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Year in Review: TheShareWay's Highlights of 2021

Thank you for a great year! Read to see how TheShareWay matched 200+ donations, expanded nationally, and started donating to climate change.

Whether you’ve been with us since TheShareWay’s beginnings or you discovered the site yesterday, we’re happy to have had your support this year. Our Year in Review features updates on TheShareWay’s growth, our commitment to taking action against climate change, top donors featured on the site, blog posts of 2021, and more.

Over 200 Donations Approved

Top 5 Donors of the Year in TheShareWay Directory

This year, TheShareWay helped numerous nonprofits find support for their events. Over 220 donations were approved in 2021, providing users with gift cards, food items, and other in-kind product donations from the 400+ donors on the site.

The top 5 donors of the year on TheShareWay site were:

  • Chipotle, with 23 donations to ShareWay nonprofits
  • Kendra Scott, with 21 donations to ShareWay nonprofits
  • CVS, with 20 donations to ShareWay nonprofits
  • The BroBasket, with 17 donations to ShareWay nonprofits* Knit Picks, with 16 donations to ShareWay nonprofits

You can read more about these donors in our Thanksgiving blog post, which highlighted their giving this year. Other notable donors of the year were Rocketbook, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, and Habit Burger.

National Expansion

TheShareWay's Directory expanded to all 50 states

2021 marked the national expansion of TheShareWay directory. While initial companies added to the site donated only in San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles, TheShareWay directory has since expanded to feature donors from all 50 states.

Each week, we added 8 new donors to the directory to provide new and exciting options for users. An additional 249 new donors were added to the directory in 2021, providing donation information on everything from neighborhood small businesses to nationwide companies.

Rising donors that were recently added to TheShareWay include:

  • Caesars Entertainment, a hospitality and accommodations service that manages luxury resorts, hotels, casinos, and other upscale vacations destinations.
  • La Madeleine, a café and bakery chain serving coffee, French dishes, and French pastries.
  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, a historic Chicago-style pizzeria serving deep-dish varieties with salads, pastas, and more.
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery that makes handcrafted bundt cakes in a variety of sizes and classic flavors.
  • Strider Bikes, a balance bike company focused on designing bikes for children learning to ride.
  • Topgolf, a premier golf entertainment complex that offers an exciting gameplay experience and a perfect activity to enjoy with friends.
  • Urban Air Adventure Park, an indoor adventure park offering trampolines, indoor skydiving, and more.
  • Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, a restaurant specializing in Louisiana Cajun cuisine such as gumbo, sandwiches and poboys, and seafood dishes.

New Blog Posts for TheShareWay Members

New blog posts were added in 2021

TheShareWay blog offers educational guides and helpful tips related to donations. Five new blog posts were added to TheShareWay blog this year, helping ShareWay members to better navigate the directory and find new donors. Whether you were looking for information on where and how to request donations, an explanation of the details of complex donation programs, and or an accessible list of companies that might be a perfect match for your next event, TheShareWay blog had something for you this year.

The five blog posts published in 2021 were:

Keep an eye on TheShareWay blog for more tips, tricks, and donation request information.

TheShareWay Takes Action on Climate Change

Stripe and TheShareWay have partnered to donate to carbon removal projects

In 2021, TheShareWay partnered with Stripe Climate to use revenues to support carbon removal projects. Pro members are key in supporting TheShareWay’s commitment to environmental action, with 1.5% of revenue from their subscription going towards verified projects chosen by Stripe such as Running Tide—which sequesters carbon by growing kelp forests in the open ocean—or Carbon Built, which converts CO2 into a low-carbon alternative to traditional concrete.

You can read more about the Stripe partnership here, and see our blog post for a podcast segment by founders Hannah and Nathan with additional information.

More Nonprofits Joined TheShareWay

The number of people using TheShareWay grew by an average of 30% each month! Community contributions are a significant part of enhancing the directory; we value the reviews that provide informative details on companies and their donation programs, as well as the nonprofits that use Apply Mode to provide data for our weekly newsletter report on recently approved or declined donations.

We’re always excited to see new nonprofits joining TheShareWay and making use of our directory to find the perfect donor for their event, and we extend a warm welcome to all the new members that joined in 2021!

2 New Members Joined TheShareWay Team

John Charles Bendijo and Taylor Atienza are new members of TheShareWay team, joining in October 2021 and November 2020 respectively. They are responsible for adding new donors to the directory each week, as well as authoring newsletters and recent blog posts.

Thank you for your support!

We couldn’t have done it without you, and we appreciate your support of TheShareWay that helps to continually grow and improve the directory. We are excited for what’s to come in 2022, and we hope you’ll stay with us to see what’s in store.

TheShareWay team wishes you a happy holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

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