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4 Ideas Friday: Sharpen your tech sensesDeciding how to make promotional products work for your organization can be difficult. Sometimes it helps to see how other people are using them.In 2015, we gave away nearly $450,000 in $500 one by one® grants to various charitable organizations, and the ways these organizations were able to use logo-printed items to make the world a better place might spark some ideas you can put into motion to help your business.

 

4 Idea Friday - 4 ways they'll find your number!Sunshine Kids FoundationSunshine Kids Foundation in Houston, Tex., has been providing fun, excitement and normalcy to kids with cancer for more than 30 years. The nonprofit organization serves about 5,000 kids undergoing cancer treatment each year and provides them with exciting, positive group activities. These activities aim to remove youth from the hospital setting so they can have fun, socialize and meet others experiencing similar situations. You can learn more about the Sunshine Kids Foundation at www.sunshinekids.org.Sunshine Kids used its one by one grant to buy T-shirts for its team of runners at the annual Chevron Houston Marathon. “A lot of runners were once Sunshine Kids themselves,” said Rachel Moody, development associate for the organization. “We also get parents, other family members, volunteers, and even nurses. And because we had such amazing shirts, we were able to get our name out more and really stand out in the marathon.” The Sunshine Kids marathon team raised more than $20,000 this year. “This grant helped us save a lot of money in fundraising costs and enabled us to put more of that money toward the kids—that really helps,” said Moody.
Sunshine Kids FoundationSunshine Kids Foundation
4 Idea Friday - 4 ways they'll find your number!DuPagePadsDuPagePads is on a mission to end homelessness in DuPage County, Ill. The nonprofit organization in Wheaton, Ill., seeks to end homelessness not only by providing temporary shelter and food, but also by working with each individual in need to secure both interim and permanent housing. Family outreach services, medical respite care, career/employment assistance, referrals to substance abuse and mental health services, and other support services are provided to help stop the cycle of homelessness. Last year, DuPagePads provided services to change the lives of 1,360 individuals, including 241 children in 144 families.Every year, DuPage Pads hosts its “Taste of Hope” event, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser. This gala offers guests the opportunity to taste signature dishes, paired with wine, from 25 of the area’s most elite restaurants. There are auctions, music, an open bar and more—everything is donated. This year’s event brought in more than $220,000. DuPagePads received a one by one grant to purchase aprons for the chefs. “It’s very important to us to thank our chefs,” said Special Events Coordinator Kariann Lazansky. “We’re so thankful to 4imprint for donating this gift that allows us to show our gratitude. It’s really great that they see the value in our mission and what we do in the community.”
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4 Idea Friday - 4 ways they'll find your number!Compeer Friendship Program at the Mental Health Association in Butler CountyThe Compeer Friendship Program at the Mental Health Association in Butler County, Butler, Penn., recruits community volunteers to provide friendship and support to those diagnosed with mental illness. The nonprofit organization serves 71 consumers with 65 volunteers in its Compeer program and 18 veteran consumers with 16 veteran volunteers in its CompeerCORPS Veteran program. The nonprofit organization marked its 31st anniversary on May 23, 2015, with its second annual Celebration of Friendship luncheon. More than 100 people—both volunteers and friends—enjoyed a catered lunch, live music, a guest speaker and photos with Miss Butler County. “The event inspired social skills, self-confidence, self-determination and a positive sense of belonging,” said Roy Remone, Veteran Coordinator and Certified Compeer Professional for the organization.The Compeer Friendship Program used its one by one grant to purchase logo’d totes and puzzle cubes to present volunteers and friends at the luncheon. “The puzzle cubes represent how the program puts the pieces together in friendship,” Remone said. “Our volunteers help people with their recovery by getting them out of isolation and into the community. It’s about being a friend.” For more information on the Compeer Friendship Program, visit the MHA Butler County website: www.mhabutler.org.
Compeer Friendship Program at the Mental Health Association in Butler County
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The Arc of Davidson County

The Arc of Davidson County, Lexington, N.C., was founded in 1951 to provide support to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today, the nonprofit organization serves hundreds of Davidson County residents—directly and indirectly—through advocacy and resource and referral assistance. An additional 23 adults are served through the organization’s residential assistance program, which provides in-home care, staffed around the clock by direct support professionals (DSPs). DSPs are responsible for resident health, safety, personal care, transportation and more. “It can be a lot,” said Executive Director Teresa McKeon. “Some of our staff have been here 16 years—it is an emotional and sometimes draining job.”

The Arc of Davidson County used its one by one grant to purchase logo’d folding chairs as a gift to its DSPs during September’s National Direct Service Professionals Week. “We really wanted to celebrate our DSPs and show them how much we value them,” said McKeon. “This grant provided the opportunity to deliver a tangible thank you. We were over the moon!”

The Arc of Davidson County
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