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Friday, December 6, 2013

Donating to nonprofits in times of crisis

"Legitimacy Although rare, there are some people who stage fake fundraising for nonprofits and prey on kind and generous givers. If you are concerned with the legitimacy of an organization, you can confirm the validity of any nonprofit through your local charity bureau. Doing your part will help to make sure that your donations reach the people you want to help. After selecting a charity to support by following the steps above, you should be ready to donate. However, donating money from your bank account is not the only way to support a worthy cause. You can raise funds through a charity bake sale or participate in an online auction such as the eBay Giving Works program which provides online fundraising for nonprofit organizations."

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Traditional and unique nonprofit fundraising ideas gain popularity

"According to an article from the Philanthropy Journal, the spirit of charity is truly alive in the U.S., as seen in the results of a study entitled “Key Facts on U.S. Foundations” by the Foundation Center. While many foundations are happy to accept any amount, many people would prefer to donate larger amounts to these institutions but may not have the resources or the know-how to accomplish that goal. As such, here are a few nonprofit fundraising tips for people looking for ways to donate a little more to the charitable institution of their choice: Timeless classics There is a reason bake sales and other traditional fundraisers are used over and over again—they work. Try to add something new to these timeless fundraisers, such as specializing in one product or offer customers “unfinished” cupcakes (no frosting) for them to decorate themselves."

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fun runs are great ideas for nonprofit fundraisers

"In recent years, an increasing number of charitable institutions have been moving towards organizing more accessible fundraisers for nonprofits. This shift has allowed a wider range of people to donate to a cause they believe in. One of the more popular fundraising ideas nonprofits have been using have been “fun runs.” A fun run is a themed race where people are encouraged to dress up and walk or run 5k, 10k, and sometimes marathons. In a recent article from The Island Packet, firefighters participated in one such run to raise awareness and funding for the Code 3 for a Cure Foundation. Firefighters Alex Murray, Jed Huth and Kirk Prinsen of the Burton Fire District ran a 5K race dressed in full firefighting gear and handed out cards and informational fliers to spectators along the way. "

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Three nonprofit fundraising ideas for this holiday season

"Thanksgiving is a holiday in which people express gratitude for all the good things they have been blessed with, and surround themselves with family and friends. Thanksgiving is also one of the best times to stage fundraisers for charities, as many people use this time of the season for volunteering their time to charitable causes. If you are looking to help during the season of giving, and you cannot volunteer your time, there are a few fundraising ideas for nonprofit organizations that you can hold in your community."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Nonprofit online fundraising campaigns revolutionize charity donating

"Frequent small donations While most people prefer to give larger monetary donations, may people simply cannot afford to do so. Nonprofit online fundraising programs, such as eBay Giving Works, allow donors to give smaller amounts of money whenever you buy or sell on eBay. These donations inevitably add up over the long run, turning into a larger donation over time. As the Internet continues to push the boundaries of how people interact with one another, people can expect to see more creative nonprofit online fundraising campaigns and methods in the coming years."

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Easy charity fundraising ideas to support animal rights nonprofits

"During a two-week investigation in September, undercover investigators visited the stores to see if they were complying with a new state law which requires the stores to post certain information about their puppies on each cage. The law was designed to give customers more information about where the dogs were raised, in an effort to help consumers avoid buying puppies from puppy mills. For most people, dogs and cats are creatures that are loved and cherished as pets. Sadly, there are a number of people that try to make a profit off that mentality, but neglect to consider the well-being of these animals. Fortunately, there are several nonprofit agencies that are designed solely to protect these pets. These nonprofit organizations offer a short list of simple charity fundraising ideas you can do to raise donations for animal rights nonprofits and raise awareness to combat animal cruelty:"

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Giving back to charity fundraising organizations

"Donating to charity fundraising organizations is a great way to give back to the community. Nonprofit groups and volunteer organizations do so much to help the struggling communities all over the world, but they can't do it alone. Every successful member of any community shares the responsibility of helping the less fortunate and contributing to the common good. WKBW, a Buffalo, NY news channel, narrates the story of a local resident who embodies this responsibility all too well: One full grocery store, three minutes, anything you can fit in a cart, you take home for free. That is exactly what Hamburg resident Chuck Bullock won a chance to do. He donated to the United Way while checking out at Tops last month, and out of thousands of entries, he was chosen to win a shopping spree. Chuck chose his wife and good friend to shop for him."

Friday, November 29, 2013

What inspires you to support charity fundraisers?

"According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are currently over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in America. These charities support many causes, including breast cancer, family planning, AIDS, animal rights, human rights, and the environment, among other things. But what inspires individuals and companies to give to these charity fundraiser organizations? A article discusses some of the reasons: Personal motivation According to the article, many people donate to organizations with personal connections. Someone with a family member afflicted by cancer may get involved with a charity such as the American Cancer Society. An employee with a developmentally disabled child may give to the Special Olympics. By donating to these causes, donors feel they contribute to something that directly affects their lives."

Thursday, November 28, 2013

How to become truly charitable

The word “charity” is now synonymous with the sharing of resources with the needy; but its original meaning is “caring” or gift of love. So how do you become a truly charitable individual? When children learn about charitable actions at home, the act of giving becomes ingrained into their nature and can have a lasting effect. Since there are many ways to give, whether it’s through volunteering time or donating items to online auctions for charity from communities like eBay Giving Works, the important part is that you are giving in the first place.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Forbes’ top ranking charitable institutions

"Exotic vacations, expensive clothes, the latest gadgets—there's nothing wrong with spending money on yourself. With all the hard work you put in, you've definitely earned it. But have you ever thought about how would you feel if you rewarded someone else at the same time? Philanthropic actions, such as giving to charity or participating in an online charity auction, can be personally rewarding. For some people, such actions are an important part of everyday life, but for others, giving may be new."

Monday, November 25, 2013

Items up for online charity auction to benefit Mandela Centre

"The eBay Giving Works program is set to publish a list of 27 items from the Weinstein Company starting November 27 until December 25, 2013. These items will be sold to the highest bidders to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The upcoming online charity auctions will also coincide with the build-up to the North American release of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, scheduled on Christmas day. The 27 auction items are meant to represent the 27 years that Nelson Mandela spent in prison, as well as to honor the former South African president's contributions to society. The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory performs the core work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, focusing on three key areas: the “Life and Times of Nelson Mandela,” “Dialogue for Social Justice,” and “Nelson Mandela International Day.” "

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Waterkeeper to sell items on eBay to support charity fundraising event

"Starting November 27, 2013, the Waterkeeper Alliance will be listing auction items on eBay Giving Works to help raise funds for their endeavors. The charity fundraising website will facilitate the auction that will be conducted in line with the upcoming Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest, to be held from December 6 to 9, 2013. The event also has Waterkeeper as the main beneficiary. The items for auction will include celebrity experiences and other packages. Proceeds will be directed to Waterkeeper's environmental projects and initiatives. One of the fastest-growing environmental movements in the world, Waterkeeper aims to protect over 100,000 miles of streams, rivers, and coastlines from pollution. There are more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations, which are made up of environmental activists, lawyers, scientists, and educators. These advocates cover areas in North and South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, and Africa."

Saturday, November 23, 2013

eBay Giving Works to host nonprofit online fundraising sale for the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares

"The eBay Giving Works program is set to host a nonprofit online fundraising event entitled the GRAMMY Black Friday Auction, which will start on November 29, 2013. The auction will include GRAMMY memorabilia like CDs, guitars, framed Rolling Stones items, among others, plus a VIP Experience Package with GRAMMY’S Person of the Year, to be auctioned off for charity. The proceeds of the online auction will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. Established in 1989, the GRAMMY Foundation aims to foster the appreciation, understanding, and advancement of the significance of recorded music in American culture. In partnership with The Recording Academy, the group promotes the preservation of cultural heritage. The foundation accomplishes this by organizing programs and activities that engage the music industry, the cultural community, and the public. "

Friday, November 22, 2013

eBay Giving Works to sell Tony Hawk boards for nonprofit fundraising

"The eBay Giving Works program is scheduled to launch a nonprofit fundraising auction on December 5, 2013 to the benefit of the Tony Hawk Foundation. Skateboards donated by Tony Hawk and some of his well-known friends will be sold to the highest bidders. The skateboards will also feature lyrics of the donors’ favorite songs, written on the items by their respective bands or musicians. The auction aims to raise money for the initiatives of the Tony Hawk Foundation, which supports and empowers today’s youth in various disadvantaged communities. The foundation will use the proceeds to fund the creation of public skateboarding parks to help keep kids away from mischief and encourage them to live healthy and active lifestyles. "

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