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Network of Giving Announces First Transaction in Seattle for Micro-Donations Benefitting Local Non-profits

On June 5, 2024, the first transaction generating a donation for the benefit of the Seattle community was completed by Erica Wiley, long time supporter of the Network of Giving, at Staple & Fancy, an Ethan Stowell Restaurant. Also in attendance was David Saalfrank, Chief Evangelist at the Network of Giving.

June 6, 2024 – SEATTLE – The Network of Giving today announced the ceremonial first transaction and micro-donation for community was completed in advance of the Network of Giving’s release in Seattle.

The Network of Giving Software as a Service (SaaS) platform is a powerful, hyper-local digital platform that fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of local consumers who pay with their existing debit and credit cards at participating merchants for the benefit of community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

Digital commerce and merchant defined & funded micro-donations allow local merchants to have the digital tools to grow their business with measured results on their marketing spend through the Network of Giving. Consumers are provided an outlet to support local organizations, benefitting the community where they live and shop – at no added cost to the consumer.

The Network of Giving is the most democratic form of giving in history through its core principles of service, accountability, innovation, and intellectual property to better the lives of those in the communities where we live and prosper.

Participating Network of Giving non-profits embrace and support this innovative and fully automated digital solution that drives impact and operational efficiencies while uniting them in their missions. Seattle non-profits include: United Way of King County, Special Olympics Washington, Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington, and Northwest Harvest.

This initial transaction activates the Network of Giving platform to foster a community-minded movement through the connection of consumers and local merchants to community organizations – while only asking all participants to do what they already do well today.


"The Network of Giving makes supporting a vibrant community so easy! From small businesses to local causes, everyone benefits each time I use my card."
– Erica Wiley, Seattle Washington

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Northwest Harvest Announces Partnership with Network of Giving

Digital commerce working to end hunger in Washington communities.

Northwest Harvest today announced a strategic partnership with the Network of Giving in Seattle, securing its position as the final pillar of the four non-profit beneficiaries in the market.

The Network of Giving is a powerful, hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services that fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of local consumers and merchants to community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising. With digital commerce and merchant defined & funded micro-donations, the Network of Giving allows local merchants to have the digital tools to grow their business, while providing consumers an outlet to support local organizations, benefitting the community where they live – at no cost to the consumer.

“We're thrilled to join the Network of Giving here in Seattle! Our partnership with the Network of Giving will benefit our community, its businesses, and residents. Through our participation we will enhance and strengthen our mission of growing food justice through collective action,” said Justin Vierela, Senior Manager of Community Philanthropy. “The Network of Giving enables us to increase our positive impact on communities who face food insecurity. We're excited to collaborate with the community to help advance the Network of Giving in the Seattle area.”

“The Network of Giving is thrilled to assist Northwest Harvest,” stated David Saalfrank, Chief Evangelist of the Network of Giving. “The DNA of the Network of Giving is the core principles of service, accountability, and innovation to better the lives of those in the community. Its purpose is to drive impactful change and support important community organizations, like Northwest Harvest.” Saalfrank added, “With the Network of Giving, like-minded merchants and consumers are brought together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Northwest Harvest and the Network of Giving enable a digital solution that puts neighbors first and unites them in working together to advance solutions that end hunger and its root causes.”

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Make-A-Wish® Illinois Partners with the Network of Giving in Illinois

Digital Commerce Platform Supports Business and Charity

Make-A-Wish Illinois today announced the launch of a strategic partnership with the Network of Giving for the Illinois market.

A powerful hyper-local tool, the Network of Giving is a purpose-driven digital commerce platform that fosters community-minded movement by connecting local consumers and merchants to community organizations – all while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

“We know that many of our supporters in communities across the state want to help the children we serve. With this incredible tool from the Network of Giving, we can connect our caring neighbors with Illinois children with critical illnesses in need of the optimism and hope a wish can bring,” said Stephanie Springs, CEO of Make-A-Wish Illinois. “We are thrilled by this opportunity to further support wish children and the ability to partner with more local businesses.”

“The Network of Giving is excited to work with Make-A-Wish Illinois,” stated David Saalfrank, Chief Evangelist of the Network of Giving. “The Network of Giving is revolutionary technology with DNA that is founded on the core principles of service, accountability, and innovation to better the lives of those in the community. It is a digital solution that unites citizens, businesses, and community leaders in making impact.”

“The Network of Giving enables merchants to sustain their business and empowers consumers to support those local merchants while enabling a seamless community movement that only asks everyone to do what they already do well today,” added Saalfrank.

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Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington Announces Partnership with Seattle’s Network of Giving

Supporting Seattle communities with digital commerce.

Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington today announced partnership with the Network of Giving for the Seattle launch.

The Network of Giving is a powerful, hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services that fosters a community- minded movement through the connection of local consumers and merchants to community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

With digital commerce and merchant defined and funded micro-donations, the Network of Giving allows local merchants to have the digital tools to grow their business, while providing consumers an outlet to support local organizations, and it all benefits the community where they live – at no cost to the consumer.

“The Network of Giving is an easy-to-use tool that brings together merchants and consumers to support important local non-profit organizations,” stated Melissa Arias, President & CEO at Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington. “Through our partnership with the Network of Giving, the people of Seattle will have a new and unique way to support our work at Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington.”

“The Network of Giving is honored to support Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington and help grant more wishes to children with critical illnesses,” stated David Saalfrank, Chief Evangelist of the Network of Giving. “The purpose of the Network of Giving platform is to support community organizations that drive impact, like Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington. Through digital commerce, the Network of Giving connects like-minded merchants and consumers – enabled by financial institutions.”

“For local businesses, the Network of Giving levels the playing field by providing important digital capabilities that deliver measured results on marketing spend and provide actionable insights that raise their customers’ experience while enabling a seamless community movement and only asking everyone to do what they already do well today,” added Saalfrank.

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Network of Giving Announces Partnership with Greater Chicago Food Depository

Digital commerce working to end hunger in Chicago communities

The Network of Giving and Greater Chicago Food Depository announced a strategic partnership today in the Chicago market.

The Network of Giving is a powerful, hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services that fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of local consumers and merchants to community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

With digital commerce and merchant defined & funded micro-donations, the Network of Giving allows local merchants to have the digital tools to grow their business, while providing consumers an outlet to support local organizations, and it all benefits the community where they live – at no cost to the consumer.

“The Greater Chicago Food Depository is excited to be part of the Network of Giving in Chicago which will benefit our community, nonprofit charities, local businesses, and residents. Through our participation the Network of Giving will enhance and strengthen our mission to end hunger,” said Jim Conwell, VP of Marketing and Communications at the Food Depository. “The Network of Giving enables us to increase our daily impact for those who face hunger in Chicago and across Cook County. We look forward to our partnership with the Network of Giving so that more Chicagoans can play a role in our mission.”

“The Network of Giving is thrilled to assist the Greater Chicago Food Depository,” stated David Saalfrank, Chief Evangelist of the Network of Giving. “The DNA of the Network of Giving is the core principles of service, accountability, and innovation to better the lives of those in the community. Its purpose is to drive impactful change and support important community organizations, like the Greater Chicago Food Depository.”

Saalfrank added, “With the Network of Giving like-minded merchant and consumers are brought together through digital commerce enabled financial institutions. The Food Depository and the Network of Giving enable a digital solution that puts neighbors first and unites them in working together to advance solutions that end hunger and its root causes.”

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Chicago’s Network of Giving Announces Partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago

Digital commerce supporting Chicago communities

The Network of Giving is a powerful, hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services that fosters a community- minded movement through the connection of local consumers and merchants to community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

With digital commerce and merchant defined and funded micro-donations, the Network of Giving allows local merchants to have the digital tools to grow their business, while providing consumers an outlet to support local organizations, and it all benefits the community where they live – at no cost to the consumer.

“The Network of Giving will provide our partners, supporters, and individual residents with an easy-to-use tool to provide financial support for United Way of Metro Chicago’s work of helping individuals meet their basic needs—such as food, housing, and access to health care—and supporting equitable transformation in neighborhoods across the region,” stated Sean Garrett, president and CEO, United Way of Metro Chicago. “With the Network of Giving partnership we hope to further drive our vision of building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region where all people have the opportunity to thrive.”

“The Network of Giving is honored to support United Way of Metro Chicago’s work of bringing together business and civic leaders to help drive positive change across the Chicago region—work that they have led for more than 90 years,” stated David Saalfrank, Chief Evangelist of the Network of Giving. “The purpose of the Network of Giving platform is to support community organizations that drive impactful change, like United Way of Metro Chicago. Through digital commerce, the Network of Giving brings together like-minded merchants and consumers and is enabled by financial institutions.”

“The Network of Giving levels the playing field for local businesses by providing sought-after digital capabilities that deliver measured results on marketing spend, provide actionable insights that raise their customers’ experience, and enables a seamless community movement, while only asking everyone to do what they already do well today,” added Saalfrank.

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Network of Giving Increases Depth of Expertise with New Advisor Members

The Network of Giving is expanding its US-led Advisory Board with the appointment of industry experts to support current leadership.

The Network of Giving is a proprietary hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services. The platform fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of consumers and local merchants to community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising. The Network of Giving helps grow and sustain communities by ensuring that all donations are at no cost to consumers, 100% pass-through, 100% accountable, 100% merchant defined, and 100% consumer-directed, while honoring the Network of Giving Heart.

"I am delighted that we are expanding the Network of Giving’s ability to support our non-profit and financial services partners with experienced industry experts working with our leadership team,” stated David Saalfrank, newly appointed Chief Evangelist of the Network of Giving. “In a rapidly changing world, it is of great importance to identify social and technological developments in the markets and the communities at an early stage. Our team of advisors provides insight to best navigate the markets, manage risks, and seize opportunities that arise. The advisory board provides another foundation for enhancing and strengthening our expertise to bring the platform to communities across the United States and around the globe – driving financial and social empowerment while creating positive change in communities on a measured result."

The Network of Giving Advisory Board is led by current Strategy Leader, Doreen Lorenzo, and new members include:

  • Mia Shernoff, former Head of Marketing and Demand Generation, Fiserv Global Business Solutions at Fiserv
  • Joe Biondo, CEO, Managing Partner at Sunwest Capital Partners
  • Scott Cruickshank, Chairman of the Board at ClickBank

“As a group, we are dedicated to providing the greatest community impact for the non-profit organizations we now support, including Special Olympics Illinois, Special Olympics Washington, and United Way of King County, and for the financial institutions and local businesses that both enable and prosper through the Network of Giving,” added Saalfrank.

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Special Olympics Washington Takes Leadership Role to Launch the Network of Giving into Washington State

Supporting athletes and their communities through innovative digital commerce

SEATTLE, WA, February 28, 2023 – Special Olympics Washington (SpecialOlympicsWashington.org) today announced a strategic partnership with the Network of Giving in the Seattle market and beyond.

The Network of Giving is a powerful hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services, that fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of local consumers and merchants to community organizations – while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

“Special Olympics Washington is excited to help bring the Network of Giving to our state with its benefits for our supporters, local businesses, and the communities where we live and prosper. Our participation will enhance and strengthen our mission, while also helping us advance three key objectives under our Beyond Gold multi-year strategy – improving the athlete experience, reaching more athletes, and raising more resources,” said David Wu, President and CEO of Special Olympics Washington. “We look forward to helping to lead the release of Seattle’s Network of Giving into market with the assistance of our long-term supporters and key relationships in the community. Special Olympics Washington will also champion the Network of Giving’s reach across Washington state, and to Special Olympics chapters across the United States and internationally.”

“The Network of Giving enables merchants to sustain their business, empowers consumers to support local merchants, and enables us to leverage this significant opportunity to increase our positive impact in local communities. We’re thrilled to be involved,” Wu added.

“The Network of Giving is excited to assist Special Olympics Washington and its communities,” stated David Saalfrank, Chief Evangelist of the Network of Giving. “The Network of Giving is revolutionary technology with DNA that is founded on the core principles of service, accountability, and innovation to better the lives of those in the community.”

Saalfrank added, “With the Network of Giving, Special Olympics Washington, together with citizens, businesses, and community leaders, now have a premiere, fully-automated digital solution that unites them in their mission to celebrate athletes and their abilities, to experience life changing opportunities, ensure health and well-being, and build confidence and leadership.”

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The Network of Giving to be Unveiled in Davos Switzerland at the Network of Giving House

The Network of Giving will be introduced in Davos Switzerland at the Network of Giving House from January 16th to January 20th, 2023. The Network of Giving is a proprietary and powerful, hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services. The platform fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of consumers and local merchants to community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising. Through digital commerce and merchant-defined, micro-donations, the Network of Giving democratizes the digital tools local merchants need to grow their business. At no cost to customers, the Network of Giving provides the outlet customers need to support local business and local organizations to benefit the economy and the communities where they live.

Local chapters of Special Olympics and the United Way, in partnership with the Network of Giving, embrace this innovative and fully automated digital solution that unites them in their missions. The Network of Giving platform provides financial institutions, merchants, and communities with collaborative opportunities to reach caring local consumers.

"We are excited to bring the Network of Giving to the world. The platform is committed to driving financial and social empowerment while creating positive change in communities," stated Rob Bennett, CEO, SMB4.0, the organization that powers the Network of Giving.

"The Network of Giving provides another foundation for enhancing and strengthening our communities and aligns with our impact and mission," stated Gordon McHenry, Jr., CEO at United Way of King County. More on United Way: uwkc.org

"As an organization, we always strive for three main goals – to improve athlete experiences, reach more athletes, and raise more resources. This program aligns with those goals and we look forward to what the future holds," said Dave Breen, President and CEO of Special Olympics Illinois. More on Special Olympics: soill.org

"In Davos, we will profile the collective impact of our platform in collaboration with our strategic partners at Special Olympics and the United Way. This is part of the Network of Giving ethos as demonstrated by the core principles which ensure that; donations are at no cost to consumers, 100% pass-through, 100% accountable, 100% merchant defined, and 100% consumer-directed, while honoring the Network of Giving Heart," Bennett added.

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Special Olympics Illinois Introduces the Network of Giving to Chicago Market

Supporting Chicago communities and athletes through digital commerce.

Special Olympics Illinois today announced a strategic partnership for Network of Giving in the Chicago market.

The Network of Giving is a powerful, hyper-local digital platform enabled by financial services that fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of local consumers and merchants to community organizations while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

“Special Olympics Illinois is excited to help bring Network of Giving to Chicago, along with its benefits for our supporters, local merchants, and ultimately the communities where we live and prosper,” stated Dave Breen, president and CEO, Special Olympics Illinois. “As an organization, we always strive for three main goals – to improve athlete experiences, reach more athletes, and raise more resources. This program aligns with those goals and we look forward to what the future holds.”

Chicago’s Network of Giving will come into market with the partnership of local financial services and merchants, many of which already partner with Special Olympics Illinois. Current donors and volunteers will have a new outlet to support the organization, and most importantly, the more than 21,000 served athletes will benefit.

With digital commerce and merchant-defined, micro-donations, Network of Giving allows local merchants to have the digital tools to grow their business, while providing consumers an outlet to support local organizations, and it all benefits the community where they live.

“Most importantly, the Network of Giving will further enable athletes pertinent access to Special Olympics Illinois programming,” Breen added.

Special Olympics Illinois also plans to champion Network of Giving’s reach across Illinois as well as to Special Olympics chapters across the United States and internationally.

“The Network of Giving is excited to assist Special Olympics Illinois and the entire community to roll out Chicago’s Network of Giving,” stated Rob Bennett, CEO, SMB4.0, the organization that powers the Network of Giving Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. “The Network of Giving is revolutionary technology with DNA that is founded on the core principles of service, accountability, and innovation to better the lives of those in the community. The Network of Giving levels the playing field for local businesses by providing sought-after digital capabilities that deliver measured results on marketing spend, provide actionable insights that raise their customers’ experience, and enables a like-minded community movement, while only asking everyone to do what they already do well today.”

“With the Network of Giving, Special Olympics Illinois along with Chicago citizens, businesses, and community leaders, now have a premiere, fully-automated digital solution that unites them in their mission to celebrate these athletes and their abilities. This solution will help them to access life-changing programming,” Bennett added.

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Seattle's Network of Giving Helps Connect Community Together

The Network of Giving is proud to have been corporate partner featured at United Way of King County’s Annual Community BBQ in partnership with Doug Baldwin Jr. The event, which drew a crowd of 1,700 attendees, was to celebrate the ability for everyone to finally gather together after the pandemic lock-down. In addition to Seattle's Network of Giving, corporate partners of the event included GeekWire, Safeway, Harborstone Credit Union, Nordstrom, Costco, Delta Dental, Uwajimaya, Alphagraphics, Boon Boona Coffee, Davis Wright Tremaine, Perkins Coie, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Kraken, Coca Cola and Google.

The Network of Giving team educated families about the ability to empower their giving through local businesses and the United Way. In addition, a fun yet educational game about directing micro-donations had families actually experiencing the power of giving back to the community.

The event had local media coverage as well as the presence of community leaders and local sports celebrities. (Media coverage includes: Doug Baldwin, United Way host Community BBQ)

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Network of Giving Invited to Present to the Seattle Restaurant Alliance

The Seattle Restaurant Alliance is a voice for Seattle restaurants, advocating on behalf of the more than 2,700 restaurants in Seattle.

Seattle’s Network of Giving transforms communities and businesses by connecting the four essential pillars that support and elevate community stewardship, prosperity, and resiliency: People, Business, Charity, Finance.

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United Way of King County, Together with Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Introduce the Network of Giving to the U.S. Market

United Way of King County today announced a philanthropic partnership to bring the Network of Giving to the Seattle market.

The Network of Giving is a powerful hyper-local digital platform that fosters a community-minded movement through the connection of local consumers and merchants to community and charitable organizations – while creating efficiencies in digital fundraising.

Gordon McHenry, Jr., President and CEO of United Way of King County, stated, “United Way of King County is pleased to help bring the Network of Giving platform with its benefits for local merchants, community organizations, and other non-profits. The Network of Giving provides another foundation for enhancing and strengthening our communities and aligns with our impact and mission. We are excited to lead its release into the Seattle market and hope to see it reach other United Ways across the country. It has the potential to enhance United Way’s positioning to provide critical support where it is needed most.”

“At United Way we want to make the biggest impact possible and lift each other up. With digital commerce and the Network of Giving, we can seamlessly and efficiently benefit the equitable recovery of our community,” McHenry added.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” said Steven Hooper Jr, President of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, “The Network of Giving platform aligns perfectly with our approach and philosophy as an organization. The Network of Giving enables significant support for the economic recovery of local merchants and provides tools to grow their business and give back to the community. As a founding merchant partner of the Network of Giving, and a strong local supporter of Seattle’s business community and United Way of King County, I believe the Network of Giving enables merchants to sustain their business, empowers consumers to support local, and enables the United Way to increase its positive impact in the community.”

“Our team is working with United Way of King County, Ethan Stowell Restaurants (ESR) and the entire community to release America’s first Network of Giving in Seattle.” stated Rob Bennett, CEO of SMB4.0, the organization that enables the Network of Giving Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, “We know local businesses provide character and individuality to any community. They inspire, strengthen, and stabilize our local economies. The Network of Giving platform is a result of our unmatched commitment to delivering revolutionary, robust technology that is firmly grounded in the core principles of service, accountability, and innovation to better the community. For those local businesses, the Network of Giving changes the playing field by providing sought-after digital capabilities that deliver measured results on their marketing spend, create actionable insights that elevate their customers’ experience, and activate a community-minded movement.”

Bennett added, “The Network of Giving is our unique, full-automated solution that’s designed to meet the multiple needs of the community while requiring that everyone just continue to do what they normally do best. Recognizing that those needs are great right now in every community, Seattle citizens, businesses, and community organizations now have the premiere, digital solution that unites them and differentiates how local merchants can grow their businesses financially and socially.”

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