Justfundraisings Fundraiser of the Month Contest

We are starting a contest for All our customers. Send us a picture of your fundraising team plus a success story and we will enter you into our monthly Fundraiser of the Month contest. You could win an extra $100 dollars for your new school fundraiser or charity drive. We’ll mention the winners here and on our justfundraising facebook page in future posts.

Think of it as public acknowledgement of your awesomness!

Send your information in an email to helpdesk@justfundraising.com with the subject Fundraiser of the Month Contest

Good Luck!

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Batman is taking back Aurora Colorado

We are all aware of the intense event that happened a few weeks ago in Aurora. The only comic store owner in the area, Jeff Farnsworth has lit the bat signal and is sending out word that Aurora Rises! His Aurora Rises charity event held on August 25 and 26 will accept donations and aid for the victims and their families.

Batman and the comic book industry have been involved with helping causes in the past. Check out Batman Fights More Than Evil. He’s Now Fundraising. The comic book industry will again respond to recent events with Publishers and Artists making appearences and donating art to raise money. Online auctions will be held on August 25 and 26 for those not in the area.

The scope of the donations has expanded over the past couple of weeks to also include sculptures, posters, T-shirts and a guitar from The Zac Band. The response to this idea has been so popular that Aurora Rises events are now being planned in other cities in the nation and abroad.

If you would like to help you can donate to the Aurora shooting victims or contact us for fundraising ideas.

If you are a comic book collector or just all around geek, plan on checking this event out. It’s for a great cause and help Aurora Rise!

Lets finish this post with a fun Batman related video.

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How could we be a fundraising and charity blog and not talk about this?

I’m sure that our North American readers have heard about this, but if your not from around here, this is what is sweeping the news the past couple of days. You should be warned that the video is long and rough to watch at some points:

Well after the really abysmal conduct from the kids, who for some curious reason posted the video, it caught a lot more attention than they were expecting. Here in the next video Karen Klein’s story goes local then international:

A Canadian from Ontario, Max Sidorov, decides that he’s going to create a  fundraiser Kathy the bus monitor and opens up a page on indiegogo, a social media site for causes. Max has been bullied in the past and knows what Karen was going through wanted to help out.

Lets talk about a cause going viral with a capitol V! Initially Max’s goal was to start a little fundraiser for Karen, who doesn’t make much on her bus monitor salary and send her on a little vacation. So he’s picturing a couple of thousand I guess. After the deplorable video and the story get picked up by  radio and social media sites, local TV, international TV his social media fundraising campaign explodes!

Non Profits have been talking about this forever: The power of a compelling story and the means for people to contribute easily will equal a successful campaign.

As for Karen Klein, shes’s kept a level head through the whole affair and is not looking to press legal charges.  After some of the  boys have apologized and the anger from the situation has drained Karens’ quiet little vacation fundraiser has blossomed into much more! At the time of this writing the total in now $647,991.

If you would like you can contribute, check out Max’s Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation! fundraiser.
In the meantime, everyone is getting some love out of this, an online fundraiser for Max Sidirov has been started to thank him for his efforts in correcting this situation.

Great to see a good fundraiser and social media being put to good use.

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Rock and Roll Art Show

Over the years we’ve covered a lot of fundraising and charity events that have had a musical side to them. It’s part of my passion and a great way for Charities to entertain and generate income for their causes. We’ve been very supportive of these activities and it’s through this effort we were contacted to give a little shout out to another worthy event.

There’s another great event coming up in May that combines live music and a great cause.

I’ll let Jennifer from the  Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation take it from here:

On Saturday, May 12th, 2012,in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ed Boulter, photographer and philanthropist is hosting the inaugural Rock and Roll Art Show in support of the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation. Funds raised ( all profits) will go towards building a school in Africa. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire hope through philanthropy, empower the disengaged while being a conduit for accountability. Their vision is to quicken academic excellence, infuse depth of character, promote health and vitality, and inspire generosity in our youth. They have made a commitment to build 131 schools for marginalized children in 7 under resourced countries through Free the Children’s adopt a village Development Program. This incredible effort will provide access to education, clean water, health, sanitation, and alternative income programming while creating a sustainable existence. Feel free to go to Pinball’s website and click on “who we support” for more info.

Two short years ago, Ed and his wife Lisa experienced a catastrophic loss after their son Thackery passed away at the tender age of three weeks old. Throughout this unfortunate ordeal, Ed and Lisa have created a bond that will never be broken. Their love of children, all children, is strong and with this strength they have made a commitment to give back to those less fortunate. Their goal at the Rock and Roll Art Show is to raise $8,500 to build a school in their son Thackery’s name. This school will carry on and educate children for many years to come.

Jennifer Branco

Executive Director
Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation

Sounds like a great cause to support! The events originator, Ed Boulter fleshes out the details of the event:

In order to help reach our goal we are humbly asking that you join us to support this evening of charity, art and the passion we have in common – music. Your presence will help bring awareness to the event and in the end help us reach our goal.  On May 12th let’s celebrate Life, Art and Rock and Roll at The Resolutes Club, 5461 Inglis Street Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Some items and activities taking place during the event will be pictures of paintings, (music related), pictures of musical instruments, a “silent Auction”, a donation jar, and “live” painting to be auctioned off when finished. Also, there will be art for sale, all prints will be on canvas. Tax receipts will be available for any donations made of more than $20.00.

The Rock and Roll Art Show will have great east coast live music, featuring E.B. Anderson & The Resolutes, Donni Donohue, Carson Downey, and John Campbelljohn.  For questions on the inaugral Rock and Roll Art Show contact Ed Boutler at his website.

Here’s a taste of some of the music you’ll get at The Rock and Roll Art Show:

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Fundraising for Kenyan Orphanage

Paul McWhorter’s math class might go down in history as the coolest ever. Several of his students were looking for a service learning project and boy did they come to the right math teacher! Paul’s  daughter Elizabeth is currently working as a missionary nurse for an orphanage in Kenya. During a web chat with student juniors Austin Stapp, Blaine Mitchell, Alex McMayon, Mary Lou Martinez, Ryan Espinosa and Lane Griffin a plan was developed to help the orphanage kids.

“The children at Mattaw receive a well-balanced diet and are well-nourished,” McWhorter said recently in an email from Kenya. “However, when we rescue orphaned or abandoned children off the streets, they are often very malnourished and suffer from a number of health challenges.

“I mentioned (to the students) that vitamin supplements would be a good thing for all the children, but in particular would be beneficial for those children just rescued, and those with more serious medical conditions.”

The Eldorado Texas students have developed a Web-based project called Cards for Kenya that raises money to buy vitamins for children.

But before we get into that we have to meet another player in this. His name is Peter and he’s a budding photographer. Peter is one of the children at the orphanage and one day he became fascinated with a camera. Since then he’s been chronicling his friends and experiences at the orphanage. The idea of selling his photos came to the Eldorado students and it seems like a great exchange for everyone!

The project has raised more than $900, and with part of that they bought a three months’ supply of multivitamins. Paul McWhorter visited his daughter over the Christmas holidays and took the vitamins with him to save on shipping costs. The students will soon be sending another shipment.

Since then the high school students have received their fare share of exposure. They have done interviews for local lions clubs and radio stations and today their blog was updated with a front page article on them!

Check out their website cardsforkenya.org and I think you’ll find these are cool kids fundraising for a great cause. These students show us that school fundraising isn’t just about raising money for the campus but helping those in need. Great school spirit if you ask us!

If you like Peters pictures or just want to support the cause, purchase a print on their site.

Fundraising group Cards for Kenya

Now you tell us, how is your school or charity project taking action and getting involved this year?

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Getting Help From TwitterOk …so anybody out there know how to get customer service from twitter? We’ve sent a few emails to them and altough they promise a response in a day or two, I’ve crossed off a month or so on the calendar just waiting ( I did some research on the web and I’m not liking what I’m seeing  ).

 I was wondering if anybody out there has had issues with their twitter account and how they resolved it.

Comments appreciated.

School Fundraising with Kindness   I’m gonna file this under the good news category. Ok here’s how I figure this fits in to this blog.  Random Acts of Kindness are performed by people who do their part to make this a better world. Pretty much what I think fundraisers do, they pick something that needs a little work and they go out and do it. Whether that means fundraising for school sports, church fundraising or Non Profit it all counts.

 Thus I think this post belongs here.  Are you feelin me?

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a webpage full of ideas from people doing their part. They have stories about random acts of kindness and teacher resources for starting a movement in your school. Check out the teacher lesson plans and kindness stories for teachers.  The news you hear on TV and radio seems to focus on the negative and hardly touches on the positive. I think you’ll feel uplifted to hear such good things coming out of schools.

There are plenty of resources for those not in school so don’t feel like your off the hook either!

            Helping Hand

 

I saw this on my way out to lunch today and though it was a small thing I was really touched by it. I saw an elderly Asian man carrying two fold-up chairs and a heavy bag struggling to get on and off an esculator. I then saw 5 strangers, two Indian guys, an older white couple, and a younger hipster girl all rush to help him and offer a hand. The old man was so appreciative and couldn’t speak any English (I think) but started bowing to say thanks to them. The smiles on the these strangers faces and their willingness to help made me think that there really are nice and decent people out there. I am recently going through depression and seeing this sort of random act of kindness to people no matter what race or age, really warmed my heart.

Ok so we challenge you to get involved in some way this year. Get up off the couch, put away the DVD season packs and donate a little time and effort to your favourite cause. Contact us for fundraising ideas when your ready. We’re waiting for ya.

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Drop a comment and let us know how your Random Act of Kindness went.

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Stuff like this never really makes the news. But it should. Click on the share buttons to spread the word.

It’s worth it.

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Even Batman is Fundraising Everybodies favorite Dark Knight is now fighting Hunger.  DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers announced that it will create a fundraising campaign to fight hunger and drought in the Horn of Africa.

The We Can Be Heroes Campaign will generate the funds for Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps with its 100 percent gift-matching campaign and specially branded merchandise.

“We are a global company, and this is a global issue,” Warner Bros., Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said in a statement. “By marshalling our expertise in consumer and fan engagement and creating global awareness, we hope we’re able to inspire others to join us in becoming ‘heroes’ and make a difference.

Check out the video that’s been produced for the campaign:

Help Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg fight huger in the Horn of Africa by buying a shirt, mug or thermos or ipod case.

While doing some research for this post I’ve read a lot of comments about what governments should be doing and who isn’t doing what. People have even dropped comments about not supporting these campaigns in an act to force govenments to help out. While in theory there might be something to this, in the meantime cutting off the funding for this campaign is only hurting those who need it the most.

Please contribute by spreading the word about this by clicking on our social media icons.

Comments appreciated.

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Celebrity Fundraising with Bill Clinton, The Clinton Foundation, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Ted Danson           In a new Web video for the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Foundation, a coterie of stars performs as the foundation’s airheaded “Celebrity Division.” Ben Stiller leads an unproductive fundraising brainstorming session with Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig (wihg), Jack Black, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

Ok so granted this doesn’t have much to do with school fundraising it does give you a taste for brainstorming the perfect fundraising campaign.

Watch as a bunch of well known celebrities table their ideas.
Psst….guess who’s in the video eh?!!

I’m sure you guys have some great humourous stories about your schools fundraising events. Drop a comment and let us know.

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Green Fundraising with Canadian Red Leaf Project Help plant over 100,000 trees in Canada. Just by clicking a button.

Molson Canadian ( yes those beer makers eh ) have created The Red Leaf Project to help reforestation in Canada this summer. Every time you plant a virtual tree the project plants one in real life. Sign in with your facebook account, play a little game where you pick the area, dig the hole and water the seed and the deed is done. I could really do without the video game but I guess it’s the way you have earn your free tree.

The Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project is working with Evergreen and Tree Canada to make this a summer an event to be proud of!  When the first 100 people sign up as volunteers for the real life tree planting they get free tickets to concerts througout Canada this summer. I really love how they tie in charity/green events / live music, Molson should be congratulated for this! After the free tickets for vounteers are taken there’s a link to buy tickets for the shows. The Project has been on for awhile so I’m not sure what state those free tickets are in.

Nicely done Molson!

The Red Leaf Project will plant just short of 5 million square feet of trees when this is done but it needs you to start it off by planting that virtual tree. Lets see how many you do.

Molson Canadian Red Leaf Porject

 

So you tell me, what charity or fundraising events have you seen that combine green ideas? Drop a comment and let us know.

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