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US LBM FOUNDATION TO MATCH GIVING TUESDAY DONATIONS MADE TO MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA

Meals on Wheels America | November 29, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

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The US LBM Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by leading specialty building materials distributor US LBM, will match up to $100,000 all donations made on Giving Tuesday to Meals on Wheels America, the national leadership organization supporting community-based programs across the U.S. dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.

"Meals on Wheels programs, and the millions of seniors they serve annually, have been hit extra hard by lingering impacts of the pandemic and historic inflation raising the costs of food, gas and other necessities, That's why we're so grateful for the partnership of the US LBM Foundation to provide a matching challenge to our donors on Giving Tuesday. The impact of matching every gift, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 will be a well-supported Meals on Wheels network – uniquely positioned to serve vulnerable aging adults from hunger and isolation, all year long."

-Kristine Templin Chief Development Officer Meals on Wheels America.

We're proud to partner with Meals on Wheels America and strengthen the communities that US LBM helps build every day, said US LBM Foundation Chairman and US LBM President and CEO L.T. Gibson. By matching donations up to $100,000 on Giving Tuesday, we hope to inspire others to join us this holiday season in supporting Meals on Wheels and the important work they do year-round to provide warm meals, friendship and assistance to millions of seniors in need nationwide. 

About the US LBM Foundation:
The US LBM Foundation is registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities across the United States. The Foundation was established in 2013 by US LBM, a leader in the building materials industry, to help fulfill the company's mission of giving back in the communities where it operates. The US LBM Foundation supports causes and organizations through financial and in-kind donations that address critical community challenges, including economic development, housing, health care and human services. 

About Meals on Wheels America:
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America's seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.

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New Study Reveals Gig Workers Need Unique Benefits to Reduce Financial Challenges

Commonwealth | November 23, 2022

Despite rapid growth of the U.S. gig economy, the majority of gig workers remain underserved as they face a variety of unique and pressing financial challenges, and lack effective tools to help them achieve financial stability. According to new research led by nonprofit Commonwealth and supported by Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT), Gig Wage, and Steady, most of today’s gig workers face persistent income volatility and have little or no savings for emergency expenses. Additionally, the study focused on what employer benefits may be most effective in reducing the impact of income volatility on gig workers. “The U.S. gig economy has seen dramatic growth and expansion, accounts for a significant portion of our jobs, and plays an important role in many of our lives, We are proud to partner with Commonwealth to learn more about the needs and challenges of this critical segment of workers and consumers so that we can build tools and experiences to better serve and empower them, both directly and through our partners.” -Greg Quarles, CEO, Green Dot Bank. The research report, Evaluating the Impact of Income Volatility Benefits on Gig Workers, evaluated the impact of one of three financial interventions randomly assigned across two cohorts of gig workers. Participants were eligible for up to $1,000 in funds through either a weekly stipend, emergency grant, or emergency loan over a four-month period. Key findings of the Financial Benefits Project pre-pilot included: Gig workers have little to no savings for emergency expenses. Between the two cohorts, around 70-80 percent of gig workers had $1,000 or less in savings, and more than 40 percent had no savings at all. $1,000 provided short-term financial relief and reduced stress. At the start of the program, most participants did not have the resources to manage a $1,000 expense. For many, the $1,000 interventions provided short-term financial relief and reduced stress. Financial hardships were frequent and expensive. Three in four gig workers (76 percent) surveyed after receiving weekly stipends had experienced a financial hardship of more than $1,000, with a third (32 percent) experiencing three or more. 79 percent said their financial hardship prevented them from working. Financial support needed for necessities. Across all three interventions, gig workers cited their top financial hardships as paying rent, utilities, auto, or other basic expenses. “Gig work has gained traction and appeal for a number of reasons — not the least of which is the flexibility and agency it can provide workers, But non-traditional work can create financial challenges. This important pre-pilot demonstrates that more research into the unique financial needs of gig workers is needed.” -Timothy Flacke, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Commonwealth. Economic empowerment is everything. This research and data are foundational to unlocking key insights to building technology and services that can truly provide a financial social safety net to tens of millions of everyday hard-working people, said Craig J. Lewis, Founder & CEO, Gig Wage. Understanding how money moves through the gig economy and how gig workers receive and spend their money is critical to solving the challenges that plague so many underserved, underbanked, and credit invisible individuals. This study is a great step in the right direction to help inform all constituents from Capitol Hill and academia to corporations and independent contractors alike. This research further reinforces the fact that millions of non-standard workers are facing incredibly precarious financial situations — and demonstrates the potential of cash assistance programs in helping address that challenge, said Adam Roseman, CEO, Steady. This is about providing both employers and policymakers with the data and tools to better help those workers chart a path to financial stability. The Financial Benefits Project pre-pilot evaluated 138 gig workers across two cohorts, with 51 percent identifying as African American/Black, 74 percent identifying as female, and 62 percent earning less than $40,000 a year. Compared to service-sector employees, a greater percentage of gig workers earn less than minimum wage, have lost earnings from technical difficulties, have used SNAP benefits, and are not able to cover utility payments in full.1 Due to these barriers to financial security, gig workers are often unable to build emergency savings and are caught in a cycle of financial insecurity. About Green Dot: Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) is a financial technology and bank holding company committed to giving all people the power to bank seamlessly, affordably, and with confidence. Green Dot's technology platform enables it to build products and features that address the most pressing financial challenges of consumers and businesses, transforming the way they manage and move money and making financial empowerment more accessible for all. Green Dot offers a broad set of financial services to consumers and businesses including debit, checking, credit, prepaid, and payroll cards, as well as robust money processing services, tax refunds, cash deposits and disbursements. Its digital bank GO2bank offers consumers simple and accessible mobile banking designed to help improve financial health over time. The company’s banking platform services (or “BaaS”) business enables a growing list of the world’s largest and most trusted consumer and technology brands to deploy customized, seamless, value-driven money management solutions for their customers. Founded in 1999, Green Dot has powered more than 33 million accounts directly, and many millions more through its partners. The Green Dot Network of more than 90,000 retail distribution locations nationwide, more than all remaining bank branches in the U.S. combined, enables it to operate primarily as a “branchless bank.” Green Dot Bank is a subsidiary of Green Dot Corporation and member of the FDIC2. About Gig Wage: Gig Wage is the first FinTech payroll platform created specifically for the 1099 economy and builds comprehensive technology products that take into consideration how money moves through the entire gig ecosystem, not just how it gets to workers. Gig Wage’s proprietary technology is shaping the modern financial infrastructure for the future of work by tackling the complex challenge of handling contractor payroll, payments, and compliance.Gig Wage considers accounts receivable, banking, accounts payable, consumer spending and, above all, the people that the money impacts. The company’s unique technology enables employers to instantly pay 1099 workers with more control, flexibility and scale, while simultaneously offering independent contractors a convenient and efficient way to receive payments. About Steady: Steady was founded in 2017 to make data work for the non-standard workforce. Today, the platform helps nearly 6 million members earn, on average, over $5,500 more per year. We also address systems-level change to improve financial outcomes for the workers we serve. From our work in providing emergency cash grants to expanding benefit access to uncovering data on the effectiveness of policy solutions, we help employers, governments, and financial institutions make their systems work better for non-standard workers. By extracting insights from data on more than 1.5 billion enriched financial transactions and over 151 billion enriched deposits, we help streamline benefits administration, quantify earnings, expand access to credit, reduce fraud, and increase equity for the workers who now make up one-third of the U.S. labor force. About Commonwealth: Commonwealth is a national nonprofit, building financial security and opportunity for financially vulnerable people through innovation and partnerships. Black, Latinx, and female-led households disproportionately experience financial insecurity due in large part to longstanding, systemic racism and gender discrimination. Addressing these issues is critical to Commonwealth’s work of making wealth possible for all. For nearly two decades, Commonwealth has designed effective innovations, products, and policies enabling over one million people to accumulate more than $7 billion in savings. Commonwealth understands that broad changes require market players to act. That’s why we collaborate with consumers, the financial services industry, employers, policymakers, and mission-driven organizations. The solutions we build are grounded in real life, based on our deep understanding of people who are financially vulnerable and how businesses can best serve them.

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The Impact Collective Adds New Technology and Fundraising Features to its NFT Marketplace

The Impact Collective | November 15, 2022

The Impact Collective announced new technical features on its NFT marketplace that cement its position as the one-stop shop for nonprofits to buy, sell, and re-sell digital collectibles. To draw in more donors, The Impact Collective now offers QR redemption codes for donors to receive free commemorative NFTs. To accommodate hosting the work of a high-profile artist or a large-scale edition, The Impact Collective also added the capabilities to deliver multiple editions of a single NFT. La Jolla Playhouse was the first partner of The Impact Collective to provide redemption codes in exchange for NFTs to donors for its Innovation Night 2022, which engages San Diego’s high tech entrepreneurs community in the world-renowned theater. The limited edition commemorative NFTs provided a unique way to thank donors connected to the innovation economy. “Aligning with our focus on inventive and adventurous art, we decided to partner with The Impact Collective to offer limited-edition digital collectibles for our annual Innovation Night fundraiser. This exciting collaboration resulted in a one-of-a-kind ‘swag bag’ for guests that offered a timeless artistic asset that could be traded or sold.” -Debby Buchholz, Managing Director La Jolla Playhouse. These new features complement The Impact Collective’s core accessibility features of a simple NFT wallet registration process and a marketplace which accepts cryptocurrency and credit card payments. Overall, The Impact Collective is the only platform that provides all these features. “The addition of these features establish The Impact Collective as the leading platform for nonprofits when selling NFTs, The Impact Collective is unique in, not only the breadth of its offerings, but also its overall ease of use to be accessible to all types of donors.” -Neil Senturia, the company’s CEO. Coming 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 from established artists such as Tony Concep, Saxon Chang, and Richard Ybarra, along with art created by Second Chance graduates. 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 from Research and Markets. This growing market presents a great opportunity for nonprofits to find new donors, who may be incentivized to give through an NFT purchase. NFTs for charity will likely become an established practice comparable to how cryptocurrency has already been adopted by well known nonprofits such as The American Red Cross and UNICEF. 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. More about La Jolla Playhouse: La Jolla Playhouse is a place where artists and audiences come together to create what’s new and next in the American theatre, from Tony Award-winning productions, to imaginative programs for young audiences, to interactive experiences outside our theatre walls. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Playhouse is currently led by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, and Managing Director Debby Buchholz. The Playhouse is internationally renowned for the development of new plays and musicals, including mounting 105 world premieres, commissioning 60 new works, and sending 33 productions to Broadway – including the hit musical Come From Away – garnering a total of 38 Tony Awards, as well as the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre

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National Charitable Organization Charity On Top Announces Givex as its Gift Card Provider

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. About 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.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

BayPort Donates Backpacks and Books to Local Students within Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula | November 22, 2022

BayPort Credit Union today announced it has donated 500 backpacks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP), which serves youth across the Virginia Peninsula and surrounding communities including Newport News, Hampton, York, Gloucester, and Mathews County. In addition to the backpack donation, BayPort presented BGCVP a $1,000 Amazon gift card to help purchase new books for their "Power Hour" programming. The backpacks will be distributed to local youth who participate in Money Matters and Career Launch programming, as well as those who are enrolled in the organization's Club Academy. "We are so grateful for the continuous generosity that BayPort provides to our community's greatest asset – our kids. These backpacks will ensure that our kids have all the tools to be academically successful. We look forward to utilizing the gift card for our Power Hour programming." -Hal Smith President/CEO BGCVP. For more than a decade, BayPort has partnered with BGCVP, supporting their annual fundraising through both corporate giving and staff volunteerism. More recently, in 2020, BayPort donated $25,000 to the nonprofit to help support their ongoing efforts in servicing the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, in 2020, BayPort staff helped lead a full makeover of their Mathews Club location, including a financial education center for students. "BayPort believes all kids should have access to the resources and supplies they need to learn and succeed. Local partners like the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula continue to make tremendous impact in our communities through their educational programs and after-school outreach, and we are honored to help support their mission." -Jim Mears President/CEO BayPort. For the third year, BayPort is the only Virginia credit union to have won in all four award categories in the 2022 Social Responsibility Awards sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association. BayPort is recognized for its free financial education outreach, robust Student-Run Credit Union programs in over 60 elementary, middle, and high schools across Hampton Roads, sustained charitable giving and scholarship tuition programs, and digital financial literacy services. About BayPort: In 1928, 12 shipyard workers from Newport News Shipbuilding formed an organization with a specific purpose as a low-interest source of loans and a trusted place to deposit money. Today, BayPort Credit Union is rated a Superior 5-Star credit union by Bauer Financial, managing $2.2 billion in assets and servicing nearly 148,000 individuals and businesses with 27 branch locations across the Virginia Peninsula and Southside communities. About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula serves more than 5,000 youth on the Virginia Peninsula and surrounding communities. We provide boys and girls with an inclusive and safe place to learn and grow, foster ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, and offer life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. We prepare them for their futures with career goals, and we give them hope and opportunity in their present lives. Our locations across the Peninsula in Newport News, Hampton, York, James City, Gloucester, and Mathews give youth in multiple community's access to a Club.

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Spotlight

Former inmate Antong Lucky was once instrumental in creating the first Blood gang in Dallas, Texas. But today, he listens to the people of Dallas, and guides them to solutions for a better life.

As CEO and president of Urban Specialists, reducing and eradicating violence in his community is Lucky’s top priority, and he relies on the people to inform his decision-making.

In his new book, "A Redemptive Path Forward", Lucky details how Redemptive Activism has changed the trajectory of not only his life, but also the very community he serves each day.

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