#GivingTuesday 2018

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This #GivingTuesday, in order to give back to the causes that mean the most to our team members, Perpay is matching every donation made by a team member to the organization of their choice. We’re thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, we’ve had 100% participation from our team!

This year, we wanted to share some of our personal stories about the organizations that we donated to. Learn about who we're donating to and why this #GivingTuesday!

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For Giving Tuesday, I am donating to the Fund for Victims of Terror - a grassroots effort organized by Pitt alumni, dedicated to working with fellow Pitt alumni, family and friends to raise a goal of $18,000 for the Fund for Victims of Terror—a fund set up by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
— Molly M.
 
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This year, I’m donating to the California Fire Foundation, which provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters, and the communities they protect.
— Joanna K.
 
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I will be contributing to Misericordia Heart of Mercy: “Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.” I have been a lifelong volunteer, advocate of Misericordia and increased support/resources for those who can’t advocate for themselves
— Noah Q.
 
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I am giving to the Neurology Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center because they were a huge help when my dad had a stroke in 2014.
— Matt N.
 
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I’m going to give to Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for Giving Tuesday. I’ve always had an interest in psychology and mental health since college. A few people close to me have struggled with mental health issues and I know that it’s a common thing that people usually don’t like to talk about - I think it’s really important to help fund mental health research so that we can find ways to help people live happier and healthier lives.
— Amanda C.
 
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SocialWorks is an organization focused on the support of youth of Chicago trough education and the arts. As a musician and Chicago native, I understand the importance of our city’s education system and opportunities for immersion in the arts for the youth the city. Giving to this organization means impacting and empowering the youth of my hometown.
— Jakobi L.
 
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I am donating to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Their mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
— Alec H.
 
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I am donating to the World Wildlife Fund, the leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species. I’m also giving to the American Humane Society, an organization committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals.
— Taylor H.
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I am donating to the Baheye Foundation. Baheya is named after Mrs. Baheya Wahby, a woman from a prominent Egyptian family who passed away losing her battle with cancer. While receiving treatment her family noticed the amount of suffering women from low income families going through; being unable to afford the treatment. They then decided to convert her house into a hospital specialized in early detection and treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
— Ahmed A.
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I am donating to Philabundance, the area’s largest hunger relief organization and a proud member of Feeding America on a mission to make nutritious food accessible to all.
— Shayan P.
 
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Over the past 15 years, FIMRC’s dedicated staff has worked to improve healthcare in developing communities across the globe. They aim to accomplish this goal by providing access to quality healthcare and educating community members on preventative measures. By tailoring programs to the needs expressed by the families and local leaders, they continue to strive towards positive, sustainable change. For #GivingTuesday 2018, FIMRC will be raising funds to support mothers in Uganda! We aim to raise enough funds to get an ambulance to transport women who have complications during labor to more advanced facilities.
— Nikos P.
 
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I am donating to the Headstrong Organization. For the past four years, I’ve donated to the organization via their Mustache Madness campaign during the month of November as a member of my lacrosse team, As someone who has a personal connection to the struggles of individuals suffering from cancer, I feel that this is a foundation that is doing a lot of good and I want to continue my association with this organization.
— Kevin G.
 
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I am donating to Made by Dyslexia which is an organization that brings awareness to the world to understand and support those with Dylexia. As a fellow Dylsexic, I’m passionate about breaking down stereotypes and supporting my daughter with Dyslexia and her unique strengths.
— Chris D.
 
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I am donating to the Kicks 4 Chris Foundation for Cancer Research. Chris was a friend of mine who lost his battle with with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2015. The Kicks4Chris Foundation was formed by a community of friends who have been inspired by Chris to fund primary cancer research that should result in a more humane and effective approach to treating cancer.
— Fiona M.
 
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The No-Shave November Organization supports programs at the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Organization’s mission is not only to raise money for cancer research and treatment, but to raise awareness by encouraging participants to put down their razors for the month of November. I became involved with No-Shave November in 2014. Having lost loved ones to Cancer, I thought “letting it grow” was the least I could do. This year marks my 5th consecutive fundraising campaign for No-Shave November.
— Michael D.
 
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I am donating to Toys for Tots. I think it is great organization, I volunteered there a number of times growing up around the holidays to help sort donations. Having 4 young nieces and nephews who wake up at my house on Christmas morning every year, I see the joy that Christmas morning brings young children. It is incredible that this organization makes this possible for America’s less fortunate children.
— Michael K.
 
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I’m donating to Chester Upland Youth Soccer (I’m biased, I’m on the board). The mission of Chester Upland Youth Soccer (CUYS) is to use the game of soccer to mentor youth, promote healthy living habits, engage families within the Chester, Upland, and surrounding communities, and provide participants a pathway to reach the highest levels of academic and athletic excellence. Economic inequality leads to inequity in access to mentorship. The percentage of children in Chester living in poverty is 51.2%—over three times Delaware County’s childhood poverty percentage, 14.8% .
— Arik M.
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I am donating to the Movember Fund. A division of this group focuses on men’s mental health issues. I lost a friend in college who struggled with depression/anxiety, so it’s a cause that is near and dear to us these past few years.
— Rob K.
 
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I’d personally like to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This one is really personal for me because I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 2 years old. In the past, I have been a part of their fundraiser walks as well.
— Sam P.
 
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I am donating to the ALS association. Their mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
— Kevin A.
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