COMMUNITY

Last week’s panel on innovation and action to change prevailing issues around food equity and access.

FEAST founder Sam Polk introduces panelists at Accenture.

We were blown away by the stories of panelists Dana Rizer (FEAST), Gabby Rodriguez (HarlemGrown), Alex Godin (Lemontree), Angela Chiappara (Brooklyn Community Services), and Mohamed Attia (Street Vendor Project). 

What stood out most to us is that whether you’re discussing food affordability, education, advocacy, or accessibility, everyone can connect to a food story.

These panelists shared personal anecdotes regarding the importance of family dinners; talents as burgeoning chefs; living in food deserts; and the rights of street vendors. And we feel confident saying that every guest of the event felt empowered with the tools to take a step towards change.

We’re proud to support this event and encourage you to explore the missions of these amazing organizations. What’s more, every organization from the evening’s panel is listed on DonorUP! If the Fair Food Fight is important to you, consider making a donation through the app.

As always, 100% of your donation will go to the nonprofit, and you’ll be eligible for rewards and events from us!

And a special thanks to Accenture SoHo Innovation Studio and Taylor Durland for moderating such an engaging panel. You can read more about Taylor in his recent Impact Profile!

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Thanks to everyone who joined us at Barry’s Bootcamp!

As part of our WorkUP A Sweat event series, we partnered with Barry’s to reward our growing community for giving back again and again.

 (Big shoutout to our trainer Oliver for a killer class!)

This event was made even more special by the participation of our event partners WOLACO and Charley St.

Both offered exclusive discounts for our donors, and we are so psyched to be connected to such socially conscious lifestyle brands.

But… why these events?

Because giving is a lifestyle.

And we’re committed to connecting where you give with what you already do, so we programmed this class to fit into YOUR routine.

Donors who gave $36 (the cost of one Barry’s class) to any organization on the app were rewarded with a community workout. But the feel-good vibe doesn’t end after class. Thanks to WOLACO and Charley St, donors carried that givers glow with them into the work week.

We’re grateful to Barry’s for including us in their community, and as their website boasts…

We’re giving you options…

We do things differently here…

Hustle and heart set us apart…

We feel the same way.  And whether or not you’re ready to #jointhehustle or #WorkUPaSweat, you can always…

DonorUP.

Interested in attending or hosting a community event with DonorUP? Email [email protected] and follow us on IG @letsdonorup for highlights and exclusive invitations!

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Welcome back to Impact Profiles, our new series celebrating our community. We’re talking to non-profit founders, executive directors, and donors alike about what they care about most and their unique missions. 

I recently spoke to Adele Jackson Gibson, a fitness coach and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Adele has been an athlete and a storyteller since childhood. She now uses those gifts to connect with her community, empowering people with tools for their health, healing, and curiosity.

Tell us a little bit about your background and interests and how/if it informs the work you do now!

I grew up as an athlete who loved drawing a writing stories about animals … the drawing animals part ended in high school, but maybe I get to return to that one day.

A lot of my work right now is centered on empowering womxn through the stories I tell about female athletes around the world.

I aim to do the same with my clients in the gym. How this happened? After I decided I wasn’t going to be a pro soccer player anymore, I decided to turn my passion for storytelling into a career and became a journalist. My first job was at a startup that was focused on women’s sports media. And coaching happened because I fell in love with CrossFit and wanted to be in the gym all of the time. I’ve got the best of both worlds now!

Everyone has a unique impact. What does giving back mean to you? 

Hmm. I’m gonna be that person and say I don’t love the phrase, “giving back” because of what it implies nowadays, but I understand the sentiment.

“Giving back”, as most people talk about it, sounds like a one-way street… You’re dumping your money and resources into some cause for someone else’s life or something else’s existence. We think it’s just for the other. We also tend to believe that “giving back” means a dip in our own resources, and it sometimes becomes a sacrifice because we owe something to the communities that lift us up.

“Giving back”, “give it back”. There’s a sense of loss there for me. I don’t know what phrase I would use, but “giving back” to me means realizing that every time that I give of anything (time, talents, money), that same energy comes back to me so long as I’m in the mode to receive it.

I give my time, I get more time. I give more money, I receive wealth (in whatever form). I help someone else, I receive help from others.

This is the belief I’m now stepping into anyway as I’m recognizing that everything is energy, that everything works in a cyclical manner and that our main function as human beings is love.

My mentor once shared this affirmation with me, “All the money that I use returns to me multiplied in a never ending cycle of increase and enjoyment.” It’s awesome.

Of course really living this affirmation requires me to release my old fears about money and what money really is. But one thing I do now if I feel like I’m ever in any money trouble, I make sure I have extra change/cash laying around to give to people who ask for money on the street. 

I also have automatic donations set up with organizations I support and I volunteer at my spiritual center.

We believe giving is a lifestyle. Can you make a connection between where you give and what you do in your free time?

Well I give to my spiritual center, and that’s where some of closest friends are. They are awesome.

Who’s someone whose work you really admire?

 Right now, I’m looking forward to reading my friend’s book “Choose Wonder Over Worry” (Amber Rae). I just listened to her talk at a conference about how to handle tough emotions and move into a space of power. In terms of how that relates to giving … I think when we give to charities, we often feel bad for people and are not often visualizing the best outcome for that person. So instead of giving out of worry we can give in a space of wonder. Think about the miraculous “what ifs”.

DonorUP creates a meaningful relationships between donors and nonprofits, so you can really track your impact over months (or years). Look ahead 5 years. What kind of impact do you hope to see/be a part of?

I hope to help end gender discrimination in all industries. And to help people realize their own power in their healing journeys.

Do you want to give a shoutout to some of your favorite organizations?

Shout out to the Equality League for leading the charge in creating safety and equal opportunities for athletes everywhere.

And shout out to Celebration Spiritual Center for showing people the power of their thoughts in their own healing.

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When You Give!

Last week, we partnered up with Row House Columbus Circle for a class as part of our WorkUP a Sweat event series.

The premise is simple…

Get rewarded for giving back!

DonorUP users who give any amount to their favorite organizations were rewarded with 50% off class. And Row House regulars were invited to give on DonorUP for the same deal!

We knew Row House was a natural partner for this kind of class after reading this part of their mission:

“We’ll show you everything you need to know. We teach you proper rowing technique and are committed to your overall health and wellness. Every seat counts, and no matter your age, fitness level or background, Row House pushes you to achieve your fitness goals…”

Sounds a lot like DonorUP, no?

No matter what moves you to give back, every voice and dollar counts, no matter your age, income, experience, or background! We push you to achieve your giving goals!

An enthusiastic group of rowers gathered for this 45-minute, full-body, high-energy rowing experience. What stood out most is that rather than an ultra-competitive experience, Row House builds up the room as a whole–a spirit of inclusion, and the perfect marriage with our spirit of giving and growing together.

We’d like to thank Row House Columbus Circle for having us and look forward to other collaborations in the future!

Interested in hosting or attending a fundraising event with DonorUP? Email [email protected] and follow us on IG @letsdonorup for highlights from recent events and exclusive invitations!

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Quick poll while you’re here:

Raise your hand if you made one or more donation last year.

Woohoo!

Keep your hand up if you can name every organization you gave to.

Good work!

Keep your hand up if you feel passionate about the causes you supported.

What a change-maker!

Keep your hand up if you itemized all of these as deductions on your tax return.

Wow! Very adult!

You can all put your hands down.

Here’s good news!

No matter how far you made it through that rapid-fire round, you’re in the right place.

To keep up with our growing community, we’re constantly coming up with new ways to connect– connect with you, connect you to nonprofit organizations, and connect you to each other!

Because everyone has a different philanthropic identity– it’s like your giving thumbprint– we can all learn from each other. You teach us so much about what matters to you, so we’re using this platform to amplify the voices and causes that you care about.

From donor profiles and nonprofit news to in-depth interviews and exclusive DonorUP perks, we’re here to help you GO, GIVE, and GROW.

So let’s organize ourselves in ways we never have before. Let’s support causes that matter most to us. Let’s make giving back a habit, not an obligation. Let’s….

DonorUP!

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