The Community Corps: Free Tech Help for Your Nonprofit

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As a nonprofit organization, you’re often stretched thin, scrimping and saving to cover costs and get the help you need with a variety of tasks. For your technology projects, The Community Corps (TCC) is a great, no-cost resource to bridge the digital divide.

twitter-292994_1280_pixabayOur partner, The Community Corps connects nonprofits to experienced tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technical training, resources and programming—throughout the country.

Since its start, TCC has matched thousands of volunteers to nonprofits, with a large focus on the advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and fostering the development of women in technology.

Kelli Antonucci, TCC’s Nonprofit Outreach Manager, tells us this is a great time for nonprofits to get tech help.

“We’ve had a huge surge in volunteer interest and are barely keeping up with getting enough projects for them,” Antonucci said.

“This is a wonderful time for nonprofits to post projectsas soon as they are posted, we have volunteers signing up.”

The type of tech help TCC volunteers can provide ranges from training on software platforms like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites to adding enhancements like a calendar or a blog.

macbook-624707_640_pixabayTCC volunteers can also advise nonprofits considering a large software or hardware purchase.

When you post a project on TCC, there are 10 major categories for assistance: technology planning and assessments, STEM career development, website, Microsoft Office, infrastructure, STEM events, Social Media, STEM program design, The Cloud, and data.

Best of all, tech help from The Community Corps is free.  To get started, just create your TCC account and post your request or project to attract volunteers.

– Sarah Bacon
Director of Product

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Women power to Alzheimer’s

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Two out of every three of the 5.2 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease are women. Women are also more likely to be caregivers of those with the disease, affected by it both emotionally and financially.

The sixth leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Every 67 seconds, a brain develops Alzheimer’s disease.

These facts—and being personally touched by Alzheimer’s when her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed in 2003 (he passed away in 2011) have award-winning journalist Maria Shriver on a mission to wipe out Alzheimer’s.  An Alzheimer’s advocate for the past 10 years, she testified before Congress to help pass the National Alzheimer’s Plan to stop the disease by 2025, and also recently produced the movie, Still Alice.

Wipe out Alzheimer’s

Shriver’s Wipe Out Alzheimer’s Challenge was created in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and her nonprofit organization, A Woman’s Nation. The heart of this grassroots, social action effort is to end the devastating disease by educating, engaging and empowering women.  Our brains are most at risk, and she believes our brains are the ones that can turn the tide.

Saving women’s brains

To mobilize the movement, women are encouraged to take “The Pledge”  to stay educated about what it is, what it is not and make healthy lifestyle decisions about it.  We can also help raise funds to research women’s brains and challenge other organizations to make women’s brain research a priority.

All the money raised through the Wipe Out Alzheimer’s Challenge is going to the Alzheimer’s Association’s first-ever Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Fund to support cutting-edge brain research.

I’m joining the challenge.  I’ve seen Alzheimer’s personally take the mothers of two good friends and turn them into a person who, sadly, doesn’t recognize their own child. And I’m watching as a third friend manages her mother with dementia now. It’s heartbreaking—and I would love to figure out why.

I can think of no better time than Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month to help fund research that can save lives. Join me in the fight today:

– Candy Culver
Marketing Consultant

Charity Gift Cards Thank Employees and Reinforce Company’s Values

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Last year, New England BioLabs (NEB) started using JustGive charity gift cards to reward employees and inspire them to embrace philanthropy. They joined the ranks of many companies who use our GiveNow cards in a variety of ways for employees and customers.

NEB was founded in the mid-1970s as a collective of scientists committed to developing innovative products for the life sciences industry. The company is now a recognized world leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research.

NEB’s Corporate Controller, Brian Tinger, discovered JustGive while searching for ways to make donations on behalf of employees.

“We needed a partner to help administer the process,” he said.

“The company gives JustGive Charity Gift Cards to each employee at our bonus time to encourage them to embrace philanthropy, which has always been a core value at New England BioLabs,” Tinger told us.

NEB purchases JustGive Charity Gift Cards as downloadable claim codes, and then merges each claim code, its amount and expiration date into its own communication to every employee. Employees simply visit justgive.org to redeem their gift as a donation to a charity of their choice.

The idea to give charity gift cards to employees came after Tinger attended a Harvard lecture, “How to Buy Happiness,” by Michael Norton. (Norton’s also given it as a TED Talk.)

“The point of the lecture was that the act of giving is far more impactful than the act of spending money on yourself,” Tinger said.

He explained, “Our company has always been extremely generous with employee benefits, so we thought providing a charity gift card would be a perfect new concept to introduce to them. Since that time, we have also used JustGive to provide gifts to collaborators who have taken time to assist our company in scientific research and market research.”

Thanks to New England BioLabs for their support of JustGive, and for making philanthropy a part of doing good business.

Want to incorporate JustGive charity gift cards into your employee or customer program? Purchase gift cards online or contact us to find out more about how we can help.

– Sarah Bacon
Director of Product

Making an Impact – TOMS style

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TOMS Shoes is a shoe company like no other – for every pair of shoes they sell, they give another to a child in a developing country. In case you don’t already know how it got started in 2006, founder Blake Mycoskie was traveling in Argentina when he saw children facing hardships because they were growing up without shoes. He discovered alpargatas, the traditional South American flat shoes, then spent a day fitting 250 children with their own pair.

Here’s the inspiring story:

Giving Back

Giving is in the company’s DNA and embedded in its brand promise. TOMS believes in improving people’s lives through business. So what began as a simple One for One® shoe idea has grown into a powerful business model that marries fun, profit and social good. Through an expanded product line, consumer purchases, and partners, TOMS giving now includes:

  • Sight – For each eyewear purchase, another person receives a full eye exam and treatment needed (glasses to surgery). TOMS has helped restore sight for more than 300,000 people in 13 countries.
  • Water – Each bag of TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee provides a week’s supply of safe water. The company has supplied over 100,000 weeks of safe water in 7 countries where they also source sustainable coffee beans.
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    Safe Births – This year, TOMS Bag Collection launched in 4 countries with 3 Giving Partners to help address the need for advancements in maternal health. Each bag purchase provides training for skilled attendants and distributes birth kits containing items a woman needs to safely give birth.

In 2013, TOMS committed to locally producing one third of their Giving Shoes in areas where they give them away. This has led to creating over 700 jobs and producing more than 8 million pairs of shoes in factories in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Kenya.

TOMS works with nearly 120 Giving Partners (nonprofit humanitarian organizations) to fulfill its One for One promise.

In addition to One for One purchases, TOMS is the force behind at least two global issue awareness days each year. Thursday, May 21, is the company’s annual One Day Without Shoes to raise awareness for children’s health and education. For every photo of bare feet tagged on Instagram, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need — no purchase necessary. (Pass it on!)

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Corporate Responsibility

For TOMS, Corporate Responsibility includes “focusing on the environmental and social impacts of our products and operations, responsible giving, and employee life.” This means not only making products from sustainable and vegan materials, and ensuring that suppliers comply with their country’s labor laws . . . but also building environmentally-friendly new stores, and providing startup funds for 20+ new companies with a social mission.

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As one of the only company we know with a Chief Giving Officer, giving is core to TOMS work as a responsible company. In the words of Mycoskie, “Ultimately, I’m trying to create something that’s going to be here long after I’m gone.”  Now that’s what you call a worthwhile legacy!

To read more about Mycoskie’s journey as an entrepreneur and insights from founders of other well-known brands that give back, check out his book, Start Something That Matters.

Inspired to get started or build on your company’s giving program? Just contact us.

– Candy Culver
Marketing Consultant

Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

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We look forward to Memorial Day as a three-day weekend that kicks off summer. Most of us enjoy days off work filled with sunshine, barbeques, and outdoor activities.

When we pause, we remember it’s about more. It’s really a holiday about honoring men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.

I’m as guilty as the next person in not giving true attention to Memorial Day. But as I get older, I’m determined not to take things so much for granted—so this May 25th, I’m giving it more than lip service and a passing nod to the news stories. That begins with this blog: sharing with you how the holiday came to be, and what we can do to commemorate the day.

graveyard-534616_640_pixabayMemorial Day, started after the Civil War, was first called “Decoration Day.” Originally designed to honor soldiers who died in the war between the North and South, it expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Honoring Veterans

Taking time to attend a Memorial Day parade is one small way to give veterans the recognition they deserve. It offers a chance to talk with any young kids about family members or friends who served in the military, and to connect with what the holiday means. If there’s no parade in your area, you can watch the National Memorial Day Parade on TV.

At 3 p.m. local time on May 25, you can observe the National Moment of Remembrance, for one minute.

Share a family story: Go to the Hometown Heroes website and post a photograph and the basic information about your veteran’s service record (it’s free). They want your stories, and are creating a searchable database of military veterans.

More ways to honor veterans:

  • Upload an image of the American flag on your Twitter and/or Facebook profile
  • Place flowers on the gravestone of a veteran
  • Fly your flag at half-staff until noon and/or fly the POW/MIA flag
  • Write a thank you letter to a veteran or a current member of the armed forces and send it to A Million Thanks
  • Visit a military museum, memorial or historic site

Have you heard of the Education Center they’re building at the Wall? Watch this short video to learn about what they’re doing.

The Center will honor the legacy of military service and make sure future generations do not forget what fallen soldiers of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have done for us. It will share hundreds of thousands of objects left at the Vietnam Wall, and include photos of more than 58,000 people who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. It’s a very tangible way to honor veterans: give to the Education Center.

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Helping Veterans

Returning service men and women face many challenges. We know re-connecting, transitioning and rebuilding their lives is not just a step-back-into-it task. They often have physical and mental battle scars—and need housing, employment, health care and mental health services.

Government programs are helping, but it also takes nonprofit organizations to provide all the services they need. So this Memorial Day, consider making a donation to provide the care, support and assistance veterans need as another way to honor their sacrifices.

Give Now

– Candy Culver
Marketing Consultant

Nonprofits: M+R Benchmarks Study

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M+R Strategic Services, founded in 1991, helped nonprofit clients raise $159 million last year. Through their work in 2014, M+R reached 33 million people, mobilizing supporters, and moving the media, the public, and decision-makers.

Each year, the consulting firm conducts a nonprofit study to identify industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. The 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study, conducted in partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), analyzed the social media practices, website giving, and email fundraising practices of a diverse mix of 84 nonprofits.

Information from participating nonprofits—located in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa—was examined in eight categories:  environmental, health, international, rights, wildlife and animal welfare, domestic hunger and poverty, cultural, and miscellaneous. This year, data from cultural organizations (museums, libraries, history groups) was included for the first time.

A look at the stats below and a deeper dive into the complete study will answer the question for your organization: Are we “normal”?

Overall giving trends

Online giving to organizations in the study increased 13% from 2013 to 2014. This is attributed to a higher number of gifts, not larger gifts.  Actually, the average size gift fell by 2% to $82. change in online revenue

Monthly giving grew at a much faster rate than one-time giving, with revenue increasing 32%. Monthly giving as a part of total online revenue grew for nearly all sectors, and the average size gift was $22. By comparison, one time revenue saw 9% growth over 2013. (If you don’t yet have a monthly giving program, JustGive’s downloadable Give Monthly button or link can help you start collecting donations.)

More to the story

Here are some 2014 key benchmarks analyzed by the channels we use for giving. Results vary by sector, so you’ll want to check out details in the complete study that best relate to your organization.

Website Engagement

For every 1,000 website visitors, nonprofits in the study raised $612 – and one visitor was worth 61 cents.

  • On average, 7.6 of every 1,000 visitors became donors. This is a slight drop from last year.
  • Monthly visitors grew by 11% over 2013.
  • 13% of visitors to a main donation page completed a gift.

Emails

Emails continue to be a key communication channel for nonprofits. While email lists grew by 11% in 2014, they have been growing at a slower pace the past few years. On average, 22 emails were sent per subscriber per year. And 22% of online revenue is coming from emails—a growing piece of the overall giving pie for nonprofits. email list growth

Every 1,000 fundraising message delivered raised $40. This differs significantly for nonprofits with small, medium and large lists, and you’ll want to use the tool M+R provides to calculate your specific results. (Organizations with email lists of under 100,000 raised the most, generating $124.12.) Every 1,000 advocacy message delivered generated 29 actions. Here are the open and response rates for each type of email: table

Social Media

Facebook audiences grew by 42% and Twitter audiences grew by 37% in 2014.

  • For every 1,000 email subscribers, participants had 285 Facebook fans and 112 Twitter followers.
  • Post frequency: organizations averaged 5.4 tweets and 1.1 Facebook posts per day.

Summing it up

These benchmarks give you good baseline numbers, and an idea of how your organization stacks up. Taking a closer look at your own benchmarks and what they mean best guides what you need to do.

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For more on the participating nonprofits, the specifics behind the stats, and to use the M+R tool to calculate your own benchmarks, download the full study.

How are your experiences different? And how are they like others?  Most importantly: What can you learn from nonprofits who are having success in ways that matter most to you?

– Andrea Lloyd
Director of Programs

A Mother’s Pride: A Daughter’s Giving

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Kids are amazing. They notice everything. They question everything. They are curious.

My daughter J’Nyah is 7. Since she was born, I’ve been amazed as how quickly she learns things. When she was a baby, it was learning to hold her head, smile, or sit up.  As a toddler–crawling, walking, running. It felt like she went from speaking gibberish to full sentences in the blink of an eye.

One of the best things about your child growing up is getting to know them as a person.

Her caring, giving spirit started young

J’Nyah has always been very independent and a leader. The first time I realized what kind of person she was growing into, I was so proud. At 2 years old, on her first day of preschool, we walked in, met the teachers, and she saw  other kids she knew from the neighborhood and local parks. They all went right to playing.  My little girl was very interested in the “house” area and started playing with the dolls.

My DaughterThere was one little girl who wouldn’t let go of her mother and was crying, out of control. J’Nyah asked me, “Mama, why is that girl so sad?” I said she was probably scared because it was her first time in a new place and she didn’t know anyone. J’Nyah picked up an extra doll, took it to the girl and started playing with her. Before I knew it, the two girls were giggling. The other grateful mother gave her little girl a kiss and we slipped out. The girls are friends to this day.

This happened again on the first day of kindergarten and first grade. J’Nyah is always ready to help someone having a hard time and make them feel better. Knowing that she isn’t using her strong personality to bully people and instead, to include and take care of them, makes me proud every day.

One day while walking downtown, we saw a number of homeless people panhandling and sleeping. My curious 4-year-old was staring at people as we passed. I didn’t want people to feel uncomfortable, but I also didn’t want her to ignore them.

As we went into the subway station, her questions started, “Why are those people there? Why are they asking for money? Why do they have a dog? Why are their kids with them?” I explained they probably didn’t have homes or jobs so they ask for money to get food and things they need. J’Nyah thought about this a lot, especially the kids that might not have a house or food. And she decided that she wants to help them.

At age 5, she started raising money

jnyah_five_s_256_254Since I work for JustGive, making giving a part of everyday life is always on my mind. So when J’Nyah decided she wanted to raise money for the homeless for her 5th birthday instead of getting gifts for herself, I was SUPER glad to we offer the tools to make that happen.  I’ll admit that I planted the thought to raise money, but since the idea to help others was already there, she agreed right away.

At 5 years old, she raised $376 for a local organization, BOSS: Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficency, which provides resources and housing for homeless families. And the idea stuck with her.  She remembers.

When she was turning 6, they were studying seals and sea lions in school, and J’Nyah heard her teacher say the pups are often abandoned. So she asked, “Can we help save the seals and sea lions this year for my birthday?” I was very proud she wanted to do it again, and together, we looked online for the charities rescuing marine life.  We were lucky to find local organizations, the Marine Mammal Center (which we could visit too!) and Save the Bay.

jnyahsmile_s_259_275While we were looking at these charities, she saw an ad for the ASPCA with an abused dog on it. She was very sad to hear that other animals are homeless and added East Bay SPCA so she could help them too. That year she raised $735 for the 3 charities.

When she was getting ready to turn 7, I wondered what we would do to celebrate. She was going to a lot more birthday parties this year and talking about elaborate plans for her party. As we were planning her party, she surprised me and asked, “Who are we going to help this year for my birthday?”

We talked through her many ideas, and since dolphins are her favorite animal right now, she decided to help them. This year she raised $830 for Blue Voice, The Dolphin Project via Earth Island Institute, and Wild Dolphin Project.

Her giving example

jnyah7_s_259_259This Mother’s Day, I am so proud to have a child that wants to help others every day. I’m glad we’re talking about issues in the world and figuring out that making things better is something we can do together.  I know J’Nyah will grow up to make a profound impact in the world.

If we all had her giving spirit, can you imagine the good we could do in the world?

-Julia Hughes
Product Manager

Nonprofit Spotlight: Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY)

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Heidi Landis, CANY’s Associate Executive Director, recently talked with me about the organization’s mission and story. Landis was a professional actor in New York who fell in love with drama therapy and became certified as a drama therapist. After starting as an intern, she has now been with CANY for 10 years.

CANY’s story

CANY Photos 7.06 124It began more than 40 years ago, at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York, when a group of actors were welcomed onto the psychiatric units to work with patients. Philanthropist Janet Levy, who started the organization, first brought the artists in, and the program was so successful it was expanded to all inpatient units. Eventually, drama therapists, who had more theory training, took over for the actors.

Ten years ago, CANY started expanding to work with more people – from 5 year old children to veterans and new refugees. Many of the groups they serve are women/domestic violence survivors, and 65% are children who’ve experienced complex trauma (pervasive abuse and violence over time, at a developmental stage). All have underlying trauma in their lives.

CANY now offers its drama therapy programs at more than 15 facilities serving traumatized, mentally ill and underserved populations.

What is drama therapy?

CANY groupDrama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. It is active and experimental. CANY’s mission

CANY is all about empowering people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.

Through the use of drama therapy and creative expression in a group setting, CANY helps children and adults expand their self-concept, imagine new life possibilities, and build the social and emotional tools they need in order to live meaningful lives.

All staff are licensed creative arts therapists, highly trained in trauma therapy. CANY’s treatment program is a strength-based model, and it’s also relational. Since trauma happens in relationship, CANY’s philosophy is that people must heal in relationship.

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In addition to CANY’s therapy groups, the organization trains therapists, clinicians, teachers and artists about 6 times a year, and conducts a seminar series for mental health and social justice experts. Two years ago, CANY sent a group to Uganda, where they trained a group of clinicians in their methods to work with former child soldiers.

CANY’s guiding principles

Creativity is health. The more creative and spontaneous you are in your life, the healthier you are. Drama therapy is a training ground for that.

CANY080310_0202Metaphor is a healing tool. Roles in drama provide a safe container for trauma processing. Through story and fictional characters, poetry, art and music, trauma survivors can try on different roles and learn something about themselves.

Group is the therapeutic agent. All CANY’s services are based in group work that helps participants make connections and create moments that heal.

Results

A research study was recently conducted with CANY partner agencies CARES High School and St. Luke’s Roosevelt  Hospitals. It measured teens’ emotional, behavioral and academic performance changes as a result of CANY’s trauma-informed drama therapy and found:

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  • 72% showed improvement in regulating their behavior
  • 63% showed improved peer relationships over time
  • 47% increased their GPA an average of 3%
  • 77% demonstrated improved self-concept
  • 72% had a reduced negative self-image and improved sense of identify

Giving practices and experience

CANY has customized its JustGive Donation page, sharing its mission, describing how drama therapy helps, and telling donors exactly what their gifts can do.

Maria Eleni, Finance & Operations Manager says, “JustGive has enabled us to give our donors a clear and effortless way to contribute to CANY, in addition to our mail and fundraising campaigns (we find some donors prefer making an anonymous gift). JustGive is straightforward and intuitive to use. We’ve never had a problem to even necessitate a support call.”

button_donate_now_yellowIf you’d like to support CANY and help make a difference today for adults and kids through drama therapy.

– Alex Mechanic
Service Team Manager

P.S. If you’d like to be featured in the JustGive Blog, submit your nonprofit!

Help Nepal Earthquake Victims

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UPDATE: 
Another 7.3 earthquake has rocked Nepal, striking close to Mt. Everest. This powerful tremor triggered landslides and toppled buildings, and was followed by at least five aftershocks that killed dozens and injuring more than 1,000. Already shell-shocked people are struggling and traumatized—and will likely be sleeping outside to stay safe. They need your help.


Help Nepal Earthquake Victims

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal Saturday morning, April 25, near the capital of Kathmandu. The quake is the largest to hit the poor South Asian country in more than 80 years. As casualty numbers rise, it has killed over 5,000 people in Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh and at the Nepal-China border—and injured nearly 6,000.  The quake also triggered a huge avalanche that killed at least 18 climbers in the Mount Everest area. Entire villages are destroyed.

Powerful aftershocks continue to jolt residents, many who are sleeping outside and in new tent villages. CNN producer Ingrid Formanek who arrived Sunday night, said Kathmandu “looks like a city where buildings have been abandoned. People are hanging out in public squares and at intersections to avoid rubble from buildings.” The earthquake and aftershocks have turned one of the world’s most scenic areas into a scene of massive destruction.

Rescue, relief and recovery efforts are underway, and families and children urgently need your help. Here are 12 charities providing life-saving emergency services, including vital shelter, food, water, sanitation supplies, and medical care:

button_donate_nowThe American Red Cross is working with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate support.

button_donate_nowAmeriCares has sent it response team and shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors.

button_donate_nowCARE has worked in Nepal since 1978, and is providing life-saving food, water, shelter and health care.

button_donate_nowCatholic Relief Services is sending relief materials such as shelter kits, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.

button_donate_nowDoctors without Borders has mobilized eight teams from nearby countries to help, including surgical teams and non-medical staff – along with emergency supplies.

button_donate_nowHumane Society International stands ready to support local agencies or animal welfare groups and help with animal-related needs in the strike zone.

button_donate_nowMercy Corps’ team is on the ground, focused on delivering rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities.

button_donate_nowOperation USA and its partners in the country are helping distribute essential supplies for victims and hospitals.

button_donate_nowOxfam International has a team in the country and is responding with clean water, sanitation materials and emergency food.

button_donate_nowSave the Children is protecting vulnerable children and providing relief to families with emergency kits, hygiene materials and tarps.

button_donate_nowShelterBox is distributing aid, including tents they have prepositioned in the country that can serve as emergency clinics.

button_donate_nowWorld Vision is providing first aid kits, sleeping mats, blankets and jerry cans; temporary shelter; and protection for children.

Behind the Data Curtain: Where JustGive Gets Charity Information

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Featured FAQ:
JustGive’s Charity Data

If you’ve spent time on the JustGive website, you know that you can search a database of nearly 2 million 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and you’ve probably wondered about our source for the information.

Question
Where does JustGive get all that charity data from?

Answer
We use two sources for the charity data on JustGive: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations database and GuideStar®, the premier organization that offers up-to-date information on hundreds of thousands of nonprofits.

The IRS database is available online, and contains the information for registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations (or “exempt organizations” as they refer to them).

On the IRS website, you can look up a single charity’s information and status, or download the entire database of exempt organizations. The IRS also maintains data on charities that have had their exempt status revoked, and in many cases, reinstated.

We also partner with GuideStar, which puts a more user-friendly face on the IRS data, and gathers information about impact, transparency, governance, and more.

The JustGive website experience

When you search for a charity on JustGive, you’ll often see pages of search results. The results list charities from the GuideStar database that match your search term(s). CharityInfoPopupClick on the charity’s hyper-linked name and a window will pop up with even more vital information, including the organization’s mission, financial data, programs and more. All this data can help you find out more about an organization you may want to support.

Nonprofit Tip

If you’re a nonprofit, it’s a best practice to claim your organization on the GuideStar Exchange and be sure your information is up-to-date. This ensures that donors see the latest information about your organization when they are searching on JustGive, and that you receive checks from us in a timely manner.

For more FAQs, visit our Help Center.

– Sarah Bacon
Director of Product