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Posted on 8/31/2015 by Michael Powell

Emotional support is just as meaningful as financial help during life’s challenges. But it’s not easy to find the right words for someone facing a scary diagnosis, the loss of someone they love, or any kind of major change. That’s why “Thinking of You” is a new feature on Community Pages. Now, with the click... Read more

5 Tips For Collecting Great Silent Auction Items

Posted on 8/28/2015 by Michael Powell

A silent auction is a great way to raise money for someone you love who’s facing a challenge. But procuring items for a silent auction can be hard; most people don’t have Cubs tickets or baskets of wine and truffles lying around. That’s why Zach Hagopian of Accelevents, a mobile bidding system for silent auctions and... Read more

Lila May has a one of a kind birthday party

Posted on 8/19/2015 by Michael Powell

Lila May’s fifth birthday party had much of what you’d expect: birthday cake, princess-themed decor, and pastel balloons. But weeks before her birthday, Lila May’s doctors told her parents some heartbreaking news: Lila May, who’s been battling neuroblastoma since she was two, is no longer able to receive treatments. Doctors don’t expect Lila May to... Read more

Los “10 mejores” estrategias de recaudar fondos

Posted on 8/5/2015 by Liliana

  Las diez mejores cosas que usted puede hacer para recaudar fondos para un ser cuerido. (This post is a translation of Our Top Ten Fundraising Tips). 1. Personalice su página de recaudación de fondos con una descripción sincera y fotos personales. La mayoría las recaudaciones de fondos que hacen lo mejor son los que realmente... Read more

#EthansNotAlone Against Mental Illness

Posted on 7/30/2015 by Michael Powell

Ethan, 13, is struggling with mental illness. He has bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and autism. According to his family, Ethan’s one of the most severe mental illness cases his doctors have ever seen. One doctor even noted that “of all the difficult cases, Ethan is not only in the 1%, but in the 1% of that... Read more

Coping with Terminal Cancer

Posted on 5/26/2015 by Michael Powell

On February 21st, 2014, Tracy DeBarmore Dorame learned she has terminal cancer: grade 4 glioblastoma. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, glioblastoma “is a devastating brain cancer that typically results in death in the first 15 months after diagnosis.” 16 months after this tragic diagnosis, Tracy’s still fighting. Even though she’s outlived her initial prognosis, she... Read more

New Way To Supercharge Your GiveForward Fundraisers: T-Shirts!

Posted on 5/7/2015 by Caiti

Everybody loves T-shirts. So use them to supercharge your fundraiser! Put the name of your fundraiser front and center on the T-shirt color of your choice, and then sell them to supporters and donors. Here is an example of how your team can use a t-shirt fundraiser to support your campaign.   When we first saw the Fear... Read more

Take the Lyme Disease Challenge with us!

Posted on 5/6/2015 by Michael Powell

The Lyme Disease Challenge is a worldwide effort to bring awareness and funding to those affected by Lyme Disease. Like last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge, the Lyme Disease Challenge involves performing a quasi-uncomfortable action and daring others to follow suit—or pay up. How do you participate in the Lyme Disease Challenge? According to, there... Read more

Do You Treat a Cancer Survivor Differently?

Posted on 4/9/2015 by Michael Powell

People react strongly when friends experience major life events. You see this phenomenon whenever someone posts an engagement ring photo on Facebook. Regardless of its carats or cut, a diamond unleashes a flood of Likes, Congrats, and Sooooo Happy for Yous! But how do you react to a cancer survivor? Obviously, engagements and cancer diagnoses... Read more

Autism Awareness Month

Posted on 4/3/2015 by Michael Powell

Autism Awareness Month is in full effect at GiveForward. Yesterday, our team was decked out in blue to recognize World Autism Awareness Day. You probably saw Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building turned blue, too. But what does all this bluish awareness really do for autism? Autism Awareness Month provides a voice for kids... Read more

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