When fibre artists Nikki Webber and Melissa Nasby, entered a Jim Henson [creator of The Muppet's and Sesame Street] character contest, they received an “Honourable Mention” and a place in the top 10! They knew the character they created, Nym, was special when they were personally invited to New York City to meet the Henson’s and Brian and Wendy Froud! This is an opportunity of a lifetime to show off Nym and have their creativity valued and recognized.
There is one small problem, [click to continue...]
In our childhoods we all had our favorite superheroes. We admired them, dressed like them and pretended to be them. In school we learned that the real heroes were soldiers and army veterans who protected our countries, firefighters, police officers and doctors who saved lives.
Now that we’re adults, we’ve started giving the title “Hero” to those who inspire us, achieve powerful results and are always up for challenges.
Who are these modern-day heroes? Are they sports champions who take home the awards, or political figures with their better programs to serve the public, or celebrities who perform for thousands of fans, or technology innovators who introduce new cool gadgets to the public?
While all these professions have an impact on our lives, it feels like we lose the sight of what it really means to be a hero. [click to continue...]
You’ve started your FundRazr to raise money for your cause. Wonder what the next steps to success are?
Spread the word, reach people and connect with them! The best way to do this is using social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and YouTube.
Top 2 most popular social media networks are Facebook and Twitter. In order to give your project visibility and engage more people, look at the following tips to use Facebook effectively:
1) Ask Friends & Family To Promote Your Campaign via Facebook
Ask your family and friends to promote your cause. The more your friends and family share, the larger reach your campaign will have. Send a message, with a link to your campaign, to as many people as you can. Include text in your message that asks people to at least ‘like’ or ‘share’, even if they cannot donate.
2) Create a Facebook Page for your project or cause
If you want to have a successful fundraiser online, one of the key ingredients is creating a Facebook Page. Not a group, not a profile, but a Page for your cause. It will be your mini website where people can connect with your cause, get regular updates, and see your FundRazr campaign’s progress.
Once you’ve created it, [click to continue...]
Sometimes an organization needs to get creative with its fundraising efforts if it wants to reach its goals. Fundraising has been a challenge for organizations over the last few years, but there have been positive changes as well. Causera reports that total charitable giving from donors has not rebounded from the recession; however, online donations increased by 10.9 percent in 2012. This change has occurred because of changes in fundraising. Oftentimes, the best fundraising ideas come from putting your hobbies to work. Here are a few creative ways to do just that:
Inked for a Cause
A thoroughly modern form of fundraising comes in the form of sponsored tattoo events. Tattoos are no longer a fringe passion—a 2014 Fox News poll found that 20 percent of voters have at least one tattoo, up from 13 percent in 2007. By connecting with several tattoo artists, your non-profit can offer discounted tattoos for a cause.
Although many tattoo shops are more akin to upscale salons, they still battle against negative public perceptions. For this reason, many are [click to continue...]
Sometimes the people who are in most need of help don’t know who to ask or can’t even bring themselves to reach out for support.
That’s where good friends come in. They are a constant support and are there for you whenever you need. This is the case of Zoeann Piasecki, who’s friend suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Her MCS was caused by chemical exposure when a former employer installed new carpet and workers were exposed to long term breathing of fumes.
Zoeann decided she needed to do something to help her friend and she knew she needed others to get involved to raise enough money, naturally she turned to crowdfunding. So far, she has gathered more than 90 friends to raise almost $4000. We spoke with Zoeann about why she believes crowdfunding is a life saving effort, and to find out how a small group of friends have been able to raise a much larger sum than any one of them could do individually.
Can you tell us a little bit about your friends condition and what you’re raising money for?
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a life changing injury that [click to continue...]
In the coming of age film Two Secrets, Janey faces a day that holds the kind of rejection that could break her spirit and her heart. But it doesn’t. This short film is the story of the beginning of her transformation and is based on a true story about the life of, 27 year old, Ali Dolan. In February 1987, infant Ali was left amidst a trash strewn alley in the Bronx and subsequently adopted by loving parents. Ali is now a sponsored triathlete and motivational speaker, and has been in the national spotlight sharing her story.
Two Secrets is film by writer/director Charles Dye and features an incredible cast and crew. Their FundRazr campaign features a range of rewards, from a set visit during filming to executive producer credits.
We spoke with producer Jay Riggs about their project and crowdfunding to pay for the full budget of the film.
Why did you decide to start crowdfunding?
“It was the simplest way to raise a smaller amount of money on an artistic project [click to continue...]