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By Maria Werner @ 2015-12-11 9:50 AM

The lowly sock is simple, dull, and seemingly unmemorable. Yet it has the power to considerably improve the life quality for millions of people worldwide. Despite its humble nature, socks are the most frequently requested donation item by homeless shelters and nonprofit outreach programs. With 48.1 million Americans going hungry and 600,000 living without shelter, it seems odd that a boring old sock would be deemed superior to other donations. Here are the primary reasons why homeless shelters favor socks above all else.


By Maria Werner @ 2015-12-04 7:05 AM

With snow delicately dusting the roads, carols crooning through the radio, and the sweet smell of gingerbread wafting from the kitchen, it seems Christmastime is nearly upon us. The holidays represent a time of gratitude and giving. This year, embody the true spirit of the season by striving to spread joy to others. With wholesale donations, you can brighten the lives of those in need and create a memorable holiday season they’ll cherish forever.

Spreading Holiday Joy to Children
For children, Christmas is a magical time filled with reindeers and mythical elves that are tirelessly devoted to providing gifts to every child in the world. In reality, over 16 million children live in poverty, and many families can’t afford to provide gifts for their children at all. By donating toys to children in need, you can bring back the enchantment of the holidays and make every child feel special.


By Marc Joseph @ 2015-12-02 10:02 AM

Reposted from the Huffington Post
Why does our military get such a bum rap in the news where all we read about are homeless veterans, veteran suicides and how much our veterans' hospitals have let us down? Our military is the most professional organization on earth and we do not give them credit for how good they really are in keeping all of us safe.


By Jackie Eldridge @ 2015-12-01 12:34 PM

Today we want to share a story with you about going above and beyond the scope of business to help a nonprofit in Ohio make a difference in the lives of 100 less-privileged kids. This is the kind of story that keeps us alive, passionate and engaged.

It happened on crazy Black Friday.  We were beyond busy---the phones were ringing off the hooks and our chat line was bombarded with questions. You can imagine, right?

This is a story of goodwill and over the top service to help a nonprofit in desperate need.


By Jackie Eldridge @ 2015-12-01 10:12 AM

Wow. We had more entries in this giveaway than ever before! Thank you for helping us make history (and help 18 nonprofits)!

We use a computer generated randomizer to select the winners. If you see an organization you nominated has won, please let them know. We will reach out to them via the email address you provided to instruct them how to redeem their awards. They have until December 31, 2015 to use their gift.


By Maria Werner @ 2015-11-30 8:30 AM

One of the greatest obstacles among nonprofit organizations is striving to cover all overhead costs, while having the capital leftover to supply goods and services to those in need. Throughout the winter season, when vulnerable populations are struggling more than ever to get by, nonprofits experience an increased demand on their services. This makes budgeting more crucial than ever, as every available penny needs to be put to good use. There are some easy ways to reduce overhead expenses, thus freeing up your grant money to help more people.

Go Green

With the cold of winter, most people notice their energy bill spike, as they crank the thermostat in an effort to keep warm. By renovating your building to ensure it’s as energy-efficient as possible, you can drastically decrease your energy bill and lower overhead costs permanently. Start by hiring an energy auditor to examine your facility. They’ll compile a report of the most wasteful aspects of your facility, allowing you to strategize a plan to enhance energy conservation.


By Maria Werner @ 2015-11-25 8:00 AM

The Endless Christmas To-Do List

The Christmas season tends to bring with it a mountain of tasks. As people frantically swarm the city in hopes of conquering their heaping list of errands, the promised relaxation of the holidays evaporates, leaving chaos in its wake. Some of the more common Christmas to-dos include:


By Maria Werner @ 2015-11-24 2:15 PM

Saturday, November 28, 2015


When people hear about great savings, they respond like a dog to Pavlov’s bell. The desire to save money is so pervasive that terms like “Black Friday” and “Cyber Money” have become permanently etched into the minds of consumers. With the financial stress of the holidays, November savings are more crucial than ever. Yet, Black Friday and Cyber Monday cater primarily to big-box stores, and small businesses scarcely draw the same crowds. This Saturday, show some love to your local mom-and-pop stores by participating in Small Business Saturday.


By Maria Werner @ 2015-11-23 8:11 AM

Among all industrialized nations, the U.S. has the largest population of homeless women and children, with 1 in 30 children facing homelessness every year. Homelessness is a heartbreaking situation that puts individuals at an elevated risk of illness, hypothermia, and malnourishment. With the holidays upon us, being homeless is more distressing than ever. As millions across America are gathering with family, those with inadequate food and shelter feel particularly alone.

Nonprofits across the nation are devoting their time and resources to ensure that everybody can partake in the joy of the holiday. If you or a loved one is living without housing, there are a variety of services available that can offer you the food and shelter needed to enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving feast.


By Maria Werner @ 2015-11-20 8:00 AM

Thanksgiving has traditionally been a time of to share food and company, while expressing gratitude for the things we have. Historically, Thanksgiving commemorates the day in which the Plymouth colonists shared a large feast with the Wampanoag tribe. Having just settled in America, the colonists struggled to find food and adequate shelter, causing many to fall victim to famine and disease. The Wampanoag’s sought to educate the colonists on local agricultural practices to help them boost their bounty. In November of that year, the colonists harvested their first successful corn crop. In celebration and gratitude, they prepared a feast to share with the Wampanoag tribe, which has since been called Thanksgiving. 

Today, while many still recognize Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude and appreciation, fewer utilize the day as an opportunity to give back to those around them. This year, put the ‘giving’ back in Thanksgiving by donating your time, money, or skills to those who need it most.