NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY, PHILANTHROPY

Silent Donor Drives Innovation in Philanthropy with Unique Anonymous Donation Platform

Silent Donor | October 06, 2022 | Read time : 04:44 min

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Silent Donor has publicly launched their online service that provides an easy, accessible way for donors to send anonymous donations to established nonprofit or charitable 501(c)(3) organizations. They are the first online donation platform designed from the ground up to protect the privacy of donors.

"Growing numbers of individuals and companies, for a variety of reasons, want to carry out their charitable giving anonymously, Our platform offers the privacy and security that these donors are looking for. We're confident that our company can help increase philanthropic efforts across the nation and around the world, While the individual reasons for wanting to remain anonymous vary, the underlying gravity that holds these donors together is their desire to bring about positive change in the world through a nonprofit or charitable cause. Compared to the 2021 US online donation average, those using Silent Donor gave three times more on a per-donation basis during the same year, The benefit of privacy clearly encourages certain donors to give more to the causes they want to support."

-Tim Sanders, Founder & CEO of Silent Donor.

Sanders notes there are many different reasons why donors choose to remain anonymous. Some hold strong altruistic beliefs; some cite religious values. Other donors simply seek more privacy and are frustrated by constant emails, physical mail, and phone calls that come in the wake of sending a donation. Some donors also prefer to give anonymously to causes that other groups might find controversial to avoid being publicly renounced or 'canceled' for their donation choices.

Silent Donor is already at work, helping people send donations to charitable organizations, and partnering with organizations to allow them to easily accept anonymous donations from their supporters. They recently became the official anonymous donation partner for United24, the global fundraising vehicle started by the President of Ukraine to provide philanthropic assistance to the country. Among others, Silent Donor also assisted in running an international anonymous donation campaign for the charity SameYou, founded by Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.

Notable exceptions to the service provided by Silent Donor include political donations of any kind, and donations to 501(c)(4) organizations.

To use the service, donors simply complete a short donation form on the Silent Donor platform and write in the organization they want to receive their donation. Donations can be made via credit card, bank transfer, or Bitcoin. The donation is then sent anonymously to the charity or nonprofit of their choosing. The executive team at Silent Donor created a 501(c)(3) registered donor-advised fund called the AnonDo Fund specifically to protect the privacy of their donors. This fund is used to seamlessly send donations on behalf of donors without including any of their personal information.

About Silent Donor:
Silent Donor is the first and largest anonymous donation platform, with operations and partnerships across the globe. Its mission is to enable people and companies to privately donate funds to nonprofit or charitable causes, without receiving any unwanted attention from the receiving organization or from the public. Silent Donor operates through a 501(c)(3) registered donor-advised fund partner, which they specifically created to shield and protect the privacy of donors. This fund allows them to accept and send tax-deductible donations on behalf of donors without including any personal information.

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CHICAGO-BASED NONPROFIT HELPS DONORS GIVE AWAY $1 BILLION DOLLARS

Lever for Change | October 07, 2022

Lever for Change, a Chicago-based nonprofit, has just hit a major milestone, reaching its goal of facilitating $1 billion in philanthropic grants by 2023, ahead of schedule. The money was awarded by donors to support and develop organizations solving some of the world's biggest problems. Efforts include helping 10 million Texans gain access to mental health care, supplying 26,000 pounds of food yearly to West and South side Chicago neighborhoods, supporting 13,000+ diverse adult job seekers interested in tech careers in U.S. urban communities, helping 20,640 new entrepreneurs in Uganda and Ethiopia establish businesses, advancing racial equity worldwide, providing support to 1 million refugees in 10 different countries, and much, much more. Since inception, Lever for Change has developed and managed customized challenges on behalf of a variety of funders and their advisors—from high-profile donors including Pivotal Ventures (Melinda French Gates' investment and incubation company) to institutional funders like the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, corporate funders such as the LEGO Foundation, as well as philanthropic advisors, and new and anonymous donors. An affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has driven this $1 billion in funding with a new model of philanthropy aimed at shaking up the world of grant giving with large-scale, customized challenges to find and fund bold solutions from a wide array of creative thinkers—many of whom have been historically marginalized or underrepresented. Lever for Change connects ultra-high-net-worth donors and institutions with these creative thinkers, facilitating large-scale grants far bigger than what's typical in the world of philanthropy. "Our goal is to build a philanthropic sector as bold as the change it seeks to achieve. Donors tend to award small grants over short time frames to organizations they know. But we think change is best driven in bigger, bolder ways, What really sets us apart from other philanthropic advisors is our emphasis on open and equitable sourcing of ideas, funding at scale, and trust in grantees to define solutions. We are changing who and what gets funded." -Dr. Cecilia Conrad, CEO Lever for Change. All Lever for Change challenge finalists become members of the Bold Solutions Network, a growing global network that helps members secure additional funding and amplify their impact. The team at Lever for Change curates and actively shares relevant solutions with funders while assisting members in improving their pitch. The $1 billion in funding comes from donor-sponsored challenges ranging from $10 million to $140 million and dedicated efforts to leverage additional philanthropic capital. So far, challenge sponsors have given $413 million to outstanding organizations, and ninety additional donors have contributed $651 million to finalists and other highly rated proposals. BACKGROUND ON LEVER FOR CHANGE: Lever for Change connects donors with bold solutions to the world's biggest problems—including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change. Using an inclusive, equitable model and due diligence process, Lever for Change creates customized challenges and other tailored funding opportunities. Top-ranked teams and challenge finalists become members of the Bold Solutions Network—a growing global network that helps secure additional funding, amplify members' impact, and accelerate social change. Founded in 2019 as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has recently influenced over $1 billion in grants and provided support to more than 145 organizations.

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New CompTIA Workforce Solutions team strengthens nonprofit association's commitment to unlocking potential in tech employment arena

CompTIA | November 11, 2022

CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, announced today the creation of a Workforce Solutions team to drive closer collaboration among groups working to ease the tech talent crunch. The new team brings together CompTIA executives and staff who work with key influencers and decision makers in the academic, employer, government and workforce communities. "Each of these markets is going through great transition as they individually take on the challenge of developing more talent to fill current and future needs for technology professionals and digital workers. CompTIA has a rich history as a community organizer, bringing groups across the ecosystem together to maximize efforts and combine resources to solve shared challenges; in this instance, easing the tech talent shortage." -Nancy Hammervik, chief solutions officer at CompTIA who leads the Workforce Solutions team. Over the next decade, projections indicate demand for tech workers will grow at twice the rate of the overall labor force. Navigating this talent constraint era will require innovative approaches and close collaboration among interested parties. CompTIA has a long-standing and ongoing commitment to building a robust tech workforce around the world. This includes helping individuals grow in confidence and unlock their potential to work in tech. It also involves collaborating with employers and other organizations to create and expand career development options to establish a strong, sustainable pipeline of skilled workers and create opportunities to anyone interested in working in tech. About CompTIA: The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world's economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for unlocking the potential of the tech industry and its workforce.

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Engiven, Inc. Launches Engiven.org to Enable Crypto Donations for More Than 1.6 Million Nonprofits

Engiven | September 17, 2022

Engiven, Inc., a leader in cryptocurrency donation management technologies, is proud to announce the launch of Engiven.org, a foundation that will now enable cryptocurrency donors to support more than 1.6 million nonprofits in the U.S by giving any of 94 different cryptocurrencies. "For more than four years, Engiven has been laser-focused on providing the most advanced and secure crypto donation technologies for nonprofits, Now, with the launch of Engiven.org, we are thrilled to provide an elegant process for donors to quickly choose their favorite charities to support and safely donate any amount of crypto." -James Lawrence, Co-founder and CEO of Engiven. For crypto donors, Engiven.org immediately provides an IRS-compliant donation receipt and the required tax documents, including a free crypto appraisal when required. There's no faster or safer way to donate crypto to a nonprofit. Furthermore, Engiven.org is SOC 2 Type 1 compliant, which means it adheres to the highest level of data and user security. The Engiven Foundation is a 501c3 fiscal sponsor which receives the crypto donations, exchanges them for USD and grants the funds directly to the nonprofit chosen by the donor. The process is highly automated, helps nonprofits eliminate the need for crypto wallets, and removes the need for charities to go through a lengthy verification process typically associated with establishing a crypto exchange account. Engiven has successfully processed many major crypto gifts, including a Bitcoin donation worth $10 million dollars. Now Engiven is applying its expertise to allow crypto donors to give to virtually any nonprofit in the US. About Engiven: Founded in 2018, Engiven is a leading provider of cryptocurrency donation services to nonprofits and faith-based organizations, including the Salvation Army, Compassion International, Texas A&M and North Point Ministries. The Engiven platform provides a highly automated crypto-giving solution that includes blockchain monitoring, automatic exchanges, gift receipts, bank deposits, IRS tax form creation, custody options, and a full suite of developer APIs for enterprise. Engiven is the world's first cryptocurrency donation management platform to achieve SOC 2 Type 1 compliance certification. For more information on donating crypto or to learn how to accept crypto donations for your church, ministry or nonprofit organization.

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Every generation has its own style and preferences, be it music trends, fashion, career goals and political values. The same extends to their unique giving preferences. With ever broadening audiences, many nonprofits are finding success employing multi-channel campaigns: campaigns that utilize traditional mail, social media, email and more.

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