Uncovering Our Innate Love for One Another

Daymaker originated with a project the founding team created in years ago while 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 during an altered year.

  • 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

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.

Azizi Williams

Head of Nonprofit Partnerships | Atlanta, GA

June 1

Azizi is the people-to-process connector and digital media creator who keeps Daymaker’s essential nonprofit partnerships thriving. Her career began at Accenture, and includes communications, technology, and community engagement experience spanning both the private and nonprofit sectors. Azizi’s childhood was filled with dance classes, jumping double-dutch, reading books, and playing on the beach – all of which she still enjoys today.

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 getting to play with his own little one who arrived in Spring 2021!

Chris Becker

VP of Operations | Atlanta, GA

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.

L.D Libra

Software Engineer | Brooklyn NY

May 17

L.D works across the technical stack at Daymaker, including product & project management. He's coded across half a dozen startups in NYC, gaining diverse experience in web development, but was pulled towards service and resource-sharing, finding an outlet for that in Daymaker. As a kid, his imagination was his primary playground, and it has remained a steady source of joy.

Robbie Weber

Software Engineer | Brooklyn, NY

July 27

Robbie is part of team software engineering at Daymaker and has been ensuring the technical parts move forward since October 2020. He had been part of several other tech teams when L.D asked if he wanted to join a movement that’s really making a difference, and he agreed without a moment's hesitation. As a kid, he enjoyed building models, playing sports in the park, or nerding out with his buddies over the newest video game craze (he secretly still does).

Terron Ferguson

Legal Counsel | Miami, FL

June 19

Terron provides counsel and strategic advice to corporate and nonprofit clients. He's worked as a death penalty attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, AL), a special education teacher with Teach For America, and was selected as a German Chancellor Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. As a kid growing up in sunny Miami, Florida, he'd play outside with rollerblades and hockey equipment, reenacting scenes from his favorite movie, "The Mighty Ducks".

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 amidst a world that often tells a story 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.'

Tia O'Connor

Director of Company Partnerships | Atlanta, GA

March 21

Tia leads Daymaker's work with companies, helping originate and deliver our partnerships. Tia has always had a passion for helping people and a desire to do meaningful work in her career and be part of a company making a difference in the world. Prior to Daymaker she was a Customer Success Manager at athenahealth. In her youth, Tia enjoyed endless bike rides through her neighborhood, playing hide-and-seek with her cousins, family vacations and staycations, and assembling home furniture with her Dad. When reflecting on her childhood, she understands how those memories shaped her and is super excited to help make wonderful memories for the kids that we work with.


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