Make A Difference Day Is Around The Corner!

Make A Difference Day Is Coming!

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to think about what you can do on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 24th, 2015. #MDDAY is the largest volunteer day in the US and it grows larger every year. We challenge you to be a part of the solution.

A positively remarkable annual event is about to take place and it is coming up quickly. Doesn't it seem surprising when the weeks go by so fast? Nevertheless, we are in the grips of autumn and can enjoy embracing the season of giving. #MDDAY or Make a Difference Day, now in its 24th year, has become a staple in many communities around the country. It follows the growing trend of volunteerism, which is an integral thread in the fabric of this great country. USA Today, Gannett, Points of Light and Newman's Own Foundation have teamed up to encourage folks from all walks of life to give back!

Unfortunately, as much as we would like to, not all of us are able to get out and perform an act of community service on October 24. We live busy lives. You can still be a part of this important national movement by starting an online drive to support your favorite local charity.

We here at YouGiveGoods give back whenever possible, and Make A Difference Day is one of our favorite Giving Days of the year. In an effort to support the volunteer and service activities of the day, YouGiveGoods has marked Make A Difference Day as a Giving Day. On October 24th, YouGiveGoods will gift an additional 5% cash to charity on donations of $50+.

The coupon code to activate our Giving Days donation on this day is "IWill" and it will work on any order totaling $50.00 or more!

We encourage you to start a drive through YouGiveGoods and take advantage of our Giving Days Program. Be a part of the solution! It's easy to start a drive. Our support team is always here to help if you have any questions. It can be a great way to encourage giving or service within your group of friends, your family or your workplace. Simply start a drive for your favorite non-profit, church or charity, populate the online storefront with the goods that are requested by that charity (think Thanksgiving meals or winter coats), then share it on social media and watch the donations pour in! Real Goods, Delivered Directly to the Charity for FREE.

If starting a drive isn't an option for you at the moment, you can easily give to any drive that is currently active on YouGiveGoods.com/explore and feel good about being a part of this national initiative.

Thanksgiving Food Drives & YouGiveGoods

Thanksgiving, in its very nature, is a time for giving.

Sharing a meal with family, friends and neighbors is a wonderful thing, but this holiday represents compassion between people of all types. Giving to those less fortunate, caring for the elderly and sharing resources are attributes of the message of Thanksgiving.

Now is the time to create a buzz for your favorite food pantry, soup kitchen, food bank, church or homeless shelter by starting a Thanksgiving food & supply drive on YouGiveGoods.com. We exist to make giving easier! Create a drive online, populate the YGG web store with the products of your choice, then share the drive with your supporters, volunteers, family and friends! When your drive ends, YouGiveGoods will deliver, free of cost, all of the goods purchased directly to your nonprofit recipient. Learn more here and #HAPPYGIVING!

Fall Is The Season of GIVING

The summer transition into fall is often bittersweet. We say goodbye to beach days and camping trips and welcome comfy sweaters, hearty meals and the holidays. For families that are struggling, those simple pleasures that help make life worthwhile can become lost in the their consistent financial and emotional stress. For those of us fortunate enough to have stability in our lives, it’s important to think about what we can do to improve the lives of those in our community and across the country who are not as fortunate.

We’ve all been doing a better job at helping to increase the quality of life for those that are needy, with 2014 being the largest year for charitable donations to date! Communities, corporations, organizations and individual volunteers all over this country have consistently contributed more time and resources to philanthropy every autumn in particular. This year, we’re looking to break more records.

To quote Winston Churchill;

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

This sense of compassion is contagious and only beneficial for us all. We’ve taken a little time to list some prominent days for giving and service as well as some ideas to spark a charitable light within you this fall. Check it out below!

Make A Difference Day, October 24th, is the largest single-day of volunteering of the year. With the goal of having everyone do a charitable deed on this day, the sponsors USA Today, GANNETT, Points of Light, Newman’s Own Foundation and NBC News do a great job of spreading the word and getting large portions of the community involved. This will be it’s 24th year! A testament to the ongoing and growing charitable spirit in this country. For more info, click here. YouGiveGoods participates in this day by pledging 5% cash donations on all purchases of $50 or more made on 10/24. It pays to use YouGiveGoods on giving days!

Also, don’t forget that the 9/11 Day movement does not stop after 9/11, however it is meant to be a platform for volunteering, donating and creative philanthropic ideas year round! Their website can match you with a cause in your area so you can help make a difference at any moment!

Of course, Thanksgiving is approaching, and with that comes a great need from many local food pantries to be able to provide the best possible holiday meal to those less fortunate. It is as easy as typing “Thanksgiving 2015 food drives” into a Google search to realize that there are a lot of folks out there preparing for this important holiday meal rush. If you would like to start your own food drive for Thanksgiving supplies, we can help. Whether it is for a national nonprofit, a local church, food pantry or shelter, you have the power to help by setting up an online food drive for them through YouGiveGoods. All items purchased during the drive are shipped for free to the receiving charity. Real goods, delivered.

Then there is #GivingTuesday, December 1st, 2015. This is arguably the most social media intensive of the fall giving days. What a wonderful trend to spread via social media! Like Cyber Monday and Black Friday, the goal of #GivingTuesday is to have it be a staple of the holiday season, but instead of it being a shopping day, it is a giving day. Every year, YouGiveGoods participates in #GivingTuesday more and more. Being a web based platform for giving, our goals line up nicely with the #GivingTuesday movement. Use YouGiveGoods to easily contribute to this charitable day and YouGiveGoods will donate an additional 10% cash on purchases of $50+ made on December 1st to the charity your are supporting.

We are looking forward to a great fall season of giving. It is our busiest time of the year, and that is thanks to the generosity of people like you, willing to take a moment to make a difference in the life of a person in need of a helping hand. It can be a simple act, but out of small acts of kindness can come great things.

The Third Annual Donnie Farrell Memorial Food Drive Has Begun!

Donnie Farrell made an impact on so many people during his tragically short life. The Rowan University student was attacked outside of a convenience store in 2007 and died from his injuries. The crime has still not been solved, but that hasn’t dissuaded the community and his family from honoring him for his contributions and spirit. As a founding member of Rowan’s Lacrosse team, he was passionate about the sport and bringing it to his school. Donnie was a kid who loved getting involved. Like most 19 year olds he wasn’t perfect, but he was a good person with a kind heart and a strong love for his family, college, and his sport, lacrosse. His memory continues to inspire others to do good in their communities and live life to it’s fullest. It has been 8 years since the world lost Donnie, and his impact and giving spirit is going strong.

Rowan University holds a huge annual lacrosse tournament “LAX for Donnie” in his memory. They’ve also created a scholarship in his name as well as have plans for a memorial on the campus. It doesn't stop there though!

"Helping others is the greatest way to honor this special young man and keep his memory alive."

This year will also be the third annual Donnie Farrell Memorial Food Drive on behalf of the Interfaith Food Pantry. To honor his giving spirit and support the community, his family works with the Interfaith Food Pantry and YouGiveGoods to bring much needed food and supplies to the pantry. Being that it is also #HungerActionMonth, now is a better time than ever to show your support for the Food Pantry and to show those who knew and loved Donnie that his positive, charitable spirit lives on in his community. All items purchased through the YouGiveGoods drive will be shipped directly to the Interfaith Food Pantry.

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

“9/11 Day is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States.” - 9/11day.org

Every year, the number of people getting involved on 9/11 Day grows. With a wonderful message of unity and compassion, this day is meant for peaceful service to your community and to those less fortunate. It is a day meant to deepen our understanding of empathy and humanity. It’s something people bring with them through the days and weeks after.

This year, there are more ways than ever to be a part of it! Volunteering through the search on 911day.org to find a local event, or giving blood through the Red Cross are just a couple of options for giving on this day of service. There are many inventive and creative programs taking place on and around 9/11 as well. Here are a few noteworthy causes:

Taproot+

Taproot+ 9/11 Skills Service Day: Developed to help nonprofits receive pro bono help from skilled volunteers. Volunteer your marketing, design, consulting, and software development skills to a nonprofit’s project. Any number of projects need all types of skilled volunteers. See how you can help here.

Think It Up

Another clever program is the Think It Up movement which is designed to “support the nation’s young people, teachers and schools, to create a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America."

There's also the National Anthem Sing-A-Long, brought to us by the American Public Education Foundation. This activity is a light hearted way to spread joy and connect with your friends, family, neighbors and the country on 9/11. Learn more about it here.


It’s obvious, there are endless ways to volunteer your time, expertise, or energy to the 9/11Day movement. From making sandwiches for the hungry to donating skills or time to a community center, your service is needed. If you’ve had a philanthropic idea for your local community center, church, animal shelter or food pantry, why not take action?

If you don’t have the time to donate, then giving tangible goods through an online drive may be a convenient way to contribute to this day of service.

In honor of 9/11 Day of Service, use code HERO on donations of $50+ and YouGiveGoods will gift the charity an additional 5% cash. Check out our explore section and pick a cause you’d like to donate goods to. Simply click the “Shop Now” button within any drive, and all goods purchased will be shipped directly to the charity recipients. Real goods, delivered. We are passionate about our mission. YouGiveGoods is a way to use technology to create a tangible change in your community!

Join us, and millions of people all across America as we take positive action in our communities to honor those who sacrificed everything on 9/11. By creating an atmosphere of unity and compassion, we can make a real difference.

Nationwide Supply Shortages for Food Banks and Shelters

The Associated Press’s Scott McFretidge wrote an eye opening article about the lack of supplies compared to demand in food banks all across the US. Read the full article here. He brings up many intriguing points and possible reasons for this struggle to meet rising demand. Interestingly, though the economy is healthier than it has been in years, the need for food and supply assistance is still rising.

“U.S. food banks are expected to give away about 4 billion pounds of food this year, more than double the amount provided a decade ago, according to Feeding America, the nation's primary food bank network. The group gave away 3.8 billion in 2013.” -Scott McFretidge AP

July 29, 2015 photo, volunteer Peggy Bragg, of Des Moines, Iowa, unloads donated baked goods
at the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Many conditions within the US could contribute to this increase in need, from income inequality growing wider, to the amount of folks out there who lost everything during the recession and have not rejoined the workforce. One reason could have to do with the prices of food and goods rising while wages stayed stagnant for so many years. Regardless of why, it is obvious that more food banks, community centers, shelters and charitable organizations could use a boost.

When we read articles like this, they get us fired up because we know we can help. YouGiveGoods is often used to help boost local food drives, pet supply drives and other types of drives. Any charitable organization or nonprofit can use our free online platform to receive donations of actual goods online, from anywhere! With more and more things taking up our free time and the line between work life and home life blurring, volunteering or creating charitable events may seem impossible, but you can still help. Connect with your local community centers, nonprofits, or animal shelters and ask them what they are in need of. Of course, the list may be long, but YouGiveGoods can help! Learn more in our How it Works section, and see how simple it is to make a tangible difference in your community. And, if you already know how you want to help a charitable organization, click the start a drive button and get ready to do great things!

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What We Do

Our goal at YGG is to help you help your community. Our online drive system makes it simple to collect donations of goods for any cause. Whether you start a food drive, or run drives to help out a church cause, homeless shelter, women & children’s program or a local animal shelter, YouGiveGoods’ online drive system is the platform with resources that will help you succeed.

It’s free, easy to use, and most of all, easy to share with friends and family. Give it a try, and get pumped about giving back to your community!

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7 Best Practices for Creating A Successful Drive

You’ve launched your YGG drive, now what can you do to help ensure you meet your drive goal?

We’ve compiled a list of best practices to maximize the impact of your drive and help you on your way.


1) Use Our Social Media & Email Sharing Tools

We hope you’ve noticed that your YGG drive page comes with built-in buttons for easy email and social sharing of your drive. You’ll see results when you use them! And, encourage your visitors to share on your behalf.

Email your drive link to family, friends, co-workers, and your online community. Tell them about your cause and the new way to give goods using YGG. This is far and away the number one vehicle for driving traffic and donations to your drive.

Post your drive link on Facebook, twitter, and all your favorite social media outlets. Like those popular crowdfunding sites, YGG drives are made for social sharing.


2) Invite Friends To Join Your Team

You can expand your reach exponentially when friends join your team and start a drive on your behalf. Their personal connections will spur you on to another level of support.


3) Make Your Drive A Challenge

Create a little friendly competition between groups, departments, or teams by creating a challenge drive. Typically the added excitement of the challenge translates into greater results.


4) Tell A Story

Your community will be more willing to give when they understand your cause. Is there a story behind why you chose to support your nonprofit? Are there interesting facts that you can share? The more personally you can relate your drive to your community, the more reason they will have to donate.


5) Enlist Outside Help

Consider reaching out to your local media, school, community groups and clubs to get the word out to support your cause.


6) Update Often

Post drive updates on your drive page, via social media and email and ask your community to help you reach your goal.


7) Send Thanks

Remember to send a personal note of thanks to all your donors and at the close of your drive, let your donors know the goods have arrived at their destination.


Check out our resources page where you’ll find more tips and suggestions. Remember, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions, comments, and suggestions. We’d love to hear from you.

Happy 4th of July!

Have a safe and joyful Independence Day from all of us at YouGiveGoods!

National Pet Month 2015

At YouGiveGoods we seriously love our pets, so we were delighted at the opportunity to shine a light on our furry friends for National Pet Month in May. During National Pet Month we celebrate the joy and companionship that come with pet ownership. We also take the time to recognize the dedicated volunteers and professionals who care for the neediest animals in animal shelters, clinics and pet hospitals.

To get in on the fun, YouGiveGoods ran a Pet Photo Sweepstakes contest during the month of May. We asked our YGG community to share their favorite pet photos with us for a chance to win a $50 American Express gift card. Let us tell you, when those pet photos came in, they made our day! We each had our personal favorite but every entry was just a delight.

Sadly, on June 1st we marked the end of National Pet Month by randomly selecting a winner from all of the contest entrants. We were excited to alert Ms. Edwards that her photo of "Lola Bunny" was the winner and sent her prize off in the mail. We hope Lola enjoys some extra special treats on us!

We were also pleased to show our support of animal shelters by running our first ever multi-day Giving Day Event. YouGiveGoods gifted 5% cash to the charity on each donation of $50+ to any of our animal shelter drives during our Pet Week Giving Days Event on May 4 - May 8, 2015.

It was a great success! In addition to the cash gifts, due to your generosity we shipped plenty of pet food, toys, blankets and cleaning supplies to animal shelters across the country.

We are adjusting to life here without the influx of sweet photos. You can help lift our spirits by sending your comments and photos of YGG at work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to hear from you!