#GivingTuesdayNow is today - be a part of it!

Today we celebrate the first ever #GivingTuesdayNow which calls upon people around the globe to come together with acts of generosity, gratitude and kindness as we all struggle to fight the same adversary, COVID-19.

Corporations, groups, schools and individuals can rally around GivingTuesdayNow to make a real impact during these most challenging times. Especially now when employees are adjusting to working remotely, GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for them to feel united again and bond over something positive. And, if you haven't already, take time today to reevaluate your corporate virtual volunteering program. In our new normal, virtual volunteering in our communities will be more important than ever.

How can your organization take part? Some ideas include sending notes of thanks to healthcare workers, giving blood, and organizing the delivery of meals to homebound seniors. Find more creative ideas here and remember to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow.

And, if you are able, make a donation to a nonprofit in honor of the day. Nonprofits have struggled to keep up with the growing need while keeping their staff and volunteers safe. They could use corporate support now more than ever.

YouGiveGoods continues to make important deliveries of food and supplies to nonprofits amidst the pandemic. Your YouGiveGoods purchase on #GivingTuesdayNow makes a real impact. You can search current YouGiveGoods events to donate needed food and supplies to a nonprofit on the frontline of this crisis. Or contact us to find out how to unite your company around a cause with a customized YouGiveGoods event.

As these days and weeks blend into each other and isolation really sets in, it’s important to stand up today unified in hope, kindness, generosity and gratitude. #GivingTuesdayNow reminds us together we are stronger and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic we must support each other as well as our essential workers and nonprofits working to see us through this crisis.

GivingTuesdayNow: Hope, Unity, Giving

In response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the organization behind the giving movement, GivingTuesday, announced a brand-new global day of giving and unity called GivingTuesdayNow, to be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis has put already vulnerable people around the world in a dangerous position. Nonprofits have struggled to keep up with the growing need while keeping their staff and volunteers safe. Nonprofits, now more than ever, need support to continue their work on the frontlines of this crisis.

The people behind GivingTuesday know something about giving. GivingTuesday 2019 generated $2 billion in donations in the United States alone. In addition to the massive donations, GivingTuesday also inspires countless acts of generosity including volunteering and simple acts of kindness.

GivingTuesdayNow, the new call to kindness and generosity, aims to provide resources now, when they are so desperately needed. We are asked to give what we can and are encouraged to also perform simple acts of kindness in our community. Check out GivingTuesdayNow’s ideas for how to take part on May 5.

Corporations, groups, schools and individuals can rally around GivingTuesdayNow to make a real impact during these most challenging times. If you’ve considered donating to support your favorite nonprofit, be a part of the global movement of GivingTuesdayNow and make that donation on May 5.

You can also take part by making a donation of goods using YouGiveGoods online giving platform. Over 400 COVID-19 virtual giving events are being run on the platform raising brand-new food and supplies for nonprofits in every one of the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. In this time of social distancing, YouGiveGoods online giving events are fast becoming the preferred way for individuals to donate most-needed goods to nonprofits. Choose a cause or enter your zip code to find a giving event to shop for as part of GivingTuesdayNow.

Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday says it best when she explains, “We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities. #GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end.”

GivingTuesdayNow aims to bring the global community together in acts of support and kindness which bind us together even while we are apart. No matter how you choose to participate, be sure to take part in GivingTuesdayNow and use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow. Together we can help pave the way for a better tomorrow.

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6 Tips for Employee Virtual Volunteering in the Time of COVID-19

Businesses across the country are scrambling to adapt to the changes and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. Stress and uncertainty abound, but, strikingly, amidst this upheaval there is a desire from so many to help others. In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), corporations should take stock of their virtual volunteering program and consider ramping it up for COVID-19 response.

Nonprofits, like corporations, had to turn on a dime to attempt to deal with the crisis at hand. Most are dealing with a sharp increase in demand for their services while facing limited volunteer staff and a disruption in their regular fundraising activities. Nonprofits could use corporate support now more than ever.

Corporations that carve out time to prioritize their philanthropic response to COVID-19 will gain the respect and loyalty of employees and the community at large. Given the physical limitations dictated by social distancing, virtual volunteering is the way to go. What should your corporation consider when setting up your COVID-19 CSR response?

1) Flexibility. Our world seems to have been turned upside down overnight so it makes sense that the rules and guidelines for virtual volunteering should be relaxed. Let employees take the lead in establishing virtual volunteering opportunities and encourage the sharing of information. In order to handle increased interest, consider enlisting employees for a new employee task force for centralizing information for COVID relief programs. Reach out to existing ERG's to get them mobilized to help as well.

2) Additional programs. This crisis has hit every community in every town across the U.S. It’s time for your company to pull out all the stops and add programs so you’re giving all employees an opportunity to help in some way. One unique form of virtual volunteering that many companies are choosing to incorporate into their coronavirus response efforts are YouGiveGoods COVID-19 Care drives because they are quick and easy to set up, can support as many charities as desired, and are accessible for every employee on their computers or mobile devices. Companies like ExxonMobile, Dell, Astellas, Novartis, and more are setting up national YouGiveGoods events supporting local charities across the country. Contact YouGiveGoods to learn more.

3) Technology to aid local efforts. Most employees would like to support local nonprofits in need so they can help ease the suffering within their own communities. Corporations with CSR platforms will find the technology more useful than ever as you add new nonprofits and virtual volunteering opportunities. Encourage employees to check out VolunteerMatch’s COVID-19 on-site and remote volunteering opportunities searchable by zip code for ideas of how to help their local community.

4) Bond over the good. There is an awful lot of bad news out there. Be sure to share the good news about the work employees and the company as a whole are doing to help during this crisis. Consider putting out a Good News e-newsletter showcasing virtual volunteering, donations and more. How about starting your next team Zoom meeting with at least one person discussing his/her virtual volunteering experience?

5) Take it from the top. As with your other CSR programs, buy in from top and middle management is essential to get employees motivated and to show that helping during this time of crisis is a priority for the organization as a whole. Share what C-Suite executives are doing to help and explain the resources the company is devoting to the relief effort so you send a strong message of support to both your employees and the community.

6) Apart, together. Your employees no longer share a common workspace but they are still very much a team and in many cases, a family. What better way to reinforce that important team bond than by banding together to make a positive impact in such a difficult time?

Hopefully, by now your employees have adjusted to the new normal for work. Form your COVID-19 response team and start putting in place as many actionable opportunities for employees to help as possible. Corporations are poised to make a significant positive community impact now and for the long haul. Make the investment. Be that company that employees are proud to work for and eases suffering during this time of crisis.

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YouGiveGoods open and ready to help amid COVID-19 crisis

It's hard to believe the reality of our current situation. There's so much uncertainty and anxiety as we work to protect our loved ones amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are also called upon to practice social distancing for the greater good of the community more so than for our own personal benefit. The very nature of this crisis challenges people to consider others, particularly the most vulnerable, as we go about our everyday lives in this surreal landscape.

YouGiveGoods was created to serve the most vulnerable in our communities and now more than ever we are working to continue our service while keeping our employees safe. As an e-commerce company, our employees have the benefit of working remotely as we facilitate deliveries of needed food and supplies to nonprofits across the country.

While this is a highly changeable situation, there is some important information we'd like to share with you regarding our current operations:

  • We are closely monitoring product inventory and availability. This includes removing items that are out of stock from our website so we are able to avoid back orders and keep shipping needed items to nonprofits.
  • We are in contact with nonprofit recipients regarding their ability to receive shipments. Some organizations have limited volunteers and/or hours of operation so prior to every shipment we confirm an acceptable window for delivery.
  • We are working to manage deliveries amid ever-changing circumstances.1

One source of light during the darkest times is the power of people stepping up to help others. We see this already with those showing up to work everyday at hospitals, food stores, pharmacies, food pantries, homeless shelters and more, risking their own health and safety to keep our communities running.

At YouGiveGoods we experience this light every single time a donation is made -- every time someone decides to make a purchase to help a stranger in need.

Getting most-needed food and supplies to nonprofits is all we do, and we are ramping up to see this crisis through to the end. We are adding new COVID-19 Care drives daily. Together we'll get through this.

With Warm Regards,

Lisa Tomasi
President, YouGiveGoods

1 Updated bullet as of 4-2-20 to note we are managing deliveries but cannot promise we will not experience delays

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Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020: Office Edition

Who doesn't want to work in a positive, pleasant environment? Small acts of kindness go a long way to creating a workplace atmosphere where employees can be happy and productive.

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020 is the week of February 16-23 and Random Acts of Kindness Day is Feb. 17. The Random Acts of Kindness movement aims to make the world a better place by encouraging people young and old to carry out simple acts of kindness.

The beauty of this movement is in its simplicity. Most take no planning, cost nothing and take just a moment of your time. And, not only does your act brighten someone’s day, knowing you’ve done a good deed will most definitely brighten your own.

This year pledge to bring your kindness with you to the office. You can find many great ideas on RandomActsOfKindness.org’s Workplace Kindness Calendar. We’ve compiled our favorites onto the handy infographic below. We recommend you print lots of copies and hang up around the office to encourage your colleagues to embrace a culture of kindness.

At YouGiveGoods we spend our days supporting corporate acts of service born out of kindness and compassion. We can attest to the fact that kindness builds a positive corporate culture that makes for happier, more productive employees and a stronger company overall. Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020!

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MLK Day of Service 2020

On January 20,2020, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Day of Service which honors the memory and legacy of the great Civil Right leader. On this annual federal holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January, we are called to honor Dr. King who worked tirelessly to bring the values of equality, peace, community and love to reality with acts of service in our communities.

How will you take part in MLK Day of Service in a meaningful way? We suggest you start with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s MLK Day of Service website at nationalservice.gov/mlkday. The website offers information and educational materials in addition to a link to a searchable database of volunteer opportunities.

If you are unable to join a volunteer project on the holiday, there are still many ways to get involved. Below are some creative ideas of how you can celebrate this day's message of civic duty and compassion.

1) Start at home. The kids are home from school. Take time to sit them down and talk about the history and legacy of Martin Luther King. His message rings as true today as it did then. Then plan a service activity. Some ideas include making homemade gifts for your local senior center, packing bags of snacks or toiletries for homeless shelters, or collecting outgrown or extra sports equipment from around the house to donate to a local kids’ charity. Show that volunteerism is important to your family and feels great too!

2) Raise food and supplies for charity. You can make a big difference in your community when you supply a local charity with items they need to support their clients. You don’t even need to set up collection bins anymore! YouGiveGoods is free and easy-to-use online giving event platform that enables you to raise food and supplies for the nonprofit of your choice. Invite your online community to take part in MLK Day by purchasing items for donation to your selected charity. All brand-new items ship directly to the charity at the end of the drive.

3) Spread the word. Social media has made it easy to use your voice to support a cause. Use hashtag #MLKDAY to share his inspiring ideals and famous words in honor of the holiday. Today it seems Americans are more divided and more cynical than ever. Dr. King’s words of unity, strength and perseverence are particularly relevant in today's world. Forward this page, talk about what you will do in honor of MLK Day, and encourage your circle of friends to take action to support the community.

4) Commit to service. What a better way to start a new year than with service to others. Take time from the hustle and bustle of your day to reflect on MLK’s words then determine the causes that move you and how you can get involved. Charities will welcome your support all year long. Contact them with own ideas or simply ask how they could best utilize your help.

Martin Luther King’s vision of a “Beloved Community” built on justice, equality and compassion is one we are still trying to realize today. This Martin Luther King Day take action to do your part to better your local community and move us toward this ideal.

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#GivingTuesday: The Global Generosity Movement

It seems like the holiday décor took over in stores before we even finished our Halloween candy this year. If you’re like most, including Charlie Brown, you find the commercialism of the season to be overwhelming.

Luckily, there’s a way to usher in the holiday season that actually feels good while doing good for others! We’re talking, of course, about #GivingTuesday, the “global generosity movement” that simply asks people to “help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice.”

#GivingTuesday 2019 falls on December 3 this year. There will be so many opportunities for you to be a part of it, the question shouldn’t be if you will contribute but how. If you don’t know much about #GivingTuesday, let us assure you this movement is the real deal. On #GivingTuesday 2018 nearly $400 million were raised in the US alone bringing the total amount raised online for charity on #GivingTuesday since its inception in 2012 to over one billion dollars!

So with less than three weeks until the big day, it’s time to start thinking about what you will do to help propel the movement to even bigger heights this year. Simply consider what charity or organization you’d like to support and then determine how you will help: donate cash, donate needed goods, volunteer your time or services, and/or raise awareness.

YouGiveGoods makes it easy to join the #GivingTuesday movement by shopping online for most-needed goods for charity. And, on December 3, all purchases of $50+ on any YouGiveGoods drive, will earn a 10% cash back gift for the charity, courtesy of YouGiveGoods.

You can make an even bigger impact by running your own YouGiveGoods event raising goods for your favorite charity. Simply personalize your event and invite friends and family to shop online.

And, just who is YouGiveGoods and how did we get so good at facilitating giving, you may ask? Learn more about us here.

Whatever avenue you choose, be sure to be a part of #GivingTuesday this year. Let’s help keep the momentum going and build the movement that is making a real impact in communities across the country.

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Managing Donors More Efficiently: Top 3 Tips for Nonprofits

Guest blog article courtesy of Donately.

Managing Donors More Efficiently: Top 3 Tips for Nonprofits

As a nonprofit, you already know how important your donors are. Your donors are the people who fund your organization, the people who help you achieve your mission’s goals, and the people who spread the word about your cause. Without them, your nonprofit doesn’t have much. So, no matter what time of year it is, it is up to you to keep improving your donor management strategies.

Managing your donors should be a top priority for your nonprofit. With the right donor management software, you can compile donor information easily. The more data you have, the better you can plan your online fundraising strategies and increase donations.

To really keep track of all your donors, you should start off with the basics, beginning with the software your nonprofit uses. In this guide, you’ll be learning about:

  1. How to choose the right CRM
  2. Conducting prospect research
  3. Donor retention strategies

Once you have the foundation for how you can manage your donors, your nonprofit will save an incredible amount of time that can be put to developing your fundraising strategy. Let’s get started!

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Raise socks and awareness this SOCKtober

The leaves are falling, the air is crisp and the pumpkins are carved. That could mean only one thing: it’s Socktober! Every October the Socktober movement takes hold aiming to raise both socks and awareness to the cause of socks for the homeless. Socks are the most needed but least donated item in homeless shelters. The need is great, hence, Socktober!

Every night In the United States roughly 600,000 men, women and children experience homelessness. Socktober reminds us that the donation of a new pair of socks makes a real difference in the plight of a homeless person. Having a clean, dry pair of socks is a true comfort and is a gift that shows real empathy for their struggle.

So, if you haven’t already, why not act today to contribute to the cause. Many organizations, schools and individuals hold sock drives to which you could contribute. YouGiveGoods offers a way to contribute without ever leaving your home. Click here to purchase socks to be donated to The Inn, serving the hungry and homeless in Long Island, New York. You can make an exponential impact when you run your own YouGiveGoods sock drive benefiting your nearest homeless shelter or charity. There no fees to run your event; it’s a simple opportunity to do some good in your community. Learn more about how YouGiveGoods works or contact us to get started today.

We can all be of service by raising awareness to the cause. Social media has made it so easy to spread the word. Letting others know how you have chosen to support Socktober this year may ignite the spark in them to reach out to help as well.

Ring in the start of the holiday season with a donation that shows you care. Even one pair of socks will bring comfort and relief to a neighbor in need.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, HOPE Kits are gifts from the heart

There are few people who can say their lives have not been touched in some way by breast cancer, the second most common form of cancer in women. In fact, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Every October we recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help focus the public’s attention to the disease, supply information about screenings and early detection programs, and push for funds for more effective treatments.

The good news is that early detection is helping more women today beat cancer than ever before. But, it also means more women are living with cancer. One special way to support women currently fighting the battle is through the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s HOPE Kit program which mails packages of thoughtful gifts like fuzzy socks, tea, moisturizer and lip balm to help ease the side effects of treatment to patients. These small but heartfelt gifts are a lovely way to show your support to a woman currently battling the disease.

Because Hope Kits are in high demand, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is is always grateful for the support of individuals, corporations and groups. You can contribute to the cause in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating to HOPE Kits online or sponsoring your own HOPE Kit online event. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started today.

To learn more about the NBCF and see how you can help, visit their site here