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Pledge It Champions

Pledge It Champions is a collection of stories from our most inspirational athletes. These Champions are the living embodiment of using the power of sport to promote social good, and used their platforms to fight for the causes most important to them.

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Chicago's Rashaad Coward Named Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP

September 24, 2019press

Bears offensive lineman helped unveil a STEM and literacy program for underserved youth

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Von Miller Giving Kids Gift of Sight for Every Sack

September 24, 2019champion

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Creative Ways to Connect Supporters to Your Cause

September 16, 2019best practice

Performance-based fundraisers offer a unique opportunity to connect with your supporters that traditional fundraisers just can’t match. By having donors pledge for every mile, touchdown, or home run, you can truly connect your audience to your cause in a fun and meaningful way. Here are our tips on how to excite your supporters, and take your campaign to the next level.

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Minnesota's Adam Thielen Named Week 1 NFLPA Community MVP

September 13, 2019press

Vikings receiver donates $50,000 for local school partnership that will benefit at-risk student-athletes.

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Titans Logan Ryan talks about his Pledge It campaign to support animal rescue

September 12, 2019press

Logan Ryan talks with the NFL Network's Good Morning Football about his Defending Animals campaign where fans can pledge for every tack he makes this season to support animal rescue.

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Pledge It Helps Brands Drive Engagement Through Cause Marketing

September 9, 2019press

This article was originally published by front office sports. To read the original, click here.

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Kansas City's Derrick Nnadi Named Week 0 NFLPA Community MVP

September 6, 2019press

This press release was originally published at the site of the NFL Players' Association. To view this release in its original format, go here

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NFLPA Partners with Pledge It for Community MVP Program

September 3, 2019press

Charitable outreach of weekly winners to broaden through addition of crowdfunding platform

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Dayton Strong: Local Musician’s Biking Fundraiser Benefits Family of Shooting Victim

August 30, 2019case study

After tragedy struck his community, Mike Cooley felt a bond with one of the victims. So he set up a pledge per mile biking fundraiser to support the young children she left behind.

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Army Veteran Marches to Support Fellow Vets

August 20, 2019case study

As a company commander in the U.S. Army with a Master's degree in psychology, Frank Hill is all too familiar with the effects PTSD can have on soldiers. That’s why he performed a pledge-per-mile fundraiser benefiting Permission to Start Dreaming, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting veterans in need the help they deserve.

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USC Long Snapper Jake Olson Earns $57K to Fight Retinoblastoma with Pro Day Performance

August 12, 2019champion

Former USC long snapper Jake Olson lost his vision as a child due to retinoblastoma. He has not let blindness slow him down, but rather has thrived through adversity. This past spring, he used his platform as a player for one of the most iconic college football programs to raise $57,000 to help kids like him keep their vision.

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Friends' 500-Mile Hiking Fundraiser Benefits Venezuelan Refugees

August 1, 2019case study

Friends Bethani King and Jessica Stotz wanted to raise funds and awareness for Venezuelan refugees. With their dollar-per-mile-hiked fundraiser, they have raised over $2,000 benefitting On the Ground International, a non-profit dedicated to helping Venezuelan refugees.

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This Priest's Weight Loss Fundraiser Helps Recovering Addicts Heal

July 17, 2019case study

Father Tom, President of the St. Edmund’s Retreat, has raised over $35,000 with his weight loss fundraiser. By having supporters donate per pound lost, he keeps himself motivated and accountable to stay healthy, and help young men recover from substance abuses at St. Edmund’s.

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Building Bridges: Lifetime Friends’ Hiking Fundraiser Across Pacific Crest Trail Benefits Impoverished Nations

July 11, 2019case study

Longtime friends Sam Salmirs and Ben Silverstein are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. By inviting friends, family and supporters to donate per mile, they have made created a purpose greater than taking a break from everyday life. The hiking fundraiser has now raised over $5,500 to benefit impoverished nations.

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MLB All-Star Break: Our On and Off The Field Stars

July 9, 2019press

As we enter the MLB All-Star break we highlight some of our top campaigns from the first half of the season. Whether it’s been Stealing Bases to Stop Cancer, or Pitching in for Rescue Animals, players across the league have raised nearly a million dollars in charitable donations toward 17 different causes. Here are a few of our top Major League Baseball Stars— on and off the field!

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North Bay Aquatics Raises over 32K with 2019 Tunathon Fundraising Initiative

June 25, 2019case study

The North Bay Aquatics Swim team decided to leave Team Unify, pass up GoFundMe, and move their fundraising to Pledge It in order to better engage swimmers and donors. Their swimmers raised a team-record of $32,550 to keep its program thriving.

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5 Tips to a Successful Run, Walk, or Ride Fundraiser

June 18, 2019best practice

"The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.” — American essayist and poet John Burroughs.

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The 24 Hour Murph: Army Vet's Murphs Fund Scholarships

June 14, 2019champion

Lisa Kelly, Veteran of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, experienced the growing shortage of nurses caring for veterans first hand. So she took action with a grueling “24 Hour Murph” challenge.

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Halfs for Hope: Runner Uses Half-Marathon Fundraiser to Benefit Cancer Research

June 14, 2019case study

Faced with personal heartache from the loss of her aunt, Stephanie Berry turned adversity into triumph. By performing her running fundraiser Halfs for Hope, Berry has earned nearly $7,000 for the Foundation for Women's Cancer in her aunt's memory.

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Global Running Day 2019: A Highlight of Four of our Top Runners

June 4, 2019case study

To celebrate Global Running Day the Pledge It team highlights four of our athletes who used running to raise money toward the causes that matter most to them.

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My Campaign is Live. Now What?

May 28, 2019best practice

A Detailed History of Athlete Empowerment

May 9, 2019press

The team here at Pledge It is guided by the company’s founding principle: Empowering athletes to achieve social good. That can come in many forms and functions— from advocating for social justice and equality, to fighting global hunger, to funding medical treatment or equipment, to protesting a war. For as long as athletes have grabbed headlines, they have used their platforms to impact the issues that are most important to them. In turn, the stands taken by these men and women have enabled them to transcend sports, and cross from the record books to the history books. When you see many of the photos below, you will often think not of athletic achievements, but of achievements in social good.

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Wheelchair Basketball Star Raises Funds for Reeve Foundation

May 7, 2019case study

Jimmy Moceri was a high school basketball star fielding offers from universities across the country. Then a car accident changed everything.

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