It's all about stories: ours and yours.

Last week we announced the winners of our Celebrating Volunteers campaign where we, with the help of six partner organizations, made six $200 donations to charities and nonprofits. We were able to generate community buzz, launch a new CafeGive app, all while sharing the good work of volunteers in your community. Thanks to everyone for your feedback! It helps us continue to improve our products while helping you connect with your social media communities.

Last month, we celebrated National Volunteer Week with the release of a new storytelling app. On April 21st, we launched the pilot on our Facebook page and asked you to share your volunteering stories. And with the help of six partner organizations, we committed to make six $200 donations to charities and nonprofits chosen by our random winners.

It’s May here in Portland, which means 1. The weather is perfect 2. The sun is shining 3. The grass is glistening 4. We want to play outside 5. Seriously Yes, it’s hard to resist the call of Spring activities, be they baseball, soccer, hiking, kayaking, or hackeysack (we’re in Portland, remember). And while most of the time, we choose to stay inside doing grown-up work, we try to sneak in outdoor sports as much as we can.

Once upon a time, there lived a credit union. It was a welcoming and generous credit union—one that loaned capital to people in need, helped its clients create savings plans, and taught customers the fundamentals of financial know-how. It was an organization that ran on love, and there was nothing it loved more than its community. After all, it was the community that created the credit union in the first place, and serving those people was at the heart of the credit union’s mission.

“Where should I volunteer?” It’s a common question, and one that, regrettably, sometimes gets in the way of taking action. While the vast majority of Americans believe volunteering to be an important activity, only about a quarter of us actually do it.

National Volunteer Week. From April 21st through 27th, we express our appreciation for the millions of Americans who achieve exceptional things through service by donating their time and passion to causes that matter. Let’s be honest: A week? That’s it?

Though they often don’t get enough credit for it, nonprofit employees are at the frontline of social innovation and social change. Nonprofit managers take on the job—or ten—of building a better future through community development, fundraising, outreach, marketing and publicity. Take Jessica Corcoran, Communications Director at Start Making a Reader Today (SMART).
Okay, I’ll admit it: We’re obsessed with credit unions. In terms of models for social good, it’s challenging to find a better example. Credit unions, as institutions owned by the people they serve, have a unique perspective and opportunity to enact change and growth in the lives of their constituents. Charitable businesses and nonprofits looking to make a real difference need look no further for inspiration.
Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day happened just one month ago. Whether your V-Day was one to remember (or one to forget), it already seems like a long time since we devoted a day to love, in all of its forms. That’s the problem with Valentine’s Day: It’s a day long, and how much love can you really stuff into a mere twenty-four hours? As you probably already know, we at CafeGive love love—so much so that we couldn’t relegate it to one day alone.
I’ve written before about starting a partnership between a nonprofit and a corporate entity, from the nonprofit perspective. This article examines the same process from the corporate point-of-view. Like nonprofit managers, many corporate PR staffers exercise great care in choosing a partner for their giving programs.