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Monthly Archives: September 2015

CHICAGO RISING, Rise for Your CAUSE

Aug 27, 2015Chicago Rising is a unique fundraising campaign that allows donors to contribute to key social issues being addressed by their favorite charities while also allowing these charities to register for free services.

Donations made to Chicago Rising support the work of Executive Service Corps (ESC), a nonprofit with a mission to make nonprofits successful, leveraging the career knowledge and skills of nearly 200 volunteers to assist over 130 nonprofits each year.

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Each donation, regardless of amount, counts as one vote towards a selected social issue or cause category. Easy to do and encourages donors to involve their favorite charity in an opportunity for help they might need to meet their latest challenges in a competitive environment for dwindling resources.

At the conclusion of the campaign, three organizations, one from each of three cause categories with the most votes, will be selected to receive free consulting services.

Nonprofits interested in registering for Chicago Rising simply need to visit the registration tab on www.crowdrise.com/chicagorising and submit the form. Donors also have the opportunity to suggest a nonprofit they support to register.

About ESC

ESC is a nonprofit organization with a singular mission to make nonprofits successful and a holistic approach to its consulting work. Nearly 200 ESC consultants are highly-skilled and trained nonprofit specialists, working with over 130 Chicago-area nonprofits and public agencies every year. They work in teams, building, leadership, strategy and solutions that have an impact on the lives of 3 million men, women and children in our communities. www.esc-chicago.org

CHICAGO RISING, Rise for Your CAUSE

Aug 27, 2015Chicago Rising is a unique fundraising campaign that allows donors to contribute to key social issues being addressed by their favorite charities while also allowing these charities to register for free services.

Donations made to Chicago Rising support the work of Executive Service Corps (ESC), a nonprofit with a mission to make nonprofits successful, leveraging the career knowledge and skills of nearly 200 volunteers to assist over 130 nonprofits each year.

Chicago Rising Logo_K

 

Each donation, regardless of amount, counts as one vote towards a selected social issue or cause category. Easy to do and encourages donors to involve their favorite charity in an opportunity for help they might need to meet their latest challenges in a competitive environment for dwindling resources.

At the conclusion of the campaign, three organizations, one from each of three cause categories with the most votes, will be selected to receive free consulting services.

Nonprofits interested in registering for Chicago Rising simply need to visit the registration tab on www.crowdrise.com/chicagorising and submit the form. Donors also have the opportunity to suggest a nonprofit they support to register.

About ESC

ESC is a nonprofit organization with a singular mission to make nonprofits successful and a holistic approach to its consulting work. Nearly 200 ESC consultants are highly-skilled and trained nonprofit specialists, working with over 130 Chicago-area nonprofits and public agencies every year. They work in teams, building, leadership, strategy and solutions that have an impact on the lives of 3 million men, women and children in our communities. www.esc-chicago.org

GoFundMe Campaign Needs Help Bringing Electricity to a School

Light for Kinama School initiative has been launched by Sylvere Mwizerwa to bring solar power to Kinama School situated in Rwanda. They are raising money on GoFundMe. Recently I caught up with him to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The social benefit that I hope to achieve is that at the end the school have powered to the electric grid because  The lack of electricity means that students cannot stay at school after dark to complete their studies, hindering their performance in national exams, and, consequently, their chances for university admissions, employment, and the economic development of their community. It also means that teachers cannot charge their phones or the school’s 3 laptops or printer, making it more difficult for them to access and disseminate resources for learning.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

I really want to to raise 6000$ which will be enough to lighten the entire school. After a research made, 6000 $ will be enough. I have raised 1050@ so far.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

I am trying to help students and teachers to get light so that student perform really well in classes.The lack of electricity means that students cannot stay at school after dark to complete their studies, hindering their performance in national exams, and, consequently, their chances for university admissions, employment, and the economic development of their community. It also means that teachers cannot charge their phones or the school’s 3 laptops or printer, making it more difficult for them to access and disseminate resources for learning.

Check out the campaign
Visit the website.
Follow on Twitter at @sylveremwizerwa

 

GoFundMe Campaign Needs Help Bringing Electricity to a School

Light for Kinama School initiative has been launched by Sylvere Mwizerwa to bring solar power to Kinama School situated in Rwanda. They are raising money on GoFundMe. Recently I caught up with him to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The social benefit that I hope to achieve is that at the end the school have powered to the electric grid because  The lack of electricity means that students cannot stay at school after dark to complete their studies, hindering their performance in national exams, and, consequently, their chances for university admissions, employment, and the economic development of their community. It also means that teachers cannot charge their phones or the school’s 3 laptops or printer, making it more difficult for them to access and disseminate resources for learning.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

I really want to to raise 6000$ which will be enough to lighten the entire school. After a research made, 6000 $ will be enough. I have raised 1050@ so far.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

I am trying to help students and teachers to get light so that student perform really well in classes.The lack of electricity means that students cannot stay at school after dark to complete their studies, hindering their performance in national exams, and, consequently, their chances for university admissions, employment, and the economic development of their community. It also means that teachers cannot charge their phones or the school’s 3 laptops or printer, making it more difficult for them to access and disseminate resources for learning.

Check out the campaign
Visit the website.
Follow on Twitter at @sylveremwizerwa

 

Indiegogo Campaign Donates Throwable Microphones to Schools

Microphones could soon be getting tossed around classrooms in low-income schools thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign. Peeq is currently holding a campaign to raise money for their new product, a $150 throwable microphone designed for use in the classroom. For every 15 contributions they receive at the $10 contribution level – and every 30 contributions they receive of $150 or more – they will donate one Qball system to a school in need.

At the heart of the squishy foam Qball lies a wireless microphone that operates at a range of up to 900 feet and is immune to interference from WiFi, Bluetooth and FM-based microphones. While the Qball adds all sorts of interactivity to the classroom, it contributes more than just a bit of fun to the learning experience. “The average student misses a third of what a teacher says in any given day,” says Shane Cox, CEO of Peeq, the maker of the Qball. “By simply adding a wireless microphone and speakers to that classroom, they’ve seen a 10% improvement in test scores across every subject. And what’s even more impressive – they’ve seen a 40% decrease in the number of students going into special ed.”

The Qball package includes a wireless receiver with a standard 3.5mm cable that will plug into anything from desktop computer speakers to a stereo sound system. The microphone includes a battery that will last up to eight hours and automatically mutes itself when the ball is in motion. The microphone can also be removed from the ball and worn around the neck as a presenter microphone.

“Our primary goal is to improve the learning experience in classrooms across the country,” says Cox. “We’ve seen faces light up on students of all ages when they get their hands on a Qball. By offering our Indiegogo supporters the option to donate Qballs to local schools, we are making it possible for students to get their hands on this technology no matter where they live.”

The Indiegogo campaign for the Qball has a goal of $30,000 by October 13.

For more information, visit peeq.us, or contact the creator above.

Indiegogo Campaign Donates Throwable Microphones to Schools

Microphones could soon be getting tossed around classrooms in low-income schools thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign. Peeq is currently holding a campaign to raise money for their new product, a $150 throwable microphone designed for use in the classroom. For every 15 contributions they receive at the $10 contribution level – and every 30 contributions they receive of $150 or more – they will donate one Qball system to a school in need.

At the heart of the squishy foam Qball lies a wireless microphone that operates at a range of up to 900 feet and is immune to interference from WiFi, Bluetooth and FM-based microphones. While the Qball adds all sorts of interactivity to the classroom, it contributes more than just a bit of fun to the learning experience. “The average student misses a third of what a teacher says in any given day,” says Shane Cox, CEO of Peeq, the maker of the Qball. “By simply adding a wireless microphone and speakers to that classroom, they’ve seen a 10% improvement in test scores across every subject. And what’s even more impressive – they’ve seen a 40% decrease in the number of students going into special ed.”

The Qball package includes a wireless receiver with a standard 3.5mm cable that will plug into anything from desktop computer speakers to a stereo sound system. The microphone includes a battery that will last up to eight hours and automatically mutes itself when the ball is in motion. The microphone can also be removed from the ball and worn around the neck as a presenter microphone.

“Our primary goal is to improve the learning experience in classrooms across the country,” says Cox. “We’ve seen faces light up on students of all ages when they get their hands on a Qball. By offering our Indiegogo supporters the option to donate Qballs to local schools, we are making it possible for students to get their hands on this technology no matter where they live.”

The Indiegogo campaign for the Qball has a goal of $30,000 by October 13.

For more information, visit peeq.us, or contact the creator above.

50,000 Snack Bags to Feed Hungry Kids; Made From Rescued Fruit

Fruits of Sherbrooke launches Project: Fruit Stars – Kickstarter Campaign; E4C partnership will bring rescued fruit into high-needs schools.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, Sept. 3, 2015 – To help feed hungry kids, not-for-profit society Fruits of Sherbrooke launched Project: Fruit Stars in partnership with E4C, a non-profit human services charitable organization. Project: Fruit Stars’ goal is to raise $17,000CAD through the online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.com, running until September 17, 2015. Funds will go towards commercial equipment, kitchen supplies and packaging materials to produce 50,000 apple snack bags, which will be donated to E4C’s School Nutrition Program.

According to the Social Planning Council’s 2015 Poverty Profile, 1 in 5 children in Edmonton live in poverty and about 40% of the people served by Edmonton’s Food Bank in a typical month are children and youth under the age of 18.

The School Nutrition Program provides a nutritious mid-morning snack or breakfast each school day to over 5,600 students in 23 high-needs schools.

“E4C’s School Nutrition Program helps to lessen the stress on families, as parents know that their children will receive something to eat in the morning even when they miss breakfast. It helps children to concentrate and learn more effectively; students look forward to the snack everyday.” – Principal, E4C Partner School Edmonton based Fruits of Sherbrooke last year diverted 15,000kg of locally grown rescued apples to food programs throughout the city. By partnering with E4C, unwanted apples can now go to kids in need instead of into landfills.

“Feeding the hungry with rescued local fruit has always been our goal. The funds raised through Kickstarter.com will finally make it possible to feed those who need it the most. We are very fortunate to partner with E4C on Project: Fruit Stars, nurturing our community together and building better futures for everyone,” said Christina Piecha, President, Fruits of Sherbrooke.

To pledge a donation for Project: Fruit Stars, go to www.Kickstarter.com.

Fruits of Sherbrooke was established in 2010 and uses locally grown fruit that is not being used by the tree owner to make delicious jams, jellies and condiments. Products contain 60% – 100% rescued fruit and are sold at local farmer’s markets and select retail locations.

For more than 40 years, E4C has served the Edmonton community with a mission to limit, alleviate and ultimately eliminate poverty through various programs, initiatives and community partnerships.

SOURCES:

Kickstarter Campaign – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1763700632/project-fruit-stars-growing-local-feeding-local

Fruits of Sherbrooke – http://www.fruitsofsherbrooke.ca/

E4C – http://e4calberta.org/

Social Planning Council – http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/

50,000 Snack Bags to Feed Hungry Kids; Made From Rescued Fruit

Fruits of Sherbrooke launches Project: Fruit Stars – Kickstarter Campaign; E4C partnership will bring rescued fruit into high-needs schools.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, Sept. 3, 2015 – To help feed hungry kids, not-for-profit society Fruits of Sherbrooke launched Project: Fruit Stars in partnership with E4C, a non-profit human services charitable organization. Project: Fruit Stars’ goal is to raise $17,000CAD through the online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.com, running until September 17, 2015. Funds will go towards commercial equipment, kitchen supplies and packaging materials to produce 50,000 apple snack bags, which will be donated to E4C’s School Nutrition Program.

According to the Social Planning Council’s 2015 Poverty Profile, 1 in 5 children in Edmonton live in poverty and about 40% of the people served by Edmonton’s Food Bank in a typical month are children and youth under the age of 18.

The School Nutrition Program provides a nutritious mid-morning snack or breakfast each school day to over 5,600 students in 23 high-needs schools.

“E4C’s School Nutrition Program helps to lessen the stress on families, as parents know that their children will receive something to eat in the morning even when they miss breakfast. It helps children to concentrate and learn more effectively; students look forward to the snack everyday.” – Principal, E4C Partner School Edmonton based Fruits of Sherbrooke last year diverted 15,000kg of locally grown rescued apples to food programs throughout the city. By partnering with E4C, unwanted apples can now go to kids in need instead of into landfills.

“Feeding the hungry with rescued local fruit has always been our goal. The funds raised through Kickstarter.com will finally make it possible to feed those who need it the most. We are very fortunate to partner with E4C on Project: Fruit Stars, nurturing our community together and building better futures for everyone,” said Christina Piecha, President, Fruits of Sherbrooke.

To pledge a donation for Project: Fruit Stars, go to www.Kickstarter.com.

Fruits of Sherbrooke was established in 2010 and uses locally grown fruit that is not being used by the tree owner to make delicious jams, jellies and condiments. Products contain 60% – 100% rescued fruit and are sold at local farmer’s markets and select retail locations.

For more than 40 years, E4C has served the Edmonton community with a mission to limit, alleviate and ultimately eliminate poverty through various programs, initiatives and community partnerships.

SOURCES:

Kickstarter Campaign – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1763700632/project-fruit-stars-growing-local-feeding-local

Fruits of Sherbrooke – http://www.fruitsofsherbrooke.ca/

E4C – http://e4calberta.org/

Social Planning Council – http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/

Food Day and Amp Your Good Announce the REAL Food Drive Campaign

Designed to raise healthier food to help those facing hunger

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Food Day and Amp Your Good have teamed up to disrupt how food drives work – with the goal of having them raise healthier food. There are millions of traditional food drives each year supported by tens of millions of people. These drives support more than 90,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the United States and the 50 million food insecure people they help – mostly with non-perishable food.

Why? Because as a practical matter, the first place donated food goes to is a collection box. Perishable, healthy food donations would spoil before they made it from the box to a pantry or soup kitchen.

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding. It enables people to donate perishable food – fruits and vegetables, whole meals and other healthy food items – instead of non-perishable food items. Drives can even raise specific food items such as organic food and locally grown produce.

It provides a means of getting healthier food to food insecure people who typically lack access to healthy food and correspondingly have high rates of diet related conditions and diseases – obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Feeding America cites that “buying cheap, unhealthy food” as the #1 coping mechanism for people struggling with hunger.

The campaign will run this fall as a Food Day 2015 project from September 15, 2015 to November 25, 2015 with Food Day (October 24) right in the middle. Dozens of organizations have already signed onto the campaign, including Curbing Hunger, the National Association of Health and Fitness, The National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Change Food and Food Tank. Organizations can visit www.RealFoodDrive.org to find out more about the campaign.

“We advocate for everyone to eat more Real Food. Asking people to donate Real Food to help those facing hunger is a natural for us and Amp Your Good’s Crowd-Feeding platform makes that possible,” according to Lilia Smelkova, campaign manager of Food Day. “We couldn’t be more excited about this first of its kind campaign.”

The campaign includes the first ever organic only food drives as well as food drives designed to raise fruits and vegetables and reduce food waste at the same time.

“Our mission is simple,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Amp Your Good. “We want toturn the billions of canned goods donated to traditional food drives each year into REAL food – apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, whole meals and other healthy food.”

About Amp Your Good

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding.. Similar to crowd-funding site like Kickstarter, organizations use Amp’s platform to host their online food drive campaign. When people participate, rather than donate money (as they would on a crowd-funding site), they purchase food at Amp’s site to donate to the drive they want to support. When the drive is over, Amp delivers all of the food directly to the organization the drive is supporting. There’s no collection boxes and no worries about food spoiling. Due to this, organizations can raise perishable, healthier food instead of canned goods. Visit AmpYourGood.com

About Food Day

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Food Day, created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.

Food Day and Amp Your Good Announce the REAL Food Drive Campaign

Designed to raise healthier food to help those facing hunger

1

Food Day and Amp Your Good have teamed up to disrupt how food drives work – with the goal of having them raise healthier food. There are millions of traditional food drives each year supported by tens of millions of people. These drives support more than 90,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the United States and the 50 million food insecure people they help – mostly with non-perishable food.

Why? Because as a practical matter, the first place donated food goes to is a collection box. Perishable, healthy food donations would spoil before they made it from the box to a pantry or soup kitchen.

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding. It enables people to donate perishable food – fruits and vegetables, whole meals and other healthy food items – instead of non-perishable food items. Drives can even raise specific food items such as organic food and locally grown produce.

It provides a means of getting healthier food to food insecure people who typically lack access to healthy food and correspondingly have high rates of diet related conditions and diseases – obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Feeding America cites that “buying cheap, unhealthy food” as the #1 coping mechanism for people struggling with hunger.

The campaign will run this fall as a Food Day 2015 project from September 15, 2015 to November 25, 2015 with Food Day (October 24) right in the middle. Dozens of organizations have already signed onto the campaign, including Curbing Hunger, the National Association of Health and Fitness, The National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Change Food and Food Tank. Organizations can visit www.RealFoodDrive.org to find out more about the campaign.

“We advocate for everyone to eat more Real Food. Asking people to donate Real Food to help those facing hunger is a natural for us and Amp Your Good’s Crowd-Feeding platform makes that possible,” according to Lilia Smelkova, campaign manager of Food Day. “We couldn’t be more excited about this first of its kind campaign.”

The campaign includes the first ever organic only food drives as well as food drives designed to raise fruits and vegetables and reduce food waste at the same time.

“Our mission is simple,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Amp Your Good. “We want toturn the billions of canned goods donated to traditional food drives each year into REAL food – apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, whole meals and other healthy food.”

About Amp Your Good

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding.. Similar to crowd-funding site like Kickstarter, organizations use Amp’s platform to host their online food drive campaign. When people participate, rather than donate money (as they would on a crowd-funding site), they purchase food at Amp’s site to donate to the drive they want to support. When the drive is over, Amp delivers all of the food directly to the organization the drive is supporting. There’s no collection boxes and no worries about food spoiling. Due to this, organizations can raise perishable, healthier food instead of canned goods. Visit AmpYourGood.com

About Food Day

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Food Day, created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.

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