See how Network for Good customers around the country are navigating COVID-19 challenges and continuing to do good every day.
Extra Table is working to end hunger in Mississippi — the state with the largest number of documented food insecure individuals — by providing healthy, nutritious food to soup kitchens and food pantries. The organization works with food distribution company Sysco to purchase healthy food at the lowest price point and have it delivered to agencies across the state.
As COVID-19 spreads through Mississippi, Extra Table is keeping operations running. The organization’s #NowMoreThanEver campaign is asking for increased financial support to feed those who don’t have the means to stockpile food, and ensure those most susceptible to the virus are fed. Utilizing Network for Good’s COVID-19 email template, Extra Table surpassed its $20,000 goal to raise more than $110,000.
Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue
Since 1996, Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue has saved thousands of homeless cats and kittens in the Sun Cities Arizona area. The organization’s adoption program helps pair local residents with new feline friends, and provides shelter and care for cats waiting to find their forever family. In addition to helping cover operational costs, 4 Paws relies on donations to get kittens ready for adoption, including spaying, neutering, and vaccines.
Using Network for Good’s COVID-19 email templates, 4 Paws raised $3,500 in one day, and more than $12,000 in April thanks to regular email blasts. The organization is also relying on Network for Good’s simple, smart fundraising software to thank donors quickly and customize the acknowledgements based on the donation type.
Health For All
Twenty-five percent of residents live without health insurance in Brazos Valley, Texas, a state where about one million residents are part of a coverage gap in which their income is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to earn marketplace subsidies. Health for All provides free primary and preventative care for more than 1,000 medically uninsured patients each year.
The organization’s clinic is busier than ever as they help battle COVID-19 by caring for patients, ensuring healthcare providers have the appropriate personal protective equipment and training, and fighting misinformation. Health for All launched a new campaign, #CaringThroughCovid, to help fund their important work. Network for Good’s fundraising software allowed the organization to launch the campaign quickly, and they are now more than halfway to their $50,000 goal.
Guitars Over Guns
Guitars Over Guns offers students in both Miami and Chicago’s most vulnerable communities a safe space to explore music and connect with professional musicians. The program — which has served more than 4,000 students since 2008 — leverages social-emotional learning and mentorship to empower students to make positive choices in their lives.
Guitars Over Guns is relying on Network for Good’s email, video and texting tools to raise money and thank donors for contributions to their new Mentor Relief Fund. The fund supports the organization’s musician mentors who continue to work with students virtually throughout the pandemic, despite facing limited incomes due to canceled performances.
Dementia Spotlight Foundation
Envisioning a world free of the stigmas and fears associated with dementia, Dementia Spotlight Foundation is working to improve people’s understanding of what dementia is. The organization educates families and professional caregivers about dementia-related diseases and emphasizes that there is a way forward after a diagnosis.
Dementia Spotlight Foundation continues to host educational webinars and virtually run their support groups for caregivers and people living with dementia. When the organization’s fundraising event, the Alzheimer’s Music Fest, was canceled because of COVID-19, they got creative and turned the event into a weekly live-stream music series. Network for Good’s fundraising software has made it easy for viewers to donate while watching.
Into Account advocates for survivors who have experienced sexual violence in Christian contexts and helps them navigate their options. The organization also works with leaders in the Christian community wanting to update their policies, processes and practices to become more trauma-informed.
Into Account continues to serve survivors remotely and has found tremendous value in Network for Good’s acknowledgement tracking and videos, contact merging and email templates. Their #GivingTuesdayNow email blast received a 40% open rate and an immediate $500 gift, helping the organization to surpass its $5,000 goal.
Serving South Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community, the Garces Foundation helps community members gain access to educational and healthcare services often inaccessible due to linguistic and cultural differences. The organization’s health, dental, and educational services help empower the community to lead healthier lives.
Within days of sending their first COVID-19 email appeal using Network for Good’s eBlast tool, Garces Foundation raised more than $6,000 from 15 individuals, plus a $5,000 grant to support the organization’s new program, the Garces Foundation Food Pantry. While the organization has never addressed hunger before, they identified a need to feed their community and responded quickly.
AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport
Iowa-based AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport saves homeless dogs and cats at risk of being euthanized in traditional shelters. In addition to placing dogs and cats in foster and forever homes, the organization transports dogs from traditional shelters to no-kill rescues across the Midwest and Canada for free. The AHeinz57 team also educates the public on responsible pet ownership, puppy mills, and pet overpopulation.
Using Network for Good’s fundraising software and crisis messaging framework, Aheinz57 sent an urgent eBlast to their supporters and raised more than $10,000 in donations within 24 hours — and donations continue to pour in.
A New Direction
A New Direction (AND) provides legal advocacy, education, counseling, and support services to men, women, and children who are victims of domestic violence. When the primary domestic violence agency closed in Chicago’s far South Side, AND stepped in to serve both existing and new clients. AND’s services remain crucial at this time, as domestic violence victims may be sheltered in place with their abuser.
While the organization was forced to close their office due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the team continues to provide their services via phone, text, email, and video conferencing. In addition to leveraging Network for Good’s trainings and support team to get the most out of their fundraising software, AND recently started using the text-to-give feature which has generated more money than the organization had expected.
Airline Ambassadors International
Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) began when a small network of airline personnel started using their travel benefits to help vulnerable children and orphans. Today, thousands of members donate their time and resources to help deliver humanitarian aid, accompany children traveling to receive life-altering and life-saving medical treatment, and educate the travel industry on how to combat child and human trafficking.
In response to COVID-19, AAI donated 8,500 masks to a women’s hospital in El Salvador and are currently organizing food deliveries for families in need in Ecuador, Haiti, and India, among other countries. AAI is also using Network for Good to send appeals to individuals who were planning to travel with the organization on mission trips this spring.
Talbot Interfaith Shelter
Since 2009, Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) has provided shelter and support to individuals and families in need. In their quest to end homelessness on Maryland’s Mid-Shore, the organization developed the S4 Program (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success) that helps guests navigate the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
When the organization’s Lip Sync Battle — their biggest annual fundraiser — was canceled because of COVID-19, Marketing and Development Director Jayme Dingler quickly converted the event into an online competition. TIS leveraged their Network for Good fundraising software to send event updates and appeals to their supporters and raised an additional $10,000.
Michele Darwin and her brother, Sean McDermott, founded the Windward Foundation in 2017 after seeing how their father’s Alzheimer’s affected their mother who cared for him. Focused on supporting and empowering individuals and families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the Windward Foundation provides funding, volunteer support, and community awareness to local partner organizations.
Since the Windward Foundation isn’t able to meet supporters in-person right now, they have leveraged Network for Good’s video acknowledgements tool to send short, personalized messages. In each video, Michele is able to candidly and personally thank donors for their support.
Pastoralist Child Foundation
Sayydah Garrett and her team at Pastoralist Child Foundation (PCF) are working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Kenya. In addition to running workshops focused on the importance of education beyond the primary level, PCF provides educational sponsorships for girls in Kenya at risk of being forced to marry.
Garrett and her team used Network for Good’s COVID-19 email templates — tailoring it to their liking — and received an incredible response. In less than 24 hours, PCF raised more than $2,500.
Sierra Community House
Based in the North Tahoe/Truckee area, Sierra Community House supports and empowers the community by offering a range of services, including family strengthening, crisis intervention, hunger relief, and legal services. The organization is continuing to provide key services over the phone and online, in addition to supplying non-perishable food boxes.
Using Network for Good’s COVID-19 email templates, Sierra Community House updated partners and supporters on how they are responding to the pandemic and gave readers the option to make a gift. The email hit the right note with their audience, compelling one donor to make a $10,000 gift.
Bishop Dudley Hospitality House
Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bishop Dudley Hospitality House provides emergency shelter for homeless and vulnerable men, women, and families. The facility served 1,723 unique individuals, 57 families, and 107 children last year. The team at Bishop Dudley Hospitality House has been working overtime amid COVID-19 challenges to keep the facility open and safe for guests.
Using the new COVID-19 engagement stream from Network for Good, the organization sent out a text to supporters and received a 57% open rate. Gifts continue to flow in as they look to send out email appeals next.