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!

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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

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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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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.

Breast Cancer Awareness and How You Can Support

Breast Cancer Awareness and How You Can Support

Every year, between October 1 and October 31, breast cancer awareness is at an all-time high as people from all walks of life join forces to spread the word about the second most common cancer affecting American women.

Statistics cite that about 1 in 8 females in the U.S. will receive a diagnosis for the disease over the course of a lifetime, which is what makes Breast Cancer Awareness Month such a significant campaign.

The widespread actions that follow not only call attention to the importance of early detection and prevention, but also raise money for research and education.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Because of this, survival rates continue to soar, and cancer of the breast is now known as one of the most treatable forms of the disease.

In October, fundraising walks, runs, and other events are held across the country, which provide much-needed support to charities and non-profit organizations at the forefront of finding a cure, assisting patients and their families, as well as educating the public.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a shopper, you also have the ability to give to a good cause through the items you buy online.

Giving Assistant is a platform that rewards you with a percentage back from the purchases you make when shopping your favorite brands. You can donate 1% to 100% of the cash back you earn towards supporting a breast cancer-focused nonprofit, just like the ones listed below:

Keep A Breast

Keep A Breast concentrates on helping young people from around the world reach a healthy level of confidence, physical self-awareness, and knowledge related to proactive prevention against breast cancer.

The organization’s success has shined through in multiple initiatives and programs that include the “I love boobies!” campaign, the “Check Yourself!” app, and breast cast art exhibitions.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer has already connected more than 10,000 women to a “mother volunteer” who has already experienced the breast cancer fight with their daughter.

The nonprofit makes every effort to ensure women affected by breast cancer have an individual support system, including access to help from those familiar with specific types of treatment, such as bone marrow or stem cell transplants.

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer

Breast Treatment Task Force

The Breast Treatment Task Force fights on behalf of New York City residents that are without health insurance, and in need of diagnostic follow-ups and treatment for breast cancer. They also educate patients and assist them in finding adequate care through a variety of prevention programs, community referrals, and free mammogram screenings.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are plenty of ways to make a difference! Get out there and spread the word about mammograms, breast exams, and early detection.

Encourage friends and family to get checked out. Volunteer at local events. In this fight, all contributions in time, compassion and charitable donations go a long way.

Reboot Your Mind, Body and Soul by #MovingTogether with Free People + Girls Inc.

Reboot Your Mind, Body and Soul by #MovingTogether with Free People + Girls Inc.

Strength in numbers will most likely serve as one of the most significant inspirational takeaways from Free People‘s upcoming, second annual #MovingTogether fitness festival.

The lifestyle brand known for empowering women with fashion that helps amplify unique expressions of style continues its campaign to build and reinforce community ties using the energy of more than 150 of the brand’s pals.

This year, the movement and its ticket holders will meet in New York City at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday, September 30th, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by activist, poet, and influential speaker Cleo Wade, this #MovingTogether gathering is a charitable fitness event you won’t want to miss – all in the name of showing support for Free People’s nonprofit partnership with Girls, Inc. It’s a celebration of what can happen when you join forces with friends to get active and motivate one another.

In the meantime, you’ll give back to the community and support a worthy organization – all while supporting the values and mission of the Free People brand.

Ticket sale proceeds and product purchases from the onsite pop up will add to the brand’s annual donation to Girls, Inc. A handful of girls from the local New York chapter have been invited to attend, and will represent at the event.

The festivities are set to kick off with a warm up run led by Jessica Movold from Mile High Run Club in Brooklyn Bridge Park. DOGPOUND’S Dara Hart is sure to get hearts pumping with an invigorating HIIT class. Brush up on your hip-hop dance steps with a Queen Moves lesson. Relax and tune into Inscape’s guided meditation session. And all through the day, Cleo Wade aims to inspire the crowd with life lessons.

There will be a lot going on during the event, including opportunities to refuel with healthy, light bites and juices. The latest products from Free People Movement and Beauty and Wellness will also be on hand, which you can shop and give a new home. You’ll also have a chance to win a Free People beauty giveaway.

Check out Free People’s #MovingTogether 2017 with Girls, Inc.

What is at the Heart of Free People?

Answering the call to provide an outlet for women who use fashion, music, and art to ‘live free’ and truly express themselves, Free People is a specialty clothing brand that supplies females with the latest trends and exclusive vintage styles.

Customers are able to complement their personality with high-quality activewear, intimates, outerwear, accessories, and beauty finds that put femininity and creativity on full display.

While chic boutiques, some of your favorite department stores, and standalone retail locations carry the Free People brand in the United States and Canada, shoppers can also browse a Free People sale online.

Distribution of the brand reaches the United Kingdom, China, and many other parts of the world – delivering clothes and accessories that give off all the free-spirited bohemian vibes a woman needs.

How Can You Support Free People?

If you’re not in the New York City area, you can still show support for the Free People movement. 27 Free People store locations throughout the U.S. will celebrate #MovingTogether by hosting free workout classes on September 29th and 30th. Find a class near you!

Would rather support online? Online shoppers can use a Free People coupon code from Giving Assistant to shop something a little special like an oversized trucker denim jacket or pair of red vegan Cavalier boots.

Your purchase also goes towards racking up to 6% cash back bonuses, and you can donate part of it or all to a charitable organization of your choice.

There’s also a super convenient way to get a heads up on the newest Free People discounts, the Giving Assistant Button. Download it now if you haven’t already!