Great Clips Does Great Deeds for Great Needs

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 20, 2010—Great Clips does much more than simply give terrific haircuts. We give time and money to help foster hopes and cures, and we do that in many ways–all under the umbrella program of Great Needs. Great Deeds.®

It’s a big world, and one of the most important benefits of being a successful company is being fortunate enough to contribute on a bigger scale. Our salon owners are independent business people who live and work in communities across North America. Every day they join customers and neighbors to help those communities. From local non-profits to internationally known organizations, there is no shortage of great deeds to perform.

Across the U.S. and Canada, the biggest charity partner of Great Clips salons is Children’s Miracle Network. Children's Miracle Network has a mission to saves the lives of children by raising funds and awareness for more than 170 children's hospitals and foundations throughout North America.

“We couldn’t exist without all of our sponsor partners,” noted Darlis Clausen, Children’s Miracle Network director at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Minneapolis. Clausen added that the fact that Great Clips salons can be found across the nation and in Canada provides visibility for the hospital network, as many don’t know about Children’s Miracle Networks until there is a need to use its services.

“First and foremost is the awareness that our sponsors provide. Great Clips (with its nearly 3,000 salons) is a perfect example of that,” she said.

In addition to helping Children’s Miracle Network by selling Miracle balloons during Great Needs. Great Deeds. ® month in October, many salons also  participate in cut-a-thons to raise money. And, Great Clips stylists routinely donate a portion of their tips too.

Another well-known program which many Great Clips salons support is Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides children suffering from hair loss with a custom-fitted hairpiece made from donated human hair. A majority of our salons offer free haircuts to those who wish to donate 10 inches or more of their hair to Locks of Love.

Beyond the great deeds performed by nearly 3,000 salons, the corporate office of Great Clips, Inc. also support a variety of causes through the Great Needs. Great Deeds.® program.

The largest fund-raiser by Great Clips, Inc. is our annual Charity Golf Classic which has raised more than $2.5 million over the past several years to support Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. Corporate employees also participate in fund-raising for Children’s Miracle Network during our annual Great Needs. Great Deeds.® week at the home office. And, Great Clips corporate employees willingly share their time and talent with a variety of causes throughout the year, including group activities such as Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving.

Great Clips President Rhoda Olsen notes, “We started the Great Needs. Great Deeds.® because we believe it is important to give back to the communities where we work and operate. That’s why we also make it easy for our corporate employees to share their talents by offering the option to receive eight extra hours of paid time off to volunteer during work hours.”

Other tried-and-true fundraising initiatives both by salons and Great Clips, Inc. corporate staff have included radio-thons, blood drives, pin sales for the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund’s “Cut it Out!” program, Lee “Denim Days,’ coin collection jars, and charity haircuts at professional sporting events.

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has nearly 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 30,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit