Amazon Announces a Season of Giving Donating Millions of Items through Product and Monetary Donations to Over a Thousand Charities around the World

Amazon | October 20, 2020

Today, Amazon announced that it will support more than a thousand charities around the world with product and monetary donations to help them get millions of items they need. Organizations in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Singapore, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Australia and more will receive donations starting today. To help distribute the donations, Amazon will team up with celebrity friends, including Gabrielle Union, Mitch Marner from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Singaporean actor and musician, Nathan Hartono, among others who will continue to be announced throughout the holidays. In addition, Amazon will fulfill hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists across the U.S., supporting organizations in communities hit hard by the events of this year including those that support causes such as homelessness, hunger and disaster relief, among others. Customers can also join Amazon in its season of giving by shopping through AmazonSmile, donating an item via AmazonSmile Charity Lists, or making a monetary donation to the organization of their choice by saying, “Alexa, I want to make a donation.”

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY, PHILANTHROPY

Silent Donor Drives Innovation in Philanthropy with Unique Anonymous Donation Platform

Silent Donor | October 06, 2022

Silent Donor has publicly launched their online service that provides an easy, accessible way for donors to send anonymous donations to established nonprofit or charitable 501(c)(3) organizations. They are the first online donation platform designed from the ground up to protect the privacy of donors. "Growing numbers of individuals and companies, for a variety of reasons, want to carry out their charitable giving anonymously, Our platform offers the privacy and security that these donors are looking for. We're confident that our company can help increase philanthropic efforts across the nation and around the world, While the individual reasons for wanting to remain anonymous vary, the underlying gravity that holds these donors together is their desire to bring about positive change in the world through a nonprofit or charitable cause. Compared to the 2021 US online donation average, those using Silent Donor gave three times more on a per-donation basis during the same year, The benefit of privacy clearly encourages certain donors to give more to the causes they want to support." -Tim Sanders, Founder & CEO of Silent Donor. Sanders notes there are many different reasons why donors choose to remain anonymous. Some hold strong altruistic beliefs; some cite religious values. Other donors simply seek more privacy and are frustrated by constant emails, physical mail, and phone calls that come in the wake of sending a donation. Some donors also prefer to give anonymously to causes that other groups might find controversial to avoid being publicly renounced or 'canceled' for their donation choices. Silent Donor is already at work, helping people send donations to charitable organizations, and partnering with organizations to allow them to easily accept anonymous donations from their supporters. They recently became the official anonymous donation partner for United24, the global fundraising vehicle started by the President of Ukraine to provide philanthropic assistance to the country. Among others, Silent Donor also assisted in running an international anonymous donation campaign for the charity SameYou, founded by Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke. Notable exceptions to the service provided by Silent Donor include political donations of any kind, and donations to 501(c)(4) organizations. To use the service, donors simply complete a short donation form on the Silent Donor platform and write in the organization they want to receive their donation. Donations can be made via credit card, bank transfer, or Bitcoin. The donation is then sent anonymously to the charity or nonprofit of their choosing. The executive team at Silent Donor created a 501(c)(3) registered donor-advised fund called the AnonDo Fund specifically to protect the privacy of their donors. This fund is used to seamlessly send donations on behalf of donors without including any of their personal information. About Silent Donor: Silent Donor is the first and largest anonymous donation platform, with operations and partnerships across the globe. Its mission is to enable people and companies to privately donate funds to nonprofit or charitable causes, without receiving any unwanted attention from the receiving organization or from the public. Silent Donor operates through a 501(c)(3) registered donor-advised fund partner, which they specifically created to shield and protect the privacy of donors. This fund allows them to accept and send tax-deductible donations on behalf of donors without including any personal information.

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FUNDRAISING

The Impact Collective Adds New Technology and Fundraising Features to its NFT Marketplace

The Impact Collective | November 15, 2022

The Impact Collective announced new technical features on its NFT marketplace that cement its position as the one-stop shop for nonprofits to buy, sell, and re-sell digital collectibles. To draw in more donors, The Impact Collective now offers QR redemption codes for donors to receive free commemorative NFTs. To accommodate hosting the work of a high-profile artist or a large-scale edition, The Impact Collective also added the capabilities to deliver multiple editions of a single NFT. La Jolla Playhouse was the first partner of The Impact Collective to provide redemption codes in exchange for NFTs to donors for its Innovation Night 2022, which engages San Diego’s high tech entrepreneurs community in the world-renowned theater. The limited edition commemorative NFTs provided a unique way to thank donors connected to the innovation economy. “Aligning with our focus on inventive and adventurous art, we decided to partner with The Impact Collective to offer limited-edition digital collectibles for our annual Innovation Night fundraiser. This exciting collaboration resulted in a one-of-a-kind ‘swag bag’ for guests that offered a timeless artistic asset that could be traded or sold.” -Debby Buchholz, Managing Director La Jolla Playhouse. These new features complement The Impact Collective’s core accessibility features of a simple NFT wallet registration process and a marketplace which accepts cryptocurrency and credit card payments. Overall, The Impact Collective is the only platform that provides all these features. “The addition of these features establish The Impact Collective as the leading platform for nonprofits when selling NFTs, The Impact Collective is unique in, not only the breadth of its offerings, but also its overall ease of use to be accessible to all types of donors.” -Neil Senturia, the company’s CEO. Coming on the heels of The Impact Collective hosting an NFT drop for Second Chance to raise funds to support the program’s mental health, addiction and job-training programs, the online exhibition featured works from established artists such as Tony Concep, Saxon Chang, and Richard Ybarra, along with art created by Second Chance graduates. The NFT market is expected to generate $3 billion in revenue this year and grow over 30% in the next 5 years according to a recent economic forecast from Research and Markets. This growing market presents a great opportunity for nonprofits to find new donors, who may be incentivized to give through an NFT purchase. NFTs for charity will likely become an established practice comparable to how cryptocurrency has already been adopted by well known nonprofits such as The American Red Cross and UNICEF. More about The Impact Collective: An NFT purchased through The Impact Collective, a San Diego software company, has an immediate and direct impact on both nonprofits and artists. By merging the popularity of NFTs with an accessible marketplace where payment can be made with a regular credit card, The Impact Collective helps nonprofits raise funds for projects that help participants, create art, and have an impact on the community. More about La Jolla Playhouse: La Jolla Playhouse is a place where artists and audiences come together to create what’s new and next in the American theatre, from Tony Award-winning productions, to imaginative programs for young audiences, to interactive experiences outside our theatre walls. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Playhouse is currently led by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, and Managing Director Debby Buchholz. The Playhouse is internationally renowned for the development of new plays and musicals, including mounting 105 world premieres, commissioning 60 new works, and sending 33 productions to Broadway – including the hit musical Come From Away – garnering a total of 38 Tony Awards, as well as the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre

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Reading Power Receives SBB Research Group Foundation Grant

SBB Research Group Foundation | September 20, 2022

Reading Power received a $5,000 grant from the SBB Research Group Foundation, which awards monthly grants to support impactful organizations during the pandemic. Reading Power, a tutoring organization, serves under-resourced schools in Lake County, Illinois, by providing one-to-one tutoring to pre-kindergarten through second grade students. “Our mission is to accelerate children’s literacy learning to help them develop a love of reading and writing, This year, we will be expanding to two new schools in Waukegan, in minority and low-income areas, where we know the need is great. We know, especially after COVID, that students need to have a caring adult in their life that can give them the attention and care that they need to feel comfortable taking risks in their learning” -Kristin Fine, Reading Power’s Director of Programs. Individualized programs focus on developing reading fluency, comprehension, oral language, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and writing skills. Reading Power collaborates with teachers and administration to provide 25- to 40-minute tutoring sessions during the school day, 3 to 5 days per week. The organization also ensures that students can continue to read at home by gifting them new books and providing them access to a lending library. “It is so exciting to see this unique organization create individualized programs with the power to enhance the educational development of children in need.” -Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. About the SBB Research Group Foundation: The SBB Research Group Foundation supports ambitious organizations solving unmet needs with thoughtful, long-term strategies. SBB Research Group LLC, a Chicago-based investment management firm led by Sam Barnett, Ph.D., and Matt Aven, established SBB Research Group Foundation to further its philanthropic mission. In addition, the Foundation sponsors the SBBRG STEM Scholarship, which supports students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

The Zendesk Foundation Announces First Inaugural Impact Awards Recipients

The Zendesk Foundation | October 20, 2022

The Zendesk Foundation today announced that 25 nonprofit organizations will receive a share of $US 500,000 in cash grants, as well as free Zendesk software, through the Foundation’s first global Tech for Good Impact Awards. Four nonprofits were awarded the highest grant amount of $US 50,000 each. The combination of cash grants and technology is designed to empower a range of social impact initiatives to scale operations in order to further help communities and people in need. “We believe democratizing access to technology is a key part of creating a more equitable society, If we can help drive social change by giving nonprofits access to technology that’s easy to use and implement, we want to make it widely available.” -Adrian McDermott, CTO of Zendesk. Over 600 nonprofits from around the world sent in applications in which they demonstrated how Zendesk’s suite of customer support solutions would empower their organization’s mission and improve operations. Applicants were scored based on their potential to scale using Zendesk software, and finalists were selected based on their fit with the Foundation's mission of promoting resilience, fostering community, and increasing access to careers in technology. The four largest grant recipients of the 2022 Tech for Good Impact Awards demonstrated a direct need for technology that would help them scale despite limited staff time and financial resources, and will work with Zendesk to further causes from environmental action to immigrant rights. Rare, an international conservation organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia specializing in social change for the environment, will use Zendesk tools to support a community engagement approach to driving behavior change and increasing climate action globally. Using Zendesk, Mobile Pathways will send informational messages over SMS and WhatsApp, informing approximately 500,000 immigrants about their legal rights. Based in Berkeley, California, Mobile Pathways’ mission is to simplify immigration law, and to share that knowledge with the immigrant community via mobile technology. Globally will leverage Zendesk to develop and scale its Refugee Upskilling Program (ReUP), a workforce development program that matches Afghan refugees with jobs in the technology sector. Since 2004, Globally has been the go-to organization for developing emerging leaders in global affairs. Its network spans 80 countries and reaches more than 30,000 emerging leaders, headquartered in Washington DC. Current Tech for Good partner Spring ACT developed and launched, Sophia, the world's first messaging chatbot empowering survivors of domestic violence. The grant will help Spring ACT, headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, scale significantly in order to expand its reach to many more people in more languages. “In partnership with Zendesk, we're proud to continue building a community of resilient immigrant advocates who are unlocking access to justice via mobile phone technology." -Poesy Chen, Co-Founder and Innovation Director, Mobile Pathways. Tech for Good, Zendesk’s product donation arm, was launched in 2018 to provide free solutions and implementation support to nonprofits working to solve urgent social problems, and currently supports more than 70 organizations* around the world. About The Zendesk Foundation: The Zendesk Foundation was founded on Zendesk, Inc.’s core company values of inclusivity, purpose, trust, and community. Since 2015, Zendesk and The Zendesk Foundation have donated over $US 14 million to organizations around the world who are driving real change for the people and communities they support. Foundation initiatives like the Tech for Good Impact Awards put those values into action by engaging Zendesk resources in positive social change. About Zendes: Zendesk started the customer experience revolution in 2007 by enabling any business around the world to take their customer service online. Today, Zendesk is the champion of great service everywhere for everyone, and powers billions of conversations, connecting more than 100,000 brands with hundreds of millions of customers over telephony, chat, email, messaging, social channels, communities, review sites and help centers. Zendesk products are built with love to be loved. The company was conceived in Copenhagen, Denmark, built and grown in California, taken public in New York City, and today employs more than 6,000 people across the world

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