Give Where You Live Collier set to benefit 40 nonprofits in 24-hour online fundraiser

Naples Daily News | February 18, 2019

The fifth annual “Give Where You Live Collier” fundraiser starts at noon Wednesday and runs through noon Thursday to benefit 40 nonprofit agencies that address basic needs and education. The 24-hour online giving campaign is built on the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist by donating $5 or more to any or all of the nonprofits that have chosen to participate.

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The Carebit Network and Care coin will enable a first-of-its kind blockchainpowered real-world and real-time donation disbursement and fund tracking service for Charitable Donations. Through our proprietary FUND TRACKING TOOL, charitable donations are completed with FULL transparency; something that was never before possible until now. Finally, individuals and institutions will take comfort and full consolation in the direct engagement of their charitable deeds through the Carebit network, which will facilitate the direct transfer of funds to charitable causes through Carebit’s own charitable causes.


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AnitaB.org Names 2022 Top Companies for Women Technologists Winners

AnitaB.org | September 22, 2022

AnitaB.org, the global nonprofit focused on intersectional gender and pay parity in tech, announced today that ADP, Dev Technology Group, and UKG are the 2022 Top Companies for Women Technologists Winners at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world's largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists, during President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson's opening plenary address. Top Companies for Women Technologists is a national program from AnitaB.org that identifies key trends around the equity of women and non-binary technologists in the workforce and is the only benchmarking program that looks specifically at the technical workforce and awards companies that are making the most progress toward equity. In 2022, AnitaB.org analyzed data on representation, programs, and policies from 52 companies, measuring 422,494 technologists across various industries from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021. In addition to announcing the Winners, the Top Companies for Women Technologists Key Findings & Insights Report shows that, while many things have rebounded in the tech industry in terms of gender diversity, it is still not quite back to pre-pandemic levels. According to the report, in the past year, companies are making productive efforts to hire more women of color technologists and reported a 5.0% increase in total women technologists from 2021 to 2022. Conversely, attrition rates are higher for women technologists (16%) compared to men technologists (13.7%). That gap widens further for women technologists who are Black (25%), Latinx (18.8%), Native American (18.2%), and Pacific Islander (23.5%). Any gains in intersectional gender diversity due to hiring will be marginal until companies can reduce this high rate of attrition. "We're thrilled to announce this year's Winners of Top Companies for Women Technologists for their ongoing work to advance intersectional gender equity, In 2022, our rights and protections are under attack on both the state and federal levels. Tech companies must ensure women and non-binary technologists have a sense of inclusion and belonging in their workplace. The data and insights from the Winners and other participating companies provide the foundation to begin and continue much-needed conversations around diversity, allowing us to cultivate a truly inclusive community." -Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of AnitaB.org. Launched in 2011, Top Companies for Women Technologists helps organizations discover areas where they can improve their structural equity and signals a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that women and non-binary technologists look for in an employer. About AnitaB.org: At AnitaB.org, we envision a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it. We connect, inspire, and guide women technologists and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. For more than 30 years, this community has grown and changed to become the leading organization for women in technology. Today, AnitaB.org works with women and non-binary technologists in more than 50 countries and partners with leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

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FUNDRAISING

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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FUNDRAISING,NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

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 MANAGEMENT,NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

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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The Carebit Network and Care coin will enable a first-of-its kind blockchainpowered real-world and real-time donation disbursement and fund tracking service for Charitable Donations. Through our proprietary FUND TRACKING TOOL, charitable donations are completed with FULL transparency; something that was never before possible until now. Finally, individuals and institutions will take comfort and full consolation in the direct engagement of their charitable deeds through the Carebit network, which will facilitate the direct transfer of funds to charitable causes through Carebit’s own charitable causes.

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