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In the News: Company Solutions: Embracing Technology In The Digital Age

CBS Small Business Pulse featured a great article about Gesture and how its embracing technology on all levels. We provide mobile fundraising technology that helps nonprofits across the country raise money for their causes. We also embrace technology in our day-to-day business practices in order to provide the best services to our partners.

You can find the article on CBS SF BayArea, or read it below. Contact us to see how we can help you raise more at your next fundraising event!

Company Solutions: Embracing Technology In The Digital Age

By Deborah Flomberg

Embracing Technology In The Digital Age

If you’re one of the many small business owners who hasn’t fully embraced all that modern technology has to offer, then you might truly be missing out. Whether your business is a technology-based organization or not, there are advanced solutions of all kinds to help you reach new customers, organize your existing databases and make your life easier on a day-to-day basis. You just have to be willing to step out of the box a little to see all the different solutions that are available today.

Gesture is one example of a high-tech organization that has truly found ways to take advantage of the many different technological solutions on the market. The Chicago-based company is a fundraising technology organization that has helped raise more than $320 million for charity partners since it was founded in 2011.

“We integrate a mobile fundraising platform with expert planning and dedicated onsite professional event teams to work with charities to meet their specific event fundraising objectives,” explains CEO and Founder Jim Alvarez. “Gesture also offers year-round services that help charities build fundraising campaigns and keep focus on making hope happen nationwide. Gesture’s innovative technology platform is packed with tools that allow their partners to fully manage their fundraising campaigns. These intuitive products make it easier for donors to give and reach them where they’re most engaged: on their mobile devices.”

For a high-tech organization like Gesture, embracing other solutions has been crucial to its success. As Alvarez explains, “We recently upgraded our CRM to Salesforce and it was life-changing for our team. We now have insight into customers and can integrate with all our other tools.” Alvarez also recommends using other effective tools that have been helpful for him in the past as well. “Don’t be afraid of technology. Experiment with lightweight technology tools and services, like Zapier and Webflow, that can make a positive impact with little investment.”

Technology is changing fast, and it’s important for any business owner to keep up with it as best as he or she can. One of the quickest ways to embrace the modern age is to focus on mobile. “Fully investing in making a great mobile experience has been essential for Gesture,” Alvarez explains. “People live on their phones, and if you do not deliver a great product that empowers them to have everything they need right in their pocket, then you are letting your customers down.”

Start by ensuring you have a strong, mobile-friendly, responsive website design. Look to app-designers to help you learn how to find new ways to interact with your customers, and find different solutions to keep your product or service handy as each customer picks up his or her phone. Then you’ll see the many different ways embracing technology can pay off for your small business and, most importantly, your bottom line.

This article was written by Deborah Flomberg for CBS Small Business Pulse.

Read the article on CBS SF BayArea

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In the News: Valpo’s Jim Alvarez brings fundraising into the 21st century

Inspired Living, a magazine based in Northwest Indiana, featured an article about our CEO Jim Alvarez and why he founded Gesture.

Find the full article on Inspired Living, or read it below. Contact us to see how we can help you raise more at your next fundraising event!

Valpo’s Jim Alvarez brings fundraising into the 21st century

By Mark Loehrke

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Photo credit: Joshua Albanese

As odd as it might seem to pair the graying world of old-school, traditional fundraising with the fast-paced, cutting-edge world of mobile technology, it is perhaps odder still to learn that one of the innovators of the movement to bring those two worlds together is a Valparaiso resident who heretofore had enjoyed success as an options trader, a tanning salon owner, a golf club inventor and a proprietor of a haunted attraction called the Amhurst Asylum.

However, despite this unlikely background—which didn’t necessarily portend his stewardship of a technology-driven firm devoted to streamlining and modernizing the fundraising endeavors of hundreds of charitable organizations across the country—Jim Alvarez seems to have indeed found his calling with Gesture. Drawing on his experiences from having attended many charity events over the years—many with a silent auction component—Alvarez saw a pronounced opportunity to relieve some of the traditional pain points associated with these types of functions.

“I knew there had to be a better way to handle things like long registration lines, pen-and-paper auction bidding and slow, confusing checkout processes,” Alvarez says. “Most of the people coming to these types of events have a fair amount of discretionary income and they’re people who aren’t used to waiting in line very often, so it’s kind of strange that they suddenly have to wait in line to make a $10,000 donation. It didn’t make any sense to me.”

Looking to remedy this situation, Alvarez sold his chain of tanning salons and started Gesture in 2011, with the goal of helping organizations get more out of their worthwhile fundraising efforts by modernizing many of those outdated processes through the use of mobile technology, with everything from event registration to auction bidding to checkout and payment moving to the palms of patrons’ hands. Perhaps not surprisingly, Gesture wasn’t initially an easy sell to organizations that had grown accustomed to running their events a certain way over the course of years or even decades.

“A lot of our success at the outset was dependent upon how innovative the charity in question was,” Alvarez explains. “Some places couldn’t imagine the idea of people using their phones to bid on an auction item, for instance, while others seemed to get it right away. This was definitely new territory for a lot of charities, so there was a lot of education and trust-building in the beginning.”

Those trust-building efforts paid off, however, and Gesture quickly began bringing in more business than even Alvarez had expected, as more and more organizations saw the potential efficiency of features such as streamlined pre-registration for events, text notifications for auction winners and mobile payments at checkout.

“The goal was always just to help our charity partners manage these processes much more efficiently,” Alvarez says. “When we started, we were like Harry Potter—we’d come in with this amazing new technology to help them get more bids than they’d ever imagined, so they would look at us like we were magicians. But all we were really doing is helping to make their process a little bit better.”

These days, as technology has improved and mobile fundraising methods have become more widely accepted, Gesture has grown to a team of almost 70 employees helping to improve the fundraising efforts of hundreds of organizations. From some of the biggest charities in the world such as the American Heart Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to pro sports franchises like the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks to dozens of smaller independent organizations (including Opportunity Enterprises in Valparaiso and St. Mary’s school in Griffith), the company has helped its clients raise more than $400 million over the past five and a half years. In a career spanning dozens of disparate interests and pursuits, it’s an accomplishment that Alvarez finds especially gratifying.

“I’m really proud of the team we’ve been able to build here,” he says. “It’s great that the work of all of our charity partners is the underlying cause that we’re supporting, and I think that shared cause gives us a great motivation and advantage going forward.”

About Inspired Living
Inspired Living magazine is for women living in Northwest Indiana who enjoy fashion, home décor, entertaining, and supporting the Northwest Indiana community through business and philanthropy.

Using beautiful art and relevant content, Inspired Living aims to resource women with current trends in style, food, beauty, design, and health; promote local businesses through editorial and advertising opportunities; and keep Northwest Indiana residents informed about and engaged in local social events.

Filled with local names and faces, Inspired Living magazine aims to be the authority on style and culture in Northwest Indiana.

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Debunking the Myth: Older Donors are Resistant to Mobile Giving

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Technology is constantly evolving and reshaping our world. You can see the evidence of it everywhere you look. Cable TV is losing viewers to streaming companies like Netflix. Established newspapers are losing subscribers to online media outlets like Buzzfeed. Landlines are going extinct as people prefer mobile phones.

These changes are happening fast. It might seem safe to assume that people from the Traditionalist (born 1922-1945) and Baby Boomer (born 1946-1964) generations are shrugging these changes off and staying set in their ways. After all, you can probably name at least one person who doesn’t know what “wifi” means.

Because of this, you might be hesitant to make online or mobile giving a bigger part of your fundraising strategy. You don’t want to scare away your loyal, long-standing donors, right?

But don’t fret – your donors are more tech-savvy than you think!

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Older generations aren’t afraid of technology. A report published by the Pew Research Center about U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015 found that “64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011.”

You can reach more than half of your target audience through mobile appeals like emails or social media campaigns. And that 64% only covers smartphone owners. Giving campaigns that you run through text messages would also reach your supporters who can’t get rid of their flip phone. Based on the rise from 2011 and 2015, it’s likely that these numbers will only grow in the next few years.

Great,” you might be thinking. “My donors might own phones, but how do I know that they’ll participate in online or mobile giving appeals?

Good question.

According to a donor survey commissioned by Dunham+Company and conducted by Campbell Rinker, “nearly 1 of 5 donors (18 percent) say they’ve used their mobile device to give to a charity’s website [in 2015], up from just 10 percent two years prior.”

The survey continues to show that the largest jump occurs in the number of donors under 40 who used their mobile device to donate to a nonprofit (9% in 2013 to 21% in 2015). However, it also shows that the 60+ donor range nearly doubled, increasing from 7% in 2013 to 13% in 2015.

Looking at these numbers, it’s clear that donors are open to online and mobile giving campaigns. If you think about it, people use mobile devices for plenty of everyday interactions, from keeping up with family and friends on social networks to online shopping and banking. Why wouldn’t they be willing to donate to their favorite organizations that way, too?

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The rise in smartphone ownership and online giving didn’t happen overnight. There’s still work to be done before the number of donors who use their mobile device to give to a charity shrinks even more. However, these positive trends show it will be worth it to invest your time and money in more online and mobile giving appeals. But how?

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Make it as easy as possible for your donors to show their support. The most basic way is to create a short online donation form that is mobile-friendly and easy to find on your website. Add a “Donate Now” button in the top corner of your website. This way, people can get to your form in just one click.

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When you buy a new phone, kitchen gadget, or even a walking/talking children’s toy, you get a manual that explains how to use it.

You don’t have to worry about writing a whole complicated book, but following their lead isn’t a bad idea. Show your donors how they can find your online form. Explain how they sign up for your email list. Encourage them to purchase tickets for a fundraiser online.

If you’re using a fundraising technology company like us for your events, you can include directions on how to bid in your event program. You could also create a cute design and hang posters with the directions around your event space. Our on-site staff will be available to assist guests, as well.

Educating your donors on mobile giving will show them how easy and painless it is to support your organization that way.

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One thing Gesture’s on-site staff has noticed at events is that older guests act like kids in a candy shop when using the Gesture platform to bid on items and donate. They receive immediate text messages when they’re outbid, can set auto bids on items so they don’t go over-budget, and can watch bids on the most attractive items rise in real-time. And if someone doesn’t have a smartphone or forgets it at home? They pair up with friends or the Gesture staff to check on their items and keep bidding. It’s more competitive and exciting to have the ability to bid at their fingertips.

This is an easy, unique addition to your event. Plus, it’s good for your organization. Guests having fun = more money raised for your cause.

Another way to use technology to make giving more fun is to create visually appealing videos that tug at your supporters’ emotions and/or make them laugh. Sharing them on social media or in email donation appeals will make your ask even stronger.

Create a hashtag on social media so you – and your supporters – can see what others are saying about your organization. Ask people to share pictures, videos, and testimonials.

The possibilities are endless.

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Don’t let fear of excluding your loyal donors stop you from making online and mobile giving a bigger piece of your fundraising strategy. If you educate them on the process and make it simple and fun, they’ll hop right in!

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Stories of Hope: National Mentoring Month

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National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! In 2002, The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health launched the campaign. Their goal is to raise awareness of mentoring and its positive impact on youth, recruit new mentors, and encourage organizations to get their supporters involved in mentoring.

Various events are planned for the month of January as part of the campaign, including I Am A Mentor Day on January 12, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 16, International Mentoring Day on January 17, and #ThankYourMentor Day on January 19.

Follow #MentorIRL to follow the campaign all month on social media. You can also learn more on their official website.

Gesture is proud to partner with organizations across the country that offer mentorship opportunities. The organizations below are three of many!

Stories of Hope: National Mentoring Month - Big Brothers Big Sisters LogoBig Brothers Big Sisters of America

Mission: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has matched adult volunteers (“Bigs”) with children ages 6 through 18 (“Littles”) for more than 100 years. They offer a very broad array of opportunities for both mentors and youth to get involved, including:

  • school- and community-based mentoring
  • programs geared towards African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent
  • a one-on-one mentoring program called “Bigs in Blue” which connects youth with police in their communities
  • programs for children of military families or with incarcerated parents

Gesture has partnered with various chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters and has helped them raise nearly $3 million for their cause.

You can learn more about the organization on their website, or sign up to be a Big!

Stories of Hope: National Mentoring Month - Boys & Girls Club LogoBoys & Girls Clubs of America

Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.Relationship to Gesture

The Boys & Girls Club offers programs that help youth become well-rounded adults. Their education and career programs prepare youth for their future and help them find their dream job. Character and leadership programs encourage youth to become responsible and caring citizens. Additionally, they offer health and life skills initiatives, arts programs, and sports, fitness, & recreation programs.

Gesture has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club since 2014 to assist in their fundraising efforts and has helped them raise more than $2.32 million.

“The Gesture staff is always very responsive and helpful, and their on-site staff is friendly and professional with our event guests,” shared Fay Beard from the Lone Star Chapter. “Andy Darin, Bret Dickerson and Brandon Stec were so thorough, informative, responsive and helpful throughout the entire process, and their attention to detail is outstanding. We couldn’t ask for a better team to help us reach our fundraising goal.”

Learn more about Boys & Girls Club on their website. You can also find a club near you to sign up as a volunteer!

Stories of Hope: National Mentoring Month - The First Tee LogoThe First Tee

Mission: To provide youth with educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Youth ages 7-18 learn these skills through programs on the golf course, in elementary schools, and in youth centers. The First Tee also co-hosts national events and plans leadership opportunities with their corporate partners to further their mission.

Gesture has partnered with chapters of The First Tee to help them raise more than half a million dollars.

“We partnered with Gesture for our biggest annual fundraiser, The Harbottle Golf Classic, which has some unique needs, and Gesture has built a platform to fit them,” Whitney Hillis, Administrative and Events Director for The First Tee South Puget Sound, said. “As an administrator, the platform was easy to use and intuitive. If I had any questions about the program, the Gesture staff would reply right away with answers and/or support.”

You can learn more about The First Tee on their website, or apply to be a coach or volunteer.

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5 Mobile Fundraising Goals Every Nonprofit Should Have for the Year

More and more donors are using their mobile phones to contribute to organizations. Now is the time to revamp your mobile fundraising or get started (if you don’t already accept donations via mobile phones).

If you’re looking to set new goals for your mobile fundraising, you’re in luck! We have five goals that your nonprofit can use. Additionally, we’ll provide you with ways to reach each goal, so you can accomplish even more this year.

Let’s go over the goals we’ll discuss:

  1. Optimize your donation forms.
  2. Start connecting with donors via text.
  3. Host an event with mobile giving.
  4. Find a secure payment processor.
  5. Encourage mobile giving on social media.

Keep reading to learn more!

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If you’re already accepting online donations, then you could optimize your forms to make them better for mobile donors.

Setting a goal like this will make your donation forms more convenient for every donor that decides to contribute. Optimizing your donation forms is important because it provides your supporters with an easy way to donate when they are on the go.

When donors have more access to your donation forms, they can make a contribution whenever they are in giving mood. There is no delay in the process if they can just grab their phone and give.

How to accomplish your goal:

It’s important to make sure that you are designing mobile-responsive giving forms. When a donation form is mobile-responsive, the form will adjust to fit any size screen. No matter what device your donors use to give, they will all have a similar experience.  

While having a mobile-responsive donation form is one step in the right direction, you can do even more to optimize your donation forms.

Here are the top strategies you can use:

  • Use donation amount buttons.
    When you include suggested donation amounts on your form, donors can click their desired donation without having to enter in a dollar amount. It makes the process easy to complete on a mobile device. Suggested donation amounts also encourage donors to give more. When donors see the amounts, they’ll think that everyone is using the buttons and want to use them too.
  • Don’t require donors to setup an account.
    Having donors set up an account takes additional time and can be frustrating to fill out on a mobile phone. You want to make the process as simple and easy as possible, so avoid additional steps that might seem unnecessary to the donor.
  • Keep your donation form short.
    A good rule of thumb is to keep your donation forms to one page. That way, it limits the number of fields a donor has to fill out. Donors will be able to see every field they need to complete and gauge how long it will take them.

These tips will help you make sure that your donations are ready for mobile devices.

Key point: If you want to improve your mobile fundraising, you should set a goal to make enhancements to your donation forms. Your donors will have a better giving experience, and you could potentially earn more donations.

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Did you know that 99% of text messages are opened within the first five minutes? If you’re not already texting your donors, then you should make it a goal to start!

Most people have their phones handy at many points during the day, which means you have the opportunity to reach out to them using a platform that most donors check on a regular basis.

Connecting with your supporters via text message is an immediate and simple way to communicate. Plus you can include other media to grab their attention and links to direct them to additional information in your messages.

How to achieve your goal:

If you want to start texting your donors, you first need to find a platform where you can accept text-to-give donations and send out mass messages to your supporters.

After you sign up for a text-to-give service, you need to start thinking about what you should send to your donors. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind when you send out your text messages:

  • Keep your messages short and sweet. Donors don’t want to read a novel on their phones.
  • Use links to direct your supporters to additional information or to places where they can donate.
  • Don’t send out too many messages. Since texting is so short and easy you might be tempted to send out a lot of messages. Avoid this urge!
  • Encourage donors to respond. Use text messaging to engage with your donors by asking questions or playing mini-trivia games.

Key point: Communicating with donors via text message is another way to raise mobile donations. Supporters can engage with your nonprofit and donate to your cause without having to switch devices.

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Your nonprofit should consider hosting a fundraising event that includes mobile giving in a prominent way. Not only will it encourage donors to give but it will also raise more awareness about your cause.

For instance, imagine you’re hosting a school charity auction. You could host a silent auction and encourage donors to make bids on their mobile phones. Donor will get more comfortable using their phones to donate, which could cause them to use mobile giving in the future.

If you’re unsure about what event to host, you could always plan a walkathon. Both large and small nonprofits can handle planning this kind of event. However, the possibilities for your fundraising event are endless!

Just remember to incorporate mobile giving into your fundraiser.

How to achieve your goal:

If you want to host an event with mobile giving at the center, it’s important to figure out who you’re targeting and how you can market mobile giving.

Let’s say you want to host an event for major donors. Certain events, like a gala, will be more suitable to your target audience.

Additionally, you can encourage donors to use mobile giving channels by interacting with donors via text message. You can send attendees:

  • Updates on your fundraising goal.
  • Photos and videos of the event.
  • Messages with instructions on how donors can contribute.

If donors are active on their phones during your event, they’ll find it more convenient to give on their phones, too.

Key point: Planning an event that incorporates mobile giving is a great goal because it can help your nonprofit increase your mobile donations and raise awareness.

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One of the concerns donors have with mobile and online donations is security. Your donors will be more hesitant to give if they feel like their information isn’t protected.

It’s up to your nonprofit to ensure that your donors’ information stays safe. And you can do this by finding a secure payment processor. While payment processing isn’t often talked about, it’s an important part of any online donation.

The payment processor verifies that the donation is coming from the right person and transfers the money between accounts. PayPal is one example of a payment processor, but it isn’t the only one out there.

If you’re unsure about the payment process and how you can keep your donors’ information protected, make it a goal to be more familiar with the procedure.

How to achieve your goal:

Find a provider that is PCI-compliant. When a provider is PCI-compliant, they meet certain standards created by the Payment Card Industry to ensure the security of your donors’ information.

Without PCI compliance, your organization could face penalties with fees of up to $500,000. By choosing a processor that follows these standards, you have the tools to make sure your forms are PCI-compliant.

Payment processors also offer different levels of security like tokenization where your donors’ payment information is transformed into a series of symbols and letters called a token. The processor is the only one who can decipher the token.

Once you become more familiar with all the different security measures available, you can search for a payment processor that gives you the level of security that you’re comfortable with.

Additionally, you should educate your donors on how the payment process works so that they’ll be more comfortable donating through mobile phones and other online donation channels.

Key point: Payment processing is an important part of the donation process. It can help put you and your donors at ease, so set a goal to find a secure processor this year.

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Your donors are often checking their social media accounts on their mobile phones. It can be another way to connect with your donors and let them know about all the mobile giving channels available to them.

Your nonprofit is probably active on some social media platforms. You can use these platforms to your advantage to make donors more aware about your mobile giving channels.

How to achieve your goal:

If you want to interact with your donors on social media to promote mobile donations, you need to let donors know how they can give on their phones. Post instructions on how to use text-to-give and links to your other donation forms to keep donors informed on how they can give.

Additionally, make sure that your supporters know the number they have to text when they donate. The more places you include your text-to-give instructions and the phone number, the more readily accessible it is for mobile donors.

When it’s convenient, you can expect more donors to use those giving channels.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when encouraging mobile donations on social media:

  • Keep your posts short. If you’re trying to attract mobile donors, they have a smaller screen to view your posts. You don’t want to bombard them with too much information.
  • Include images. When donors navigate their newsfeed, images are going to grab their attention and stand out from the rest of the posts.
  • Add a “Donate Now!” button to your Facebook page. Donors can easily give using your Facebook donation form and return to their newsfeed.
  • Use social sharing buttons on your donation forms. That way, donors can share their contributions on social media. It will help raise awareness about your cause and potentially encourage more donors to give.

These tips will help you stand out when you encourage donors to give using your mobile donation forms.

Key point: If your goal is to get more creative with your social media interaction, you can incorporate mobile donations into the mix with the tips we mentioned above.

Hopefully, you’ve learned about a few mobile fundraising goals that you can incorporate into your fundraising plans.

Now you can start the new year with new ways to encourage donors to give using mobile phones and the steps you need to accomplish your new goals.

John Killoran @Pay - 5 Mobile Fundraising GoalsAuthor Bio

John Killoran is CEO of @Pay, an exciting new fundraising technology that makes it easy for people to donate in two clicks from text, email, web and social media sites. John pioneered SMTP payments and has been a major innovator in the mobile payments space for the past 5 years. When he is not running a company, he is cooking food for his family and telling his dogs to stop barking.

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Gestures of the Week December 24-30

A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week December 24-30.

Want to suggest a Gesture of the Week? Post to our Facebook Page or tweet to us at @GestureTeam.

gestures of the week december 24-30 davonnaCancer survivor receives unexpected help for reconstructive surgery

A local breast cancer survivor is now receiving some unexpected help from a friend after she’s inspired many with her countless acts of kindness and support.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 33 years old,” Whittenburg said. “I went through chemotherapy, radiation, the whole treatment.”

Years ago, Whittenburg was working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse at Mercy Hospital, saving up money for reconstructive surgery after having a double mastectomy.

“We had a baby that came through that my heart just went to,” Whittenburg said. “He was premature, no family, no visitors, no home, nothing. [My husband and I] had always prayed about having a third child, adopting a child, but when I got cancer, that obviously went out the door.”

But, the dream of having another child wasn’t so far out of reach.

“I told my husband it was a no-brainer to me,” Whittenburg said. “I called the doctor’s office and told them that I was cancelling my surgery. They asked why and I said because we’re adopting a child.” Read more…

gestures of the week december 24-30 jlawJennifer Lawrence Kept Up Her Heartfelt Holiday Tradition At A Louisville Children’s Hospital

Actress Jennifer Lawrence spent her Christmas Eve giving back to her hometown of Louisville, Ky. The Oscar winner paid a visit to Norton Children’s Hospital to spend time with the patients and staff. According to a local newspaper, Lawrence has been making surprise holiday visits to the hospital since 2013. Read more…

gestures of the week december 24-30 ornamentWoman cross-stitches unique ornaments for child cancer patients

An ornament maker who has remained anonymous until now is getting the recognition she deserves.

Nancy Benedict embodies the spirit of Christmas. Her home is decorated brightly for Christmas with Santa ornaments, statues, dolls and more. She channels her inner Santa and gives presents to children at Christmastime.

For the past three years, Nancy cross-stitched ornaments for families who have children battling cancer. In many cases, she made the gifts for children she never even met. Read more…

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Gestures of the Week December 10-16

A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week December 10-16.

Want to suggest a Gesture of the Week? Post to our Facebook Page or tweet to us at @GestureTeam.

walmartSecret Santa pays off Walmart layaway bills

A “Secret Santa” in Pennsylvania spread Christmas cheer by paying off 194 Walmart layaway accounts in a gesture of holiday giving.

Ryan Kennedy, manager of the Walmart store in Everett, reportedly said he received a call from a mysterious person identified only as “Santa B” who offered to pay off all $46,265.59 worth of layaway items. Read more…

gestures of the week wiiuBest Buy Employees Buy WiiU for Kid who Kept Visiting

Employees at a Best Buy decided to chip in to buy a WiiU for a child after they noticed he was coming into the store daily to play the free display.

Video posted to YouTube by Rahiem Storr, a man who identified himself as a manager at Best Buy, shows an employee approaching a child who is playing a WiiU at a Best Buy in Valley Stream, New York.

“On behalf of all of us here at Best Buy, we got you a WiiU,” the employees told the child. “This is something we did for you. Everyone here that you see, we all got together and chipped in so you could have it.” Read more…

gestures of the week anti-bullyingLakeland PD honors seventh grader for anti-bullying efforts

Antwain Bernanrd Shaw, Jr. was recently recognized for his kind gesture towards a younger student who had been bullied and teased.

According to the Lakeland Police Department Facebook post, Antwain stepped in when two-fourth and fifth-grade boys were seen bullying a second grader for the shoes that he was wearing on September 5, 2016. He told the boys to leave the younger boy alone and he reassured him not to worry about his shoes. Read more…

gestures of the week december 10-16 lebronLebron James donates shoes to local state champs

Coming off the program’s first ever state championship, the Hartville boys expected a little more respect than being seeded third in the season-opening Clever Tournament. Well, they went off and proved the doubters wrong by “upsetting” the two-seed Fair Grove in the semifinals and then the top seed and host Clever in the championship.

One man who certainly isn’t doubting the Eagles is their newest fan, NBA superstar Lebron James.

“One day a box shows up in the office and it’s a big old box full of Lebron basketball shoes, letters and shirts,” said Hartville head coach Brett Reed. Following the Clever championship, Reed finally handed over the shoes, along with a special letter to each player. Read more…

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Gestures of the Week December 3-9

A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week December 3-9.

Want to suggest a Gesture of the Week? Post to our Facebook Page or tweet to us at @GestureTeam.

santaMetro Workers Give Back To Teenager Who Works As Santa

Workers at a local Oklahoma City company brought some holiday cheer to a teenager who lost his wallet this week.
That teenager lost his wallet when he went to get some food after delivering presents to some local preschoolers.
Then, he got a phone call that it had been found, but he never expected what happened next.

“It’s bulging and I can’t close the wallet,” said 18-year-old Paul Kinkade. Kinkade found some extra holiday cash stuffed inside inside his wallet, about $150 worth. Read more…

professorGoing Viral: College Professor Babysits Student’s 2 Kids While Single Mom Finishes Final Exams

A college professor’s photo has gone viral on the internet and it’s for a great thing. Dr. Daniel Krebs was photographed patiently babysitting for his student’s two kids, while their mom took her final exams for Kreb’s Military History class.

Monica Romero, 28 and a single mother, was supposed to have a babysitter for her children — Marcus, 4, and Mikayla, 5 — on the day of her exams. When the babysitter cancelled at the last minute, she had no choice but to bring them to class at the University of Louisville. Read more…

gestures of the week december 3-9 mooresvilleBring food, skip those fines

Got overdue books? The Mooresville Public Library is again offering patrons a way to pay off overdue library fees through its “Food for Fines” program.

This is the fourth year the program has been held as a kind gesture to help its members with outstanding library fees, all while giving back to the community.

The annual program serves as an opportunity for those who visit the library to bring in their in-date canned or non-perishable goods which will then be donated to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen located across the street from the MPL. Read more…

gestures of the week copPackage stolen off front steps leads to good gesture by cop

The holiday spirit is alive and well in New Bedford, despite a Grinch stealing a package off the front steps of an 82-year-old woman’s home.

Last month, Officer Jason Viera responded to a call regarding an elderly woman who had a shipment of steak and shrimp stolen from her door. The woman told Officer Viera that she was very disappointed because she and her son were looking forward to a special steak and shrimp dinner.

Officer Viera told the heartbroken woman that he would return with a report number for her the next day. He returned with much more than the report number. Read more…

gestures of the week december 3-9 fifaFIFA 17 surprises cancer survivor with gesture

A little more than a year ago, 13 year-old Vancouver Whitecaps fan Kenton Doust was given some devastating news: Doctors had found three brain tumors in his brain.

Less than a year later, after 25 grueling sessions of chemotherapy, Doust was deemed “cancer free.”

The young fan has spent the subsequent months being honored by his favorite team, and now, EA Sports is honoring the teenager for his bravery over the past year. The company added an update to FIFA 17, which featured Doust as a star striker. Read more…

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Corporate Donation List Midwest

At Gesture, we value the work you do, and are ready and excited to work with our charity partners to raise $1 billion dollars in the next five years. In our efforts to help you raise more, we’ve compiled our 2016 Corporate Donation Guide. Get access today!

To further help, we’ve broken out some regional and local chains into regional donation lists. Use the list for your region to bring items with a local flair to your silent auction!

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Corporate Donation List Midwest MapThe Corporate Donation List for the Midwest Region of the United States is a great list to use when looking to bring a local flair to your silent auction. The following corporations only offer donations to organizations that fall into the states listed below.

States Covered: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin

We have also included corporations from our National Corporate Donation List with headquarters in the midwestern states!

Next to each corporation, we have listed which types of nonprofits can request donations to save you time. Jump ahead to auction items/raffle prizesdonations, discounts, grants or sponsorships!

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Gift Cards

AirFX Trampoline Park – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Hiawatha, IA

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Open to organizations with a focus on children’s education in Illinois and Missouri

Arbor Brewing – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Ann Arbor, MI and Ypsilanti, MI

Augusta WineryCertificates for wine tastings – Open to organizations within a 10 mile radius of Washington, MO

Balducci Vineyards – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Augusta/Washington, MO areas

Belle Tire – Open to all nonprofit organizations in their communities in Michigan, northern Ohio, and Indiana

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Chocolates by Grimaldi – Open o all nonprofit organizations

Concept Attraction – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Wisconsin Dells, WI

The Container Store – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Cops and Doughnuts – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Clare, MI

Crystal Mountain – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Extreme Grand Prix – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the greater Kansas City, MO community

FireKeepers Casino Hotel – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 150 miles of the casino in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois

First Community – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis metro area

Fogo de Chao – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Missouri

Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Calumet and Sheboygan counties in Wisconsin

Jason’s Deli – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Jet Splash – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Nebraska, with a preference for organizations in Lincoln and the immediate surrounding community

Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill – Open to all nonprofit organizations within a 15 mile radius of a Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill or FireWorks Restaurant location in Nebraska

Lettuce Entertain You – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Lied Lodge & Conference Center – Open to organizations near Nebraska City, NE

Mariano’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area (requests submitted to store directors)

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Mill Race Cyclery – Open to organizations in the Fox Valley, IL area that improve the standard of living in their community

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nebraska Danger & Bosselman Entertainment LLC – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Grand Island, NE

R.F. Moeller Jeweler – Open to all nonprofits in the Twin City, MN area

Raising Canes – Open to organizations with a focus on education, active lifestyles, feeding the hungry, or pet welfare in Ohio and Missouri

Revolution Brewing – Open to organizations with a focus on arts & culture, civil rights, the environment, and organizations working for positive change in their neighborhoods (located in Logan Square and Avondale in Chicago, IL)

Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Ohio

Shigs in Pit/Mad Anthon Brewing Company – Open to organizations with a focus on education or community events

Sprouts Farmers Market – Open to organizations that focus on autism awareness, local hunger relief, disease prevention/research programs, nutrition & healthy living education for children & families, and activities supporting local environmental awareness

Stillmank Brewing Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Green Bay, WI

Topgolf – Open to organizations with a focus on education, military, golf, health & wellness, animals, and disaster relief within 40 miles of a Topgolf location (located in Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio)

The Townsend Hotel – Majority of consideration is given to a charity or nonprofit that is hosting their event within the hotel in Birmingham, MI

The Upper Crust Pie Bakery – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Overland Park, KS

Voyage Federal Credit Union – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Dakota

War Eagle Mill – Open to organizations with a focus on food & nutrition and sustainability in Springfield, MO

Waterways Carwash – Open to organizations that make an important and positive impact on the neighborhoods they serve in IL, KS, and OH


Item or In-kind Donations

In-kind gifts are contributions of goods or services, other than cash grants. This list includes corporations that will donate Kindle devices, food, tickets for things like amusement parks and airfare, hotel rooms, clothing, toys, etc.

African Safari Wildlife ParkTwo 8-person VIP passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations

AirFX Trampoline ParkPromotional items – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Hiawatha, IA

Andy’s Frozen CustardSingle serve scoops, free treat cards – Open to organizations with a focus on children’s education in Illinois and Missouri

Arbor BrewingRefreshments, prizes – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Ann Arbor, MI and Ypsilanti, MI

Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa – Open to organizations in the Kansas City, MO metro area that are not focused on youth or schools

BAM!Packages – Open to all nonprofit organizations in and around the Holland, MI area

Bell’s BrewerySwag, gift basket, wearbles, brewery tours – Open to all nonprofit organizations except those involving children, schools, religiously affiliated groups, sports teams/individual athletes, motorized sports, golf outings, or bands in IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar – Items for door prizes, goodie bags, raffles, and silent auctions – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Binny’s Beverage Depot – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Black Hills Community Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Rapid City and Spearfish, SD

Blank Park ZooFamily four-pack – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Borsheims – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Boyd Gaming – Open to organizations with a focus on community, culture, education or health & human services

Boyne – Open to organizations with a focus on healthy lifestyles, conservation, entrepreneurship, enhancing the quality of life in their local communities including Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim, Cheboygan, and Ostego counties in Michigan

Capital Brewery – Open to all nonprofit organizations except those that benefit youth in Madison and Middleton, WI

Cedar PointTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations (donations processed during the season)

The Center for the Performing ArtsTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 50 miles of Carmel, IN

Chanhassen Dinner TheatresPasses redeemable for two dinner and show tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Chestnut Mountain Resort – Open to organizations with a focus on youth, education, health & wellness and the environment in Jo Daviess, Carroll, Stephenson, Dubuque, Jackson, Clinto, Grant, and Lafayette counties in Illinois

Chicago Bears – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Chicago Blackhawks – Open to organizations with a focus on education, health & wellness, and housing in the Chicagoland area

Chicago Bulls – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 75 miles of Chicago in Illinois or Northwest Indiana (priority given to Chicago-area organizations)

Chicago Children’s MuseumPasses – Open to schools or programs providing educational or enrichment opportunities to children

Chicago CubsTeam merchandise and collectible items – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Chicago FireMemorabilia and merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area in Illinois

Chicago White SoxAutographed memorabilia, photographs, tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois and northwest Indiana

Chicago Wolves – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois

Chicago Zoological SocietyFamily admission package – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Brookfield, IL

Children’s Museum IndianapolisTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana

Children’s Museum of Illinois  – Four admission passes – Open to organizations with a focus on educational, children-oriented projects in Macon, IL and the surrounding counties

Children’s Theatre CompanyTickets – Priority given to Children’s Theatre Company employees & constituents and local organizations with a focus on arts, education, social services for children, and social services that compliment CTC’s mission of diversity and inclusion

Chocolates by Grimaldi – Open o all nonprofit organizations

Cincinnati Bengals – Open to organizations with a focus on serving economically and socially disadvantaged children in the greater Cincinnati, OH area

Cincinnati Reds – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the tri-state region of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio

City of Spearfish – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Spearfish, SD

Cleveland Browns – Open to all nonprofit organizations with priority given to the greater Cleveland, OH area and northeast Ohio

Cleveland CavaliersMerchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Ohio

Cleveland GladiatorsMerchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Ohio

Cleveland IndiansAutographed memorabilia – Open to organizations with a focus on education, health & fitness, youth baseball & softball programs, and military/police/fire service in the greater Cleveland area

Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryGeneral admission passes, single one-year family membership – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Columbus Blue JacketsAutographed merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Columbus Zoo and AquariumTickets – Preference given to organizations within Franklin County, OH who share the common goal of conservation and education

Comedy Sportz Chicago – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Commonwealth Properties – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Minnesota

The Container StoreProduct – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Cooking Skills AcademyPromotional class tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Itasca, IL

Cops and DoughnutsProduct donation – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Clare, MI

Country JamTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Culligan of Columbus – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Columbus, Schuyler, David City, Rising City, Albion, Platte Center, and Humphrey, NE

Culligan of Joplin – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Joplin, MO

Culligan of Napolean – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Napoleon, OH

Cycle WorksProducts, services – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Lincoln, NE

Deadwood Mountain Grand – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Black Hill, SD communities

Defy Gravity – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Lincoln, NE

Delta Dental of South DakotaToothbrushes – Open to all nonprofits, government agencies or public schools, and native American tribal organizations in South Dakota

Detroit Lions – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Michigan or areas that support the Detroit Lions

Detroit Pistons – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Michigan

Detroit Red WingsAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Windsor, OH and Toledo, OH

Detroit TigersAutographed items, game tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Michigan, part of northern Ohio and parts of southern Ontario, Canada

The Elegant FarmerProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Mukwonago, WI

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water ParkTickets, only accept requests for events taking place between April-October – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Emagine Entertainment – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Entertainment Cruises Chicago – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Fargo ForceTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within a 45-mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead, ND

Fargo-Moorhead RedhawksTickets, memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Red River Valley, with priority given to those in Fargo-Moorhead, ND

French Lick WineryWine – Open to organizations that support the quality of life for our US veterans, animal welfare, and agricultural development and education as it relates to the wine industry in Orange County, IN

The Field Museum – Open to organizations with a scientific, educational or environmental mission, especially those dedicated to strengthening Chicagoland’s cultures and communities

FireKeepers Casino HotelMerchandise/products – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 150 miles of the casino in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois

First Community FCCU merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis metro area

Fun-Plex Waterpark & RidesTwo all day passes, only accept donations in September and January – Open to organizations focused on children in Nebraska or Iowa

Goodman TheatreTickets – Open to Chicago, IL arts organizations

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino HinckleyCasino/resort packages, giveaways – Open to organizations with a focus on education, health & human services, arts & culture and environment in Minnesota

Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Open to all organizations that focus on sustainability, arts & culture, community development, water conservation & preservation, and environmental causes in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit counties in Ohio

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natual HistoryTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 150 miles of Sioux Falls, SD

Great River Energy – Open to organizations that focus on community service, education, environmental issues, and youth in Minnesota and Oliver, McLean, Mercer, and Stutsman counties in North Dakota

Greater Cleveland AquariumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Green Bay Gamblers/PMI Entertainment/Resch CenterTickets – Open to youth hockey programs, churches, and school organizations and fundraisers or health/medical events in northeastern Wisconsin

Green Bay Packers – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin

Green BEAN Delivery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio

Guthrie TheaterPerformance tickets, backstage tour admission – Open to all nonprofit organizations

The Hangar Restaurant & Cinema – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Heinen’sProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations located in the general Cleveland, OH and Chicago, IL areas

Helium Trampoline & Climbing, Milwaukee’s Indoor Fun Park – Open to all nonprofit organizations that focus on education, children & families, and community-based health & fitness

Henning’s Wisconsin CheeseGift box, cheese sample – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Calumet and Sheboygan counties in Wisconsin

HersheyProducts – Open to organizations with a focus on providing basic nutrition to children to help them learn and grow within 20 miles of Robinson, IL

Holiday World & Splashin’ SafariTwo one-day tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Hollywood Wax MuseumTwo admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 100 miles of Branson, MO

The Honeywell CenterTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in north central Indiana

Husar’s House of Fine DiamondsMerchandise, do not review donation requests in November and December – Open to all nonprofit organizations in West Bend and southeastern Wisconsin

Illinois Shakespeare FestivalTickets, festival-specific merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Bloomington-Normal, IL

Imagination StationFamily four-pack of admission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations, with first consideration given to those in Lucas County, OH

Indiana CavernsCave tour tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 50 miles of Corydon, IN

Indiana City Brewing Co. – Open to organizations that better the lives of children or support and promote local artists

Indiana Fever – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana

Indiana Ice – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana

Indiana Pacers – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana

Indianapolis ColtsMerchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana or states without an NFL team

Indy Eleven – Team memorabilia, giveaway items, tickets – Open to organizations that nurture and support Indiana’s children

Iowa Energy – Open to organizations with a focus on youth, families, and education within 100 miles of Des Moines, IA

Iowa WildMemorabilia, tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Iowa with priority given to events and groups in the Des Moines metro area

Iron Horse Golf ClubGolf passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Lincoln/Omaha, NE that enhance the quality of life for the immediate area

Jason’s DeliFood – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Jet SplashWashes, in-kind services – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Nebraska, with a preference for organizations in Lincoln and the immediate surrounding community

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions OhioReduced room rate for two, waterpark day passes for a reduced rate – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Sandusky, OH

Kalahari Resorts & Trappers TurnReduced room rate for most popular rooms, purchase rounds of golf at a discount – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin Dells, WI

Kansas City Chiefs – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri

Kansas City Royals – Open to organizations that positively impact  the community in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Kansas City T-Bones – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Kentucky Science CenterTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana

Kohl Children’s MuseumOne-day family pass – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area

Kwik TripProducts – Open to food pantries, organizations that focus on human health issues, police, fire and military protection in their general market area – located in La Crosse, WI

Lagunitas Brewing CompanyBeer, auction items – Open to all nonprofit organizations

LaMar’s DonutsProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Lazlo’s Brewery & GrillEmpyrean gift baskets/merchandise, food & beverages (keg of fresh beer or party-size appetizers, desserts, etc.) – Open to all nonprofit organizations within a 15 mile radius of a Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill or FireWorks Restaurant location in Nebraska

Legoland Discovery Center of Kansas CityTickets – Open to organizations whose goal is to academically and creatively enrich the lives of children or organizations whose focus is on conservation, marine life, and environmental protection

Lied Center of KansasTickets – Open to nonprofits and schools in Kansas

Lincoln Children’s Museum – Open to all child-focused nonprofits

Lincoln Children’s ZooFamily Fun four pack – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Lynfred WineryPrivate tour and wine tasting for a group of ten adults – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Roselle, IL

Lyric Opera Kansas CityTicket vouchers – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Lyric Opera of ChicagoTwo tickets – Open to arts organizations and registered charitable organizations in Illinois

The Magic House: St. Louis Children’s Museum – Open to organizations that focus on enhancing the lives of children through health, education, and welfare

Major Brands Premium Beverage DistributorsProducts – Open to all organizations in Missouri with a focus on health & human services, education, cultural enrichment, and veteran’s causes

Mariano’sProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area (requests submitted to store directors)

Metropolis Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations in and around the Eau Claire, WI area

Michigan Awesome – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Michigan

Michigan International SpeedwayApparel, memorabilia, tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 150 miles of MIS in Brooklyn, MI

Mid ValleeRound of golf for two – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Mill Race Cyclery – Open to organizations in the Fox Valley, IL area that improve the standard of living in their community

Milwaukee Brewers – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Bucks – Open to organizations with a focus on education, literacy, health & wellness, safety & violence prevention, teamwork, leadership, recreation, and community in Wisconsin

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.Four complimentary weekday admission tickets, donations not processed from May 15-July 31 – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin

Minnesota Children’s MuseumFour museum passes – Open to all nonprofits in the greater Twin Cities area with a focus on education, children-oriented projects

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum4 VIP passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Minnesota OrchestraTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations that support civic outreach, education, or the arts

Minnesota Renaissance FestivalTwo single-day admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Minnesota

Minnesota State Fair – Consideration based on organization’s alignment with the State Fair’s mission of education and involving their guests through entertainment, innovation, and fun in Minnesota

Minnesota Twins – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Minnesota VikingsMemorabilia – Open to organizations with a focus on youth football, underserved children & their families, medically-related causes or educational initiatives in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Minnesota WildMemorabilia – Open to organizations with a focus on youth hockey, underserved youth & their families, medically-related causes or educational initiatives for youth in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Minnesota ZooGeneral admission tickets – Open to organizations in Minnesota that benefit the education of children grades K-12

Missouri Botanical Garden – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Missouri MavericksAutographed items, team merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City, MO metro area

Montgomery’sProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations located in Sious Falls, Madison and Watertown, SD

Moran’s Liquor Works – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Museum of Science and IndustryTickets – Open to organizations in Illinois that offer education programs

Mustard Seed Market & CafeBasket, food – Open to all nonprofit organizations

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nebraska Danger & Bosselman Entertainment LLCBranded merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Grand Island, NE

Nebraska Truck Center, Inc.Branded merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nestle PurinaProducts – Open to organizations with a focus on pet welfare

Newport AquariumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the greater Cincinnati, OH area

North Dakota Fighting HawksTwo single-game tickets to any sport except men’s hockey, memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in North Dakota and those 100 miles out-of-state

North Dakota State University – Open to organizations near Fargo, ND that benefit medical causes or fundraisers to benefit critically ill or injured children and adults

Odawa Casino Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Ordway Center for the Performing ArtsTickets – Open to organizations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin that focus on arts, education, medical & medical research, or sponsors of Ordway raising funds for nonprofits

Organic ValleyFood – Organizations working to create a better food system

Palermo’s PizzaAuction kit (valued at $100), pizza donation – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Milwaukee, WI

Paradise Charter CruisesTickets – Open to organizations with a focus on education, the arts and the community in the Twin Cities area

Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Perfect North SlopesTwo vouchers for eight hours of skiing, snowboarding, and/or snow tubing – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana and Ohio

The Play StationGeneral admission tickets – Open to schools and nonprofits in the midwest

Porter Apple Company: Applebee’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations that focus on youth sports and community fundraisers in South Dakota, Sioux City, IA, and Norfolk, NE

Porter Apple Company: PizzaRev – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Dakota

Powell GardensAdmission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Prairie Meadows – Open to organizations with a focus on social welfare in Iowa

R.F. Moeller Jeweler – Open to all nonprofits in the Twin City, MN area

Raising CanesGift basket – Open to organizations with a focus on education, active lifestyles, feeding the hungry, or pet welfare in Ohio and Missouri

Regional Health – Open to organizations improving the health of their region with priority given to organizations located near Rapid City, SD

Revolution Brewing – Brewery tours, beer – Open to organizations with a focus on arts & culture, civil rights, the environment, and organizations working for positive change in their neighborhoods (located in Logan Square and Avondale in Chicago, IL)

The Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis – Open to organizations with a focus on hunger & poverty relief, child well-being, and environmental responsibility

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the area surrounding Riverside, IA

The Rose TheaterTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Royal River Casino and Hotel – Native American Functions and Fundraisers for children, elders, family; disease prevention efforts (cancer, diabetes); domestic violence support groups; local arts (Native American arts or emphasis on Children’s art programs); elderly and veterans groups; and local and regional sporting events near Flandreau, SD

Rushmore Plaza Civic CenterTicket donation, suite packages – Open to all nonprofit organizations that focus on youth sports, education, health, and wellness

Schlitterbahn Waterparks & ResortsTickets – Open to organizations that benefit children in the greater Kansas City, KS area

Science Central – Open to schools and nonprofits in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio

Science Museum of MinnesotaTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Scott Enterprises – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Ohio

SEA LIFE Kansas City AquariumTickets – Open to organizations whose goal is to serve seriously ill, disabled, or disadvantaged children ages 2-12 or whose focus is on conservation, marine life, and environmental protection

SEA LIFE Michigan AquariumTickets – Open to organizations whose goal is to serve seriously ill, disabled, or disadvantaged children ages 2-12 or whose focus is on conservation, marine life, and environmental protection

Shedd AquariumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Shigs in Pit/Mad Anthon Brewing CompanyFood, products – Open to organizations with a focus on education or community events

Sioux Falls StormItems, tickets (if you apply during the regular season from February – June) – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Dakota and those within 50 miles of the South Dakota state line in Iowa and Minnesota

Six Flags Great AmercaTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Six Flags St. LouisTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within a 250 mile radius of St. Louis

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and HotelTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 100 miles of Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel in Mt. Pleasant, MI

Southern Illinois Miners – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Spa Serenity – Open to organizations improving and enriching the lives of children and families near Baraboo, WI

Sprouts Farmers MarketFood – Open to organizations that focus on autism awareness, local hunger relief, disease prevention/research programs, nutrition & healthy living education for children & families, and activities supporting local environmental awareness

St. Louis Art MuseumMemberships, exhibition tickets, logo merchandise – Priority given to organizations with a focus on education and arts in the St. Louis, MO area

St. Louis Blues – Open to organizations that provide children in the St. Louis, MO area with cancer care & awareness, health & wellness, education & youth hockey services

St. Louis Cardinals – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Stillmank Brewing CompanyBeer for auctions (not consumption), merchandise, glassware – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Green Bay, WI

Sunset ZooOne-day family passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Sweet William Blossom BoutiqueFloral or fruit products – Open to all nonprofit organizations based in Chillicothe and Ross counties in Ohio

Swings-N-Things Family Fun ParkTypically free round of miniature golf – Open to all youth-oriented organizations in northeastern OH

Tanners OrchardAdmission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Speer, IL

Target CenterTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Minnesota with a focus on betterment for today’s youth

taj salon & spa – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Minnesota

Theatre in the RoundTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

TopgolfGoodie bags, private parties, golf instruction, VIP priority pass to jump lines – Open to organizations with a focus on education, military, golf, health & wellness, animals, and disaster relief within 40 miles of a Topgolf location (located in Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio)

Tournament Club of Iowa – Open to all organizations with priority given to those in the greater Des Moines, IA area

Treasure Island Resort & Casino – Open to all nonprofits in the Prairie Island Indian community in Welch, MN or events involving Treasure Island Resort & Casino team members and their families except those where minors are present

Trek Bicycle Store Chicago – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Two James SpiritsAlcohol – Open to organizations with a focus on land & farm conservation, health services, community building & economic development, cultural arts organizations and programs that positively affect youth in the metro Detroit area an dsoutheastern Michigan

The Upper Crust Pie BakeryPies and cookies – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Overland Park, KS

US Beef Corp (Arby’s & Taco Bueno)Food, paper products – Open to school and nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri

Vala’s Pumpkin PatchTwo general admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

ValleyfairAdmission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin

Vera BradleyProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling CompanyProducts – Open to organizations with a focus on education; healthy, active lifestyles; or youth-based programs

Voyage Federal Credit UnionMerchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Dakota

War Eagle MillProducts – Open to organizations with a focus on food & nutrition and sustainability in Springfield, MO

Water Park of AmericaTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

West Acres – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Western Reserve Historical Society – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Ohio with a higher priority given to those located in the greater Cleaveland and Akron area

Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Will Fischer CompaniesAlcoholic beverages – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Midwest

Winans Chocolates and CoffeesProducts – Open to all community organizations that help local families in need in Piqua, Troy, Dayton, Beavercreek, Maineville, and Columbus in Ohio and Coralville, IA

Wisconsin Athletic Club – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Brookfield, West Allis, Greenfield, Wauwatosa, downtown Milwaukee, North Shorehand, and Menomonee Falls, WI

Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun – All-day regular admission tickets – Open to organizations that focus on the needs of children (social, educational, medical) in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Corporate Donation List Midwest Direct Donations

Academy Sports + Outdoors – Open to organizations with a focus on families, sports or outdoor-related events in Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri

AirFX Trampoline Park – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Hiawatha, IA

Arvest Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri

Avera – Open to all nonprofit organizations that promote health & wellness, serve or support unmet community health needs, enhance or encourage active & healthy lifestyles, or provide civic and/or community development in central and eastern South Dakota, western Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, southern North Dakota, and northern Nebraska

BAM! – Open to all nonprofit organizations in and around the Holland, MI area

Bell’s Brewery – Open to all nonprofit organizations except those involving children, schools, religiously affiliated groups, sports teams/individual athletes, motorized sports, golf outings, or bands in IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Black Hills Community Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Rapid City and Spearfish, SD

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota – Open to all nonprofit organizations that help improve the health and wellness of South Dakotans

Borsheims – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Bounce N Around – Open to all nonprofit organizations in northwest Indiana

Boyd Gaming – Open to organizations with a focus on community, culture, education or health & human services

Chocolates by Grimaldi – Open o all nonprofit organizations

City of Spearfish – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Spearfish, SD

Cops and Doughnuts – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Clare, MI

Culver’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Deadwood Mountain Grand – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Black Hill, SD communities

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

Enterprise HoldingsMust contact your Enterprise account representative – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Extreme Grand Prix – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the greater Kansas City, MO community

First Community – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis metro area

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley – Open to organizations with a focus on education, health & human services, arts & culture and environment in Minnesota

Great River Energy – Open to organizations that focus on community service, education, environmental issues, and youth in Minnesota and Oliver, McLean, Mercer, and Stutsman counties in North Dakota

Heinen’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations located in the general Cleveland, OH and Chicago, IL areas

Hershey – Open to organizations with a focus on providing basic nutrition to children to help them learn and grow within 20 miles of Robinson, IL

Iowa State Bank – Open to organizations that support financial education and work to improve the general quality of life in their community with priority fiven to organizations that benefit low and moderate-income individuals in the greater Des Moines, IA area

Jewel Osco – Open to organizations with a focus on hunger relief, health & nutrition, environmental stewardship

Kansas City Chiefs – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri

Mazzios Italian Eatery – Priority is given to youth activities, schools, and nonprofits  in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri

Metropolis Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations in and around the Eau Claire, WI area

Minnesota Lynx – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Minnesota National Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Sauk Centre, MN, Long Prairie, MN and Pelican Rapids, MN

Minnesota Timberwolves – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nebraska Truck Center, Inc.Branded merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Organic Valley – Organizations working to create a better food system

Otter Tail Power Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Fergus Falls, MN with a focus on education; health & human services; community enhancement, arts, & culture; and environmental stewardship

Pinnacle Entertainment – Open to organizations that spread love through food, serve those who served (veterans and active military), support efforts in finding a cure for cancer, strengthen our communities and care for senior citizens in Council Bluffs, IA; East Chicago, IN; Kansas City, MO; St. Charles, MO; Florence, IN; Cincinnati, OH; and St. Louis, MO

R.F. Moeller Jeweler – Open to all nonprofits in the Twin City, MN area

Regional Health – Open to organizations improving the health of their region with priority given to organizations located near Rapid City, SD

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the area surrounding Riverside, IA

Royal River Casino and Hotel – Native American Functions and Fundraisers for children, elders, family; disease prevention efforts (cancer, diabetes); domestic violence support groups; local arts (Native American arts or emphasis on Children’s art programs); elderly and veterans groups; and local and regional sporting events near Flandreau, SD

The Townsend Hotel – Majority of consideration is given to a charity or nonprofit that is hosting their event within the hotel in Birmingham, MI

Vera Bradley – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company – Open to organizations with a focus on education; healthy, active lifestyles; or youth-based programs

Voyage Federal Credit Union – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Dakota

Walgreens – Access, outreach and education geared toward health; national nonprofits focused on research & treatment of a single disease; civic and community outreach

West Acres – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Corporate Donation List Midwest Discounts

Binny’s Beverage Depot – To receive discounts on products for your event, you must visit your local store – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryDiscount on event space – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Henning’s Wisconsin CheeseDiscount on cheese – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Calumet and Sheboygan counties in Wisconsin

Lynfred Winery30% off Vin de City red and white wines – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Roselle, IL

Ohio MachineDiscounted tickets – Open to organizations promoting activities for the youth of Ohio (youth development, educational, and nonprofit programs)

Tanners Orchard15% of total purchase of pumpkins, Sweetie Pie pumpkins or gourds for your event – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Speer, IL

Trek Bicycle Store Chicago – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Corporate Donation List Midwest Grants

Best Buy – Open to technology organizations, libraries, and schools

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Nebraska

Chicago Blackhawks – Open to organizations with a focus on youth and health in the Chicagoland area

Columbus Blue Jackets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Delta Dental of Wisconsin – Open to organizations that offer access to dental care, screenings, science/research projects, and scholarships in Wisconsin

Detroit Pistons – Open to organizations with a focus on volunteerism, youth leadership in athletics or entertainment and NBA League sponsored programs in Michigan

Enterprise HoldingsMust contact your Enterprise account representative – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nestle Purina – Open to organizations with a focus on pet welfare

North Dakota Community Foundation – Open to all nonprofit organizations in North Dakota

Payless Shoesource – Open to organizations supporting children & families in need or providing basic human needs, including food, shelter, and clothing to families who are facing financial hardships or have been impacted by crisis situation in Topeka KS, Lawrence KS or the Kansas City KS metropolitan area

Prairie Meadows – Open to organizations with a focus on arts & culture, economic development, education, and health & human services in Iowa

Target – Open to organizations with a focus on eEducation, the arts and public safety

Corporate Donation List Midwest Sponsorships

Academy Sports + Outdoors – Open to organizations with a focus on families, sports or outdoor-related events in Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri

Arvest Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri

Avera – Open to all nonprofit organizations that promote health & wellness, serve or support unmet community health needs, enhance or encourage active & healthy lifestyles, or provide civic and/or community development in central and eastern South Dakota, western Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, southern North Dakota, and northern Nebraska

Bell’s Brewery – Open to all nonprofit organizations except those involving children, schools, religiously affiliated groups, sports teams/individual athletes, motorized sports, golf outings, or bands in IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI

Best Buy – Open to national organizations that align with the company’s charitable giving priorities in the Twin Cities

Borsheims – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Bounce N Around – Open to all nonprofit organizations in northwest Indiana

Boyd Gaming – Open to organizations with a focus on community, culture, education or health & human services

Capital Brewery – Open to all nonprofit organizations except those that benefit youth in Madison and Middleton, WI

Cleveland Browns – Open to all nonprofit organizations with priority given to the greater Cleveland, OH area and northeast Ohio

Cops and Doughnuts – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Clare, MI

Culver’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations

FireKeepers Casino Hotel – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 150 miles of the casino in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois

First Insurance Group – Open to all nonprofit community organizations

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley – Open to organizations with a focus on education, health & human services, arts & culture and environment in Minnesota

Great River Energy – Open to organizations that focus on community service, education, environmental issues, and youth in Minnesota and Oliver, McLean, Mercer, and Stutsman counties in North Dakota

Green BEAN Delivery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio

Mariano’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area (requests submitted to store directors)

Mazzios Italian Eatery – Priority given to youth activities, schools and nonprofits  in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri

Minnesota National Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Sauk Centre, MN, Long Prairie, MN and Pelican Rapids, MN

Nestle Purina – Open to organizations with a focus on pet welfare

Odawa Casino Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Payless Shoesource – Open to organizations supporting children & families in need or providing basic human needs, including food, shelter and clothing to families who are facing financial hardships or have been impacted by crisis situation in Topeka KS, Lawrence KS or the Kansas City KS metropolitan area

Pinnacle Entertainment – Open to organizations that spread love through food, serve those who served (veterans and active military), support efforts in finding a cure for cancer, strengthen our communities and care for senior citizens in Council Bluffs, IA; East Chicago, IN; Kansas City, MO; St. Charles, MO; Florence, IN; Cincinnati, OH; and St. Louis, MO

Porter Apple Company: Applebee’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations that focus on youth sports and community fundraisers in South Dakota, Sioux City, IA, and Norfolk, NE

Porter Apple Company: PizzaRev – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Dakota

Raising Canes – Open to organizations with a focus on education, active lifestyles, feeding the hungry, or pet welfare in Ohio and Missouri

Shanty Creek Resorts – Open to organizations with a tie to their core businesses of skiing, golf, lodging, tourism, outdoor recreation, etc. in Antrim County, MI

Shigs in Pit/Mad Anthon Brewing Company – Open to organizations with a focus on education or community events

Sprouts Farmers Market – Open to organizations that focus on autism awareness, local hunger relief, disease prevention/research programs, nutrition & healthy living education for children & families, and activities supporting local environmental awareness

Topgolf – Open to organizations with a focus on education, military, golf, health & wellness, animals, and disaster relief within 40 miles of a Topgolf location (located in Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio)

Trek Bicycle Store Chicago – Open to all nonprofit organizations

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Gestures of the Week November 19-25

A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week November 19-25.

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gestures of the week november 19-25Nice gesture: Free Thanksgiving meals offer food, fellowship

Two local churches and a Seymour business are organizing free community dinners so no one has to go hungry Thanksgiving Day. The Alley and On the Rox, both in Seymour and Community Church of Brownstown will be cooking and serving up turkey and all the trimmings.

For several years, On the Rox at 214 S. Broadway St., has sponsored a Thanksgiving meal, but hasn’t done a lot of advertising for it. “Usually we keep it low key, because we only make so much and it goes pretty quick,” said Bryan Capps, entertainment and promotions manager at the bar and grill.

The meal is buffet style provided by Christopher’s Catering and is available from 7 p.m. to whenever the food is gone Thursday, he said. Read more…

Gestures of the Week November 19-25 Fire PacketsLocal church teams up with fire department to provide care packages

A Battle Creek church ready to support families who have lose all of their belongings in a house fire by partnering with the local fire department to provide a care package to help. Victory Life Church and the Battle Creek Fire Department are working together to serve area families in the aftermath of fires by providing a care package called an after-fire packet.

The packs contain a restaurant gift card, a store gift card and a one-night stay at one of several area hotels. To support victims who may not have been able to grab items in the rush to escape a fire. Read more…

Gestures of the Week November 19-25Greenwood teen’s kind gesture inspires tears

A video posted to Facebook by a young man in Greenwood is getting shared thousands of times, thanks to his act of kindness.

In the video, Tae Moore gives a boy named Eazy T at Greenwood High School a new pair of Michael Jordan basketball shoes.

Moore wrote that he gave the boy the gift because the kids at school “bully and pick on him and talk about him (and) the way he dress(es.)” Read more…

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Year-End Giving Appeals: What’s at your Table?

Let’s be real – it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a full spread of food and loved ones by your side. You can say the same thing about year-end giving appeals. What are you bringing to the table to make sure you reach your fundraising goals and maximize the support from your donors? 

Nonprofits receive around 30% of their donations during the last month of the year. Prepare for year-end giving by making sure you have all the right ingredients for a successful campaign! Following this recipe and making it your own will start your year-end appeal on the right foot.

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You’re in the final sprint – now is the time to get your supporters excited about donating to your organization.

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Gestures of the Week November 12-18

A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week November 12-18.

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gestures of the week november 12-18 mcdonaldsMystery customer leaves $100 bills for McDonald’s employees

Employees at a McDonald’s in Fort Worth, Texas were lovin’ a kind gesture from a diner who randomly decided to hand out $100 bills to restaurant workers.

According to CBS DFW, the man—who wishes to remain unnamed—is a regular customer at the location who just wanted to pay it forward.

“You could tell it blessed their day,” said Dallas resident Lisa Davila who caught the kind gesture on her phone camera. “They didn’t come in there [to work] thinking that was going to happen that day… and that was the best part about it.” Read more…

gestures of the week november 12-18 laredoLocal middle school students donate $1,000, 787 pounds of canned goods

Laredo Regional Food Bank President Adolfo Gonzalez recently presented a trophy of appreciation to the staff and students at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School for their donation of 787 pounds of canned goods and a $1,000 check to the food bank.

“I think it’s wonderful that our youngest citizens are civic minded. The donation and funds will help feed many local families. No one should go hungry. On behalf of the food bank, I thank them for this kind gesture,” said Gonzalez. Read more…

gestures of the week november 12-18 kissesDad Leaves Hershey ‘Good-Night’ Kisses for Son During Deployment

One dad wanted to ensure his son never went without a kiss while he was deployed.

Steve Dillenburger, a major in the Air Force, left 190 Hershey Kisses in a jar for his now 3-year-old son, Sean, to enjoy each night as a “good-night kiss” while his daddy was away from mid-April to late October.

“He was looking for ways to do something special to help our Sean remember him and stay in touch and know he’s thinking about him,” Sean’s mom, Mary Ellen Dillenburger, told ABC News of her husband’s sweet gesture. “We discussed the kisses and thought it was a cute idea and a nice little addition to our nightly routine.” Read more…

gestures of the week november 12-18 flagThanks To Neighbors Army Vet Flies Old Glory Once More

Like its owner, the 25-foot-tall flagpole outside the Crestwood home of Army veteran Gene Mentel, 80, was feeling the effects of getting older.

Mentel flew a flag every day from that pole for so many years that it became a landmark to many living near the intersection of Banyon Tree Court and Sappington Greens Lane.

The pole rusted and its pulley broke, and it eventually became impossible for him to raise Old Glory.

But neighbors helped change that situation over Labor Day weekend this year, spending many hours over three days repairing the pole. Read more…

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Plymouth: Kind Gesture Leaves Vietnam Vet ‘Speechless’

The wife of a local Vietnam Veteran is sharing a story with WATD this Veterans Day.

“My husband and I were having lunch at TGIF in Plymouth today, and there was this lovely young couple in their late 20s sitting next to us with a baby,” she told WATD.

“And as the couple was getting ready to leave, the man put a gift card on our table and said to my husband ‘thank you for your service.’ I was very touched.”

She says it took a minute to sink in.

“Well part of his disability from the military is that his hearing has deteriorated — he was in artillery,” the woman said.

“He didn’t quite get it at first, and then I told him this nice young man just gave you a gift certificate for lunch. He was speechless … speechless.” Read more…

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