The Salvation Army’s New Nonprofit Grocery Stores: A Membership Model with Surprising Twists

Nonprofit Quarterly | March 09, 2018

Access to affordable, healthy food is pivotal in creating healthy communities and long-term positive health outcomes for individuals and families. Unfortunately, that opportunity does not exist for everybody in the United States. According to the USDA, nearly 40 million people live within a food desert, meaning that a substantial portion of the people living in an area do not have access to or live far away from a grocery store. Overwhelmingly the people that live in food deserts are low income people who struggle with multiple layers of access, from transportation, to banking/credit access, to healthcare. What’s more, food access issues impact communities of color disproportionately. Over the past several years many groups around the country have mobilized and developed a plethora of initiatives geared towards increasing food access. Many of these efforts leverage existing public funds, create jobs, and provide much needed economic development in areas that have historically been overlooked by community and economic development departments. Though progress has been made, many communities still struggle with food access. One such community is Baltimore, which in many ways is emblematic of the intersection of social and economic issues related to food access. While the city of Baltimore in January reframed food deserts as “healthy food priority areas,” the fact remains the city has a monumental food access issue. According to the 2012 study Searching for Markets.

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The public rightly expect a high standard of care when they donate. So, it is important that when a charity asks for donations it does so in the correct way. If they get it wrong, a charity could end up losing donations, affecting public confidence and there could be other consequences if certain responsibilities are not met.

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The public rightly expect a high standard of care when they donate. So, it is important that when a charity asks for donations it does so in the correct way. If they get it wrong, a charity could end up losing donations, affecting public confidence and there could be other consequences if certain responsibilities are not met.

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Givesmart | June 10, 2022

GiveSmart by Community Brands, the industry's premier fundraising software for NGOs and schools, recently presented findings from a recent research study on the state of technology and fundraising. The findings revealed that organizations have a lot of room to improve the donor experience and better help their personnel with technology adoption. In January and February 2022, Community Brands partnered with FINN Partners to poll over 500 charity fundraising and development professionals about technology adoption and use, as well as its influence on giving and the donor experience. Development directors, special event senior staff, executive directors, and volunteer managers were among the respondents. The findings of the study look at how organizations are meeting their financial goals, responding to donor preferences, and how their tools hinder or empower them. The importance of developing technology and its impact on organizations and schools were among the key results of the study. Only one in five organizations believe their present technology can satisfy their future demands, according to more than three-quarters of respondents. Furthermore, firms with efficient technology are better able to accommodate changing needs and achieve greater stability and overall performance, whereas inefficient organizations rely more on inherited technology and redundant tools. Technology, according to 95% of respondents, will be critical in attaining their 2022 fundraising targets. Nine out of ten respondents who work for nonprofits or schools that utilize technology early say they have a better understanding of their supporters. Organizational success and employee happiness gain from using fewer solutions to fulfill broader objectives. Eight out of 10 fundraisers use two or more technologies to suit their demands, while nine out of ten want a single system of record to handle everything. Our research shows a correlation between modern technology, successful fundraising, and organizational efficiency. Nonprofits expect to grow and those that adopt modern technology solutions have more stability and achieve greater success. Providing staff with modern tools will benefit the donor experience and enhance fundraising capabilities, which in turn, allows organizations a better path to serving their mission and reaching their goals." Steve Greanias, GiveSmart General Manager In the categories of Nonprofit Fundraising, Event Management, Virtual Event, and Donor Management, GiveSmart just received TrustRadius Top Rated honors. Community Brands announced in the spring that GiveSmart, MobileCause, and SimplyFundraising CRM would be combined into one powerful fundraising management platform. The three best-in-class fundraising tools will help modern schools and nonprofits succeed, develop their missions, and attract more donors.

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Approximately 15,000 AbbVie Employees to Volunteer Globally to Support Local Communities in Annual Week of Possibilities

AbbVie | June 28, 2022

AbbVie kicks off its seventh Week of Possibilities with approximately 15,000 employees volunteering in more than 50 countries to serve local communities around the world. From June 27 to July 1, AbbVie employees will work with trusted community partners to complete hands-on projects, including renovating schools, playgrounds and community centers, to benefit local communities impacting tens of thousands of people. Supporting our local communities is at the heart of AbbVie's culture, and there is no greater example of this than our annual Week of Possibilities, where AbbVie employees around the world come together through volunteering to embrace our shared commitment of giving back. We are thrilled our employee volunteers are returning to service projects in local communities this year following a two-year pause caused by the pandemic. We look forward to collaborating with our nonprofit partners to make a real impact in our local communities across the globe." Tracie Haas, president, AbbVie Foundation To bring Week of Possibilities to life, the AbbVie Foundation works with longstanding community partners, including Heart of America Foundation and KABOOM! in the U.S., and Points of Light globally. At its North Chicago headquarters, AbbVie partners with North Chicago Community Partners, Bernie's Book Bank, Habitat for Humanity and others. Service projects vary by region and are selected based on the greatest needs in local communities. Project highlights include: In North Chicago, employee volunteers will renovate four local schools, help teachers prepare for the move into the new middle school, Neal Math and Science Academy, build a new community playground, participate in book, food and clothing sorting, and build two single family homes for families in need. In Brisbane and Anaheim, California, AbbVie volunteers will transform two community playgrounds. AbbVie teams will create STEM Labs and renovate libraries at schools in Santa Ana and Redwood City, California; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Boston and Worchester, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; Brooklyn, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Austin and Houston, Texas. Globally, AbbVie's partnership with Points of Light will impact thousands of students in dozens of schools and community centers with refreshed and refurbished learning, meeting and outdoor spaces. AbbVie employees will also focus on making a positive impact to the environment and serving local communities through food banks and education-focused initiatives. Additionally, select AbbVie volunteers in Europe will prepare supplies and kits for Ukrainian refugees. Collectively, AbbVie volunteers in more than 50 countries will serve the greatest needs in their local communities and help create a positive, lasting impact for children and families. Since its inception, AbbVie has been recognized for its corporate citizenship, including as one of top "Companies that Care" by Great Place to Work® and PEOPLE. About AbbVie AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. About the AbbVie Foundation The AbbVie Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, is dedicated to having a remarkable impact for local communities in need around the world through a commitment to building sustainable health care systems and effective educational programs.

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DonorDrive Named Salesforce.org's 2022 Nonprofit Product Partner of the Year

DonorDrive | July 29, 2022

DonorDrive, an EngageSmart (NYSE: ESMT) solution and makers of an advanced enterprise digital fundraising platform, announced it has been named Salesforce.org’s 2022 Nonprofit Product Partner of the Year for the Americas. The award was presented during the Salesforce.org Unite Partner Summit on June 1, 2022. This award recognizes the partnership between Salesforce.org and DonorDrive and its success driving results for great causes, including some of the world’s largest and most innovative nonprofits. “A great partnership begins with the end in mind: in this case, a successful fundraising experience that leads to growth, efficiency, and mission success for our joint nonprofit clients, DonorDrive and Salesforce are always laser-focused on the success of the nonprofit community. This award is validation that we’re better together when working toward that shared objective.” -Marc Rubner, CEO of DonorDrive. Salesforce.org is thrilled to award DonorDrive the 2022 Product Partner of the Year award for its success in the nonprofit sector, said David Averill, Vice President of AMER Alliances and Channels at Salesforce.org. DonorDrive has been a highly-valued partner to Salesforce.org and proven its ability to help nonprofits reach their goals and drive greater impact for their causes. Looking to the future, I’m excited about our continued partnership and working together to ensure nonprofits have the tools they need to forward their missions. The DonorDrive for Salesforce integration allows nonprofits to leverage Salesforce as their system of record for all fundraising data. Nonprofits can track all supporter data in Salesforce — from relationships to engagement to giving history. Key innovations for clients like National MS Society, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, V Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center, and more, include: The ability to sync standard fields, custom fields, and form questions directly into Salesforce. DonorDrive stores data to standard objects, maximizing the experience and value of the Salesforce platform. DonorDrive’s bidirectional constituent sync, which ensures data stays as up-to-date as possible across both systems. Data also stays clean by matching to existing records in Salesforce, reducing duplicates, and saving the team time and resources. DonorDrive’s NPSP app, which was built by certified Salesforce developers and is backed by DonorDrive’s top-rated customer support team. DonorDrive and Salesforce cut out middleware, keeping data secure with an integration that’s easy to set up and maintain. This award is recognition of the partnership between Salesforce.org and DonorDrive driving results for amazing causes. Nonprofits need knowledgeable partners and strategic guidance for digital transformation now more than ever, and Salesforce+DonorDrive delivers on that, said Buck Rumely, Chief Strategy Officer at DonorDrive. About DonorDrive: DonorDrive, an EngageSmart solution, is an advanced digital fundraising platform for nonprofits that turns everyday people into powerful fundraisers. Drive more revenue for your cause with the most immersive, connected, and well-designed fundraising experience ever made. For more than 20 years, DonorDrive has helped hundreds of nonprofits like Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Covenant House, Doctors Without Borders, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Muscular Dystrophy Association, World Vision, and hundreds more to raise billions of dollars. About EngageSmart: EngageSmart is a leading provider of vertically tailored customer engagement software and integrated payments solutions. At EngageSmart, our mission is to simplify customer and client engagement to allow our customers to focus resources on initiatives that improve their businesses and better serve their communities. Headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts, EngageSmart offers single instance, multi-tenant, true Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) vertical solutions, including SimplePractice, InvoiceCloud, HealthPay24 and DonorDrive, that are designed to simplify our customers’ engagement with their clients by driving digital adoption and self-service. EngageSmart serves 84,000 customers in the SMB Solutions segment and more than 3,100 customers in the Enterprise Solutions segment across five core verticals: Health & Wellness, Government, Utilities, Financial Services, and Giving.

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