Happy to Announce that We Are Now a Certified B Corporation!

Happy to Announce that We Are Now a Certified B Corporation!

The ultimate mission for Giving Assistant has always been to do good, give back, and be better.

Not just for the sake of looking good…

…but to genuinely make a positive impact in the world.

Yet, writing an earnest mission and slapping it on our website wasn’t enough, we knew that our growing company eventually needed to be held accountable for what means the most to our team. This is why we are proud to finally announce that Giving Assistant is officially certified in the field of doing good!

Certified B Corporations, called B Corps for short, are companies that go through a rigorous certification that measures their impact on the environment, their employees, their customers, and their community. Little over 2,000 companies in the world today have successfully become B Corps, which makes the label one of the most prestigious ones out there. (Go us!) 

But it wasn’t an overnight process. In fact, you could say that the journey began when we decided to launch a social enterprise; we had to spend years building a company that was even B Corp worthy. Take a look at the goals of B Corps, the process of becoming certified, and how Giving Assistant meets the requirements with excellence.

The Giving Assistant team and the trash collected after cleaning up Ocean Beach.

What B Corps Are All About

In one sentence, the B Corp title is “like Fair Trade certification but for the whole business, not just a bag of coffee.” This perfectly describes the community of B Corps across the globe–companies that treat the people and the world around them fairly, while at the same time remaining a profitable business. A few of B Corporations’ values are:

  • Businesses should compete not only to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.
  • All business ought to be conducted as if people and places matter.
  • World business leaders must realize that everyone is dependent on each other for the well-being of our global community and natural resources.
  • A company’s products can and should benefit society in their production, practices, and profit.

Our Head of Charity Advocacy, Isabel, serving lunch at St. Anthony’s Dining Room during one of our company volunteer days

How to Become a B Corp

As you can see from these goals, not just any business can become a B Corp. It takes a thorough vetting process to filter through unqualified organizations and find the ones that are truly making a difference. As their requirements state, the process is “rigorous but straightforward.”

The first part of the process is called the B Impact Assessment. This assessment measures a company’s positive impact and sustainability. Once this initial test is complete, businesses receive a detailed score report that shows their strengths and weaknesses. If their score is high enough, B Lab verifies their answers to make sure that they are accurate. And, if all goes well, a company is eligible to become a B Corp.

Even after getting certified, a company must demonstrate that they are still worthy of the title. Every two years, all companies must get re-approved through a concise version of the initial assessment. Additionally, 10% of companies are randomly selected for an extra check up each year. All of this goes to prove that being a B Corp is not only an honor, but also a responsibility.

In May of 2017, Giving Assistant passed the B Impact Assessment on the second try and went through all of the required steps to become a B Corp! The process was long and filled with both successes and failures. It took over a year for us, and we had to formalize many of our unwritten policies. But in the end, here’s how our scores stacked up against other companies that took the test.

  • We scored 24 in the area of employee treatment, where the average applicant scores 18.
  • Our governance earned us a score of 16, 10 points higher than the average.
  • In the community category, our score of 22 beat the average score of 17.

Why Giving Assistant is a Perfect Fit

Not only did Giving Assistant become a B Corp, but we handily outdid many other companies in a variety of fields. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that we did well on the exam. Recall that B Corps split up their impact into four categories:

1) Employee Impact

  • We offer health benefits and stock options to 100% of our employees.
  • We hold quarterly Fun Days and corporate volunteer activities.
  • Every employee has the ability to work-from-home on Fridays.

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2) Customer Impact

  • Our services are an easy way for customers to save money.
  • We offer benefits for shopping on a wide variety of stores, which lets every consumer get involved.
  • We help people get more involved in their global community by making a positive impact when they shop.

3) Community Impact

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  • Through Giving Assistant, our users had the ability to donate over $250,000 to Zidisha, which has allowed them to fund over 9,000 microloans in developing countries.
  • Our users have donated over $17,000 of funds to Camp Kesem, an organization that provides a summer camp for kids whose parents have cancer.
  • Giving Assistant shoppers gave more than $15,000 to Pencils for Promise, allowing underdeveloped communities to build proper schools for their children.

4) Environmental Impact

  • Our offices are located in a Platinum LEED certified skyscraper.
  • We recently switched from paper checks to e-checks, drastically reducing our carbon footprint.
  • Much of our donations go toward responsible nonprofits that are good stewards of the environment and natural resources.

Considering all that goes into becoming a B Corp, the Giving Assistant team is incredibly proud of our progress. It is an honor to be considered part of this elite group, and we work every day to keep up our positive impact and reach even more communities around the world. Thank you for being part of our success!

Score Big With These Brilliant Holiday Gift Ideas for Her

Score Big With These Brilliant Holiday Gift Ideas for Her

Who says women are difficult to shop for? Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a science. Make your shopping less stressful and her holiday more cheerful with these wonderful gift ideas for the lady in your life!

 

You can never go wrong with a gift of jewelry! It doesn’t matter if you are shopping for your girlfriend, aunt, sister, or mom. Blue Nile offers many stunning designs that she will love. Dazzle her with these lovely sterling silver and blue topaz earrings from Blue Nile. These eye-catching earrings also come in 11 other colors that are just as beautiful so you are sure to find the perfect pair!

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Looking for something your boss or co-worker will love? Take a look at this beautiful marble stapler from Nasty Gal that would be a great addition to any desk! Nasty Gal also carries a variety of other desktop products in a matching marble finish so you can put together the perfect gift set.          

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Help her stay warm on chilly days with this fashionable faux shearling infinity scarf from Forever 21. It comes in a soft, feminine pink color and is a suitable gift for any lady on your list. Add on this faux shearling jacket to complete the look.

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Check out these cozy slippers from Vera Bradley that will keep her feet comfy and warm on those chilly winter nights. These slippers come in 3 different designs so you can find the perfect pair.

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Give her something to pamper and relax over the holidays with this rejuvenating rose gift set or energizing verbena set from Gilt. She will appreciate the chance to unwind as she indulges in this wonderful gift.

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Do you have a book lover in your life? Then this classics boxed set from Barnes & Noble is certain to be a winner. With five timeless classics bundled into one set, it will become a cherished part of her collection.

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Make it personal with this Figaro jewelry box from Bed Bath and Beyond. You can have this stylish jewelry box personalized with her name at no extra charge. If this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, Bed Bath and Beyond offers many other personalized gifts to choose from to fit your budget.

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This handmade monogram scalloped tote from Etsy will fit any gals fashion style with its sleek design and seven beautiful colors to choose from.

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Give her something to cuddle up with in front of the television on movie night. This brown bear faux fur throw from Pottery Barn is sure to become her favorite! This throw matches any décor, and will keep her warm and toasty during the show.

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Treat her to this 7 piece Bare Minerals makeup set from Sephora. This popular set comes in many different shades to match any skin tone. It includes everything she needs for achieving a beautiful, healthy look.

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If she is a coffee connoisseur, then she will love this beautiful Sketched Story French Press from Anthropologie. This 30 oz. french press features a stylish design by Molly Hatch in a color that will fit into any décor.

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If the lady on your list loves outdoor activities, then this Osprey Tempest Backpack will be the perfect gift for her. This backpack from Backcountry comes in three different colors, and is made just for women so that it is a comfortable fit!

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Want to save even more on your holiday shopping? Cut down on our holiday costs by earning cash back through Giving Assistant at these stores and many more. Check out givingassistant.org for coupons, cash back offers, and money saving deals to make your holiday shopping a breeze!

Giving Week: Your New Favorite Time to Shop & Save

Giving Week: Your New Favorite Time to Shop & Save

The most wonderful time of the year is here! But let’s face it, the holidays aren’t all cookies and snow angels. They can be stressful, to say the least:

  • Chaotic Black Friday sales
  • Sneaky Cyber Monday shopping at the office
  • Not to mention the overwhelming dread when your credit card statement arrives…

…Yikes!

If you find yourself feeling far from warm and fuzzy when this season comes around, you’re not alone. And you’re in luck:

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Giving Assistant is on a mission to make holiday shopping feel good again.

How?

With Giving Week.

Giving Week, in short, is more saving, more giving. During our seasonal shopping event, you’ll earn the highest cash back rates of the year, and Giving Assistant will DOUBLE every donation made to your favorite charitable organization.

That’s right! Every cash back donation you make, we’ll match it.

Giving Week rill run from November 23rd (the day before Thanksgiving) through November 29th (Giving Tuesday). Shop on these days to save big on gifts for everyone on your list with the…

…Highest cash back rates of the year from some of our most popular retailers!

  • Grab Dad a new drill from Home Depot (4% cash back)
  • Search Etsy for a one of a kind gift for your one and only (5% cash back)
  • Complete the newlyweds’ china set from their Macy’s registry (8% cash back)
  • Find unique baby gifts for less at AliExpress (8% cash back)
  • Upgrade Mom’s old winter coat with big discounts at Backcountry (12% cash back)
  • Pick out a festive pajama set from Forever 21 (6% cash back)
  • Help your friend find a New Year’s Eve kiss with a statement dress from Nasty Gal (15% cash back)
  • Find great toys and great deals at Kohl’s (5% cash back)
  • Shop the wide selection of travel gear at Vera Bradley for your jet-setting pal (8% cash back)
  • Buy a backpack using an eBags coupon and save on the college student in your family (12% cash back)
  • Save big on the BIG question with a ring from Blue Nile (6% cash back)
  • Find elegant and eclectic home gifts from Anthropologie (3% cash back)
  • Gift something for yourself from Gilt, minus the guilt (8% cash back)
  • And check back later as we add additional stores!

But if saving money and finishing your holiday shopping early isn’t enough to turn your ‘bah humbug’ into a ‘ho-ho-ho,’ it gets even better:

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Giving Assistant will double your donations to the charity of your choice!

As a reminder, you can change your non-profit and your cash back donation percentage at any time via your account settings.

Last year, Giving Assistant members donated $173,000 to registered non-profits, and this year we are on track to more than double that amount! Your donations, large and small, have already had a BIG impact across the globe:

Thank you!!!

Because of our members, Giving Assistant is well on our way to accomplishing our overall mission to transform the everyday shopping of 10 million people into charitable actions by 2020, by being the best loyalty program for saving money & supporting charity, with ease.

Giving Assistant envisions a world where:

  • The average global citizen can more regularly experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from contributing to their community
  • Non-profit organizations can feel confident knowing they have one more consistent, reliable, long-term stream of financial support.

Giving Week is just one way we are working toward these goals and saving our users money in the process, with the highest cash back rates of the year.

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Giving Tuesday

If you’re looking for more ways to give back this season, check out GivingTuesday.org. There you’ll find a directory of organizations, charities, events, and more in your local community. Last year over 700,000 people in 70 different countries participated in this global day of giving! Giving Tuesday was a big part of our inspiration for Giving Week.

Don’t be a Scrooge!

Mark your calendar! Giving Week, November 23rd through November 29th, is the best time to shop all year, with exclusive, limited-time-only cash back rates. With double the saving and double the giving, this could be your best holiday season yet!

Team Rubicon Global: A Giving Assistant Success Story

Team Rubicon Global: A Giving Assistant Success Story


It’s early October, 2016.

Haiti has just been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Over the next several days, the death toll rises to 900, and by the end of the month, over 1.2 million Haitians will be in desperate need of food assistance.

Less than 24 hours after the last storm clouds had parted—while other relief organizations around the world were still making the necessary preparations to provide much-needed disaster relief—the Greyshirts were already on the ground clearing away debris, caring for displaced citizens, and leading volunteer forces.

The Greyshirts (called such because of the ubiquitous grey t-shirts they wear) are the men and women of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization made up of military veterans committed to disaster response. According to their website:

“Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.”

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Team Rubicon members hard at work. Source: Team Rubicon Global.

Team Rubicon Global: “Disasters are our business. Veterans are our passion.”

Team Rubicon formed in the wake of the devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. In response to the earthquake, a group of military veterans made the quick decision to unite and travel to Port-au-Prince and offer their assistance.

“In Haiti, it became clear that military veterans are uniquely prepared to provide immediate emergency response aid, oftentimes in the early hours of a disaster before larger relief organizations can get on the ground.” (Source.)

Over the last 6 years, Team Rubicon has more than proven its immense value on a global scale. The organization has contributed to over 140 missions, and deployed more than 5,000 veterans to over 20 countries, providing disaster relief in 24 hours or less. The organization also boasts a massive team of over 40,000 committed volunteers.

But Team Rubicon is more than just rapid-response disaster relief.

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Team Rubicon member on their way to work for the day in Haiti. Source: Team Rubicon Global 

By mobilizing veterans on behalf of jolted communities, Team Rubicon seeks to “bridge the gap between returning veterans and their home communities,” as well as support veterans by providing them with an increased sense of purpose and identity at home.

Giving Assistant raises over $18,000 for Team Rubicon Global

To date, Giving Assistant’s generous community of shoppers and donors has raised $18,437.45 in donations for Team Rubicon!

“We are grateful for the support of Giving Assistant. This is a fantastic opportunity. These donations will enable us to continue our global effort to harness the skills of military veterans to help people on their worst day. Going forward, we’re excited to have not only the support of Giving Assistant, but also of their shoppers who believe in our mission.”- William McNulty, Team Rubicon Global CEO

Even better—the nearly $18,500 raised in donations from Giving Assistant supporters is expected to grow right alongside Team Rubicon. “It’s really great to know we have this additional, reliable resource to lean on as we continue to expand our mission,” added McNulty.

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Team Rubicon members wading through a stream in Haiti. Source: Team Rubicon Global

Support veterans. Support Team Rubicon Global

To find out more about how you can easily use Giving Assistant to support Team Rubicon, visit their fundraising page here.

Giving Assistant members interested in donating their cash back to supporting Team Rubicon and their veterans simply need to select Team Rubicon as their organization of choice in their account settings.

Not a member? Sign up here to begin supporting Team Rubicon while you shop.