Nonprofit Technology

Leading Nonprofit Baby2Baby to Provide Much Needed Aid to Address the Baby Formula Shortage in the Pittsburgh Area

Baby2Baby | May 31, 2022

Leading Nonprofit
Baby2Baby, the national organization that has been at the forefront of providing relief to vulnerable families dealing with the U.S.’ baby formula shortage, announced it will distribute 12,000 cans of formula to the greater Pittsburgh region by the end of this week. Distribution to hospitals, diaper banks, childcare centers and family resource centers across the area began yesterday, and was made possible through a donation from local Pittsburgh resident Thomas Tull and his wife Alba through their philanthropic organization, the Tull Family Foundation.

The formula shortage is still an absolute emergency for the families we serve. Our mission at Baby2Baby is to provide families with diapers, formula and other essentials that every child deserves, and that mission has become even more critical during this crisis. It has been horrible for every parent, but even more devastating for families living in poverty who don’t have the luxury of switching to a more expensive brand or access to multiple stores to find anything in stock. We are so grateful to Thomas and Alba Tull, and the Tull Family Foundation, for their extremely generous gift which is enabling us to provide hundreds of thousands of bottles of lifesaving formula to families in need across Pittsburgh."

Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof, Baby2Baby Co-CEOs

“Like many other essential items, the baby formula shortage in this country has become a major crisis since the onset of COVID. It is unimaginable what parents, especially those living below the poverty line, are having to deal with,” said Cathy Battle, Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank. “We are seeing this heart wrenching crisis unfold every day and are incredibly grateful for Baby2Baby’s work and support. This distribution will help provide relief to many babies and families in need in the greater Pittsburgh areas.”

Baby2Baby distributes to foster care agencies, hospitals, clinics, homeless and domestic violence shelters and resource centers. Since the pandemic began, it has delivered more than 300,000 cans. At the start of 2022, even before the recalls, they had requests for over 8.8 million cans. The organization has been using all of the resources at its disposal to support families impacted by the current shortage – including working directly with their wholesale partners to have formula made for a fraction of the retail cost and distributing donations from formula companies that weren’t impacted by the recalls. They have already sent formula to Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Alabama and South Dakota, and have more on the way to communities in need across the country.

About Baby2Baby
Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization led by Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein that was named #1 nonprofit on Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies List for 2022, provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. In the last 11 years, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 240 million items – more than any organization of its kind – to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as to children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 150 million items to families in need, serving over one million children across the country impacted by the pandemic.


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Veritiv Expands Commitment to Community with Two National Nonprofit Organizations

PR Newswire | July 18, 2023

Veritiv Corporation, a leading business-to-business distribution solutions company, today announced new corporate social responsibility commitments with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Purpose Built Communities through its community engagement and philanthropy program, Veritiv Connects. Veritiv Connects advances programs that help individuals learn, grow, and thrive with education at the core of the company's community efforts. Building upon the success of the past few years, Veritiv is growing its philanthropic outreach by investing in two national relationships that further align with its community focus areas, including programs that create safe and sustainable neighborhoods, and mentorship opportunities for youth that unlock avenues for success and contribute to a vibrant workforce. "Veritiv is on a journey to create the best culture for our employees, and our culture is not only shaped by who we are but also by what we do," said Sal Abbate, Chief Executive Officer of Veritiv. "Giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve is not simply a value add – it is a core responsibility. I am an advocate for our organization and our team members to use time, talent, and treasure to support non-profit organizations across our footprint." "We are committed to enhancing our involvement in our communities to leave a lasting impact," said Kat Reynolds, Community Relations Manager at Veritiv. "We are excited to collaborate with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Purpose Built Communities because both of these organizations are helping to holistically shape the success of many communities." Boys & Girls Clubs of America's mission is to help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens through youth development programs driven by local need and available resources. This collaboration with Veritiv will establish connections between Clubs and Veritiv employees through volunteer opportunities with local Keystone Club leadership programs in five markets across the United States, including Atlanta, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Los Angeles, California. Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Keystone Club provides unique development opportunities for teens ages 14 to 18 focusing on academic success, career preparation, community service, and teen outreach. "We are honored to be selected as a corporate social responsibility partner through Veritiv Connects," said Chad Hartman, National Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Engagement, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "As Clubs continue to establish deep community connections through volunteer opportunities with Veritiv team members, kids and teens will gain meaningful experiences that will put them on the path to a great future." Purpose Built Communities partners with local leaders to transform neighborhoods across the United States so neighbors can achieve greater racial equity, improved health outcomes, and increased upward mobility. Veritiv will directly support Purpose Built Communities' national efforts and local work underway in Atlanta, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Dallas, Texas. The support will include local engagement and volunteer opportunities for Veritiv employees who live and work in these areas. "Purpose Built Communities knows that prosperity starts with place," said Carol Naughton, Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities. "We have a deep and long-lasting commitment to strengthening neighborhoods so that neighbors have all the resources they need to flourish. We are excited to collaborate with Veritiv and deepen the impact of our work." About Boys & Girls Club of America For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. Over 5,000 Clubs serve over 3.6 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter. About Purpose Built Communities Purpose Built Communities partners with local leaders to design, direct, and accelerate neighborhood transformation initiatives across the United States with the shared goal to ensure every resident experiences greater racial equity, improved health outcomes, and increased upward mobility. The Purpose Built Communities model of holistic revitalization includes affordable, mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-college education pathway, community wellness programs and facilities, and a thriving commercial core that creates economic vitality, all within a defined neighborhood, coordinated by a dedicated, nonprofit community quarterback organization. The Purpose Built Communities includes 27, Network Members, community quarterback organizations, in 15 states. For more information, visit Connect on Facebook @PurposeBuiltCommunities and Twitter @PurposeBuiltCS. 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GiveSmart is Now More Connected than Ever with New Automated Data Sync Product Update

PR Newswire | August 08, 2023

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Upbound Donates $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA

Businesswire | July 10, 2023

Upbound Group, Inc., a leading provider of technology driven and flexible leasing solutions for consumers through its operating brands including Rent-A-Center® and Acima®, continued our partnership and donated $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA for the second consecutive year. The organization is dedicated to support veterans and military spouses get hired and retain their jobs. Upbound supports charities and organizations that align with its community pillars: disaster relief, family and youth empowerment, hunger relief and veterans affairs. Upbound’s desire to help veterans thrive aligns perfectly with Hire Heroes USA’s vision and principles. Because employment assistance is one of the top services requested by transitioning military members, Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the workforce following their time spent in the military. With over 1,400 volunteers at Hire Heroes USA and over 65,000 jobs found for veterans, Hire Heroes USA is the most effective veteran employment nonprofit in the country. Through this partnership, Upbound is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in veterans’ lives. “We believe in the importance of serving and empowering our customers, whether that’s in-store or through our philanthropic efforts,” says Anthony Blasquez, EVP - Operations. “This partnership with Hire Heroes USA not only helps to achieve this but also demonstrates our commitment to supporting our veterans throughout the years.” On May 31, Upbound held a reception for its employees who are veterans at its Field Support Center in Plano, Texas, and presented a check for $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA’s Lead Corporate Account Manager, Jamie Rimphanli. During the ceremony, Upbound CEO Mitch Fadel spoke to the importance of supporting veterans affairs and organizations such as Hire Heroes USA, before presenting the check to Rimphanli. “Hire Heroes USA is fortunate to have continued support from Upbound,” said Jamie Rimphanli. “Our growth is only possible if our community stakeholders invest in our work. Last year, we achieved 12,764 confirmed hires of veterans and military spouses with an average salary of $65,714. We provided 20,000 job seekers access to our services, and 18,000 were directly helped through one-on-one career coaching. We broke our record, and this happens year after year due to everyone's support. Since 2005, we have achieved 82,000 lifetime hires. We cannot do this alone, and with this generous donation, we look forward to another successful year in 2023.” About Hire Heroes USA Hire Heroes USA empowers US military members, veterans and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Our organization offers personalized one-on-one coaching, professionally revised resumes, mentoring, workshops, a job board, career fairs and more, to tens of thousands of job-seeking veterans and military spouses annually. Hire Heroes USA prioritizes transparency, earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal. Funded exclusively through public donations and private grants, we provide our services at no cost to clients. For more information about our organization, visit About Upbound Group, Inc Upbound Group, Inc. is an omni-channel platform company committed to elevating financial opportunity for all through innovative, inclusive, and technology-driven financial solutions that address the evolving needs and aspirations of consumers. The Company’s customer-facing operating units include industry-leading brands such as Rent-A-Center® and Acima® that facilitate consumer transactions across a wide range of store-based and digital retail channels, including over 2,400 company branded retail units across the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Upbound Group, Inc. is headquartered in Plano, Texas. For additional information about the Company, please visit our website

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Parkinson's Foundation Invests $2.8 Million in Research Grants

PR Newswire | July 25, 2023

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