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12/15/16

Givkwik and Vodafone Americas Foundation Give Away $20K+

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Givkwik and Vodafone Americas Foundation Give Away $20K+

for #GivingTuesday!

New York, New York, December 14, 2016—On the evening of #GivingTuesday, November 29, an eager crowd gathered in downtown Manhattan to watch ten New York City nonprofits pitch their causes on stage in a competition to walk home with a $10,000 grant. Leave it Better Foundation, which teaches kids how to grow food and care for the environment, was voted the winner by the audience. Director Graham Meriwether responded, “We're so humbled and grateful. With the much-needed funds, we'll buy new cameras for our students, and we'll bring our program to a special needs school.”

Givkwik, which hosted GIV.NYC, raised over $20,000 through corporate grants, public donations, in-kind donations, and event registration fees, to benefit the featured nonprofits that night. Corporate sponsor Vodafone Americas Foundation generously underwrote the Grand Prize of a $10,000 grant for the top winner. In-kind prizes were offered by Impact Hub NYC, Catchafire, and Headlines for the Hopeful.

“We were very happy to continue our partnership with GivKwik for the GIV.NYC 2016 event,” said June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation. “It’s a great opportunity to engage our New York-based Vodafone employees to learn about local nonprofits and recognize the great work they accomplish. Leave It Better is driving social good in the New York community and GIV.NYC is a great place to showcase their impact.”

Comedian Kyle Grooms set the mood for the evening with a standup routine. He was then joined onstage by WNYW/Fox TV meteorologist Audrey Puente to co-host the show. Jenny Santi, author of the book The Giving Way to Happiness, gave an inspiring keynote address, encouraging the audience to find friends to be philanthropic with, saying “Our passion should be the foundation of our giving.” As each presenter delivered their message, visual artist Jonny Goldstein of VisualizeGood hand-drew their concepts on canvas. Local musicians Cuarteto Guataca, led by Joshua Levine, provided smooth latin rhythms throughout the night as the house band.

“There are many reasons to be inspired. More importantly, there’s a lot of good work that needs to be done. We want people to feel like they can and should take action to instill positive change for their community by learning what others are achieving and by following their lead,” said Jason Rosado, CEO of Givkwik.

 GIV.NYC brought together causes, companies, and communities from all five boroughs of New York City to inspire charitable giving in a unique way, as part of the broader #GivingTuesday movement. See the live show as well as the scope of GIV.NYC’s impact in the Building Bridges infographic. Event partners included Foossa, Malka Media, RadishLab, and TVP.NYC.
 
Givkwik launched the campaign with 85 registered nonprofits, representing a broad range of causes and missions. A digital campaign was launched in the fall and two rounds of voting determined the top ten finalists, see below.Donations are still being accepted for all of the nonprofits.
 
 GIV.NYC’s Ten Nonprofit Finalists. From Queens: All About Rabbits Rescue; From the Bronx: Build NYC; From Staten Island: Fund for Public Housing; From Brooklyn: Life Vest Inside (last year’s winner), Tech Kids Unlimited, and WITNESS; From Manhattan: Footage Foundation, Leave It Better Foundation, Prep for Prep, and Showered With Hope.
 GivKwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities. Learn more here.
 
 Vodafone Americas Foundation mobilizes communities by bringing people together from all sectors: business, nonprofit, government, employees and even our customer base, to resolve shared problems and advance social change. The Foundation’s annual Wireless Innovation Project is currently accepting applications from nonprofits, universities, non-governmental organizations, and social entrepreneurs with connected innovations designed for social good. If you’re interested in the program, learn more.

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For more information contact:

Jason Rosado, CEO, GivKwik

(646) 785-7853   

jason.rosado@givkwik.com

 

Cyndie Burkhardt, Marketing/PR, GivKwik

(212) 581-5044

cyndie.burkhardt@givkwik.com

 

 

10/5/16

GivKwik and Vodafone Americas Foundation Team Up for #GivingTuesday in NYC - GIV.NYC 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GivKwik and Vodafone Americas Foundation

Team Up for #GivingTuesday in NYC - GIV.NYC 2016

New York, New York, October 3, 2016—For the third year in a row, GivKwik is launching a campaign aligned with #GivingTuesday that will culminate in a live event on November 29 to celebrate philanthropy and give away grants to nonprofits doing great work throughout New York City. Vodafone Americas Foundation, which sponsored the event last year, is strengthening its commitment this year and proactively working to increase the grant pool with help from additional sponsors so more funds can be disbursed for greater impact.

GIV.NYC 2016 is built on the idea of philanthropy and the joy of giving. Starting today, nonprofits from across all five boroughs of New York City can register to participate in the campaign. The theme Building Bridges reflects the diversity yet inclusiveness that New York represents. On November 8, the general public will vote for their favorite causes at http://www.giv.nyc. Individual donations can be made through the same site.

In the week leading up to the event, the top ten nonprofits with the most votes (representing each borough) will be selected to pitch their cause live on stage, for a chance to be the first place grant winner. The audience, including those watching via live stream, will vote for their favorites. A lively evening, guaranteed to spark fierce yet friendly competition, will be fulfilled with entertainment, libations, gourmet cuisine, and camaraderie among guests.

Jason Rosado, GivKwik’s CEO, says, “New Yorkers are tough, but nonprofits in NYC are even tougher. They tackle big problems head on and solve them - all towards making our city safer, more accessible, and even more affordable. Over the past few years of producing this event, we’ve been thrilled to see so many companies, causes, and communities come together to make an impact for our city. We expect nothing less for GIV.NYC 2016!”

June Sugiyama, Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Director, says, “This event allows us to help drive social good in the area which is the ultimate goal of our foundation. With our stronger presence in New York, we feel it is a perfect opportunity to support our community – especially as we approach the holidays and in honor of Giving Tuesday.”

There are several ways to get involved and anyone interested in having fun and supporting great causes should contact GivKwik now.

GivKwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities. Learn more at http://givkwik.com.

Vodafone America’s Foundation mobilizes communities by bringing people together from all sectors: business, nonprofit, government, employees and even our customer base, to resolve shared problems and advance social change. Learn more at http://vodafone-us.com/about.

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For more information contact:

Jason Rosado, CEO, GivKwik, (646) 785-7853jason.rosado@givkwik.com

Cyndie Burkhardt, Marketing/PR, GivKwik, (212) 581-5044cyndie.burkhardt@givkwik.com

7/4/16 - LinkedIn

Celebrating Independence Index

As we gather today in the U.S. of A with our friends and family to barbecue and watch fireworks, let us remember what it means to be independent and free. Freedom is a word that in more recent years seems to be tossed about all too casually for self-serving purposes. Worse, it has been co-opted by some as justification towards limiting the actions and freedoms of others. I don’t believe one person’s desire to be free should ever be claimed at the expense of another.

To me, freedom not only means to live in a community and society without limits to your ability and opportunities regardless of your identity and associated culture, freedom also means the ability to be your self, to hope and dream and to play. Of course, freedom also means the ability to live devoid of oppression and tyranny as a result of unfair or corrupt governance. To me, the most important responsibility inherent in freedom and independence should be to make sure as many others as possible have the same opportunity to be free and to sacrifice whenever possible to do so.

To celebrate our country's Independence Day, our team at Givkwik has put together this short list of amazing nonprofits who, in their own ways, help celebrate freedom. To me, these causes exhibit the freedom and independence our country’s Founding Fathers dreamt: Empowering homeless LGBTQ youth to find their way in the world; Teaching civic engagement to middle and high schoolers so they know how to solve problems in their communities; Helping children with disabilities play with same type of free spirit as any other children; Helping returning military veterans find employment; Helping families get back on their feet after devastating natural disasters; Helping youth find their first big career opportunities by learning the skills of professional networking.   

Freedom means living like anything and everything is possible regardless of your physical abilities or your skin color or your sexual identity. As Nelson Mandela said, freedom “is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Celebrate the true spirit of freedom and independence for all people with these 6 amazing causes. Support one or all of them with a single donation using Givkwik’s GIV Index service.

Ali Forney Center is committed to empowering homeless LGBTQ youth to reclaim their lives. AFC offers on-site medical and mental health services, career and educational services, housing placement services and other support services as well as providing over 150k meals annually.

Generation Citizen empowers young people to become engaged and effective citizens. They partner college student volunteers with middle and high school teachers to teach an action civics course, in which students use the democratic process to select and solve a problem they face in their own communities.

Hire Heroes seeks to empower veterans, veteran employers and the community at large to turn obstacles into opportunities. They empower veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses by building the confidence and skills necessary to seek civilian employment through their free, individualized programs delivered in one of two ways: online/telephone career coaching and transition workshops.

High Socks For Hope was founded in 2011 by Major League Baseball player David Robertson and his wife Erin, after a tornado devastated David’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Over the last few years, High Socks For Hope has provided furniture and basic household items to thousands who suffered loss due to a natural disaster, fire, or other crisis. Their goal is to provide necessary items that allow individuals and families to live again in their homes as they continue to rebuild their lives.

Let All The Children Play is dedicated to improving the lives and dignity of all children by developing accessible playgrounds and inclusive recreation programs allowing children with disabilities the opportunity to experience play, side-by-side, with their able-bodied peers.

Opportunity Network seeks to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and college.

Jason Rosado is CEO and Co-Founder of Givkwik 

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12/18/15

Givkwik and Gotham Make Generous Donations to NYC Nonprofits on Giving Tuesday

New York, NY – December 17, 2015 – On the days before and after Thanksgiving, local nonprofits across New York City actively competed for a chance to pitch their cause to a live audience on Giving Tuesday, December 1, and win a $10,000 grant.

Givkwik, which hosted Giving Tuesday, Live in NYC 2015 (known as “GIV.NYC”), raised over $16,000 through corporate grants, public donations, in-kind donations, and event registration fees. Corporate sponsor Vodafone Americas Foundation donated $5,000, event partner Impact Hub NYC donated the space, and Foursquare provided promotional support.

Of the top ten nonprofits that presented, Life Vest Inside received the most audience votes that night and earned the first place grant. Orly Wahba, Founder/CEO of Life Vest Inside said, "$10,000 will allow us to further develop and expand our virtual Kindness Ambassador program that is currently reaching over 6,000 members spanning across 120 countries; inspiring, empowering and training people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness." The remaining grant money was donated to other nonprofit finalists and in-kind prizes were offered by Impact Hub, Catchafire, Community Boost, and AdvoWire.

“Our partnership with Givkwik for the GIVNYC2015 event helped to showcase the meaningful work non-profits like Life Vest Inside are driving in the New York City area,” said June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation. “By encouraging our Vodafone employees to get involved with the program and engaged in their local community, Vodafone Americas Foundation and Givkwik provided grants to each finalist to continue their social good initiatives.”

“Our goal was to produce an event that was quintessential New York City– convening a diverse group of causes, companies, and people in the room to connect and support one another. It was so inspiring to learn of all the important work being done across the city,” said Jason Rosado, CEO of Givkwik.

Held in a salon-style format, GIV.NYC brought together causes, companies, and communities to inspire charitable giving in a unique way, as part of the broader #GivingTuesday movement. The scope of GIV.NYC’s impact can be seen in detail at #GivingTuesday “By the Numbers.” To relive the event, watch this video, produced by Malka Media Group. Other generous event partners included Foossa, Good Scout Group, Impact Assets, Neqtr, OneHope Wine, RadishLab, Rocketure, and TVP.NYC.

During the months leading up to Giving Tuesday, Givkwik registered 58 nonprofits from across the five boroughs to participate. They represented a broad range of causes and missions. See the top ten nonprofit finalists below. Donations are being accepted through the end of the year.

Top Ten Nonprofit Finalists

  • Border Crossers empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities.

  • Citiview Connections Clubhouse works with 140 members in Queens with psychiatric disabilities achieve social, financial, educational and vocational goals.

  • Digital Citizen Fund helps women and girls in developing countries gain access to technology.

  • FoodFight revolutionizes how people eat and think about food by serving school communities, helping students, teachers and parents be more informed to make healthier choices.

  • Life Vest Inside affects real and positive change in the world through media, technology, education and social engagement.

  • New York on Tech (NYOT) prepares the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City providing support to low-opportunity students.

  • Showered with Hope serves the homeless with the means to improve personal hygiene and achieve self-sufficiency through mobile units.

  • The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca, on the lower west side of Manhattan, in New York City.

  • TriLatino Triathlon Club provides a comprehensive approach to developing our South Bronx youth, not only training them to do a triathlon but also engaging them in academic improvement and tutoring programs, a healthy lifestyle workshop series, and a mentoring program.

  • Word Up is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, committed to preserving and building the neighborhood through reciprocal education and dialogue.

 

Givkwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities. Learn more at http://givkwik.com.

 

Impact Hub NYC, a certified B Corporation, is a coworking and events space for a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change. Learn more at http://nyc.impacthub.net.



For more information contact:

Jason Rosado, CEO, Givkwik             Cyndie Burkhardt, Marketing/PR, Givkwik
(646) 785-7853                                (212) 581-5044
jason.rosado@givkwik.com               cyndieburkhardt@me.com

 

12/10/15

Forbes on Givkwik and GIVNYC at Impact Hub

On the evening of December 1, GivKwik, a mission driven software company that helps companies give away their money “in a more democratic” way, hosted a Giving Tuesday event that gave 10 nonprofits the chance to pitch themselves for a $10,000 grand prize. The winner, Life Vest Inside, took that home, and five others received $1,000 each.

Read more at Forbes.com

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12/1/15

GIV.NYC 2015, Giving Tuesday, Live From NYC!

Who:    GIV.NYC 2015, Giving Tuesday, Live From NYC!

What:    A live, mission-driven event, hosted by Givkwik and Impact Hub NYC, to benefit local nonprofits in celebration of Giving Tuesday.

Ten local nonprofits, voted most popular on Givkwik’s giv.nyc platform, are eligible to receive a $10,000 grant. Attendees will watch the top ten pitch their causes, in person or online, and then cast a vote for the winners at giv.nyc. Catchafire, Community Boost, and AdvoWire are offering valuable resources as prizes for the top winners.

Funded by corporate grants from Vodafone and others, public donations, and in-kind donations, and supported by Foursquare with dedicated content pages for participating nonprofits, winners will be announced at Impact Hub NYC on December 2.

 All admission fees will be donated to the featured nonprofits, increasing the grant pool for the evening. Registration is still open.

When:    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    7:00 to 11:00 pm

Where:    Impact Hub NYC, 394 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013

Contact:    For more information and to schedule interviews, contact:

- Cyndie Burkhardt, Marketing/PR, Givkwik, cyndieburkhardt@me.com(212) 581-5044

- Jason Rosado, CEO, Givkwik, jason.rosado@givkwik.com, (646) 785-7853

 

11/24/15

Gotham Gives Back

GIVNYC, empowered by Givkwik, announces Top 25 Local Nonprofit favorites for #GivingTuesday along with sponsor partner, the Vodafone Americas Foundation

New York – November 24, 2015 – Twenty-five (25) local New York City nonprofits have gained public support for GIV.NYC and are eligible to receive the $10,000 grand prize funded by corporate grants and public donations, along with other grants and in-kind donations to be announced on December 1.  

“The event provides an opportunity for Vodafone employees to get involved with non-profits in their local community and help drive social impact through our foundation,” said June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation.

The participating organizations received the most support since the GIVNYC campaign launched on October 20 and represent a broad range of causes and missions across the 5 boroughs.  See the full list of participating nonprofits below.

“Nonprofits work so hard to serve their missions. We wanted to make it easier for more New Yorkers to discover and support them,” says Jason Rosado, CEO of Givkwik, a New York City-based software company that created the first-ever premier LIVE NYC event for #GivingTuesday in 2014 in partnership with Impact Hub NYC.  

“Giving Tuesday, Live in NYC 2015” (known as “GIVNYC”)will bring together companies, causes, and communities to create personal connections through philanthropy on December 1.   The ten (10) nonprofits with the most favorites received at http://www.giv.nyc by 11:59:59PM on Sunday, November 29 will be invited to pitch.

Held in a salon-style format at the Impact Hub NYC, GIVNYC will help facilitate discovery and dialogue across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to inspire support and charitable giving in a unique way, as part of the broader #GivingTuesday movement.

 

Givkwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities. Learn more at http://givkwik.com.

Impact Hub NYC, a certified B Corporation, is a coworking and events space for a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change. Learn more at http://nyc.impacthub.net.

 

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LIST OF PARTICIPATING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Brooklyn

  • 596 Acres helps neighbors connect to transform public lots.

  • Life Vest Inside affects real and positive change in the world through media, technology, education and social engagement.

  • The Architecture of Tomorrow is an art and cultural organization that supports sustainable arts practices through its gallery space and arts-based education in Brooklyn.

  • The Betes Organization paves a path to joyful health for all people who carry chronic health conditions through creative and unique theater-driven programming.


Queens

  • Citiview Connections Clubhouse works with 140 members in Queens with psychiatric disabilities achieve social, financial, educational and vocational goals.

 

Manhattan

  • Afro Brazil Arts (ABA) inspires achievement, leadership and community through capoeira, a Brazilian art form of rhythm and movement.

  • Border Crossers empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities.

  • Building Beats teaches entrepreneurial, leadership and life skills through DJ and music education programs.

  • Career Gear promotes economic independence to low-income men by providing literacy, attire, job-readiness programs and skills training.

  • CollegeSpring provides low-income students with high-quality SAT preparation and mentoring.

  • Digital Citizen Fund helps women and girls in developing countries gain access to technology.

  • FoodFight revolutionizes how people eat and think about food by serving school communities, helping students, teachers and parents be more informed to make healthier choices.

  • GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services) commits to ending the sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of girls and young women.

  • Library for All makes knowledge accessible to everyone on the planet by investing in cost-effective, scalable alternatives to physical libraries including eBooks and other low-bandwidth devices.

  • New York on Tech (NYOT) prepares the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City providing support to low-opportunity students.

  • PENCIL is the leader in creating innovative and impactful models of collaboration between the business and education communities.

  • Prep for Prep develops leaders from under-represented communities through access to a superior education and life-changing opportunities.

  • Word Up is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, committed to preserving and building the neighborhood through reciprocal education and dialogue.

  • Showered with Hope serves the homeless with the means to improve personal hygiene and achieve self-sufficiency through mobile units.

  • Teach for America – New York City recruits, develops and supports emerging leaders to teach in low-income communities throughout New York City.

  • The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca, on the lower west side of Manhattan, in New York City.

  • Uptown Stories believes that writing is an essential tool for self-expression, critical thinking and academic success and offers small-group writing workshops for children ages eight to fifteen.

 

Bronx

  • Lucha Vida’s mission is to combat health and social issues affecting youth in the South Bronx using the principles of wrestling – discipline, confidence, perseverance and fitness.

  • TriLatino Triathlon Club provides a comprehensive approach to developing our South Bronx youth, not only training them to do a triathlon but also engaging them in academic improvement and tutoring programs, a healthy lifestyle workshop series, and a mentoring program.

  • Zaenah's Blanket Foundation helps reduce the infant mortality rate by providing blankets to newborn families.

 

9/16/15

Givkwik Gets Gotham Giving : Seeking Nonprofits From all 5 Boroughs! A Giving Tuesday NYC Philanthropy Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

For more information contact:

Jason Rosado, CEO, Givkwik    

(646) 785-7853   

jason.rosado@givkwik.com

 

Cyndie Burkhardt, Marketing/PR, Givkwik

(212) 581-5044

cyndieburkhardt@me.com


Givkwik Gets Gotham Giving

- Seeking Nonprofits From all 5 Boroughs! -

New York, New York, September 15, 2015 - For the second year in a row Givkwik, a New York City-based software company, is producing a live event in celebration of #GivingTuesday and in partnership with Impact Hub NYC.

Giving Tuesday, Live in NYC 2015” (also known as “GIVNYC”) will bring together companies, causes, and communities to create personal connections through philanthropy.


For the past four years, the hashtag #GivingTuesday has been promoted on the first Tuesday immediately after the widely recognized shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is meant to inspire compassion, at a time when people’s hearts and wallets are open, and to encourage people to give online and get involved in impactful ways. More information about #GivingTuesday is available at
http://www.givingtuesday.org/

 

In the months leading up to Giving Tuesday, Givkwik will register 100+ nonprofits from across all five boroughs of New York City to participate in a friendly yet competitive “Battle of the Boroughs.” Starting October 20, the general public will vote for their favorite causes at http://www.giv.nyc/. Donations will be made through the same site.

In the days closer to the event, the top two nonprofits from each borough with the most votes will be selected to give two-minute pitches about their organizations on stage at the live event. The event’s participants, including those watching via live stream, will vote for their favorite organizations to receive grants provided by generous corporate sponsors. The goal of Givkwik and the event sponsors is to give away at least $15,000 to the winning nonprofits.

Held in a salon-style format, with a backdrop of lively entertainment, wine tastings, and gourmet cuisine, conversations between business people, philanthropists, and community leaders will come alive.

Jason Rosado, Givkwik’s CEO, says “Nonprofits in New York City are tackling some of the toughest issues in the world. We are going to highlight their great work, bring the great people of this great city together, and, on one great night, make an impact that’s felt worldwide!” The various sponsors are hard at work to make GIVNYC theplace to be on the evening of December 1 for those looking to make a difference.

Givkwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities. Learn more at http://givkwik.com.

Impact Hub NYC, a certified B Corporation, is a coworking and events space for a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change. Learn more at http://nyc.impacthub.net.

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www.facebook.com/givnyc

www.twitter.com/givnyc

1/26/15 - Whole Whale

[Podcast] Tales from #GivingTuesday with GivKwik.com

Giving Tuesday raised $45.7 million for non-profits on the December 2nd, 2014 day of giving meant to follow the commercial wave of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This was the third year of Giving Tuesday and Givkwik.com undertook the daunting challenge of creating a live online event on the day. In this interview Jason Rosado (GivKwik.com Founder) and Jorge Fontanez (Advisor) discuss the importance of visual story telling and developing your organization’s ‘baseball card’ that can quickly tell the story of impact to supporters on giving platforms. 

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12/8/14

IndieGogo and Givkwik Pilot Local #GivingTuesday Event in NYC

PRESS RELEASE

Media Inquiries:

Jason Rosado

CEO, Givkwik

394 Broadway, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10013

724-485-9451

jason.rosado@givkwik.com

 

Gwen Nguyen

Head of Cause, IndieGogo

965 Mission St. 6th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

415-640-3459

gwen@indiegogo.com

 

Matt Ronen

Founder & CEO, Service Year

10 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1007
New York, NY 10020

216-978-9646 

matt@serviceyear.org

IndieGogo and Givkwik Pilot Local #GivingTuesday Event in NYC

With over 275 registered attendees convening at the Impact Hub NYC, this unique event engaged nearly 200,000 supporters online, mainly via Twitter using the hashtags #NYC #IRL.  Using Livestream, leaders from 32 charities shared their stories as they collectively fundraise over $1.2MM in IndieGogo campaigns through December 31. 

Service Year nonprofit received the most votes on Givkwik and will receive $5,000 grant to support the launch of the first-ever corporate sponsored national service organization.  Over 7,500 votes were cast on the Givkwik platform at giv.nyc.  

December 8, 2014 – NEW YORK – After #GivingTuesday two (2) of the largest campaigns on IndieGogo involved in the NYC event were fully funded - Black Girls Code raised over $100,000 and Angel Flight West exceeded their $50,000 campaign goal.  But the remaining thirty (30) organizations were actively seeking support and new donors.  

Givkwik and Indiegogo, both tech platforms in the crowdfunding space, saw the value in an offline element to complement online fundraising by hosting a mission-driven event.  With over 275 people in attendance and a Livestream in place, #GivingTuesday #NYC #IRL helped raise awareness for all thirty-two (32) nonprofit organizations to propel their year-end fundraising efforts.  The localized effort reached nearly 200,000 Twitter accounts and delivered over 500 thousand media impressions.

Givkwik’s CEO, Jason Rosado was elated saying, “We were very thrilled by what we were able to achieve and it would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of the non-profits and our partners. We maxed out on attendance on a cold, rainy night in NYC, which helped us confirm interest in an offline event on #GivingTuesday as engagement primarily lives online. We feel that we are really on to something, and are looking forward to our next event – very soon.” 

The format of the #GivingTuesdayNYC #InRealLife event was inspired by the Japanese style, PechaKucha, or the art of delivering a concise presentation. #InRealLife featured a series of ten (10) 2-minute pitches given by nonprofit leaders about their active IndieGogo campaigns.  Attendees were asked to contribute and vote on which charity would receive a $5,000 grant. 

Matt Ronen, Founder & CEO of Service Year, was pleased to learn he would receive the $5,000 grant as a result of rallying his support base.  Ronen had this to say, “We are so grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support from our growing community of fans and future Service Year Fellows.  They believe, as do we, that it’s time for a reinvented career path that empowers top college graduates to launch a career and make an immediate social impact.”

The Impact HUB NYC hosted the evening activities, which included exclusive workshops for participating nonprofits facilitated by experts in storytelling, video production, social media analytics, influencer marketing and volunteering. Illustrating the power of community, additional partners joined the effort including Catchafire, Radish Lab, Whole Whale, TVP Industries, and Malka Media, along with other industry leaders volunteering their time to advise nonprofits on their fundraising strategies.

For more details on the participating charities, visit Givkwik at www.giv.nyc.  The nonprofit pitches, as well as interviews with all the nonprofit organizations are available on Livestream at:  http://new.livestream.com/accounts/11206238/GivingTuesday.  

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Indiegogo is the world’s largest global funding platform. Learn more athttps://indiegogo.com

Givkwik is a tech company making it easy to get companies involved in philanthropy. Learn more at https://givkwik.com

Impact HUB NYC is a coworking and events space for social impact. Learn more at http://nyc.impacthub.net Location: 394 Broadway, 5th Floor in TriBeCa, New York.

Catchafire matches professionals with nonprofits based on their skills, cause interest and availability.  Learn more at http://catchafire.org

Radish Lab is a full-service interactive creative agency focused on people and projects changing the world. Learn more at http://radishlab.com.  

Whole Whale is a digital agency that leverages data and technology to increase the impact of nonprofits. Learn more at http://wholewhale.com.  

TVP Industries is an end to end solution for any brand merchandising needs. Learn more at http://tvpindustries.com.  

Malka Media is a full service new media, digital marketing and production company.  Learn more at http://malkamediagroup.com.  

 

 

12/4/14 - Brooklyn Reader

Giving Is The New Black

Giving Tuesday just passed this week and though it might be a better idea to have it before America drops a kings ransom on “door buster” sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s still a wonderful example that the battery has not drained on people’s willingness to help others.

It just so happens that I was at an invigorating event hosted by GivKwik, an organization that connects companies to causes and communities and it was truly inspiring. #GivingTuesday, as a worldwide movement to celebrate generosity and to create mechanisms for giving, platformed some really amazing stories at the GivKwik event.

I work with Walk Of Art Kids, which is a not-for-profit organization, that brings art education to kids from financially challenged neighborhoods, with a focus on street art. We’re a new organization, having formed in 2014 but our mission is important. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and have been pairing artists and instructors, with art hungry kids across NYC since our inception.

We currently have a Walk Of Art Kids Indiegogo campaign to raise much needed funds and participated in Giving Tuesday, via the aforementioned GivKwik event, at Impact Hub, in New York City, on December 2nd, 2014. WOA Kids didn’t win a chance to give a two-minute pitch, on stage, at the Salon formatted event, but the 10 organizations that were selected and pitched were all super-worthy causes and presented the audience great opportunities to get involved and give back.

The amazing stories weren’t just on the stage as I met Tyrene Gibson, a woman who invented AyaMed, an oxygen delivery system prototype, to help ease the pain of her daughter, Aya, whom was often undergoing treatment for Sickle-Cell Anemia. The device helps patients like Aya, get much needed oxygen when they’re undergoing Sickle-Cell treatment and can be used for a variety of chronic diseases, where oxygen is needed.

Your image of an inventor could look like Albert Einstein, in a basement with a bunch of Bunson Burners, causing controlled explosions; but sometimes the inventor is a pretty real estate agent, like Tyrese. Since necessity is the mother invention, Tyrene Gibson gave birth to a medical device to help ease her daughter’s pain, and soon, since it’s in the final stages before getting approved, it may be able to ease the pain of many kids suffering through Sickle-Cell Anemia treatments. Ultimately, Aya received a bone marrow transplant and has been Sickle-Cell free, but the AyaMed is a much needed device and the whole story feels amazing. AyaMed, Inc is a big step in the medical industry.

Walter Thurmond III is a Super Bowl champion, having played on the Seattle Seahawks team that won the chip after the 2013-2014 N.F.L season, but most importantly, he a human being who is clear on the importance of giving back, and often does so through the Walter Thurmond Foundation For Arts And Education. His eponymous, non-profit organization, in partnership with other non-profits, provides programming in sports, fashion, film and art, to empower inner-city youth. His work with New York United Way and their Read NYC program, teaches literacy in inner-city schools, which shows that Mr. Thurmond is a champion on and off the field.

With the clarity that black girls can do whatever they put their mind too, it’s such a treasure to see an organization like #BlackGirlsCode, which is a company based in San Francisco, that’s dedicated to increasing the ranks of black girls in the often white, male dominated world of computer coding. Computers have increasingly become the most important tool in modern life and BGC’s mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

Calena Jamieson, Community Outreach Lead for the New York chapter of Black Girls CODE, spoke at the GivKwik, GivingTuesday event and really invigorated the audience, with talk of the young girls and the programming that the organization provides. Although the HQ of BGC is in S.F. (that was fun with letters right there), the need and void exists in many cities across the nation, so the the more chapters of the organization, the better.

Ultimately, GivingTuesday is an amazing day that expresses the beauty and transformative power of giving back, which is a legitimate win-win scenario for all involved…especially if you participated in #GivingTuesday at the #GivKwik event.

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12/2/14 - Chronicle of Philanthropy

Kindness Takes Early Lead in Unusual Giving Tuesday Competition

Kindness took an early lead in one of the more creative and competitive celebrations tied to Giving Tuesday.

In a contest to see who presents the most compelling case for supporting a nonprofit, 32 groups pitched their charitable causes in an online platform created by Indiegogo,Givkwik, and the Impact Hub. The top-10 vote recipients will make their presentations to a live audience starting at 7 p.m. at the Giving Tuesday celebration in New York City.

When the final votes are tallied at midnight, the winning nonprofit will receive $5,000 and a free consultation on its use of Google Analytics.

"It’s going to be a fierce competition, and we have an array of causes from education to health care to animal rights," says Gwen Nguyen, director of cause for Indiegogo, the online fundraising platform.

The competitors include nonprofits working to save bears in China, recruit teachers for inner-city schools in New York City, and provide digital-literacy training for women in Afghanistan and other emerging nations.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Life Vest Inside, a campaign to fuel kindness around the world, led the voting. The nonprofit created the dance-for-kindness flash mobin 80 cities.

"We set out to create a physical platform for nonprofits to share their impact stories," Ms. Nguyen says. "That giant megaphone: That’s what Giving Tuesday is all about, to share the great works they do and inspire people who have never given before to support their work."

All of the pitches will be live streamed.

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11/24/14

#GivingTuesday in #NYC #IRL - UPDATED

More than 25 Charities set to launch $1MM in IndieGogo campaigns on #GivingTuesday at Impact Hub NYC

Interactive, salon-style event in NYC convenes nonprofits and the public in support of #GivingTuesday campaigns to propel year-end fundraising

November 24, 2014 – NEW YORK – On the evening of #GivingTuesday, December 2, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo will partner with mission-driven tech company Givkwik to host a salon-style event, open to the public at Impact Hub NYC. The event will raise awareness and donations for nonprofits working together to raise a combined estimated $1,000,000 – double the established goal – in #GivingTuesday campaigns ending by December 31.  

The format of the #GivingTuesdayNYC #InRealLife event is inspired by the Japanese style, PechaKucha, or the art of delivering a concise presentation. #InRealLife will feature a series of 2-minute pitches given by nonprofit leaders about their active IndieGogo campaigns.  Attendees will be asked to contribute and vote on how to distribute grants from corporate sponsors. Givkwik, a tech platform that simplifies corporate philanthropy and cause marketing, will demonstrate this at the event. 

Givkwik’s CEO, Jason Rosado explains, “Our platform facilitates visual storytelling to engage corporate sponsors and individual donors.” All participating nonprofits are required to complete visually compelling profiles to be showcased at the event. The Givkwik mobile web application will make it easy for attendees to donate, vote, and share in support of the participating nonprofits. All of the activities generated will be harnessed by the partner platforms and reported to the audience and on social media in real-time.

 “We’re bringing together companies, causes and communities to make an even greater impact on #GivingTuesday, through online and offline activities,“ says Gwen Nguyen, Cause Director at Indiegogo, the world’s largest global funding platform. The #IRL event may be a tipping point for many charities needing help to reach their crowdfunding campaign goals. For other organizations, #IRL will be an opportunity to educate the crowd and take advantage of the momentum of an offline event to launch their year-end fundraising.

Twenty-eight (28) local, national and international organizations are registered and upwards of forty (40) nonprofits will convene at the Impact HUB NYC, a coworking space in Tribeca for social impact that has quickly attracted the attention of industry leaders since it opened earlier this year. ”We’re excited to have so many change-makers making an impact in our new space,” says Marissa Feinberg, Co-Founder and Head of Market Development for Impact HUB NYC. 

The Impact HUB NYC will host the day’s activities, including exclusive workshops for participating nonprofits facilitated by experts in storytelling, video production, social media analytics, influencer marketing and volunteering. Illustrating the power of community, the following organizations have confirmed participation to collaborate on their year-end fundraising strategies:

·       Ali Forney Center

·       All Sports United

·       Angel Flight West

·       Animals Asia

·       Bent on Learning

·       BlackGirlsCode

·       Building Beats

·       CareerGear

·       Dance for Kindness

·       Family Equality Council

·       Financial Literacy for Women and Girls

·       Green Map

·       Herbal Anthropology Project

·       Just Been Tested

·       La Unidad Latina Foundation

·       Livelyhoods

·       NYC Debate League

·       Practice Makes Perfect

·       Prep for Prep

·       PresenTense

·       Reach Out and Read

·       Rumie Initiative

·       Service Year

·       Teach for America - NY

·       Toilets for People

·       Walk of Art

·       Walter Thurmond III Foundation

·       Womens Annex Foundation

Over two-hundred (200) invited guests from the public, private, and social sectors are expected to attend. Tickets are priced at $25 – 100% of proceeds will be granted to participating nonprofits. All partners and service providers have agreed to donate their services by volunteering or providing in-kind donations.

#GivingTuesdayNYC #IRL is an official event of #GivingTuesday.  For more details and to register visit: http://www.givingtuesday.org/event/givingtuesdaynyc-irl/

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Indiegogo is the world’s largest global funding platform. Learn more at https://indiegogo.com

Givkwik is a tech company making it easy to get companies involved in philanthropy. Learn more at https://givkwik.com

Impact HUB NYC is a coworking and events space for social impact. Learn more at http://nyc.impacthub.net Location: 394 Broadway, 5th Floor in TriBeCa, New York.

Media Inquiries: 

Jason Rosado

394 Broadway, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10013

724-485-9451

jason.rosado@givkwik.com 

giv.nyc

 

 

 

11/17/14

#GivingTuesday in #NYC #IRL

IndieGogo, GivKwik and Impact Hub NYC collaborate on #GivingTuesday #IRL (In Real Life) Event

Interactive, salon-style event convenes nonprofits and the public in support of #GivingTuesday campaigns to propel year-end fundraising

November 17, 2014 – NEW YORK – On the evening of #GivingTuesday, December 2, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo will partner with mission-driven tech company Givkwik to host a salon-style event, open to the public at Impact Hub NYC. The event will raise awareness and donations for nonprofits working together to raise a combined estimated $500,000 in #GivingTuesday campaigns ending by December 31. 

The format of the #GivingTuesdayNYC #InRealLife event is inspired by the Japanese style, PechaKucha, or the art of delivering a concise presentation. #InRealLife will feature a series of 2-minute pitches given by nonprofit leaders about their active IndieGogo campaigns. Attendees will be asked to contribute and vote on how to distribute grants from corporate sponsors. Givkwik, a tech platform that simplifies corporate philanthropy and cause marketing, will demonstrate this at the event.

Givkwik’s CEO, Jason Rosado explains, “Our platform facilitates visual storytelling to engage corporate sponsors and individual donors.” All participating nonprofits are required to complete visually compelling profiles to be showcased at the event. The Givkwik mobile web application will make it easy for attendees to donate, vote, and share in support of the participating nonprofits. All of the activities generated will be harnessed by the partner platforms and reported to the audience and on social media in real-time.

“We’re bringing together companies, causes and communities to make an even greater impact on #GivingTuesday, through online and offline activities,“ says Gwen Nguyen, Cause Director at Indiegogo, the world’s largest global funding platform. The #IRL event may be a tipping point for many charities needing help to reach their crowdfunding campaign goals. For other organizations, #IRL will be an opportunity to educate the crowd and take advantage of the momentum of an offline event to launch their year-end fundraising.

An estimated forty (40) local, national and international organizations will convene at the Impact HUB NYC, a coworking space in Tribeca for social impact that has quickly attracted the attention of industry leaders since it opened earlier this year. ”We’re excited to have so many change-makers making an impact in our new space,” says Marissa Feinberg, Co-Founder and Head of Market Development for Impact HUB NYC.

The Impact HUB NYC will host the day’s activities, including exclusive workshops for participating nonprofits facilitated by experts in storytelling, video production, social media analytics, influencer marketing and volunteering. Illustrating the power of community, additional partners have joined the effort including Catchafire, Radish Lab, Whole Whale, TVP Industries, and Malka Media, along with other industry leaders volunteering their time to advise nonprofits on their fundraising strategies.

Over two-hundred (200) invited guests from the public, private, and social sectors are expected to attend. Tickets are priced at $25 – 100% of proceeds will be granted to participating nonprofits. All partners and service providers have agreed to donate their services by volunteering or providing in-kind donations.

#GivingTuesdayNYC #IRL is an official event of #GivingTuesday.  For more details and to register visit:http://www.givingtuesday.org/event/givingtuesdaynyc-irl/.

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Indiegogo is the world’s largest global funding platform. Learn more at https://indiegogo.com

Givkwik is a tech company making it easy to get companies involved in philanthropy. Learn more at https://givkwik.com

Impact HUB NYC is a coworking and events space for social impact. Learn more at http://nyc.impacthub.net Location: 394 Broadway, 5th Floor in TriBeCa, New York.

Catchafire matches professionals with nonprofits based on their skills, cause interest and availability. Learn more at http://catchafire.org.

Radish Lab is a full-service interactive creative agency focused on people and projects changing the world. Learn more at http://radishlab.com. 

Whole Whale is a digital agency that leverages data and technology to increase the impact of nonprofits. Learn more at http://wholewhale.com

TVP Industries is an end to end solution for any brand merchandising needs. Learn more at http://tvpindustries.com. 

Malka Media is a full service new media, digital marketing and production company.  Learn more at http://malkamediagroup.com.  

Media Inquiries:

Jason Rosado

394 Broadway, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10013


724-485-9451

jason.rosado@givkwik.com

giv.nyc

 

 

 

6/2/14 - NBC24 Ohio

Harlem Globetrotter brings anti-bullying message to Lucas Co.

Kevin Daley, known to many as 'Special K' for his time with the Harlem Globetrotters, recently retired from the world famous basketball team and started a foundation dedicated to spreading an anti-bullying message.

"Kids are hurting themselves every day, literally everyday kids are harming themselves. They are not going to school because they are being bullied. So, since I have the ear of the kids, why not say something about it," Daley said.

A $100,000 prize would help Daley bring his message to many others and the public can help him win the cash by voting online. Daley's foundation is one of a few dozen famous athletes in the running for the award as part of a tech company's mission to transform philanthropy. Until May 15, the public can vote up to three times a day to make Daley's the All Stars of Giving Humanitarian of the Year. The winner of the title, in addition to the $100,000, will receive a generous bundle of services and resources procured by All Sports United from various campaign sponsors.

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6/2/14 - DenverBroncos.com

Three Up for Humanitarian of the Year

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Three Broncos are in the running for the 2014 Most Valuable Philanthropist honor from All Sports United.

Von MillerChris Harris Jr. and Jack Del Rio are nominated for their work with Von's Vision, the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation and the Jack Del Rio Foundation, respectively.

Voting for the All Stars of Giving Challenge runs through May 15, 2014. Fans can vote up to three times a day to determine the 10 finalists, and a selection committee will then identify and announce the winner of the Humanitarian of the Year Award on June 23, 2014 in Chicago.

The favorite cause of the Humanitarian of the Year will receive a bundle of services and resources procured by All Sports United.

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2/3/14 - All Sports United

Now Accepting Nominations for All Sports United's 2nd Humanitarian Award

All Sports United announced the opening of nominations for its second annual Humanitarian Award, a prize that honors an outstanding professional athlete for his or her philanthropic work.

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1/10/14 - Volume 9

How Cause Marketing Can Do Good & Increase Website Traffic

Volume 9 president discusses how cause marketing can do good & increase website traffic. Read what he learned from GivKwik Founder & CEO here!

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12/24/13 - Harvard Business Review

So Long, Giant Check Ceremony: The New World of Charitable Giving

Say goodbye to the glory of the "giant check" ceremony, the requisite Toys for Tots drop box, and the depressing ASPCA commercials: The ways corporations, marketers, and individual donors are approaching charitable giving is starting to change dramatically - for the better and worse.

Michael Norton, an associate professor at Harvard Business School and the co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, studies the relationship between business, charity, and a person's motivation to give.

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12/3/13 - Triple Pundit

Thankful for Giving Tuesday

This year, instead of retail therapy, let's try giving therapy. Today is the best day to start as it's Giving Tuesday.

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12/3/13 - Triple Pundit

The Rise of the Social Intrepreneur

The League of Intrepreneurs shares stories and advice at Sustainable Brands London.

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11/12/13 - Joycott

Got spare change? San Francisco-based Givkwik will make it easier for you to get it to the right folks in need.

Have you ever seen a media story about some natural disaster, felt moved to help, but didn't know which nonprofits were making an impact on that issue and didn't know where to start making a difference? Enter Givkwik...

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10/7/13

Givkwik Achieves A Successful Crowd-Funding Campaign On Indiegogo.

Givkwik, a Latino and Veteran owned technology company that connects businesses with the good causes people love, completed a campaign on the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo. The San Francisco-based social enterprise raised 108% of their $15,000 goal from over 200 contributors as part of its strategy to grow its platform and community.

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6/28/13 - Corporate Tax Network

Spreading the word about good causes through a small business

Jason Rosado sperads the word about good causes through the small business he owns.

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6/11/13

Givkwik Initiates Giving Campaign For First Corporate Partner, Sustainability Firm Encourages Clients To Allocate Charitable Dollars

Givkwik, a social giving platform, has kicked off a grant campaign to benefit environmental nonprofits for its first corporate partner. Footprint Free, a company that provides carbon offsets to small businesses, is the first corporate partner to share a giving campaign with help from Givkwik. The Maryland-based company is hosting a campaign for the duration of June to support two nonprofits: Green Network Cafe and Friends of the San Francisco Environment.

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6/1/13

Givkwik Launches Crowd-Sourced Charitable Campaign for Oklahoma Recovery Efforts

Givkwik announces the launch of multiple grant campaigns to provide funds to nonprofits, as determined by participants across social media and the mobile landscape. Givkwik has kicked off a campaign to support six Oklahoma-based nonprofits, which focus on disaster relief efforts for tornado-affected areas.

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5/1/13

Consumers Drive Corporate Philanthropy Through Innovative Social Giving Program

Fusing Philanthropy and Technology, the Givkwik Fund Empowers Consumers to Direct Charitable Dollars

Givkwik, Inc. and ImpactAssets announced the inception of the Givkwik Fund today, a special donor advised fund designed to empower consumers with decision-making influence over where businesses direct their corporate philanthropy.

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4/21/13 - 'LLERO

The Tech Start-Up - An Impulse to Do Good

Jason Rosado is a bit of a romantic. A business romantic that is. Having worked in the private sector for most of his career, he is now among a new generation of entrepreneurs who want to use technology and mobile applications to help people, help each other.

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2/21/13 - Points of Light

Entrepreneurs Running 10 Start-Ups with Social Missions Choose Two Most Ready to Succeed

Points of Light and Village Capital today announced they will offer $50,000 investments to UBELONG and Generation Citizen, two of 10 start-ups participating in the nation's first accelerator dedicated solely to helping new organizations with social missions that engage people as part of the solution.

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2/20/13 - The HUB SF

Inspiring Space: Disruption Ahead at Hub SF

Disruptive. It's a word that brings about many conflicting thoughts in our society. "Change" and "against-the-grain" are terms that come to mind. Disruptive is also associated with technology. Think of the Google car whose prototype promises to help the blind operate vehicles solo. What about the financial industry? What can they do "disruptively" to fill the void for those of lower-income and create ways for small businesses to succeed without going into debt?

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1/15/13

Givkwik and Giving Trends

As the global economy continues to challenge our collective generosity, Givkwik fills a critical need for increasing generosity to more good causes. Consumer donors want a better user experience for online giving. Nonprofit organizations need a solution to capture smaller donations from larger amounts of donors, with minimal expense. Givkwik helps both parties raise spare change.™

Mobile devices accelerate research and decision-making and make it quicker and easier anytime, anywhere. Game mechanics enable competition, repetitive behavior and active engagement. Social networks support peer-to-peer interactions and raise awareness with increased velocity. Nonprofit missions rely on large audiences to raise awareness for their causes. Consumers prefer brands that support social causes. Givkwik combines all of these trends effectively to create an exciting new opportunity for commerce and philanthropy.

- In 2010, 140 of the country's biggest charities reported raising $1.35 billion online.
- The Millennial Impact Report 2012 found that three out of four people between the ages of 20 and 35 made at least one gift in the last year and 70% had made their gift online.
- More than 70% of young donors surveyed in the Millennial Impact Report indicated that they raised money on behalf of nonprofit organizations by encouraging friends and family to support causes.

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11/16/12 - Points of Light

Points of Light, Village Capital Launch First Accelerator Dedicated to For-Profit and Nonprofit Ventures that Put People at Center Of Change

Points of Light and Village Capital today launched the first start-up accelerator dedicated solely to investing in civic ventures that inspire, equip or mobilize people to create positive change.

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11/15/12 - Nibletz

Atlanta: Points Of Light, Starbucks & Village Capital Announce Social Startup Accelerator

Atlanta: Points Of Light, Starbucks & Village Capital Announce Social Startup Accelerator

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10/17/12 - Forbes

New Civic Accelerator Galvanizes Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing

Startup incubators and accelerator programs appear to be the latest rage! You may have heard about one of the programs supporting entrepreneurs in a major city near you like TechStars, Y-Combinator, or MassChallenge (a personal favorite) Yet with all the hype and buzz about social entrepreneurship, few of these programs are entirely dedicated to scaling...

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8/16/12 - Mother Nature Network

Spare the world some change: GivKwik makes small donations to charitable causes count

Social giving website maximizes small budgets by making giving a social activity, putting a financial value on the 'like' button.

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7/12/12 - Forbes

Forbes.com: Hub Ventures Startups Seek Social Impact

Hub Ventures is a San Francisco incubator focused on startups that want to build big businesses that also have a social mission.

The 12-week program is designed like other accelerators, providing technical and business advice and mentoring along with about $20,000 in exchange for a small equity stake. But the firm focuses on "for entrepreneurs building a better world... looking to make social or environmental change," says Wes Selke, founding director of Hub Ventures.

The firm held its second demo day in San Francisco Wednesday for the seven companies in its latest batch to pitch to investors. The firm, which had more than 200 applications, looks for a strong team, a large scalable business potential and companies that can make a social impact. "The companies we look at are ones where we can get excited about their business models with a big market opportunity," says Rick Moss, founding director of Hub Ventures.

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7/12/12 - Techcrunch

Techcrunch: Hub Ventures Debuts 7 Startups That Want To Change The World

Hub Ventures, a new San Francisco-based startup accelerator focused on funding entrepreneurs "building a better world" is hosting its demo day today at Hub Bay Area. This year's portfolio includes seven companies from a variety of sectors, including mobile, agricultural info systems, healthcare, clothing, online giving and personal safety. The startups span geographies (U.S., Kenya, Ghana and Latin America), and include two women-led companies this time around.

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6/23/12

Finding His Cojones

Founder Jason Rosado was recently featured in the blog, "Finding Your Cojones" about having courage to follow your dreams.

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6/20/12

Givkwik is on the Move!

In April, we moved our operations to San Francisco, CA in order to participate in the Hub Ventures StartUp Accelerator. Givkwik along with 6 other companies will present to Investors on July 11, 2012.

4/26/12 - Techcrunch

Givkwik in TechCrunch

TechCrunch announced our participation in the Hub Ventures Startup Accelerator Program for entrepreneurs building a better world.

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