America’s Charities Welcomes the Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund to Its Alliance of 140+ High-Impact Member Organizations
Workplace Giving and Employee Engagement Programs Provide Charities with Opportunities to Diversify Revenue and Maximize Fundraising
By America's Charities on September 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C., [Sept 5, 2017] – America’s Charities, which inspires employees and organizations to support causes they care about, is pleased to welcome the Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund to its alliance of 140+ nonprofit organizations.
Providing nonprofits with a wide range of fundraising solutions to expand their reach and diversify their revenue streams, America’s Charities members must meet strict membership and compliance standards to certify their sound financial management and effective program delivery.
"The nonprofits that comprise America’s Charities members are directly impacting communities and people across the country,” said Jim Starr, president and CEO of America’s Charities. “They are addressing a wide range of causes including children, education, hunger, animals, veterans, health, and human rights. We are excited to welcome the Yellow Feather Fund to our alliance as we work to help them fulfill their important mission."
Sesame Street is an educational force for change in the U.S. and around the world, whose mission is to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Sesame Street began nearly 50 years ago as a way to help level the playing field for underprivileged children—and we’re still doing that, in a multitude of ways, in more than 150 countries around the world.
Sesame Street plays a unique role, using the power of media and our Muppets to reach and teach kids where they are – through technology and in person, in their communities. We are the only organization that speaks directly to young children and their caregivers, tackling the most difficult issues, but always in a non-threatening way, through the lens of a child.
The Yellow Feather Fund is a grassroots avenue for Sesame Street fans and supporters to contribute — and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, and now as a member of America’s Charities, donors can easily support the Yellow Fund through workplace giving.
“We’re so excited about our partnership with America’s Charities” says Diana Polvere, VP Annual Giving at Sesame Workshop. “Our mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder, and this is a wonderful way for people to support us in bringing critical, early education to millions of children in need, in the U.S. and around the world.”
Benefits of America’s Charities Nonprofit Membership
America’s Charities increases and diversifies unrestricted revenue for our members through access to workplace giving campaigns. We apply on our members’ behalf to hundreds of campaigns and add new campaigns every year. On average, we help our members raise $10 million annually through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which has approximately 4 million employees and 38 campaign zones throughout the United States and overseas. We help our members raise $2 million annually through state and local workplace giving campaigns, which gives our members access to approximately 2 million employees and 100 campaigns. We also help our members and other charities raise $15 million annually through private sector campaigns, reaching 2 million employees across 150 campaigns.
In addition to diversifying revenue through these workplace giving campaigns, we provide our nonprofit members expanded reach and opportunities for funding through corporate cause initiatives, receive matching gifts in campaigns that restrict matching gifts solely to America’s Charities members, and offer our members exclusive marketing and educational opportunities. More about America’s Charities membership program here.
Bringing Nonprofits, Employee Donors and Employers Together to Make a Difference
America’s Charities has extensive experience in increasing the social impact of employers through the management of public and private sector employee giving and employee engagement programs. Uniquely positioned at the intersection between employers, employees and the nonprofits they support, America’s Charities’ unrivaled understanding of and commitment to the nonprofit sector, combined with our CSR expertise and employee giving solutions has resulted in more than $675 million raised for more than 10,000 nonprofits since our founding in 1980. In 2016 America’s Charities increased its workplace giving clients’ annual results by 125 percent and increased employee participation. On average America’s Charities helps its workplace giving clients earn a 10 percent increase in pledge volume year over year. One client actually doubled employee participation and increased total funds raised by sevenfold after leveraging AC’s CSR strategic services.
America’s Charities invites employers to support these 16 new members along with our 140+ nonprofit members by partnering with us. From basic donation-only giving campaigns to supporting companies’ CSR objectives more holistically by engaging employees through workplace giving as well as peer-to-peer fundraising, volunteering, volunteer grants, in-kind giving, storytelling, social media and international giving, we offer a range of solutions for varying business needs. For employers who have a technology solution but need a strategic partner, we offer the flexibility of stand-alone services and expertise, including reporting, charity vetting, funds collection and distribution, matching gift programs, donor receipting, and CSR strategy.
To learn more about America’s Charities’ solutions and the 140+ nonprofits we represent, visit www.charities.org.
About America’s Charities
America’s Charities is a 501(c)(3) membership-based nonprofit that inspires employees and organizations to support causes they care about. In its 35+ years as a leader in employee giving, America’s Charities has raised more than $675 million for nonprofits addressing causes including education, human rights, hunger, poverty, research, animal welfare, veteran assistance, disaster relief and health services. More information about America’s Charities can be found at www.charities.org, as well as on our social media networks.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org and http://yellowfeatherfund.org.