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A new GG baby!

Posted by john hecklinger on February 20th, 2008

It’s my distinct pleasure to welcome Kevin Conroy, GlobalGiving’s Ninja Java Master, to the world of fatherhood. Kevin and Samantha Conroy just sent along official photos of Zoe Finette Conroy, safely delivered Tuesday, February 19 at 8:32 p.m., a healthy baby girl weighing in at a snuggly 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 20.5 lovable inches. She’s a cutie, and I know cute babies, as my wife, Katie, and I had the first GlobalGiving baby (Miles) almost a year an a half ago. Kevin will be an amazing dad. In his characteristically organized and well-prepared way, Kevin has been fully-equipped, supplied, and geared-up for months. I was much the same way with Miles. Yet, no matter how prepared you are, there are amazing surprises nearly every day. Everyone here is excited and proud to welcome a new member to the GlobalGiving family, and we can’t wait to meet her. We ring a gong at GlobalGiving when something good happens, so here’s a big GONG for the Conroys!

Thanks, NIKE!

Posted by john hecklinger on December 6th, 2007

Last week we had two great visits from our friends at NIKE. We’ve been helping them cultivate a network of projects around the world using sport to make things better in their communities – from a women’s football association in Rwanda to basketball for youth in one of Nairobi’s toughest slums. NIKE’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) employees have been particularly supportive of these projects, and now NIKE is giving all of those employees an opportunity to support them even more. This week, all of NIKE’s EMEA employees can donate $15 to any of these projects, just by plugging in their employee numbers as gift certificate codes. I’m thrilled that NIKE has chosen to give this gift to NIKE employees for the holidays, and the projects will benefit tremendously.

NIKE Let Me Play

We’re seeing a huge amount of interest in our new gift cards as corporate gifts – whether for employees, partners, or customers. I don’t want to ruin the surprise by revealing who’s buying what and for whom, but we’re rapidly going through our stock of biodegradable cards and have already ordered more to keep up with the demand.

At a previous job, I remember getting a call from a business partner who had just received a holiday gift from me. They’d been taking bets on what exactly the gift was, and they wanted me to settle things. I believe the objects they received were meant to be a pencil and sticky note holder, and I was happy that they’d brought some entertainment to the office, but I’m sure those gifts went right in the landfill after the betting was over.

Thanks to NIKE and all of the other GlobalGiving partners who are giving a meaningful holiday gift this year!