National Gift Card https://www.ngc-group.com/ National Gift Card News en-US Benefit Mobile improves fundraising efforts with gift cards, during uncertain COVID-19 times https://www.ngc-group.com/benefit_backtoschool_covid20202 Digital and physical bulk gift cards improve fundraising efforts for schools, nonprofits, and charitiesBenefit Mobile, a digital payments and mobile-based fundraising company based in Chicago, IL, has added a new bulk physical and digital gift card option for community fundraising organizations such as school districts, nonprofits, and charities.Multiple options allow Benefit Mobile to continue its mission of operating as a fundraising platform to help groups and individuals to "pay with purpose" and support the causes that matter most to them.Downloading the Benefit Mobile fundraising app (which is available to iOS and Android users) allows users to raise money with their mobile phone. New bulk digital gift cards, as well as bulk physical cards, offer further online flexibility and options to groups seeking to fundraise. https://www.ngc-group.com/benefit_backtoschool_covid20202 Time for Some Summer Fun https://www.ngc-group.com/summer-fun_june2020 Summertime is here at last, and there is great hope for some easy living, a chance to get outside and enjoy the world around us. Well, at least that is our hope during this ongoing challenge surrounding the world-wide pandemic.As many places slowly open up, there are lots of great ideas on what we can do to be outside together or alone. Many activities can be enjoyed under social distancing guidelines where you live, work or play. So, we thought it might be fun to share some tried and true ideas, as well as some new things that you, your families and even your employee teams can do together.If you like to cook, it's certainly BBQ season, but beyond that why not host a homemade ice cream making party for a small group, or go strawberry picking at a local farm and make homemade strawberry popsicles https://www.ngc-group.com/summer-fun_june2020 Celebrate Fathers Day more than ever https://www.ngc-group.com/fathers-day_20202 As our nation continues to recover from the pandemic, we are reminded just how important family is in our homes and in our communities where struggles continue with stay-safe orders, social distancing requirements, quarantines and ongoing health risks.Clearly those on the frontlines keeping us safe are true heroes, but heroics also happens in our homes where parents and children have had to face new challenges around home schooling, job loss, shortages of basic supplies and more. But thanks to mothers and fathers its not all doom and gloom. We have a chance each year to stop the treadmill for a day and honor our fathers during a special day set aside just for them. And now more than ever, it is a deserved and special way to say thank you. https://www.ngc-group.com/fathers-day_20202 NGC releases annual B2B program gift card usage statistics https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc_2019-statistics Findings from its 2019 national gift card distribution results have been finalized and released by NGC, one of North America's largest card and prepaid technology companies responsible for annually activating over $600 million in gift cards and prepaid products for loyalty, rewards, and employee recognition programs.Trends from the annual distribution results show that big box retailers, open loop cards (such as Visa and American Express), and entertainment brands (such as Apple and Google Play) continue to be the most popular gift card and reward choices.For the fifth consecutive year the big box retailer category, containing brands such as Walmart and Target, topped the list of NGC's reward categories, with 31% of the total redemption volume in gift cards, a 1% increase from the previous year. https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc_2019-statistics NGC Adds Greeting Card Printing and Fulfillment Technology to Enhance Gift Card Program Services https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-adds-greeting-card-printing_april-2020 In an effort to help companies using gift cards to support and thank employees and frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis, NGC has expanded its capabilities to include greeting cards.With its new service, NGC will be able to print custom messages on privately branded greeting cards using its proprietary print and fulfillment technology platform. This capability makes NGC one of North America's only gift card providers who supports automated, quality-focused gift card fulfillment with a greeting card style delivery.NGC fast tracked the launch of the new capability to help companies during the current economic and health crisis as loyalty programs, wellness systems, and employee engagement platforms are looking for ways to thank workers and support employees by using gift cards to augment income. https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-adds-greeting-card-printing_april-2020 NGC Helps Meet Essential Needs Through Great American Brands https://www.ngc-group.com/essential-brands-in-challenging-times_april2020 Challenging times call for creativity, hard work and a focus on what is important.Over these past weeks our country has faced a crisis unlike anything we have ever seen before. This crisis impacts all levels of our society, from the health community to many small (and large) businesses struggling through unheard of economic impact.Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and as an essential business operating during this period, we have made it a mission to find additional ways to help. Now more than ever, everyone is striving to focus on meeting needs, offering solutions and celebrating the good things coming out these challenges. https://www.ngc-group.com/essential-brands-in-challenging-times_april2020 How Benefit Mobile Can Help with Fundraising in Times of Uncertainty https://www.ngc-group.com/benefitmobile_fundraising-in-times-of-uncertainty Now more than ever we need to find ways to come together as a community and help one another through this challenging crisis. As people, companies and communities hurt, many are seeking ways to support one another, either through direct help or by raising money through fundraising.Our team at Benefit Mobile recognizes the unique challenges that the COVID-19 virus has brought to fundraising efforts for your cause. As our communities, both locally and globally, attempt to stop the spread of the virus, we are committed to continuing our efforts and will focus on assisting all of your fundraising efforts during these uncertain times. So, lets focus on how we can battle fear and economic disruption during this pandemic. Opportunities to raise money for a good cause bring us hope, help us support one another, reminds us of our humanity, and will ultimately show gratitude to those around us, whether our families, the first responders we depend on, or the community as a whole. https://www.ngc-group.com/benefitmobile_fundraising-in-times-of-uncertainty NGC 2020 Statistics https://www.ngc-group.com/2020infographic Explore our innovative technology solutions and world-class service that's connecting retail brands with the corporate and consumer marketplaces. Talk to us about our gift card API, mobile payment applications, B2B B2C gift card eCommerce platforms, physical and digital fulfillment optionsNGC services include:Real-time eGift cards via our APIPrepaid card sourcing and fulfillmentWhite label mobile payment and wallet solutionsPhysical gift card fulfillmentBulk fulfillmentDid you know? https://www.ngc-group.com/2020infographic NGC Supports Banana Republic This Holiday Season https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-supports-banana-republic-this-holiday-season NGC is excited to launch the customized B2C eCommerce portal built for Banana Republic to support all B2C eGift orders on Bananarepublic.com, leading up to ChristmasThe BananaRepublicCares gift card portal is special in that 10% of all gift card purchases made on the site will be donated to Banana Republic's charity partner - CARE. NGC will also be managing all of the donation funds to CARE.Banana Republic offers various eGift faceplates for the consumer to choose from, giving the gift giver the opportunity to select a design best suited for their friend/loved one. https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-supports-banana-republic-this-holiday-season 5 Effective Ideas for Better Peer-to-Peer Fundraising https://www.ngc-group.com/5-effective-ideas_benefitonecause_dec2019 This guest post was contributed by OneCause and Joshua Meyer.Fundraisers can take many forms. Several organizations take part in campaigns where they partner with retailer stores so that a portion of the proceeds go straight to them for a period of time.1 This is an effective and appealing campaign to run because it allows donors to shop as normal but also support an organization they care about. So, how else can donors support an organization they love?In addition to campaigns like these, many organizations take part in peer-to-peer fundraisers. Peer-to-peer fundraisers also get your supporters involved in your cause and give them an opportunity to support you in creative ways. https://www.ngc-group.com/5-effective-ideas_benefitonecause_dec2019 Thanksgiving is the Perfect Time to Express Thanks https://www.ngc-group.com/thanksgiving-is-the-perfect-time-to-express-thanks_2019 The spirit of giving and helping others is never on display better than at this time of year, as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Besides spending time with family and enjoying the bounty of life, it is also a wonderful time to express our thanks in many different ways.As employers look for ways to assist people and needy organizations this time of year, employees have an excellent opportunity to join in the giving spirit. https://www.ngc-group.com/thanksgiving-is-the-perfect-time-to-express-thanks_2019 National Gift Card Rebrands as NGC https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-rebrands One of the world's largest and most automated prepaid and gift card sourcing, fulfillment, and technology companies streamlines its brand to align with its growing digital and mobile presence.CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., Oct. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- National Gift Card (NGC), one of the world's largest and most-automated prepaid technology providers, has rebranded itself as "NGC." The Chicago-area company serves the B2C and B2B gift card marketplace by sourcing, delivering, and managing over 500 physical and digital retail brands across North America for the health care, financial, insurance, loyalty, and consumer reward industries. NGC serves thousands of corporate clients using prepaid cards in programs rewarding tens of millions of US and Canadian consumers.The new brand reflects the company's transformation into one of the foremost technology players in the stored value and payments industry. With over half of NGC's card activations coming from its eGift portfolio, NGC anchored the new branding on its digital technology expansion which powers its proprietary gift card ordering portal, gift card API platform, mobile fundraising program, and B2C and B2B eCommerce websites and mobile apps for merchants. https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-rebrands Show How Much You Care About Your Team https://www.ngc-group.com/laborday_sept2019 Celebrating the hard work and effort of your employees is what Labor Day is all about. And certainly, there are plenty of ways to recognize and acknowledge your team while giving them a lift with a wonderful gesture of recognition.Theres really no better way to celebrate Labor Day, which is September 2 this year, than to offer your employees a special gift card program through NGC.Let us suggest an exciting approach for this fall: one focused on travel with a gift card from Hotels.com, a company known as a leading provider of hotel accommodation worldwide, providing reservation services through a network of localized websites and telephone call centers. https://www.ngc-group.com/laborday_sept2019 Complete your Back-to-School Look with JCPenney https://www.ngc-group.com/jcp_backtoschool_aug2019 Stock up on everything from backpacks to dorm room supplies - shop great brands like Sephora, Disney, Nike, Adidas, St. James and more. Our Salons, Vision and Portrait Studios offer convenient services at everyday low prices. JCP Bulk Gift cards help you stretch your B2School dollars in-store and online.At JCPenney, It's Style and Value for AllNow through Sept. 15th, JCPenney is offering $10 kids haircuts for students in grades K-6th, at the JCPenney Salon and Salon by InStyle. https://www.ngc-group.com/jcp_backtoschool_aug2019 Peer-to-Peer Recognition Is About Winning Together https://www.ngc-group.com/peer-to-peer-recognition_jambajuice_june2019 When it comes to recognition, most people anticipate receiving thanks and well done wishes from superiors who oversee our work. Know whats at least as good, or even better? An acknowledgement from someone who witnesses, or may even help get, those daily tasks accomplished. In other words, a workplace peer, someone who recognizes the good work were doing and takes the time to make a point of it.But whats the best way to do that? Often it can be a challenge, even when we take the time to THINK ABOUT recognizing someone with whom we work on a regular basis.Thankfully, NGC and one of our merchant partnersJamba Juicehave a number of creative gift card options that are sure to put a smile on the face of those you depend on on a daily or weekly basis. https://www.ngc-group.com/peer-to-peer-recognition_jambajuice_june2019 Generational Differences https://www.ngc-group.com/generations_2019 When it comes to choosing a reward for those who are connected to your firm (whether they be employees or customers), it should be done with the same thought and care that you would give to any other expression of appreciation.In other words, consider whats important to the person receiving what you offer.In the case of a work-related expression of thanks in the form of a gift card, being sensitive to generational differences is probably more important today than at any other time in history, perhaps due to the pace of change that society has faced and how thats affected the interests of people born and raised in various moments. https://www.ngc-group.com/generations_2019 How to Jumpstart Employee Wellness https://www.ngc-group.com/jumpstart-employee-wellness_may2019 Encouraging employees to get and stay healthy is a goal that some might consider a classic no brainer. And yet, establishing the credible link between action and results can sometimes be somewhat elusive.But according to wellsteps.com, a blog authored by Dr. Steven Aldana, a professor who has published seven books and more than 75 research articles on the impact of worksite wellness programs, the very best way of helping employees adopt and maintain healthy behaviors is by providing small incentives, such as gift cards, to randomly selected employees who successfully complete different aspects of a corporate wellbeing program. Dr. Aladana has provided published scientific evidence (at wellsteps.com/wellsteps-research) that this incentive approach works.National Gift Card, in partnership with Target, can provide the basis for a highly impactful campaign that follows the advice of Wellsteps and Dr. Aldana in moving forward, one step at a time. https://www.ngc-group.com/jumpstart-employee-wellness_may2019 NGC + iTunes Are Perfect for Small Business Week https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_itunes As National Small Business Week (May 5-12) continues to unfold, the opportunities to align your companys vision and culture with an innovative, flexible and highly impactful gift card campaign are virtually unlimited with the help of National Gift Card and iTunes.How are you choosing to take advantage of this natural connection with the entrepreneurs in your area? May we suggest that whatever form your recognition takes, an iTunes gift card through National Gift Card is one that virtually everyoneemployees and customers includedwill welcome. Fact is, the strength of our economy is linked to the health of the small business community, and thats just one reason that National Small Business Week exists. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_itunes Celebrate National Small Business Week in Style https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_aeropostale As National Small Business Week takes shape in your slice of the country, the good news is that there is no shortage of ideas ready for you to consider, any one of which can help you leverage the impact the May 5-12 event can have on your organization.Heres just one idea: a special gathering of customers or suppliers in recognition of National Small Business Week.One more initiative for you to leverage just for such an event would be a highly flexible and impactful gift card campaign from National Gift Card and Aerospostale. Imagine the smiles that will follow when you present a gift card to those who gather in celebration of National Small Business Week. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_aeropostale Celebrate National Small Business Week with a Networking Event https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_networking With National Small Business Week (May 5-11, 2019) in full swing, there are still significant opportunities to recognize businesses that are part of this huge segment of the economy. In fact, some may be the very companies that your firm depends for consistent performance and growth.National Gift Card, in partnership with Amazon, has an easy-to-implement campaign of recognition and/or appreciation that your employees and clients are sure to notice.One of the activities that has proven its effectiveness around the celebration of National Small Business Week is to organize a special networking event that brings together entrepreneurs and small business staff located in your area, all with the idea of celebrating the impact those local businesses create. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_networking