Uncovering Our Innate Love for One Another

Daymaker originated with a project the founding team created while in their second year at the University of North Carolina.

The feeling then, as bright-eyed 19-year olds, is the thread that remains today: something more is possible in how we create connection through generosity. Daymaker isn’t “charity” the way we’ve come to know it as a society. The dollars, the gifts, the programs funded--those matter. And equally impactful is the light, potential, and goodness that giver and receiver see in each other through the act of giving.

In that spirit, giving becomes a vehicle for us to feel interdependence and shared humanity while shifting resources to those who need them. It becomes a way for us to experience being a part of something larger than ourselves. Giving in the Daymaker story–simply put– is a pathway to healing and kinship. 

Our Truth - We Believe...

  • People are good, and they long to be in greater expression of that goodness

  • Humans seek to feel belonging to each other and to something greater than themselves, and giving can be a pathway to doing so

  • No act of generosity is small, and each one creates a ripple beyond what we can see

  • Giving has to have a positive effect on the receiver and the giver - emotionally, physically, and spiritually

  • Every human has a gift for the world, and their gift will shine if the barriers are removed

  • People will embody these beliefs and live into their longings if they are given an accessible vehicle to do so

Our Platform - the Daymaker Offering

  • We help companies run seasonal giving campaigns like Back to School and Holidays where employees can read about specific under-resourced children and purchase gifts from individual kids' wish lists.

  • Givers can share messages of encouragement along with their gifts, and can also purchase longer-term support for the kids via our monthly 'Daymaker Discovery Bundles' that are designed to help children stay inspired and engaged in an altered 2020.

  • Donors can support the same child over multiple campaigns, and we share periodic progress updates throughout the year - so company employees get to make a long-term positive impact by partnering with Daymaker. 

  • We make it effortless for companies to run the campaign on our donation platform - our team helps with communications, visuals and engagement assets, and campaign wrap-up graphics. It's easier to run than Toys for Tots or Angel Tree.

Our Value - the Daymaker Difference

Foster Meaningful Connections

Daymaker is built for teams to connect around their act of generosity.

Teams feel united following the specific local child they are empowering with gifts and financial support.

Help Heal Disparities Across Race and Class

We help redistribute resources from communities with an abundance to those in the most need.

Daymaker is an invitation to begin to heal what has transpired in the past.

National Workforces, Local Impact

Run one company-wide initiative where employees can connect with kids in their local communities.

This shared experience boosts engagement and is perfect for remote workforces.

Simple and Easy to Run

Our team does the work - from page set-up, to drafting comms, and measuring engagement.

One person from your team hits send, and the magic happens.

Trusted Nonprofit Partners

We partner with over 50 leading 501(c)3 nonprofit partners serving children in high-trauma/high-poverty communities.

Your people can count on their generosity to create the most good.

Higher Employee Participation

With our digital platform, Daymaker campaigns see ~2x-4x higher engagement compared to fundraising campaigns or physical toy drives.

Engagement improves over time as each campaign builds on the prior, while inviting new employees into the giving fold.

Our Core Daymaker Team

  • Thomas Doochin

    Founder & Board Member | Black Mountain, NC

    May 15

  • Thomas is a co-founder of Daymaker, former CEO, and ongoing Chief Believer. He started Daymaker (then CommuniGift) as a student at the University of North Carolina with the core belief that giving to another can help us experience our mutual connection in a often makes us feel a sense of separation. We asked Thomas' parents for some input about him as a kid - 'Thomas always had a big heart for giving, loved fire trucks and sports, and loved being in charge.' ... some things never change!

  • Brent Macon

    CEO & Big Little Kid | Atlanta, GA

    February 18

  • Brent is the big little kid keeping the Daymaker team energized and moving in concert. Prior to joining, he worked at Uber and McKinsey with a focus on creating employment opportunities as automation changes the nature of work. His favorite game growing up was 2-on-1 driveway basketball with Dad and him dunking on the Little Tikes goal while older brother scored the big kid hoop, and he’s thrilled about the prospect of playing with his own little one on the way in Spring 2021!

  • Ari Brazier

    VP of Products & Storytelling | Pittsburgh, PA

    February 19

  • Ariana (Ari, aka Dr. Brazier) is the play expert and visionary strategist. Her doctorate in Critical & Cultural Studies centers Black children and families, housing insecurity and poverty, and cultural play practices. Ari's most joyful moments have typically involved competitive games like basketball or football with her three brothers and cousins, as well as "girl time" — crafting, walking, and community building — with her mama.

  • Chris Becker

    VP of Operations | Chicago, IL

    October 10

  • Chris is the operations muscle keeping the Daymaker train on the tracks. Before joining, he started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan where he worked on corporate finance transactions. To this day, Chris loves football, basketball, and video games — all childhood interests of his that developed over countless days with his best friends.

We're welcoming co-creators into our journey!

Business Development Lead

As we expand, we're looking for the right person to head up all sales & partnership creation.

Head of Company Partnerships

We're seeking a high-performing, heart-centered ‘people-person’ to lead and expand company partnerships as we grow.

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