Category Archives: Donations

Giving Thanks

As we come down from the high of Thanksgiving week, let us re-evaluate how we will enter the upcoming holiday season.  Black Friday prompts the consumer frenzy of the holidays.  And although Christmas began as a Christian holiday, it is now widely recognized as a time for family, friends, gifts, and eating.  Lots of eating.  Among all of the consumption, there are many ways in which you can give thanks for what you have and give thanks for the people who have helped you along the way.

Attend a charity gala – ‘Tis the season of black tie events.  Buy a couple of tickets (or a table) at an upcoming charity gala for a favorite organization.  These are great fundraisers for organizations that are trying to make a difference.  Be a part of the fun.  Find upcoming events at

Donate – Giving back can be as easy as opening your checkbook, stopping by your local store, or finding lightly used items around the house.  Many businesses host drives this time of year, find one near you in which you can participate.

Volunteer – Help those in need by giving your time.  Help at a local soup kitchen, run an educational (yet fun) camp for kids while they are on holiday break, rebuild a house that was hit with a natural disaster. Money isn’t the only thing you can give.

Send out Thank You’s – It is important to make those who have made your life easier feel appreciated.  This is as easy as sending out a thank you note, a small token of your appreciation, or picking up the phone.  Someone may have helped make your day; now help make theirs.


‘Tis the Season: Charitable Holiday Initiatives

‘Tis the season, as we say.  Everyone is wrapped up in decorating and last-minute shopping efforts.  Meanwhile, there are some organizations that are taking the initiative to turn this season into a true season of giving.  Here are a few groups that are sponsoring charitable holiday efforts:

Arcade Fire – The chart-topping Indie band, Arcade Fire, is matching donations to Kanpe.  Kanpe seeks to put an end to the cycle of poverty seen in Haiti.  Frontman Win Butler and his wife Regine will send you a Holiday postcard for your donation.  What a great way to give!

The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts – The Four Seasons is participating in the 10 Million Trees campaign. “For 50 years, our Company logo has depicted the annual cycle of a tree, and as we look to the future, its symbolism will translate into concrete action,” says Kathleen Taylor, president and CEO, according to the June 2011 Alumni Buzz. Continue reading

College Kick-off 2011

Oh fall.  How we love your cool mornings, pumpkin spice lattes, changing leaves and…football.  And as many of you know, today is the kick-off (pun totally intended) for college football.  This year we began working closely with colleges, specifically with their athletic departments, as we roll out our beta version of DonationXchange.

Now your favorite teams such as the USC Trojans, the Penn State Nittany Lions, and the Baylor Bears have streamlined their donation request process, making it easier for both parties.  To see an example, check out Baylor’s donation request form.

So cheer on your favorite teams (for ESPN’s NCAA football preview for the 2011 season click here) and keep an eye out for DonationXchange as it puts your donation request process online, making it greener, faster, and easier.

Three cheers for a few of our Alma maters:




Go Spartans, HawkeyesWildcatsHoosiers, and Hoyas!

5 More Ways to Go Green and Save

Since our first post on how to go green and save has been so popular, we’ve decide to add five more ways in which you can go green.

  1. Have attendees use their own SmartPhones – Reduce both cost and the use of extra technological props by asking your attendees to use their own SmartPhones to bid on items while attending paperless events.  This helps decrease inventory (and saves paper with paperless bidding)! Continue reading

Vera Bradley Foundation Raises $945,185 for Breast Cancer Research

Earlier this month had the pleasure of working with the Vera Bradley Foundation in their efforts to raise money for breast cancer research.  The annual Vera Bradley Classic was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana where Vera Bradley is headquartered.  The weekend event included a tennis tournament and two golf tournaments.  Additionally two electronic auctions were held in conjunction with the weekend’s events: the first during the Tennis Gala on Saturday evening and the second ending Monday evening at the Golf Gala. For the first time, golfers were able to enjoy bidding on auction items while they were on the course!  Through iBid, golfers could bid via their own Smart Phones all day while on the course and until the end of the auction after dinner at the Gala Monday evening.  This year, auction proceeds were 30% higher than last year.  Congratulations to the Foundation and all of their guests.

Check out the list of winners from the Vera Bradley 2011 Classic!  We invite you to learn more about the Vera Bradley Foundation on their website.

Thank you to the Vera Bradley Foundation for allowing us to be a part of such a special event.

– The Team