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“EcoRise Youth Innovations hopes you will consider joining a circle of community-minded businesses participating in Austin’s Bright Green Giving Day this December.Local businesses are being asked to “green” their holiday season by selecting one day in the month of December to donate a percentage of sales to promoting healthy Green Schools, eco-literacy and youth innovation in Austin, Texas!WHAT DOES YOUR DONATION SUPPORT?EcoRise currently serves 17 public schools and 2,000 students in the greater Austin area. We are busy raising funds (and friends!) so we can triple the number of schools we serve in 2014! Help us serve 60 SCHOOLS in 2014! Your contributions will directly support our program which includes:
- GREEN CAMPUS PROJECTS: student-designed initiatives such as gardens, rain catchment & outdoor classrooms;
- FIELD TRIPS: classroom excursions to green buildings, farms, recycling centers, and university depts;
- GUEST SPEAKERS: exposure to green careers in architecture, engineering, design and technology;
- EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS & TEACHER TRAINING: engaging curriculum cultivating sustainability, innovation & youth leadership.
Benefits of participating include shout-outs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the EcoRise Blog; recognition in our newsletter (3,000 households); event materials; and awareness-building among our 17 Austin-area schools (33 teachers and 2,000 students).
To become a Bright Green Giving Day Partner, please contact Ruth Gardner-Loew (email@example.com). Thank you!
Best Holiday Wishes,
Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
https://twitter.com/CAROLYNAPPLETON (I plan on sharing the good word on my own social channels, too!)
EcoRise IRS ID: 80-0812900
Lots of Zeros
I recently discovered a snapshot of the World Trade Center from my days in New York City in the late 1970s, and wanted to share it. I suspect it was taken with an old Kodak camera, or some such. While the color has faded, I find the photograph interesting.
I’ve written a new blog article about my work experiences in New York City back in those days, "Lots of Zeros." It is meant to be helpful to new fundraising professionals, but it also brings some fun memories to mind!
As an aside, I was so upset about 9-11. I used to walk over from work to the World Trade Center and have lunch at a terrific cafe in the basement back when I lived briefly in New York City in the late 70s. I’ll never forget those healthy, delicious fruit salads with yogurt and poppy seed dressing. My personal donations to help with recovery “long distance” went to The Salvation Army and to FDNY Foundation, and I have kept an eye on the 911 Memorial project ever since.
Volunteering and Charitable Giving
I was delighted when a company I admire greatly - WealthEngine - wanted to re-post one of my articles on its own blog, WealthWorks. Click on the link to read the post, which contains both helpful information as well as a personal story underscoring the link between volunteering and giving.
I have been blessed to meet and work with volunteers of all walks of life during my career in the nonprofit sector. The people who inspire me most are donors who not only contribute financially, but who also take the time to work with me side-by-side in the “trenches.”
The article discusses just a few of those wonderful human beings. Be sure to follow the link provided to the original article on my WordPress blog for additional details.
Last but not least, thanks to WealthEngine for its valued partnership on several prior projects! It is a company of great integrity, and truly, a campaign “life saver.”
My predictions for nonprofit fundraising in 2012 have been reinforced for 2013 and beyond.
Click on the painting, “The Crystal Ball” by John William Waterhouse, to reach my blog post and supportive resources.
I use this lovely 1902 painting on the front page of my blog to illustrate predicting the future.
Best wishes for your fundraising success this year!
WordPress Blog Reflections ….
… and my most-read post to date is, "Baby Boomers and Seniors are Embracing Social Media" (two pages, click on the photograph to reach page one).
As the year draws to a close, I give thanks to my readers - from Texas to Canada, from South Africa to Australia, from the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic to Japan. The site has enjoyed more than 18,000 site visits in just over one year’s time, and it is growing all the time. Thanks to everyone for the many kind comments and suggestions.
And as always, very best wishes for your fundraising success in 2013!
Practical Planned Giving Conference ~ Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
The recent conference hosted by Crescendo Interactive at the lovely Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida was terrific. Just a few years ago, who would have thought one could market planned gifts (gifts made through a Will, estate plan, or other vehicle), for worthy charities using social media! Times have changed.
My humble contribution to the effort may be viewed on SlideShare.
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
On a personal note, I have always liked this quotation. Many times during my nonprofit career I have heard people say, “it can’t be done.”
But then, determined individuals and organizations do get it done.
I like that spirit.
Find more inspiring quotes at brainyquote.com.
Corpus Christi, Texas
I was recruited by a headhunter to move from Dallas to South Texas in late 1999. This Instagram is based upon a photograph taken from my former home on Corpus Christi Bay, looking toward downtown. Corpus Christi is a place of dramatic skies and weather, and while living there eleven years, I formed many warm friendships (I also did some “heavy lifting” in the fundraising department for several nonprofit organizations). Thanks to social media, I still feel like I am close by.
While based in Corpus Christi, I developed a nonprofit fundraising “resources” website to assist area nonprofit executives in their work. The site has since been refined and has found its way to WordPress, and a broader audience.
Click on the photograph to reach Fundraising Resources ~ admittedly, even I use this website because I cannot “bookmark” all those sites, nor recall all their URLs ~ hence, the site serves a dual purpose. I like being able to refer people to it, rather than spending a long time trying to explain each and every reference.
Carolyn On WordPress
Updated: June, 2013
I am retroactively updating this Tumblr, as I celebrate just over a year blogging on WordPress and more than 24,000 site visits from people in more than 200 countries. Thanks, everyone!
Blogging has been one of the most rewarding activities I have ever undertaken. Click on the photograph to reach the site.
I continue to refresh existing articles with new and updated information, so check back often. I do not maintain an RSS feed; “bookmarking” is best.
For a compilation of some of the many kind comments I have received on the blog, see SlideShare.
Thanks for the 2011 “NTENny” Award
I was honored to receive an award in 2011 for my enthusiastic membership recruitment efforts for, NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network (nten.org).
NTEN has been invaluable to helping me navigate the ever-changing “tech” world of nonprofit management, fundraising and communications over the past several years. In fact, NTEN is the reason I began blogging (http://carolynmappleton.wordpress.com), and for that I am truly grateful.
To become an NTEN member, click on the photograph above. It is an investment that will repay you many times over in the months and years ahead. Thank you!
I published this on WordPress on October 13, 2011. Prior to that, I posted an early version on the NTEN community blog (no longer in existence).
For a more recent update (2013), see Charity Lotteries, also on Tumblr.
Between Tumblr and WordPress, I have received numerous appreciative e-mails from across the world. I am glad the post has been of interest. I believe the times are such that more work in the lottery arena is warranted.