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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In daily post on October 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Guest Reflection on the Meaning of Charity

Charity is a thought process and a way of life. Some people think it means having a monthly sum taken out of their paycheck when their company re-enrolls each year for UNICEF, but that’s only a small part of it. Charity is a determined spirit that people choose to take on in order to help others, not because it feels good or looks good, but simply because it’s the right thing to do. Some people are born with charity in their veins and others acquire it along the way. Charity is the simplest way to spread love.

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Tanushree’s Daily Reflection: Stories speed understanding

Stories surprise your own dullness. Stories make fundraising an opportunity to proclaim what you believe, what you still hope for. Stories take us beyond the mask of affability and allow for authentic sharing. Stories make charity into something bold, precisely the opposite to begging. Stories make fundraising an act of standing up, not bowing down. Without apology the story invites the listener to join a vision. The listener of the story becomes the hero, if she merely cares. Stories repel the sin of puffery. Stories help people understand and live the truth.

Announcement: We invite you to be a guest blogger in the Charity Spring Patch Digest

We invite you to be a guest blogger here on our Charity Spring Patch Digest. Describe ‘Charity’ in 100-words or less and indicate how you would like to be identified for readers. Enter your reflection in the Comment section of any Charity Spring Patch Digest column. We will select the reflections we like most and elevate them to the leading articles in the coming Charity Spring Patch Digest posts giving your essay further exposure.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is a charity to watch for best practices, let alone support for their excellent work developing life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. This past Saturday, Norwalk-based MMRF joined forces with some of the world’s brightest lights in its ongoing fight against cancer at their 15th Anniversary MMRF Fall Gala at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Some 1,300 supporters attended the event. Co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, Carl Quintanilla, served as Master of Ceremonies. Among the honorees was five-time Grammy Award winner and music industry legend Clive Davis. A star-studded tribute concert followed in Davis’ honor featuring Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire and winner of NBC’s The Voice, Jermaine Paul.

A new study by bank of America on high net worth philanthropy reports that wealthiest 3% are responsible for 50% of individual giving in the US; the average dollar amount in private giving is declining; the largest gifts are going to religious institutions followed by education; and 60% of major gifts are unrestricted (compared to 55% in 2009).

The annual  Fidelity Charitable survey shows 81% of donors plan to give the same amount or more this year than last.

Media Tips

PR tips while working from during and in the aftermath of Sandy.

Social Media Tips

Four tips on how to optimize your social media marketing plan.

Five essential Google analytics and reports.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what nearly 4,000 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.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

In daily post on October 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Guest Reflection on the Meaning of Charity

Charity is not meant to imply a more esteemed life bending down from the back of a horse to offer petty favors to one laying down in misery. It’s a sad thing that some have taken to that image. True charity is not seeing someone as lesser, but rather seeing others as completely equal. Charity is being vividly aware that we all share the same human value, could all in the blink of an eye need a hand from our brothers and sisters, and simply reacting to another’s need in the way we would want someone to do for us.

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Tanushree’s Daily Reflection: Everything that happens in life is complimentary

I believe that in a person 2 out of 10 traits are genetic.  The other 8 traits are built by that person. Every action/karma leads to the next action. If you feel that while you are doing good to others  you are getting nothing in return, then you are mistaken. You have a quiet bank account accumulating the karma you create. For each good deed you add points while for every evil deed you get a deduction. There is no point in playing the blame game. YOU are the owner of your karma. Your current actions decide the path of your future life.  Take responsibility and stay alert while you are doing something. This way you will master the so-called fate and destiny of your life. Everything happens for a reason and something always comes complimentary with it, such as grace.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

People’s: Grants for community development, affordable housing and youth; between $2,500 and $10,000; deadline 12/1/12.

Fairfield County Community Foundation: you name it, they have a fund for it! Deadline 3/1/13.

National Endowment for the Arts invites Creative Placemaking proposals for Our Town Grant Program. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. Deadline 1/14/13.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Stop & Shop begins its Annual New England Turkey Express Program by donating 1,000 turkeys to Connecticut’s Foodshare.

Bette Midler’s Hulaween Francias, the annual masquerade “A Season in Hell” ball chaired by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, benefiting the New York Restoration Project, featuring Blonide, Al Gore, and 1,000+ costumed guests. Signature events in NYC like this are capturing your donors and they are something to bring here.

Media Tips

How to work with tough reporters.

Authenticity: It doesn’t work when your fundraising is too pretty.

What NOT to do when pitching your stories to the media.

How the content marketing editorial calendar works.

Social Media Tips

7 tips for social media managers during Hurricane SANDY

Inbound vs. Outbound Marketing

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what nearly 4,000 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.

Friday, October 26, 2012

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

CAN YOUR “JOB RAISING” IDEA WIN? A new competitionOpens in a new window unveiled by the Huffington PostOpens in a new window,Skoll FoundationOpens in a new window and Edward Norton’s CrowdriseOpens in a new window seeks to reward nonprofits with ideas for how to put Americans back to work. The “JobRaising” challenge is open to all nonprofits so long as they have a plan for fighting America’s high unemployment, organizers said. Nonprofits that make it through an initial stage of vetting will have a chance to compete for donations from the public. Groups that raise the most cash will also win prize money totaling $250,000 from the Skoll Foundation. (Deadline: 11/15/12 for the first round)

INFOGRAPHIC: Women’s wealth and the future of philanthropy.

$5 MILLION TO FIVE CHARITIES SERVING AT-RISK YOUTH: The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is inviting youth-serving organizations throughout the United States to apply. The winning proposals will have compelling evidence of their programs’ impact on economically disadvantaged youth, ages 9 to 24; a track record of reaching the hardest-to-serve youth in communities of need; strong leadership and a potential for growth, including the ability to secure funds to sustain operations on a larger scale after the foundation’s investment concludes; and the financial and operational capacity to expand to scale, and to meet federal compliance requirements regarding the use of grant and match funds. (Deadline: 11/20/12)

WIN $50,000 FOR URBAN EXCELLENCE: The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is accepting applications to win one Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 for urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to American cities. Award winners offer creative place-making solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design, and planning, and showcase innovative thinking about the nation’s cities. The Bruner Foundation does not restrict the kinds of projects that may apply. Award winners are not selected through an established set of criteria. Rather, the criteria emerge from the selection committee discussion of the applications. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the forty-eight contiguous United States. (Deadline: 12/10/12)

WIN $10,000 FOR A TEACHER: Nominate and win $10,000 for your favorite teacher for The 2013 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards, a series of annual grants that recognize inspiring teachers in the United States. Candidates must be full-time classroom teachers in a K-12 school or college or university instructors. The awards are presented each year on Sondheim’s birthday — March 22 — to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center Web site. Last year, ten teachers were recognized for their outstanding influence on students. The recipients each received a $10,000 prize and their stories, as told by the nominating student, were featured on a Web site dedicated to inspirational teachers. (Deadline: 12/16/12)

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

THREAT TO ROLL BACK THE TAX DEDUCTION FOR CHARITABLE GIVING: The Charitable Giving Coalition, which includes United Way Worldwide and both Christian and Jewish groups, is urging both President Obama and Mitt Romney to back off their proposals to roll back the current tax deduction for charitable giving.

Donor Relations

WHEN YOUR DONORS TO TELL THEIR STORIES: How to help your donor help your cause by sharing their stories.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

DIAGEO: Diageo employees walk and raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

CSR LESSONS FOR CEO’s (Forbes)

Media Tips

GETTING THE WORD OUT: Building local media relations for your cause.

Social Media Tips

MOBILE FUNDRAISING: Top four mobile apps for your fundraising efforts.

INFOGRAPHIC: How social media influences giving.

Charity Spring

See what nearly 3,500 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, October 25, 2012

In daily post on October 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

More Charity Humor

An 87-foot pink bra was auctioned for Breast Cancer Campaign’s ‘Wear It Pink Day 2012’. See photo. That’s creativity!

The Bra only a building can appreciate

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS: A new report conducted by Do Something offers many compelling and surprising findings, including how the stories your student volunteers have to share can help strengthen your fundraising appeals.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS: Hedge fund manager John Paulson just gave Central Park $100 million in thanks for all the memories for generations of his family.

Donor Relations

POLITICS & FUNDRAISING: A new study out of MIT finds that political views do not predict how much money a person will donate to charity. But conservatives and liberals do support different kinds of causes. Conservatives are more likely than others to donate to religious organizations, while liberals are more likely to donate to secular nonprofits, the study found.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

CONSUMER DEMAND MORE FROM CSR: NEW Report holds that companies that proactively share the details and results of their CSR efforts will be rewarded with increased consumer trust and purchasing: 86 percent of consumers are more likely to trust a company that reports its CSR results; 82 percent say they are more likely to purchase a product that clearly demonstrates the results of the company’s CSR initiatives than one that does not; 40 percent say they will not purchase a company’s products or services if CSR results are not communicated.

Media Tips

STORYTELLING: 10 Tips from top novelists.

Social Media Tips

STORYTELLING: Storytelling and blogging have a symbiotic relationship. Both Facebook (http://www.facebookstories.com/) and Twitter (http://blog.twitter.com/2011/11/introducing-twitter-stories.html) have whole sites dedicated to their users’ stories to demonstrate their offline impact.

Thought for the Day

Today we introduce Charity Winter, our look at the dark side of fundraising! Enjoy — hopefully. It’s all done for fun. We all know that ALL charities in Fairfield County are excellent and true in all ways!

Charity Spring

See what nearly 3,000 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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

In daily post on October 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Patch Tips!

Shakespeare on the Sound shows a good example of how a nonprofit can benefit from a presence on The Patch.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

GIVING CIRCLES: Here is a New Ventures in Philanthropy Giving Together report and national scan of the movement of giving circles and shared giving.

HOW TO START THE SECOND CHARITY PUB: Has your charity ever wondered about creating a revenue stream by other means than a thrift store? Or have you ever wanted to open a pub and stil be about a cause. The first PhilanthropPub is opening its doors for a preview this Saturday with all profits going charity. Called Cause, it is the brainchild of two friends who met in graduate school and came up with the idea while sharing a beer in a restaurant. One partner had worked for both AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and the other spent much of his career in academia.

BILLIONAIRE DEVOTES FULL-TIME TO PHILANTHROPY: Reuters reports that Farallon Capital hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer, 54, is leaving his $20-billion financial firm to devote himself to full-time to philanthropy and politics. The 55-year-old investor and his wife, Kat Taylor, signed the Giving Pledge in 2010 and ranked 33rdon the Philanthropy 400 list of 2011’s biggest donors. They gave been major donors to Yale, which gives them a Connecticut connection, but more importantly other billionaires in Fairfield County have signed the Giving Pledge and they are more likely prospects for your cause.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

CHANGES COMING TO NPR: CEO Gary Knell discusses in this video and article how NPR needs to “smash together the digital and so-called audio journalists,” acknowledging the digital transformation underway.

PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP: The Pro Bono Partnership just announced to a sold-out crowd of 800 corporate and legal leaders attending its 15thanniversary gala that it had raised $1.5 million to support free business legal assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Partnership mobilizes more than 900 attorneys each year to help nonprofits improve governance and management practices and advise them on business decisions so they can effectively serve their own clients, tens of thousands of individuals across the tri-state area.

Donor Relations

YOUR FUNDRAISING PLAN: Nell Edgington at Social Velocity always has it right as she does today wit her post: 7 Mistakes in Your Fundraising Plan.

SPECIAL EVENTS: How to make your events better: make them fun. Here is a post on the subject from the leader at Network for Good.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT: The Lance Armstrong Effect: a very thoughtful and balanced assessment of the scandal and how LiveStrong can best manage the crisis. And here the LA Times observes how some donors are wanting their money back.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

CSR GROWING PAINS: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a relatively new concept and it is feeling its growing pains. Those responsible for CSR are forever challenged to justify the expense and concern of this corporate priority. This week in New York the CSR industry has its 20th Annual Conference and the theme is Fast Forward. They want change and fast. Here is a Forbes article about the upcoming conference.

GREAT CAUSE MARKETING EXAMPLE: H&M just launched its All for Children campaign for UNICEF, an especially well organized and communicated corporate alliance with a cause.

Media Tips

HUFFINGTON POST: If your aim is for a story about your charity go viral, Poytner reports on how Huffington Post leads news sites with the most viral stories on Facebook.

NEW PEW REPORT: 62% of older adults read news daily, 40% of people under age 30 regularly do so.

PR TRENDS: 4 trends that are affecting PR success.

Social Media Tips

20 MYTHS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA: Hubspot has a great blog and this is a typical astute analysis on the state of social media.

Thought for the Day

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLDING A PARADOX: For whatever reason you joined your cause, you likely stay for reasons of the heart. When you connect who you are with what you do in the name of a cause, disappointment, a breach, confusion, injury, exhaustion, and toxic systems can cause suffering. When identity is forged in solitude and in the company of others, when integrity is fit together by an undivided life amid forces of fragmentation, learning to hold a paradox helps not to lose heart. Perspective clarifies and heals, which is one of the aims of this Patch Digest on philanthropy.

Charity Spring

See what nearly 3,000 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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Patch Tips!

Did you know that your nonprofit can make as much use of The patch platform as you care to? Your own blog at The Patch is there for the blogging. Their traffic can be yours. Their readers such as riders on Metro North are going places such as corporate headquarters or home. Traditional and new media and especially social media have reinvented the way information flows through society. The volume, frequency, and diversity of influential voices have transformed “the press” to include a broad, diverse, real-time, and ever-changing group of voices — including your nonprofit’s voice. Once you are online you can be found, and let’s not forget the power of internal corporate communications, which can reach new attentive readers and prospective donors with your stories. But you first need to make it easy for advocates to find you and then share your stories.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

The new Billionaire magazine, and its corresponding Billionaire.com website, reportedly dedicates approximately one-third of its content focus to philanthropy, and the publication recently pledged to donate $1 million to charity.

CharityBuzz.com can be your charity’s way (no matter how small)  to raise serious dollars, if you have access to a priceless (read celebrity) experiences and no intention or capacity to offer them at your own live auction gala. CharityBuzz has a worldwide constituency of wealthy bidders always checking in to see what only money can buy. It’s worth a look to see what others are raising there. You’ll see the most obscure charities thriving.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Remember the Chase Community Giving Program, started in 2009 by JPMorgan Chase & Co.? It was one of the first experiments in using social media to engage charities and their supporters in a competition for grants. Ad Age reported that the initiative did not work out so well: “…the 2012 contest descended into chaos, capped by Chase’s bone-headed announcement of $10,000 prizes to 15 charities that didn’t get enough votes to win—apparently the result of a clerical mistake.” As the saying goes, no good intention goes unpunished.

Who missed the Global Poverty Project’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on the last Saturday in September? 60,000 attended to hear Neil Young, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan. Forbes reports the concert “became the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast television history, generating over $500 million in pledges to combat poverty around the world.” The concert was supported by the grant making nonprofit Capital for Good and several other foundations, including the Pratt Foundation, the Sumner M. Redstone Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The takeaway from this is this: any best practices here a Fairfield County charity can replicate?

Donor Relations

Be Your Donor Day, October 24th, Network for Good’s effort to inspire nonprofits to place themselves in the role of their donors and rate how they are performing from the perspective of those supporters. The goal is to help nonprofits find and fix problems for their online donors ahead of giving season.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Phil & Co., a New York City marketing agency for philanthropies and companies doing good, is launching a contest to reward a deserving charity with a $25,000 pro-bono marketing campaign. Called PHILfactor, the contest encourages the general public, with an emphasis on the philanthropy community, to submit descriptions of original and innovative non-profits and social enterprises they believe are deserving of a pro-bono marketing and advertising campaign.

Media Tips

Huffington Post, a member of the AOL (and The Patch) family, handles 70+ million comments a year! This surpasses their 2011 total of 54 million. Takeaway: The Patch family is a good place to be.

Social Media Tips

Smartphone Infographic.

Thought for the Day

Hence it is, that we every Day find Men in Conversation contending warmly on some Point in Politicks, which, altho’ it may nearly concern them both, neither of them understand any more than they do each other. – Ben Franklin (1729)

Is there growing recognition that for all its money (and research) the philanthropic world has done very little to stem the decline of civic well being? Does philanthropy itself exacerbate public cynicism and mistrust by pursuing its own ideas about advancing the common good without ever authentically inviting the common person to the table? When appeals for support hover about us all as persistently as angels, fashioned as they are by persons highly trained in the arts of blandishment, need we wonder why there has there has been no growth in philanthropy as a percentage of GDP (2%+/-) in the last 40+ years?

Charity Spring

See what nearly 2,800 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, October 22, 2012

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 at 2:28 am

Patch Tips!

All these professionals are at the Patch eager to receive your news, announcement, events, photos and/or videos. The Patch is your community. This is the one media outlet that has a big WELCOME sign for your messaging.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

For the Common Application and Report forms, and many other tools, go to the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s economic development program awards grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 that focuse on supporting Economic Development Institutions (EDIs). EDIs are typically community-based organizations and businesses that create just workplaces, provide good jobs and develop assets for low-income people that are owned by families and communities. EDIs supported by CCHD have structures that promote low-income leadership and ownership. (Deadline 11/1/12)

Mickey Mouse Club’s most popular Mouseketeer and sixties Beach Party star, Annette Funicello, celebrates her 70th birthday today. Annette has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for over twenty-five years. The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases Inc. just launched a year-long “Penny Campaign” fund-raising program to underscore the fact that every penny donated to her charity counts. If only to see best practices for this type of fundraising campaign, this is a website to study.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life today after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) sanctions against Armstrong. Whatever you may think about that, there is his foundation that is about as good as it gets in fundraising and programming for those touched by cancer. The UCI may be able to strip Tour titles, but is the foundation stripped of its future as a result? Does his national foundation have a presence in Fairfield County that is felt?

A word from the new president and CEO of the Council on Foundations: Philanthropy drives innovation and creates change that our government and the private sector cannot. Its efforts and dollars fuel the nonprofit service organizations that strengthen the fabric of community life across this country. In 2011 alone, total charitable giving approached $300 billion, according to “Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2011.” Nearly $218 billion came from individuals and more than $24 billion from bequests. Foundations distributed nearly $42 billion. And corporate giving topped $14 billion.

Here’s a great article on how the some are cultivating the next generation of arts donorsArts fundraising is a competitive business. There are 115,000 nonprofit arts organizations in the United States, according to Robert Lynch, president of Americans for the Arts . These institutions depend on government grants, corporate giving and individual gifts from patrons, and gifts in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars are a rarity. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, of the 3,882 gifts over $1 million in the past five years, only 189 were to arts organizations.

Donor Relations

Taylor Swift is inviting her social media friends to follow her today via live updates on Facebook and Twitter as she begins her media tour for her fourth album Red that came out today and is already number one on the iTunes Top Albums chart. Can your charity access a celeb to do the same to promote your cause? Do you know that Twitter and Facebook and Youtube and other allies stand ready to help you live-cast your special events. Charity Spring for one is looking into how to do that for you here on The Patch platform: Patch TV!

Benevon was founded in 1996 by Terry Axelrod, a professional fundraiser and social worker who committed herself to teaching others her proven, successful model for fundraising. She designed the Benevon Model after working for more than twenty-five years in the nonprofit sector. Here she offers a great thought PDF essay on “Asking Naturally.”

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Consumers Question Intent and Impact of Breast Cancer Cause Marketing — another great report from Cone communications. Here is an excerpt: Nearly all Americans (92%) believe breast cancer is a critical cause for corporations to support, but just 26 percent feel companies have had a significant positive impact on the issue. Moreover, only half (52%) of consumers believe their individual breast cancer-related purchases make a difference, according to the 2012 Cone Communications Breast Cancer Trend Tracker.

Media Tips

Is philanthropy print journalism’s last hope?  Another great article form The Atlantic. Here is an excerpt: It was startling to read last week that the Ford Foundation was awarding a two-year grant of $1.04 million to the Los Angeles Times for the hiring of reporters. The money will be used for coverage of immigration issues, including the Korean and Vietnamese communities, the California prison system, and the border region with Mexico, and to staff a bureau in Brazil.

Social Media Tips

The Top Three Nonprofit Online Fundraising Tips. Excerpt: Of the $317B donated to nonprofits by individuals, currently about 15 percent is transacted online, but it’s growing at a whopping 35-55 percent a year. With Facebook now boasting over one billion active users and the “value” of a like now established as $217/year for a nonprofit, social media is clearly playing an increasingly important role in helping causes secure the support they need to maximize impact.

Thought for the Day

Most of us come to charity work poorly. It’s a calling that does not promise provisions for the journey. We come to proclaim to the world that our only possession is “the cause,” something larger than ourselves. And yet, might it be that 100 years from now the charity worker of today may very well come to be valued as a sort of lost craftsman, among the originators of what is to come? Might it happen that in many years ahead our successors will look back hungrily to this period when there was so much willingness and ability? We know some people who should be remembered as the true artisans they are. We are grateful for them. You will be hearing about them here on The Patch.

Charity Spring

See what nearly 2,800 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, October 20, 2012

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Patch Tips: Patch U Internships for College Students!

Patch U launched in September 2010 with the mission of developing strong relationships with students, faculty, and career services offices on college and university campuses around the country. Through these relationships The Patch hopes to give students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience working with a Patch site as interns, student freelancers or bloggers. Learn much more here.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

The annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge invites teams of students and their adult advisors to tackle local (K-5), regional (6-8), and global (9-12) environmental problems or issues and find replicable green solutions. This year’s challenge will award prizes totaling more than $300,000. Now entering its fifth year, the challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens FoundationDiscovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association, and the College Board. The program invites entries from students and team advisors (who must be full- or part-time school employees) in the United States. A panel of environmental experts and science educators will judge teams based on their research, analysis, and the potential of their solution to be replicated on a larger scale. (Deadline 3/5/13)

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation are offering financial assistance through Environmental Solutions for Communities, a new grant program designed to help communities in the United States create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000 for projects of 18 months. (Deadline 12/3/12)

NEH Grants: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections. Planning grants up to $40,000; implementation grants up to $350,000. This initiative is meant to help cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. (Deadline 12/4/12)

NIH is seeking proposals for research on how the elderly have been affected by the recent financial crisis or comparable elements of past economic downturns. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum funding period is 5 years. (Deadline 1/7/13)

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Gov. Malloy designates Nov. 15th as National Philanthropy Day® in Connecticut. 

The CT Association of Nonprofits has its Tenth Annual Nonprofit Conference on November 19, 2012.The day will showcase the success and perseverance of the nonprofit sector in Connecticut.

Donor Relations

How the next generation of wealth is revolutionizing philanthropy as we know it.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

How social impact bonds help investors bridge philanthropy and business goals.

Six cause marketing campaigns you can learn from.

Media Tips

The State of the News Media (the annual report on American journalism).

Social Media Tips

Competwition is a FREE website that enables brands such as your charity to upload a competition, which they then promote to their 71,000+ Twitter followers, with a high majority being from the USA. Even better, once users enter your Competwition, they will automatically follow your company’s Twitter account and auto tweet a message of your choice. Competwition features competitions from around the world with brands regularly gaining over 2,000 Twitter followers with a single competition. Even a number of celebrities are utilizing this powerful tool.

Thought for the Day

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research in this good TED talk on vulnerability.

Charity Spring

See what nearly 2,500 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, October 19, 2012

In daily post on October 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Patch Tips!

Why is The Patch the way of the future? Newsweek magazine will follow so many others before them in transitioning to an online-only format in January 2013, ending circulation of the print publication after 80 years. The new version will be called Newsweek Global. Today, some 39 percent of Americans say they get their news from an online source, according to a Pew Research Center study released last month. It is the judgment of many that we have reached a tipping point at which the all-digital format is here to stay and on the rise.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

Bloomberg Billionaires Index — if you want up-to-minute data on your prospective elite wealthy donors.

The list of $1 million+ gifts — who gives them, to what, and where. No other list like this one.

Canaccord Genuity raises $1 million+ for NYC’s  Youth, I.N.C. at the Seventh Annual Trading Day for Kids fundraiser. With all the trading floors in Fairfield County, is there not one that can replicate this excellent cause marketing event for our community?

The New York City-based hedge fund Millennium Partners L.P. renewed a lease at 1700 East Putnam Ave. in Greenwich, with its more than 40,000 square feet nearly double the original space it secured there in 2006.  In my experience, hedge funds are like law firms — the companies don’t give or at least don’t give nearly as much as do the individuals within them. This company is about to bring a lot more of those individuals within our community, some of them with a huge capacity to help your cause.

For you social service organizations, use Halloween as a reminder that the holiday used to benefit the poor. Trick or Treating comes from the Middle-Age practice of the poor dressing up in costumes going door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for prayers. The food given was often a Soul Cake. Here’s a clever infographic describing Halloween.

Breaking Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

While home prices have been rising nationwide, a recent report shows home prices in Fairfield County are still continuing to drop.

Donor Relations

The majority of donors give without online research.

What is the donor’s role in supporting good measurement?

The Rise of the Global Elite — This Atlantic article is one of the best ever descriptions of your elite wealthy donor — or the prospective elite wealthy donor you dream about engaging.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Six reasons why companies embrace CSR.

Largest corporations in Connecticut.

Media Tips

Ever wonder who the the top journalists are? Cision measures such things. No better way to get a sense of journalism and how best to approach journalists than to get into their personal space, such as Twitter. Here is  list of the Top 10 POLITICO journalists on Twitter. 

Social Media Tips

Is re-branding worth the effort and expense?

Six tips to kick-start your social media campaign.  

Thought for the Day

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

This observation, attributed to Peter Drucker and popularized by Ford Motor Company, where the framed message continues to hang in the companyʼs War Room, illumines how creativity, innovation, and a sense of responsibility for the entire organization inform a culture in which each member and therefore therefore the cause can thrive.

Charity Spring

See what nearly 2,300 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.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In daily post on October 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Patch Tips: Their GIVE 5 Campaign

In addition to devoting editorial coverage to local charities as well as an entire channel of Patch to volunteer opportunities, Patch aligns its company goals with local charity goals to improve the lives of its customers and their communities. With that in mind, the Patch developed the Give 5 program so that Patch’s daily operation can give back to the communities we serve. Here’s how they do it: Patch gives 5% of its advertising space, free of charge, to local charities from the communities Patch serves. All Patch employees spend 5 working days each year volunteering in the communities Patch serves.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

List of top giving foundations in Connecticut. GE leads the list at $112 million in annual giving. The Fairfield County Community Foundation is #6 at $13 million.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant , sponsored by The American Library Association Foundation, provides grants to libraries, organizations or even individuals up to $5,000 for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.

The Open Society Foundation awards grants up to $10,000 to support the development web-based programs that connect youth policy workers around the world. (No deadline – ongoing)

If your charity does anything at all to address the problem of bullying, now’s the time to be  querying the foundations and corporate giving offices. According to this report, all most all of them are making this their cause of the moment.

Breaking Fairfield County Charity News

Domestic violence is of great concern to any community, including ours (DVCCT). Here is a powerful infographic from the International Rescue Committee offering a global view of this problem.

Lance Armstrong steps down as chairman of his namesake foundation founded in 1997 amid his personal battle with cancer. Livestrong is a national cause, so in a way impacts our community. Mostly, though, this LA Times article is useful for its description of how a controversy unfolds. Armstrong will remain on the foundation’s board.

Donor Relations

Starbucks spends $1,400 to acquire a customer who starts off by spending $4.25 for a Caramel Frappacino®. Why? The 20 year Lifetime Value of a Starbucks customer is $14,099. Amazon spends $240 to acquire a customer for its $69 Kindle. Insurance companies pay more than 100% of the first year’s premium to acquire a policy holder. When the donor complains about your overhead expenses, you might want to use these real world examples as justification for the investment your charity needs to make to find and hold on to your donors.

Inspiration through Appreciation: The Power of Thank You!

Corporate Social Responsibility 

More than 3,600 Campbell employees (including our own Pepperidge Farm employees) volunteer for “Make a Difference Week.”

Media Tips

How to set-up a media center at your special event. A media or press center is simply a dedicated space for journalists who will be covering your event. They may or may not use it, but it needs to be available anyway, just in case. For large events, your media center would be in a separate room. However, for smaller events it could be a corner of the event venue, or even just a table.

Social Media Tip

One reason why your email campaign may be losing ground: political season over-saturation. Open rates for marketing-related emails are now at historic lows — more than 80 percent go unread. Here is a good report on this issue.

Thought for the Day — A word today from Seth Godin

Missed opportunities vs. poor execution: ____ % missed   vs.  ____ % incompetence

Now, compare those percentages to where you spend your time, your focus and your anxiety.

Charity Spring

This is our second post for Fairfield County charities! See what nearly 2,300 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.