Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Foresters are members of the KaBOOM! Corporate Leadership Circle.
The KaBOOM! National Partner program was created to recognize our largest Funding Partners. In addition to funding the building of playgrounds and programs that promote the importance of play, National Partners provide significant unrestricted funding to support the mission of KaBOOM!.
National Partners have both the local impact of a KaBOOM!-led build and a nationwide impact on the health and well-being of children and communities. Within the KaBOOM! National Partner program, there is also the Leadership Circle, in which members have provided long-term guidance and support for the organization.
In 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) introduced Let’s Play, a community partnership designed to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative was a three-year commitment to KaBOOM! to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated 5 million children across North America.
By the end of 2012, through Let’s Play, KaBOOM! and DPS awarded more than 1,000 Let’s Play Grants and led the hands-on construction of 30 playgrounds, benefiting nearly 3 million children nationwide!
Foresters is a leading international life insurance provider that is member-based, family-focused, and community-spirited. This means that Foresters is driven to share, not shareholder driven. Foresters is an organization founded on and committed to championing the well-being of families.
Since the partnership began in 2006, Foresters has invested $6 million with KaBOOM! to build playgrounds in communities across North America. In 2010, Foresters became a National Partner, by the end of our three-year partnership in 2013, Foresters and KaBOOM! will have built nearly 100 playgrounds. These playspaces will provide 2.6 million children and their families with a safe place to spend quality time together and have fun. In addition to building playgrounds with KaBOOM!, Foresters provides long-term guidance and support for KaBOOM! by investing in programs that have a lasting impact on the well-being of families.
Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, and supports the KaBOOM! vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child. Since 2007, Disney has pledged more than $4 million to help build nearly 40 playgrounds and learning gardens with the participation of nearly 3,000 Disney VoluntEARS. The playground builds are an extension of Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative designed to partner with parents to raise healthy, happy kids and make healthier lifestyles fun.
In addition to building playgrounds, Disney is a sponsor of the KaBOOM! Map of Play, a tool to gather data on where playspaces exist, the condition of these playspaces, and where playspaces are needed.
Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored Disney tradition. Learn more about Disney’s Citizenship efforts.
JetBlue believes it has a corporate responsibility to provide excellent service, both on the air and on the ground. As a responsible corporate citizen, JetBlue works with a variety of non-profit partners to make a difference in the communities they serve.
The partnership between JetBlue and KaBOOM! began in 2006, and through 2012, JetBlue has brought together almost 3,800 volunteers to build 16 playgrounds, which serve more than 19,000 children by providing a safe place to play. In addition to building new playspaces, JetBlue supports the broader mission of KaBOOM! by featuring it as a beneficiary of its annual Swing for Good Golf Classic.
MetLife Foundation has a longstanding commitment to empowering individuals and building healthy communities. Today, this tradition is evident in its business practices, the volunteer activities of MetLife associates, and its community investments, all of which make a positive difference in communities around the world and across the United States. The MetLife Foundation is proud of its history of working with non-profit organizations, including KaBOOM!.
The partnership with the MetLife Foundation began in 2008 and, in 2010, MetLife Foundation became a National Partner. At the end of 2012, KaBOOM! and the MetLife Foundation built 15 playgrounds in the U.S. and Mexico. Together, MetLife Foundation and KaBOOM! are helping to build fun, safe places for kids of all ages to play.
We are grateful to the following organizations, companies, foundations, families, and individuals who have made substantial investments in KaBOOM! and the cause of play, helping us to map, build and advocate for great places to play across the country.
*These organizations have given more than $1 million in support for KaBOOM! over the years, and we thank them for their on-going support.
In 2012 KaBOOM! helped build 167 new playgrounds in deserving communities across North America, working to address the Play Deficit in 38 states as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.
The following child-serving, Community Partners committed significant time, energy, and resources to create engaging new playspaces for their communities. Through the experience each grew in their ability and confidence to effect positive, long term impact in their communities.