Groupon Teams Up with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation on an Epic Deal

Win or Buy an Epic Trip to New Orleans to Attend Gala featuring Brad Pitt, Bruno Mars and Kings of Leon

806x806_socialFacebook_MIR_mbYep, you read that right. We are offering a deal of epic proportions—the chance to support a great charity AND have a chance to meet the charity’s founder, Brad Pitt.

Starting today, Groupon Grassroots is launching a campaign with Make It Right, the organization founded by Brad Pitt to build environmentally-friendly homes for people in need. The campaign allows you to donate directly to Make It Right, as well as enter the sweepstakes* to win the chance to travel to New Orleans and attend Make It Right’s gala, which includes performances by platinum-selling recording artists Bruno Mars and Kings of Leon.

Hosted at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans, the gala also includes a cocktail hour, three-course dinner prepared by the city’s finest chefs including Susan Spicer and Donald Link, local jazz musicians, gift bags and more. Additionally, schedule permitting, the winner has the chance to participate in a group meet-and-greet with Brad Pitt. To top off the weekend, the winner also gets a tour of the Make It Right homes with an award-winning architect. 100% of the donations from the Grassroots campaign go directly to Make It Right.

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 4.36.41 PM“Through our social responsibility efforts, we’ve been helping build and support the communities around our thousands of local merchants since Groupon’s inception,” said Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky.  “By partnering with Make It Right we’re able to expose millions of people around the world to this important project and help the organization make a significant difference, one that should be replicated in struggling neighborhoods across the world.” Continue Reading

Groupon Wedding Sweepstakes

612x612_social_wedding_02_esw copyIf you’re using a traditional lunar calendar you know basketball season leads to April showers, which brings May flowers, which is followed by wedding season. We’re ready for you here at Groupon with our brand new Wedding Shop featuring dresses, groom essentials, products to pamper you and your bridal party, honeymoon excursions, and much more.

We also want to take some of the stress out of planning your big day. If Pinterest has been your source of inspiration you can enter our Wedding Collection Sweepstakes for your chance at $500 Groupon Bucks!

We are offering two lucky pinners a chance to win $500 in Groupon Bucks to spend on their special day or honeymoon. To enter, follow these three steps:

1. Check out our Wedding Collection on Groupon.com.

2. Pin your favorite images from our collection to your wedding board using the hashtag #GrouponWeddingSweeps to qualify.

3. Come back here to submit your pins before April 15th!

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Groupon Launches Elite Deal Series

Screen shot 2014-04-01 at 8.13.59 AMElite Deals Developed for Upscale Shoppers Showcase Status and Sophistication

Groupon today announced its newest line of deals for the discriminating shopper: the Elite Deal Series. The Groupon Elite Deal Series will be an ongoing collection of luxury items, featuring premium-plus pricing. Today the series launches with its first deal, $40 for $20 worth of Groupon Bucks. Purchasers will receive $20 in Groupon Bucks for the premium-plus price of $40.

“We’ve had many luxury items available for purchase on Groupon.com over the past five years,” said Joyce Lancastershire, Groupon’s Chief of Luxury, “including two-carat diamond rings, full wedding packages at a luxury hotel and high-end designer handbags. But all those items were sold at a huge discount and provided incredible savings. Groupon Elite Deals take upscale to new heights by offering the status and sophistication of paying premium-plus pricing.”

The first deal in the series, the $40 for $20 deal, will be available for a limited time. But the $20 in Groupon Bucks will be valid to use towards anything on Groupon.com.

Groupon Glows-in-the-Dark in Support of Earth Hour

Earth_Hour_60+_LogoCould you go without light for an hour to help the Earth? This Saturday, March 29, 8:30-9:30pm local time, millions of people everywhere will turn off non-essential lights for Earth Hour, and show their commitment to the planet. The movement, started by the World Wildlife Fund, has evolved to also include a crowdfunding platform for environmental projects. In 2013, participating landmarks in Earth Hour included the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Acropolis, Big Ben, Times Square, and many more.

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 4.46.00 PM To support Earth Hour and showcase some of our quirkiest Groupon Goods deals, we created a collection for “Things You Can Do In the Dark” (including products such as LED shoelaces), that also features a Groupon Grassroots campaign benefiting World Wildlife Fund and a project to install solar panels for low-income families. Visit www.groupon.com/occasion/earth-hour to donate and shop before the collection ends tomorrow!

 


1 Groupon, 1 Meal

We’re putting a spin on the idea of eating for two.

Today marks the launch of our One Groupon, One Meal campaign in select cities: New York, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

From March 19th through April 1st, each time someone purchases a food and drink deal in those cities, we’ll donate the cost of a meal to a chosen food depository.

“We’re proud to partner with six amazing hunger organizations across the country for the two week-long One Groupon, One Meal campaign, aiming to fund tens of thousands of meals,” said Kyle Klatt, Program Manager, Groupon Grassroots and Cause Marketing at Groupon. “Groupon Grassroots, our social responsibility arm, is committed to help build and support the communities around our thousands of local merchants.”

To participate:

  1. Require sustenance.
  2. Head to Groupon.
  3. Choose from any of the food and drink offerings listed in those cities and purchase a deal.

Thanks for showing your support!

 


Celebrating International Women’s Day at the Local Level

As a global company operating at the hyper-local level, we know the importance of celebrating the individuality and addressing the specific needs of each community in which we work. With this in mind, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) with the awareness that while solidarity and unity within a movement has its rewards, it is equally important to recognize what is happening within a movement at its most local level.

International Women’s Day brings together people from all over the world to celebrate the social, political, and economic achievements of women, while also addressing areas that need further action. The theme for 2014 is “Inspiring Change.” Just as Groupon has a global presence with a local focus, International Women’s Day is a global event that supports participating countries in coming up with themes and events that are relevant to their own communities.

Here in the United States, like in many countries, women’s equality is often spoken about as a single entity, measured in milestones such as the first female astronaut, the first female CEO, and maybe someday soon, the first female U.S. president. These achievements are no doubt noteworthy. However, as we celebrate them, we should also be mindful of the fact that the triumphs of one single woman or group of women do not indicate the state of women’s equality as a whole.

So on this International Women’s Day, we encourage you to assess the state of women’s equality in your community, in your workplace, and even in your own home and family. We also encourage you to celebrate the individual achievements of the women in your life, as we at Groupon celebrate our female Groupon merchants, customers, and employees. By recognizing and addressing the state of women’s equality at the hyper-local level, we can better address the specific barriers to equal opportunities for agency, achievement, and respect faced by women in all parts of the world.

 

#GrouponKissKiss Winner Announced

“It is nice to finally meet you, daddy.”

We asked for kisses and you gave us kisses! After many submissions and voting, our #GrouponKissKiss contest has come to an end.

Congratulations to Terri and her family for the winning photograph!

Terri and her husband will enjoy a year’s worth of date nights on Groupon and a pair of Aurora Diamond Collection earrings. (The earrings might be harder to share…)

Thanks to everyone who shared their expression of love with us! It made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

 


Black-Owned Businesses at the Heart of Communities

BHM screenshotAt Groupon, small businesses and local communities are our passion. So during Black History Month, we wanted to highlight black-owned small businesses, which are an important part of many communities in Chicago and the rest of the country. To help us articulate this point, we reached out to three local community and economic development organizations to discuss the importance of these businesses to community development in our home city of Chicago. Continue Reading