JustGive Staff Celebrate Ten Years (part two)

JustGive Headquarters Staff 2010 (left to right): Kelly Lloyd, Jill Cohen, Roxanne Gentile, Michele Walsh, Andrea Lloyd, Julia Hughes, Kim Applegate, Curtis Kueker, and Stephanie Lee

Last week we asked our staff to celebrate JustGive’s tenth anniversary by reflecting on their work and the causes that motivate them to do more each day. Personally, I’m a newcomer: I joined JustGive last year when I Do Foundation and JustGive merged.

What I love about JustGive is that it is constantly searching for innovative ways to make charitable giving a part of everyday life. I believe that giving isn’t something left to the end of the year, but something that’s a part of you.  JustGive’s tools and corporate partnerships allow me to choose the nonprofits I favor and give back every day.

I have trouble choosing my favorite nonprofit, but my charity of choice? Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. With Ashoka, I’m able to choose any and all of the thousands of social entrepreneurs around the world elected to their Fellowship.

Here are the stories of some of my coworkers:

Candy Culver, Marketing Consultant

Joined JustGive in 2007

“After Sheila Lewis introduced me to JustGive three years ago, I was hooked!” says Candy Culver, the nonprofit’s marketing consultant and owner of Culver Communication & Marketing.

“JustGive makes such a difference in the world—connecting nonprofits of any size with everyday donors who are offered several different ways to give. Knowing that we help so many in need is incredibly fulfilling. I am proud to work with the team of caring and diligent professionals that makes it happen.”

Candy’s Charity of Choice: GYNECOLOGIC CANCER FOUNDATION

Julia Hughes, Customer Service Manager

Joined JustGive in 2009

“I feel lucky to have worked at JustGive over the past year,” says Julia Hughes, Customer Service Manager. She loves the variety of people and organizations she talks to every day. “It’s nice that I can go home at the end of the day and know that I am part of something that results in wonderful goals being met throughout the world,” reflect Julia.

“JustGive provides the stability and benefits I was looking for as well as opportunities beyond my expectations to use my strengths and talents,” she states. “That and the wonderful people JustGive attracts to work here make me hope that I will continue to be a part of this for a long time to come.” Knowing how JustGive helps nonprofits makes going to work every day a pleasure for Julia.

Julia’s charity of choice: YOUNG AUDIENCES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


BDan Fairchild, Director of Technology for I Do Foundation

Joined JustGive in 2009, Joined I Do Foundation in 2003

“I was convinced to join the I Do Foundation in 2003 by Larry Miller, its founding Director of Technology, and began work as a minimally-paid AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer,” remembers BDan Fairchild, Director of Technology of I Do Foundation.  “Since then, I’ve been developing and maintaining the technology that helps couples bring a charitable focus to their weddings.

With the average wedding in the United States costing around $28,000, diverting even a fraction of that to charitable causes can make a big difference, so he’s always felt he’s doing something worthwhile. “Since the I Do Foundation merged with JustGive in 2009, I’ve been doing the same for JustGive,” states BDan.

His favorite charity is the International Dark-Sky Association, which works to preserve the beauty of the night sky by advocating for better designed lighting.

BDan’s Charity of Choice: INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION

Michele Walsh, Director of Finance

Joined JustGive in 2007

Michele Walsh, Director of Finance, joined JustGive four years ago because she was drawn to our unique fundraising model.  JustGive combines internet technologies, individuals, and corporations to expand charitable giving to any nonprofit in the United States.

“I am interested in so many causes and JustGive allows my work to impact thousands of charities,” says Michele. “Every day, I get to help the Haiti Reconstruction, fundraise for the Ocean Conservancy, and promote wedding gifts to Amnesty International.  And the list doesn’t even end there…”

Michele’s charity of choice: OCEAN CONSERVANCY

 

 

Celebrating with the JustGive Staff

Life in the nonprofit world is often hectic. Nonprofit employees are often asked to do more with less, to wear the proverbial many different hats. JustGive is no different: every day, our energetic and creative team members jump in to help make the organization run. They do it because they believe that the nonprofits we support are making a difference and that our mission to increase charitable giving is an important one.

As JustGive celebrates its tenth anniversary, we asked staff to step back and reflect on their work with JustGive and the causes that motivate them to do more each day.

Kim Applegate, Technical Engineer

Joined JustGive in 2003

Seven years ago, Kim Applegate, an Engineer at JustGive, was looking for a position outside of the corporate world, that had a purpose other then profit and that was supportive of her family life. She found all these things at JustGive.

“The best part about my job is seeing the enormous generosity of our donors,” says Kim. “I am always encouraged by the wide range of people that have become part of the donation process for no other purpose then to help others.”

Kim’s Charity of Choice: NATURAL RESOURCE DEFENSE COUNCIL

Jill Cohen, Build and Application Engineer

Joined JustGive in 2009

Jill Cohen, an Engineer at JustGive, joined JustGive because she wanted a job with a company whose mission she could get excited about and believe in. “Working at JustGive and supporting our online platform gives me great satisfaction in that we have the ability to reach a wide audience and help a variety of charitable organizations,” Jill says.

Some of her favorite charity organizations are ones she has volunteered with. “I love working with animals. Locally, I support the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society and, in Costa Rica, the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary Foundation, states Jill. “As an avid nature lover and rock climber, I volunteer at Yosemite National Park.”

Jill’s Charities of Choice: BERKELEY EAST BAY HUMANE SOCIETY and OSA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY FOUNDATION

Kelly Lloyd, Program Manager

Joined JustGive in 2007

Kelly Lloyd, Program Manager, first came to JustGive in the fall of 2007, after desperately seeking a way out of the for-profit world and into the nonprofit arena. She thought JustGive was a good fit. Three years later, she is a happy member of the JustGive family.

“One of the many things that has kept me at JustGive is the dedication of the team,” says Kelly.  “Like many families, although we may disagree or have heated discussion, it all comes down to the fact that we want to do our best to continue to carry out the mission of JustGive.

“It’s very hard for me to pick a favorite cause—there are so many! One organization that has inspired me lately is Immigration Equality, a charity that addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of immigration laws on the lives of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV through education, outreach, advocacy and direct legal services,” Kelly states.

Kelly’s Charity of Choice: IMMIGRATION EQUALITY


Roxanne Gentile, Director of Technology

Joined JustGive in 2005

After joining JustGive in 2005, Roxanne Gentile, Director of Technology, reflects, “Growing and sustaining technology products presents myriad challenges, but at the end of the day, I can always know, regardless the hurdles, that what we’re doing matters and makes a broadly-felt difference.”

“It’s wonderful to put professional energy into a product with JustGive’s impact,” she states. “This work is ultimately satisfying in both work and life. Thank you Kendall and JustGive!”

Roxanne’s Charity of Choice: RAPHAEL HOUSE OF SAN FRANCISCO


We’ll share more of our staff’s stories and favorite charities over the next as we continue to celebrate!

Celebrating Ten Years of Giving

 

Our Founding Team

Our founding team in 2000—Lynda Greenberg, Orla McKiernan, Claire Bowen, Kristin Kennedy, Kay Kirman, Doug Abrams, Kendall Webb, Kirsten Johnson, Jen Chapin

 

My son’s first birthday is less than a month away. Turning one is a momentous occasion that he will enjoy, but won’t likely remember. It’s our community of family and friends that will keep the memories with them. We’ll have a small party, but aren’t expecting or asking for gifts. Our photos and shared experience will make it special. This month, JustGive is reaching a milestone that we’re just starting to celebrate: We turn ten years old!

Our Story: Becoming The Destination for Online Charitable Giving®

Back in the days before giving online was a “normal” thing to do, our founder Kendall Webb started JustGive to help create a new way for people to give. According to Kendall, our first office initially sported a Spartan setup of “three walls of tables” and “garbage cans as chairs.” Ten years later, JustGive is a leading innovator, developing new ways for people to give in their everyday lives.

JustGive started and survived due to the generosity of many supporters, including  Lexicon, a company whose staff conceived our name pro bono. In fact, in our first year, we received more than one million dollars in donated services! In the early years and tough times, the generosity of board members and donors kept JustGive going.

Novelist Doug Abrams says, “JustGive has made my giving so much easier, faster and more joyful. I can give to all the causes I care about (like Ocean Alliance), find new ones, and keep track of everything in one place. It’s made me a more generous person.” He appreciates that JustGive not only accepts donations but also “encourages innovative giving like using American Express points and charity registries for weddings.”

But more than any donation, JustGive exists today  because of the will of Kendall, the staff, and this one big, sticky idea: to constantly seek and develop new channels of giving through creative, innovative online solutions.

Over the years we’ve grown, (Visit here to learn more about our story) and our community of nonprofit and corporate friends has grown with us. From a landmark rewards programs with American Express, to pioneering charitable wedding services, we are proud to have sent more than $130 million dollars to tens of thousands of charities in the past decade. We remain firmly dedicated to helping donors give when, how, and as often as they want to more than 1.8 million charities working throughout the world.

We do this work for one reason: To increase charitable giving. We believe in the power of nonprofits that our users support.

Terrie M. uses JustGive exclusively because she can donate anonymously and eliminate solicitations. But to her, the biggest benefit is that charity gift card recipients can choose the organization to receive money. “That makes it truly a personal gift,” she explains. “My favorite charity is Prison Pet Partnership Program, which has women in prison train shelter dogs for service,” Terri comments. “With JustGive, it’s safe going online and donating to them.”

You are our community. We want to celebrate with you! And we would love, more than anything, is for more people to know about online giving. Will you help us spread the word? Take a minute to share with your friends, your family—your community— one of the ways they can give to the causes they care about through JustGive.

Visit us on Facebook and let the world know how we helped you give!

Or Tweet (@JustGiveOrg) #JustGiveis10 with your favorite way to give

We’ll share our ten favorite posts/tweets/responses!