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NOVEMBER


Honoring Veterans Day

Happy World Kindness Day

Started in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, World Kindness Day was created after Japan brought several kindness organizations together and realized that a global kindness movement would be a great idea! Over 20 countries participate in World Kindness Day every year, including Japan, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates.

World Kindness Day highlights that all deeds of kindness, no matter how small, are valuable and, if we work together, can create a kind and giving world. Kindness is universal no matter where you are from, what language you speak, or who you are, and it has the power to bring all kinds of people together. To celebrate World Kindness Day, commit yourself to do at least one act of kindness for yourself or others today. Today is a day to be kind in any way you can imagine, so go crazy! Even your most minor action helps change the world into a kinder place, so acts of kindness, big or small, are more than welcome. Treat People With Kindness!

We at Charity On Top want to encourage kindness every day and strive to use today to do something extra special. A great way to do something kind today is to order a Charity On Top gift card! Choose from over 1.8 million charities, local, national, and international, and ordering is simple, easy, and a great way to spread some kindness to yourself, someone else, and charity! Thank you for putting Charity (and kindness) On Top!

Shared With Sweetness,
The Charity On Top Team


Honoring Veterans Day

Honoring Veterans Day

Every year on November 11th, we take time to honor and thank our veterans, who bravely served our country to protect and ensure our freedoms. We stand united to support those who have put their lives on the line for the United States of America and show our deep respect for them.

When first celebrated, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and commemorated World War I. Originated on November 11th due to it being the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Armistice Day became a federal holiday in 1938. In 1954, it was officially changed from Armistice to Veterans Day to include soldiers from World War II, Korean War, and all wars moving forward.

Use today to reflect on what veterans and their service mean and take some time to show your support. If you know any veterans, make sure to reach out and not only thank them for their service, but make sure they know they are supported, respected, and loved no matter what they have been through. Send a care package to a soldier overseas, attend an event commemorating what veterans have done, or raise some money for veterans’ homes. This Veterans Day, take action directly helping veterans through mental, physical, and monetary issues by donating time, money, clothing, and food.

If you would like to give the gift of helping our veterans to someone else in your life, or give a veteran something special today, check out Charity On Top, where our gift cards can be redeemed for over 1.8 million charities. Ordering is simple, and you’ll love knowing you helped make a difference in someone’s life. Thank you for putting Charity On Top!

Shared With Sweetness,
The Charity On Top Team


OCTOBER


5 Years of Putting Charity On Top

Welcome to the Sundae School: Our Charity On Top Blog!

We at Charity On Top are celebrating our 5th anniversary with our newest feature, The Sundae School Blog! We are ecstatic! Welcome to our sweet center for all things giving, kindness, and of course, Charity On Top.

After twenty plus years of working with nonprofit organizations, and even longer separately, our co-founders Marchelle Sellers and Kathy Selders were becoming increasingly frustrated with the limited resources nonprofits had for fundraising. They put on beautiful galas, fun golf tournaments, and wrote compelling grant requests galore. With so much hard work and planning, there is only so much an organization could control. The outcomes felt precarious when compared to the vital missions they were supporting. As Marchelle says, “Seriously, a child’s life-saving surgery, a person’s next nutritious meal, a dog’s rescue from a kill shelter should NOT rely on the outcome of some fancy gala or golf tournament! What if it rains? What if the right people with money don't show up? What if the right people with money show up but don't give – but they do have a good time! Then what?” So they began asking, “What more is out there?” Out of their frustration, they began trying to solve the problem all charities had, a more reliable and effective solution to fundraising. They realized that pairing charitable giving and gift-giving could be powerful and that a charity gift card could be beneficial to all charities. Their solution: Charity On Top gift cards!

For the love of charity, Marchelle and Kathy launched Charity On Top together on October 23, 2016. Our goal is to push all kinds of money to all kinds of nonprofit organizations. Our gift cards support their belief in loving all charities the same, not just the big ones. When redeeming gift cards, supporters have the option to choose from 1.8 million charities, with the list being updated weekly, guaranteeing all charities are 501c3 nonprofit organizations and in good standing. Charity On Top evens the playing field for small, medium, and large charities, giving redeemers choices between local community nonprofits to national causes.

Charity On Top exists because of the struggles Marchelle and Kathy faced through their fundraising efforts on behalf of charitable nonprofit organizations. Now our organization can help streamline new types of money to all nonprofits through the power of gift-giving. We strongly believe that charity should be easy, fun, and top of mind, and over our last five years together we have worked to make sure that becomes reality for all who choose to use Charity On Top!

Here on the Sundae School posts can be expected every third Sunday of the month, educating our readers on all kinds of sweet stuff about the world of charitable giving. Keep your eyes peeled for our unscheduled bonus posts as well that will keep you updated on holidays big and small, company announcements, and other surprises! We welcome all nonprofits, companies, and customers to get to know a little more about us and the amazing gift-giving world we love to be a part of. We cannot hold back our excitement to share this new step with you, and thank you for putting Charity On Top!

Shared With Sweetness,
The Charity On Top Team


National Make a Difference Day, October 23rd

Celebrate Make a Difference Day!

Every year, the fourth Saturday in October, October 23rd in 2021, is when we celebrate National Make A Difference Day! How perfect is it that this year it lands on the 5th anniversary of Charity On Top? Celebrate today through actions big and small, and make a difference for yourself, others, and your environment!

A Quick History of Make a Difference Day
Started almost 30 years ago in 1992, Make A Difference Day promotes a mission to improve life for everyone and everything living it. USA TODAY and Points of Light, a nonprofit, saw an opportunity to create a way to get people involved in community service and doing good, and it soon became the largest national day of community service. Companies big and small have also created annual traditions to help celebrate Make A Difference Day and spread the word about it.

Where Do You Come In?
Making a difference can be as simple or complex as you decide! Making a difference can simply be giving someone a compliment to brighten their day, donating some time or money to a cause you believe in, or organizing a community meeting to discuss changes that will improve life. It can be calling someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, spending time to take care of yourself, going out of your way to support those who might need it, or even just spreading the word of Make A Difference Day! There is no set definition for making a difference, and today is a day for all to choose anything they can think of! Take today to embrace the power YOU have as an individual to do good in all capacities, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

You can also make a difference today by visiting Charity On Top here to shop our gift cards for over 1.8 million different charities! Ordering is simple, easy, and a great way to make a difference, for yourself, someone else, and charity! With our virtual digital gift cards, your difference can reach the recipient instantly, and with our weekly funding and live redemption page, you can watch as your donation goes up and is sent to the charity of your choice! Thank you for putting Charity On Top!

Shared With Sweetness,
The Charity On Top Team


Three Ways Nonprofits Affect You

Three Ways Nonprofits Affect You

Nonprofit organizations play a major role in almost everyone’s lives, but it might be hard to see and understand how without occasionally looking a little deeper. Maybe you were born in a nonprofit hospital, maybe you attended a nonprofit school, or maybe you have enjoyed America’s forests and open spaces, which are preserved and kept beautiful through the hard work of nonprofits. When thinking of a nonprofit, many only consider the most obvious parts of charity, but nonprofit organizations are always working, seen and unseen, to make daily life better and more enjoyable for all.

Charitable nonprofits help people with shared beliefs come together in meaningful ways that benefit others. They create and enact plans to bring our biggest dreams for noble causes alive, and are often the voice of the people they serve. To highlight some of the greatest impacts nonprofit organizations have on our lives, sometimes without our conscious knowledge, we created a list below!

Nonprofits Create Equitable and Thriving Communities
Many nonprofits assist in filling gaps in services that are underserved or unprioritized by government and private businesses. With 1.8 million charitable organizations formed in America, there are a large range of causes, including advocacy, arts, culture, education, religion, environment, health, human services, and many more. Their work is vital, as they help to solve societal challenges others may not want to face. Local nonprofits especially impact the communities they serve by providing specific services that are needed, as they work with a deeper understanding of the community. With these nonprofits working diligently to make communities better, we step towards a better system that carries equality for all parties.

Nonprofits Lead People’s Participation in Democracy
Nonprofits are placed at the front of our democracy in many ways and they are the voices of the otherwise unheard. Their work increases awareness of issues for the public and the government by keeping a close eye on laws, policies, and regulations they find important. They are often well connected and knowledgeable in order to address government decision-makers, hold them accountable for their choices, and demand change when it is needed. As this voice, nonprofits work closely with political candidates and officials to give them a better understanding of their causes and how they can respond to their needs. Many nonprofits become advocates that speak up for good public policy, and their continued support helps to transform our democracy into a more universal space.

Nonprofits Help our Economy Flourish
Nonprofit organizations give in other ways than just their causes, as they are a large contributor to our economy. Over 1.8 million nonprofit organizations exist in America, making up about 10 percent of employment in the country. In 2016, nonprofits accounted for 5.6 percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP). In 2017, approximately 25.1 percent of adults volunteered, which is a rough estimate of 8.8 billion hours spent helping nonprofit organizations. Getting involved with a nonprofit organization that interests you not only helps their cause but also our economy!

Charity On Top Understands the Vital Role Nonprofits Play
Our organization was founded on the importance of all charitable nonprofits; we love all charities the same, and our mission is to simply put any Charity On Top. Charitable nonprofits are the heart of America, they make our communities, policies, and economy a better place for everyone to thrive. You have the ability to give the gift of giving, and support nonprofits through our website! Our gift cards work to create an even playing field for all charities, providing a list of all 1.8 charities registered as a 501(c)(3), check out our variety HERE! Thank you for putting Charity On Top!

Shared With Sweetness,
The Charity On Top Team

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