Charity Network

Charity Network Charity Network harnesses celebrity, tech and media to raise awareness and funds for cause. Comprised of Charitybuzz, Prizeo and Global Philanthropy Group.

Charity Network complements traditional fundraising with digital strategies to unlock new revenue for philanthropy. We've already helped raise $350 million for 4,500 non-profit partners, engaging millions of donors from across the world. We're turning entertainment dollars into charity dollars. Launched in 2016 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner, Charity Network brings together the leaders and pioneers in digital fundraising, awareness-raising and philanthropic strategy: Charitybuzz is the world’s premier online charity auction platform, offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences and incredible luxury packages to our community of hundreds of thousands of high-net-worth bidders. More than 4,000 nonprofits rely on us to create seamless fundraising campaigns that are financially rewarding year-round. Prizeo, our online sweepstakes-for-good platform, mobilizes fan bases by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences to winning donors, selected through random drawings. Prizeo’s streamlined technology platform and creative approach to fundraising offer an unparalleled way to tell your philanthropic story, and help you connect with thousands of new donors. At Charity Network, we believe that informed, cross-sector strategy is at the heart of effective philanthropy. Global Philanthropy Group is our strategy consulting firm, advising leading and aspiring philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, celebrities, non-profit organizations and corporations, and helping them design and implement effective philanthropic strategies.

Charity Network complements traditional fundraising with digital strategies to unlock new revenue for philanthropy. We've already helped raise $350 million for 4,500 non-profit partners, engaging millions of donors from across the world. We're turning entertainment dollars into charity dollars. Launched in 2016 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner, Charity Network brings together the leaders and pioneers in digital fundraising, awareness-raising and philanthropic strategy: Charitybuzz is the world’s premier online charity auction platform, offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences and incredible luxury packages to our community of hundreds of thousands of high-net-worth bidders. More than 4,000 nonprofits rely on us to create seamless fundraising campaigns that are financially rewarding year-round. Prizeo, our online sweepstakes-for-good platform, mobilizes fan bases by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences to winning donors, selected through random drawings. Prizeo’s streamlined technology platform and creative approach to fundraising offer an unparalleled way to tell your philanthropic story, and help you connect with thousands of new donors. At Charity Network, we believe that informed, cross-sector strategy is at the heart of effective philanthropy. Global Philanthropy Group is our strategy consulting firm, advising leading and aspiring philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, celebrities, non-profit organizations and corporations, and helping them design and implement effective philanthropic strategies.

Mission: Unlocking new revenue for cause

Award-winning author and fellow fundraising expert Larry Zucker shares how organizations are adjusting their strategies ...
05/18/2020
Forget All You Used to Know About Fundraising Events: There is No Vaccine for Unplanned Disasters & Bad Decisions

Award-winning author and fellow fundraising expert Larry Zucker shares how organizations are adjusting their strategies to raise funds now, during the pandemic, and in the future, with his newest book "Forget All You Used to Know About Fundraising Events." Both Charitybuzz and Prizeo are featured, highlighting how we continue to innovate to best serve our non-profit clients, in times of crisis and beyond. Thank you for the inclusion, and the helpful information, Larry!

Forget All You Used to Know About Fundraising Events: There is No Vaccine for Unplanned Disasters & Bad Decisions

Our CRO Ben Erwin shares how we are viewing consumer behavior and the trajectory of the economy during the COVID-19 pand...
04/28/2020
Good...Considering: How We’re Preparing for Evolving Consumer Demand

Our CRO Ben Erwin shares how we are viewing consumer behavior and the trajectory of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"...after a very swift pivot to virtual experiences, we are seeing our bidders react. Sitewide KPIs are up, and we are continuing to hear from celebrity donors and charitable organizations bringing us appropriate, compelling packages. All in direct response to us procuring inventory that’s appropriate for this unique moment in time. Our metrics are mirroring the V-shaped recovery trend many economists are predicting for the rest of the year."
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/goodconsidering-how-were-preparing-evolving-consumer-demand-ben-erwin/

From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I only saw one option for our company: we weren’t going to take it on the chin and resign ourselves to pushing pause for the year. We swiftly and unequivocally chose to make the best of the situation, working proactively to mitigate the negative impact on...

04/23/2020
Charitybuzz

Charitybuzz

When there’s music in the air, it’s going to be a good day!

Our annual Music Auction is back with virtual private lessons and autographed memorabilia plus post-quarantine VIP concert tickets, meetings with top industry execs, and more.

Bid now and help our charity partners rock on: https://bit.ly/2VVtgv0

#Charitybuzzstars #charitybuzz #music #nonprofit #musicians #rock #celebrity #stars #edsheeran #timmcgraw #country #samhunt #carrieunderwood #countrymusic #paulmccartney #ringostarr #jamesbay #ericclapton #collectibles #virtual

Customer service is both more important and more challenging than ever for companies across industries. Charitybuzz VPs ...
04/20/2020
Good...Considering: Customer Service and Client Relations Lessons From COVID-19

Customer service is both more important and more challenging than ever for companies across industries. Charitybuzz VPs Dwayne David and Nicole Orzo share their takeaways from the first month of our new reality.

By VP of Customer Operations Dwayne David and VP of Campaign Development Nicole Orzo Every business is unique -- we’re all speaking to different constituents and we all have different messages about how we’re adapting during this time. But we all need to communicate at some level, whether to end...

"You have a decision to make at the beginning of all of these unprecedented times happening. You can either decide to ro...
04/16/2020
EPISODE 2: The Growth Suite Leadership Podcast, Special Edition Leading During COVID19 Edition, with Ben Erwin CRO CharityBuzz – Rocket Talent

"You have a decision to make at the beginning of all of these unprecedented times happening. You can either decide to roll with the blows and it's going to be bad and that's just how it's going to be, or you can try to make the best of it. It's tough to say I want to make the best of such a terrible situation, but that's the only way to deal with it."

Our CRO Ben Erwin discusses consumer behavior and how Charitybuzz has adapted, leadership during a crisis, working remotely and more.

Hearst's #DesignUnites Charitybuzz auction is raising funds for Habitat for Humanity NYC's Emergency Housing Response Fu...
04/15/2020
The Design World's Biggest Names Are Auctioning Off Their Services

Hearst's #DesignUnites Charitybuzz auction is raising funds for Habitat for Humanity NYC's Emergency Housing Response Fund. The auction features exclusive virtual meetings, experiences and works of art, including a design session with Queer Eye's Bobby Berk, a limited edition signed Jonathan Adler vase, and a rooftop dance performance by Robbie Fairchild and Chris Jarosz.

Charitybuzz President and Charity Network CRO Ben Erwin says about the partnership: “Charitybuzz is a global company, but our home is New York. This city is our heart and we are passionate about supporting our neighbors locally. We’re honored to collaborate with Hearst’s Luxury & Design Collection to bring our high-net-worth bidders the at-home experiences they’re looking for at the moment, while raising vital funds for Habitat NYC’s Emergency Housing Response Fund. We exist to help nonprofits raise more and that commitment has strengthened during these challenging times.”

From limited edition decor to virtual design consultations, each item sold will support Habitat For Humanity's COVID-19 efforts.

As COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown progress, Stanford Social Innovation Review editors share what they're reading, wat...
04/09/2020
Click Here: Government and COVID-19 (SSIR)

As COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown progress, Stanford Social Innovation Review editors share what they're reading, watching and listening to to stay informed.

Links from SSIR's editors to interesting news, essays, tweets, research, videos, podcasts, and more.

We're all home -- high-profile actors, superstar MVPs, notable entrepreneurs and lifestyle experts, and generous individ...
04/08/2020

We're all home -- high-profile actors, superstar MVPs, notable entrepreneurs and lifestyle experts, and generous individuals who want to give back. Charitybuzz is bringing us together by offering the celeb virtual experiences people want all to raise funds for vital causes. Learn more about our recent partnership with End COVID-19 from The Hollywood Times:

When passionate entrepreneurs and platforms combine for a cause, dedication will undoubtedly yield meaningful results. We're grateful to do our part with End COVID-19, GVNG and Charity Bids.

Read more from The Hollywood Times here: https://bit.ly/2JMWB4P!

Bid now here: https://bit.ly/3efUyVc

“Everyone is losing revenue, and many have skyrocketing demand." -National Council of NonprofitsRead more from The New Y...
04/07/2020
A New Mission for Nonprofits During the Outbreak: Survival

“Everyone is losing revenue, and many have skyrocketing demand." -National Council of Nonprofits

Read more from The New York Times about the unique intersection of challenge and opportunity nonprofits are facing at this time in history.

What avenues for sustainability are you seeing in the cause sector?

Upended by the coronavirus outbreak, nonprofits are laying off workers and seeking help from stretched donors.

Ben Erwin shares five lessons learned from leading through this trying time, via Thrive Global. "We each have a choice a...
04/02/2020

Ben Erwin shares five lessons learned from leading through this trying time, via Thrive Global.

"We each have a choice as to how to react to challenging situations like this. I’m proud of our response and more confident than ever in our level of dedication to driving our mission forward."

"I’m proud of our response and more confident than ever in our level of dedication to driving our mission forward.”

Read more from our President Ben Erwin via Thrive Global here: https://bit.ly/2wVTLb3

#nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #nonprofitdevelopment #team #teamwork #support #charityauction

Forbes shares how Charitybuzz is innovating and acting quickly to support nonprofits during this time.Quoted in the arti...
03/25/2020

Forbes shares how Charitybuzz is innovating and acting quickly to support nonprofits during this time.

Quoted in the article, our CRO Ben Erwin tells nonprofit leaders: "You're now dealing with unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, on top of your already complex work tackling some of our world's most pressing issues. Charitybuzz exists to help nonprofits raise new, unrestricted funds, and we are doubling down on our commitment. We are dedicated to collaborating with you to customize a strategy for you to raise more."

“Charitybuzz offers organizations an opportunity to grow their donor community by thousands at the click of a button and in moments when physical connection is not an option.”

Read more from our President Ben Erwin via Forbes: https://bit.ly/2QNd1hL

#nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #nonprofitdevelopment #creative #creativity #support #solutions #charityauction

A great resource for continuously-updated information about COVID-19 as it relates to the cause sector:
03/20/2020
Global Philanthropy Group

A great resource for continuously-updated information about COVID-19 as it relates to the cause sector:

In this rapidly changing environment, we’re evaluating and updating the responses of international, national and community governing bodies, communications efforts in the public and private sectors, and responses by brands and their workforce engagement. Read our #COVID19 situation report, where we’ve aggregated key takeaways to keep the global philanthropic community informed of ways to make strategic, meaningful impact in this evolving public health crisis. We’ll continue to update this document to include new examples and best practices.

Have an example you think should be added to the report, or a question about the philanthropic response thus far? Ask our team in the comments. http://bit.ly/gpgcovid19

Heading into #EmployeeAppreciationDay, our CRO Ben Erwin shares why he thinks the day itself needs to be reevaluated. "S...
03/05/2020
So Much for Employee Appreciation Day. What Employees Really Want is Respect.

Heading into #EmployeeAppreciationDay, our CRO Ben Erwin shares why he thinks the day itself needs to be reevaluated. "Some free pastries once a year do not make anyone actually feel appreciated, let alone respected. And respect is what really drives success for an organization."

Read more via Thrive Global:

How to value and recognize your team the other 364 days of the year

Justin Thomas paid homage to Kobe Bryant last weekend at the WM Phoenix Open by playing with Mamba Tribute SM8 Vokey eng...
02/06/2020
Thomas auctioning Kobe-inspired wedges to benefit victims' families

Justin Thomas paid homage to Kobe Bryant last weekend at the WM Phoenix Open by playing with Mamba Tribute SM8 Vokey engraved wedges, which are now available for auction at Charitybuzz. The high bid for these wedges will benefit MambaOnThree Fund, created to honor those lost and support the loved ones of the 7 other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred January 26, 2020.

Justin Thomas is auctioning his Kobe Bryant-inspired wedges to benefit the families of those who were killed in a helicopter crash in January.

“This year, I would say one of the main themes is looking at systems and global perspective,” TED Fellows director Shoha...
01/23/2020
Meet the 2020 TED Fellows, from snake scientists to geothermal energy entrepreneurs

“This year, I would say one of the main themes is looking at systems and global perspective,” TED Fellows director Shoham Arad says. “These are the people who are showing us the way forward, pushing us forward, and getting us where we need to be... They’re addressing systems that are working and reinforcing them, they’re addressing systems that aren’t working and changing them.”

Read about the diverse class of 2020 TED Fellows:

The annual fellowship collects some of the world’s most interesting thinkers across a range of global topics.

"The stories we collectively hold are an important part of how we respond, and will help determine whether our responses...
01/21/2020
Bridging or Breaking? The Stories We Tell Will Create the Future We Inhabit

"The stories we collectively hold are an important part of how we respond, and will help determine whether our responses will be up to the task."

Read John A. Powell's nuanced, practical take on storytelling via The Nonprofit Quarterly:

In a period of stress and anxiety, othering and exclusion based on fear and hate is common. But there is another path available to us, based on belonging and even love.

Our CRO Ben Erwin makes important points about how nurturing the passionate self-starters on your team can be the key to...
01/13/2020
Why You Should Build a Team of Intrapreneurs

Our CRO Ben Erwin makes important points about how nurturing the passionate self-starters on your team can be the key to long-term success. Read more about what "intrapreneurs" are and why they're so valuable via Thrive Global.

Why nurturing the passionate self-starters on your team can be the key to long-term success

The Chronicle of Philanthropy identified a list of buzzwords they anticipate will take hold the coming year, 2020. The w...
12/19/2019
Fingertip Giving, Humane Tech, Philanthrosophizing: 2020’s Top Buzzwords (Opinion)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy identified a list of buzzwords they anticipate will take hold the coming year, 2020. The words will be shaped by politics, the evolving role of technology in our lives, and the increasing influence of big philanthropy. What would you add to the list?

Debates over big giving, growing use of technology in fundraising and humanitarian work, and the rise of influence over impact are changing how people in the nonprofit world act — and talk.

December is the busiest time for charitable giving; the good news is there's still time to take action and boost your do...
12/09/2019
4 Digital Tips To Boost Year-End Giving

December is the busiest time for charitable giving; the good news is there's still time to take action and boost your donations. The NonProfit Times shares four tips for end-of-year giving and we have one more to add: take advantage of easy-to-activate digital platforms like Charitybuzz and Prizeo to reach new donors!

4 Digital Tips To Boost Year-End Giving

Holiday season is shopping season, giving season... and Charitybuzz season! Our CRO Ben Erwin illustrates how our auctio...
12/06/2019
How Holiday Shopping Becomes Holiday Giving

Holiday season is shopping season, giving season... and
Charitybuzz season! Our CRO Ben Erwin illustrates how our auction platform seamlessly transitions entertainment dollars to cause by offering up the best gift options this time of year (and year-round).

‘Tis the season to spend. Holiday retail sales are expected to increase 4 percent from last year to a total of $730 billion.

ELLE Decor magazine and Christie's launched their second annual Not For Sale today, powered by Charitybuzz. Artisans hav...
12/02/2019

ELLE Decor magazine and Christie's launched their second annual Not For Sale today, powered by Charitybuzz. Artisans have created one-of-a-kind pieces to be featured in ELLE DECOR throughout the year, and those unique works are now available for auction at Charitybuzz.com/ELLEDECOR.

The Not For Sale auction is part of our longstanding partnership with Christie's, and it epitomizes what #Charitybuzz is about: getting money-can't-buy items and experiences in front of a generous bidder community to raise new funds for cause.

The auction is live through Dec. 13, and the collection is also available to view at Christie's New York Dec. 6-13!

Intriguing new research demonstrates that when we are grateful, our brains become more charitable. Vox shares takeaways ...
11/29/2019
Giving thanks may make your brain more altruistic

Intriguing new research demonstrates that when we are grateful, our brains become more charitable. Vox shares takeaways from multiple studies and recommendations for cultivating gratitude, including experiential consumption.

"...if you’re going to buy something special this holiday season, consider making it an experience. The resultant gratitude is more likely to stick around in the brain — and where gratitude abounds, altruism may follow."

Neuroscience is revealing a fascinating link between gratitude and generosity.

The Forbes Nonprofit Council shares predictions for the sector in the coming year, including growth in digital giving. W...
11/27/2019
Nine Challenges That May Impact The Nonprofit Sector In 2020

The Forbes Nonprofit Council shares predictions for the sector in the coming year, including growth in digital giving. What challenges and opportunities do you foresee for 2020?

Forbes Nonprofit Council experts share their predictions for the challenges, problems and solutions they think we'll see more of in the coming year.

Recent reports show that young people are giving less to charitable organizations compared to previous generations. Our ...
11/25/2019
Young People Are Donating Less. Here’s How Nonprofits Can Benefit

Recent reports show that young people are giving less to charitable organizations compared to previous generations. Our CRO Ben Erwin shares how Charitybuzz and Prizeo are helping to drive more incremental dollars to cause despite this trend.

Young people are leading the way on many fronts -- creating global movements for change, developing new ways to share compelling content, advocating for empathy and inclusivity -- but donating to charity is not on that list. Millennials and Gen Zs are donating less money to cause than the generation

The Nonprofit Quarterly shares Human Services Council of New York - HSC's clever and convincing video portraying a pizza...
11/21/2019
Pizza and a Laugh—A Reminder about Your Nonprofit Financial Stress Level

The Nonprofit Quarterly shares Human Services Council of New York - HSC's clever and convincing video portraying a pizza shop run as many nonprofits are required to operate. The video underscores the importance of unrestricted funds and long-term relationships for charitable organizations. Definitely worth watching and sharing!

What if pizza shops had to manage their money like nonprofits? The Human Services Council reveals the financial absurdities of the nonprofit operating model.

Charity Network's platforms Charitybuzz and Prizeo are here to help non-profit organizations raise unrestricted funds al...
11/19/2019

Charity Network's platforms Charitybuzz and Prizeo are here to help non-profit organizations raise unrestricted funds all year round, but we can't deny one of the biggest digital fundraising moments is right around the corner: Giving Tuesday. The philanthropy experts from our consulting firm Global Philanthropy Group shared with us a few best practices for Giving Tuesday this year, Dec. 3:

- Prioritize storytelling, not the ask. Everyone, from retail to fast food, has a Giving Tuesday initiative and they're all "just asking for a dollar." If you start early and focus on showing vs. telling the good your organization has done and the goals you want to hit, it creates more engagement, not only bringing in the donation dollars, but growing your advocates and following beyond giving season.

- Use easily deployed digital tools like the Facebook social toolkit, and Instagram's Donation Button and Donation Sticker. These features create a seamless experience for audiences on mobile and keep viewers in your social ecosystem.

- Say thank you. Share progress and results with your audience, and consider even extending your giving season campaign until the new year.

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Charity Network complements traditional fundraising with digital strategies to unlock new revenue for philanthropy. We've already raised $350 million for more than 4,500 non-profit partners, engaging millions of donors from across the world. We're turning entertainment dollars into charity dollars.

Launched in 2016 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner, Charity Network brings together the leaders and pioneers in digital fundraising, awareness-raising and philanthropic strategy:

Charitybuzz is the world’s premier full-service charity auction site, offering exclusive experiences and incredible luxury packages to our community of more than 200,000 high-net-worth bidders. More than 4,000 nonprofits rely on us to create seamless fundraising campaigns that are financially rewarding year-round.

Prizeo, the online sweepstakes-for-good platform, mobilizes fan bases by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences to winning donors, selected through random drawings. Prizeo’s fully-managed service and custom approach to widespread fundraising offer an unparalleled way to tell your philanthropic story, and also help you connect with thousands of new donors.

At Charity Network, we believe that informed, cross-sector strategy is at the heart of effective philanthropy. Global Philanthropy Group (GPG) is our strategy consulting firm, advising leading and aspiring philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, celebrities, non-profit organizations and corporations, and helping them design and implement highly-leveraged philanthropic strategies.

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