One ATTA Time: Nonprofit Spotlight

One ATTA Time: Nonprofit Spotlight

Dirty water is the culprit behind the diseases that kill more people every year than all forms of violence put together, including war.

What’s more disheartening is that 43 percent of those deaths are children under the age of five.

One child dies every two minutes from drinking contaminated water—that’s nearly 900 children lost daily to something completely preventable— and one of the many reasons why One ATTA Time strives to increase global distribution of their life-changing water filter kits.

But they need your help.

Enter One ATTA time.

What is One ATTA Time?

One ATA Time is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides solutions to empower local leaders with education and water filters, who are then in charge of delivering these water filter kits throughout their communities.

Goal

There are 800 million people in the world that live without access to clean drinking water.

Providing a water filter can help solve this problem.

Each One ATTA Time water filter removes 100 percent of the harmful contaminants (such as bacteria, protozoa, and cysts) that cause water-borne illnesses.

The filters last 30-40 years and produce 1 million gallons of water in a lifetime.

This means that just one purification system from One ATTA Time provides an entire generation within a community with continuous access to clean water!

History

It started with one child.

Following an eye-opening trip in August of 2013 to visit Bryan, his sponsored child in El Salvador, Sean Kappauf felt inspired to do more.

As he spent time with Bryan and his mother, he learned that it was common for children in Bryan’s community to have intestinal worms due to unsanitary drinking water.

After his visit, Sean returned home motivated to enact positive change.

In February of 2014, he brought back a team to El Salvador to train young local leaders on how to maintain and distribute 50 water filtration devices to homes in need.

The trip was successful: The children’s health improved and entire communities thrived.

Sean then decided that his leadership training and providing water filters to areas in need could have a lasting impact worldwide, sparking the birth of One ATTA Time in 2014.

The California-based non-profit now travels the globe, distributing water filter kits to families residing in places like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Kenya.”

We work in Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Vietnam, Uganda, and do disaster relief work in the United States.

Project Examples

1. Clean Water for Small Villages at Pennies a Day

One ATTA Time outfits communities with made-in-the-USA, EPA-tested and approved Sawyer water filters, which provide the fastest, easiest, and most cost-efficient way to produce pure potable water at the highest filtration rates.

Just one filtration system supplies small villages with clean water for only a few cents a day.

ATTA kits include everything needed to transform any sanitary, plastic bucket or container into a filtration system. You don’t have to dig wells, use sand filters, or rely on purification chemicals.

No need for batteries or plugging into an outlet; gravity is the only external force required.

Long-lasting and self-sustainable, easy maintenance also extends the life expectancy of filters. Kits come with a syringe that flushes and unclogs the system when needed.

People getting water from One ATTA Time Drinking Water

2. Natural Disaster Relief That’s Better for the Environment

One ATTA Time’s efforts empower global communities lacking clean water sources but also reduces the need to ship bottled water to areas affected by natural catastrophes.

One ATTA Time’s latest partnership provides the residents of Paradise, California with safe, decontaminated water sources following the aftermath of the state’s deadliest wildfire.

The non-profit has also provided access to clean water in response to:

  • Hurricane Harvey in Texas
  • Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
  • Flooded, rural parts of Kauai, Hawaii’s North Shore

In addition to providing a continuous supply of purified water for drinking, the bucket system also generates water for:

  • Bathing
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Watering plants
  • Plus many other everyday tasks.

Future Plans

It might be difficult to believe, but one of the most preventable and easily treatable diseases, diarrhea, is also one of the leading causes of death nationwide.

One ATTA Time has ongoing projects in seven locations to decrease this threat and hopes to meet the following goals for 2019:

  • El Salvador: provide 500 filters to rural and coastal communities affected by the 90 percent of contaminated surface water bodies that cover the country, which helps fight.
  • Uganda: provide 1,000 filters to locals in South Uganda to reduce sickness related to the 75 percent of diseases linked to unclean waters and unsanitary living conditions.
  • Colombia: provide 1,500 filters to areas in the northern and southeast parts of the country; nearly one in four people do not have clean water to drink in these rural areas.
  • Vietnam: provide 2,000 filters to more people living in rural communities, who face one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in East Asia.

Impact

To date, One ATTA Time has distributed 10,000 water filters across 7 countries.

Safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene play a significant role in averting preventable diseases (and subsequent issues like dehydration, high infant- and child mortality rates, and intestinal parasites) from occurring in the first place.

Your donation contribution through Giving Assistant to One ATTA Time helps provides communities in need with access to one of life’s basic necessities: clean water.

Your generosity will last for decades to come.

How to Donate

  1. First sign up for a Giving Assistant account
  2. Select One ATTA Time on your Giving Assistant account settings menu
  3. Choose how much of your balance from cash-back rewards you’d like to donate
  4. Then next time you shop using Giving Assistant and earn cash back you’ll automatically donate your set percentage to One ATTA Time

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If you haven’t already you can also download the Giving Assistant button cash back extension for your desktop browser.

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Microdonations: The Missing Piece to Bigger Wins for P2P Fundraisers

Microdonations: The Missing Piece to Bigger Wins for P2P Fundraisers

Scenario: Last year, Middletown Animal Rescue joined Classy, enabling them to power individual, peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising campaigns for the first time.

That holiday giving season, around a dozen of their local community volunteers launched personal, online fundraising campaigns to benefit the animal rescue.

Over the next few weeks, they shared their campaigns with their friends and family, ultimately raising an average of $250 per volunteer by year’s end.

But it was Sarah, a high school student, who broke the record.

By sharing her campaign and asking her social network to shop online through Giving Assistant, in addition to making direct donations towards her P2P campaign, this animal-lover raised over $300. That’s an extra $50 over the average amount raised per participant that would go to purchase food, shelter, and loving families for more of Middletown’s displaced pet population.

Sarah’s secret to her big fundraising win? Microdonations: individual donations that average less than $10 each. (If you were thinking her secret was Giving Assistant, you’re still a little bit right!)

The 3 Superpowers of Microdonations

Microdonations are small, good things that “add up” (as is our mantra here) in big, meaningful ways.

Not only do they provide nonprofits a viable (often significant) long-term financial boost, but they also empower communities, making it possible for more people to give and inspiring them to give together.

Superpower #1: Accessibility

While not everyone can make big, direct donations, almost anyone can “give small,” which enables, encourages, and empowers more people to give. Leading to…

Superpower #2: Engagement

One of the top reasons people say they don’t donate to nonprofits is because they feel like they can’t give enough for the donation to actually matter.

This perspective changes, however, when donors believe that others are making small donations along with them.

Countless Giving Assistant user interviews have shown us that these nonprofit supporters are more inspired to give when they know others are giving along with them, because they’re more confident those small donations they’re able to afford will, in fact, add up to something meaningful.

Superpower #3: Awareness

And what do you get when micro-givers believe that giving collectively is the key ingredient in making microdonations meaningful?

Sharing. Conversations. Communication. Increased awareness of your cause. Nonprofits’ giving communities—and their action communities—grow, as more people feel empowered by their giving, regardless of the size of those gifts.

And when it comes to microdonations, the more the merrier.

Putting it Together: P2P Fundraising, Classy, and Giving Assistant

Giving Assistant is just one tool you have in your arsenal that makes it easier for your P2P campaigners to capture those microdonations and boost their fundraising, engagement, and awareness efforts for you.

Even more importantly, while your nonprofit’s bottom line undoubtedly benefits from the fundraising boost these microdonations provide, it’s also empowering for your campaigners. The more they raise, the more proud and confident they feel. And the more confident they feel, the more they’re inspired to help lead your mission within their communities.

Syncing Classy and Giving Assistant

For Classy-connected nonprofits, you’ll be glad to know that Giving Assistant syncs seamlessly with Classy, so even your personal, independent fundraisers can take advantage of it, just like your organization does.

Once set up, your campaigners can invite their friends and family to contribute to their fundraiser by joining Giving Assistant, shopping, and making their cash back microdonations, in addition to continuing to make their direct donations—an incredibly easy ask for your campaigners.

On average, P2P fundraisers see as much as a 20% boost in donations when they invite their communities to use Giving Assistant, in addition to contributing their normal, direct donations.

Sync your Classy and Giving Assistant accounts, and start helping your P2P campaigners capture those fundraiser-boosting, cash back microdonations.

Generations Against Bullying: Nonprofit Spotlight

Generations Against Bullying: Nonprofit Spotlight

According to the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association, 1 in 4 teenagers claim they’ve endured the painful effects of bullying.

The good news: Most acts of bullying can be stopped within 10 seconds when peers take action in a supportive, non-threatening way.

Credit: Brad Rutter Agency, Voice Against Bullying campaign for Generations Against Bullying

That’s the power of an Upstander, a peer who pledges to become a part of the solutions aimed at sinking a nationwide concern that affects millions of children each year.

At the center of it all, is Generations Against Bullying (GAB), a nonprofit organization on a mission to create healthier, safer, learning environments for everyone.

Victims of bullying rarely see adult intervention come to their rescue, in part because bullies don’t typically victimize their peers in front of teachers, counselors, or administrators. Instead, most bullying takes place in the presence of other students. And while some kids speak out; most just don’t know what to do, or are understandably afraid of retaliation.

Furthermore, peer reluctance to intervene creates an environment that allows bullies to thrive by inadvertently communicating, through inaction, that a bully’s behavior is acceptable.

GAB’s Approach to Combating Bullying is Different

Unlike most anti-bullying efforts that focus on the dynamics between bullies and victims, Generations Against Bullying concentrates on building up the confidence and influence of bystanders—those who typically see a peer getting bullied, but oftentimes stay silent or uninvolved.

GAB takes a more hands-on approach, offering an all-inclusive, anti-bullying solution that transforms bystanders into Upstander—the designation given to students specifically trained to provide immediate victim-support.

GAB

The Upstander Peer Ambassador Program (UPAP)

GAB empowers students to step in and act whenever they see a classmate being victimized. Participants of the Upstander Peer Ambassador Program are equipped with the tools and skills they need to identify bullying, and diffuse uncomfortable situations in a calm, non-threatening manner.

Peer Ambassadors also attend workshops where they learn how to provide positive support in various situations, including camps, sports, and the cyber world.

Student Upstander Peer Ambassadors are essentially the backbone of GAB programs, and the organization says that without them, it wouldn’t be possible to create and maintain the kind of environments that discourage bullying.

GAB also works alongside Peer Ambassadors, educators and sponsors to create life-changing experiences for students, schools and entire communities, such as:

  • Celebrity speaking engagements lead by role models including professional athletes, pageant winners, musicians, actors, and authors. These speakers are invited to attend GAB events in order to help foster interest in the program and motivate more students to become Upstanders.
  • School assemblies that send an uplifting message to students, spread awareness, and also provide a platform for productive discussions about bullying to unfold.
  • Sponsored community movie night events that highlight the disturbing effects of bullying through a film screening and Anderson Cooper follow-up report.
  • Puppet shows (featuring unique characters called ‘GABits’) that use realistic scenarios and positive messages to help create an anti-bully culture on the elementary school level.
  • An “Introduction to Buddy Bear” event (GAB’s official pet ambassador) that helps address the connection between bullying and animal abuse. A program involving Buddy Bear teaches compassion and love, as well as how to respect, care for, and forge healthy relationships with animals.

In addition to the Upstander Peer Ambassador Program, GAB holds the distinction of maintaining one of the “Top 20 Bullying Blogs on The Web,” and effectively uses their website to deliver inspirational video messages, information on community services and events, and a directory of resources to help bullying victims.

How to Support GAB

GAB relies on sponsors and fundraising programs to continue touching the lives of students across the U.S. with their speaking engagements, open houses, community events and the above-mentioned programs.

Giving Assistant shoppers can also help advance GAB’s goals. Simply select Generations Against Bullying as your nonprofit of choice to donate all or a portion of your cash back savings to a good cause.

To keep up with the endless deals, discounts and promo codes that can help increase your charitable contribution to GAB, don’t forget to download the Giving Assistant Button.

The Salvation Army: Nonprofit Spotlight

The Salvation Army: Nonprofit Spotlight

These responses were provided by The Salvation Army. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your organization!

About The Salvation Army

We’ve been helping people for more than 150 years! We were founded by a man named William Booth who was a bit of a rebel. He challenged tradition for the sake of action and made a huge difference in the lives of people in need.

As we look ahead into the next 150 years, we take that tenacity with us.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Founder, William Booth

What is your organization’s overall mission?

Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. It is our faith that motivates the work that we do, sharing the love that we’ve received so generously.

What are a few goals your organization has been focusing on this year?

We’re definitely focused on ways to connect with the community, whether that’s creating new opportunities to meet the specific needs of your hometown or finding new ways for people to volunteer or give online. 

Otherwise, we’re doing what we’ve always done, which includes helping disaster survivors, addressing food insecurity, overcoming poverty, assisting the unemployed, combating addiction, loving the elderly and above all sharing God’s love for everyone.

The Salvation Army
Loving the Elderly

Can you discuss some of your major successes?

Success in Salvation Army terms is the smile on the face of a mother who can now feed her child; the elderly man who received sustenance and a shoulder to cry on. 

Over the past year, we’ve continued to serve and rebuild in communities that were impacted by last year’s disasters. Recovery is a process that lasts long after the news crews leave.

We also recently opened several homes and made available incredible resources for human trafficking survivors.

The Salvation Army
Available Resources for Human Trafficking Survivors

Can you share a few alarming stats that have low awareness?

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery—a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 40.3 million people around the world.

What can we do in our daily lives to help support your cause?

Take a moment to recognize the need around you. There are hurting people in need of your care and kindness and you can start in your own homes and workplaces. 

A warm smile and a genuine listening ear can go so far to create connection and build hope. Consider an ongoing donation to The Salvation Army as a way of supporting your neighbors in need.

The Salvation Army
Donate to the Salvation Army to support your neighbors.

How important are donors for The Salvation Army?

First, we assess the needs of each community in which we serve. We work to understand the obstacles and challenges native to that area. Next, we build local programs designed to offer immediate relief, short-term care, and long-term growth in the areas that will best benefit the community. Then, we offer the local programs to the local community, working to continually optimize their efficacy via spiritual, physical, and emotional service.

Without the support of the donor, none of this would be possible.

The Salvation Army
Serving the Community

What has been your experience with Giving Assistant?

We’re excited to be a part of it and I love seeing the flag pop up when I go to new sites. It gives me so much respect for the brands I’m shopping. I’m also pleasantly surprised to see how many brands are participating!

Want to make recurring donations to The Salvation Army? Shop at Giving Assistant’s 3,000+ trusted brands and donate a percentage of your cash back to The Salvation Army.

Drawn from Valor: Nonprofit Spotlight

Drawn from Valor: Nonprofit Spotlight

This post is authored by Drawn from Valor, a partnered nonprofit.

Let us paint a picture for you: Imagine that you have a child or a family member who has been displaying unusual health symptoms.

You take them to the doctor and you wait for test results. You are anxious and scared because you just want to help them feel better.

Then, you get the diagnosis. It’s Type 1 diabetes. Now, the doctor gives you a lot of information, all of which you apparently have to learn right now.

It seems like a whole new language!

How can anyone learn all of this? What if you make a mistake?

Enter Drawn from Valor.

What is Drawn from Valor?

Drawn from Valor is a nonprofit animation studio that uses the power of animation to educate and empower children and families who are facing life changing physical or mental health issues.

Goal

Drawn from Valor’s goal is to help children live longer, happier, healthier lives by providing them with the resources they need to understand their conditions.

Animation example by Drawn From Valor

Project Examples

Drawn from Valor’s first project, Kara and the (Not So) Dire Beastie was released in July 2018 as part of a new and innovative tool to help kids and their family members learn about Type 1 diabetes.

The New Onset Diabetes Educator (NODE) contains an interactive eBook that tells the story of Kara, a young girl who has just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Through NODE, we follow Kara on an 8-episode animated journey of discovery as she learns to manage her condition.

Kara and the (Not So) Dire Beastie

Her adventures bring her into contact with new friends like Sir Rynge and the RedBlooded Knight who help her care for her pal, the Dire Beastie (a play on words for diabetes).

The “Beastie” represents a cell in the body. He needs a special key, which stands in for insulin, to unlock his mouth so he can eat.

Normally, he is a happy blue Beastie, roaming the kingdom eating “glueclose” (i.e., glucose).

He becomes “Dire” when the keys go missing. At the end of the story, when Kara learns how to manage her diabetes, she realizes the Beastie is not so dire.

Our hope is that children following along will feel the same way, will have learned the disease is manageable, and know they can live full, happy lives with Type 1 diabetes.

Fundraising Needs

Studies have shown that children learn and understand material better and at a more rapid pace when it is presented in animated form.

Additionally, because of their visual nature, animations are particularly well-suited for explaining topics and issues that may be hard to understand otherwise.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; one second of animation can literally be up to 30 pictures or more.

Drawn From Valor animation of a man and a dragon

Animation is very expensive to create.

It costs us approximately $225 per second…or nearly $94,500 for a 7-minute episode.

While the cost of producing animated videos is high, they can help countless people, and we offer the animations for free on our website and across social media.

If each of those patients used Giving Assistant and raised $2.37 through their purchases, together they could fund an entire series!

Future Plans

While we have several projects planned, we are currently focusing on The Tales of the Golden Acorn, a series of free animated short films being created to help educate and empower young people who are directly or indirectly impacted by trauma.

The series focuses on the effects, issues, and strategies for living with trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a family setting.

The Tales of the Golden Acorn

While the subject matter is weighty and serious, the tales have been created specifically for young people – and are designed to bring the viewer on a journey of adventure and wonder as they learn.

Ultimately, the goal of Drawn from Valor is to empower families to transform their lives for the better regardless of the health challenges they may face.

We hope that you’ll select us as your nonprofit of choice on Giving Assistant’s platform.

How to Donate

  1. First sign up for a Giving Assistant account
  2. Select Drawn from Valor on your Giving Assistant account settings menu
  3. Choose how much of your balance from cash-back rewards you’d like to donate
  4. Then next time you shop using Giving Assistant and earn cash back you’ll automatically donate your set percentage to Drawn from Valor

If you need more help then you can see how to use Giving Assistant to shop online and donate to a nonprofit here – https://givingassistant.org/how-it-works

If you haven’t already you can also download the Giving Assistant button cash back extension for your desktop browser.

Get the Giving Assistant browser extension

This will help you to start easily support the Drawn from Valor nonprofit AND save money on your everyday online purchases at thousands of online retailers.