Atlanta Community Food Bank | October 06, 2022
Financial services professionals across the greater Atlanta area are helping put dollars to good use with the first-ever Food for All fundraiser to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The fundraising competition raised $46,510 to support the Food Bank and its mission of fighting hunger in metro Atlanta and north Georgia, providing enough food for 186,000 meals. Since the global pandemic, the Food Bank has seen significant increases in need for its services and has been working with various community and government partners to continue providing access to nutritious meals for food insecure neighbors.
"The Atlanta Community Food Bank has a long history of industry partnerships, including the legal, accounting, and tech communities with our Legal Food Frenzy, Accounting Food Fight, and Tech Cares, Tech Shares competitions. We are honored and thrilled to forge this historic relationship with the financial services community to kick off Food for All, We are incredibly grateful to the local financial service industry professionals who came together for this friendly fundraising competition and to make an impact on the lives of Georgia families that need our support."
-Kyle Waide, President & CEO of Atlanta Community Food Bank.
The seven Founding Teams that participated in the inaugural Food for All event included BlackRock, Voya Financial, Homrich Berg, CFA Society Atlanta, Bank of America Private Bank, CI Brightworth, and CIBC Private Wealth Management.
"The Food for All fundraiser provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce our commitment to the Finance Industry and local community by joining forces for this vital cause, We support it and hope to inspire our members to join in with donations and volunteer efforts."
-Cathy Ford, Executive Director for CFA Society Atlanta.
Trevor Neumann, COO of BlackRock Atlanta Innovation Hub and Food Bank Advisory Board and Food for All Task Force member said, "In support of the Food Bank's critical mission to end hunger in Atlanta, we are thrilled to collaborate with the local financial services community as a founding member of the Atlanta Community Food Bank's inaugural Food for All fundraising competition. We look forward to building on this year's success by growing the Food for All competition in the years to come."
Throughout the year, the Atlanta Community Food Bank connects more than 715,000 people with healthy and nutritious food. The organization also works with more than 700 nonprofit partners to help fight food insecurity in the communities they serve.
About Atlanta Community Food Bank:
The Atlanta Community Food Bank works to end hunger with the food, people and big ideas needed to ensure our neighbors have the nourishment to lead healthy and productive lives. Far too many people in our own community experience hunger every day, including children, seniors and working families. Through more than 700 nonprofit partners, we help more than 715,00 people get healthy food every year. Our goal is that all hungry people across metro Atlanta and North Georgia will have access to the nutritious meals they need when they need them. It takes the power of our whole community to make that possible.
American Cancer Society | October 04, 2022
FlowPlay, creator of one of the most powerful connected gaming platforms, announced the launch of a new in-game fundraising campaign on behalf of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Today, FlowPlay kicks off a fundraiser to support patient navigation programs, evidence-based interventions that connect cancer patients with volunteer health system navigators who can provide personalized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers, from diagnosis through survivorship. Throughout the month of October, players within FlowPlay's flagship social casino, Vegas World, can contribute directly to ACS's Patient Navigation efforts.
Patient navigation programs are of benefit to anyone receiving a cancer diagnosis but are particularly important for patients who experience hurdles to receiving equitable healthcare due to social, cultural, or economic barriers. Navigators include nurses, health advisors, social workers and others in the healthcare field who can help patients overcome financial, language and transportation barriers to care, improving quality of care and progressing health equity. Data shows that care provided through patient navigation programs decreases hospitalization and ICU admissions, and improves timely diagnostic follow up and adherence to screening and treatment schedules. Navigation programs provide each patient with the opportunity for customized care, ultimately helping to ensure that all patients have a fair opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer.
"Cancer patients have faced unique clinical, social, and financial challenges in the wake of the global pandemic, We are so proud to partner with organizations such as Flowplay and their Vegas World players, allowing us to take on initiatives that can help patients overcome barriers and receive the best care for their diagnosis.
-Ryan Okita, Senior Director, Cancer Support Program Management with American Cancer Society.
All Vegas World players will have the opportunity to donate directly to the American Cancer Society from October 3 through October 31 by purchasing a virtual in-game branded charm. A long-standing supporter of ACS, FlowPlay has raised more than $400,000 through previous campaigns, and is on track to reach half a million dollars by the end of 2022. FlowPlay also participated in the 2022 ACS Fit2Be Cancer Free Challenge, raising over $28,000 and ranking 4th in the nation and 1st in the Pacific Northwest for funds raised.
"Navigating a cancer diagnosis from insurance, medications, and getting to and from treatment can be incredibly daunting for a patient and their loved ones; having reliable and knowledgeable support to guide you through the process is invaluable, I am incredibly proud of the FlowPlay community for the unwavering support they demonstrate for the American Cancer Society through various initiatives."
-Derrick Morton, President and Co-Founder, FlowPlay.
ACS is committed to enhancing patient navigation programs and has awarded $4.2 million in multi-year grants to 14 health systems to enhance oncology patient navigation and address and overcome barriers to personalized, timely, and equitable access to care for cancer patients and their families. Each health system selected will receive $300,000 to fund patient navigation programs.
FlowPlay is the company behind the most powerful connected gaming platform for casual and sports wagering games, virtual worlds and social casinos. A developer, operator and publisher, FlowPlay serves both consumers and businesses with engaging online and mobile free-to-play experiences. Partners turn to FlowPlay for its extensive multiplayer infrastructure, industry-leading monetization rates and proven track record helping businesses launch custom-branded online games. FlowPlay's consumer products include ourWorld, one of the most popular teen virtual worlds, Vegas World, the industry's most engaging multiplayer social casino, and Casino World, the company's most grandiose, interactive and community-driven free-to-play social casino with tycoon gameplay. Together, they have been played by a loyal community of more than 75 million users around the world. FlowPlay dominates a cross-section of industries including online and mobile games, fantasy sports and casinos – consistently creating opportunities in high-growth and emerging markets. Based in Seattle, FlowPlay was founded in 2006 and is primarily funded by Intel Capital and the creators of Skype.
OneCause | October 04, 2022
OneCause, a leader in online and event fundraising, today announced the launch of the new OneCause Fundraising Platform to help nonprofits provide a seamless, modern giving experience for donors. The new tools and functionality further the company's mission to drive innovation in the fundraising technology sector and provide integrated, flexible software so nonprofits can easily manage a wide range of donor experiences, needs, and expectations — whether in person, virtual, or hybrid.
"The OneCause Fundraising Platform makes fundraising more intuitive and helps nonprofits unlock generosity with today's donors, We designed an easy, frictionless giving process complete with communication tools to help nonprofits connect with donors before, during, and after an event happens or a gift is made, ensuring they stay engaged and feel like their gifts truly make an impact."
-Steve Johns, chief executive officer for OneCause.
The OneCause Fundraising Platform includes innovative features and functionality like:
Flexibility to switch between in-person, virtual, or hybrid events
Smart ticketing that drives unique experiences based on ticket type
Options for guests to easily manage and assign purchased tickets
Contactless express check-in via QR code
Volunteer check-in tools and permission levels
Multiple giving options that appeal to varying donor preferences
Auctioneer-friendly live event and paddle raise tools
Integrated raffle drawings
Messaging and live chat to engage guests at all stages of an event
Ability to track and confirm pre-seeded commitments in real time
Table analytics to encourage friendly competition during events
Integrated ambassador fundraising to bring peer-to-peer strategies into events
Supporter-driven item pickup with self-selected time slots
Real-time global and event-level fundraising analytics
"This platform puts the attendee experience in their hands. Guest information, check-in, pre-event questions, bidding, donating, purchases, and checkout are driven by the attendee. It's so much easier! It's clear that OneCause carefully considered feedback from nonprofits while building the platform. They even anticipated future needs and implemented helpful functionality we hadn't even thought of."
-Della Carver, director of service center support at Arthritis Foundation.
Donors have come to expect the same ease, immediacy, and personalization during the giving experience they've become accustomed to from online retailers like Amazon. The user-friendly and intuitive tools in the new platform were built to meet evolving needs and expectations of today's donors, while reducing time spent managing technology for nonprofits.
Donors are consumers, and they're bringing expectations of on-demand, personalized experiences to nonprofit events and fundraising, said Stephanie Ragozzino, chief product officer for OneCause. We designed the new OneCause Fundraising Platform to offer a modern, supporter-driven experience for donors—and a flexible, time-saving event management tool for mission-driven organizations.
OneCause is driving the future of fundraising with easy-to-use event and online fundraising solutions that help nonprofits improve the giving experience and raise more money. OneCause builds technology that optimizes everyday generosity, making it easier for nonprofit organizations to fundraise and for nonprofit supporters to give. Since 2008, OneCause has helped over 10,000 nonprofits raise more than $4 billion for their missions. Headquartered in Indianapolis, OneCause is committed to driving innovation in the charitable sector, bringing together nonprofit professionals across the world for the annual Raise Conference to exchange ideas that further fundraising.