HandUp Holiday Giving Challenge: What Can You Win?

The HandUp Holiday Giving Challenge is a Bay Area-based fundraising competition kicking-off on Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2017) and lasting through the holiday season. The challenge will provide a variety matching prizes funded by Google.org, adding up to $125,000


Giving Tuesday Week Prize: $25,000

For most funds raised through one HandUp Campaign during Giving Tuesday Week:
(11/28/2017 - 12/05/2017)

Most Raised Holiday Giving Challenge Prizes: A Total of $60,000*

For most funds raised through one HandUp Campaign during the Giving Challenge period.

1st place gets $25,000
2nd place gets $20,000
3rd place gets $10,000
4th place gets $5,000

Innovation Prize: $5,000 

For the most innovative organization or project.
To be judged by HandUp with details announced accordingly.

HandUp Fundraisers Prize: $10,000

For most HandUp Fundraisers attached to one HandUp Campaign.
Each HandUp Fundraiser must raise $100 or more to qualify.

$25,000 distributed in Matching Grants

Stay tuned for more details. 


Mark you calendars, competition registration for Bay Area organizations will open on August 15th, 2017!

*All competing organizations can win up one matching prize*


Practice Makes Perfect 

Get familiar with online fundraising by launching a HandUp Campaign to practice before the Holiday Giving Challenge kicks-off.



3 Fundraising Campaigns Do's and Don'ts


  • DO be detailed. This is how you can emotionally connect with your donors so make sure your story is interesting and informative. 
  • DON'T forget to outline your goals by answering questions like who are you impacting, what is the time frame? and how can donors help? 


  • DO engage your donors by responding to comments, posting updates, and sharing pictures to encourage future donations. 
  • DON'T be afraid to repeat yourself. It can take time for donors to get to know your campaign, so send multiple e-mails to let them know how to get involved. 

Social Media

  • DO plan your content. Take advantage of social media by planning clear and thoughtful content that helps donors focus on your campaign. 
  • DON'T tweet before you seed. Donors like momentum! That's why we suggest waiting until you've hit 30% of your goal before promoting your campaign on any social media. 

Interested in online fundraising? Start your campaign with HandUp! 

HandUp Fundraisers: Quick Start Guide


HandUp Fundraisers are our new peer-to-peer fundraising tool! Fundraisers link to HandUp Campaigns, or personal fundraising pages that nonprofits use to raise money online. That's why before your donors can start fundraising for your cause, it's important for you to set up your HandUp Campaign. Click here for more information about HandUp Campaigns. 

When you launch a HandUp Campaign, the top portion will look something like this:

Under the “About” section of your HandUp Campaign, your donors will see a “Fundraisers” section. By clicking the plus icon they can create a Fundraiser in under 2 minutes! 

Your supporters can edit their Fundraisers to create a personal goal and headline. 

Setting up a Fundraiser is simply, fast, and all donations will be linked directly to your Campaign! 

Steps to get you started:  

  1. Launch a HandUp Campaign

2. Create a list of supporters to reach out to

 3. Ask your supporters to create a HandUp Fundraiser

*Tip: If your supporters need a quick explanation of how they can set up a Fundraiser, send them this video! It will give them a sneak peak of the process in 1 minute. 

Press Release: HandUp Holiday Giving Challenge

HandUp Announces $100k Bay Area Fundraising Challenge Sponsored by Google.org

San Francisco, CA -  Locally-based online fundraising platform HandUp.org is launching a holiday giving challenge with $100,000 in prizes going to Bay Area human service organizations. The competition is sponsored by Google.org and will officially launch on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and last throughout the holiday season. HandUp welcomes human service nonprofits to launch fundraising campaigns on handup.org and compete for a variety of matching prizes to be announced in the coming months.

To date, Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, has granted $750,000 to HandUp for a variety of matching campaigns that have impacted over 50 Bay Area nonprofits and over 11,000 people experiencing poverty. “By supporting HandUp, Google.org has been able to help empower an organization working to tackle local poverty, one of the most pressing issues of our region. We value HandUp’s innovative approach and use of technology and are excited to support more local nonprofits through this matching challenge," says Adrian Schurr, Bay Area Program Manager for Google.Org.

“We’ve had a big impact so far with funds from Google.org, and we think this competition will bring even more attention to our amazing nonprofit partners who are working so hard to tackle important issues like homelessness, housing, and mental health services in the Bay Area,” says Sammie Rayner, Co-Founder and COO at HandUp.

If you are a Bay Area human service organization interested in joining the challenge, sign up at handup.org/challenge to get news and updates as specific details are announced.

About HandUp:

HandUp provides a fundraising platform for nonprofits focused on poverty. HandUp partners with on-the-ground social service organizations that provide assistance and case management services to low-income and at-risk individuals and families. Learn more at www.handup.org.



HandUp Contact:

Sammie Rayner





Women's History Month Spotlight: Lizzie Glide

This month we celebrate powerful change-making women like Elizabeth Snyder Glide, better know as Lizzie Glide. Born before women had the right to vote in the U.S., Lizzie would spend her life spreading the message compassion.

After the death of her husband, she took over the Glide business and channeled much of her wealth into church work. She would go on to found Glide Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church and Mary Elizabeth Inn.

In the early part of the 20th century, San Francisco was a rough and dangerous place for women. One day, Lizzie stopped a woman on the street and asked her what she would do if she had a large sum of money to use to better others. The woman replied that she would build a safe home for working women. In 1914, Lizzie gave her first gift to San Francisco: The Mary Elizabeth Inn.
— Rev. Karen Oliveto, Pastor

For over 100 years, The Mary Elizabeth Inn has continued the legacy of Lizzie Glide by serving women in need including those experiencing homelessness and victims of domestic violence.  Currently they’re fundraising for their Free Meals Program which serves over 18,000 meals every year but has no dedicated source of funding.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and Lizzie Glide with a donation to Mary Elizabeth Inn!