We talk about it a lot, because it’s core to Mediacurrent’s company values and commitment to the open source community. This holiday season, we’ve opted to forgo our traditional employee gift and give back instead. Funds will be used to sponsor the My Stuff Bags Foundation.
Team member Mario Hernandez delivers a check on behalf of Mediacurrent.
We wanted to pick a charity that puts its money toward solving a vital community need, that treats its employees well, and that offers national volunteer opportunities, so that we may all have the option to get involved and make a difference in someone’s life.
- 94% of My Stuff Bags Foundation’s revenue goes directly to its program. They had a total revenue of almost $3.0 million last year, of which $2.5 million went directly to program expenses (total functional expenses amounted to around $2.7 million).
- The foundation earned a score of 100 on Charity Navigator. It also was deemed one of Theravive’s “Top 10 Children’s Charities in North America” and listed as a “Best in America” charity as certified by Independent Charities of America.
- 100% of the organization’s revenue comes from contributions, gifts and grants.
- The foundation is well-received by the community. My Stuff Bags Foundation has been endorsed by Mazda and The Huffington Post. We have found only positive reviews provided by the company’s volunteers, and no negative reviews from employees.
About the Foundation
The foundation's mission, according to their website, is to provide powerful advocacy on behalf of abused, abandoned and neglected children across the United States. My Stuff Bags aims to address the needs of these children and support the organizations caring for them.
The foundation's ultimate goal is to provide a My Stuff Bag to each of the 300,000+ U.S. children who enter crisis and foster care annually as a result of abuse or neglect.
What’s in the Bag?
Established in 1998 by Janeen Holmes in Westlake Village, CA, My Stuff Bags Foundation depends on individual donations (both monetary and personal care items) and a volunteer workforce to assist their full-time staff of 10 in producing and shipping stuffed duffle bags. Each personally designed duffle bag is filled with brand-new necessities and comfort items such as toys, toiletries, school supplies, clothing, a stuffed animal and a blanket. The bags are delivered to child service agency partners who then distribute the bags to children in need.
As of August 2017, over 500,000 stuffed bags have been donated to abused or neglected children across the U.S. through My Stuff Bags. To date, My Stuff Bags has worked with over 1,500 agencies in 50 states. They have recently set a goal of donating another 500,000 bags.
My Stuff Bags CEO/president/co-founder Janeen Holmes with her daughter, Molly and husband, Bob
It’s been a wonderful 2018 serving our clients at Mediacurrent, and we’re grateful to our talented team members for putting us in position to give to My Stuff Bags Foundation. We are proud to be able to give to a community in need and donate 120 bags.