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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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Gestures of the Week (September 3 – 9)

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

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Gestures of the Week September 2 - 9 NurseFlight nurse’s kind gesture after man’s death inspires daughter’s career

On the hot Saturday night of Labor Day weekend in 2002, Jon Hagen was working his regular evening shift as a flight nurse on a medical helicopter in Wisconsin when a call came through about a rollover accident on a rural highway. Hagen and his partner rushed to the scene and airlifted a critically injured man to the nearest trauma center. The patient, who looked about the same age as Hagen, died minutes after arriving at the emergency room. But something about the case haunted Hagen, a married father of two. “For some reason, this one stuck,” Hagen said. “Here’s a guy that’s I don’t know how far from home, traveling alone … You think about that and you wonder if they had family, kids, what they were doing.” Read more…


Gestures of the Week September 3 - 9 CarsTennessee Auto body Repair Shop Gives Away 11 Cars To Families in Need

Jonathan Schmitt, the owner of an auto body repair shop in Tennessee, has decided to give away 11 cars to families in need. His generous gesture was inspired by over three thousand nominations received online, where he and his wife learned about many families that are in dire need of a transportation solution. Mr. Schmitt first thought about giving away a car to someone in 2013, when he heard the story of an unfortunate family, and gave them a vehicle for free to have a way to get around. Read more…


Gestures of the Week September 2 - 9 Olive GardenFirst responders appreciate gesture by Olive Garden

Olive Garden restaurants across the country honored first responders with a lunch today. It’s Labor Day, but for first responders at the Central Fire Station in Okemos, it’s just another day at the office. “It seems that there’s some years you work all the holidays and then other years you have all of the holidays off. It’s kind of the luck of the draw,” said Okemos Central Fire Station Captain Bill Richardson. So, as firefighters sacrifice their Labor Day to keep you safe, one restaurant is giving back to show them thanks. Read more…


Gestures of the Week September 2 - 9 CopHumble Cop Touches Hearts With Selfless Gesture For Homeless Man

An Oregon cop’s spontaneous act of kindness is touching thousands of hearts. Officer Brent Gaither went above and beyond the call of duty to help out a homeless man who walked shoeless into his North Bend police station on Aug. 25. After hearing how the man had walked 6 miles in just his socks so he could report the theft of his boots and other possessions the previous evening, Gaither went and bought him some new footwear from a nearby thrift store. Read more…

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Go Big and Go Home: Host Your Event on Campus

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Go Big and Go Home: Host Your Event on Campus

There’s no better way to get in the spirit of raising funds for your school than to host your event right on campus! You can show off new school features and play up the nostalgic feeling among alumni and current/past parents that might motivate them to give a little more than planned. Let’s not forget you’ll save on cost hosting in-house.

We know planning an event can be a daunting task so here are some ideas you need to keep in mind as you begin to plan your on-campus event:

The Necessities

  • Caterer: This is one of the most important vendors when holding an event on-campus. Finding a caterer that will also provide servers (if a plated dinner) would make your work easier.
  • Bar services: Your donors will be expecting to have something to drink – both alcoholic and nonalcoholic – at your event.
  • Florist/Decor: Flowers are the traditional centerpieces used at gala dinners, but buying items that you can reuse, such as decorative lanterns or vases with floating candles, would save you money in the long run. Another option is to prepare to auction or raffle off the centerpieces!
  • DJ/Band: Keep your guests entertained and the atmosphere up.
  • Photographer: Whether it’s a staff member or a professional photographer, you’ll want to make sure someone is there solely to capture pictures of the event.
  • Designer/Printer: To design and print everything from your invitations to your event signage.
  • Mobile Technology: Offer an easy way for everyone to support you from anywhere. Contact Gesture for more information!

Fun Additions

  • Servers: If the caterer does not provide servers, you may want to hire a company who will do so. To save on cost, student volunteers are always a great route.
  • Lighting: Set the mood by renting an uplighting system. This will help transform your gym or cafeteria.
  • AV team: If you don’t have volunteers or staff to help with your audio and visual needs, hiring a company will help make your event go off without a hitch.
  • Room block at a local hotel: If you know people will be traveling for your event (i.e. reunions), book a block of rooms at a local hotel, and provide a transportation option to and from.

Learn how Gesture can help make your on-campus event a success by contacting us today!

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Your Fall Event Study Guide

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Your Fall Event “Study Guide”

The 2016-2017 school year came fast, and so will your fall fundraiser! The Gesture team has prepared a fall event study guide to help you remember everything you’ll need to bump your fundraising grade from an “A” to an “A+!”

Fall Event Study Guide - 3 Months Out

□ Pick a venue

□ Determine seating/table availability and sponsorship opportunities

□ Pick a menu that caters to all of your guests needs – note allergies, vegetarians, etc.

□ Prepare program agenda for event

□ Create an appeal video to show your guests how their donations will make a difference – reserve AV equipment as needed

□ Finalize your auction items and have some fun promoting them on social media, in email campaigns and on your website

□ Send your special guests a personalized invitation – from your biggest donors to your speakers to your board of directors, a personalized invitation will go a long way

□ Put together committee

□ Decide on ticketing process/platform (Gesture announced an enhanced ticketing and registration process in August 2016!)

□ Impress your guests with awesome auction items by using Gesture’s 2016 Corporate Donation Guide (Remember that most corporations need at least 6 weeks notice!)

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□ Pick a theme – create a printed brochure and event signage to match the invitation

□ Bundle your silent auction items into themed baskets, and have fun coming up with clever names for each (examples: Movies, to match event theme, etc.)

□ Begin selling tickets

Fall Event Study Guide - 2 Weeks Out

□ Do a “run-through” with all of your volunteers and employees

□ Print Gesture display sheets for your auction items – current Gesture partners can do so by going to Items -> Manage Items -> Item Sheets, where you can customize your header and footer and generate the display sheets for all of your items

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□ Send appreciation letters to speakers, sponsors, donors and volunteers

□ Use Gesture’s dashboard, full of stats and easy-to-read charts, to help you complete your expense reports and evaluations

□ Review & pay bills

□ Send handwritten thank you’s

□ Get feedback from donors, guests and volunteers

□ Reconcile payments

□ Start brainstorming for next year!

Learn how Gesture can help you prepare for your next event by contacting us today!

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Corporate Donation List West

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 - West MapThe Corporate Donation List for the West 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: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

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

Big Sky Resort – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Costco – Children, education or health and human services

Grand Wailea (A Waldorf Astoria Resort) – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Honolulu Cookie – Organizations that support the arts in Oahu and Maui

Lettuce Entertain You – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California or Nevada

The Metropolitan Grill – Social services, medical/health, school, arts, or environmental

Minted – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Napa Valley Wine Train – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Star of Honolulu – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Hawaii

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.

8 Feathers Distillery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Idaho

Amazon – Schools

American Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the great Los Angeles area

Anaheim AngelsItems or tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Southern California

Anaheim Mighty Ducks – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Southern California

Anchorage MuseumTwo tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations and schools near Anchorage, Alaska

Chateau Montelena WineryAuction items or wine for your event – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California

Colorado AvalancheAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Colorado

Colorado RapidsAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Colorado

Colorado RockiesAutographs  from Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez or DJ LeMahieu on items of your choosing ($25 per autograph, but can be included in auctions and raffles) – Open to programs focusing on youth baseball & softball, education & literacy, and the prevention of drug & alcohol abuse in the Denver area

Costco – Children, education or health and human services

Denver BroncosSigned memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Colorado

Denver NuggetsAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Colorado

Diamond BakeryProducts, door prizes – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Hawaii

Disney Land – Open to all nonprofit organizations

EMP MuseumTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Seattle area

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Glacier Park, Inc. – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Montana

Golden State WarriorsAutographed memorabilia and promotional items – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Habit Burger – K-12 schools, youth, community groups and organizations benefitting the local community

Honolulu CookieCookies – Organizations that support the arts in Oahu and Maui

Island Air – Tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Hawaii

Joseph Phelps VineyardAuction certificate, bottle of wine – Open to all nonprofit organizations

LA ClippersTickets, merchandise or autographed memorabilia – Organizations benefitting children in Southern California

LA Dodgers – Open to all nonprofit organizations

LA GalaxyMemorabilia – Organizations assisting children in the greater Los Angeles area

LA Kings – Organizations that have a positive impact on the lives of children in the greater Los Angeles area

LA Lakers – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Southern California

LA Sparks – Organizations that promote basketball, education and health & fitness in Southern California

Meadowood Napa ValleyHotel rooms – Open to all nonprofit organizations

The Meritage Resort & Spa – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Mokulele AirlinesTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Hawaii

Mt. AshlandTwo lift tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nestle Purina – Pet welfare near San Diego, CA or Denver, CO

Nike – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nutiva – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Oakland A’sMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Bay area

Oakland RaidersMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Oregon SymphonyTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Otterbox – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Pacific Science CenterFour tickets – Organizations that promote or emphasize STEM education are given priority

Plump Jack Group – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Portland Trail BlazersSigned memorabilia, a clinic to be hosted at your school, discounted tickets or a speaker at your event – Organizations that benefit kids where they live, learn and play in Oregon or southwest Washington

REI – Supports efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature

Sacramento Kings – Open to all nonprofit organizations

San Diego ChargersMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Southern California

San Diego Padres – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the greater San Diego area

San Francisco 49ersMerchandise and/or memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Alaska, Hawaii and most of California

San Francisco GiantsSigned memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Bay area and Northern California

San Jose EarthquakesTickets, tours, fan packs, signed memorabilia and player cards – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California

San Jose SharksAutographed merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Bay area

Seattle MarinersPromotional items, tickets or autographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Seattle Seahawks – Organizations for youth athletics and education in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle StormTickets, merchandise and memorabilia – Nonprofits that serve women/girls and/or promote education & literacy or health & fitness in the state of Washington

SeaWorld San Diego – Youth and families, animals or the environment/conservation

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (San Francisco/Sacramento)Two tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Vallejo, CA

Six Flags Magic Mountain (LA)Two tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Southern California

South Coast Winery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California

Teatro ZinZanniTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

The Toggery – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Triple Play Family Fun Park – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Universal Studios HollywoodTickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California and Nevada

Utah JazzMerchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming

Western Wyoming BeveragesProducts – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Wyoming

Whitney Peak Hotel – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Northern Nevada

Zoo Boise – Four tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

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Commerce Bank of Wyoming – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Wyoming

Costco – Children, education or health and human services

Dr. Pepper/Snapple – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California

Idaho Central Credit Union – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Idaho

LA Clippers – Organizations benefitting children in Southern California

Oakland A’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations in the Bay area

South Coast Winery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California

Trader Joe’s – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Whitney Peak Hotel – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Northern Nevada

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Honolulu Cookie – Organizations that support the arts in Oahu and Maui

Minted – Open to all nonprofit organizations

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Amazon – Literary partnerrship for helping writers tell their stories and find their readers

Colorado Rockies – Organizations in youth baseball or softball, education & literacy and the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse in the Denver area

Costco – Children, education or health and human services

Google – Open to all nonprofit organizations – To be used for Google Ads

LA Lakers – Organizations that support youth through education, health & wellness and sports in Southern California

Nordstrom – Programs and organizations that care for kids and empower youth

REI – Supports efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature

Safeway Foundation – Hunger relief, education, health & human services, and assisting those with disabilities (All California, Nevada and Hawaii requests must be sponsored by an employee)

Union Bank – Affordable housing, community economic development, education, environment, human services

Wells Fargo – Local and national nonprofit housing organizations

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Idaho Central Credit Union – Open to all nonprofit organizations in Idaho

Plump Jack GroupWine or food sponsorship – Open to all nonprofit organizations

South Coast Winery – Open to all nonprofit organizations in California

Union Bank – Affordable housing, community economic development, culture and arts, education, emergency services, environment, health and human services

 

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Stories of Hope: The Miracle-Ear Foundation

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Stories of Hope – The Miracle-Ear 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 Miracle-Ear Foundation has one cause in mind: giving the gift of sound.

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Providing Sound for 20+ Years

Miracle-Ear, Inc. has been a trusted company for more than 65 years, creating hearing aids and custom made hearing protection products for millions of customers. What began as a locally-based company in Minnesota has grown into a corporation with franchises across the country, and their passion for “giving the gift of sound” has only grown with them.

In 1990, they established the Miracle-Ear Foundation in order to provide hearing aids, follow-up care and services to children 16 and younger from qualified families, free of charge. In the past few years, the foundation has expanded to fit adults, as well.

Miracle-Ear Events

In addition to fitting children and adults, the Miracle-Ear Foundation holds events and educates others on hearing loss prevention.

Since 2014, Gesture has partnered with the foundation to assist with their online auction, held during their yearly convention. This year, they raised $232,670.

One of their most effective events is called One Day Without Sound. The event takes place in May to coordinate with Better Hearing & Speech Month. Anyone can participate by taking the pledge to spend a day wearing noise-reduction earplugs. This lets you experience what it’s like to go without sound. The event, which is sponsored by Miracle-Ear, the Miracle-Ear Foundation, 3M and LG/GK, has grown from 500 participants to 10,000 since it began in 2014.

This one-day pledge encourages people to reflect on how precious hearing is and how important its role is in their everyday life, and then learn how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

The foundation also holds a 5K Walk or Run for Your Senses in May, and a Golf Classic in September.

The Miracle-Ear Foundation Impact

By bringing the gift of sound to those who could not afford it otherwise, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has eased the psychological effects brought on with hearing loss. Not only does it make simple tasks, like following along with your teacher in class, difficult, but also can lead to other health issues such as depression and chronic health conditions such as early on-set Alzheimer’s and dementia.

In 2015 alone, the Miracle-Ear Foundation fitted 950 children and adults with hearing aids, and has donated more than 10,000 hearing aids during its lifetime.

Learn more about the positive impact they’re making by hearing directly from their beneficiaries!

View more videos on their YouTube page, and remember to protect your hearing!

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Gestures of the Week (August 27 – September 2)

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 August 27-September 2 FSUOne sweet gesture by FSU’s Travis Rudolph makes mom of boy with autism cry

Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph will be an impact playmaker for the Seminoles offense on the field this season, but on Tuesday, he played an even more important role off the field — just by taking some time out of his day to have lunch with a middle schooler with autism who normally eats alone. Rudolph was at the middle school Tuesday afternoon when he spotted the student sitting by himself, so he walked over and decided to enjoy a couple slices of pizza with the boy. Little did he know why the child was sitting alone, nor the impact his simple, sweet action would have on the boy’s mother. Read more…


Boy’s simple gesture amazes grieving family of Jerry O’Keefe

The O’Keefe family, having been in the funeral-home business for 151 years, pulled out all the stops when patriarch, World War II flying ace and community philanthropist Jerry O’Keefe was laid to rest Saturday. There were poignant eulogies, veterans in uniform, pilots who flew the missing man formation, gospel singers and bag pipes graveside. But nothing topped a simple and spontaneous act by a little boy who knew of Mr. O’Keefe but never met him. The family saw the little boy after the funeral procession departed Biloxi and wound onto Porter Avenue in Ocean Springs. The boy stood barefoot on the roadside, hand over heart, in the driving rain. He held his position for the 30 minutes it took the procession to pass. Read more…


Gestures of the Week August 27 - September 2 ACCStranger’s act of kindness leaves student working way through college $1,000 richer 

Roberto Garcia worked his way through high school, and now is paying his way through college. The 2015 Navarro High School graduate, who works as a front desk agent for the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Seguin, said he was stunned last week when a stranger handed him $1,000 as an incentive to stay in school. “I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I had only met him for like a minute and he just handed it to me. I just told him how thankful I was, and how it was going to help me so much with college and it was just awesome.” Read more…


Oakland Raiders give game tickets to family of Brooklyn dad killed in fight over son’s stolen hat

The Oakland Raiders have offered free game tickets to the family of a Brooklyn father killed in a fight over his son’s stolen Raiders football cap. Gerald Cummings, 38, was fatally shot Aug. 3 after he confronted the thieves who allegedly swiped his son’s pricey Raiders cap. After the tragedy, Oakland running back Latavius Murray sent the family a signed football. “I’m very thankful,” Gerald Sealey, 17, told the Daily News. Read more…


Gestures of the Week August 27-September 2 QuiltsLocal quilting guild shares its work through shows, gifts to preschoolers

Entering an enormous school building for the first time can be a scary experience for a 4-year-old child, even when he or she is clutching the hand of a loved one. Presenting young scholars with their very own snuggly nap quilts and shiny new books can turn trepidation into squeals of joy. This generous gesture can have a profound effect on how youngsters view these institutes of learning.For nearly a decade, children enrolled in Albemarle County’s Bright Stars preschool program have enjoyed this Christmas-like experience on their first day of classes. The program provides learning experiences for 4-year-olds, as well as social support for them and their families. Read more…

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Gesture Athlete Wins Triathlon and Donates to Make a Wish Foundation

Make a Wish Foundation Benefits from Triathlon Win

On Sunday, August 7, eight Gesture team members completed the Naperville Sprint Triathlon.

Triathlon Win Benefits Make a Wish Foundation Group Picture

What started off as an office joke about who was the best Gesture athlete soon turned into an all-out competition as two individuals and two teams of three registered for the triathlon to prove their worth.

  • Jim Alvarez (CEO), Patrick Clore (Event Operations Manager) and John Polacek (Lead Web Developer)
  • Erin Phillips (Senior Account Manager), Caitie Eggl (Account Manager) and Lauren Finlon (Account Manager)
  • Individual competitor Katie Steinbach (Event Operations Coordinator)
  • Individual competitor Bryan Smoot (Account Manager)

More was at stake than their pride the morning of the race, however. Gesture staff across the country voted for the team or individual they thought would finish first. All of the money raised would then go to the winner’s charity of choice.

All of the Gesture team members crossed the finish line. Katie Steinbach led the pack, and finished first in her age bracket. The medal she received hangs proudly in the Gesture office, but the chance to donate $2,000 to the Make a Wish Foundation made the victory even sweeter. She stopped by their Milwaukee office on August 16 to drop off the check.

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Gestures of the Week (August 20-26)

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 20-26.

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Gestures of the Week August 20-26 Teacher SuppliesStranger waiting in line behind Texas teacher pays for her school supplies

Sabrina Drude was doing what many teachers do before the start of the school year — shopping for supplies for her students — when she noticed a man standing in line at Wal-Mart examining her items. With a cart full of hundreds of notebooks, pencils and markers, the seventh grade teacher was anticipating an eye roll or two as she checked out. Instead, she got a question, several actually. The man behind her, noticing she didn’t have any children with her, asked her why she needed the supplies. Read more…


Gestures of the Week August 20-26 KCKKCK officers send supplies to first responders working in Baton Rouge floods

Those who have been spending day and night helping the flood victims in Baton Rouge are getting a little help themselves thanks to a kind gesture from officers right here in the metro… People in the Pelican State have been battling flood waters for two weeks now, and that includes first responders, some of whom are now asking for a little help. Like those people they are helping, those first responders have also seen their supplies lost to the floods. Sgt. Dorsett said he noticed a Facebook post from the East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Service, in which one of that agency’s officers sent a plea to the public that EMS crews are in need of duty boots, much like the ones Dorsett wears, as well as belts and socks. Read more…


Gestures of the Week August 20-26 Adoption‘It was an amazing gift’: Teen proposes adoption in heartwarming video

A video of young woman’s gift to her stepfather at her high school graduation party is going viral. “It was an amazing gift. It was something that I never thought would happen,” Joe Iosco told TODAY. The present? Adoption papers. Iosco has been dating Lauren Hernandez’s mother, Sally, since Hernandez was 1 and the two share an easy relationship. Iosco was always there for Hernandez; she knew she would see him in the stands when she cheered at games and she counted on him to make holidays fun. Read more…


Gestures of the Week August 20-26 Pizza9-Year-Old Spends Birthday Giving Louisiana Flood Victims Free Pizza

When Lanie Boutte asked her son Carson what he wanted for his birthday, she had no idea he’d suggest helping the Louisiana flood victims by giving them lunch. Boutte, a resident of nearby Lafayette, suggested to her son that they could get sandwiches and chips for the local victims, but then the family had a better idea. “So my husband suggested pizza,” she told New Orleans television station WWL-TV. “I said I would spend $100 since that’s what I was going to spend on Carson’s present. I decided to post it on Facebook in case any of my family wanted to chip in, too.” Read more…


Gestures of the Week August 20-26 AdoptAdopt-A-Cop program spreads thanks to Johnston County officers

A generous gesture is starting to spread across the Johnston County community as part of the Adopt-A-Cop program. Johnston County 911 dispatcher Joi McLamb says law enforcement officers do not get the respect they deserve and she wants to do something about it. “The general public does not see what we see,” she said. “There has been a lot of prayers said for my deputies from behind that mic.” Read more…

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Corporate Donation List Northeast

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 northeast region MAPThe Corporate Donation List for the Northeast 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: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

We have also included corporations from our National Corporate Donation List with headquarters in the northeastern 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 prizes, direct donations, discounts, grants or sponsorships!

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Corporate Donation List Northeast Region Auction Items

Gift Cards

CVS – Schools, PTOs, youth sports teams, veterans organizations, and walks/runs

StaplesYou must request information on gift card donations from the store nearest you – Education (schools, GED program, mentoring, tutoring, college prep) and job skills (job training/placement, resume building, interview skills, career exploration) 

Total Wine & More – Open to all nonprofit organizations

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.

American Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Baltimore Orioles – Autographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations, schools and civic groups

Baltimore Ravens – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Boston BruinsAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Boston CelticsItems or group tickets – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Boston Red SoxAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Budget Rent a Car – Community services

Buffalo Bills – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Buffalo SabresAutographed merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Carnival Cruises – Organizations focused on arts/culture, community affairs, education, and health & human services

Disney World – Open to all nonprofit organizations

DC United – Memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Emergen-C – Sporting and charitable events – great for 5ks!

Hershey – Organizations that provide basic nutrition to children to help them learn and grow

Jason’s Deli – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Keurig Green Mountain – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nestle Purina – Pet welfare

New England Patriots – Open to all nonprofit organizations

New England Revolution – Open to all nonprofit organizations

New Jersey DevilsAutographed items – Open to all nonprofit organizations

New York GiantsMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

New York IslandersMemorabilia – Organizations that improve the quality of life for youth in education, health and hockey

New York JetsAutographed items – Open to all organizations

New York KnicksAutographed merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

New York Liberty (WNBA)Autographed memorabilia – Organizations that help make dreams come true for children facing obstacles

New York RangersAutographed merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

New York Yankees – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Philadelphia 76ers – Organizations that improve the livelihood and future of our youth

Philadelphia EaglesSigned & unsigned merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Philadelphia FlyersAutographed memorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Philadelphia Phillies – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Pittsburgh PenguinsMemorabilia – Organizations that improve the quality of life by educating youth and supporting the underprivileged

Pittsburgh PiratesTickets or ticket vouchers (if applying in offseason) – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Pittsburgh SteelersMemorabilia – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Portland Art Museum – Focus on arts education

Six Flags – School groups, youth/scholarship programs, and nonprofit organizations

Starwood Hotels – Workplace readiness, community vitality, human rights

Total Wine & More – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Toys “R” Us – National charities with a focus on children’s issues

Washington Capitals – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Washington Mystics – Merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Washington Redskins – Merchandise – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Washington Wizards – Memorabilia and promotional items – Preference to nonprofit organizations that serve youth, where the funds go directly to those in need

Wawa Foundation – Health, hunger and everyday heroes

Corporate Donation List Northeast Region Direct Donations

American Airlines – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Barnes & Noble – Literary, Arts or Educational Organizations ONLY (K-12, and higher learning)

Budget Rent a Car – Community services

Dick’s Sporting Goods – Leagues, teams, athletes and outdoors enthusiasts

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Farm Fresh – Hunger relief, the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter, military or education

Giant Food – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Hershey – Organizations that provide basic nutrition to children to help them learn and grow

Marriott International – Shelter & food, environment, readiness for hotel careers, vitality of children, embracing global diversity & inclusion

McCormick Corporation – Education, health & wellness, environment & habitat, culture & the arts

QVC – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Wyndham Worldwide Hotels – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Corporate Donation List Northeast Region Discounts

Total Wine & More – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Corporate Donation List Northeast Region Grants

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation – Community & ally outreach, leadership development, constituent empowerment & decision-making, popular education, root cause analysis, power analysis, campaign development, mobilizing constituents & allies, coalition building

Carnival Cruises – Organizations focused on arts/culture, community affairs, education, and health & human services

CVS – Health & wellness for children, veterans and/or senior citizens

JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Open to all nonprofit organizations

Nestle Purina – Pet welfare

Pepsico – Organizations that encourage healthy lifestyles, improve availability of affordable nutrition, expand access to clean water, enhance sustainable agriculture capability, enable job readiness and empower women & girls

StanleyBlack&Decker – Construction of safe, decent, and affordable housing for those in need; STEM education; Healthcare; Emergency & disaster relief services; Veteran support; Building communities in another way

Staples – Education (schools, GED program, mentoring, tutoring, college prep) and job skills (job training/placement, resume building, interview skills, career exploration)

Starwood Hotels – Workplace readiness, community vitality, human rights

Tiffany & Co. Foundation – Stewardship of natural resources, i.e. focused on respnsible mining, coral conservation and urban parks

Toys “R” Us – National charities with a focus on children’s issues

Wawa Foundation – Health, hunger and everyday heroes

Corporate Donation List Northeast Region Sponsorships

Barnes & Noble – Literary, Arts or Educational Organizations ONLY (K-12, and higher learning)

Carnival Cruises – Organizations focused on arts/culture, community affairs, education, and health & human services

Dick’s Sporting Goods – Leagues, teams, athletes and outdoors enthusiasts

Nestle Purina – Pet welfare

Starwood Hotels – Workplace readiness, community vitality, human rights

Wawa Foundation – Health, hunger and everyday heroes

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