Nonprofit Seeks Help Paying $20K BGE Bill After Service Mishap

cbs baltimore | February 08, 2017

For the past six years, a father and son tailor team has been giving away suits to men who are on the rebound. But now, a set back puts their charity in peril. Two years ago, WJZ introduced you to “Sharp Dressed Man,” and tailor Christopher Schaefer and his son, Seth, who started the nonprofit. They give away nice suits to guys who are down on their luck. Guys like John, who – after getting out of prison – had a job interview.

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Givebacks Selects Wildfire Systems' White Label Rewards Platform to Drive Nonprofit Fundraising

Wildfire Systems | May 18, 2022

Wildfire Systems Inc., an innovative financial technology platform that powers reward programs and shopping companions, today announced that Givebacks is harnessing the power of Wildfire's white label rewards platform to fuel fundraising initiatives for over 1 million 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Givebacks is leveraging Wildfire's cashback rewards technologies to create programs for nonprofits to earn a share of the e-commerce purchases made by their supporters. This approach to fundraising automatically provides causes with 1% of each shopper's online purchase and allows consumers to donate additional cashback funds from purchases made at tens of thousands of brands in Wildfire's global merchant network. "We're excited to work with Givebacks to help nonprofits achieve their fundraising goals," said Jordan Glazier, CEO, Wildfire Systems. "This novel use of our platform allows people to easily support their favorite causes simply by shopping online while using the Givebacks desktop and mobile extensions powered by Wildfire." Our partnership with Wildfire has allowed us to create an entirely new way for nonprofits to scale passive fundraising efforts, generating regular donations from their supporters, which we call Backers. With more than 25,000 merchants to earn shopping rewards from, we've made it simple for Backers to receive cashback on their purchases, which benefits them as well as the cause they've chosen to support. The Wildfire rewards platform allows Givebacks to reach more people and raise more funds for organizations such as PTAs that depend on donations from small donors." Robert Costa, COO, Givebacks Wildfire's enterprise platform allows partners such as Givebacks, as well as banks, fintechs, and technology companies to deploy turnkey rewards programs with a suite of offerings including cashback offers, coupons, and turnkey shopping assistants across all mobile and desktop interactions. About Wildfire Systems, Inc. Wildfire Systems provides an enterprise platform which enables clients to embed social commerce, cashback rewards, digital coupons, and shopping companions within their existing services. Wildfire's patented suite of technologies rewards online shopping and harnesses digital word-of-mouth, delivering enhanced user experiences, consumer loyalty, and new revenue streams for clients. Wildfire drives incremental revenue for over 50,000 online merchant programs in over 50 countries. The company is based in San Diego and was founded in 2017.

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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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New Nonprofit Offers Education, Community for People with Gout

Gout Support Group of America | May 20, 2022

A new nonprofit, the Gout Support Group of America, now stands to offer reliable information and a national support network to people living with gout. Launched by rheumatologist Dr. Christopher Parker and gout patient Gary Ho, who's lived with gout for 28 years, the nonprofit stems from a 13,000-member Facebook group of the same name. "I know first-hand how lonely and frustrating living with gout can be," Ho explained. "There is so much misinformation out there and very few people who actually understand what gout is like." Clear information that allows you to manage your disease can be transformative. I see that with my patients, and I see that with members of the Gout Support Group of America too." Dr. Christopher Parker, Rheumatologist The need for reliable information and support led Ho and Dr. Parker to begin hosting informal local support meetings near their hometown of Austin, Texas more than 15 years ago. Building upon early success, they then established a Facebook group, whose membership grew steadily. As the Gout Support Group of America assumes official nonprofit status, Ho and Dr. Parker hope to empower more gout patients to take back control of their lives. "People with gout shouldn't have to suffer and struggle in isolation," Dr. Parker insisted, adding, "Gary and I are committed to offering education and community to as many gout patients as we can reach." Membership is free and open to all people with gout. About Gout Gout is a form of arthritis that leads to sudden, intense pain and swollen joints that may become red and hot. More than 9 million Americans live with gout.

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Miracle Cyclist Brings Extreme Brand of Fundraising to California

UHSM Health Share | May 24, 2022

UHSM Health Share, a faith-based health care nonprofit founded on Christian beliefs and values, announced its ambassador athlete Grant Lottering, extreme endurance cyclist, international motivational speaker and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador, will attempt his first ‘Im’possible Tour’ in the US, starting 1 June in Shaver Lake, Sierra National Forest. Lottering will embark on a 700-mile non-stop continuous cycle from Shaver Lake to Irvine, Orange County in the fastest time possible, climbing an agonizing 63,000ft in one ride, to raise awareness and support for the Laureus Sport for Good Charity, which uses sports as a powerful tool to help children and young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantages. They say adversity is merely a test which breeds success, and for South Africa’s most accomplished extreme-endurance cyclist, this has been a theme of Grant’s extreme brand of fundraising. We are proud to have Grant as a UHSM ambassador – he is living proof that one can achieve unbelievable levels of success while persevering in the face of challenges and storms. At UHSM, we affirm that caring for people and their overall health encompasses the body, mind and spirit. And as supporters of Grant’s mission and vision for inspiring others and sharing positivity across the world, we believe that his message deeply aligns with our own values. We couldn’t be more thrilled to watch him accomplish this amazing feat; he always makes the impossible possible!” Christopher Jin, UHSM president Lottering suffered a horrendous cycling accident during a world championship preparation race In the Italian Alps in 2013 and was declared medically dead on the scene. He suffered 22 fractured bones and extensive internal injuries and bleeding. He miraculously survived and resolved to make a difference with his second chance at life he believes God gave him. Since then, and despite undergoing 12 surgeries since 2013, plus emergency cancer surgery, he has astonished the medical profession and audiences alike with his annual extreme cycling attempts for charity dubbed The Im’possible Tour. Lottering’s remarkable story and life journey has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underprivileged children across the world and has reached over 90 million people globally as he continues to inspire and challenge audiences to be resilient and persevere in the face of adversity. His first-ever US Im’possible Tour, sponsored by UHSM and Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, will see Lottering ride from Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest, through the Sequoia National Forest, down to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, covering most of the famous mountain roads along the way including Refugio Road, Gibraltar Road, Crystal Lake and Mt Baldy, before heading down to Irvine in Orange County. A mammoth ride that will see Lottering climbing over 63,000 feet in one continuous ride that should take him three days and three nights of straight riding to complete. The aim will be to finish on Saturday, 4 June at the Orange County Great Park Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California just ahead of the OC Soccer Club match against New Mexico United. About UHSM UHSM Health Share is a nonprofit, faith-based health sharing ministry that facilitates member-to-member health sharing among fellow Christians, serving as a connector to administer medical cost sharing through its We Share programs. Christian healthcare is chosen by millions each year over traditional insurance plans, and We Share programs by UHSM stand alone as the only health sharing that offers members true prescription coverage through the CVS Caremark network plus access to basic care through CVS Minute Clinic and Health Hub. We Share and UHSM members can also access care through nearly one million doctors, hospitals and specialists in the First Health PPO Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna Inc. Additionally, all members can contact the DocDay telehealth network seven days a week for diagnoses, treatment, lab orders and prescriptions related to more than 40 health conditions. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, UHSM offers its members simple, fair, and friendly healthcare programs. The UHSM mission is to help Christian families fulfill their God-given purpose to care for one another, foster holistic wellbeing, and positively impact our communities in need.

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