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OneCause Wins Multiple Best Place to Work Awards

OneCause | May 21, 2022

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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. 

About OneCause
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.

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Nonprofit Funding Platform Heroe5 Launches The Good Society, Embracing Web3 Approach to the Sustainable Financial Benefit for Charities

The Good Society | August 10, 2022

Nonprofit funding platform Heroe5™ announced today the creation of The Good Society™ to address the growing need for sustainable funding platforms for charitable organizations. The Good Society becomes the first project focused on Web3 solutions to raise awareness and support global causes working to positively impact our communities. “The Good Society is a vital next step in the evolution of the fundraising industry: a Web3 platform to create art impact experiences, As the world moves to Web3, charities need more fundraising tools to stay ahead of the curve and embrace new ways to engage potential donors. The Good Society will provide those innovations, allowing them to raise critical funding and awareness for vital causes while feeding the public’s growing interest in digital collectables.” -Sebastien Heimann, founding member and CEO of Heroe5 and The Good Society. With each drop 1800 digital collectibles designed by acclaimed artists will be released each month supporting a broad range of nonprofits working to improve the environment, wildlife, human rights, and our collective health and wellbeing. A percentage of these art impact experiences will grant token carriers access to unique events in perpetuity. Artist Nate Mohler created Out of Sight | Out of Mind” for The Good Society’s first program, which benefits Lonely Whale, No More Plastic, and Oceanic Global. The digital collectables, scaled to 3840 x 3840 pixels, 26 seconds in length and layered with white sound, emphasize the risk to fragile ocean ecosystems from the human-caused plastic pollution in urban environments and highlight how much there is left to learn. Three of the many cities featured in Out of Sight | Out of Mind include London, Los Angeles, and Paris. No matter where you live, the oceans provide the oxygen you breathe, nurture the food you eat, and regulate the temperature of the air. Without a healthy ocean we’d have a very different experience on land, said Mohler. This series is not of the oceans but of major cities, which emit 60% of all carbon emissions and make up less than 1% of the Earth’s surface. Similar to my ongoing series ‘Painted Cities’ there are three unique styles intended to bring a more ephemeral and dreamlike memory of the city. One of every 15 of the digital collectibles will also provide owners access to experiences that are provided by the benefiting organizations and artists for each drop. Some of the experiences tied to this premier release include: Two front row seats at Paris Fashion Week Two passes to Oceanic Global’s annual gathering for ocean conservation An annual artist critique call with Nate Mohler Invitations to Lonely Whale's annual leadership virtual town hall which discuss its programs and preview its impact report Digital collectors will easily be able to purchase the artwork with a credit card or Tez, cryptocurrency of the Tezos blockchain, when they are minted on August 12 at 2pm ET. Once sold out, more than $1M (US) in new funding will be available to the benefiting organizations and, as the digital collectables are resold, the organizations will receive residual payments from each transaction. “Lonely Whale’s goal is simple - to keep plastic out of the ocean. We want to thank each person who buys one of Nate Mohler’s striking NFTs through The Good Society, which will support the creative development and market adoption of alternatives to thin-film plastic and directly address the nearly 180 billion polybags used every year by the fashion industry.” - Harry Bernstein, Chief Creative Officer, Lonely Whale. Plastic pollution has become one of the biggest environmental scourges of our time. Microplastics are everywhere: in the deep ocean, in Antarctic ice, even falling rain over mountains and cities. Plastic pollution not only pollutes our planet; it pollutes our blood. We must act and the time is now. We are grateful to The Good Society for entrusting No More Plastic Foundation with this generous funding. With it, we will continue our work to end the cycle of plastics and microplastics flowing into our ocean.Rosalie Mann, Founder & President, No More Plastic. We live on a blue planet. The ocean covers 70% of the surface of the earth and produces every other breath we take. Our well-being is intrinsically tied to the ocean. Thanks to The Good Society and their innovative fundraising platform and model – and to artiste extraordinaire Nate Mohler – Oceanic Global will be able to keep empowering individuals, communities, and industries to create positive change for a thriving ocean, Lea d'Auriol, Founder & Executive Director, Oceanic Global About The Good Society: The Good Society harnesses the power of non fungible tokens to fund global initiatives. Designed by acclaimed digital artists, every month a new NFT will drop that raises awareness and secures funding for nonprofits working to improve the environment, human rights, and our collective health and wellbeing. Led by Sebastien Heimann, the Co-founder & CEO of fundraising platform Heroe5, The Good Society leverages the uniqueness of Web3 to deliver a powerful and recurring source of funding.

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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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PenFed Foundation Donates $200,000 to Serve Our Willing Warriors to Support Wounded Service Members and their Families

PenFed Foundation | September 09, 2022

The PenFed Foundation, a national 501(c)3 founded by PenFed Credit Union, furthered its commitment to wounded warriors and their families with a $200,000 grant to support Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW), a charitable organization providing cost-free retreat stays and programs that positively impact wounded, ill, and injured service members, disabled veterans and their families. The grant will be used to begin construction on a 6-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot multi-purpose space. In addition to providing respite for wounded warriors and families, the PenFed Grand Lodge will impact warrior groups by delivering programs for post-traumatic stress counseling, job training, entrepreneurial training, and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "We are proud to continue our support of Serve Our Willing Warriors as they provide a home away from home for wounded and ill warriors and their families, The fight does not end on the battlefield for our wounded warriors. The PenFed Grand Lodge will host hundreds of warriors and their families so they can renew their spirits and gain access to critically needed group programs." -James Schenck, president/CEO of PenFed Credit Union and CEO of PenFed Foundation. In addition to PenFed Foundation's support for the PenFed Grand Lodge, PenFed Credit Union donated $300,000 to SOWW in 2021 to begin raising matching funds to make the lodge a reality. Groundbreaking is scheduled for December 2022. In 2018, the PenFed Foundation donated $300,000 to SOWW to build the PenFed Foundation Home at Warrior Retreat. The 5-bedroom PenFed Foundation Home doubled the capacity at Warrior Retreat, enabling SOWW to provide respite after long hospital stays for 300 wounded warriors and their families per year. During their visits to the PenFed Foundation Home, recovering warriors are able to participate in nearly 50 activities to heal their minds and bodies including massage therapy, canine support services, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, helicopter tours, and five-star meals prepared by the Visiting Chef Program (VCP). The VCP consists of local chefs and military chef teams from around the region, including the Presidential Food Service Team. The PenFed Foundation Home saves lives and relationships by giving hope to warriors and families. To learn more about the activities at PenFed Foundation Home, please click here to see a series of videos produced by PenFed Digital. "Willing Warriors has long valued its partnership with PenFed Credit Union and the PenFed Foundation. This additional donation of $200,000 further demonstrates their commitment to our service mission, Together, we are bringing life-changing stays and impactful programs to our military heroes". -Shirley Dominick, president and co-founder of Serve Our Willing Warriors. About PenFed Foundation: Founded in 2001, the PenFed Foundation is a national nonprofit organization committed to empowering military service members, veterans and their communities with the skills and resources to realize financial stability and opportunity. It provides service members, veterans, their families and support networks with the skills and resources they need to improve their lives through programs on financial education, homeownership, veteran entrepreneurship and short-term assistance. Affiliated with PenFed Credit Union, the Foundation has the resources to effectively reach military communities across the nation, build strong partnerships, and engage a dedicated corps of volunteers in its mission. The credit union funds the Foundation's personnel and most operational costs, demonstrating its strong commitment to the programs the Foundation provides. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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CURE ALZHEIMER'S FUND REACHES $150 MILLION IN RESEARCH GRANTS

CURE ALZHEIMER'S FUND | September 26, 2022

Cure Alzheimer's Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer's disease, announced today that it has reached an important milestone—awarding more than $150 million in research grants to many of the leading scientists throughout the world investigating the disease. Since its establishment in 2004, Cure Alzheimer's Fund (CureAlz) has supported more than 670 innovative projects led by 249 scientists resulting in 948 published peer-reviewed papers in prominent scientific journals. Many of these projects have yielded significant breakthroughs, resulting in findings contributing to new and critical avenues for development of novel treatments. "We are fortunate to work with many of the world's foremost scientists who are passionate about finding a solution and eradicating Alzheimer's disease. For 18 years, our Founders and Board of Directors have remained committed to allowing and encouraging the researchers we fund to follow the science and explore their hypotheses, There is great momentum with the research, and new discoveries are being made every day. We are honored to have been the recipients of the generosity of more than 60,000 donors who have made this research possible." -Tim Armour, president and CEO of Cure Alzheimer's Fund. Funded projects have included: The Alzheimer's Genome Project™, the first large-scale, family-based study of the human genome specific to Alzheimer's disease. A consortium testing large libraries of FDA-approved drugs and natural products to determine those that may be beneficial against Alzheimer's disease. A consortium of experts to expand our understanding of the role of the APOE gene with Alzheimer's disease. About Cure Alzheimer's Fund: Cure Alzheimer's Fund is a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer's disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer's Fund has contributed more than $150 million to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for many key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer's Fund has received a 4-star rating for more than 10 consecutive years from Charity Navigator. With 100% of funds raised going to support research, Cure Alzheimer's Fund has been able to provide grants to many of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer's research.

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