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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.

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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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In the News: Mobile Bidding Company Gesture Helps Nonprofit Charity Partners Raise $100 Million in First 10 Months of 2016

Sys-con Media featured an article about Gesture’s latest milestone: helping charity partners raise $100 million in 2016!

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

Mobile Bidding Company Gesture Helps Nonprofit Charity Partners Raise $100 Million in First 10 Months of 2016

Mobile bidding company, Gesture, celebrates helping nonprofit charity partners across the country raise over $100 million at more than 1,500 events held during the first ten months of 2016.

Launched in the basement of founder and CEO Jim Alvarez’s home in 2011, Gesture was born of a passion for helping nonprofits raise more money. Gesture has worked with more than 3,000 nonprofits nationwide to help maximize fundraising results at a wide variety of events. Alvarez was a guest at a fundraiser when he saw an unmet need to improve the process for silent auctions and other fundraising elements that would increase revenue for nonprofits.

Gesture has executed over 4,900 fundraising events and serves as a valuable resource for charities and foundations to raise funds efficiently. Gesture combines mobile technology and a dedicated staff that puts in advance planning time and delivers on-site services to ensure all is executed as planned.

“Our mission is to make hope happen for our charity partners and we are thrilled to announce we have helped our charity partners across the country raise $100 million dollars already this year,” said Alvarez. “Our teams work side by side with each charity, focusing on finding more ways to help them embrace technology and streamline fundraising to ensure they reach the best outcome possible with each event,” adds Alvarez.

As a full-service mobile bidding company, Gesture’s fundraising platform includes using smartphones for the bidding process and an automated payment procedure featuring a streamlined check in/check out process that reduces lines and helps guests begin bidding and pick up auction items with no hassle.

Each charity partner is assigned a Gesture team who works directly with the organization to help them identify ways to customize elements that will help them raise more money. Gesture’s technology also allows people to bid on auction items from anywhere and before an event begins, enabling many charities to meet fundraising goals before the event doors open.

“Our goal is to handle the fundraising portion of each event so the charity can concentrate on important things like spreading their core message and spending time with their donors. Our on-site event team monitors the process in real time and delivers immediate reports, helping nonprofit staff understand the effectiveness of their fundraiser,” adds Alvarez.

Gesture partners with organizations of all shapes and sizes from nationally recognized nonprofits Ronald McDonald House Charities and the American Cancer Society to local parochial schools and churches. Gesture also partners with many professional sports organizations including the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings to help them host mobile auctions during games.

About Gesture
Gesture a mobile bidding technology company that helps nonprofit organizations in over 35 markets raise more money through a unique technology platform. In business since 2011, Gesture has helped raise over $320 million for their charity partners and has run over 4,900 events. Founded by Jim Alvarez, Gesture employs over 60 full-time staff members in their Westmont, Illinois office, as well as representatives across the country.

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Gestures of the Week November 5-11

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 5-11.

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gestures of the week november 5-11 thanksgivingMozel Sanders Foundation working to raise $47K to provide Hoosiers with Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is just right around the corner and with thousands of Hoosiers not able to put food on the table for their families, the Mozel Sanders foundation is stepping in to help for the 45th year in a row.

“Having a Thanksgiving meal is something that everyone looks forward to and there are individuals that just cannot afford it and don’t have the resources,” said Shannon Joseph of the Mozel Sanders Foundation. Read more…

gestures of the week november 5-11 titansTitans player shows heartwarming gesture to young fan after loss

After the Tennessee Titans’ rough loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, left tackle Taylor Lewan proved that there’s more to football than wins and losses.

When Lewan spotted a visibly distraught fan from the sidelines, he decided to intervene. And this video of the interaction is giving us all the feels. Read more…

gestures of the week november 5-11 foo fightersClass Act: Foo Fighters Fan Gets His Guitar Stolen, Guitarist Chris Shiflett Sends Him a New One

Proving that Dave Grohl is not the only good guy in Foo Fighters, guitarist Chris Shiflett reached out to a band’s fan who had his guitar stolen, offering him a brand new axe through a direct Facebook message.

The fan is a 31-year-old musician called Sinclair Belle, while the trusty instrument that was stolen from his car in September is a Fender Telecaster Deluxe.

Sinclair shared his story with the world and it ultimately reached Chris, you can check out the brief chat. Read more…

gestures of the week november 5-11 candyWallingford students send candy to soldiers overseas

Students at Stevens School have donated bagfuls of leftover Halloween candy to send to soldiers overseas.

The effort was started by second-grade teacher Beth McLellan, whose cousin, John Lupo, is an Air Force captain serving at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Last week, students dropped off candy, handwritten notes and drawings for McLellan and his fellow soldiers.

The Wallingford native thanked the students for their generosity on behalf of his 39th Air Base Wing. Read more…

gestures of the week november 5-11 cancerMoving gesture eases boy’s cancer fight

The little boy who dressed up as the big bad Predator to win StocktonCon’s costume contest wears a different outfit nowadays. It is a Chicago Bears knitted hat, a tribute to his favorite football team, that hides Devin Rodriguez’s bald head. The enormous smile on his face masks the pain and uncertainty of a 6-year-old with cancer.

“He is always upbeat, always has a smile on his face,” said his stepmom, Monica McGuiness, who spends every day with him at Children’s Hospital Oakland. “He’s wanting to be himself. There are days he just can’t, and he’ll tell me he wants to go back and lie down and rest.” Read more…

gestures of the week november 5-11 donutsBoy shares over 160 dozen doughnuts with Atlanta police on his birthday

Happy 9th Birthday, Tyler Carach! This young boy has many reasons to smile on his special day.

Tyler is on a mission to recognize police and thank them for their service in a very sweet way by bringing them each a donut.

On Friday, Tyler and his family loaded over 160 dozen donuts and brought them to the Atlanta Police Department from Escambia County, Fla. Read more…

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Outside the Classroom: How to Incorporate Students In Your Fundraiser

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Outside the Classroom: How to Incorporate Students In Your Fundraiser

Arguably, your best ambassadors are your students. You can tell your donors that your students are the best as often as you want, but they’re not going to believe you unless they can see it for themselves.

Incorporating your students into your fundraising events is a great way to show your donors that their investment is worth it.

Here are some of the best ways we’ve seen schools include students in their events.
  • Musicians: Set the right mood. Have members of your school orchestra play during your dinner or cocktail hour.
  • Speakers: Putting a well-spoken student in front of donors is the best way to show your guests how their donation will make a difference. If proceeds from your event will fund a student scholarship, have a student recipient speak about how it made a difference for them and their family. If it’s for a new school gym, have an athlete share how it will impact them.
  • Technology assistance: Place your students around the venue to help donors who aren’t the most tech-savvy. They can help the Gesture Pros show your guests how to bid on items. Guests will be impressed by their knowledge and love the chance to talk to some of the students.
  • Coat check: Working the coat check station is an easy job for students. It’s also an easy way for your donors and students to interact.
  • Raffle sales: Have your students walk around the event to sell any raffle items (tickets, heads or tails, etc.). This is an easy way to give your donors the chance to ask questions and learn more about the school through the eyes of the students.
  • Auction off student artwork: These items are popular at every level – preschool through college.
  • Utilize your golf team at golf outings: Place members of your golf team on a designated hole, where guests can play against them for a fee for the chance to win a special prize (i.e. free raffle tickets). You can even have them act as a caddy.
  • Don’t forget that you can always flip the script and ask the students to get in on the donating. From pajama days to penny wars to letter writing and so much more, your options abound. There are too many school fundraising ideas to count.

We already hinted at what makes these ideas successful. Getting your students in front of your donors will remind them how their donations are going to help educate bright young men and women!

Add Gesture to your next fundraiser to see how we can help you raise even more!

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Graduation Doesn’t Equal Disengagement

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Graduation ≠ Disengagement

Are you struggling to keep your alumni engaged?

Imagine for just a second how a student feels when their teacher doesn’t show any interest in them. The teacher doesn’t check on the student to make sure they know what’s going on in the classroom, doesn’t care if they’re succeeding outside of their four walls, doesn’t call on the student when they raise their hand.

In fact, the only time the teacher pays attention to the student is when they fail to hand in their homework.

The teacher might ask, “Why didn’t you hand this in? Why don’t you understand how important this is to your grade? Why don’t you care?”

I think we can all agree that this doesn’t sound like a very good teacher.

Let’s switch it up real quick. Replace “teacher” with your school, and “student” with your alumni, and go back through the example.

Does this sound like you? Do you only pay attention to your alumni when you’re looking for donations (the “homework”)? 

If you answered “no” to the above question, you’re off to a good start! Jump down for creative ideas to keep your alumni engaged.

If you answered “yes,” start below with our top 4 tips on how to re-engage your alumni.

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Graduation doesn’t equal disengagement! Get your alumni involved with your school by following some of these tips.

1. Keep them in the loop.

One of the easiest ways to re-engage your alumni is to share updates about the school. Social media is the best tool for this. Don’t hold back! Share updates about a variety of topics – your sports teams, your arts programs, cool projects your students are working on, assemblies, etc. Remind your alumni of the time they spent at your school and stir up all of those good feelings. They’ll share your posts, you’ll get more followers, and pretty soon your engaged alumni base will have grown exponentially. Even sharing new courses will show your alumni that you’re continuously looking to improve your school and that you’re worth investing in.

2. Acknowledge their success after graduation.

You want your alumni to continue to care about your school once they graduate, so you should continue to care about them. From sharing articles and congratulating alumni on social media or in your newsletter to mailing personal, handwritten notes from the development office and/or principal/president, there are a ton of ways to acknowledge their accomplishments. Think outside the box! Invite successful alumni back to campus to speak to your students or put an ad in a program book if an alumnus is going to be honored at an event.

3. Actively seek and listen to their ideas and suggestions.

Let your alumni know that you appreciate their opinion, even if you disagree. By responding to comments on social media, asking for feedback after alumni events, replying to emails and asking alumni to participate in surveys on various school topics, they’ll feel like it’s not just their donations that matter to you. You’re not always going to agree with your alumni, but if you keep the line of communication open, they’ll respect you.

We know this can be tricky territory. You’re going to run into some hard-to-handle alumni, and you’re never going to please everyone. Always be kind but make it clear that you are the ultimate decision-maker.

4. Invite them to alumni FUN-raisers.

The internet can only go so far in your plan to re-engage your alumni. Face-to-face interactions are still the best. Bring them back to campus by holding alumni sports nights, career days and reunions, or hold happy hours or networking events at local institutions.

While you can bring a fundraising aspect to some of these events, keep it small. You want them to feel like you’re interested in more than just their money. For example, charge a small fee for a happy hour that covers a couple of drinks and appetizers, but also includes a donation to the school. Give a quick update on the state of the school, and then let your alumni have fun!

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1. Hold alumni shadow days.

Who wouldn’t love to experience a day in the life of a student?! Let alumni come back to campus to experience some of your classes. This event would be especially successful for a high school or college.

Some quick tips on this type of event:

  1. Be selective. Your alumni should shadow students who are a good representation of your school. If you have student ambassadors, that would be a great place to start.
  2. Show off. Pick classes with engaging teachers/professors. If you’ve added new classes to your curriculum, add that to your schedule.
  3. Keep it exciting. The worst thing you could do is bore your alumni. Bring your alumni around to two or three classes during one class period to show them as much as possible and keep them interested.
  4. Keep it short. The “shadowing” part of the event should last no more than two hours. End with either a luncheon or happy hour, depending on your start time.

You can reverse this, too, and have your students shadow your alumni at work.

2. Offer travel abroad trips.

You plan travel abroad opportunities for your students, why not extend that idea to your alumni? There are a lot of travel companies out there that offer pre-planned group trips to Europe or the Caribbean, etc., but wouldn’t you rather go with a group of people who aren’t complete strangers, and have more than just a desire to travel in common? Some companies that work with teachers/professors to plan student experiences would help you plan an alumni trip. Just do a little research to find the right partner company for you!

3. Meet your alumni where they are, geographically and otherwise.

An easy example of this is to hold events in all of the states where your alumni now live. It’s also good to think about who you’re hoping to engage. If you’re targeting younger alumni, odds are that they’d rather go to an event at a local craft brewery than an event at the bar their parents frequent.

4. Stay in touch.

Ask your alumni questions about their time at school. For example, you could ask them to share their favorite cafeteria meal. You might be surprised to see how many people will respond or share.

Another great way to stay in touch is to send a monthly e-newsletter and/or quarterly alumni magazine. Keep alumni up-to-date on school news and events and share important alumni updates. You can use the e-newsletter or magazine to recognize successful alumni, share news on life events (births, weddings, etc.) and so much more.

These ideas will make your alumni feel good about your school, and in turn, want to give back! Learn how you can use Gesture at your next alumni event by contacting us today.

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Gestures of the Week October 29 – November 4

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 October 29 – November 4.

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gestures of the week october 29 - november 4 soldiersSoldier’s Angels sending leftover candy to troops

Too much candy this Halloween? How would you like to turn those surplus sweets into some cold cash? Check out a program this year that local dentists are sinking their teeth into for a great cause. That’s what Marsha Elston did.

Elston could’ve brought her surplus Halloween candy to the office. Or, of course, she and her husband would’ve eventually consumed it. “We don’t need to be eating six pounds of candy,” she said. So instead, Elston – like so many recovering trick-or-treaters around the country – is trading in her sweet tooth for a sweet gesture. Read more…

gestures of the week october 29 - november 4 porchVideo captures kind Halloween gesture on camera

A Wellington family left a bowl of candy out for trick or treaters, but it eventually ran out.

Their home security camera recorded 13-year-old Adam Hall, pulling out a piece of candy from his bag and putting it in the bowl for the his 10-year-old brother, Austin. Read more…

gestures of the week october 29 - november 4 churchEditorial: Mundelein church closing leads to memorable gesture

Faced with the closure of their house of worship, leaders of Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church in Mundelein could have quietly pulled the blinds and locked the doors as they walked out for the last time.

No one would have blamed them because losing your church, your spiritual sanctuary, is nothing to celebrate. In the case of Kirk of the Lakes, declining membership spelled the end of the road for the 55-year-old congregation. Church leaders then faced the prospect of fading into the community’s memory or doing something generous, something useful, something memorable.

They chose the latter. Read more…

gestures of the week october 29 - november 4 tieganChrissy Teigen’s Halloween Costumes For Her Baby Are Adorable & Going Towards A Good Cause

Alright, so it’s pretty much scientific fact that Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s daughter Luna is the cutest baby in the world. Her chubby cheeks are the best thing ever, and most importantly, she is extremely loved by her parents, who take every opportunity to show off how proud they are of their little munchkin. In preparation for Halloween, Teigen has been sharing Luna’s many Halloween costumes. But it turns out that they weren’t all for Luna. Teigen is giving away the costumes do they can find new homes with other families, and it’s a pretty sweet gesture. Read more…

gestures of the week october 29 - november 4 candyDad passes out candy on flight so daughter can trick-or-treat

A father determined to help his 3-year-old daughter enjoy Halloween even though they were on a Boston-to-San Francisco flight decided to take her trick-or-treating on the plane.

Stephanie Kahan told The Boston Globe via email that she was on the flight with the man and his daughter on Monday when he passed out notes and candy to passengers. Read more…

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Gesture #GivingTuesday Challenge

#GivingTuesday has gained traction since it first began in 2012; more nonprofits and charities join the movement every year. This year, Gesture wanted to give back to our charity partners and make it even easier for them to raise more on this national day of giving. That’s where you come in! Our charity partners had the chance to sign up for our Gesture #GivingTuesday Challenge, and now you have the chance to support them!

How To Vote

You can vote by going to the Gesture #GivingTuesday Challenge donation page.

Click on the “Items” tab at the top of the page for a list of all organizations that are participating. Learn more about each by clicking on their logos.

To vote, click on the logo for the organization you’d like to support. In the box next to “Enter the number to buy,” type in your donation amount (for example, if you’d like to donate $50 and give your organization 50 votes, type in “50”) and hit “Vote!”

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Challenge Details

  • Each dollar you donate equals one vote for the organization(s) of your choice. The more money you donate, the more votes they get!
  • The organization with the most votes wins a $1,000 donation from Gesture! The organization that comes in second place receives $500, and third place receives $250.
  • No matter how many votes an organization has at the end of the challenge, they will receive all of the donations pledged to their organization.
  • You can vote from October 29, 2016 through midnight central time on #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016.
  • Share the challenge on social media to help your favorite charities raise more! Use #GestureChallenge to let your favorite organizations know that you’re supporting their cause.

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  • All votes are anonymous.
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Gestures of the Week October 22 – October 28

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 October 22-28.

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gestures of the week october 22-28 flood8-Year-Old Boy Travels 800 Miles to Deliver $4,000 Worth of Gifts to a Young Flood Victim

When you do good things it makes you feel good, and when you do things for others God will bless you.”

Those words were spoken not by a preacher or a pastor but by an eight-year-old boy with a heart of gold.

Kameron Smalls from South Carolina travelled 800 miles to bring a carload of gifts to a total stranger—a boy his age from another state, Lousiana, whose family was one of those hit hard by the massive floods that devastated their community in August, Inside Edition reported. Read more…


gestures of the week october 22-28 lunchMotel owner pays overdue school lunch fees for nearly 100 children

A motel owner in Burlington, Iowa, has surprised the elementary school he attended by writing a $700 check to pay overdue school lunch fees for dozens of kids.

“I myself positively affected 89 students today. I gave them extra money in the account so that every kid at Grimes Elementary School won’t be hungry the rest of the school year. Now it’s your turn to do something good for your fellow man,” Jerry Fenton commented on his Facebook page last week. Read more…


gestures of the week october 22-28 farmersIowa nice: Neighbors help injured farmer harvest crop

An Iowa farmer found out just how generous his neighbors are after he broke his hip with 95 acres of crops left to harvest.

A recent post from KCCI’s Eric Hanson went viral with more than 20,500 Facebook shares and 2,800 comments.

Rod Hoversten, a 63-year-old farmer in Radcliffe, fractured his hip in the midst of harvest season. The post showed a lineup of farmers in front of a combine after harvesting the remaining corn for their neighbor. Read more…


gestures of the week october 22-28 disabilitiesWaco: Kind gesture morphs into charitable organization

You could say all it took for a new service organization to pop up on Baylor University’s campus was a student with an eye to spot the obvious and other who needed help.

During the fall of 2015 Taylor Ernst, a sophomore at Baylor, noticed Tony Zhang struggling to get to class after someone stole his motorized chair. Zhang has cerebral palsy. So Ernest helped raise money to replace the stolen scooter. But then Ernst took this act a step further and created the Baylor’s Helping Hands organization. Read more…


gestures of the week october 22-28 football12-year-old with Down Syndrome scores memorable touchdown

Sometimes, one kind gesture can change a person’s world for the better.

Will Barry is the football coach at the Olney Boys and Girls Club. One day, one of Coach Barry’s players, 14-year-old Gabe, approached him with an idea to help his younger brother.

Twelve-year-old Tristian has Down Syndrome and loves football. However, despite his family’s efforts, they couldn’t find a youth football team for Tristian to be a part of. Read more…


gestures of the week october 22-28 cowboysCowboys owner Jerry Jones makes generous gesture toward Arkansas legend Darren McFadden

The Dallas Cowboys don’t owe running back Darren McFadden anything after the former Arkansas running back suffered a freak injury and was placed on the non-football injury list in August.

However, the Cowboys have been paying McFadden’s full $1.25 million salary even though they don’t have to, according to CBSSports.com’s Joel Corry. McFadden was placed on the NFI list after fracturing his elbow when he slipped poolside. Teams are not obligated to pay players on the NFI list while they’re injured, but the Cowboys are doing so in a classy gesture. Read more…

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