Disaster and Relief Assistance

Looking to get nonprofit donations and government emergency relief in-hand quickly? Blackhawk Network has helped nonprofits, charity organisations, local governments and foundations disburse over $250M in relief and online donations to those who need it most over in the US.

Many nonprofits are facing an unprecedented demand to distribute much-needed aid ASAP. But traditional methods like issuing, printing and mailing paper checks can be too slow and cumbersome for those that need help now. A faster, convenient and more versatile solution is loading funds onto prepaid and gift cards so they can be used quickly.

Nonprofit employees are also under pressure right now, and prepaid and gift cards are a perfect way to thank, encourage and support them—especially those on the front lines. Research [1] has found that most people would be encouraged to work harder after receiving gift card rewards and feel that gift card rewards show that their employer values them.

Spending flexibility is ensured. Prepaid cards can be used where major processing networks are accepted and gift cards can be redeemed at retailers across the country. Both can also be spent online. This flexibility allows people to pay for what they want and need, such as groceries and household essentials.

Distribution form is fluid. Both types of cards can come in physical form to distribute in-person, or digitally to reach people who are separated geographically. This fluidity helps nonprofits deliver relief or employee rewards quickly no matter where people are.

There’s more than one way to redeem. Prepaid and gift cards can be spent in-store or online. This spending flexibility enables recipients to redeem their gift card via the channel that is most convenient, accessible and comfortable to them.

Relief is available quickly. Dispersing relief by issuing, printing and mailing paper checks typically takes a few weeks. But partners like Blackhawk Network enable nonprofits to order prepaid and gift cards for delivery—typically in just days for physical cards, and digital cards can usually be delivered in just a few minutes.

Success Stories Across the Globe

Blackhawk Network Helps California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Distribute $25M in Stipends to Frontline Healthcare Professionals

Funded by Facebook, aid was delivered via 50,000 open-loop reward cards. Read the press release.

What Nonprofits Need to Know About Prepaid and Gift Cards ASAP

Many non-profits are still facing unprecedented demand to distribute much-needed relief in their communities. Read the blog.