WASHINGTON, May 28, 2010—Hundreds of children's literacy supporters attended Reading Is Fundamental's Gift of Reading Gala on May 26th at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. For more than 43 years, RIF has helped children discover the joy of reading by bringing books to life. This year's event raised more than $410,000 to benefit children's literacy programs nationwide.
The gala brought together distinguished policymakers, as well as corporate and community leaders who share RIF's vision of a literate America. Award-winning host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, Liane Hansen, was master of ceremonies at the gala. During the ceremony, stories from RIF alumni demonstrated the power that being able to choose a new book can have on children.
The popularity of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has given rise to promising new ways for event participants to raise money online for nonprofits. While some industry observers doubt the fundraising potential of these platforms, participants in special events continue to be an exception and have shown strong success by tapping in to the power of social networking.
Back in 2008, many Americans got their first taste of social networking for good through the Web site mybarack obama.com (or "MyBO" as it came to be known). The site engaged Barack Obama supporters online with a goal of inspiring action offline — attending events, canvassing, phone banking and, of course, donating.
SAN FRANCISCO, November 20, 2009 — The Nonprofit and Golf industries, both rocked by the economy, have joined forces in a unique partnership incorporating charitable donations into online tee time bookings through a new website, http://www.TeeTimes4Charity.com, it was announced today by Steven Schwartz, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GoodPlay Media LLC. GoodPlay Media, the developer of TeeTimes4Charity.com, is a San Francisco Area-based company focused on delivering innovative media solutions that support charitable causes.
There are myriad ways to raise funds for your cause. One of the most popular is through a live or silent auction. However, fundraising auctions run the gamut from wildly successful to terribly ineffective.
Fulton, Mo., October 26, 2009, Los Angeles Times — One group started walking on Oct. 18 from Cal State Long Beach. The other set out a week earlier from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
ROCKVILLE, Md., August 31, 2009 — Shopgoodwill.com, the nation's first and only nonprofit Internet auction site, is celebrating its 10 years in existence and proving that Goodwill Industries(R) is not only a leader in job placement, but also innovative social enterprise through its use of technology. The charitable auction site, ranked one of the TopTenREVIEWS' Top 10 online auction sites and Time.com's "50 Best Websites of 2009," has created a window into cyberspace, bringing a whole new world of shoppers and donors in contact with Goodwill(R) and its mission of providing job training programs, employment placement services and community programs throughout North America.
NEW YORK, August 27, 2009 — MyGoodDeed, a prominent nonprofit group created by family members and friends of 9/11 victims and New York Cares, New York City's largest volunteer organization, today announced two service projects to be held on September 11, 2009 as the city and nation commemorate the first ever September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Together, these groups will mobilize approximately 150 volunteers in Harlem, revitalizing Jenny's Garden in Riverside Park and participating in literacy projects with students at P.S. 76, the A. Philip Randolph School.
PALATINE, Ill., August 26, 2009 — Bucking the trend felt by many nonprofit organizations in a tight economy, the 46th Annual Little City Invitational Golf Tournament held Monday (Aug. 24) illustrated incredible community support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
NEW YORK, Aug 12, 2009 — Alexandra Boardley, president and co-owner of For The Perfect Day! an event planning and public relations company, recently wrote an article published in Bergen County The Magazine, on behalf of The Gordon Rich Memorial Foundation (www.gordonrich.org) to help gain awareness for the foundation, and for the scholarship money available.