Engaging Networks | August 17, 2022
Engaging Networks, a globally-trusted online fundraising and campaigning platform, will launch new texting capabilities, specifically designed for nonprofits and charities. The tools leverage a Twilio integration to support bulk sending of SMS and MMS messages to opted-in supporters and keyword management.
"Many nonprofits can't afford the high cost to start a texting program or have to sparse data together in siloed systems to reach their supporters, Our new tools make texting more accessible and integrated for organizations to engage their supporters in seconds."
-Dan Szymczak, Senior Director of Product at Engaging Networks.
The new texting tools launch later this fall, just ahead of the 2022 year-end giving season. The tools build on innovative technology already available on the platform to enable features such as one-click donations and conditional content. In 2021, Twilio texting technology helped nonprofits send 17 billion messages across 195 countries. The addition of this important feature to Engaging Networks further positions the platform as the leading all-in-one digital engagement tool for nonprofits and charities.
The launch is part of a larger redesign of the platform's email suite to allow for multi-channel messaging, with an easy-to-use interface across technical levels. The integrated texting and email tools come in response to the evolving digital landscape and growing power of text as a key nonprofit engagement channel.
Layering rich data with advanced features, Engaging Networks' new messaging tools are designed to help nonprofits raise more money, win more campaigns, and instantly connect with their most loyal supporters.
About Engaging Networks:
Engaging Networks is an innovative digital engagement technology platform with the ability to fully adapt to a nonprofit's fundraising and advocacy needs. Engaging Networks proudly works with a variety of important organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Human Rights Campaign, PETA and Amnesty International.
Tech Alpharetta | June 28, 2022
Tech Alpharetta, the nonprofit organization helping the City of Alpharetta to lead in innovation, announces that YARDZ has graduated from its Innovation Center.
YARDZ becomes the 20th graduate from Tech Alpharetta’s startup incubator, which opened in the City of Alpharetta in 2015.
YARDZ is a construction asset tracking platform that enables its construction industry customers to aggregate, automate, and manage the lifecycle of equipment rented or owned by those customers. YARDZ joined Tech Alpharetta in March 2020. The company has grown significantly since its founding, outgrowing its Innovation Center office, and now, headquartering in the City of Alpharetta.
“YARDZ’s team members worked long hours at our Center every day for more than two years, but they always found the time to pay it forward, by volunteering their time and expertise to other entrepreneurs and to the community,” notes Tech Alpharetta President and CEO, Karen Cashion. “We’re so happy that they’ve chosen to headquarter and grow their company here in Alpharetta.”
Tech Alpharetta provided us with so much valuable support, from introductions and connections, to mentoring and resources, along with a welcoming community of tech entrepreneurs. Headquartering here in Alpharetta was the obvious choice for us.”
Jason Perez,YARDZ co-founder and CEO
Tech Alpharetta’s Innovation Center is a thriving tech-startup incubator in Alpharetta that provides education, mentoring and other resources to its startup members to help them grow and succeed.
About Tech Alpharetta
Tech Alpharetta (previously the Alpharetta Technology Commission), the first organization of its kind in Georgia, was established in 2012 by the City of Alpharetta and is an independent, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization today. The organization, whose mission is to help grow technology and innovation in Alpharetta, includes a strategic advisory board of Alpharetta’s leading technology companies, thought leadership events for area tech executives, and the Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center, a flourishing tech startup incubator that is home to more than 40 tech startups.
Habitat for Humanity International | June 14, 2022
Leveraging funds provided in part by MacKenzie Scott's transformational donation, Habitat for Humanity International is launching a new initiative to address the racial homeownership gap—which now stands at nearly 30 percent, the widest it has been in more than 40 years.
Habitat's Advancing Black Homeownership initiative deepens our commitment to increase homeownership opportunities for Black individuals and families—and address the racial and systemic bias that has stymied access to homeownership for generations—through programs that will help end the social and economic disparity many Black people and communities of color continue to face.
Habitat is initially investing more than $25 million over the next three to five years—with a goal of raising $100 million or more—to develop and launch a slate of new programs, including an equitable commercial lending strategy and property acquisition fund through Habitat Mortgage Solutions, our community development financial institution.
"These efforts are designed to help Black families build intergenerational wealth through homeownership and other strategic supports, such as developing more inclusive communities, increasing the availability of affordable homes near public transportation and jobs, and transforming concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity," said Adrienne Goolsby, senior vice president of the U.S. and Canada for Habitat for Humanity International. "Ultimately, we want to reduce the impact a century of discriminatory housing policies has had on the Black community."
Other initiative programs include financial coaching and counseling to help Habitat affiliates address the needs of applicants along their homeownership journey; a national Black homeowner advisory group to help Habitat for Humanity International develop strategies and implement programs to help increase Black homeownership; expanded advocacy outreach through the Cost of Home campaign; and collaborative efforts with affordable housing partners. Funding opportunities will also be made available to Habitat affiliates doing innovative work to help increase Black homeownership.
Our mission is driven by our theological imperative to seek justice and to have mercy. Doing so through this work, we put God's love into action and help further our mission to build homes, communities and hope."
Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity found its earliest inspirations as a grassroots movement on an interracial community farm in south Georgia. Since its founding in 1976, the Christian housing organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.
OneCause | May 21, 2022
OneCause, an Indianapolis-based event and online fundraising software company, was honored with two "best places to work" awards in the Indianapolis Star Top Workplaces and Indiana Chamber Best Places to Work in Indiana programs. The programs highlight Indiana workplaces with exceptional company cultures and high levels of team engagement.
This is the fourth year in a row OneCause has been recognized by the Indiana Chamber as an outstanding Best Place to Work and the first time being named a Top Workplace by the Indianapolis Star.
Comprehensive employee surveys and a company culture review of policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics are the main drivers in determining which companies are honored in the Indiana Chamber's Best Places to Work program. The Indianapolis Star Top Workplaces program solely uses employee feedback to determine its list of honorees, highlighting how important it is to maintain a supportive company culture centered on employee well-being.
Building an exceptional company culture means creating an environment where people feel supported, where their contributions are meaningful, and their talents valued. Companies are a reflection of their people — we need to embrace the wide range of experiences and viewpoints they bring and create a safe environment that fosters learning and innovation. We spend a lot of time listening to and acting on what our team needs, wants, and expects so we can maintain a people-first culture where they can flourish. It's an honor to be recognized by multiple programs for this ongoing effort."
Steve Johns, OneCause CEO
In addition to the third-party surveys utilized to determine top workplace winners, OneCause regularly conducts internal employee engagement surveys. The leadership team reviews results to create programs or take positive action based on the feedback. During the pandemic, they assembled a Future of Work taskforce to address the rapidly changing needs of an increasingly distributed workforce.
"It's refreshing to work for a company where my voice matters," said Stefanie Zachary, senior consultant for enablement, learning and development at OneCause. "There isn't one small group deciding what our company culture looks like — we're all a part of deciding that. Seeing one of my ideas or a coworker's feedback being turned into a benefit, committee or community activity feels really good. That doesn't happen everywhere."
Some recently implemented initiatives based on employee ideas and feedback include:
Work-from-anywhere opportunities to provide improved work-life balance
Ongoing professional development and management training to boost skillsets and provide a clearer path for progression
An expanded set of company benefits, including a sabbatical for employees with 10 years of service, paid volunteer time off and paid parental leave
Employee feedback and suggestions will continue to be sought and analyzed as staff and workplace needs evolve. OneCause has grown its full-time team 79% since 2020 and plans on increasing hiring over the next year.
OneCause is driving the future of fundraising with easy-to-use event and online fundraising solutions that help nonprofits improve the giving experience and raise more money. OneCause builds technology that optimizes everyday generosity, making it easier for nonprofit organizations to fundraise and for nonprofit supporters to give. Since 2008, OneCause has helped over 10,000 nonprofits raise more than $4 billion for their missions. Headquartered in Indianapolis, OneCause is committed to driving innovation in the charitable sector, bringing together nonprofit professionals across the world for the annual Raise Conference to exchange ideas that further fundraising.