Charitable giving has basically become a cottage industry in the Palm Beaches, I have personally hosted decades worth of walks, runs, fund raisers, grand galas, luncheons and more. It is quite a demanding process to be involved with. When I discovered this new concept in giving, it struck a resounding note with me, so after having given 20 years of my time to help charitable causes in Palm Beach County alone, I wanted to share this with my friends, fans and followers, thinking that this could change everything in a positive way. Lisa Tomasi is on to something!
Tim Byrd “The Byrdman”
Now along with old type-writers, floppy discs and cd players, another item has been relegated to collect dust in the back of the storage closet thanks to the latest tech updates – charity drive collection bins. Thanks to online giving platforms, the face of charitable giving has changed into a more efficient and effective model where the goods purchased are shared directly with the cause.
Spearheading the revolution of innovative giving methods is YouGiveGoods. Through the site, corporations, small businesses, and individuals can set up online drives, where participants set up a unique URL for the drive, and donors can visit and purchase items from the drive’s wish list, all with just a few clicks (i.e. food, clothing, diapers, blankets, etc.). Once the drive is over, YouGiveGoods then delivers all purchased items directly to the organization, and a tax receipt is emailed to the giver.
With methods like this, it’s no surprise that online giving has been growing over the past two years, with last year being the second record breaking year for giving back in America, according to Giving USA. As new e-giving platforms like YouGiveGoods continue to grow, 2016 can easily exceed that and become yet another record breaking year. Its drive sponsors have seen average donations increase by up to 60%, donor bases triple in size, and increased community interaction.
Lisa Tomasi, President and CEO, YouGiveGoods
As the founder of YouGiveGoods, Lisa’s extraordinary leadership and vision has firmly established the company as the leader of virtual in-kind good drives and contests. Lisa has been involved with nonprofits throughout her adult life. She first came to understand their important role in society while living in San Francisco during a devastating earthquake.
Aided by the Red Cross, she spent three days living in a park, hoping to go home. While an awful experience, it motivated Lisa into dedicating her life to service: volunteering at battered women shelters, building houses in Haiti and founding several scholarship funds.
Lisa first pursued a career in media and advertising at MMT and Telerep before engaging in the more demanding, but rewarding, role of mother to four daughters.