March 19, 2020

Many businesses, small and large, want to do all that they can during these challenging times. Many of these companies are fighting for survival, so giving money isn’t a choice. But they still would like to help. We built this virtual suggestion box to give business leaders one place to look for suggestions. To get started, we asked 450,000 iGive and iConsumer members (plus 35,000 iGive charities) what they would suggest a business leader might consider.

Not every suggestion is appropriate for every business, but who knows, maybe one is right for a business in which you’re involved.

Let’s make this virtual suggestion box as robust as we can. Whether you’re a business leader, a non profit leader, or just somebody special, share good suggestions (they don’t have to be original).

After a short review (we’ll try to eliminate duplication and keep suggestions short), we’re posting ideas we receive on this blog. To make sure these suggestions get a wide audience Issuer Direct / AccessWire is publishing press releases highlighting them.

How it works:

Email suggestions as to how business might help to If you know of a charity that can help put the suggestion into practice, also let us know their name and contact info. We also want to give you credit for making the suggestion, so tell us who you are. We know that every charity needs money right now, but this isn’t the place to seek donations. Read the posts below to see the kinds of things we think will attract business interest.

Who’s behind this effort?

Issuer Direct (NASDAQ: ISDR) is a leading provider of corporate services for public companies, including Accesswire. iConsumer (OTCQB: RWRDP): where consumer become shareholders simply by shopping. Since 1997, iGive members have supported charities simply by shopping.

March 23, 2020

The Problem

Most colleges are closed for the semester, leaving students without appropriate storage for several months. Traditional storage companies may be out of room.

A Solution

If your company has unused warehouse space that doesn’t require enormous security, go ahead and share it.

This idea by:

U Haul (ok, we’re inspired by what they’re doing, they’re giving 30 days free).

March 23, 2020

The Problem

Most small organizations, non-profits included, don’t have the time, experience, or staff to create disaster response type documents.

The Opportunity

Many business leaders have disaster response documents. Some are prepared internally, some are prepared by industry organizations. For instance, the landscape association has shared generalized response documents. These documents are usually not proprietary in nature.

Suggested by:

Frank Mariani, Mariani Landscape

March 22, 2020

The idea

Many companies have licenses to video conferencing applications like Zoom and GotoMeeting. You may be able host meetings for charities for a larger group than a free license might allow. Plus, there’s a learning curve. You can help get the charity over that curve.

Who gets credit for the idea?

Rob at Gendercool

March 22, 2020

The problem

Many companies used lunch time or after work get togethers to build company spirit. With quarantines and so many people working from home, that’s no longer happening. Jobs are at stake, as is the very survival of thousands of small businesses.

A solution

Brian at Issuer Direct is still buying lunch for his coworkers each week. They get to order in from a local restaurant.

March 22, 2020

The problem

Day care is always a problem, and it’s even worse now. It’s especially hard for those in our communities that we’re asking to stay at work (like health care workers, fire and police, and the folks who sell us groceries).

A solution

This is something Mark Cuban (yes, that Mark Cuban) talked about on TV the other day. He has day care centers in some of his businesses. He’s opening them to the folks who are keeping our economy going.

Suggested by:

John at Gendercool

March 22, 2020

The problem

Quarantines means that seniors in care facilities are more isolated than ever. They can really use computers so that they can Facetime or Zoom with family.

A solution

xyz charity collects old (really old) computers and puts them to use in senior care facilities.


blah at blah

June 29, 2017

Spring Reins of Life serves veteran and youth trauma survivors in New Jersey. They do this with the assistance and guidance of horses. Without riding, and without “talking about it” (PTSD, combat, living on the streets, losing a parent, etc.) clients are able to find home in the heart and purpose. As a volunteer run organization,the majority of all funds raised is allocated to services not salaries.

According to member & Spring Reins of Life supporter, “To date we have helped over 500 combat veterans, over 700 at risk teens and over 50 young children suffering loss.”

Check out their story below.

You can join and shop for this Cause at:

Angela K. raised over $140 in one month by using to support Center for Great Apes.

Angela joined in 2007 and has earned nearly $300 in Donations for her chosen cause, Center for Great Apes.  Almost half of that was in one month – that’s some powerful shopping!

Center for Great Apes is the only accredited orangutan sanctuary in North America. Located in Florida, this 501(c)3 charity is dedicated to providing a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade.

As a thank you for her support of this “Great” cause, has partnered with Parachute Home to provide Angela with a $150 gift card.

Thanks for all you do!

Parachute Home

June 1, 2017

Age of Learning is a leading education technology innovator and producer of the multi-award-winning® Early Learning Academy, serving millions of children. Based in Los Angeles, the company blends education best practices, innovative technology, and insightful creativity to bring learning to life for children across the U.S. and around the world.

Age of Learning’s content provides young learners, their families, and teachers with a comprehensive curriculum that includes thousands of highly engaging and effective learning activities designed to build a strong foundation for academic success.

The company’s Education Access Initiatives reach millions of children by offering the full award-winning ABCmouse curriculum at no cost to teachers and community institutions such as libraries, Head Start programs, and community centers—including public housing authorities and after-school programs.® Early Learning Academy is the leading and most comprehensive digital learning resource for children ages 2–8. With more than 8,500 learning activities and 850 lessons, the standards-based ABCmouse curriculum is available on computers, tablets, and smartphones and is used by millions of children at home, in more than 65,000 U.S. classrooms, and in more than one third of all U.S. public libraries.  New sign-ups made through iGive will earn a $1.60 Donation for iGive members’ chosen causes.

Large-scale research studies assessing the effectiveness of ABCmouse have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills.

ABCmouse is regularly ranked as the leading children’s learning iPad®, iPhone®, and Android™ app in both the Kids and Education categories; to date, children have completed more than 2 billion ABCmouse learning activities.