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Giva Salutes: All Star Code

All Star Code

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

All Star Code, a NYC-based nonprofit organization, actively prepares young men of color for the vast, diverse field of technology start ups. At All Star Code, men of color have access to mentorships, internships, workshops that will help them navigate the ever-growing tech field.

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CreateAthon: Pulling All-Nighters for Charity

CreateAthon

All-nighters are not just for procrastinating college students anymore. Now, their powers are also being harnessed for the benefit of nonprofit organizations!

CreateAthon is a nonprofit that connects other nonprofits to free creative services. The organization helps businesses, creative teams, and educational institutions throw "CreateAthons," or 24-hour pro bono work marathons. During these events, the creative organizations provide free marketing, fundraising designs, advertisements, etc. to various charities.

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Giva Salutes: PledgePage

PledgePage

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

ServiceSpace, an online platform founded in 1999 to help nonprofit organizations with technical services, evolved into a gathering place for hopeful volunteers and groundshakers. Its mission is to morph the Internet into an inner-net of kindness for people who hope for a better world. One of many online services offered by ServiceSpace is PledgePage.org. This website, originally founded in 1999 by a couple who wanted to raise money to battle blood-cancers, has raised over $3,000,000 for over 9,000 separate people who fought for a variety of social, medical, and environmental causes.

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The Importance of Knowledge Management

Benefits of Knowledge Management

Effective knowledge management (KM) is essential to almost any business. Regardless of its size or subject matter, a company should use the knowledge it possesses in the most effective way possible. Techopedia gives a detailed definition of KM here, but essentially KM is about sharing information and applying it to situations. KM helps to create a sort of "knowledge network" so that when someone does not know something, they have an easy way to find an answer. Here are some reasons why KM is important for businesses:

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Giva Salutes: The Empowerment Plan - Warmth & Jobs for the Homeless Community

The Empowerment Plan

In Detroit, Michigan, winter weather can be unforgiving. The temperature is regularly below freezing and snowfall is common. The weather is especially challenging for individuals who are dealing with homelessness. Many members of the homeless community sleep outside either by choice or due to lack of space in shelters, and they often lack warm clothes and beds. Founded by Veronika Scott in 2011, The Empowerment Plan is a nonprofit organization working to make sure that the Detroit homeless community receives the warmth, shelter and safety it needs.

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Giva Salutes: ServiceSpace

ServiceSpace

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

ServiceSpace, originally founded in 1999, is an online platform dedicated to helping people explore service. This online organization uses technology to create free inspiration hubs and websites for nonprofits and worthy causes. For example, ServiceSpace played an instrumental role in creating DailyGood, KarmaTube, and HelpOthers.

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Giva Intern Misha Carthen Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

The Loewenstern Fellowship, Rice University Cetner for Civic Leadership

Giva is very pleased to congratulate one of our former philanthropic writing interns, Misha Carthen, for being accepted into the prestigious Loewenstern Fellowship program at Rice University.

The Loewenstern Fellowship provides a yearlong experience for students to conduct service and civic research in parts of Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Through classroom and experiential learning, students engage with cultures, people, and problems different than their own and may acquire the skills, insight, and values that will enable them to become principled, civic-minded leaders in the 21st century.

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Giva Salutes: Network for Good

Network for Good

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

Network For Good enables users to donate to organizations or companies that have worthy causes. Their web service makes donating to organizations easy, quick, and incredibly efficient. But donors are not the only ones who benefit from this service—organizations can also raise more money for their causes by using its services. To provide a scale of the magnitude and effectiveness of their services, they have processed over $1 billion in donations for over 100,000 non-profits since 2001. Network For Good is a hybrid organization (a nonprofit-owned for-profit), their software company securing Certified B Corporation status. Their "About Network for Good" page succinctly describes their various services.

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Resource Development: Breaking Down a Donated Dollar

Nonprofit Business Expenses Donations Allocations

Fueled by their ambitious visions, many nonprofits seek to make the most of their time, resources, and efforts. Resource development, a process-oriented plan, can greatly help nonprofits optimize their efforts.

Resource development is a nonprofit's organized, ongoing plan to allocate resources to cover expenses, begin fundraising, and cover any additional expenses.Responsible resource development represents a nonprofit's ongoing commitment and initiative to serve.

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Giva Salutes: The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

The Mission Continues provides "new missions," such as volunteer work at nonprofits, for veterans adjusting to civilian life. Founded by Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who returned from Iraq in 2007 after his honorable discharge, he used his own combat money to create the nonprofit, which turned into a federally approved organization soon after.

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