GivingNews September 2017

Dun & Bradstreet Donates Historic Seed Funding for Community Education and Awareness Initiative


The Giving Spirit gratefully acknowledges The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation for its gift of $100,000, the largest single contribution in its history. This donation was made at the recommendation of Jeff Stibel, Vice Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet, a long-time friend and supporter of The Giving Spirit. This donation provides seed funding for The Giving Spirit’s recently established Community Education and Awareness Initiative which informs and educates volunteers on issues around poverty and the unsheltered through seminars at events involving speakers and panelists on pertinent homeless issues, topics, and solutions.

Stibel has been involved with The Giving Spirit since he and his family initially participated in one of the organization's semi-annual outreach events. Since his introduction to The Giving Spirit, Stibel has made supporting its cause a priority. “I’ve seen firsthand how The Giving Spirit brings real hope by meeting the immediate needs of the City’s most vulnerable people," says Stibel. “For both the volunteers and the people being served, meeting people where they stand to provide aid in the moment is profoundly and uniquely impactful.  I am proud to be a part of The Giving Spirit and to help support its new Community Education and Awareness Initiative." 

Stibel’s involvement and Dun & Bradstreet’s contribution demonstrate the impact that corporate and personal donors can make towards the mission of The Giving Spirit. We are grateful for both Jeff and The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation for seeding this landmark initiative and we look forward to working with other able contributors who share in our long-term commitment to alleviating poverty in our communities. 


Voyager LA Profiles Our Work

"Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Bagamane and Laura Albers.

Tom and Laura, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

Tom: Our mission is to provide an unsheltered soul or souls with everything that they need to “survive where they stand” while educating our City on the reality of homelessness and the root causes of poverty. We have been told by parents, children and educators that The Giving Spirit is the best teaching tool for kids and families to learn about true social justice, the danger of making decisions without knowing the facts, the societal disconnect that comes with entitlement and in facing the realization that many of their fellow unsheltered neighbors have parallel lives, hopes and dreams. It realigns their filters when judging those less fortunate." 

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Sign Up Soon for Winter Outreach 2017!

Winter Outreach sign-ups are just around the corner. Signing up early will ensure your spot at our most popular event of the year. This holiday season you have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of homeless individuals by packing and distributing kits stuffed with survival essentials. Start spreading the word to your friends, coworkers and family. Registration will be available October 15, so save the date!


Shopping For Our Cause

Did you know that when you shop on Amazon or at Ralphs that a percentage of your purchase can be donated to The Giving Spirit? The AmazonSmile Foundation donates .05% of each linked dollar spent to the charity of your choice. Ralphs donates a percentage of your purchase amount each time you use your membership number. There are no additional charges added to your bill and everything happens automatically after a quick 2 minute setup.

To sign up for AmazonSmiles, simply follow this link to connect your Amazon account to The Giving Spirit. Go to "Pick your own charitable organization" and search The Giving Spirit. Select The Giving Spirit at the top of the list and your account will be linked to ours at no charge. Easy!

To setup your Ralphs account, simply go online to, sign in to your account and go to “My Account.” Link your card to our organization by clicking on “Community Rewards” at the bottom. You’ll need our Charity Number (92369) and the full name of our organization (The Giving Spirit). If you’ve never registered your Ralphs card, you may have to register your card first. Having troubles? Send us an email and we’ll be glad to help - [email protected]

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