YouGiveGoods' #GivingTuesday give back provides more for charity


YouGiveGoods’ #GivingTuesday give back provides more for charity

Mendham, NJ -- #GivingTuesday 2018, November 27 this year, is quickly approaching. Falling annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and on the heels of the frenzied shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement which designates this day as one to “help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice.” In 2017, only the sixth year of the event, #GivingTuesday raised $274 million for charities across the United States.

YouGiveGoods, the innovative giving platform dedicated to delivering brand-new, donated items to people (and pets) in need all across the country, is celebrating #GivingTuesday with a special offer. On November 27 all goods donations of $50+ purchased on the site will earn a 10% cash gift from YouGiveGoods to the selected charity. YouGiveGoods hopes that the additional cash gift will encourage potential donors to be a part of #GivingTuesday with a donation of most-needed goods to charity.

“People love the simplicity and transparency of purchasing goods for donation online,” YouGiveGoods president, Lisa Tomasi, explains. “Around the holidays we are in the mode of gift-giving and YouGiveGoods enables you to give a real gift, whether it be a coat, a toy, socks, blanket or even diapers or food, to a stranger in need. These tangible gifts are a very personal and warm expression of caring this time of year.”

YouGiveGoods has been working to get goods to those in need since its inception in 2011. Companies have discovered that YouGiveGoods is a great addition to their CSR program. YouGiveGoods adds value by providing a free service to engage employees in meaningful, trackable, impactful giving. Companies such as Aetna, Northrop Grumman, and Fidelity Investments have run successful national campaigns serving their corporate missions while allowing individual offices to support the local charity of their choice.

Finally, it’s important to remember that while #GivingTuesday is a momentous day of giving it is meant to be about more than just the single day. #GivingTuesday marks the kick off to the charitable giving season. An astounding 30% of total annual philanthropic giving is done in December. Therefore, if donations fall short in December, nonprofits have reason to be concerned about their operations for the entire following year.

YouGiveGoods believes that when you make it easier to give, more people will give. And the added incentive of an additional cash gift on #GivingTuesday should help kick off the giving season with a bang.

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MetroWest Clothing Initiative Helps More Than 200 Individuals; Donations Accepted Through Nov. 20

November 3, 2018

MetroWest Clothing Initiative Helps More Than 200 Individuals; Donations Accepted Through November 20

The article featured in the Framingham Source announces that In its inaugural season, the MetroWest Clothing Initiative has helped more than 200 individuals, said founder Amanda Cataldo.The organization currently has 12 “bright orange boxes” throughout MetroWest, said Cataldo. “We are still looking for hats, coats, mittens, socks, scarves, bags, sweaters, blankets and toiletry items,” said Cataldo. The MetroWest Clothing Initiative has partnered with You Give Goods for people to purchase tax deductible donations for our initiative, said Cataldo. Items purchased will be shipped to us on November 12, she said. To participate, visit

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Berkshire Bank launches 'Season of Giving' to assist children and families

December 5, 2017

Berkshire Bank launches 'Season of Giving' to assist children and families

The article featured in Vermont Biz explains that the Vermont-based bank, Berkshire Bank had launched its 6th annual "Season of Giving", the company's initiative to provide aid to needy families and children during the holiday season. The article also notes,"In addition to local volunteer efforts, Berkshire Bank invites the general public to participate in the initiative through You Give Goods, a virtual collection web site where individuals may purchase goods online for selected nonprofit organizations through December 15, 2017. This year, the online efforts are focused on collecting food for Feeding America, basic needs items for the American Red Cross, toys for Toys for Tots, and animal care items for the Humane Society of the United States. Purchases are 100% tax deductible and items are shipped directly to the organizations. To participate, visit"

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From Long Island to Islands in Need

October 12, 2017

From Long Island to Islands in Need

The article featured in The East Hampton Star explains that surviving the devastation of Hurricane Sandy prompted people of Long Island, NY to help victims of recent hurricanes. For instance, a group of concerned residents from Long Island, NY, banned together to create East End Cares, an organization dedicated to to helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The article also outlines how Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr of New York has partnered with Long Island Cares and New York State to raise food, cleaning supplies and hygiene products for the people of Puerto Rico suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Donations could be dropped at the Assemblyman/s office or donated online using

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Drinks Industry Joins Forces To Provide Hurricane Harvey Relief

August 31, 2017

Drinks Industry Joins Forces to Provide Hurricane Harvey Relief

The article featured in Shanken News Daily discusses the need for relief following the devastating floods in Houston resulting from Hurricane Harvey. Beverage company, Diageo stepped up to provide aid through their Diageo C.A.R.E.s program which partnered with YouGiveGoods to raise and distribute food and hygiene products to victims of the flooding. Additional aid was offered when Guiness pledged to match the value of employee goods donations via YouGiveGoods with a matching cash donation up to $50,000.

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How to become a strong leader taking these positive, creative steps

April 3, 2017

How to become a strong leader taking these positive, creative steps

The article featured in was written by YouGiveGoods' founder and president, Lisa Tomasi, and offers tips and suggestions on how to become a strong leader. Based on Lisa's experiences starting and growing YouGiveGoods, she outlined 5 suggestions for steps to take to build your leadership skills. She mentions that even though you may not feel like a natural born leader, with work and persistence, you can become one.

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For Black History Month, books can be donated to young Newark readers

February 23, 2017

For Black History Month, books can be donated to young Newark readers

The article discussed YouGiveGoods’ concept, and features the Anthem Celebrates Reading Drive in Newark, NJ, along with a quote from Lisa Tomasi. The article describes YouGiveGoods as a “New Jersey-based online charitable giving site” where people can donate books in celebration of Black History Month, to be given to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark. The article mentions that the Newark Drive is part of a national drive on the YouGiveGoods site. Finally, the article mentions how readers may donate books and includes a link back to the site..

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Natick Service Council participating in Souper Bowl of Caring 2017 Food Drove

January 24, 2017

Natick Service Council participating in Souper Bowl of Caring 2017 Food Drive

YouGiveGoods was highlighted as a resource for donations for the 2017 Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive held by the Natick Service Council. The article notes that people can shop online and all items will ship directly to the Council's food pantry. The article ran online in the Metro West Daily News and in Wicked Local Natick.

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What Lesson Can You Teach This Martin Luther King Jr Day?

January 15, 2017

What Lesson Can You Teach This Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

"What Lesson Can You Teach This Martin Luther King Jr. Day" was featured in several online outlets in the Dallas/Austin area on 1/15/17. The article contains five tips from Lisa Tomasi on behalf of YouGiveGoods on how to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day to include an act of service to the community. The article also explained that YouGiveGoods’ drives are a simple and effective way to take part in the MLK Day of Service.

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It's Never Too Late (or Too Early)

January/February 2017

It's Never Too Late (or Too Early) print and online article

YouGiveGoods founder and CEO, Lisa Tomasi, was featured in an article, titled, “It’s Never Too Late (or too Early),” which ran in the January/February issue of Entrepreneur magazine and was also featured on their online counterpart The article highlights successful entrepreneurs at various age ranges, and includes details on how Lisa Tomasi launched YouGiveGoods. Within the article, commentary from Lisa describes how she started YouGiveGoods in 2011 “with friends as users,” and now has hundreds of partners.

News Outlet: Entrepreneur (online article and print article)

Considering charitable giving for the holidays? Check out this NJ website

December 19, 2016

Considering charitable giving for the holidays? Check out this NJ website -- radio interview and online article

New Jersey 101.5FM aired an interview with YouGiveGoods president, Lisa Tomasi multiple times on December 19 in which they discussed holiday giving and YouGiveGoods. In addition to the radio interview, the online counterpart of New Jersey 101.5FM ran an article based on the interview, titled, “Considering Charitable Giving for the holidays? Check out this NJ Website." In the article and interview Lisa Tomasi explained that the goal of is to improve upon the normal donation or collection bin process for toy, food, school supply, or other drives by expanding them from a local to a statewide, nationwide, or even worldwide reach.

News Outlet: NJ 101.5FM (online article and on-air radio interview) and 92.7WOBM (online article)

Holiday Giving and YouGiveGoods

December 13, 2016

Radio interview - Holiday Giving and YouGiveGoods

YouGiveGoods was featured on a segment on the ABC News channel of Slacker Radio. During the interview, YouGiveGoods president, Lisa Tomasi, discussed why it’s important to remember to give back during the holiday season, noting how easy and transparent the process can be through the use of technology.

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Website Makes it Easier to Give

December 3, 2016

Website Makes it Easier to Give

This article focuses on how YouGiveGoods is a leading online platform enhancing the giving process by applying technology. The article noted that the website allows drive-starters to boost engagement through the use of social media, to ultimately positively impact a drive’s outcome.

News Outlet: Perry Daily Journal

Will You Give on Giving Tuesday?

November 29, 2016

Will You Give on Giving Tuesday?

The article, titled “Will You Give on Giving Tuesday” shares insight from CEO and Founder Lisa Tomasi, on behalf of YouGiveGoods, discussing the importance and growth of the global movement and how YouGiveGoods is making it easy and efficient for do-gooders to participate. The article also included a direct link to the YouGiveGoods website, for readers reference.

News Outlet: The article was syndicated across The Daily Voice’s network of 38 online media outlets, including the following: New Rochelle Daily Voice, Briarcliff Daily Voice, Fairfield Daily Voice, and White Plains Daily Voice.

How the Trump Administration Will Affect Nonprofits, Social Entrepreneurs

November 15, 2016

How the Trump Administration Will Affect Nonprofits, Social Entrepreneurs

This article featured in the online counterpart of Forbes, focuses on how the results of the election will affect nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs. Insight from some of the top charitable giving experts are included in the piece, among them Lisa Tomasi, who discussed coping with a changing economy and advice for other social entrepreneurs.

News Outlet: Forbes (online)

Why Donate to a Toy Drive?

November 9, 2016

Why Donate to a Toy Drive?

The article, titled, “Why Donate to a Toy Drive?,” discusses the importance of giving toys to kids in need this holiday season, and how YouGiveGoods makes the giving process easy. A link to YouGiveGoods’ “explore” tab is included, allowing readers to search for drives to donate to.

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UTEP Student Athletes Aiming to SAAC Hunger

October 28, 2016

UTEP Student Athletes Aiming to SAAC Hunger

This article highlights the UTEP's Student Athletic Advisory Committee's participation in the annual SAAC Hunger Food Drive along with 13 other conference schools. In addition to collecting food at on-campus events, the article discusses the fact Conference USA also offers an online food donation option using the YouGiveGoods service. It is noted utilizing YouGiveGoods allows student-athletes to reach a much larger audience, encouraging all student groups and alumni to participate.

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Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollars -- and Help Others Facing Hunger

September 20, 2016

Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollars -- and Help Others Facing Hunger

In this article focusing on Hunger Action Month and helping to feed the hungry in Georgia, Lisa Tomasi is noted as a philanthropy expert and founder of e-giving site, YouGiveGoods. Lisa also offers 5 tips for helping to fight hunger.

News Outlet: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

YouGiveGoods Gives Goods to Charity (interview)

September 14, 2016

Podcast - YouGiveGoods Gives Goods to Charity

Devin Thorpe of interviewed YGG CEO, Lisa Tomasi, for his podcast program. They discussed the YouGiveGoods concept, how and why the company was launched, and the growth of YouGiveGoods from its inception through current day. Lisa offered advice for other entrepreneurs and for those interested in charitable work based on her experiences at YGG.

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Tips for Giving Back This Summer

June 2016

Tips for Giving Back This Summer

YouGiveGoods' blog post, "Ideas for Summertime Giving" which features tips for giving back to your community during the summer months was picked up and run on many websites. Lisa Tomasi is recognized as an expert in philanthropy and suggests getting the children involved in giving back, working together as a family on a giving project and trying out virtual volunteering. YouGiveGoods is highlighted as a simple, fun way to give back to the local community.

Online News Outlet: Motherhood Movement, Hanging Off the Wire, My Happiness Delivered, My Charmed Mom, The Apopka Voice, Twin Mom