To start the year off, we celebrate Kimberly L. who’s raised over $1,040 since joining iGive in 2007. Kimberly is currently raising money for RefugeeOne, a Chicago-based resource for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution so they may build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.
We reached out to Kimberly and she shared these thoughts with us:
“Over the years I’ve supported several theatre companies in Chicago with my iGive shopping. I love seeing shows and working on shows and knowing that every little bit helps bring the magic of theatre to life. Recently, however, some friends and I have begun taking up collections of household goods to donate to RefugeeOne and the last time we collected items, I decided to add the cause to iGive. Now when I buy a teapot or dish towels to donate to RefugeeOne, the money I spent on those items also generates a donation via iGive! Win-win!!”
Thanks Kimberly, for being part of 20 years of giving with iGive.com.
German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County has been active with iGive for 10 years now, and what a story they have! Over 600 iGive members support this worthy Cause, and they have earned over $7,000 in Donations. Maria D., iGive member and Executive Director of the rescue, dropped us a note about their mission.
“German Shepherd Rescue of OC is dedicated to rescuing, rehoming, and rehabilitating German Shepherd dogs that have no where else to turn. We are operated by volunteers and we receive no government funding. Currently, we have more than 90 homeless shepherds depending on us for their care and comfort needs. Funds are desperately needed to pay for boarding costs, veterinary care, spaying and neutering, vaccines, microchips and basic supplies. In addition to funds, we always need donations of pet food, dog toys, quality treats, bleach and cleaning supplies. Dogs come to us from desperate situations, such as death of an owner, abandonment by loved ones, severe illness or injury that owners are not prepared to manage, as well as from public shelters throughout So California. Each year, we successfully rehome more than 400 German Shepherds in permanent, loving homes.”
If you live in the area, check out upcoming events to see how you can make a difference in the lives of these dogs, too!
Thanks Maria, for ALL you do on behalf of your Cause!
Kristen M. is the Super Shopper for September! Kristen has raised over $125 for her Cause, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, of Powhatan, VA.
“Blessed Sacrament Huguenot is a regional, Diocesan Catholic School serving students in PS-12. We are committed to educating the whole student spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. We embrace each child’s unique learning style and provide an individualized and safe learning environment that is grounded in Catholic teaching and respectful of other faith beliefs. The values taught are conducive to social and life-long academic success.”
GlobeIn is providing Kristen a 3-month free subscription to their Artisan Box (a $150 value). Congratulations, Kristen – and thank you for all you do for your Cause!
Featuring Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.
Recently, iGive member, Deborah F., reached out to tell us a little more about her personal experience:
“Before my dog I would bump my way along and felt helpless and lost. With my dog, we fly down the sidewalk and he simply goes around danger. I am never alone and can once again leave my home and get out and explore! Thank you GEB!”
Guiding Eyes for the Blind gifts highly trained dogs to the blind – at NO COST to the student. Through iGive supporters’ online shopping, over $800 has been raised for this good cause!
Featuring: The Foundation for Homeless Cats
Margaret M. raised over $300 in one month for The Foundation for Homeless Cats via iGive!
This Phoenix-based organization of volunteers and caregivers committed to preventing additional homeless cats & kittens by managing feral cat population through a process called TNR – Trap, Spay/Neuter, Return.
The Foundation for Homeless Cats has been a part of iGive since 2009 and raised over $2,000 for their Cause.
“Our goal- end the killing of these cats in Maricopa County! Euthanasia is NOT population control!”
As a thank you for her efforts on behalf of these furry friends, Margaret will receive a $100 gift card from iGive partner store Lands’ End.
Angels With Special Needs is a nonprofit organization for children and youth who are severely disabled. AWSN focuses on including disabled youth in community activities – beyond the schoolroom. They promote acceptance of disabled youth in every facet of society; fighting to raise awareness that everyone is a member of their community and brings something unique to the table.
AWSN helps provide families with severely disabled children inclusion with recreational and socialization activities free of any cost. These activities include mini fields trips to the zoo, museums, bowling, movies, swimming and summer camp activities!
Inclusion makes a huge difference for disabled youth and AWSN is out there making it happen.
Your cause is listed on iGive.com, so make sure you are letting all of your supporters and potential supporters know! iGive provides causes with a number of great resources to get the word out. Whether you want to promote your partnership on the web, from within your business, or at an event, there are resources right on the iGive website that are perfect for every strategy.
The first step is to go to the website, log into your account and go to the Cause Toolbox. Here you will find all of our resources and a wealth of ideas on how you can use each one. Here are few tips to get you started.
Create and Use Your Custom joinLink
Help your supporters quickly and easily join your cause on iGive.com with your customized joinLink. You can post your joinLink to all of your social networks and share it with all of your fans and followers. When supporters click your custom link they will be directed straight to the page where they can join your cause. The link is customizable, which means you can make it short and easy to remember. Place it on printed materials too!
Banners and Logos
Encourage more of your supporters to contribute through iGive.com by placing a banner or logo on your website or blog. With customized HTML code, the banners and logos can be easily implemented in your website. Use the banner to direct people to your joinLink and maximize your iGive donations. We have eight to choose from!
Flyers and Brochures
Put your iGive listing in the hands of every potential supporter. Here we have some great flyers, posters and brochures for you to customize and distribute. Want to offer a quick introduction to iGive? Try the Introductory Trifold Brochure. Looking to get your joinLink in the hands of your supporters? Try the One Page Flyer with Tear-Off Tabs. Put a flyer in your fundraising event gift bags. Have them available wherever your supporters will be.
Blurbs and Ads
We have a number of suggested blurbs or ads you can place on the web or in newsletter and postings. Use your joinLink in each and you will immediately start driving increased supporters and donations.
What unique ways have you used to promote iGive to your cause’s supporters?