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Daymaker Receiver's Journey

Daymaker Receiver's Journey

July 29, 2020

The Daymaker Model: Beautiful Seeds, With Potential for Deeper Roots For six years now, we have been facilitating resource transfers through our lens of connective, personal, and dignified giving. What made Daymaker unique was that, in addition to the good being done with every gift sent to our pa...

Seeds of Hope: Sadie Short

Seeds of Hope: Sadie Short

June 18, 2020

Chickens, Birthdays, Neighbors and Happiness. Daymaker began working with InVision, a company that is 100% fully distributed and the largest remote workforce in the nation, in 2018 during our Back to School campaign. Right away, we knew that the campaign lead, Sadie Short, was a special individual...

Seeds of Hope: Daymaker

Seeds of Hope: Daymaker

May 14, 2020

Living Fully in Today. Running a business inherently means looking towards the future as the place of promise. Or at least, that’s how I have always seen it. And then, COVID-19 arrived, and in an odd way, I felt it brought some space for new stories to begin to emerge. Suddenly, we had an opportun...

Seeds of Hope: Boys and Girls Club Paterson & Passaic

Seeds of Hope: Boys and Girls Club Paterson & Passaic

May 7, 2020

Spirit of Service. Before COVID19, the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic (BGCPP) helped take care of over 1,100 kids every single day. Across 10 different sites in the cities of Paterson and Passaic and a summer camp, BGCPP is more than an afterschool program or childcare facility: they...

Seeds of Hope: Movement Mortgage

Seeds of Hope: Movement Mortgage

April 28, 2020

More Than Mortgages. Movement isn’t your typical mortgage company, something you begin to understand as you read its mission statement: We exist to love and value people by leading a movement of change in our industry, in corporate cultures and in communities. More than 4,000 employees are not j...

Seeds of Hope:

Seeds of Hope:

April 14, 2020

The Overview. Like many of the companies we work with, we had grand plans for the spring that did not consider nationwide pandemics and national health emergencies. Eventually, we’ll show you all the beautiful things we dreamt up. For now, we’re focused on what we do best: using our platform to br...

Apart, but Together: Our response campaign to the present times.

Apart, but Together: Our response campaign to the present times.

March 19, 2020

We get to choose what all of this will mean. Like for so many of you, 10 days ago, business was normal. Daymaker was gearing up for our spring campaign focused on getting kids in low-income communities out into nature to help them find a place where they could always feel they belonged. We were la...

Be About Love: A Revival Story

Be About Love: A Revival Story

November 8, 2019

Be About Love Those were the words that came from a dear friend this spring. “If love is your purpose, then be about it always,” he insisted as we sat outside a Noe Valley coffee shop. That was in the midst of what I would now call a revival of sorts for Daymaker. We had discovered a new essence...

Why We Give

Why We Give

December 21, 2018

We Give to Remember Our Togetherness The holidays have arrived, and that inevitably means even the most last-minute of us has spent some time thinking about how we will give this season. For many—and all of those receiving this who have used Daymaker—that reflection will include considering those...

Enabling others to live their gifts

Enabling others to live their gifts

December 6, 2018

We’re all a moment away from shining; we simply need an invitation At Daymaker, we ask ourselves often: what makes for a meaningful gift? Whether we’re giving to our own children, our college best friend, or to a family in need, there is a common thread alive in all of these forms of generosit...

Holiday Giving will look a bit different this year

Holiday Giving will look a bit different this year

November 20, 2018

A note from our CEO Hi Friend, I hope this note finds you well and settling into the chaos and joy the holiday season inevitably brings. This year, holiday giving will look different from years past on Daymaker. We are excited to introduce Yearmaker. Yearmaker enables you to make a real difference i...

The Stories That Shaped Us

The Stories That Shaped Us

June 11, 2018

We're very excited to share our new Daymaker series, “The Stories That Shaped Us.” Each week during the Summer Swing Campaign, we’ll share a unique story about how reading shapes and inspires every child, featuring perspectives from our team as well as some of your favorite authors. Volume 3: Alice...

The 2017 Holiday Platform

The 2017 Holiday Platform

December 21, 2017

As we sit back and watch thousands of packages arrive on the doorsteps of our nonprofit partners, we’re reflecting on a year that surpassed our highest expectations. This was all made possible by you and the community of kind, generous, and loving individuals of all ages across the country (and worl...

The Little Voices: How to talk to the kid-driven conscience

The Little Voices: How to talk to the kid-driven conscience

December 12, 2017

The problem at hand: We want the kids to know the importance of giving back, but it’s not always clear how to go about it. Where does the conversation about giving back start? When in doubt—or in a parenting pinch—the Golden Rule has long since been the go-to philanthropic nudge we give our kids....

Responsive Hope

Responsive Hope

June 8, 2017

Zelda recounted early days, before there was trust. “He told her for two years his name was TJ when it was really Clarence. He didn’t give his real name because he thought she might be a cop.” Zelda Mayer | Director of Development at I Grow Chicago Clarence quickly learned “her” name was Robbin C...

The Launch of Give Now

The Launch of Give Now

May 16, 2017

Today we launch Give Now. Here’s why: In Feb of 2016 (back during our LA pilot), parents began coming to the platform hoping to start a conversation about giving back with their kids in a way that was personal and relatable. The problem was, at that time, only party hosts and guests could actually u...

Introducing: Daymaker

Introducing: Daymaker

March 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. — As of March 28, 2017, CommuniGift becomes Daymaker. After years of gifting, celebrating and learning, we reveal a name and brand that measures up to the magic moments we’ve been creating together all along. Our goal since inception: to make giving simple and meaningful. We’ve spen...

The Unforgettable Moments

The Unforgettable Moments

March 27, 2017

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. Tomorrow we're announcing some pretty big news. It's going to be big and fun and exciting, and we cannot wait to watch it unfold....

The 2016 Holiday Platform

The 2016 Holiday Platform

January 6, 2017

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. As we look back on the 2016 Holiday Platform (November 15-December 25), we are blown away by how much good was accomplished. We w...

Announcing: Atlanta!

Announcing: Atlanta!

November 18, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. Before we launched in Los Angeles, and before Charlotte welcomed us into the fold, we were students at Chapel Hill with a desire...

The First CommuniGift Ambassadors!

The First CommuniGift Ambassadors!

June 15, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. The Jones girls are adding a whole new role to their repertoire: CommuniGift Ambassadors Maggie Elizabeth Jones, the star at Th...

Welcome to the QC

Welcome to the QC

May 26, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. Our Charlotte Story A few months back, CommuniGift piloted a platform that enabled birthday hosts to invite their party guests to...

Howdy, Partner!

Howdy, Partner!

May 20, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. We're pleased to welcome Sports Connection to the CommuniGift family! As Charlotte's go-to party spot, Sports Connection is the p...

 Ripple effect

Ripple effect

May 11, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. It all started with Millie. A few weeks before her party, friends received their invitation: “Celebrate and Give Back for Millie'...

Advocate, family member, friend.

Advocate, family member, friend.

May 10, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. It’s hard to walk away from a conversation with Rosa without feeling lighter. Like life is more managable. Happier. That’s who sh...

Giving Back & Having Fun

Giving Back & Having Fun

April 27, 2016

"I think there are two things I want to instill in my children. The first one is that I want them to have fun—to enjoy life and to do things that make them happy, to be brave and to try new things. The second is to be a good citizen within your community—to learn how to serve and to give back t...

The CommuniGift 5

The CommuniGift 5

March 1, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. Week after week, more and more gifts are being sent to children who would otherwise go without on their birthday. The gifts, sent...

 Kid Blog: Millie's Party Debrief

Kid Blog: Millie's Party Debrief

February 22, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. After her CommuniGift Birthday party, 8-year-old Millie shared a few thoughts. Here's what she had to say: "I think that a...

Magic at Mar Vista Gardens

Magic at Mar Vista Gardens

February 2, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. For J Gonzales, it's more than a job. As the director of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Mar Vista Gardens Branch, J makes it his mis...

Guest Blog: The Day my 3-year-old Learned Multiplication

Guest Blog: The Day my 3-year-old Learned Multiplication

January 25, 2016

On March 28, 2017, CommuniGift became Daymaker. This post was published prior to that launch but is certainly a part of the wonderful journey that got us to where we are. Although that may sound impressive, it’s not exactly what you would think. This year, for her 3rd birthday, she found out what mu...

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