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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.

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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!

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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.

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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…


Gestures of the Week September 17 - 23 New York

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…


Gestures of the Week September 17 - 23 Free Art
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…


Gestures of the Week September 17 - 23 Grace & Taylor
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

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

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

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

Royal Caribbean – Children & families, education and marine conservation

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

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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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Gestures of the Week (September 10 – 16)

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

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gestures-of-the-week-september-10-16-school-busSchool Bus Driver Lauded for Saving 20 Children From Inferno

A Maryland bus driver is being hailed today as a hero after she helped 20 elementary school students off a bus and to safety as a fire quickly enveloped their school bus in just seconds. Officials in Prince George’s County said that around 4:45 p.m. Monday, firefighters with the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company were called to a school bus fire in College Park. Dash-cam footage captured and released Monday by fire officials showed bright-orange flames erupting inside the bus as thick, black smoke poured out of the vehicle. Read more…


gestures-of-the-week-september-10-16-rachael-raySan Antonio man’s gesture inspires TV host Rachael Ray to pay-it-forward to S.A. school

The story of a San Antonio man’s “pay-it-forward” move to help a teacher stock her classroom with supplies warmed hearts across the nation last month, including that of cook and national TV talk show host, Rachael Ray, who featured them on-air on Tuesday in New York City. Sabrina Drude is a 2nd-year teacher at Francis Scobee Middle School. During her appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, she explained how she was bullied as a child and works hard to ensure none of her students are excluded, especially for socioeconomic reasons preventing them from having school supplies. Read more…

We featured the original news story in the Gestures of the Week (August 20 – 26). We love seeing how one kind gesture can inspire others!


gestures-of-the-week-september-10-16-9-11Volunteers give baked goods to EMS personnel and firefighters

The city organized another tribute to the first responders who died in the September 11th terror attacks. Members of the city’s Senior Companion Program delivered baked goods to EMS personnel and firefighters on Tuesday. “The moment the towers fell, the first thing that came to your mind was you knew there were people that were still inside of that building,” Captain James Brown said as he recalled the day that shook the nation. In the aftermath, several firefighters from this Corpus Christi fire station decided to go to New York to help. This year, for the fifteen year anniversary, the women of Senior Companions did something special to honor EMS and first responders. Read more…


gestures-of-the-week-september-10-16-piggy-bankMom Raising Money For Important Cause Discovers Son’s Sweet Surprise

While raising money for an event dedicated to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) awareness, Shelby E. realized she had a special donor: her 6-and-a-half-year-old son. Shelby, a mom of two, shared a photo on Instagram of her son’s piggy bank, a couple $1 dollar bills and a note with the word “mommy” on it. In the post, she wrote that her son Parker must have overheard her on the phone explaining how she was raising money to create awareness for PCOS before a 5K walk/run at Georgia Tech on Sept. 25 in which she’s participating. During her chat, Shelby mentioned she was close to her goal, prompting Parker to donate the money in his piggy bank. Read more…


gestures-of-the-week-september-10-16-flightStranger’s Incredible Act Of Kindness Moves Airline Passenger To Tears

It’s no wonder so many parents dread flying with young children. Caring for babies in ridiculously tight quarters while trying to avoid disturbing fellow passengers is a tall order in and of itself. Combine that with the fact that few aspects of air travel, with the exception of pre-boarding the plane, are designed for the comfort of parents traveling with children, and the whole experience seems understandably challenging. But one stranger’s kind act demonstrated how easy it is to make the situation far more pleasant for everyone. Read more…


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400 Students Gather Outside Cancer-Stricken Teacher’s Home to Sing

Hundreds of students serenaded their beloved teacher Mr. Ellis outside his home last week to show support during his fight with an aggressive cancer. “It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” said Nate Morrow, headmaster at the school where Ellis works. “He is one of the kindest and intentionally loving people I’ve ever met in my life. I think that’s what really characterizes him. He’s always pursuing other people in wanting to get to know them and love them.” Read more…


gestures of the week september 10 - 16 cheerleaderNorCal High School Football Team Honors Cancer-Stricken Cheerleader Before Game

When a cheerleader from Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, California, was diagnosed with leukemia, her football family stepped up big time. One by one, all 57 members of the team laid an orange rose at Ashley Adamietz’s feet before a game last week. Orange is the color of leukemia awareness; Ashley was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in August. Adamietz tweeted she was “shocked, overwhelmed, and speechless,” not just by the football team’s beautiful gesture, but also by all the support she’s gotten during her cancer battle. Read more…

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In the News: Party on, Wayne: 7 startups using tech to help plan your next event

Built in Chicago included Gesture in their recent article, “Party on, Wayne: 7 startups using tech to help plan your next event.”

Find the full article on Built in Chicago, or read Gesture’s except below. Contact us to see how we can help you raise more at your next fundraising event!

Party on, Wayne: 7 startups using tech to help plan your next event

using tech to help plan your next event

Charity auctions are a great way to raise money for a good cause, but squeezing in the actual auction among dinners, speeches and socializing can be tough. Gesture modernizes silent auctions with an easy-to-use mobile app so donors can give whenever they feel like it. Not only does that let organizers streamline events, but it also opens up the opportunity for more donations.

Find the full article on Built in Chicago!

Article originated at Built in Chicago. Written by James Risley. 

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Gesture Team Member Spotlight

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Erin Phillips

Senior Account Manager, Chicago, IL

Erin has been with Gesture for four years, since she first started as a Gesture Pro in May 2012. In her current role as Senior Account Manager, Erin manages a team of Account Managers (AMs). These AMs work directly with our charity partners to provide support and guidance as they prepare for their fundraisers and auctions.

What initially drew you to Gesture?
I worked my first event as a Gesture Pro in May of 2012. At the time, there were only a handful of full time employees and I agreed to work a few events to help out a friend. I was working a full-time job but thought it would be a great idea to try something new on my days off.

It only took one event for me to see the impact the Gesture team and technology had on the success of the organization’s fundraising. Not only were the donors having fun, but the client gave hugs all around for making their lives easier as well. From then on, I was hooked! I quickly realized that this is exactly where I needed to be.

What positions have you held as a Gesture employee? How did it lead you to the position you currently hold?
I went from a Gesture Pro to an On-Site Manager to an Event Production Manager and then to my current role as a Senior Account Manager. It sounds like a lot when you jot it down, but really it’s been a natural transition seeing the full scope of the event from all sides!

Tell us a little bit about what it’s like watching the company grow from your perspective.
There are so many times where you’ll hear someone referencing the “old days” but what’s funny is the quote unquote old days that they are referencing might have only been a year ago. That’s a testament to how quickly things at Gesture grow. It’s been so exciting to grow with a company that’s always innovating.

What is your favorite part about working at Gesture?
Each day is another opportunity to help charities exceed their fundraising goals. Gesture’s mission, combined with working with technology and the best team ever, makes each day worth coming back for!

How many events have you worked?
I’ve worked on-site at 100+ events and have been the Production Manager behind the scenes for nearly 300.

What has been your favorite event, and why?
Each March Ronald McDonald House Charities Chicago hosts their annual gala and I make it a point to be able to go. They do a great job keeping things light and fun but ensuring that guests know their mission and reason for opening up their hearts (and wallets) that evening. I also love attending school events. One of my favorites was themed “College Days.” The parents got to dress in their spirit wear and play all their favorite college games all while raising money for their kid’s school.

What would your co-workers be surprised to learn about you?
I show pictures and talk about my English Bulldog all the time. I think they’d be surprised to know that up until a year ago I was actually scared of dogs. I never imagined myself getting my own!

When you’re not at work, what do you do to keep busy?
I spend as much time as I can with my 3 year old nephew and 1 year old niece. They are a handful but so funny and so much fun! If I’m not with them you can probably find me picking up knick knacks at Homegoods!

When you were a kid, what was your dream job?
Olympic gymnast. Things obviously took a turn along the way.

Interested in working for Gesture? Check out our job openings today!

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People want to act on what’s important to them, to contribute to the success of something that matters. But often the business of charity interferes with the experience of giving. Since 2011, we’ve partnered with organizations to capture each helping hand, each friendly smile, and each round of applause by turning inspiration into action.

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