Posts tagged "fundraising"

Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup

Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup
On January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. For some people, Inauguration Day 2017 means a successful transition of power; for the vast majority, Inauguration Day 2017 confirms that greater activism, advocacy, and monitoring will be needed for a man unqualified to lead our country. Many will protest by... Read more »

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor
Pinned to a corkboard in my home office is a blue badge. Three hundred and sixty days out of the year, it hangs there as a reminder…and for four days in November, that badge serves as a reminder of how driving social change – and doing good for the greater community – can happen in... Read more »

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago
Serving the homeless in Chicago can be a challenge for many organizations. Identifying and counting an exact number can be challenging due to the inexact nature of homelessness in Chicago. Many nonprofits make strong efforts to provide services to this population, but one nonprofit – Care For Friends – takes a very unique, compassionate perspective... Read more »
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Chicago Charity Challenge: A worthy gamble

 Chicago Charity Challenge: A worthy gamble
Sometimes, taking a gamble can pay off. When I was invited to a charity night put on by Paul Hastings, I had let it go due to work commitments. Thankfully, I received a follow up and with a new window of opportunity this past Thursday night, attended their Casino Night event for Christopher House. There, I... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: ChariPick

(Special thanks to Stephen Lee of Charipick for sharing his time and insights, and special thanks to Derek Serafin of Motion PR for the introduction) Matching nonprofit supporters and potential donors/volunteers can be a challenge for any organization. For smaller and medium-sized nonprofits, it can be especially challenging given the size of the organization, challenges in... Read more »

Planning the Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction

As an active social change agent, I always “practice what I preach” and have a healthy set of interests outside of my professional efforts. As a very active Doctor Who fan, I always look forward to organizing the Chicago TARDIS charity auction. It’s a great opportunity for me to stay involved, keep my skills up, but more... Read more »
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I Volunteered for Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon 2015

Site from the Orange Line
One of the things I’m always game for is to have new experiences – throwing myself (often on a dare) and seeing what happens during the process.  So when a representative of Chicago Cares e-mailed me asking if I would be willing to participate in this year’s Serve-A-Thon – and cover the event, well….after checking out the website,... Read more »

Writing for Fun and Nonprofit

As a nonprofit professional, writing has been a key cornerstone of my saily work. Everything from web content to grant proposals, from brochures to formal clinical reports  – at some point, much of my professional life has been behind a keyboard of some kind. In fact, it became a nice substitute for a failed fiction-writing... Read more »

The Gift of Social Change Through Technology

The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity between Thanksgiving plans and running a charity auction for the Doctor Who-themed Chicago TARDIS Convention. Several things happened as a result: the first and most important is that we raised over $2,700 for Northern Ilinois Food Bank, and second thing is that I developed a... Read more »
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How To Be a Genius At Hiring NonProfit Consultants

Right now, many nonprofits throughout Chicago are entering their heaviest fundraising period….and that may mean hiring nonprofit consultants or freelancers to assist or take on short term tasks. (Social enterprises and social ventures are also constantly seeking marketing and consulting assistance). As a communications consultant, I find myself competing for work for a variety of... Read more »