Happy Thanksgiving! And a Toast

Bear with us - it's going to get a little cheesy!

(But that's a requisite for the holidays, no? Cheesy, but in a painfully great way? Like pumpkin-scented candles and really big hugs?)

This year, our team has much to give thanks for. At YouGiveGoods, we're now three years strong and going.

So in the spirit of looking back, and looking forward, we'd like to raise our glass as a team and give a Thanksgiving toast to a few of the best things that have changed us over these three (packed! but amazing) years, since YouGiveGoods' launch.

So cheers! Cheers and toasts to the following:



To the generosity of our partners and volunteers.

Over the years, we've grown, changed, and been impacted irrevocably by the meaningful connections we've made: with our nonprofit and charity partners; numerous teams across companies and schools; as well as individual volunteers.

When it comes to pulling off a successful online drive, from start all the way to delivery, there are a lot of helping hands involved. From running the drive; to mobilizing employees, friends, families to give; to delivering that shipment of goods at drive's end; to the charity then serving their community.

Can we just say: every time we hear news of a shipment's arrival to a charity's doors, it's the best feeling in the world? It never gets old! To us, the arrival of goods celebrates everyone's volunteer efforts at every step to make sure, ultimately, that our most underserved are cared for.

That is no small feat of generosity.



To the power of an item to change a life.

This belief is central to what we do at YouGiveGoods. In many ways, of course, a tangible good is practical and sensible: you get to pick where your money is going; it saves time and hassle for everyone, for coordinators and charity recipients alike.

But let's leave logistics aside for a second. At the heart of this transaction between you, the charity, and the served, is the powerful fact that it can take just one donated item to ease another's suffering. Most of us are very lucky to be gifted with daily comforts.

For most of us, in another context: we wouldn't take a second look at the toothbrush by our sink, a notebook on our desk, a blanket folded on our bed, or a can of food at the back of our kitchen shelves.

It's when we try to imagine a life where we reach out a hand, only to come up empty, that we can come even remotely close to the impact we can make with a tangible good.



Lastly, to our conviction that giving is at the core of it all.

We're not going to pull out the scholarly studies (and there are plenty of them), but we're confident that, at the end of the day, giving is the habit that makes us happiest.

It's when we attend to our innate compassion, our impulse to make sure our neighbor is as safe, warm, and happy as we are, that we truly recognize the frailty of life, and experience gratitude for our own fortune (but for the grace, and so on - isn't that right?).

To that end, every day (not just the holidays!), our team can't help but feel immensely grateful to be part of a process that recognizes that everyone, regardless of individual history, deserves a dignified and meaningful existence.

And we are grateful that you, too, are a part of it.

Cheers! To the fantastic journey ahead.

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