Pumpkins, cobwebs, and (hopefully fake) spiders are signs of Halloween creeping in. However, this holiday wouldn’t be complete without sweets like candy or chocolate. This year, the National Retail Federation predicts shoppers will spend $2.1 billion on Halloween candy. As consumers, the candy we purchase sends a message to big corporations, encouraging them to increase production and supply. Which corporations are we sending that message to? (more…)
When you think about volunteering, you may not think of sitting behind a computer screen. But online volunteers are doing things like developing business models for NGO’s in Pakistan or translating films produced in Colombia to increase global reach, all from the comfort of their own homes. In our global digital age, volunteering is definitely not what it used to be.
Taylor Swift is one of the most powerful women in music today, but did you know she’s also one of the most charitable? Swift has topped DoSomething.org’s most charitable celebs list since 2012, but she’s been making generous contributions since her career began.
1.When she basically broke GoFundMe.
It was the GoFundMe donation heard around the world. When 11-year-old Taylor Swift fan Naomi Oakes had to miss Swift’s upcoming concert due to rigorous leukemia treatments, her family released a video on YouTube hoping to get Taylor’s attention.
That they did, and as a result Taylor donated $50,000 towards Naomi’s medical bills. GoFundMe upped their donor limit to accommodate the generous donation.
Welcome to Inspiration Break, a series of interviews with nonprofit thought leaders.
For our first interview, we talked to Glen Macdonald, the co-founder and chairman of the Wealth & Giving Forum. The Wealth & Giving Forum promotes greater generosity through private events, programs, and publications that bring people of significant means together to reflect on how to best allocate their wealth.
The California wildfires have burned over 70,000 acres of land and caused nearly 30,000 people to flee their homes. Although there have been few fatalities, these families have lost a lot. Some have no home to return to. Here are some ways you can help.
Comedy and nonprofit issues don’t normally go together, but when done right, even the most dire issues lead to some pretty funny (and inspiring!) videos.
Here are some nonprofit videos that sent our staff at GreatNonprofits into a fit of giggles. They were just too good not to share.
1. Watch Pope Francis fight climate change like a boss!
Why We Love This Video: What grabbed our attention the most was seeing this alter-ego version of the Pope don boxing gloves and throw some punches. The Moment We Lost It: 0:30
2. Which is hotter: Ian Somerholder or global warming?
Why We Love This Video: Who would think that Ian Somerholder and global warming have so much in common? The scientific facts about the environment and opinions of Ian Somerholder come together perfectly. The Moment We Lost It: 0:58
3. See just how far you would go to save the environment from deforestation.
Why We Love This Video: This video shows the hard way to prevent deforestation and the easy way. Although the hard way is much more entertaining, it also shows what is actually doable. The Moment We Lost It: 1:59
4.This is why we shouldn’t take reproductive health for granted
Why We Love This Video: The comedic sketch shows a lofty take on what women in other countries actually face. The Moment We Lost It: 2:23
5. “Call Me Maybe” + puppies = adorable perfection
Why We Love This Video: With just some new lyrics and adorable pups this song takes on a whole new meaning. The Moment We Lost It: 0:46
6. This one will make you incredibly grateful for oral contraceptives
Why We Love This Video: Not only does it show some of the weirdest contraceptive methods that people actually used, but it connects them nicely with the main message that women need family planning AND contraceptives, not one or the other. The Moment We Lost It: 0:36
7. Watch Jim Parsons literally stand up to cancer
Why We Love This Video: Jim Parsons’ isn’t afraid to take on any role and make it awesome. The video message that everyone – not only celebrities – can make a difference is really prominent throughout. When We Lost it: 1:02
8. What if people were as loud and passionate about the environment as they are about sports?
Why We Love This Video: Many people are passionate about the environment, but it often expressed differently than how people express it while watching sports. This video shows how the our two passions aren’t as different as we think. When we Lost it: 0:57
What nonprofit videos make you crack up? Tell us in the comments below!
We just love this blog post from Vu Le at Nonprofitwithballs.com and thought that we would share it with with you!
This past year, my organization assumes more and more the role of a quasi-funder. Rainier Valley Corps (RVC), was formed to build the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits while simultaneously developing leaders of color. We do this by selecting host sites and then sending emerging leaders of color that we train (and whose wages we pay) to these organizations, where they work full-time for one or more years to build these organizations’ capacity. The ethnic CBOs increase their capacity and effectiveness and ability to be involved at the systems level, and the field has a slew of awesome future nonprofit leaders of color that I will personally help to train to be kick-ass nonprofit warriors. Our inaugural cohort of ten leaders starts this September.
Because small nonprofits have to apply to be partners and host sites in our program, we have started being viewed as somewhat of a funder. (We have the best of both worlds: The joy of having to reject great organizations, and the fundraising-associated night terrors of being a nonprofit). I noticed the shift in dynamics when I was visiting these organizations as part of the review process, and some people seemed visibly nervous. As I mentioned earlier, program officers are instantly 27% more attractive than civilians. Suddenly, my wrinkles were marks of experience, my twitching left eye now charming, and this weird gap between my front two teeth a distinguishing feature. Not only that, but apparently my jokes on those site visits were 100% funnier too! (more…)
I work for a grantmaking foundation. Daily I read grant proposals, research nonprofits, and recommend which ones should receive grants. A dream job, right? In many ways it is. I meet people who are passionate about their work; and our foundation supports arts education, so I get to see young people creating art. They inspire me.
A challenge in this work is discerning the truth at the core of applications. Grant seekers are generally honest, but grant proposals are pitches and often there is a gap between what a nonprofit means to do and what it’s actually accomplishing. When reading proposals, I seek three additional information sources—direct observation of a program or talking to peers at other foundations. The hardest information to uncover is opinions of people who participate in the nonprofits’ programs.
GreatNonprofits is a source for these hard-to-find constituent voices. Many of my applicants have not yet been reviewed but I’ve learned from the reviews of those that have been. I have four observations to share about using this resource. (more…)
How do you really get more for less when it comes to one of the largest grossing industries in the world? The wedding industry makes billions of dollars every year and the average amount of money spent on a wedding today is $30,000, continuing to rise as time goes on.
Although we all want our wedding to be a beautiful and lavish affair, is that really possible without spending a fortune? Of course it is! With so many weddings happening at any given time there are innovative ideas, as well as, websites popping-up all the time that can do just that. Although the saying may be old, many brides still hold it true that unless they have “something old, something new, something borrowed, something new” with them on their wedding day, they won’t have the good luck they desire.
Check out some easy ways to make the most of your money and still fulfill the old British saying:
In a recent blog post, the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that more than 21 million American children and teens depend on free or reduced-price school meals during the school year. When school cafeterias close, many of these kids are at risk of going hungry.
The USDA has stepped up to expand its summer food program. And a number of organizations are pitching in with special programs during the long, hot summer.
Check out these groups around the country that fill in the gap. (more…)
Donating money is as easy as sending a text message on your cell phone. Sometimes that donation just doesn’t seem like enough. You’d like to do more to help your local community or make a difference to the world at large. But time is short, and a commitment to a long-term volunteer job may seem daunting.
You might be surprised to learn that short-term or even onetime volunteer opportunities abound. Think about causes that are important to you and use these suggestions as a starting point. Then give a call to a local nonprofit and suggest a way you can help.
There are several factors nonprofit organizations need to consider when selecting a grants management solution. Finding a solution with a quick payback period, positive ROI, and one that fits the organization now and in the future is the primary goal. So before you invest a new solution, take time to consider how the following factors impact you’re your organization and which grants management solution is a good fit for you and your team. (more…)
According to the most recent Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, 76% percent of nonprofits are now using Twitter. It’s the second most popular social network used by nonprofits, after Facebook.
Twitter can be used to distribute news about your organization and your stories. And you can use a variety of apps to automatically tweet that news (Hootsuite and Buffer are tops)!
But the real power of Twitter is using it to engage influencers.
I’m not talking about Lady Gaga. I’m talking about engaging journalists, sponsors, and community leaders who are passionate about your cause. When you network with the right influencers, you gain access to their followers by way of retweets.
But what is the best way to use Twitter, without wasting valuable time? I reached out to a few pros, and here’s what they offered for nonprofit Twitter tips:
Avoid becoming irrelevant in the digital age. It’s revolutionized fundraising and nonprofit marketing.
There are so many different ways to communicate today that it can be dizzying!
Ground yourself by remembering that though technology has changed, people have not. We have the same drives… needs… yearnings as prehistoric tribes. We long for connection and meaning. We want to find where we “fit.”!
If you’ve ever thought about owning a nonprofit but didn’t know where to start, advice from successful entrepreneurs like Jessica Sutherland, founder of Homeless to Higher Ed (H2H), may be able to help.
Baseball season now underway—it’s time to kick back and cheer for our local teams and favorite players. These professional athletes and coaches we see on the field are also champions in the community, supporting organizations that help children and families in preventing violence, encouraging fitness, fighting diseases, and promoting literacy.
Major League Baseball (MLB) and its 30 teams sponsor events throughout the season, raising money and awareness about issues in the community and the country at large.
Many individual players have started foundations or charities to support causes important to them, their families, or their local community. Read the inspiring stories about these generous men and their contributions. (more…)
When people think of giving often the first thing that pops into you head is donating, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. There are so many other ways to give without having to open the purse strings. Here are some great ideas to get you started:(more…)