the cafeteria.

AOL's very own Justin Orkin, AOL Advertising Head of Finance, Travel and Wellness, gave a very inspirational and authentic speech at the ceremony about the importance of dreaming big and ensuring that all these students can be winners. Justin explained that "giving back is essential to our way of life." After the ribbon-cutting, the artist led a Q&A session for the students and then AOLers volunteered to help the kids paint their own mini-murals.

"It's easy to donate money and resources, but one of my favorite things about #AOLGivesBack is interacting with the kids our projects directly impact. To see their faces light up at the gorgeous mural at their school and sit down for an art project together was an incredible experience and, let's face it -- it's fun to just 'be a kid again' too." - Jenny Depper, AOL.com Entertainment.

Feb 10th 2016

The "I" In Black History - The First Black President

Do you remember where you were when the first black president was elected? That moment had a profound impact on these AOLers. Watch the first installment of our new video series, "The 'I' in Black History."

Feb 8th 2016

AOL Releases Transparency Report for the Second Half of 2015

As has been our practice, AOL is continuing to publish the number of demands for data we have received from government authorities.[1] The first table below includes information on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders that AOL has received for non-content and content information.[2] The second table provides information on the National Security Letters ("NSLs") that AOL has received. The third table provides information on the legal demands that AOL has received from federal, state, and local authorities in criminal investigations (outside of the national security context)[3]. It is important to note that AOL vigorously contests on behalf of our users any demands that we believe are ambiguous or legally defective.

As with our previous transparency reports, the tables below indicate that demands for user data impact less than one hundredth of one percent of AOL accounts. In addition, the number of accounts may not equal the number of individuals impacted, as users may have multiple accounts that are the subject of such demands.

[1] This report relates to AOL only. Verizon, which acquired AOL earlier this summer, has issued a separate transparency report.
[2] The U.S. government imposes a six-month delay for reporting Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders. Accordingly, this report reflects FISA orders only through June 2015.
[3] AOL has not received any demands from foreign authorities.

Feb 8th 2016

Big Game, Big Give, and Big Hearts

Making a difference. It's in our culture and code. So, this Saturday before historic Super Bowl 50, AOL hosted the ultimate pre-game "tailgate" experience for top-tier investors, athletes, celebrities and Silicon Valley leaders as they prepared for the big game while giving back. Almost 900 guests gathered at the Atherton home of VC Jillian Manus for the Big Game Big Give, an annual event taking place in the city of the Super Bowl to celebrate and give back to local charities, including The Giving Back Fund, Stanford Cancer Institute, and Four Rings Montana Family Institute. AOL was the media tech sponsor, hosting a "Draft" Tent; other event sponsors included BMW, Goldman Sachs, and the Ron Conway Family Foundation. AOL drove just shy of 500,000 social media impressions, reaching just under 450,000 individuals.

This year's event was chaired by Joe Montana, Matt Williams retired 3rd baseman of the San Francisco Giants, and California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Jay Leno emceed the auction, which aimed to raise more than $1 million for the Stanford Cancer Institute and other local causes.

The evening's theme was a tribute to California, from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, to Silicon Valley, which had a silent disco with a smartphone ice sculpture. The party featured a recreation of Seal Rock including 10,000 square foot tank with seals provided by California State University Monteray Bay, as part of an outreach project raising money for the adoption and care of two baby sea lions who were victims of El Niño. The musical guest was Michael Franti, known for using his music for positive change.

Check out the San Francisco Chronicle recap with a picture featuring AOL's "Draft" Tent experience!

In March, AOL will celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8th). Last week's AOL MAKERS Conference kicked things off by bringing together some of the biggest women leaders from across sectors for three days of inspirational discussions around diversity, leadership, social issues, and education. You can see great pictures and videos from the event by checking out @Makerswomen on Twitter.

In April, Citizen AOL will host nearly 1,000 children across over 14 offices for Take Your Child to Work Day and in May AOL's global volunteer day, Monster Help Day will send employees out into their communities. Promoting STEM education with children, especially girls is important to AOL, and will be the focus of a number of initiatives. AOL looks forward to supporting the Computer Science Opportunity Fair, educating nearly 2,000 high school and select middle school students around the endless opportunities in tech.

Stay tuned to this blog for more exciting updates from Citizen AOL and follow @AOLCSR on Twitter to keep up with all the great things AOL is going to do this year!

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