Today I’m excited to introduce you to Katy Spratte! I first met Katy back in my Creighton days, and it’s been really neat to reconnect with her now that we’re both living in Omaha again. Her passion for philanthropy is apparent in all facets of her life – in both work and play, Katy is always looking for ways to help others. As you’ll see in my interview with Katy, she’s extremely active in our community and is a huge asset to local nonprofits.
Katy works for the Omaha company Together a Greater Good (TAGG). TAGG is a free mobile app that helps consumers raise money for their favorite causes. Users simply download the app, snap a photo of their receipt at one of over 175 participating businesses, and that business will donate 5% of their purchase to their selected cause! Amazing!
As a TAGG user myself, I was really excited to get the “inside scoop” from Katy! If you’re looking for insight on ways to give back to your community, you’re definitely going to want to read today’s interview:
Thanks for joining us Katy! Take a minute to introduce yourself – how are you LIVING BIG and pursuing your passions?
I am really passionate about Omaha and specifically the philanthropic efforts in this great city. TAGG helps me connect to hundreds of worthy causes, so I absolutely love making a difference through our platform every day. Additionally, I prefer to spend my money at locally-owned small businesses, so TAGG helps me do that too.
How did you first get involved with TAGG?
One of my friends worked for a local nonprofit and began sharing the app with her network, and I loved the concept. I reached out to the founders through the website, and the rest is history!
What is your favorite TAGG “success story?”
We feature a different charity each week as our Impact Option. One that sticks out to me is that only $1.50 raised through TAGG for the Omaha Home For Boys can pay for a bus pass for a youth with no reliable transportation. That can make all the difference for getting to school or work, so it certainly made an impression on me.
What are the 3 words that best describe you?
Social, community-minded, passionate
What are your tips for someone wanting to get involved in community philanthropy?
Figure out what matters the most to you; whether you are passionate about child welfare, animal abuse, economic development, there are numerous organizations that support those issues and more. If something really fires you up, you will become a natural advocate for that cause and get so much more out of any volunteer activity or monetary donation.
Where do you find inspiration?
I love when my job involves tours of the charities we support; nothing motivates me more than connecting with the mission of a TAGG cause. I feel as though it’s rejuvenating and allows me to tackle the more mundane aspects of this position with renewed fervor.
What’s your strongest personality quality/trait that helps you on the job?
My passion for the nonprofit community, and my overall outgoing personality help a ton
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
I’d love learn to play an instrument, specifically the cello.
What are you most proud of?
TAGG’s momentum lately, I love seeing hard work pay off in a meaningful way. Life at a start up is stressful, but when good things happen, it is amazing knowing it was a small but mighty team pulling it off
Which charity is closest to your heart?
It’s so hard to choose just one, but I’d have to say the WCA (Women’s Center for Advancement) because they provide support and services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including human trafficking victims and those who have suffered from sexual assault and/or domestic violence. I currently serve on the Partners Guild for this organization.
Where is your favorite location to TAGG?
Again it’s hard to choose one, but I TAGG most often when I get my morning cup of joe. Depending on where my work day takes me, I vary between Karma Koffee out west and the Beansmith downtown. My dogs (black labs Molly and Murphy) also love when I take them to Wag for any grooming needs, treats, and high quality dog food.
How can readers get in touch with you/TAGG?
We just launched a new website yay!! You can check it out here: http://www.togetheragreatergood.com
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’d love to help your cause get on board, or connect to any businesses where you’d like to TAGG!
TAGG and WIN!
TAGG is generously giving away $25 Karma Koffee gift cards to TWO lucky Makingmine readers!
- Download the TAGG app (App Store or Google Play).
- TAGG a purchase by September 9th
- Leave a comment on this post letting me know you TAGGed! If you already have TAGG, leave me a comment with the last cause you TAGGed for!
Must be 18 or older to participate. 2 winners will be drawn at random. Winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new name is drawn. Good luck!
TAGG in Action
Thanks Katy for taking the time to talk about TAGG and your thoughts on local philanthropy! TAGG really shows what can happen when a community bands together to give back – I love it! By using TAGG I’ve been able to find new local businesses to support all while giving 5% back to our church and Eleanor’s preschool! It really is a win-win!