Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth Launches Giving Express In-Kind Giving Program in Partnership with Humanitarian Technology Provider Aidmatrix

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth kicks off Giving Express, a new online in-kind giving program, with a Back-to-School drive to fill remaining, unmet needs for the school year. Youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs in Fort Worth has Increased 15% this year due to the economy.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing enriching programs for local youth from disadvantaged circumstances, announced today that it has launched a new, year-round in-kind giving program with a "back-in-school drive" to fill remaining and ongoing needs for the school year. The new in-kind program, branded "Giving Express," targets small business, associations and corporations and allows them to donate goods and services directly to the Clubs' programs and branches. The Giving Express back-in-school drive will focus on school supplies, uniforms, backpacks and other related needs, all of which have grown this year due to an increased number of youth served by the Clubs.

The Boys & Girls Club's Giving Express is powered by a unique donations management system from The Aidmatrix Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides technology-based solutions for humanitarian giving, designed to get the right aid to the right people at the right time. Those interested in donating through Giving Express can go to http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema/States.aspx?ST=Boys%20and%20Girls%20Club%20of%20Greater%20Ft.%20Worth and then click on "Product Donations" to see a list of needs for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Needs range from basic school supplies to backpacks, clothing, hygiene items and gas cards.

In a recent survey by GuideStar, a national source of nonprofit information, 52 percent of nonprofits saw a decrease in donations between March and May 2009. At the same time, 58 percent reported that demand for their services had increased.

"Our Clubs are serving more kids now than ever, due in large part to the economic downturn," said Daphne Barlow, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth area Clubs have experienced a 15% increase in youth served during 2009, including children from families who were homeless for the first time in 2009. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth now serve over 12,000 youth through its programs, branches and outreach services.

"Due to the increase in members, we are experiencing a greater strain on financial and staff services, and despite several successful back-to-school campaigns this summer, we still have many unmet needs for the school year," said Barlow. "Giving Express will help fill a gap for kids right here in our community by matching those who have products and services to give with the specific needs of our Clubs and programs."

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth is creatively using the system for its local in-kind donation campaigns and will serve as a pilot for all of the Boys & Girls Clubs nationally. Through this pilot, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth becomes an esteemed partner of the Aidmatrix Network made up of thousands of disaster-, medical- and hunger-relief nonprofits, governments and corporations that use the Aidmatrix system every day to help accelerate the delivery of humanitarian relief.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth is a strong partner for us as we expand to serve other non-profit sectors," said Keith Thode, COO/CTO of The Aidmatrix Foundation. "Their leadership team has the kind of strategic vision and know-how that we were looking for. This program will give the Fort Worth community the ability to efficiently get the right kinds of goods and services to the kids and programs that so desperately need them."

"We are excited and honored to partner with Aidmatrix," said Barlow. "The Giving Express program is the next-generation in in-kind giving, allowing donors and sponsors to see our needs and give directly to meet those needs."

In-kind donations offer businesses the opportunity to give merchandise, materials or services while receiving tax benefits for the donation. Giving Express automates the in-kind giving process by providing an easy way for donors to go online to learn of and fulfill the Boys & Girls Clubs' specific needs. Additionally, the program has a component where a company can post in-kind donation items they have, and the Boys & Girls Clubs can view those items to see if they have a need for them.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth provides enriching programs for youth from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens. Currently serving over 12,000 youth through its programs, branches and outreach services, the Club has been reaching out to the most vulnerable in the Fort Worth community for 83 years, seeking to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies fail to reach. For more information, visit http://www.fortworthkids.org.

About The Aidmatrix Foundation

The Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc. builds and operates powerful technology hubs that support diverse stakeholder groups in their efforts to work together to solve the world's most challenging humanitarian crises. The Aidmatrix solutions enhance participation, amplify contributions, and accelerate results for humanitarian relief. More than 35,000 leading corporate, nonprofit and government partners leverage its solutions to mobilize more than $1.5 billion in aid annually, worldwide. The donated goods, money and services impact the lives of more than 65 million people. Aidmatrix is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit headquartered in Dallas, Texas, USA, with offices in Germany and India. For more information, please visit http://www.aidmatrix.org.

Contacts:

Kelly Kirkendoll Shafer
Shafer Communications for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth
817.236.6075

Daphne Barlow
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth
817.834.4711

Brad Watts
The Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc.
972.869.8160

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