November 13, 2018
Throw a Stellar Holiday Party (2)

Giving Tuesday is right around the corner. Chances are you’re hit up all year long by organizations looking for donations, sponsorships, and support. We’re here to tell you that selecting one organization can not only make you feel warm and fuzzy, but also support your marketing strategy and can even grow your bottom line!

You probably have some of your operating budget allocated to things like donations and charitable giving already. If you’re simply giving to anyone who asks until that budget runs out, you’re doing it wrong. It’s your money/goods/services that you’re giving – make it worth your while!

Your Non-Profit Trifecta

  1. Support an organization that aligns with your values.
  2. Know how much of your donation goes to support the cause vs. operating expenses.
  3. Ensure their supporters are potential customers of your business.

 

By continually supporting one non-profit, you’re able to build a relationship and establish the fact that this is something you truly believe in. This can go a long way with your customers! Your name may begin to become associated with the non-profit, and with a deeper investment, you can feel assured that your charitable giving is really making a difference.

Don’t know who or what to support these days? Check out the ones that mean a lot to us!

Gofunme2

Lucas is a class/teammate of Lindsay's kids.

In the summer of 2015, 6 year old Lucas was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Pseudomyogenic Hemangioendothelioma. Lucas fought hard and, after 2 years of exhausting treatments and surgeries, he was excited to be getting back into a somewhat normal kid life. In late 2017, his oncologist noticed something in an x-ray that required a further look. After tests and scans from the last 2 years had shown either stable or decrease in disease, PET scan showed an uptake in disease (tumor growth) in Lucas' ankle. This was devastating for Lucas and his family and they are again faced with a tough fight. His school and community has rallied around Lucas and is raising money to help support the family during this difficult time.

To help support Lucas, visit  www.gofundme.com/TeamLucasW 

CKMC

CKMC is a long time client and friend of Stellar Edge.

CKMC's mission is to create special moments and lasting memories for families living with pediatric brain tumors through our Kiss of HOPE® program.

Founded in 2011, cancer kiss my cooley® is a Huntley, IL based 501(c)3 charitable organization. Their Board of Directors are dedicated to raising community awareness towards pediatric brain tumors. CKMC® grants Kisses of HOPE, which are special moments or experiences tailor-made for the patient and their family. They receive their Kiss of HOPE referrals aged 0-18 years old through their established partnerships. They are partnered with the brain tumor program at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL and Journeycare, a Barrington, IL based community agency that provides hospice and palliative care services to children facing serious or life-limiting illnesses.

To support CKMC, visit www.ckmc.org

Hoof

We are all animal lovers at Stellar Edge. Our office dogs and various home pets have all been rescues.

Hoof Woof & Meow Animal Rescue is a registered non profit 501(c)(3) no-kill animal rescue organization that was established in September of 2012 with a mission to eliminate needless deaths and inhumane treatment of all animals by coordinating and providing qualified foster homes, transportation, care, and medical attention for homeless and mistreated animals rescued from kill shelters and communities.

To help support HWMAR, visit www.hoofwoofmeow.org

Beyond1

Lindsay's son, Mason, has Type 1 Diabetes.

Founded in 2015 by Juliet de Baubigny, Nick Jonas, Sarah Lucas + Sam Talbot, Beyond Type 1 is leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and supporting those living with Type 1 diabetes, Beyond Type 1 is bridging the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to live well today and funding a better tomorrow.

To help support Beyond Type 1, visit  www.beyondtype1.org

 

fox

Lindsay's mom, Mimi, has Parkinson's.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

To help support The Michael J. Fox Foundation, visit  www.michaeljfox.org

MS

Sin's brother, Katie's Uncle, and Lindsay's two close friends have MS.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society vision is a world free of MS.  Everything they do is focused so that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. It is a gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS.

To help support NMSS, visit www.nationalmssociety.org

fish

Stellar Edge loves any opportunity to give back to the community and FISH is one of the local organizations that we regularly support.

The initials of F.I.S.H. tell the story: Friend, I Shall Help.  We are an organization of volunteers helping people in emergency situations. In 2016, they provided food for more than 33,000 individuals from over 6,500 families. They also collected and distributed over 6,000 items of clothing. They use the Illinois Department of Human Services Income Eligibility as our guideline.

To help support FISH, visit www.fish-food-pantry.org/

girls

Harry is a regular volunteer for Girls on the Run.

Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. They use a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

For more information about Girls on the Run, visit www.gotrnwil.org/

basket

The founder of the Basket Brigade is a long time vendor for Stellar Edge and someone we know we can rely on.

Their mission is to provide a basket containing a complete Thanksgiving dinner to struggling families within the Streamwood, Hanover Park, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove, Elgin, and South Elgin areas in order to bring a sense of hope, knowing that their community cares about them. Each basket will feed a family of five. They've created this charity with the purpose of bringing together people who share a desire to help others – knowing that the true gift is in the giving.

To learn more about the Basket Brigade, visit www.basketbrigade.net/