Mission

To provide a personal connection between nonprofits and donors who look to re-purpose their goods to impact their local community.

Purpose

Our purpose is to re-imagine giving to impact local communities and expand connections benefiting donors and nonprofits.

Vision

Anyone can make a difference with items they already have and together donors and nonprofits can shape their communities.

 

GiveNkind is the first web platform of its kind to combine all of the following elements:

  • giveNkind is a 501c3 organization.

  • Only 501c3 organizations can receive donations from the site.

  • Donors can receive receipts for donations because only registered 501c3 organizations can list wishes on giveNkind.

  • Nonprofits and donors connect directly rather than through a match system, allowing nonprofits to ensure that they are receiving only the items that fit their needs.

  • Both nonprofits and donors can provide searchable lists.

  • Since the connection is made between the nonprofit and the donor, nonprofits have the face to face ability to share more about their organization.

  • Our site is completely supported by private donations and volunteer services and the site is free to all users.

  • While corporate goods donations are welcome and encouraged, this site allows individuals to post items to give so that they too can make a difference with what they have to give as not everyone who wants to do good has money, but they may have an item to give.

  • The site is free to all users.

  • While we are located in the Chicagoland area, any nonprofit organization or donor from across the country is welcome to participate.

 

Board of Directors

 
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Emily Petway

President

Emily Petway is the founder and president of giveNkind with a background in education including 15 years of public school teaching and since 2012, working in education programs management.

Natalie Keable

Vice President

Natalie Keable is a Senior Manager at Clerestory Consulting, LLC; a consulting firm that specializes in change management.

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Patrick Swartzer

Treasurer

Patrick currently works as an analyst at The Intercontinental Exchange in the Market Regulation Department. In the past, he clerked at law firms specializing in litigation and public interest.

 
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Jen Greco

Jen Greco has over 15 years of marketing and design experience. She is currently a graphic designer working with clients in the entertainment, food and housewares industries.

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Pranav Parekh

As Director of Information Technology, Pranav oversees and manages the technical, network and application framework of the company. He directs the company’s strategies for building out the patented software applications, enhancing network infrastructure, and ensuring that technology platforms scale with the company’s continued growth.

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Jerry Michalski

Jerry has been a fantastic volunteer with us and we are thrilled that he has officially joined the board in October of 2018!

 

Our Story

A prom dress store needs more than just dresses. That is what giveNkind founder Emily Petway discovered when in 2009 she began a chapter of Becca’s Closet, a nonprofit that donates formal wear to girls in need. This organization’s Atlanta chapter had collected 3,000 gowns but needed the mirrors, racks, chairs, tables, and curtains to support the organization’s operations. On a small budget, the organization turned to the press to help spread the word about their needs. The response was often “I wish I knew you needed these items sooner.” After this repeated reaction, the idea to create a platform allowing donors and nonprofits to post their donations and needs got its start. Since the organization’s nonprofit incorporation in 2012, giveNkind has grown from winning the 2013 Chicago Hackathon, to receiving a service grant from JP Morgan Chase in 2015 and 2016, to having their own volunteer team of programmers working on the site. GiveNkind is a nonprofit for nonprofits that makes this searchable database and contact platform available free to all users. With the site’s official local launch in the spring of 2017, giveNkind continues to grow and looks to expand our reach and increase the impact made by re-purposing goods.

It has been an exciting 2018; partnering with ShipBob, being an iHeart Media Chicago Community Partner, partnering with Dayhouse Coworking to manager their nonprofit residency program, getting support from the Hinsdale Junior Women’s Club and Goodfolk Agency, organizing our first hurricane relief drive, and rolling out our big Fill-A-Need-A-Thon in-kind donation drive during the Giving Tuesday week in partnership with Gratitude Generation. It just keeps getting better! We look to the future and can’t wait! Thank you for being part of this community of giving!