2018-2019 Highlights

THEN:   February 2018

GRIT Provides THON Power, Helps Raise $10,151,663.93

In February 2018, GRIT helped power THON for the third year in a row. The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, also called THON, is the largest student-run philanthropy group in the world, both in revenue and in volunteer participation. Every year, more than 16,500 students volunteer as part of the group’s fundraising efforts. Efforts take place year-round to raise awareness and generate funds for the fight against childhood cancer. The 2018 theme, “Discovering Tomorrow's Wonder,” raised $10,151,663.93 towards the cause.

GRIT’s efforts revolved around providing SMS alerts and updates for everyone involved in the event, from dancers and committee members to spectators and supporters. Alerts included things like medication reminders for the volunteers, updates on which wristbands were being recalled, and location information and directions for those who wished to be spectators at the event. These updates were available around the clock during the entire 46 hours of the no sleep, no sit dance marathon.

NOW:   February 2019

GRIT Announces Stephen Deason as CEO, Acquires Assets of Rally4 and mGive

February 2019 saw big changes for GRIT. This month, we announced Stephen Deason as CEO . Stephen is a seasoned technology executive with an  impressive resume. He holds multiple degrees, including both an MSc. In accounting and an  MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He had held executive positions in  finance, strategy, operations, and sales. 

We also acquired assets of Rally4 and mGive this month . Rally4  is a leading mobile and analytics platform, specializing in providing innovative fundraising and  marketing software to mission-based organizations. Rally4 acquired mGive, a text-to-give  platform, in 2014. Together the services have helped raise nearly $300 million for over 2,000  different non-profits.

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