PCL Construction | November 24, 2022
For the past 13 years, PCL Construction's offices across the country have participated in a campaign to donate nearly $1.5 million to date to local food banks, $60,000 this year alone.
Soaring food prices along with increased energy and housing prices has made it challenging for millions of Americans to put food on the table this year – one of the many reasons why PCL supports food banks across the U.S. According to the latest Consumer Price Index, the food-at-home index, a measure of price changes at the grocery store, has increased 12.4% over the last 12 months. According to Farm Bureau, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has increased by a record-breaking 20%, presenting challenges for many families this holiday season.
"For PCL, it's not just about the buildings we build, it's about the communities we support along the way, PCL first saw a need to support local food banks after the Great Recession and we continue to see a need year after year. I am proud of the work PCL is doing to help the millions of Americans facing food insecurities so they too can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal."
-Deron Brown, president and chief operating officer, U.S. operations PCL.
PCL's U.S. offices are contributing to the following 18 local food banks for a grand total of $60,000 donated over the holiday season:
Denver: Food Bank of the Rockies.
Honolulu: Hawaii Foodbank.
Maui: Maui Food Bank.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Orange County: Orange County Food Bank.
San Diego: San Diego Food Bank.
Bakersfield: Golden Empire Gleaner's.
Seattle: Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest.
Minneapolis: Second Harvest Heartland.
North Dakota: Northlands Rescue Mission and St. Joseph's Food Pantry.
Orlando: Second Harvest Foodbank and Pantry of Broward.
Phoenix: St. Mary's Food Bank and Nourish Phx.
Tampa: Feeding America.
Houston: Houston Food Bank.
According to the USDA, more than 34 million people, including 9 million children in the United States are food insecure and organizations like Feeding America need our help.
About PCL Construction:
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in more than 30 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion USD, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America.
Charity On Top | December 21, 2022
Givex Corp. announced today that it has been selected by national charitable organization Charity On Top as its gift card provider.
Charity On Top is a national nonprofit organization focused on driving donations to charitable organizations, from local community nonprofits to national causes. When a customer buys a Charity On Top gift card, the recipient can choose from 1.8 million charities (including 2,700+ Canadian charities) to redeem the entire gift card, creating a memorable, thoughtful gift that establishes goodwill in the community.
"We had been using the same gift card partner since we founded the company seven years ago. Their system was functional, but we didn't realize the depth of automation, functionality and reporting that existed from gift card providers until we spoke with Givex, When we started looking for a new partner, our network overwhelmingly referred us to Givex. We met with the Givex team and knew they were the perfect provider for us."
Kathy Selders, Executive Director & Co-founder of Charity On Top.
Selders noted that the switch to Givex was done in a matter of days, and the robust back-end system Givex offers provides a host of reports to help Charity On Top more efficiently manage their business.
Givex has more than 1,100 integrations with third parties including Incomm gift card malls, allowing clients to reach a broader audience. Charity On Top no longer needs to manually send bulk numbers to InComm or other third parties. Through a secure and direct API integration with Givex, InComm issues Charity On Top digital ecards seamlessly in real-time as cards are purchased, eliminating any manual uploads of number files.
"Unlike other clients, for whom a gift card is a component of their marketing strategy, Charity On Top's entire business is gift cards, so it was a high priority for us to quickly get their program ready in time for the busy holiday season, We are so thrilled to be working with a client that only partners with charitable clients and is focused on giving back to nonprofit organizations of all sizes."
Winnie Tang, Director of Business Development at Givex.
Marchelle L. Sellers, Co-Founder of Charity On Top, adds, In addition to the elevated features of the Givex gift card program, we have been delighted by the level of excitement that Winnie and the team have about our business. From the beginning of the relationship, we have received enjoyable personal attention and solutions-focused communication from Givex.
Givex Corp. is a global fintech company providing merchants with customer engagement, point of sale and payment solutions, all in a single platform. We are integrated with 1000+ technology partners, creating a fully end-to-end solution that delivers powerful customer insights. Our platform is used by some of the world's largest brands, comprising approximately 118,000 locations across more than 100 countries.
About Charity On Top
Charity On Top is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who want to genuinely infuse meaningful, personal charitable giving into their daily lives and work. Through charity gift cards, corporate incentives and rewards, fiscal sponsorships and benefits for over 1.8 million supported charities, Charity On Top is intentionally disrupting how we think about nonprofit giving, and pushing more money to organizations to help solve our greatest challenges.
Building Wishes | November 28, 2022
Both the Kindness Duck Project (KDP) and Building Wishes are excited to announce the approval of first steps in the Uvalde Memorial Park Project by Uvalde’s City Council Tuesday evening. Operating out of the Fort Worth/North Texas area, both organizations continue to expand their scope of building a better future for others through kindness.
“This is a pain no one should endure, and many families' lives have been changed forever. KDP started a fundraiser the evening of May 24th to raise money to send to hospitals directly to help pay for Robb-related medical bills. When the opportunity to team up with Building Wishes arose, KDP jumped at the opportunity to create a project that would simultaneously honor the victims and their families, while giving the entire community a shining light in darker times. “What the people, community, and families need right now is love. Love. Care. Kindness. Anything. Everything.”
-Kyle Wagner, Executor Director of KDP.
Originally known as ‘The Grove,’ Uvalde Memorial Park sits on roughly ten acres of city property. Officially renamed and dedicated on November 11, 1927, Uvalde Memorial Park has seen numerous additions and alterations, though the greater park area’s significance and usage in downtown Uvalde simultaneously has waned over time. Building Wishes and KDP hope to uniquely honor the victims of the Robb tragedy as ‘pillars of the community’ while creating a bridge to a path forward for Uvalde by providing a large, diverse, and inclusive area for the community to gather, play, celebrate, and remember.
“Building Wishes is beyond honored and excited to be a part of the Uvalde Memorial Park redesign and construction, We truly believe this park will be a light in the community and a place that families, citizens, and visitors can build memories for decades to come.”
-Brian Grossman, Executive Director of Building Wishes.
Building Wishes and KDP hope that Uvalde Memorial Park will be a place to promote light and life through play and gathering, learning and art, in the past, present, and future. “Kindness is the agenda. Nothing else, says Wagner. We have teamed up with strategic nonprofit partners, such as A Memory Grows, to help us carry out this expansive, yet delicate, vision. Now, we are asking others – foundations, nonprofits, corporations, groups, families, even individuals – to join us in giving Uvalde something to bridge the past, present, and future together.
About the Building Wishes:
Growing from a 35-year-old commercial-design build firm, Building Wishes builds things for the good of others by bringing safe, accessible playsets and playhouses to kids facing tremendous obstacles. Partnering with amazing companies and other nonprofits, Building Wishes allows them to be part of something so much bigger than themselves to make a difference. Since its inception, the now 501(c)(3) nonprofit has built over 50 playhouses for children and their families and is currently working on the first Make-A-Wish All Abilities Park in Glenn Heights, TX.
About the Kindness Duck Project:
The Kindness Duck Project began with a vision to teach children about kindness by leaving little rubber ‘Kindness Ducks’ as mementos for recipients, who would then, in turn, pass along new random acts of kindness. The #KindnessDuck movement grew and is now a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Their mission is simple — Plant Kindness, Grow Kindness, Share Kindness. Their goal — to promote kindness in as many ways and to as many people as possible!
About A Memory Grows:
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit based out of Fort Worth, TX, A Memory Grows provides retreats and special events for parents whose children have died. Founded by DeAndrea Dare and Aaron Graham as a legacy to their son Max, their core belief is that the love between a parent and child never dies. The mission of A Memory Grows is to provide a safe space of healing and peace for parents by bringing together those who have experienced a similar loss. Love never dies, love always carries on.
The Impact Collective | December 09, 2022
Amity Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform and recidivism reduction, launched an NFT fundraiser on December 7th, 2022 to showcase and benefit staff members and individual artists who have graduated from their programs. The participating Amity staff and alumni artists will receive the majority of the proceeds from their sold art. Amity partnered with The Impact Collective, which helps nonprofits raise money through selling NFTs. The NFT drop is available on The Impact Collective’s user-friendly platform, which accepts credit cards and cryptocurrency.
“Amity’s core mission is to help rebuild lives, and each and every participant in one of our programs has a unique journey towards self sufficiency, We wanted to open the opportunity for our creative alumni to share their talents on a larger scale and to support their efforts to build a career in an emerging sector of the arts.”
-Doug Bond CEO of Amity Foundation.
In this NFT drop, many of the associated NFTs will include the story of the individual who created the art to provide the buyer with a personal connection and deeper understanding about a specific cause while collecting art. For example, a participating artist, Edward Flores, spent forty years of his life in prison, seventeen of those years in solitary confinement in San Quentin State Prison. During this time, he began to express himself through symbols and images, an artistic practice he discovered as a child. In 2018, Edward was released on parole to Amity Foundation's former lifer transitional housing campus at Amity on Beacon, a long-term, residential, whole-person model of treatment. Today, Edward is a multimedia artist, a faculty member of Amity, and is determined to continue gifting the gift he never received as a child, mentoring and supporting the younger generation in breaking the cycles of criminality, drug use, and trauma.
I jumped at this opportunity that Amity presented to its alumni. As an artist, I am always looking for new ways to promote my work and am excited to be able to participate in the growing NFT economy, Edward Flores said. Art and Amity have been life-changing forces in my life, and I am honored to be able to bring these passions together while also promoting the need for social, emotional, housing, and job training supports for individuals recently released from prison.
Art will also be provided by photographer Richard Ybarra and NFT artists Melda Hutabarat and Skrrtey, who will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Amity.
“For years, I taught entrepreneurism at Donovan State Prison, so I am keenly aware of the overwhelming talent and resilience of individuals involved with the justice system, The concept of the Impact Collective was born out of the need to help nonprofits specializing in anti-recidivism, so we are honored to have such a prominent and prodigious nonprofit in this space use our platform as a fundraising tool. We have since expanded our vision to serve all nonprofits; however, we feel deeply connected to this cause and to Amity’s mission.”
-Neil Senturia CEO of The Impact Collective.
Amity, one of the largest nonprofits to reduce recidivism, operates in nineteen prisons in California and provides mental health and addiction counseling and housing for individuals recently released. Amity will be the second nonprofit to use The Impact Collective’s fundraising tool, which is the only one-stop-shop for nonprofits to produce, sell, and mint art. The Impact Collective is also the only NFT marketplace exclusively for nonprofits where art can be bought and sold directly without having to send donors to a larger digital platform.
The Impact Collective's proprietary platform is unique in that it enables art buyers to purchase NFTs with a regular credit card. They will not have to already own crypto currency, which is required on many NFT charity platforms. The NFT market is expected to generate $3 billion in revenue this year and grow over 30% in the next 5 years according to a recent economic forecast.
This fundraiser comes on the heels of The Impact Collective hosting an NFT drop for Second Chance to raise funds to support the program’s mental health, addiction and job-training programs. The online exhibition featured works created by Second Chance graduates.
More about Amity:
Founded in 1981 in Tucson, AZ, Amity Foundation is a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves individuals, families, and children. Amity began as a therapeutic community and has evolved into a teaching community. Our mission is to foster personal growth, emotional literacy and social responsibility for our students, as well as improve their physical health through nutrition and wellness. These create the fertile ground for students' success in gaining employment, housing, furthering education, and reuniting families.
More about The Impact Collective:
An NFT purchased through The Impact Collective, a San Diego software company, has an immediate and direct impact on both nonprofits and artists. By merging the popularity of NFTs with an accessible marketplace where payment can be made with a regular credit card, The Impact Collective helps nonprofits raise funds for projects that help participants, create art, and have an impact on the community.