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DENVER, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — iGivefirst is using cutting-edge technology to transform the world of online charitable giving.  They have launched a unique, user-friendly platform which allows visitors to any website to securely donate to more than 1.5 million federally approved nonprofits, a number that is growing daily. By putting an easily customizable iGivefirst “Give” button on their website, publishers and bloggers can support charities and causes associated with their content through the advertiser-sponsored Give window. In addition to donating on publisher websites enabled with the “Give” button, individuals may also support their favorite charities and discover new ones by going directly to


With online giving on the increase, it is important that individuals who are inspired to donate be able to find nonprofits that appeal to them, trust that these charities are legitimate, donate securely and then track those donations for record-keeping purposes.  Today, iGivefirst has released an online web interface which allows you to easily search through federally-approved US-based charities,  and the iGivefirst donor dashboard which allows you to set up a one-time or recurring donation, share your donation or personally support via your social networks and track all of your charitable donations.  The iGivefirst donor dashboard also condenses all of the online donations that you have made over the course of the year into one tax receipt. This can potentially reduce both the administrative and fundraising overhead expenses for the nonprofit,  resulting in a greater portion of your donation going directly to the cause rather than operational costs.

This past summer was a difficult one for the Colorado community. Wildfires across the state destroyed 100,000 acres and nearly 600 homes causing half a billion dollars in damage, and a mass shooting tragedy in an Aurora movie theater saddened and shocked the Nation.  During these challenging times,  iGivefirst’s “Give” button was posted in beta on a couple of small local media sites raising more than $40,000 for the organizations supporting those affected by the fires and shooting. All donations were delivered within 30 days of the donation date.

About iGivefirst:

iGivefirst is a Denver-based, registered 501(c)(3), transformative platform that makes donating tolegitimate charities as easy and safe as “liking” or “tweeting” from digital media and news sites. The company’s “Give” button can be easily placed on any website or blog and facilitates donations to registered charitable organizations providing support to the need described in the story on that page. iGivefirst is easy, trustworthy and secure, and it supports only legitimate nonprofit organizations that are federally registered and in good standing with the IRS. For more information on iGivefirst, visit their website at

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Colorado Wildfires officially called a disaster by the President. In addition to the High Park Fire and Waldo Canyon Fire, other numerous fires are burning in Colorado. Over 105,000 acres have been scorched in the two larger fires, alone. Nearly 600 homes have been lost, thousands have been evacuated, and a handful of people have more »

The High Park Fire in Colorado has been officially declared the most destructive in Colorado history. It has affected numerous families and animals and has reshaped over 100 square miles of the northern Colorado mountain landscape. An unfortunate lightning strike turned major wild fire has left an entire community displaced. Through all of the hardships, more »

Reporter-Herald and iGivefirst join to ease community donations Reporter-Herald staff Posted: 06/12/2012 11:30:44 PM MDT The Reporter-Herald and its parent company Prairie Mountain Publishing are partnering with Denver-based iGivefirst to make it easy for readers to make online donations to local nonprofits responding to the High Park Fire. “Every day — even at midnight on more »

Posted: June 01, 2012 Tech startup: iGivefirst Inc.By Eric Peterson Company: iGivefirst CoBiz Magazine: “INITIAL LIGHT BULB Sharif Youssef spent 15 years in technology, consulting for firms like eBay, Amazon and Citigroup, before deciding to focus on philanthropy and start charity-centric iGivefirst. “The very definition of philanthropy is the love of humanity,” Youssef says. “I realized more »

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According to the Pew Research Center, over two-thirds of Americans now use text-messaging and 9% have used texting to make charitable donations from their comle phones. This new trend in giving illustrates the power of social networking in charitable giving.  This Pew study, which analyzed the “Text to Haiti” campaign launched after the 2010 earthquake, found that more »

Online giving has grown in 2011 to $138 million from the previous year for all 1.6 million donations processed by Network for Good for over 40,000 charities, according to an article in Philanthropy Journal dated April 24, 2012. Dollars given through charity websites grew 10 percent and accounted for 65 percent of all donations in 2011. more » Interview – About Entrepreneurs, by Entrepreneurs & for Entrepreneurs Episode #4 Social Entrepreneur Startups & Crowd Funding Sharif Youssef of iGivefirst talks about his inspiration for an exciting new technological approach to online charitable donations. To see this video go to:    

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