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Salt Lake City Family Unites for Children’s Cancer Research

Superheroes Unite! event provides day of fun for children with cancer, benefits CureSearch non-profit

Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT – Cheryl and Jeff Rounds have one word to describe their five-year-old daughter Annika: Magnificent. In her fight with stage-four neuroblastoma, Annika, who was diagnosed with this pediatric cancer at 10 weeks old, has faced her battles with grace and bravery. A sight that is, her parents say, magnificent to witness.

Neuroblastoma, a tumor that often originates in the adrenal glands, is the second-most common solid tumor in childhood. It accounts for five percent of the more than 15,000 diagnoses of childhood cancer each year. Annika, who is also described by her parents as “an amazing little fighter,” is facing her fourth relapse with this disease.

The Rounds family will be among the participants at Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite!, a day of play for children battling cancer (the superheroes) and their sidekicks – parents, siblings, caregivers, friends, and extended family members. The event, to be held September 23, 2017, at Salt Lake City’s Sugar House Park, doubles as a fundraiser for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national foundation committed to ending childhood cancer through research and innovation.

“Fighting cancer can be a very lonely job, but CureSearch reminds us that we’re not alone in this fight,” Cheryl says. “Childhood cancer research is so drastically underfunded, but with each new CureSearch-funded study I see, I have a renewed hope that more children will be successfully treated of their cancers.”

Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite! is one of many CureSearch programs that aid in funding children’s cancer research and in driving patient impact. The organization encourages the general public to participate or volunteer at CureSearch events in their communities. To register or to learn more about Superheroes Unite! and other programs, visit curesearch.org/Fundraise.

Source: https://curesearch.org/Salt-Lake-City-Family-Unites-for-Childrens-Cancer-Research


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Approximately $22.6 Million Raised by Global Impact for its Members through Workplace Giving Campaigns in Fiscal Year 2017

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 21, 2017Global Impact, whose mission is to build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people, announced today that it raised approximately $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) for its charity alliance of more than 100 international relief and development charities. These organizations are working on the front lines every day providing food, shelter, health care, education and other essential services to millions of people around the world.

Collectively, Global Impact charity alliance members have continued to see growth in revenues generated through workplace giving campaigns and other initiatives. This success is attributed to Global Impact’s fundraising strategy, as well as the great work of its charity partners, and private sector companies that are choosing to partner with Global Impact to raise awareness of global issues and charities as part of a larger corporate initiative to engage employees in creating greater social impact.

Currently, Global Impact raises much needed unrestricted funding through more than 300 private and public sector workplace giving campaigns with organizations such as Accenture, TIAA, American Express, Wells Fargo and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Global Impact has also developed a number of High Impact Funds and specific disaster funds, for example the Africa Famine Relief Fund, that have helped raise money for charities focused on pressing issues that are most important to donors. “We are continually seeking new ways to promote our charity alliance members and engage donors in the work they are doing,” said Joseph Mettimano, Global Impact vice president of marketing and campaign engagement. “It is an honor to work on behalf of these great charitable organizations and see interest growing by enlightened companies that understand the connection between creating employee satisfaction and opportunities for increased social impact within their workforces.”

Charity alliance partners range from renowned organizations with worldwide reach to nonprofits providing essential services on a regional scale. Rigorous membership standards ensure that each organization practices sound financial management and effective program delivery. Global Impact’s eight new charity partners for the 2017 campaigns are:

  • Agora Partnerships, striving to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable, equitable and abundant world that supports entrepreneurs intentionally working to create social impact.
  • EcoHealth Alliance, leading cutting-edge research into the critical connections between human and wildlife health and delicate ecosystems.
  • Global Health Council, supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide and acting as the collaborative voice of the global health community.
  • Human Rights Watch, defending the rights of people worldwide. Scrupulously investigating abuses, exposing the facts widely, and pressuring those with power to respect rights and secure justice.
  • Interaction, acting as a platform for global change, a pathway to global progress.
  • Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, helping women access preventive care and treatment for cervical and breast cancers where the need is greatest.
  • Seed Programs International, providing quality vegetable seed, expertise, and training resources to help impoverished people become self-sufficient and healthy.
  • ZanaAfrica Foundation, supporting adolescent girls in Kenya to stay in school by delivering reproductive health education and sanitary pads.

ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact works with more than 300 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also has served as an administrator for the Combined Federal Campaign for more than 20 years, including the two largest campaigns in the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and Overseas (CFC-O). Global Impact continues to serve in this role, as well as the campaign’s national marketing strategist and implementation partner. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

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CanDo Launches Crowdfunding Platform To Support Local Humanitarians In War-Torn Syria

Press release: July 2017: CanDo, the not-for profit organisation behind the first crowdfunded hospital in Syria, is launching a new crowdfunding platform, where 100% of all money raised for health projects in Syria, will go directly to the people who need it most.

Via people-to-people aid, CanDo challenges the current system where despite 75% of aid being carried out by local humanitarians, only 1% of funding gets to them. By supporting local humanitarians, through projects on the CanDo platform, war-affected communities will receive access to life-saving healthcare services and help reduce the suffering of innocent people.

CanDo led the People’s Convoy last December which, thanks to public display of generosity and solidarity, saw almost £250,000 (270% of the fundraising target) raised in just 12 days to rebuild the last children’s hospital that had been bombed out of action in Aleppo, Syria.

Hope Hospital will continue to be supported by CanDo and public funding via the new platform, this ensures the Independent Doctors Association can provide ongoing neonatal and premature infant care, intensive care and inpatient and outpatient services to Aleppo’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

Throughout July and August, CanDo encourages the public to make positive changes in Syria by supporting humanitarian health related projects, including:

  1. Ghiras Al Nahda – Growing mushrooms as a sustainable source of fresh food in a besieged area. Life conditions in in Al Ghouta, Damascus are very harsh and people are suffering from starvation and malnutrition. A team of Mycologists, biologists and technicians, will deliver a 3-day training workshop to teach locals how to grow mushrooms at home so they can provide for their family and neighbours. The project will support 135 families, and therefore help feed over 800 people.
  2. Insan (meaning ‘human’) – A psychosocial programme supporting vulnerable women suffering from the psychological effects of war. This self-help programme titled “12 steps to deal with crisis”, will help Syrian women cope and come to terms with the difficulties facing them during the war.
  3. Hurras (meaning ‘guard or protection’) – A children’s magazine which aims to help children protect themselves during conflict through storytelling. The magazine distributed in cities across Syria and available online, also provides puzzles and games to help children gain knowledge and develop important skills.
  4. Bihar (meaning ’spring’) – Protection services for vulnerable women who may have faced sexual violence. Funding will help train health workers on the ground to conduct workshops with the surrounding community on psychosocial support, reproductive health and gender-based violence.

CanDo’s Founder and CEO, Dr Rola Hallam commented “‘Hope Hospital’ was a clear victory for humanity. While it might seem like a small victory in the face of the continued adversity in Syria, it demonstrated that positive change can occur with hope and the power of people.

CanDo’s new crowd-funding platform gives everyday people the chance to contribute to the work of local humanitarians, including doctors, teachers and volunteers, and help prevent the suffering of Syrian people. We believe people are the next super power. When we come together and join up our efforts, everyone can create transformative and positive change”.

CanDo provides global humanitarians, that’s normal generous-minded people, with an opportunity to save lives and reduce suffering in war-affected communities. Ignite positive change by becoming a CanDoer and support a crowdfunding campaign, visit www.candoaction.org plus like @CanDoAction on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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Indiegogo Launches Education Center and Experts Directory To Help Campaigners Bring Projects from Idea to Reality

To Provide Entrepreneurs With Pre and Post-Launch Resources And Offer Support with Every Stage of a Project’s Journey

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, August 3, 2017Indiegogo, the global platform for entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life, announces the launch of a newly revamped Entrepreneur hub to enhance the campaigner experience through resources and education materials.

Indiegogo for entrepreneurs will be home to an online Education Center, serving as a one-stop destination with advice for startups bringing their projects from concept to market, and an Experts Directory – where entrepreneurs can access organizations and expert content that will help bring their project to life.

The Education Center by Indiegogo will provide engaging webinars, articles, podcasts and guides that cover every step of the crowdfunding campaign process. Indiegogo is launching the new online resource to help entrepreneurs be more successful on the platform, with support for:

  • Campaign Creation – Does an Indiegogo page have what it takes to succeed? This section highlights key characteristics of successful campaign designs, including how to design a compelling Indiegogo page with memorable product images and a clear call-to-action.
  • Product Development – Is a product design ready for manufacturing? Experts offer advice on improving user experience for design, engineering and manufacturing challenges.
  • Campaign Management – A well-managed campaign creates happy backers. This section uncovers the power of building backer loyalty and outstanding customer service by focusing on transparency and regular communication.
  • Marketing & PR – Learn how to effectively spread the word about campaigns through social media, direct media outreach, digital and other marketing efforts.
  • Campaign Planning – Success starts with having a plan, months before launch. This section outlines how to prepare for crowdfunding victory. Helpful guides cover every step of the planning process, from building an all-star team and developing a social presence to creating perks for backers.
  • Pre-Orders & Selling  – What happens after the campaign is over? Learn how to keep momentum going through the transition from crowdfunding to commerce with InDemand, which enables entrepreneurs to continue taking pre-orders for their products right on their Indiegogo page.

Indiegogo’s Experts Directory features a select group of quality companies and services, vetted by Indiegogo and highly recommended by campaigners and staff alike. These experts offer advice on a variety of topics, with new categories being created over time, including:

  • Creative Services – Top creative experts like Early Bird Studios and Lemonlight Media offer insight to successful portfolios that have utilized their services.
  • Marketing – Expand your reach and build an audience with digital marketing services, like Agency 2.0, a full-service marketing agency specializing in crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Prototyping & Production – Seamless product development and cost-efficient recommendations from  trusted partners like Arrow, whose experts provide resources for prototyping, procurement  and production.
  • Retail, Licensing & Distribution – Plot retail strategy leading brands and agencies, like Indiegogo partners Brookstone and Newegg Marketplace.

“Since Indiegogo was first founded nearly ten years ago, we’ve been committed to offering a launchpad for entrepreneurs and helping them turn their ideas into reality,” said Indiegogo CEO David Mandelbrot. “We’ve launched the hub Indiegogo for Entrepreneurs to provide startups with the tools they need to bring groundbreaking projects to market as quickly and seamlessly as possible, whether you’re launching your first project with us or are a seasoned pro coming back to Indiegogo to launch your next idea.”

Since being founded in 2008, Indiegogo has introduced new products and services meant to support entrepreneurs beyond the crowdfunding stage of their business, including InDemand – which enables campaigns to continue accepting pre-orders after their crowdfunding campaign ends – and Marketplace – an Indiegogo storefront for business owners to sell products that are shipping now. Collaborations with Brookstone, Arrow and Amazon also help entrepreneurs on Indiegogo get their products to retail quicker and more easily than ever before.

For more information on the Education Center by Indiegogo, please visit https://entrepreneur.indiegogo.com/education/.

About Indiegogo

Originally launched as a crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo is the place for entrepreneurs to move their ideas quickly from concept to market and for innovation-seekers to find and support new and exciting products. Entrepreneurs on Indiegogo are able to showcase their ideas directly to users, take orders for products early in their lifecycle and ultimately build direct relationships with their first customers. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit Indiegogo.com and follow us at Twitter.com/indiegogo and Facebook.com/indiegogo.


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Kimbia and Strength in Members Partner to Release New Report Uncovering 2016 Online Donor Data Trends for Everyday, Peer-to-Peer and Giving Day Donation Channels

Press Release – AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 1, 2017) Kimbia, a leading provider of online fundraising solutions, events and high-volume crowdfunding events, has partnered with Strength in Members, a digital marketing agency specializing in innovative solutions to grow supporter audiences and amplify nonprofit impact, to release, “Donation Trends by Channel: 2016 Donor Data Report.” The report analyzes donor demographics from the roughly $240 million of online donations made through the Kimbia platform in 2016 to uncover trends between everyday, peer-to-peer and giving day donors and the donations they make.

“Even before the dawn of the Internet, philanthropic giving has always been a social activity – from organizing school fundraisers to tithing with other congregants at a place of worship to selling raffle tickets around the neighborhood to support a sports team,” said Peter Genuardi, Founder and CEO of Strength in Members. “Working with Kimbia, we’re now able to show how social connectedness can be used by organizations to improve their fundraising results. We’re excited to share this research with the field.”

Key data by giving channel revealed in the report includes:

  • Donation trends for average gifts and mobile giving
  • Donor demographics for sex, age, education and social presence
  • Organization category types

“We know that adding peer-to-peer and giving day campaigns into the fundraising mix, alongside everyday giving, is crucial for online fundraising growth, but we wanted to look to the data to help organizations and institutions better target their audiences for each campaign type,” said Mark Perkins, Kimbia CEO. “We have built proven practices over the last decade of providing online fundraising solutions and services to the nonprofit space, and we are so pleased to provide the data to support these ideas.”

The companies will be hosting a webinar to discuss the findings of this report on Thursday, August 3 at 1 pm CT. You can register here.

Copies of the report can be downloaded anytime here.


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How Do You Offset 6 Million Tonnes of Carbon? One At A Time

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

“In a recent survey of 1,400 adults believing in climate change caused by humans, 75% agree that there is something they can personally do to help the planet, but yet only 40% have taken action,” says Marisa de Belloy, COO of Cool Effect, the crowdfunding site that helps people buy carbon credits simply and affordably.

Americans produce an average of 17 tonnes of carbon per year, she says. The remarkable thing is how affordable it is to offset that production at CoolEffect.org. The site provides a clear price for a one-tonne carbon credit for each project on the site. The lowest price per credit: $4.12. At that price, Americans can offset their entire year’s carbon production for just $70.04.

De Belloy hopes to get the nonprofit site’s users to look past their own carbon offset requirements and to focus instead on supporting great projects, most of which provide a variety of social and environmental benefits aside from carbon offsets.

Honduran Household Hero has sold 130,000 clean cookstoves in the country, not only reducing the amount of wood burned for cooking but also reducing the amount of smoke in homes and the health burden the smoke imposed on the developing country.

A Breath of Fresh Air in Peru is protecting 450,000 acres from deforestation along with protecting the wildlife in the forest, including 400 bird and 3,000 plant species, some of which are unique to this forest.

Wind Power to the People operating in Costa Rica is helping to bring that country to carbon neutrality by 2021. The project provides electricity to 50,000 people. Because the project is structured as a co-op, the local community members benefit.

Marisa de Belloy

As I spoke with de Belloy–you can watch my interview with her at the top of this article–I asked her how she knows that the projects create the carbon reductions claimed on the site. Each project is assessed at least three times before it is posted on the Cool Effect site.

There are several internationally recognized agencies that set standards for carbon offset measurement that perform analyses on each project to determine how much carbon is being offset. Cool Effect not only uses these independent ratings but also performs its own scientific evaluation to determine whether the projects are meeting the standards and if they are being operated effectively.

Jill Tidman, the Executive Director of the Redford Center, a nonprofit film production company focusing on social and environmental issues founded by Robert Redford and his children, used Cool Effect to buy carbon credits to offset the impact of the upcoming film Happening.

“Paramount to our choice of using Cool Effect to offset our own energy impacts was the level of trust and transparency it offers. All of the carbon reduction projects Cool Effect features are verifiably reducing carbon from the atmosphere, while also providing a number of co-benefits for the surrounding communities. From job creation to species protection, to supporting the lives of women and children—there is no shortage of incredible work that these projects are doing,” Tidman said.

She adds, “climate change may be the most difficult and complex challenge humanity has ever faced or ever will face. Addressing the problem is requiring an equally complex, and diverse, set of solutions. Cool Effect’s model of engaging the support of the masses through crowdfunding creates an entry point for people all over the planet to engage.”

Over the years they have operated, most long before Cool Effect was launched, the projects listed on the site have offset 6 million tonnes of carbon.

When I asked de Belloy why she does this work, she responded, “[Climate change] is the fundamental defining issue of our time,” de Belloy said.

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Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

Northwest Startup Groundswell Provides Sustainable Funding Model For Nonprofits

Company to raise $1 million new crowdfunding laws to launch first customers

Press Release – WASHOUGAL, Wash. — GroundSwell, a Washington State social purpose corporation based in Washougal, Wash., is shaking up the philanthropic world with a sustainable revenue-sharing approach designed for nonprofit organizations. This month, the company–whose mission is to sustainably fund organizations that make the world a better place–kicked off its final round of investment crowdfunding to raise $1 million for its public launch this fall.

“Other companies, banks, and credit unions offer traditional debit cards. We created GroundSwell because we saw a better way to put technology, banking, and philanthropy together,” said Dr. Daniel Rubano, co-founder and CEO. “To date, we have raised more than a million dollars, and are now in our final phase of fundraising to allow everyone to become part of this movement and support our public launch this fall.”

Money on a Mission

Each time we swipe our credit or debit card, a transaction fee is generated, providing more than $60 billion in revenue to banks. Licensed as a bank, GroundSwell’s business model redirects these fees from big banks back and shares them with partner nonprofits through customized Visa debit card programs. Each time a card is used to make a purchase, the profits generated from the processing fees are shared with the nonprofit partner..

The result is a sustainable revenue stream that helps address the needs of the 1.5 million nonprofits that are underfunded, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Nonprofit members’ Visa debit cards act just like a checking account, with no credit checks, fees, or interest, and are FDIC insured.

“We looked around and saw there was a need to act fast to make our world a better place,” said Joseph Graves, head of Operations & Program Development. “GroundSwell gives us a way to live out our commitment to making a difference and allow anyone to support the organizations they love by simply doing the things they would normally do every day already!”

Become a GroundSwell Investor

Anyone passionate about giving back and supporting nonprofits is invited to become part of the groundswell to share the wealth with those who will use it best. Participants can buy ownership through our partner Wefunder, an investment crowdfunding platform. These funds will support operations for the next 12 months to develop services, expand our nonprofit partner network, and conduct initial testing with early adopters. The minimum investment is $100. Owners will be the first to receive their Money on a Mission VISA debit card pre-loaded with thank you funds to start making a difference. They also will gain access to company updates, insider information, and company store. To learn more or make an investment, visit www.groundswellworld.com/media.

Nonprofit organizations interested in becoming partners, please visit groundswellworld.com/partner-faq

About Groundswell

Established in 2015, GroundSwell is putting money on mission by servicing nonprofit organizations dedicated to doing good in the world. By creating the opportunity for all of us to make a difference every day, GroundSwell provides sustainable revenue for underfunded nonprofits by redirecting visa debit revenue from big banks. To learn more, visit GroundSwellWorld.com and follow us at facebook.com/GroundSwellSPC, twitter.com/GroundSwellSPC and linkedin.com/company-beta/17955042.

Sources:

https://www.federalreserve.gov/paymentsystems/files/debitfees_costs_2015.pdf

https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/04/13/this-is-how-credit-card-companies-hauled-in-163-billion-in-2016/22038773/


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ROMP With ROMP—How To Get Involved With The Elite Climbing Team And In Your Own Backyard

The Range of Mobility Project challenges everyone across the globe to participate in one of the 25 climbs across the world, there’s one near you!

Press Release – Denver, CO (June 27, 2017)—The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is thrilled to announce the participation of BBYO Passport, the leading provider of travel experiences for Jewish high school and middle school teens, and their aspirations to complete six climbs around the globe in honor of ROMP and their annual celebrity and influencer climb in Ecuador. Approximately 300 youth will use their mobility to help provide mobility opportunities for individuals globally by promoting on their social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter!

This year, participants in BBYO Passport’s summer programs will have the opportunity to further their experience and education by climbing in awareness of a selfless cause. 2017 BBYO climbs (we need dates and specific locations) include:

Example

Masada, Israel: July 10
City, Country

Masada, Israel

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Rock of Gibraltar: July 5th Mt Vesuvius: July 23
Monserrat: June 30

Thailand

Slovenian Mountains to Lake Bled Volcano atop Edinburgh

Participants in these summer programs are leading the charge by registering, sending it out to family and friends, and, most importantly climbing for a cause. Now, how can you get involved? Log onto (rompglobal.org/climbing-for-romp/) to discover climbs in your area, or to start your own. Even a stroll in your neighborhood brings insight and awareness to the cause. Share your story by using the hashtag #ClimbingforROMP.

ABOUT ROMP: ROMP is a technology-based, nonprofit organization, which provides high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, thus enhancing mobility and unlocking human potential. ROMP believes that prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces are not simply medical devices, but instruments of personal empowerment. ROMP recognizes the dual hardships of living in poverty with a disability, and stand in solidarity with those who are made to suffer from an unequal distribution of care.

Since 2005, ROMP has seen over 6,000 patients with custom-made prosthetic and orthotic devices in Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan, and the US. The organization believes that training locals to provide ongoing services in their communities is the only way to fix a long-term problem. For example, the ROMP clinic in Guatemala is staffed by highly trained individuals from the community and is open to patients year-round. ROMP believes that all human beings are made to be mobile, regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic status, and that physical mobility is a critical component of social mobility and the pursuit of life’s many aspirations.

THIS YEAR’S CLIMB! This year’s celebrity and influencer climb is of Cayambe, Ecuador’s third highest mountain rising to almost 19,000 feet. On July 27th & 28th Americans and Ecuadorians, both amputees and able-bodied athletes, will attempt to summit Cayambe. Among the group’s climbers is Maryland’s 61st Governor, Martin O’Malley. The expedition is to bring awareness to the unequal distribution of prosthetic care around the world and is a symbol of the power of the human spirit and what can be achieved when given access to proper care. The Cayambe climb will be led by world record speed climber, Karl Egloff with Cumbre Tours.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? Volunteers throughout the world will host their own climbs in solidarity with the elite team in various locations. People of all backgrounds and all abilities will join in this global movement to raise awareness and funds for individuals who cannot afford or do not have access to prosthetic services. Please log onto the organization’s website (ROMPGlobal.org) and social media pages (Facebook.com/ROMPGlobal, Twitter.com/ROMPGlobal, and @ROMPGlobal) to view and sign up for local climbs. All climbs are being raised through Crowdrise, and the organization is still seeking sponsorships.


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BidPal® Powered Fundraisers Soar; Spring Proceeds Reach $162 Million

Press Release – INDIANAPOLIS — (July 11, 2017) —The number of mobile bidding fundraisers powered by BidPal rose 27 percent through the 2017 Spring fundraising season compared to a year ago, and total proceeds raised by nonprofits increased 22 percent to $162 million. BidPal, the leading mobile fundraising platform helping nonprofits raise more money, also announced that they powered 464 net new events during the period, an increase of 30 percent. Click to Tweet.

Growth was driven by do-it-yourself fundraisers (“DIY”), which increased by 76 percent. Full service fundraisers made up the majority of BidPal’s events and rose 10 percent during the period. Online fundraisers were up 16 percent and Text2Give campaigns rose 31 percent.

“Fundraisers don’t end with the event. This is why BidPal continues to be the technology of choice for nonprofits looking for a full-featured, easy-to-use solution that allows year-round online fundraising,” said BidPal CEO Steve Johns.

BidPal develops software that helps nonprofits manage their fundraising campaigns throughout the year, including events and auctions; online giving; online stores; Text2Give; and soon to include walk, run and ride campaigns. BidPal’s robust reports provide the insight needed by nonprofits to work more efficiently and improve fundraising efforts.

This year, BidPal expanded BidPal Connect™, an app available on the Salesforce AppExchange, to include integration of individual donor activity—such as ticket and auction item purchases, donations and raffle participation. This detailed information gives nonprofits better insight into donor engagement.

“BidPal is leading the way building the best mobile software, integrated payments and tech-enabled solutions for the nonprofit market. Stay tuned. We will be rolling out some exciting new features in the coming months,” said Johns.

About BidPal, Inc.

BidPal creates mobile fundraising software that helps nonprofits engage donors and raise more money. Our cloud-based mobile and payment solutions have helped thousands of organizations raise more than $1 billion through 10,000 events and connect with over one million unique donors. Located in the marketing technology hub of Indianapolis, BidPal has been recognized on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Companies and has received a Techpoint MIRA award for Mobile Technology Excellence & Innovation. Connect with us on Facebook at Twitter.


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Mike Trout, Carlos Martinez and George Springer Highlight Pledge It Charitable Campaign Success through MLB All-Star Break

Press Release – HARRISBURG, PA, July 11, 2017Pledge It, the nation’s leading performance-based crowdfunding platform (money is raised based upon athletic performance), has raised more than $334,000 for charitable causes through its 16 Major League Baseball (MLB) 2017 campaigns at midseason.

During the 2017 MLB regular season, more than 15 players have partnered with Pledge It to convert their on-field statistics into financial support for charitable causes. MLB fans are encouraged to pledge a donation for every home run, hit, or strikeout recorded to help make an impact.

“We’re proud to help so many MLB players earn support for such compelling causes through the first half of baseball season” said Scott Shirley, Pledge It CEO and former Penn State football and baseball player. “Our community of athletes believe in the power of sport for social good.”

“I founded the Tsunami Waves Foundation in 2015 with the goal of helping children in need. This cause is very close to my heart as I was once one of those children,” said St. Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez, who is dedicated his 2017 season to help improve the lives of the impoverished in the Dominican Republic. “It is my hope that through Tsunami Waves I can help make a difference in the lives of under-privileged children both locally and in the Dominican Republic.”

Other MLB 2017 / Pledge It campaigns include:

ABOUT PLEDGE IT

At Pledge It, we believe support for a cause is earned, not given. Our community of athletes are inspired to earn the change they want to see in the world! From professional players to weekend warriors, athletes of all levels are earning their impact with Pledge It – join the movement at www.pledgeit.org. See how Pledge It is revolutionizing online crowdfunding and non-profit fundraising at Pledge It Video.


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