Kiva Cowork Launches Charitable Giving Initiative: “Kiva Gives”
Explore Ecology chosen as inaugural beneficiary of “Kiva Gives” program which shares company profits with local nonprofit organizations and engages Kiva members as supporters as well
Santa Barbara, CA, January 15, 2020 – Kiva Cowork (formerly Impact Hub), Santa Barbara’s largest shared workspace provider, announced that the new year will bring a new charitable giving program aimed at supporting local nonprofits and engaging Kiva’s members to support the good work of those organizations.
Through the new Kiva Gives program, a local nonprofit will be identified as the recipient of a quarterly donation from Kiva Cowork and its members. Each quarter, a percentage of new coworking plan memberships will be designated for the chosen nonprofits. Kiva’s Community Coordinator will work throughout the quarter to encourage individual and corporate members at all three of Kiva Cowork’s locations to make donations and volunteer. Each nonprofit organization will be invited to share about their work at membership mixers.
“We tried a smaller pilot for corporate philanthropy toward the end of last year and we were pleased with the results, but we want to grow it by giving more as a company and also getting more of our members involved as donors and volunteers supporting the good work of nonprofits,” said Dan Ferrick, Kiva Cowork Founder and CEO.
A pilot program launched late last year provided donations for Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM). The Kiva Cowork team hopes to increase the amount raised each quarter through the expanded and more active Kiva Gives program.
The first Kiva Gives beneficiary will be Explore Ecology’s school gardens program, which maintains school gardens and provides garden educators at 36 schools throughout Santa Barbara County teaching students about where food comes from, healthy eating, and the science of food production.
“We are so thankful that Kiva Cowork has selected Explore Ecology and our school garden program as the beneficiary of the Kiva Gives program,” said Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director of Explore Ecology. “This support will help our garden educators continue their important work, serving thousands of students and helping schools integrate science instruction and healthy eating into a real world setting that kids can see first-hand.”
For more information about the Kiva Gives program, please contact Michael Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiva Cowork is Santa Barbara’s leading shared workspace provider hosting many start-ups, leaders in social impact, and entrepreneurs and business leaders in the community; located in downtown Santa Barbara at 1117 State Street, in the Funk Zone at 10 E. Yanonali Street, and 1221 Chapala Street. http://kivasb.com.
Explore Ecology is a Santa Barbara nonprofit organization working with over 30,000 children a year focusing on Watershed Education, School Gardens, Waste Reduction, and Creative Exploration. Programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, the Watershed Resource Center, Environmental Education, Art and Nature Exploration Summer Camps, and the School Gardens Program. http://exploreecology.org.