100% Employee-Owned Lifetouch School Photography Matches Donations at 2013 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Hope Awards

May 9, 2013

Home News 100% Employee-Owned Lifetouch School Photography Matches Donations at 2013 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Hope Awards

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a generous commitment during the Hope Awards last night from Lifetouch School Photography. The employee-owned company based in Minnesota announced its pledge to match, dollar for dollar, gifts and donations made at the evening gala.

Lifetouch has a long and respected history of partnership with the Center. The two developed the Lifetouch SmileSafe Kids® photo ID card, a program that creates ID cards for parents to keep with them in case their child goes missing. Additionally, the employee-owned company is continually a corporate sponsor of Take 25, a program that encourages adults to talk children for 25 minutes about safety.

President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, John D. Ryan reaffirmed the partnership saying, “Lifetouch has been and continues to be one of our most valuable strategic partners.  Their concern for child safety and the portraits they produce are key to their business and our mission.”

Lifetouch became 100% employee-owned in 1978, and since then have developed an impressive culture of ownership among the 17,000 Lifetouch employee-owners. As the company says about its values, “We care about people – employees, customers, and other partners as individuals, treating them respectfully and dutifully.” Employee-ownership allows workers to take ownership of their work, which ultimately creates a culture of responsibility.  Like their work environment, many employee-owned companies, like Lifetouch, practice this same culture in their communities.  Employee-owners have a vested interest in their larger community and take the lead to improve it.

ESCA applauds Lifetouch for its commitment to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and for exemplifying the many benefits of employee-ownership.

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