Z. Vance Alford II
Founder and Executive Director
The Secret Behind Giving
It's not rocket science:
1. Give and someone’s life becomes better.
2. You feel incredibly good.
Giving is a reflection of what truly matters to you in the world.
Giving of ourselves freely in a positive way sends out ripples of good, and over time, those ripples come back to you and to everyone you care about. You might not see the direct effect, but those indirect effects echo throughout your life.
Give what you can, without regrets. The positive benefits manifest in the lives of those near to you, and lives you’ll never encounter.
Walk away knowing that the work of your life has gone to truly make our great nation and the world a better place.
Looking forward to working with you soon,
We are always seeking high-performing nonprofits working across a range of issue areas. You + 2
only presents organizations we believe are having the greatest impact in their respective fields.
Your Donations at Work
Donors are the real heroes in all fundraising stories
Inhumane and Costly
Homelessness in the nation increased by 0.3 percent in 2018. On a single night in 2018, 552,830 people were identified as experiencing homelessness. We cannot overstate the importance of this challenge for housing; likewise, the importance of each dollar donated is of equal importance.
A Guide Dog Requires $60,000 from Training till Death
A portion of your donation goes to directly assist the expensive training and healthy life of Guide Dogs. You + 2 sponsors puppies; names puppies; receives portraits and wallet photos; puppy profiles and updates.
Only 10% of legally blind persons ever have a wonderful experience of bonding with and trusting a Guide Dog. A Guide Dog requires 251 volunteers and $60,000 from training, to service, till death.
Help Close the Gap With Your Donation
In this great nation of ours, there are men working full time, but sleeping in a storage unit; people selling blood plasma to buy a toy for their children; young children sleeping overnight at daycare while their parents work a night shift. As partners, we can help close the gap.
Supporting Member of Habitat for Humanity
Your donation helps to:
Education is the backbone of a successful society. Every human being should have the right, privilege , an opportunity to get the best education possible. Unfortunately, in our country, this is often not a reality for far too many. Changing the social infrastructure is an enormous endeavor requiring manpower, money, and agreement among opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Supporting No-Kill Shelters
There is a growing segment of society that is expressing deeply held values and beliefs by focusing their search for a companion animal for adoption from No-Kill Shelters.
The bottom line is cats and dogs deserve joy and life. When we join arms with you, we are a determined voice for all animals to live out full lives in the safety and comfort of a loving home.
Proud Member Best Friends, Save Them All
Shelter Animals Count National Coalition Member
We are dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes to individuals and their friends and families.
We believe recovery from substance abuse is possible. We seek out recovery charities that work tirelessly to educate, advocate and raise funds to provide programs that help those struggling in addiction get the fresh start they deserve as recovering people.
Together, we take on the tragic grip of addiction.
With your help, we support strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in fostering children.
You + 2 is strongly focused on preventing child abuse and neglect, parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence.
Stop Childhood Cancer
We are a proud Premiere Donor for St. Jude
The treatments for pediatric cancer can last up to three years or more and cost on average $425,000, including housing, travel, and food.
While progress in the field of life-threatening diseases for children has made dramatic advances, 1-in-5 children in the U.S. who are diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
A Proud Supporter of Fisher House
"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." --H. Norman Schwarzkopf
You + 2 strives to support those who sacrificed to defend the United States: active duty, veterans, first responders, and their families.
1 in 45: America’s Homeless Children
If you believe that children are the future of our country, then you should be concerned because these homeless children have gradually become a prominent part of a third world that is emerging in our own backyards.
We are a proud supporter of StandUP for Kids
You + 2 digs deep to identify only the best-rated mental illness and suicide prevention charities where your dollars will be put to good use.
Our selections received top ratings for their extremely high levels of accountability and transparency for donors and how well they have sustained their programs.
Suicide Prevention & Mental Illness
Suicide rates have sharply increased by nearly
25% in the last two decades (Source CDC)
In the United States, suicide now claims more lives than automobile accidents each year and some leaders in the mental health field believe that our deteriorating mental health care system is partially to blame.
At You + 2, we believe we have a responsibility to elevate the voices of effective organizations that are advocating for and providing support and education to individuals and families that are experiencing mental illness.
The +2 Helping Hand
Assisting Our Donors Handle Financial Crisis
We are here to touch lives- and that includes you!
When that moment comes when you realize that you need help- to make major changes in your life.
We are here for our donors. If possible, we will do all that we can to free you from crisis and hardships.
We review each help request, case by case, and determine whether or not we can be of assistance based on our findings.
You + 2 sponsors scholarships to individuals who are interested in pursuing an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology, sheltering/welfare, clinic management, or grooming.
This program is close to our heart and we look forward to seeing scholarship recipients graduate and follow their compassionate heart.
Donors and family members only.
Public Service Advertising
Our Public Awareness Advertising steers the public towards the causes we both believe in. We encourage the public-at-large to donate at the links we promote and to also inquire further about how they can join our mission and supported causes.
The team at You + 2 cut its teeth on advertising 35- years ago and earned a stellar reputation as the #2 advertising and lead generation company in America for the home-based business industry.