Spotlight

A talk from the XR4Inclusion Track at AWE USA 2018. What does it take to successfully raise a round of funding in XR? What are the unique challenges and opportunities in being a female founder? Before kicking off the second WXR Pitch Showcase, we’ll hear from Allison Wood, the CEO of CameraIQ, on how she raised funding and what she learned.

Spotlight

A talk from the XR4Inclusion Track at AWE USA 2018. What does it take to successfully raise a round of funding in XR? What are the unique challenges and opportunities in being a female founder? Before kicking off the second WXR Pitch Showcase, we’ll hear from Allison Wood, the CEO of CameraIQ, on how she raised funding and what she learned.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

Gopuff Donates $100,000 to Feeding America to Support Hunger Relief this Thanksgiving Season

Gopuff | November 26, 2021

Gopuff, the go-to platform for immediate delivery of consumers’ everyday needs, announced a $100,000 donation to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States, to support 10 local member food banks. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 38 million people, including 12 million children, are food insecure. Gopuff’s donation will support hunger-relief efforts at Feeding America member food banks in New York; Philadelphia; Miami; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Seattle; Austin; and Nashville. The funds will be distributed equally among the 10 locations and help provide more than one million meals to people in need. We continue to be impressed by Feeding America’s dedication to providing relief for the millions of people that experience food insecurity. We are proud to help advance the mission of this important organization, both through this donation as well as our long-term partnership.” Rafael Ilishayev, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Gopuff “Striving to meet people’s most urgent needs is the core of our business,” added Yakir Gola, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Gopuff. “Gopuff is committed to investing in and showing up for our local communities, and we hope that through this partnership with Feeding America, we can make an impact for those in need this holiday season.” “No one should worry about their next meal, especially during the holiday season,” said Lauren Biedron, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America. “That’s why Feeding America is incredibly grateful for Gopuff’s generous donation, which will help member food banks provide more meals to neighbors in need.” The donation builds on Gopuff’s long-standing relationship with Feeding America and on its shared commitments to support local communities, minimize food waste, and provide for people in need. Gopuff has partnered with Feeding America since 2019, donating hundreds of thousands of meals and dollars to local member food banks across the U.S. to help combat food insecurity. About Gopuff Gopuff is the go-to platform for instant delivery of consumers’ evolving, everyday needs. With an unmatched assortment of products including cleaning and home products, over-the-counter medications, baby and pet products, food and drinks, local brands, as well as alcohol and fresh prepared food in some markets, Gopuff brings a unique, seamless, and reliable experience to customers in over 1,000 cities for a flat $1.95 delivery fee. Founded in 2013 by co-founders and co-CEOs Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola, Gopuff created the instant needs category and continues to build the rails for the future of commerce. About Feeding America Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

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NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

Grunt Style Launches New Nonprofit To Propel Veterans ‘Forward with a Purpose’

the Grunt Style Foundation | November 25, 2021

Grunt Style, an apparel brand specializing in patriotic-focused apparel and products, is proud to announce the launch of their new nonprofit, The Grunt Style Foundation. The Grunt Style Foundation is a national nonprofit which aims to connect life-changing resources and experiences that allow Veterans, service members and military families to thrive. Built on three foundation pillars, ‘Honor, Integrity and Advocacy,’ the Grunt Style Foundation is completely self-funded and will focus on connecting services and organizations that address four major issues affecting the military and Veteran community: Mental Health and Wellness, Job Transition and Sustainment, Food Insecurity and Veteran Homelessness. Throughout the years, the Grunt Style brand has actively produced various philanthropic initiatives benefiting our military community. It was through our experience that we realized there was a strong demand to address the ongoing needs of our service members. We had to think bigger! The ultimate goal of our new Foundation is to bridge the gap by supporting our partners in connecting military members, veterans and their families to the resources available to them, in order to ensure social inequities are no longer an issue.” Tim Jensen, President of The Grunt Style Foundation About the Grunt Style Foundation Established in 2021, the Grunt Style Foundation is a national nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing resources and experiences in which Veterans, Service Members and their families thrive. The Grunt Style Foundation is funded by Grunt Style, a patriotic and veteran-operated apparel brand, to further Grunt Style’s commitment to recognize and celebrate those who bravely served our country. The Grunt Style Foundation focuses on mental health and wellness, military transition and sustainment, while alleviating food insecurities, and ending homelessness for military and veteran communities.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

VolunteerNow Awarded $250,000 Matching Grant in Recognition of 50th Anniversary

VolunteerNow | November 24, 2021

VolunteerNow, a national technology nonprofit, received a $250,000 challenge grant from Lyda Hill Philanthropies, in recognition of the organization's 50th anniversary this year. The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all donations directed towards a $500,000 capital campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary and fund 10 different projects needed to maintain and enhance the organization's innovative VOLY.org platform. As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, Tammy Richards, CEO of VolunteerNow, hopes to mobilize one million volunteers in the next five years and partner with 100 school districts through their volunteer management system. VolunteerNow's community impact spans across cause areas including education, health, hunger, social services, homelessness, animal welfare, the arts and the environment – among others. Through this generous grant from Lyda Hill Philanthropies, we will celebrate VolunteerNow's 50th anniversary milestone by continuing to upgrade and extend our reach to the organizations who need volunteers most. Miss Hill has been a transformational partner in developing the VOLY.org platform, which has allowed us to provide the K-12 school market, municipalities and nonprofits with volunteers needed to support their missions. We hope you will help VolunteerNow achieve our goal of fundraising $250,000 to receive the matching grant." Tammy Richards, CEO of VolunteerNow VOLY.org is VolunteerNow's web-based volunteer recruiting, management, reporting and matching platform. The platform leverages five decades of volunteer mobilization knowledge and is the 24/7 connection between volunteers and local service opportunities. This innovative, Software-as-a-Service platform is designed to directly support an organization's needs and expands volunteer impact across all sectors. Since VOLY.org's inception eight years ago, VolunteerNow has increased its volunteer ranks from 10,000 to 310,000. School districts across the country totaling over 400,000 students have licensed the VOLY.org software, and expansion continues nationally. The platform drives a $46 million economic impact for the region and serves nonprofits of all sizes. "It is an honor to support VolunteerNow as it celebrates its history and prepares for its future with critical technology and infrastructure investments," said Hill, Dallas philanthropist. Through previous impactful funding from generous donors, VolunteerNow has introduced innovations such as the recently updated VOLY.org mobile app, which allows school and community volunteers to search for opportunities with greater ease. Other features include the option to check-in for service opportunities and opting in for notifications to remind volunteers of their upcoming commitments and thank them when they complete their service. In addition to the grant, VolunteerNow will be able to host training sessions for other nonprofits and social impact organizations through the Water Cooler at Pegasus Park initiative sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies in partnership with J. Small Investments. About VolunteerNow With 50 years of experience, VolunteerNow transforms lives through volunteerism and community engagement. In a typical year, VolunteerNow mobilizes more than 310,000 volunteers who give 1.6 million hours to 3,500 local nonprofits, driving a $46 million economic impact. VOLY.org, powered by VolunteerNow, is the 24/7 connection between volunteers and local service opportunities. As a national thought leader in volunteerism and one of the largest volunteer centers in the country, VolunteerNow provides a wide range of programs and services that build capacity for school districts, nonprofits, and municipalities. volnow.org About Lyda Hill Philanthropies Lyda Hill Philanthropies encompasses the charitable giving for founder Lyda Hill and includes her foundation and personal philanthropy. Our organization is committed to funding transformational advances in science and nature, empowering nonprofit organizations and improving the Texas and Colorado communities. Because Miss Hill has a fervent belief that "science is the answer" to many of life's most challenging issues, she has chosen to donate the entirety of her estate to philanthropy and scientific research.

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