NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

American Water Charitable Foundation Announces Last Call for Water and Environment Grant Applications

American Water Charitable Foundation | June 13, 2022

Grant Applications
The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization established by American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announces last call for Water and Environment grant applications with a submission deadline of June 30, 2022.

The Water and Environment grant opportunity, part of the Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, supports projects or programs focused on clean water, conservation, environmental education, climate variability and water-based recreation projects, including splashpads. Eligible organizations can apply here.

The American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program supports impactful initiatives and programs throughout American Water’s national footprint. The Water and the Environment grant will fund efforts focused on our core passion – water – while engaging community members in learning how every drop counts.”

Carrie Williams, president of the American Water Charitable Foundation

The Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program focuses on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities. Within these pillars, three new grant opportunities will be available to eligible non-profit organizations throughout the year. Each grant cycle will be open for approximately 90 days. In addition to the Water and Environment grant, a Workforce Readiness grant opportunity will launch in July 2022 followed by STEM Education in October 2022.

Since 2012, the American Water Charitable Foundation has invested more than $9 million in funding through grants and matching gifts that are important to our employees and positively impacting our communities.

About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. 

American Water Charitable Foundation
The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to be a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate.

Spotlight

When people begin working on an elevator pitch for nonprofits, they often start by measuring how much time they may have with a listener. A frequently cited measure of time is 118 seconds this is the length of an average elevator ride in New York City. While your elevator pitch may very well never take place in an actual elevator, you can use this timeframe as a foundation from which to create a narrative that: Conveys your nonprofit’s mission, Helps increase your fundraising success, Encourages listeners to take action.


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GIVECARD and HIGHNOTE Launch Prepaid Debit Card To Revolutionize Direct Giving in the U.S. Nonprofit World

GiveCard | August 25, 2022

GiveCard, a nonprofit organization that uses financial technology to power direct giving to the most vulnerable communities, has partnered with Highnote, the world’s most modern card issuance platform, to launch a new prepaid debit card program. This enables shelters, non-profits, and governments to scale cash transfer programs and quickly serve the needs of their target community. About 45% of the 1.8 million registered non-profits in the US have budgets set aside for providing assistance to low-income and vulnerable individuals. In the past, this budget was allocated mostly to providing services. However, recent research suggests that direct monetary assistance contributes to greater positive outcomes including reduced poverty and increased school attendance. While many organizations are moving away from the service-based model, they struggle with how to effectively provide direct monetary assistance to the individuals they serve in an increasingly cashless world. Setting up and navigating debit card infrastructure is typically a year-long process for non-profits who do it themselves. In addition to being time-consuming and expensive, it distracts the organization from its core mission. GiveCard offers debit cards for distribution to any organization that directly interacts with and provides services to low-income and vulnerable individuals. Their vision is to serve these communities by offering a direct cash transfer program within a day. That way, more governments can adopt programs such as guaranteed income and allow individuals to progress towards independence and permanent housing. In addition, more low-income and vulnerable individuals can develop trust in digital cash options, ending their reliance on predatory lending systems. “Highnote is the innovator we’ve been looking for, Their developer-friendly APIs represent a departure from legacy providers which often have bulky, complex processes and lack the ability to customize and scale at the velocity GiveCard’s customers need. With Highnote as a partner, we are well-positioned to execute on our vision and enable all non-profit and government programs to implement direct cash transfer programs effectively.” -Lurein Perera, GiveCard’s founder. Highnote’s advanced issuer-processor Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allow GiveCard to collect top-level aggregated transaction data (such as spend category) that helps inform policy conversations to better serve experimental pilot programs such as guaranteed income or direct cash transfers. Currently, the only way to understand spending habits after cash or check disbursements are made, is through time-consuming surveys that track a very small subset of participants, thus resulting in low government adoption. “This partnership ushers in a new wave of direct giving in a world that has become increasingly cashless, We believe financial technology can unleash tremendous power to create a greater good for our society. We’ve built Highnote to be an all-in-one card issuer-processer and program manager so innovative enterprises like GiveCard can execute on their mission and make the world a better place.“ -John Macllwaine, Co-Founder and CEO at Highnote. GiveCard Mastercard Prepaid Card is issued by Sutton Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license by Mastercard International. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. About GiveCard: GiveCard is a nonprofit organization providing specialized debit cards, digital donation systems, and makes financial planning accessible and easier to use by people experiencing homelessness. Givecard recently launched a platform that makes card issuing accessible to nonprofits and governments seeking to give money directly to vulnerable populations, allowing companies to order, fund and reload cards through a simple dashboard, set spending restrictions if needed, and gain insights from transaction data. About Highnote: Highnote is the world’s most modern card issuer-processor and program manager, purpose-built to realize customer loyalty and engagement through embedded card experiences. Its fully integrated tech stack provides every service needed for innovative companies to launch new ways to use card payments. Utilizing the developer-friendly Highnote platform, product and engineering teams at digital enterprises of all sizes can easily and efficiently embed virtual and physical payment cards (commercial and consumer prepaid, debit, credit, and charge), ledger, and wallet capabilities into their existing products, creating compelling value for users while growing revenue and building a unique and differentiated brand. The company has raised more than $100 million from leading investors and strategic partners and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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Point-of-Donation Platform, Give A Little reaches £10m in donations

Give A Little | August 12, 2022

Give A Little today celebrates reaching £10m in donation revenues. This is a significant milestone that reflects over 4,000 charities who have made the move to cashless fundraising with the platform, taking payment card donations via contactless, Chip+PIN and online donations. The Give A Little platform provides the point-of-donation experience for donors and campaign management for charities to set up their fundraising. The service launched in 2019 and supports charities of all sizes, including Cancer Research UK, London Zoo, and the Church of England. All charities now need technology for handling cashless donations as donors have largely moved away from cash. According to CAF's 2021 UK Giving Report, just 7% of donors used cash in January 2021, and Give A Little has seen more than a fivefold increase in the number of cashless donations being made using its platform year on year (May 20-21/ May 21/22). Give A Little's core mission is to reduce the cost barrier for charities moving to cashless and to thereafter shield them from the cost of technology change, which is increasing dramatically as new payment methods proliferate. The platform is built on a model where charities bringing in higher revenues subscribe to a Premium Account, which enables charities just starting, or micro charities who will never take much in the way of donations, to benefit from a free Basic Account. "The Give A Little team is incredibly proud to reach this £10m milestone. We set out to ensure charities, especially the smallest ones, would not be left behind by the acceleration towards a cashless society and it's testament to the team's dedication that we have built such a robust customer base in such a short time, and mainly through word of mouth. We designed Give A Little from the outset to easily accommodate changing technology and to integrate with a range of portable and fixed donation points and a choice of payment processors. This allows charities to keep up with the latest innovations while at the same time eliminating technology risks and the inherent costs of change, and helps further by removing the need for staff to be trained as experts." -Ben Stewart, Co-Founder Give A Little. Our unique model as a point-of-donation platform enables us to offer charities reliability and resilience over very long periods of time. We achieve this while also being an affordable way to get started with cashless fundraising. Additionally, we believe strongly in making the donor experience as best as it can possibly be, whether that's by offering donors a choice of donation amounts or presenting them with a visually engaging campaign screen, and that builds trust with the charity. Our specialisation around the point-of-donation experience leads to industry leading average donation values (over £10 for App donations and £40 for Web donations). We look forward to helping many more charities increase their donation revenues and to thrive even in difficult times. About Give A Little: Give A Little aims to be the most easy-to-use, flexible and affordable way for charities of all sizes to collect donations in a cashless society. The Give A Little point-of-donation platform was founded by parent company, Caution Your Blast Ltd. (CYB) as part of its commitment to using digital as a force for good. CYB is one of the UK's leading digital practices and a provider of digital service design and software development to the UK Government and clients such as IKEA. Give A Little came about after CYB worked with BT in 2016 to develop the first contactless donation solution with a touch screen - the Digital Tin. Trials of the Digital Tin were very successful, with charities like Comic Relief, Cancer Research and UNICEF loving the solution. Through this important work, CYB identified that smaller charities needed the support of a sponsor to be able to afford contactless donation solutions as the cost of entry was too high, sometimes even for bigger charities. So Give A Little was set up to drive down the cost of accessing cashless donations for charities of all sizes, as it was out of reach for many.

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Email Focus Tool Gated Raises Dollars and Awareness for Nonprofits

Gated | September 23, 2022

Gated, the email management solution that challenges unknown senders to donate to charity in order to reach your inbox, just released new nonprofit pages for every organization that its users choose to support. People who use Gated can support any one of 100+ NPOs (such as Doctors Without Borders, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wounded Warrior Project, et al.) or request a verified nonprofit of their choosing. The new pages were created to highlight each individual nonprofit, showcasing the impact that Gated users create in dollars and awareness, every month. The release of these pages solidifies CEO and Founder Andy Mowat's vision for creating positive social impact alongside Gated's mission to give people control back over their attention in email. These pages function as a way for nonprofits to passively increase small-dollar, unrestricted recurring donations each month across their entire user base. Each user who signs up generates an average of $6 and 100+ brand impressions for their chosen nonprofit every month. "Gated creates impact for nonprofits in so many ways - helping nonprofits reach email zen within their own teams, serving as a zero-lift way for nonprofits to connect with new audiences, and of course raising funds! Best of all, this genius, innovative idea doesn't require more work or investment from already-strapped nonprofit organizations." -Jonny Imerman, Cofounder of nonprofit awareness clothing company ClozTalk and the nonprofit Imerman Angels. The funds are raised from senders donating to reach a Gated user's inbox. Well-intentioned senders donate to help their email stand out. In fact, 25 percent of senders donate more than the minimum required amount to reach a desired inbox. Gated partners with giving platform Change to verify 501(c)3 status and distribute donations. "We're pleased to work with such an exciting, innovative technology offering that benefits social good and charitable giving. Gated is a unique use case that allows us to deliver frequent donations to numerous nonprofit organizations in a way we've never seen before." -Sonia Nigam, CEO and Cofounder of Change. Already with top ratings from users, Gated's new nonprofit pages present a concrete way for nonprofits to benefit from socially-conscious people who use the tool to achieve a quieter email inbox. About Gated: Gated's founder and CEO, Andy Mowat, has scaled three unicorns and knew the pain of being bombarded with sales emails. So, he created an early version of Gated to make his own inbox more focused and productive — and soon saw how valuable it could be for everyone. Today, Andy, Cofounder and CMO Melissa Moody, and their growing team are focused on building a future in which everyone is in charge of their own attention.

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Honda and the Honda USA Foundation's Annual Charitable Funding Cycle Launches Today

American Honda Motor Company | September 02, 2022

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Spotlight

When people begin working on an elevator pitch for nonprofits, they often start by measuring how much time they may have with a listener. A frequently cited measure of time is 118 seconds this is the length of an average elevator ride in New York City. While your elevator pitch may very well never take place in an actual elevator, you can use this timeframe as a foundation from which to create a narrative that: Conveys your nonprofit’s mission, Helps increase your fundraising success, Encourages listeners to take action.

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