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Corporate Donation List Southwest

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 - Southwest MapThe Corporate Donation List for the Southwest 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: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

We have also included corporations from our National Corporate Donation List with headquarters in the southwestern 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, grants or sponsorships!

Get access to our nNational Corporate Donation List now!

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Gift Cards

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Open to organizations with a focus on children’s education in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas

The Container Store – Open to all nonprofit organizations near stores in Arizona and Texas

Eden Salon and Spa – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Fogo de Chao – Open to all nonprofit organizations near restaurant locations in Arizona and Texas

Food Conspiracy Co-op – Open to organizations with a focus on education, environment, or nutrition & health

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas – Priority given to organizations with a focus on cancer research and children’s charities (excluding school fundraisers)

Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe – Priority given to organizations with a focus on cancer research and children’s charities (excluding school fundraisers)

Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Jason’s Deli – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Joe’s Real BBQ – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Phoenix, AZ

Lettuce Entertain You – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Los Alamos Co+op Market – Open to organizations that promote being socially and environmentally responsible near Los Alamos, NM

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Austin, TX

SanTan Brewing – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Chandler, AZ

Sparrow Bar and Cookshop – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Houston, TX

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

Total Wine & More – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Wildflower Bread Company – Open to organizations with a focus on poverty and hunger relief, children’s wellness, education, women’s empowerment and animal advocacy in Arizona

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.

Adventure LandingTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

America’s Incredible Pizza Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations

American Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Andy Alligator’s Fun Park – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma

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

Angel Fire Resort – Open to organizations that aid in the growth and development of their immediate community, or national programs that increase participation in outdoor activity in northern New Mexico

Arizona Broadway TheatreGift certificate redeemable for tickets – Open to all nonprofits and schools in Maricopa County in Arizona

Arizona CardinalsMemorabilia, merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona

Arizona Coyotes – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Arizona Museum of Natural HistoryPasses – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona

Arizona-Sonora Desert MuseumAdmission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Arizona Stronghold VineyardsWine, tasting vouchers – Open to organizations with a focus on children, animals, the environment and the local community near Camp Verde, AZ

Austin OperaTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in central Texas

AZ on the Rocks1 Month Family Membership – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Children’s Museum of HoustonPasses, membership – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Houston, TX

Civic Center Music HallTickets – Open to organizations in support of arts education and/or education programming near Oklahoma City, OK

Cliff’s Amusement ParkAll-day ride passes – Open to organizations that educate youth, strengthen their community and align with their commitments as an organization

The Container StoreProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations near stores in Arizona and Texas

Cork This Winery – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Montgomery, TX

Dallas Cowboys – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Dallas MavericksAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 75 miles of Dallas, TX

Dallas StarsTickets, merchandise, autographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Texas

Dallas Wings – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Dallas ZooFamily fun four-pack – Open to all nonprofit organizations in northern Texas

Desert Botanical GardensFamily passes, membership – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona

Diablo Burger – Open to organizations that support the local food movement and/or local environmental conservation work near Flagstaff and Tucson, AZ

Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK

FC DallasMemorabilia, tickets, photos, merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area

Fiesta BowlTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona

Food Conspiracy Co-opProducts – Open to organizations with a focus on education, environment, or nutrition & health

Frontier City and White Water BayGeneral admission tickets – Open to all nonprofits near Oklahoma City, OK – Will only donate to events that run from April – September

Harkins Theatres – Open to nonprofits focusing on the betterment of the human or animal condition and those which benefit the community at large in Arizona, Oklahoma or Texas

Houston Astros – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Houston Dynamo – Open to organizations with a direct focus on youth, especially underserved and at-risk children within 60 miles of Houston, TX

Houston Rockets – Open to all nonprofits, with priority given to organizations within 75 miles of Houston, TX

Houston TexansTeam memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Texas, with priority given to Houston, Central and Southern Texas

Jason’s DeliFood – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline ParkBounce passes, fun passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona and Texas

Kimberly-ClarkProducts – Open to organizations with a focus on community events, local and international cause and disaster relief efforts

The Loft Cinema – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Southern Arizona

Los Alamos Co+op MarketMerchandise, memberships – Open to organizations that promote being socially and environmentally responsible near Los Alamos, NM

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Love’s – Open to organizations with an emphasis on education and youth programs, health-related organizations or organizations that improve the community

Mesilla Valley Maze – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Mother Road Brewing Co.Gifts/merchandise, beer – Open to organizations with a focus on historical organizations (automobiles, roads, Southwest history) and pet rescue near Flagstaff, AZ

National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumFour adult admission passes – Open to organizations compatible with the Museum’s educational and cultural focus in the greater Oklahoma City area and contiguous counties

Nestle Purina – Pet welfare near Flagstaff and Scottsdale, AZ; San Antonio, TX; or Oklahoma City, OK

NRH2OAdmission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Oklahoma AquariumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Oklahoma City BalletTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Museum of ArtGeneral admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Oklahoma City PhilharmonicCertificate for tickets – Open to organizations with a focus on arts and education near Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City ThunderTeam merchandise, autographed items, memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma

Oklahoma State FairFour gate admission tickets – Open to organizations with a focus on agriculture, education, arts and children’s social services in Oklahoma – Priority given to events held in May thru July 

Oklahoma Zoological SocietyFamily membership – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Opera SouthwestTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in New Mexico

Out of Africa Wildlife ParkGeneral admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Phoenix International RacewayTickets to their annual event weekends (more details on page) – Open to organizations in Arizona with a focus on education, children, families or our military and military veterans, and life enrichment programs for children and families

Phoenix Mercury – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 75 miles of Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Suns – Open to nonprofit organizations that focus on children’s literacy & education, youth & family development and/or health & fitness in Arizona

Phoenix SymphonyTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Phoenix ZooGeneral admission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona

Real Ale Brewing Co.Auction items, beer – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Blanco, TX

Road Dog Tours – Open to all nonprofit organizations

San Antonio SpursTickets – Open to all nonprofits, with priority given to organizations within 75 miles of San Antonio

San Antonio Stars – Group tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 75 miles of San Antonio, TX

San Antonio ZooFamily four-pack – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Austin, TX

SanTan BrewingGear, brewery tours, beer/food – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Chandler, AZ

Satellite Coffee and Flying Star Cafe – Open to nonprofit organizations near a cafe location in New Mexico

Scalo Northern Italian Grill – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Albuquerque, NM

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and ResortsTickets – Open to organizations that benefit children in Texas

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

SeaWorld San AntonioTickets – Open to organizations with a focus on animals, environmental protection & conservation programs, youth & families, and education within a 100-mile radius of the park (San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and Laredo area in Texas)

Six Flags Fiesta TexasTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near San Antonio, TX

Six Flags Over TexasTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Arlington, TX

Space Center Houston4 one-day admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Sparrow Bar and Cookshop – Three cooking demonstration options with head chef Monica Pope – Please note that these items come with a cost for the organization, but the restaurant states that the items typically go for five times that cost in an auction – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Houston, TX

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. Clair WineryWine – Open to all nonprofit organizations in New Mexico

Tempe Airsoft and PaintballVoucher for a group of 10 – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Texas Motor Speedway – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area

Texas RangersTickets, autographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Texas

Texas StarsItems, tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Texas

TopgolfCoupons, swag, private party for 12 guests, golf instruction, VIP priority pass to jump the line – Open to organizations with a focus on education, military, golf, health & wellness, animals and disaster relief within 40 miles of a Topgolf location (locations in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas – for information on exact locations, click here)

Total Wine & More – Open to all nonprofit organizations

US Beef Corp (Arby’s and Taco Bueno)Food, paper products – Open to all nonprofit organizations and schools in Oklahoma

Wildflower Bread CompanyFood – Open to organizations with a focus on poverty and hunger relief, children’s wellness, education, women’s empowerment and animal advocacy in Arizona

Wyland GalleriesArt – Open to all nonprofit organizations – Gallery located in New Mexico

Corporate Donation List - Southwest Direct Donations

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

American Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Apple Annie’s Orchard – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Appliance Solutions – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Tulsa, OK

Arvest Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma

Best Western – Open to organizations with a focus on environment or combating poverty

Boathouse District – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Oklahoma City, OK

Century Bank – Open to organizations with a focus on youth, education, arts, and community development

Citizens National Bank of Texas – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Texas

Coufal-Prater Equipment – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the following Texas counties: Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Coryell, Falls, Grimes, Harris, Limestone, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Robertson, Travis, Walker, Waller, Washington and Williamson

Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Texas

The Driskill Hotel – Open to organizations with a focus on community improvement, performing arts, social services for children and youth, and environmental sustainability – Preference given to organizations serving Austin, TX and the surrounding central Texas area

Eden Salon and Spa – Open to all nonprofit organizations

First Financial Credit Union – Priority consideration given to organizations that foster growth and development within the Albuquerque, NM communities

The First State Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Los Alamos Co+op Market – Open to organizations that promote being socially and environmentally responsible near Los Alamos, NM

Love’s – Open to organizations with an emphasis on education and youth programs, health-related organizations or organizations that improve the community

Mazzios Italian Eatery – Priority given to youth activities, schools and nonprofits in Oklahoma and Texas

P&K Equipment – Open to organizations with a focus on agricultural education programs or community development opportunities, or that offer aid to under-privileged youth and/or families in the following Oklahoma counties: Bartlesville, Blackwell, Edmond, Enid, Kingfisher, Norman, Owasso/Tulsa, Pryor, Purcell and Stillwater

Pinnacle Entertainment – Open to organizations that spread love through food, serve those who served (veterans and active military), support efforts for finding a cure for cancer, strengthen communities, or care for senior citizens near Selma, TX

Radioshack – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Road Dog Tours – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Texas Disposal Systems – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Texas Regional Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Texas

Texas State Aquarium – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Waste Management – Open to organizations with a focus on environment, environmental education, and causes important to the areas where they operate

Whataburger – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Whole Foods – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Zia Credit Union – Open to organizations that will benefit a significant segment of the community or communities near Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos and Santa Fe, NM

 

Corporate Donation List - Southwest Grants

Arizona Coyotes – Open to nonprofit organizations in Arizona that promote healthcare, education and cultural arts programs for children and service men and women – Grants only accepted June – July every year

Bank of Oklahoma – Open to all nonprofit organizations

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

Texas Stars – Open to all nonprofit organizations in central Texas

Walmart – Open to organizations with a focus on opportunity, sustainability, and community

Corporate Donation List - Southwest Sponsorships
Academy Sports + Outdoors – Open to organizations with a focus on families, sports or outdoor-related events in Oklahoma and Texas

Arvest Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma

Best Western – Open to organizations with a focus on environment or combating poverty

Century Bank – Open to organizations with a focus on youth, education, arts, and community development

Fiesta Bowl – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arizona

First Financial Credit Union – Priority consideration given to organizations that foster growth and development within the Albuquerque, NM communities

The First State Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Mazzios Italian Eatery – Priority given to youth activities, schools and nonprofits in Oklahoma and Texas

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

P&K Equipment – Open to organizations with a focus on agricultural education programs or community development opportunities, or that offer aid to under-privileged youth and/or families in the following Oklahoma counties: Bartlesville, Blackwell, Edmond, Enid, Kingfisher, Norman, Owasso/Tulsa, Pryor, Purcell and Stillwater

Pinnacle Entertainment – Open to organizations that spread love through food, serve those who served (veterans and active military), support efforts for finding a cure for cancer, strengthen communities, or care for senior citizens near Selma, TX

Radioshack – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Real Ale Brewing Co. – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Blanco, TX

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

St. Clair Winery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in New Mexico

Texas Disposal Systems – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Topgolf – Open to organizations with a focus on education, military, golf, health & wellness, animals and disaster relief within 40 miles of a Topgolf location (locations in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas – for information on exact locations, click here)

Whataburger – Open to organizations with a focus on sports

Zia Credit Union – Open to organizations that will benefit a significant segment of the community or communities near Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos and Santa Fe, NM

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Gestures of the Week (October 15 – 21)

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 15-21.

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


gestures of the week october 15-21 lunch 2Heartwarming viral video inspires Iowa man’s act of kindness

It’s a heartwarming school story that’s gone viral.

Albuquerque mother Josette Duran discovered her son has been asking her to pack him two lunches every day because one of his classmates was unable to afford his own.

She later learned the boy’s mother had lost her job. When the mother tried to pay Duran back for feeding her son, Duran would not accept it. Instead, she took to the cafeteria to pay off all the past due accounts, for kids that need lunch.

“When I saw that I thought it was a nice gesture, and I thought, ‘Hey, I can do that too,” Burlington, Iowa resident Jerry Fenton said.

Fenton, who owns a motel in Burlington, said he does not want one more child to go hungry. Read more…

gestures of the week october 15-21 lunchBoy asks mom to pack 2 lunches after noticing student with hardly any food eating alone

A New Mexico mother has been packing two lunches for school ever since her son asked her for an extra one for a young boy who had been sitting alone at lunch each day with just a fruit cup.

In an interview with Albuquerque television station KOAT last week, Josette Duran recounted her son’s unusual request, thinking that he wanted more food for himself.

“He said, ‘No mom, it’s for this little boy at school and he sits by himself and all he eats is a fruit cup,’” Duran said. Read more…


gestures of the week october 15-21 kingA crown for two kings: Student gives away homecoming title

Trenton VanderSande’s history with the Shutter family in Plymouth goes back more than a decade.

Earlier this month, that relationship played out on a royal stage.

When Plymouth High School senior and homecoming king Alex Shutter earned his crown earlier this month, he knew who he wanted to have the title instead. Read more…


gestures of the week october 15-21 cheerleaderTexas Teen Stands in for Cheerleader’s Military Dad Who Couldn’t Attend Game

A simple act of kindness by a San Antonio, Texas high school senior turned a young cheerleader’s heartbreaking moment into all smiles when he stepped in for her military father during a school performance.

9-year-old Addie Rodriguez was cheering on her school’s football team on what happened to be “Parents’ Day.” The cheerleading team had two special performances during the game. One was with their mothers, and the other with their fathers. Read more…

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Feature: Why Gesture won’t be using QR codes any time soon

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By: Ryan Smolek, Vice President of Strategy & Product Management

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A few of our competitors in the mobile bidding space have recently issued fancy press releases that simultaneously announce the addition of QR codes to their product and the QR codes as the feature that has solved the problem of event registration/check-in by making it ‘light years’ faster. I’m not buying it.

Look, I agree that event check-in at charity events is a problem that remains to be, and should be, solved. Charities want to provide their event guests with a fantastic experience that inspires the guest to open his or her heart and wallet for the charity’s cause. Standing in line so that your name can get crossed off a list certainly does not make for a fantastic experience. Upon the guest’s arrival, the check-in line is the only thing standing between the guest and socializing, cocktail hour, and dinner. Those are 3 things with which I would not want to tease my potential donors.

So while check-in is a problem, QR codes are not the answer.  I see three primary issues, though there are likely others.

gesture won't be using qr codes1.    Now where did I put that email? – For the QR solution to work, the guest needs to produce a QR code. That QR code is likely buried in an email from when the guest signed up for the event, often a month or more before the event. So now you have someone, head buried in phone, looking for the email with their QR code. Many won’t think to do so until they get up to the front of the line. Everyone knows their name, and can produce that for the registrar a lot faster than they can search through their email they received 3 weeks ago.

2.    Why won’t this thing work? – Have you ever been waiting in the security line or boarding a plane when someone is using a mobile boarding pass (read: QR code)? That often doesn’t go so well. Either the screen keeps rotating on them, or the brightness on the phone is not set high enough for the reader to capture it, or their phone dies just as they are placing the thing on the reader. There is a good lesson here not to mimic anything the airline industry does if you care about customer experience. Just imagine what this would be like at a charity event. Your biggest donor can’t get her QR code to work and the rest of your check-in line is now scowling at her. That isn’t what I would call a giving ‘mood’.

3.    Treat your donors the way you’d like to be treated. – I understand why QR codes may work for a rock concert. A bunch of people you don’t know bought tickets and a bunch of people you don’t know were unable to buy tickets. You want to let the former in and keep the latter out. But charity events usually don’t work that way. Invitees are known in advance and most attendees have a prior relationship with the charity. So when your most loyal supporters show up to your event and you treat them like they bought a ticket to a rock concert, you are working against your goal of getting them to donate more to your cause.

So how can we do better? I don’t have a fully formed answer yet, but this is what I do know:

  • Registration goes faster when the attendees are known prior to the event
  • The threat of charity event crashers is lower in reality than in the minds of charity organizers.
  • Many activities performed at check-in, such as capturing personal information of guests or handing out bidder numbers (for live auctions) can be done in advance of the event through a more efficient medium

At Gesture, we build product based on what we know, with the goal of putting the product in our customers’ hands to discover the answers to what we don’t know. Based on the points above, we’ve recently implemented a world class ticketing solution that is primarily focused on getting to 100% confirmed attendees before the day of the event.

If everyone is confirmed in advance, you already have all of your guest names. And their email addresses. And their mailing addresses. And you already know what they want for dinner. And you already know what t-shirt size everyone needs. And that means the line HAS TO move faster because you don’t need to collect any information from your guests. That is why we built our ticketing product with the primary goal of 100% confirmed attendance, because it helps solve the check-in problem.

While this feature doesn’t solve the whole issue of check-in, it is certainly a start. For the remaining issues, I have some ideas about how to solve them, but I need further data from our users before I offer them up as a solution. But we are going to do the work to understand the needs and develop a solution, and not just throw out an imperfect technology like QR codes and act like they are the be-all and end-all solution to the problem of check-in.

If you are interested in learning more about Gesture’s improved ticketing platform, or using Gesture to manage your event, or if you just want to tell me how wrong I am, shoot me a note at ryan@gesture.com.

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Gestures of the Week (October 8 – 14)

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 8 – 14.

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


Gestures of the Week October 8 - 14 weddingHurricane Matthew nearly ruined their wedding, but strangers saved their big day

Move over, Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Hord is here to party. Rock Hill natives Tyler Hord and Samantha Berinsky will hold their wedding Saturday evening at the City Club in on E. Main St. after being forced to evacuate Charleston earlier this week. Thanks to the kindness of a high school reunion, they were able to use the space at very short notice.

The incoming hurricane, expected to be a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall in Florida, nearly ruined what was meant to be a ceremony two years in the making on the South Carolina coast. Read more…


Gestures of the Week October 8 - 14 BullyingBusinessman spreads anti-bullying campaign by lecturing at schools

Restaurateur John Wong said he has seen bullying on both ends. As a kid growing up in Hammond, he “got picked on” and “I was on the other side too, which I wasn’t proud of,” he said during the lunch hour at Cate Street Seafood Station on Tuesday. With the United Against Bullying campaign, he hopes to turn bullying from a common occurrence in the school yard to a thing of the past. Read more…


Gestures of the Week October 8 - 14 CleatsBrandon Marshall donates game-worn cleats to Williams’ charity

The game was over, the New York Jets were staring at an ugly 1-4 hole and receiver Brandon Marshall stayed on the field, surveying the mass of bumblebee-striped uniforms. Finally finding the one topped by the pink-tipped braids, he broke into a grin. And took off his shoes. Right there, in the center of Heinz Field.

As the NFL opens its 8th annual Breast Cancer Awareness October, Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams remains the face of the initiative. He’s lost his mother and four aunts to the disease, he is the player the NFL again asked to film a PSA exhorting football fans to help the women in their lives create time for mammograms and he is the man Marshall handed his sweaty, grass-covered pink cleats to. Read more…


Gestures of the Week October 8 - 14 ChoirChoir director dies just minutes after students serenade her at home

Students at Alvin Junior High School in Texas serenaded their long-time choir director just minutes before she passed away.

Mariana Walker had left the school and entered hospice as her battle with cancer progressed. The students decided it would be a good idea to visit her and let her know how much she meant to them. More than a dozen of them traveled to her house to sing to her in a heartwarming gesture captured on video. Read more…


Gestures of the Week October 8 - 14 FootballDeAngelo Williams’s Loving Gesture Towards Cancer Survivors

During today’s pre-game warmups before taking on the NY Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Shows us yet again how much he cares about women who are battling through breast cancer or who have beaten breast cancer.

Ever since DeAngelo’s mom lost her battle to breast cancer, DeAngelo Williams continues to go out of his way to show support for the women out there going through tough battles. Read more…


Gestures of the Week October 8 - 14 BundyDave Bundy: Radiation, kindness both good medicine

I have never had abs of steel. If I had to liken my stomach muscles to something, it would have a consistency somewhere between firm Jell-O and fresh-from-the-can Play-Doh.

But I’m proud of my belly. It’s criss-crossed with scars from surviving Stage 4 colon cancer a dozen years ago. The biggest and baddest of them looks like a bite from a good sized shark in bad need of orthodontia. Read more…

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Top 5 Fundraisers for Fall School Fundraising

As fall school fundraising season picks up more and more momentum, it’s important that your institution maps out its fundraising plans. From product fundraisers to carnivals, there’s no shortage of options available.

That’s where the infographic below comes into play. To help you narrow down your decision, take a look at these 5 fundraising options that are designed specifically with schools in mind.

Then, once you’ve picked out your fundraising event of choice, make sure you have the technology to support your efforts.

Take a look at the list and share it with your friends and coworkers who are knee-deep in fall fundraising!

fall school fundraising infographic

Thanks to our friends at Booster for this helpful graphic. 

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Gestures of the Week (September 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 August 27-September 2.

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

Gestures of the Week September 24 - 30 Police

Gift delivers smiles to officers

A San Diego woman put a smile on the faces of Stockton police officers Friday when she stopped by police headquarters to deliver hundreds of cards inscribed with heartwarming words of gratitude and support.

After learning of the difficulties officers in Stockton have faced in recent years, Keri Salem Hurley decided to visit the Stockton Police Department while driving from San Diego to Sacramento to visit her family. She was greeted by Deputy Chief Rick Salsedo, Public Information Officer Joe Silva and Senior Chaplain Jesse Kenyon. Read more…

 

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Stories of Hope – The Coast Guard Foundation

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Stories of Hope – The Coast Guard Foundation

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Make Hope Happen is more than a motto. It’s a desire to help remarkable organizations raise more for the causes they care about.

The Coast Guard Foundation exists for one reason: to support the members of the United States Coast Guard and their families.

 

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A Storied History

The Coast Guard Foundation works tirelessly to support some of our nation’s first responders: The United States Coast Guard.

Founded by Coast Guard veterans in 1969, the organization works to fulfill academic, athletic and morale support needs that aren’t met by the Coast Guard’s operating budget.

These needs include scholarships for enlisted members, their spouses, and their children so they may pursue their dreams of a higher education. The foundation also provides morale support to Coast Guard units across the country by contributing fitness equipment, outdoor recreation gear, computers for distance learning, and much more.

When tragedy occurs, the foundation offers a host of support programs to assist the families in the immediate term. In the long term, they fund 100% of college costs for the children of fallen Coast Guard members.

Coast Guard Foundation Awards

Each year, the Coast Guard Foundation holds eight awards events across the country. In May of this year, they held their inaugural Houston Awards, where they honored the Coast Guard Air Station Houston with an award for their heroism. Watch the video below to learn more about the two heroic air crews.

The foundation works hard to bring local elements and flair to these events. Former Governor Rick Perry and Admiral Paul Zukunft, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, shared remarks during the Houston awards ceremony, and all in attendance had the opportunity to hear from the awardees.

“For me, the best part of the evening is hearing from the Coast Guard heroes; how many times can you say you met a real-life hero?” shared Jennifer Crowley Fyke, the foundation’s Senior Director of Communications. “These men and women put their lives on the line so that others may live. They are highly trained professionals who have a passion for protecting and saving lives; I am always moved by their selfless dedication and commitment to the Coast Guard and our country. It’s truly inspirational.”

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Awardees from the Houston Air Station with Governor Rick Perry

In addition, five members of the United States Coast Guard Band provided ceremonial music for the event. As is tradition, the ceremony ended with a service medley, during which all those who have served were invited to stand when the song for their military branch played. It was a fitting celebration for all members of the United States Armed Forces.

The Coast Guard Foundation Impact

At the Houston event alone, the foundation raised more than $133,000 through their fund the need, which was completed with the help of Gesture’s fundraising technology. The funds raised will support their scholarship program for children of members.

Education is the organization’s largest area of support, and has seen an increase in demand in the past few years. This is partly due to the high costs of a college degree. In 2015, the organization awarded more than $848,000 in scholarships; children of enlisted members received $400,000 and active duty members received $448,000.

Their support helps hundreds of people make their dreams a reality.

Learn More

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Facebook: Coast Guard Foundation
Twitter: @CoastGuardFound
YouTube: Coast Guard Foundation

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So Easy it Feels like Cheating: Four Tips for Your Auction & Fund-the-Need

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So Easy it Feels like Cheating: Four Tips for Your Auction & Fund-the-Need

These four tips might feel like cheating, but we can promise that they won’t get you in trouble. Instead, they’ll help ensure your event runs smoothly and that you “pass” with flying colors.

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Your fund-the-need can be the most profitable part of your event if you set it up properly. It’s ok to approach your biggest donors beforehand to let them know you’re planning a fund-the-need, and see if they would be willing to pledge an amount to donate that night. You’ll have a good idea of which price point would be a good place to start (i.e. if someone pledges $10,000, you know it’s safe to start there). Knowing that you’re going to get that donation will make you feel more confident. Their donation might even inspire others to give at the same level.

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After running thousands of events, our staff has learned some best practices. We have found that there are two ways to run a successful fund-the-need.

Paddle Raise

Use peer pressure to your advantage. When guests see others at their table raising their paddle it can entice them to do the same. You can even create a competition to see which table has the highest percentage of participation.

Electronic Donation

Gesture can make your life simple by sending out a text message with a link to your donation levels. Have your auctioneer encourage guests to click through the link on their phone and donate.

Don’t worry; we can keep the momentum up in the room by utilizing a display screen to show who is giving. Gesture’s platform allows you to set custom displays where you can choose to hide or show donor names, donation amounts and your running total. Here are a few examples of what this display screen looks like:

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This display includes the donor name and a thermometer which shows your goal and how much has been raised so far.

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In this example, the donor name and total amount raised is shown. 

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The third example shows how you can include the donor name, donation amount, and the total raised so far.

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The final display example just shows donation amounts and the total raised, which gives your guests anonymity. 

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Some items, like dinner with your school’s Principal or President, are easy to duplicate. If there are two individuals willing to pay $2,000 for the chance to dine with the head of your school, why turn one down? Determine these items in advance and play it by ear the night of the event. If there’s enough interest, give the item away twice. Instruct the auctioneer to ask the runner up if they will pay their highest bid amount for the same prize.

so easy it feels like cheating 4. Be creative & specific

Which silent auction item would you be more likely to bid on…

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Probably the “Explore Chicago” one, right? Adding more pictures, details and descriptive language will entice your guests to bid on that item. Spending an extra five minutes of choosing a fun title and writing creative copy could be the difference between making $200 and $700.

Interested in bringing your auction to the next level? Contact Gesture today!

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Ace Your Auction: Unique Items for School Auctions

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Ace Your Auction: Unique Items for School Auctions

Very specific groups of people attend school fundraisers and bid on their auction items. It’s a good idea to pinpoint items that will entice these groups, which include parents, teachers, alumni and members of the community at large. Our fundraising experts have put together a list of items that have performed well at school events.

This list first appeared in a Gesture blog post on January 14, 2016:

  • Prime Parking Spot – Parking close is a commodity for most schools who have limited parking spaces for students and/or faculty.
  • VIP Pickup Pass – Being treated like a VIP for the day or year is something worth bidding on for parents and students alike.
  • Pre-Planned Parties – A class party is one of more exciting parts of school that students look forward to and winning one in an auction makes for a fun way to reward fundraising.
  • Student Artwork – Parents love to display their kids’ artwork. Make this an instant buy item or part of your silent auction.
  • Bikes (for all ages) – Promotes healthy activity and being outdoors, two things schools are constantly trying to find a way to promote more.
  • Sign-up parties – Sign up parties are instant buy items that generate a lot of interest! From spa days for moms to golf outings for dads to pool parties for students, sign-up parties get are some of the most popular items we’ve seen. 
  • Teacher’s Day Off – Bid to help your favorite teacher get an extra day off.
  • Dinner with the Principal or President – Instead of being sent to the Principal’s Office for some type of misbehavior, your family can join the Principal of your school for a fun meal.
  • Homecoming & Prom Package – Everything your child needs for a safe and memorable prom night. This could include a coupon for a dress, a spray tan, a post-prom activity and more.

Additional items our fundraising experts have seen do well include:

  • Dress Down Days – Schools with uniform requirements can let parents bid on a dress down day for their children.
  • Front Row for School Play/Concert/etc. – Getting the front row is always an experience, especially if a parent’s child is the star in the play. 
  • Principal for a Day – Give a student the chance to spend the day in the principal’s office – and not because they’re in trouble.
  • Experience with Favorite Teacher (pizza party, movie, etc.) – Ask your teachers to come up with an activity – like a pizza party or after-school gym class – that parents can bid on for their children.
  • Graduation Package – Anything that could come in handy for graduation day, from front-row seats, a premium parking pass, free cap and gown, or even a coupon for a hair salon so the graduate can look their best on their big day.
  • Major sports tickets – These always do well! Not only will this appeal to all of your event attendees, but parents love spending money on their kids, and this is a great family activity. Find links to your local teams in our regional Corporate Donation Guides (NortheastWest and Southeast; Southwest and Midwest coming soon!).
  • School Sports Package – A package with school spirit wear, season passes to football and basketball games, and more!

Learn how Gesture can help with your next auction by contacting us today!

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Gestures of the Week (September 17 – 23)

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 September 17 – 23.

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gestures-of-the-week-september-17-23-cancer8-year-old boy’s gesture helping friend ‘kick’ cancer

8-year-old CJ Hardy has learned a lot from karate – he takes lessons at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts in West Knoxville. “Like this!” he said, throwing a punch in the air. He also learned this mantra: “I chose to be a positive part of my community by using the tenants outside of the academy.” Lately, CJ is putting that phrase to good use, and teaching some of the adults in his life, as well. Recently, his best friend and classmate at Rocky Hill Elementary, Lucas Jones, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer that begins in the leg muscles. Read more…


gestures-of-the-week-september-17-23-homecomingHomecoming king turns crown over to friend and runner-up with cerebral palsy

Fossil Ridge High School quarterback Max Akin is usually getting attention for his moves on the field. But this time, it was for a play he made during halftime. The 17-year-old Texas senior was recently named homecoming king by his classmates. After accepting the honor, Akin posed for photos with the homecoming queen. Then he beckoned to one of his fellow nominees, friend and football team manager, K.L. Norwood, who has cerebral palsy. After Norwood walked over, Akin said a few words, bent down on one knee and turned over his crown. Read more…


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In New York, acts of kindness flourish after Chelsea attack

As it happens over and over again whenever we are confronted with tragedy or terror, small acts of kindness by every day people offer up a sort of karmic balance in our world. This was in full display in New York after the Saturday night explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Here’s how people are making a difference through simple gestures. Read more…


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Local artist dropping free art around downtown Johnson City

Thousands of artists all around the world celebrated World Art Drop Day on Sept. 6 by hiding pieces of their work and disclosing its location through social media. But one local artist is taking the generous gesture a step further. Every Friday in October, fine artist and image maker Jocelyn Mathewes will hide her artwork somewhere in downtown Johnson City and post a hint about the art’s location on her blog and Facebook page. Read more…


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This Is the Super Sweet Thing Taylor Swift Did for America’s Got Talent Winner Grace VanderWaal

Twelve-year-old Grace VanderWaal captured our hearts (right alongside everyone else’s, including the notoriously icy Simon Cowell!) with her happy-go-lucky attitude and her insane musical talent, ultimately earning her the grand prize on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. So beloved was Grace, in fact, that Simon even famously went so far as to deem her “the next Taylor Swift.” Now, the RL Taylor Swift is expressing her opinion of Grace following the pre-teen’s win through the sweet gesture she made in the form of a giant bouquet of flowers. Read more…

 

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Corporate Donation List Southeast

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 southeast mapThe Corporate Donation List for the Southeast 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: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia

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

Get access to our national Corporate Donation List now!

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Gift Cards

21c Museum Hotel – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Bentonville, AK; Louisville, KY; Durham, NC; Lexington, KY; Oklahoma City, OK; Goshen, KY – click on the location nearest you for the closest donation page

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Children’s education organizations in Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee

Boar’s Head Inn – Accommodation gift certificates – Open to all nonprofit organizations, with top priority given to those located near Charlottesville, VA

Booksamillion – Schools, churches, organizations and charities that encourage and promote reading, literacy and education

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Crabtree Valley Mall – Organizations that serve the local community near Raleigh, NC

GW Fins – Children’s educational, recreational and art endeavors near New Orleans, LA

Heine Brothers’ Organic Fair Trade Coffee – Open to all nonprofit organizations nears Louisville, KY

IP Casino & Spa – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Jason’s Deli – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Lettuce Entertain You – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Virginia

Mi Salon Spa – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 20 miles of Florence, KY

The Original Oyster House – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Alabama/Gulf Shores area

Raising Canes – Education, active lifestyles, feeding the hungry, pet welfare, chamber or professional organizations in Louisiana

U.S. Beef Corp (Arby’s and Taco Bueno) – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arkansas and Oklahoma

War Eagle Mill – Food & nutrition, sustainability organizations in Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma

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.

Abita Brewing CompanyProducts, merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Abita Springs, LA

Adventure Landing – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida and North Carolina

Alabama Chanin – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Alabama Gulf Coast ZooZoo passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Allstate Beverage Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alabama and Florida

American Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Apple Blossom Brewing Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Fayetteville, AK

Atlanta FalconsFalcon merchandise – Organizations that support youth and focus on one or more of the following areas: health, arts, athletics, physical fitness or education in Georgia

Atlanta HawksMemorabilia, tickets – Health, physical fitness, arts or education within a 75 mile radius of the Phillips Arena in Atlanta

Barter TheatreTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Abingdon, VA

Bike BeatGoods – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Williamsburg, Newport, Hilltop North, and Chesapeake, VA

Brown Hotel – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Louisville, KY

Busch GardensTickets – Environmental protection and conservations programs, youth and families, health, education and the community in Florida, or organizations planning a Florida travel package

Carnival Cruises – Arts/culture, community affairs, education, health & human services

Carolina HurricanesTickets, signed hockey memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in North Carolina

The Carolina Inn – Organizations focusing on health & welfare, children, arts & education, sports near Chapel Hill, NC

Carolina PanthersMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofits organizations in North and South Carolina

Carolina RailhawksTickets, team memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Cary, NC

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida

Charleston Harbor ToursPasses – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Charleston, SC

Charlotte HornetsMerchandise – Education, hunger, military and wellness in North and South Carolina

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Braselton, GA

Chattanooga Zoo2 adult & 2 children tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Cheekwood Art & Gardens – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Nashville, TN

The Children’s Museum of the UpstateAdmission passes – Organizations focusing on families, children and/or education efforts near Greenville, SC

Churchill Downs Incorporated – Organizations that focus on industry-related initiatives, public health & welfare, or art & education near Louisville, KY

Community CoffeeCoffee produts – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Lousiana

Crayola ExperienceTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Orlando, FL

Creation MuseumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Petersburg, KY

The Dali MuseumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida

Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone gear – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Virginia

Dinosaur WorldTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Plant City, FL

Disney World – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Durham Performing Arts CenterVIP Amenities to a show, including parking, drinks and guaranteed seating in the first 15 rows – Charities have to buy their own tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Durham, NC

The Florida AquariumGeneral admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Zephyrhills, FL

Florida PanthersAutographed memorabilia, tickets – Organizations that benefit children’s healthcare, education and cultural needs in Southern Florida

The Founders Inn & Spa – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Virginia Beach, VA

GatorlandTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Orlando, FL

Georgia AquariumTickets – Nonprofits, educational, cultural and children’s organizations in Georgie, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida

Greensboro Grasshoppers – Organizations making a different in the community near Greensboro< NC and the surrounding North Carolina triad area

Greenville ZooRegular admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Carolina

GW FinsFood – Children’s educational, recreational and art endeavors near New Orleans, LA

Heine Brothers’ Organic Fair Trade CoffeeBrewed coffee, ground/whole bean coffee, merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations nears Louisville, KY

Hershey – Organizations with a focus on providing basic nutrition to children to help them learn and grow near Memphis, TN

Hollywood Wax MuseumAdmission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 100 miles of Pigeon Forge, TN

Horses Help!General admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Lexington, KY

Husk Restaurant – Products – Open to all nonprofit organizations

iFly Virginia BeachEarn your wings package, 50% discount on larger packages – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Virginia Beach, VA

Jacksonville Armada Memorabilia, ticket packages – Children’s health, youth soccer and military services in the greater Jacksonville, FL area

Jacksonville Jaguars – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Jason Dufner’s Charitable FoundationAutographed memorabilia – Organizations that supply food to those in need

Jason’s Deli – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline ParkBounce passes, fun passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee

Kennedy Space CenterTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida or who are putting together a “Travel to Florida” package

Kentucky Science CenterAdmission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Kentucky

Lanier Island – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Buford, GA

Legoland Florida Resort – Organizations that promote creativity, fun, development, play and learning where the child is empowered in Central Florida

Lexington LegendsTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Lexington, KY

Lexington Opera House – Tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Lexington, KY

Little Rock Zoo – General admission, family memberships – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Little Rock, AR

Louisiana LotteryMerchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Louisiana

Lucky Ladd FarmsFamily four pack tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Eagleville, TN

Maker’s Mark – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Loretto, KY

Malco TheatresTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Memphis, TN

Margaritaville Resort & Casino – Economic development, charities which their employees are directly involved, charitable organizations and those that focus on the core values of the business near Bossier City, LA

Marquee CinemasTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virgina and West Virginia

Memphis GrizzliesMemorabilia – Priority given to organizations that serve youth in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee

Memphis RedbirdsTickets, items – Organizations with a focus on education, sports, youth & family, health services & wellness near Memphis, TN

Miami Dolphins – Health, education and youth football in Southern Florida

Miami HeatSports memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 75 miles of the American Airlines Arena in Miami

Miami MarlinsCollectible items, tickets, autographed merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Southern Florida

Mid-America Science MuseumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arkansas

Mississippi Braves – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Mississippi

Mortimer’s Pub – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Charlotte, NC

Nashville BalletTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in central Tennessee

Nashville Predators – Disadvantaged youth, development, educational, wellness and youth hockey programs in the middle Tennessee communities

Nashville Shores Lakeside ResortTickets to the waterpark – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nashville SymphonyTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Nashville, TN

Nestle Purina – Pet welfare

New Orleans Pelicans – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Louisiana

New Orleans Saints – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Newport AquariumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in northern Kentucky

North Carolina Symphony – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Raleigh, NC

Northwest Arkansas NaturalsMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arkansas

Old Bust Head Brewing CompanyBeer for event, raffle/auction items – Special consideration given to local organizations that support trails, historic resources, land preservation, and sustainable agriculture. Extra special consideration given to efforts that support clean water, clean air and the environment. Organizations should be located near Warrenton, VA

Omni Hotels & Resorts – Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Atlanta, GA

Orlando Magic – Organizations supporting education, hunger relief and health & wellness in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties

Perfect North SlopesActivity vouchers – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Kentucky

Raising CanesGift basket – Education, active lifestyles, feeding the hungry, pet welfare, chamber or professional organizations in Louisiana

Raleigh BrewingBeer, merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Riverbanks Zoo & GardenAdmission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Columbia, SC

Royal Caribbean – Children & families, education and marine conservation

The Scott Family Amazeum – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Bentonville, AR

SeaWorld Orlando – Open to all nonprofit organizations and schools

Six Flags Over GeorgiaTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Snowshoe MountainMid-week recreation vouchers – Organizations with a focus on health & welfare, children & families, arts & education or recreation near Snowshoe, WV

South Carolina State MuseumFamily four-pack – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Carolina

South Carolina Stingrays – Open to all nonprofit organizations near North Charleston, SC

South Florida Science Center and AquariumTickets – Education, youth or families, and building strong communities in South Florida

The Southern NashvilleProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Tales of the CocktailTickets, gift item – Open to all nonprofit organizations in New Orleans, LA

Tampa Bay BuccaneersMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Marion, Citrus, Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Orange, Seminole, Pasco, Polk, Osceola, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, De Soto, Sarasota and Charlotte counties

Tampa Bay LightningMerchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations, with priority given to those in west central Florida

Tampa Bay RaysMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Florida

Tennessee Performing Arts CenterTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Nashville, TN

Tennessee Titans – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Tennessee, northern Alabama and southern Kentucky

Treetop QuestAdmission – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Buford, GA and Dunwoody, GA

Trek Bicycle Store Raleigh – Organizations or events with a bicycling focus or a charitable and/or education focus on benefitting youth near Raleigh, NC

Trek Bicycle Store South Carolina – Open to all nonprofit organizations in South Carolina

U.S. Beef Corp (Arby’s and Taco Bueno)Food and paper products – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arkansas and Oklahoma

Universal Studios Florida – Organizations that educate youth and strengthen the community

University of MississippiHead coach autographed ball – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Mississippi

Virginia Air & Space CenterTwo exhibit admission passes – Organizations and schools that align with their mission to educate, entertain and inspire the next generation of explorers through STEM

VIRginia International Raceway – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Alton, VA

Virginia Repertory TheatreTicket vouchers – Open to all nonprofit organizations in central Virginia

Virginia ZooFamily fun four-pack of tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

Walton Arts CenterTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Fayetteville, AK

War Eagle Mill – Food & nutrition, sustainability organizations in Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma

West Virginia Black Bears – Open to all nonprofit organizations within 50 miles of Morgantown, WV

Wheeling IslandRestaurant or hotel coupons – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Wheeling, WV

Wild River County – Daily admission passes – Open to all nonprofit organizations near North Little Rock, AK

Wilderness at the SmokiesWaterpark passes, overnight stay packages – Organizations that make lasting, positive change in the community and that aid in the improvement of the well-being and happiness of families & children near Sevierville, TN

Wintergreen ResortMid-week recreation vouchers – Organizations with a focus on health & welfare, children & families, arts & education or sports near Wintergreen, Va

Wyland GalleriesArtwork – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Zoo AtlantaGeneral admission tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Atlanta, GA

Corporate Donation List Southeast Direct Donations

Alabama Chanin – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Alabama Outdoors – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alabama

Allstate Beverage Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alabama and Florida

American Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Apple Blossom Brewing Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Fayetteville, AK

Arvest Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arkansas and Oklahoma

B&B Beverage Co. – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Bliss Cupcake Cafe -Open to all nonprofit organizations near Fayetteville, AK

BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama – Health, wellness and education organizations in Alabama

Busch Gardens – Organizations with a focus on advancing educational and environmental initiatives, and children in the communities closest to the parks, from Richmond to Virginia Beach, VA

Churchill Downs Incorporated – Organizations that focus on industry-related initiatives, public health & welfare, or art & education near Louisville, KY

Culligan – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alabama

Delta Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Devils Backbone Brewing Company – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Virginia

Dollar Tree – Organizations that improve the quality of life for socio-economically disadvantaged families

Family Dollar – Programs that provide basic necessities of life, including food, clothing and shelter, to low-income and low-middle income families, including senior citizens, minorities and at-risk youth

Golden Nugget – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Lousiana

Hershey – Organizations with a focus on providing basic nutrition to children to help them learn and grow near Memphis, TN

Hertz – Education, environment, safety and travel with an emphasis on children & families

Hilton Worldwide – Creating opportunities, strengthening community, celebrating cultures and living sustainably

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alabama

Jo-Ann Fabrics – Arts & education, health & wellness and military support

Margaritaville Resort & Casino – Economic development, charities which their employees are directly involved, charitable organizations and those that focus on the core values of the business near Bossier City, LA

Mortimer’s Pub – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Charlotte, NC

Pearl River Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Choctaw, MS

Pinnacle Entertainment (hotels and casinos) – Spreading love through food, serving those who served (veterans and active military), supporting efforts in finding a cure for cancer, strengthening communities, or caring for senior citizens near Bossier City, LA; New Orleans, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; and Lake Charles, LA

Raleigh Brewing – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Royal Caribbean – Children & families, education and marine conservation

Scott Crump Toyota – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alabama

Serra Mazda – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alabama

Serra Toyota – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Birmingham and central Alabama

Tales of the CocktailTickets, gift item – Open to all nonprofit organizations in New Orleans, LA

Whole Foods Miami – Environmental preservation and preventative healthcare through nutrition, hunger relief, organic farming/sustainable food resources, or education on any of the above

Corporate Donation List Southeast Grants

Bank of America – Workforce development and education, community development, basic needs

Carnival Cruises – Arts/culture, community affairs, education, health & human services

Carolina Panthers – Nonprofits with a focus on educational, athletic and human services needs of communities throughout North and South Carolina; resources are also made available to arts, science and civic organizations in the Carolinas (Please note, the deadline is March 1 every year)

Coca-Cola – Water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling and education

Georgia Power – Organizations that improve the quality of life for the state’s residents, with a preference given to Georgia-based organizations

Home Depot – Veteran housing and community repair

Nestle PurinaFor pet shelters – Pet welfare organizations

Office Depot – Disaster relief & recovery, schools, libraries, government agencies and nonprofits

Royal Caribbean – Children & families, education and marine conservation

Virginia Repertory TheatreTicket grants for those who can’t afford them – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Richmond Metro area

West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Corporate Donation List Southeast Sponsorships

Alabama Chanin – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Arvest Bank – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Arkansas and Oklahoma

B&B Beverage Co. – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Bank of America – Art exhibitions, events and performances

Bliss Cupcake Cafe – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Fayetteville, AK

Carnival Cruises – Arts/culture, community affairs, education, health & human services

Churchill Downs Incorporated – Organizations that focus on industry-related initiatives, public health & welfare, or art & education near Louisville, KY

Coca-Cola – Water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling and education

Delta Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills – Open to all nonprofit organizations near Zephyrhills, FL

Golden Nugget – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Lousiana

Hilton Worldwide – Creating opportunities, strengthening community, celebrating cultures and living sustainably

Louisiana Lottery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Louisiana

Margaritaville Resort & Casino – Economic development, charities which their employees are directly involved, charitable organizations and those that focus on the core values of the business near Bossier City, LA

Nestle Purina – Pet welfare

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In the News: Savvy nonprofits raise awareness and donations via social media

MultiBriefs included advice from Jim Alvarez, Gesture’s CEO, in an Exclusive article at the beginning of the month. His advice is geared towards nonprofits and how they can raise awareness and donations via social media.

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

Savvy nonprofits raise awareness and donations via social media

ceo shares how nonprofits raise awareness & donations via social mediaNonprofit organizations are driven to provide meaningful support to those they serve. Many nonprofits have unique and compelling stories that illustrate the impact of what they do.

Savvy nonprofits embrace social media to highlight stories, punctuated with engaging images along with video and audio clips to evoke emotional responses from supporters. Adding a distinct call to action puts nonprofits in the driver’s seat to increase revenue opportunities.

Social media offers multiple ways to make an impact. How do you unlock the mystery of social media to reach your audience, drive actions and increase donations? Careful, thoughtful research and planning are essential to help you stand out.

Planning posts

Establish clear objectives. Who are you trying to reach? Why do you want to reach them? What clear-cut action you are seeking to achieve?

These answers will help determine whether Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest or a combination would be the best platform for your purpose. It’s possible you will use multiple social media outlets yet tweak your approach with timing and content to best suit each audience.

The timing of posts across social media should be taken into consideration. Support date-centric activities. Work backward and determine how far in advance you need to begin. Focus on your targeted social media audience and determine how often you’ll want to post — daily, weekly, bi-weekly and so on.

Develop a task list that includes a variety of posts, identifying when to repeat themes. Layer ideas and actions leading up to your activity whether it’s an appeal, open house, volunteer drive or special event.

Link your social media campaigns to actionable goals. For example, to support a major capital campaign, create messages that tell the story about what you do and how additional support will increase the positive impact on those you serve. Include images or brief video clips to highlight your content.

Choosing a platform

Keep your donors in mind, and tweak messaging across social media. Matching your desired donor with the right message and platform helps drive up the revenue stream.

If you are seeking major donors, LinkedIn’s network for professionals may be the best format. LinkedIn offers a variety of ways to capture the interest of current and potential major donors, such as creating a group and contributing to the discussions.

Use LinkedIn to post relevant information, yet be mindful to follow group rules in regards to promotion. Sharpen your donor intel by checking out supporters’ LinkedIn profiles to learn what groups to they belong to and learn who else they support.

If you are targeting mid-level donors, consider Facebook. Facebook has more than 1.6 billion users, ranging across multiple demographics.

Build a presence by uploading tailored photo albums that may also include words. Create special event pages to promote specific fundraising activities. Videos may also help capture your audience providing more details in an engaging informative style. Add a call to action. Facebook also allows nonprofits the option of “Donate Now” to help drive donations directly to your cause.

Twitter’s 140-character limit makes posts seem more conversational. Twitter remains popular with users between 18-29 but has also gained traction amid the 30-49-year-olds. Stay on top of Twitter by replying to supporters in a timely manner to better engage and encourage more sharing. Retweet posts to gain more followers and spread your message to a broader group.

Both Facebook and Twitter are helpful tools to promote fundraising events. Be sure to understand your specific goals such as driving attendance, increasing raffle sales, advance auction bids or to spread the word.

Pinterest provides a flow of information with a creative flair targeting female supporters — 42 percent of women on the internet use Pinterest. Think of ways to visually share your message combining images of both words and pictures, and increase exposure to both special events and sponsors. If one of your sponsors is a local clothing store, salon or jeweler, use Pinterest to show off a few dresses, hairstyles and/or jewelry that can be worn to the event, offering both your sponsors and attendees value.

Videos have grown in popularity and greatly increase social media impact. Videos can be housed on YouTube, allowing organizational tools into playlists and homepage customization that helps nonprofits stand out to share their message. Keep videos short — two to three minutes can say a lot. Snapchat is helpful for sending both impactful photos and short videos that can remain live for 24 hours helping to create some timely “buzz.”

Tracking posts

Always be sure to monitor posts across all social media so you can quickly engage supporters who comment or reshare your posts. This helps build rapport and expand exposure through their social media networks, increasing your overall reach. Learn how your supporters use social media and add to your plans for future posts.

Developing a clearly defined strategic plan for social media unlocks the mystery and potential profits.


About the Author

Jim Alvarez: ceo shares how nonprofits raise awareness & donations via social media

Jim Alvarez is the founder and CEO of full-service mobile bidding company Gesture. Gesture has helped nonprofits across the country raise over $300 million since 2011 through the use of technology. Alvarez is the recipient of the Chicago Innovation Award and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award for his innovative idea and launch of Gesture. Alvarez drives the growing company to make hope happen for nonprofits developing innovative ideas that embrace technology.


Find the full article on MultiBriefs!

Article originated on September 6, 2016.

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