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Thursday, November 29, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 12:56 am

Reflections

”Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

Charity & Donor News

2013 TRENDS (and also here): Over the next 12 months, these trends will inspire the development of new startups, brand transformation, product design and branded content; and all of these developments will be influencing the lives and minds of those important to your cause.

VANITY FAIR: Surprising revelations about the highest paid musicians in 2012.

Funding Opportunities & Ideas

The Alzheimer’s Association The Longest DayTM was launched in 2012 and is a “virtual” or independent peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising event. This event encourages participants to fundraise in connection with a personalized program of activities that fills the 16 hours of daylight on the longest day of the year, which falls about June 20th in the Northern Hemisphere.

Media Tips

MULTIMEDIA PRESS RELEASE: PR Newswire recently released the results of its second deep dive analysis of its press release data, revealing once again that press releases that include multimedia assets garner significantly more visibility than text-only releases – up to 9.7 times more.

Social Media Tips

FACEBOOK: 10 free Facebook holiday cover photos.

VIDEO BRANDING: The average U.S. Internet user watches 186 videos per month, according to Comscore Video Metrix, and Reel SEO made the amazing discovery that more video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than all TV networks created in 60 years. A well-crafted video builds relationships for your cause and is a useful brand-building tool.

INFOGRAPHICS BASICS: Storytelling is using a linear narrative to guide people and motivate them to surrender to the story being told. Infographics use data to tell your story by minimizing information anxiety.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what nearly 7,400 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2012 at 12:18 am

Donor News

THE FISCAL CLIFF: Here is a Time magazine article addressing the looming issues facing the nonprofit sector today, and here is another article on the serious discussion of cutting back or even eliminating the charitable tax deduction.

Funding Opportunities

DECK THE HOUSE: This is the best find of the season: The Patch (nationally) is running a contest called “Deck the House” by which your school district could win the $100,000 grand prize! This is an opportunity to share with your charity’s constituency. For those who really go all out and become one of the 24 finalists, they win $500 to pay their electric bills! Go here to learn the contest rules and to upload a photo or video: Deadline: 12/16/12. 

Donor Relations

WHY DONORS GIVE: Eavesdrop on conversations with the nation’s most prominent donors by watching a series of new video interviews that feature Eli Broad, Melinda Gates, Ted Turner, and about 50 other prominent philanthropists. The interviews were conducted by the Bridgespan Group to help donors learn from one another. But the videos are also helpful for fundraising and charity executives who want to figure out what makes wealthy people give big. The videos are part of Bridgepan’s Give Smart resources for donors, which is good for any charity to know about anyway. The video collection debuts today with nearly 400 clips, but it will eventually offer 1,200 and is searchable so viewers can look at all the conversations about, say, education or the arts or giving strategies.

CAUSE MARKETING: Brand philanthropy is as old as philanthropy, but in the last few decades Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and “cause marketing” (perhaps having its renewal moment with the American Express campaign for the Statue of Liberty, is everywhere. Here is a rare video interview with the person behind some of the largest and most successful brand philanthropy programs in the U.S., namely, the General Mills Box Tops for Education and Save Lids to Save Lives.

Media Tips

CONTENT MARKETING: PR can repurpose marketing content into press releases, video news releases, and media pitches. Plus, don’t look now, but lots of content in social networks like YouTube and Twitter end up in news rooms. Effective content marketing helps you get found by journalists.

Social Media Tips

QUOTE: “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.”  Jeff Bezos of Amazon

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what some 7,300 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm

“Giving Tuesday” and Giving Every Day

Giving Tuesday is here: “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?” Besides Save the Children, are there any Lower Fairfield County charities promoting this national day of giving campaign by creating their own Partner Pages to be featured on the #GivingTuesday website? Here are come of the charities promoted by the  Gates Foundation  that are advancing this day.  After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we now have #GivingTuesday. This is a chance for your charity (maybe next year) to engage your constituency in a way that’s meaningful to you and that can be shared with all of your (and your individual constituency’s) networks.

Something vital to consider every day is what the World Bank just issued: this 84-page report on the coming apocalypse, if the continued failure to respond aggressively to climate change persists. A 4°C world is likely to be one in which communities, cities and countries would experience severe disruptions, damage, and dislocation, with many of these risks spread unequally. It is likely that the poor will suffer most and the global community could become more fractured, and unequal than today.

Funding Opportunities

Haymarket People’s Fund: Grants from $3,000-$12,000 will be awarded in New England to grassroots social change organizations committed to social justice. Applications should address the root causes of injustice. Grants will fund start up and emerging organizations as well as groups that have a long history of grassroots organizing. Deadline: 12/5/12

Wounded Warrior Project: Grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 will be awarded for programs that enhance the lives of wounded veterans. Funds are intended for programmatic activities aimed at improving mental health and wellness, exposing veterans to new opportunities for physical fitness and activity, connecting veterans with their peers and communities, and enhancing veterans’ economic empowerment and independence. Deadline for Letter of Interest: 12/10/12

Donor Relations

WORD OF MOUTH: Social media has changed everything. Because word-of-mouth is the most trusted method of advertisement according to Nielsen and common sense, there are many opportunities online for your charity to identify and influence the influencers. Social networks are ripe grounds for conversation through reviews, complaints, praise, questions, etc. In fact, donors believe and trust the opinion of someone they know or an opinion online over traditional marketing. A glowing or scathing review from a trusted source can make all the diference.

Media Tips

CRISIS: 7 tips on how to prepare for the inevitable PR crisis 

Social Media Tips

FACEBOOK: How to promote your charity on Facebook.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what more than 7,000 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Monday, November 26, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Charity and Freedom

Charity is an art form under the influence of freedom. We fight for the freedom to live life to our own beat. Will trends for 2013 include changes to how we care for each other? In the social world, arguably the very technological forces that make us as  free as ever, according to Nielson, of the total time spent online 22.5% are connecting and communicating in social networks, while gaming is at 9%, email at 7.6% and search is now just 4%.  As we become more connected and networked are we becoming free to be better to one another?  Can we get creative and come up with something revolutionary to change the way our society works? It’s no longer enough to paint a banner and shout slogans in the street asking for freedom because guess what, we are already Free!

Charity & Donor News

Guidestar finds that nearly two-thirds of charitable organizations report that gifts, grants, and donations in the first nine months of 2012 fell or remained about the same on a year-over-year basis. Even as the majority of nonprofits were seeing donation totals fall or remain flat, however, nonprofits themselves were experiencing an increase in demand for services, with 38 percent reporting that demand had increased modestly and 26 percent reporting that demand had increased greatly.

The New York Times reports that although the field of philanthropy has long been dominated by white men, research published in the last twenty years suggests that women of all races are donating more to charity and are more involved in charitable work than their male counterparts.

Funding Opportunities

CELEBRITY: Look to the Stars is a searchable website that tracks the charitable initiatives of today’s celebrities. Here is a description of the various causes that Larry Hagman championed.

MUSIC: The Aaron Copland Fund for Music is making grants of up to $20,000 to non-profit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and non-profit or commercial recording companies for projects featuring contemporary American music. Deadline: 1/15/13

SMALL BUSINESS: While small businesses often see their giving to charity repaid in the form of good publicity and customer loyalty, they can leverage that giving even more by being strategic about their choice of recipient organizations and paying attention to tax benefits, Reuters reports.

Media Tips

PR Newswire describes the best practices utilized in this over-the-top successful press release.

Social Media Tips

8 Ways Google can power your nonprofit.

The Permanent Disruption of Social Media: This Stanford Social Innovation Review article describes how social media has chipped away at the foundation of traditional donor-engagement models. A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what more than 7,000 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Monday, November 12, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Tanushree’s Reflection: On Listening

He is thirsty, and is cut off from a spring by a mere clump of bushes. But he is divided against himself: one part overlooks the whole, sees that he is standing here and that the spring is just beside him; but another part notices nothing, has at most a divination that the first part sees all. But as he notices nothing he cannot drink. – Franz Kafka

Phil Cubeta writes Gift Hub, perhaps the most learned and imaginative blog on philanthropy. Today, he equates the fruits of philanthropy to a spring, as in a source of life-giving water, which is a new image worth noting for Charity Spring. Here he speaks of the all-important value of listening to the donor – and the danger of only hearing “the hum” of your own thoughts.

“To listen is to listen for the sound of water. Had we heard water we might have drunk. Had we drunk we might have heard.”

To his fine essay we might add the following advice on the art of listening: when in doubt ask another question; say what you think you are hearing; name the emotions you hear (e.g., “you sound…”) to confirm that you have them right and to confirm in the donor’s mind that you are indeed listening; say less and always make it about them; body language counts; honor what you hear with action and feedback.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Donor Retention & Acquisition: Why you are losing half your donors every year and how not to allow that to continue by doing these best practices 30-minutes a day. It takes four times the resources to secure a new donor than to re-engage the ones who already know you.

Donor Relations

2012 Edition of the Best Practices for Annual Reports: all the way from Canada.

Media Tips

How to Build an Editorial Calendar

Media Relations in a Digital Age: At the heart of any great public relations campaign is media relations that drives brand recognition and builds awareness. While we need to stay ahead of the trends and target audiences on new platforms, it’s important to abide by ‘old school’ best practices.

Social Media Tips

Coca-Cola has a new Web site that tells its story (past and present) and behaves more like a consumer magazine than a business portal. In fact, it actually looks to have more to do with philanthropy than business. This change reflects the widespread direction marketers are taking to recast their communications as storytelling rather than advertising. To make the Web site credible, it accepts opinion columns that can be at variance with the views of the company with explanations that explains the company’s view. Something for any charity to study closely.

6 Free Websites for Public Domain Images and Free Stock Photos

Bringing a Network Mindset to Board Development: How to use online social networking tools to find the right board members.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what more than 6,000 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

A word about Charity Winter

Charity Winter is meant to offer some relief that only humor can provide. It is also is meant to shine some light on what leads to Charity Burnout. More than 100 studies have affirmed the connection between employee engagement and performance, but the Towers Watson 2012 Global Workforce Study – 32,000 employees across 30 countries – makes the most powerful, bottom line case yet for the connection between how we feel at work and how we perform.

Tanushree’s Reflections:

While the American Red Cross has been receiving much criticism lately, it remains the oldest and biggest charitable brand in disaster relief, a brand that it stands in for all others. Is the criticism fair or is it impossible for a charity to please everyone amid such a fast moving and growing crisis? Here is a comprehensive review of this issue at Gawker.

Can something like this happen for say Stamford or Norwalk? A new non-profit attraction, or one that already exists only receiving colossal new support, drawing tourists for the benefit of the entire community? The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum opens this weekend at Mr. Broad’s alma mater, Michigan State University. The billionaire arts patron tells The Wall Street Journal he hopes the futuristic, Zaha Hadid-designed institution will have a “mini-Bilbao effect,” drawing cultural tourists to the campus and the surrounding city of Lansing, as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum did for its Spanish host city.

Funding Opportunities

Xerox Free Color Printers Program: This program has been around for 10+ years and has helped 50,000+ charities. If your organization is printing at least 4 reams of paper per month, you could qualify for the Xerox FreeColorPrinters Program and receive a Xerox® ColorQube® 8570 solid ink color printer with a three year on-site service agreement – for free.

NOZA is the world’s largest searchable database of charitable donors. You can quickly acquire information about charitable gift donations, donors, and recipients. After you search for giving information, you can save the results and gift information as a list for later prospect research. NOZA’s award-winning premium web service (not cheap) has more than 75 million searchable records of individual, foundation and corporate giving – and they add about one million records a month. You can register for a free account to search foundation grant records. They have a fast and easy to follow video here.

General Mills grant making Champions for Healthy Kids program will award 50 grants of $10,000 to nonprofits working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behavior for youth. Deadline is 12/3/12.

The Kresge Foundation’s Community Health Partnerships initiative  seeks to encourage cross-sector collaboration and the integration of community health strategies into health care, especially the primary care safety-net. The focus of the “Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health” category is on promising new practices that serve vulnerable populations by advancing prevention, improving access, and integrating primary community and clinical care. The Foundation looks for efforts that foster connections between clinical health care and community health by integrating patient care with activity to recognize and “treat” the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor health. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Community Action Grants provides funds to both individuals and local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs that promote education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects that include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide start-up funds for new projects. Deadline for both types of grants is 1/15/13.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what more than 5,700 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Friday, November 9, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Tanushree’s PERSPECTIVES Interview

Here is the first of many more to come interviews that Tanushree will produce and host at Charity Spring Perspectives, a series of interviews on the subject of philanthropy. Going forward, the Patch interviews will be of local philanthropic leaders. It will be a spacious conversation about the big questions at the center of global philanthropy, from the largest new initiatives to the most ancient traditions of human society.

Kathy Cunningham founded EmpirePR in 1992. She quickly became one of New Zealand’s leading media relations, event marketing and sponsorship experts, winning all the awards and largest charity and corporate clients along the way and still today.  Here Kathy graciously offers her perspectives on charity and the world of philanthropy as Charity Spring’s very first expert Perspectives interviewee.

1.What is the secret of your success? Persistence.  Passion.  Patience. Someone once told me that I was too assertive and I think I am a pussycat…

2. How far have you gone (what is the most you have risked) to help a cause? Participated in a Mercy Mission from New York to Warsaw by airlifting evaporated milk and medical supplies to the children Poland after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on a Flying Tigers cargo jet for Americares

3. If you knew then what you know now, would you have done anything different straight out of college (or even during college)? Yes! I would have travelled the world for one year before even deciding what I wanted to study at college.

4. What do you think are the top three rules of fundraising? Ask. Thank. Engage.

5. What is your greatest hope and/or worry about youth in philanthropy today? My hope is that we continue to learn every day about what we can do to help.

6.  Did you have a mentor? Never – that is why I mentor students now. I believe this is very important throughout our lives, not just while at school.

7. What inspired you to give so much of your time and energy to philanthropy? Because I care, and have the time and desire to make a difference.

8. Who do you think is bringing the most positive change to philanthropy today? Bill & Melinda Gates on a big scale. You, me and everyone who cares and acts on a global scale.

9.  Do you think charities are selling themselves short when doing too much to sell their cause? Not sure what you consider too much. But, no. It’s a tough market and we all have to ensure that our current donors as well as finding new ones understand in and believe in our cause enough to donate time, money, clothes, food, etc.

10. Where is the greatest potential for youth today in philanthropy? Volunteer. Discover what you really care about, then learn about the issues. The more you know, the better decisions you will make.

11. What is the best role media and social media can play in philanthropy? We play – social media is the tool. We must engage with donors and possible contributors by using the media they are consuming – simple!

Funding Opportunities

DONOR ADVISED FUNDS: Donor-advised funds last year grew for the first time since 2007, the best year the funds had before the recession took hold, according to this study released yesterday. Using data from 652 organizations, the National Philanthropic Trust examined the performance of the funds, which allow people to set up charitable accounts, take an immediate tax deduction, and channel money to whatever charities they want whenever they want.

SMALL FOUNDATIONS: Private foundations with assets of less than $50-million increased grant-making in real-dollar terms the past four years and gave more than double the federal minimum required, despite declines in their endowments, summarizing a study released yesterday by the Foundation Source. The smaller groups, which account for 98 percent of U.S. foundations, increased giving by 4.5 percent from 2008 through 2011 and put 11.6 percent of their assets toward grants and other charitable expenses.

Donor Relations

On measuring outcomes and keeping to original goals.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what nearly 5,700 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Inspiration for the Work

Here is encouragement for getting back up and at it: you don’t have to be perfect to get started; it is rarely as bad as it seems; the journey of others only looks easy; “overnight” usually means many years in the making; you are more than you think you are.

Fairfield County & Donor News

Are religious people more generous?

The Giving Pledge is two years old and has 92+ signers. See who they are and learn their intentions.

Funding Opportunities

CONTEST: Win up to US$15,000 by showing how Windows 8 apps can help the world. To celebrate the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft just announced a new contest to encourage developers to create apps that positively impact the world around them. From clean energy to improving access to education, you (or a developer your charity can recruit) have the chance to use technology as an agent of change. The contest began Nov. 5, 2012 and all entries are due by Feb. 28, 2013. After the contest ends, Microsoft Citizenship will open up the entries for public voting, which will end March 15, 2013. The contest winners will be announced March 25, 2013. And it’s a good idea to simply be aware of the Microsoft Citizenship Blog — lots of resources here for your charity.

Donor Relations

FILM: Ever think about all the magnificent works of art needing a cause to help it be seen? Might there be a documentary among the 115 films being screened right now at the IFC Center and the SVA Theatre until November 15 during the annual DOC NYC? Here’s the lineup of all 115. I would guess that there is at least one in there that could used to inform and/or inspire your cause and constituency and may even be enough to create a partnership that takes your charity on the road with a series of screenings for the benefit of your cause. Another great location for ideas is TribecaFilm.

Media Tips

Rules of seasonal PR and marketing etiquette.

Social Media Tips

Finally, a formula for creating viral videos.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what nearly 5,600 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The Storms and Charity

A week after Hurricane Sandy, howling wind and wet snow can have a way of making us feel as though we are moving backwards. The threatening elements can also make real community engagement more vital than therapy. We are all survivors.

These past few days of extreme weather, combined with the intense run-up to and finally the election, could be moving us to even wonder whether it may not be necessary to redefine the very concept of community.

Where might charity – that happy helium-filled thing – fit into this redefinition?

Like a balloon that floats into the atmospheric realm known as humanity, will those grasping hold of the balloon’s ribbon float into a new promise of what charity can make possible? Up, up we go carried higher while our feet are still on the ground where there is real need – and opportunity.

As philanthropy becomes ever more professionalized and new nonprofit initiatives flourish (it always seems in a museum-ish sort of way), are we not hopeful that something more spontaneous, something new, might break out?

That is the purpose of Charity Spring and why it is on The Patch. Here local conversations can happen. New ideas can be explored. Fun can be poked at charity-speak (Charity Winter). And best practices and tips can be offered to those charities that do indeed keep hope alive for so many, albeit in a parade of logos and donors.

Whether organized charity leads or follows, one thing is true and as old as time: In the end neighbors and strangers need to engage each other and the collective imagination of what constitutes a community in order to confront unpleasant realities and build new realities.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Sandy wrecks havoc on the gala season in Manhattan — and is making people think about their collective identity. In this Wall Street Journal article many interesting points are made about the philanthropic community.

“Sandy has done what Occupy Wall Street tried and failed to do,” said Euan Rellie, an investment banker and fixture at benefit galas. “It’s made me think about the people who don’t have what I have.”

Rarely has an event before Sandy so shaken the close co-existence of New York’s extremely wealthy and its most impoverished. Parties may raise tens of millions of dollars for charitable causes that help the poor, but any showy gathering after Sandy can serve as a reminder: Wealthy New Yorkers were generally safe during the storm, while poorer residents tended to be vulnerable.

Funding Opportunities

ADVENT OF FAMILY OFFICES TO MANAGE GIVING: To achieve greater economies of scale, increased efficiency, expanded capacity for mission-related investments, and a closer alignment of family members’ shared values, this report looks at how wealthy American families increasingly are considering family offices — private entities that manage investments, trusts, and other financial planning — to manage their philanthropic giving. There are estimated to be more than five thousand single family offices in the United States.

Media Tips

PR Lessons from the 2012 Presidential Race.

Social Media Tips

THE NEW SEO: How to build a powerful online presence today.

YOUTUBE: Tools for success.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what nearly 5,600 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Tanushree’s Reflection: Being patient with anger

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.   A Chinese Proverb

Anger concentrates the whole person into one point of thought and action. We forget and too often choose to forget what and who we are and what the impact will be of our anger. Anger can indeed inspire good action, but the humility to listen, to wait, to calm the seething can inspire even greater things. Road rage only puts everyone in danger. The patience of my generation seems to be fast going to zero. It’s when you can channel your anger into something creative that legitimate but dangerous emotions can be transformed. One of my friends paints when anger threatens to overwhelm life. Anger usually comes for a short time and tragically too often disrupts relationships nurtured over many years. Channel your anger into a passion for something good.  Balance. Civility. Charity. Life. This all has a lot to do with how your organization functions. This HBR article, Where You Sit Determines What You See, talks about the dangers of perceptual distortion and how to find shared understanding of a pressing problem. Patience leads to insight and peace.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

ELECTION DAY: So much comes down to this. Watch the voting live here.

HURRICANE SANDY: Philanthropy’s response to the crisis.

Donor Relations

GRAPHICS: Amazing new (still in beta) free online tool to turn your messages and charity information into instant artistic masterpieces!

Media Tips

ONLINE FUNDRAISING: Tips and Tools for Effective Fundraising Online

Social Media Tips

STORYTELLING: How superheroes teach the art of storytelling.

VIDEOS: What is the best length? Someone has done the analysis.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what more than 5,200 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.