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Georgia State Sets Annual Fundraising Record, More Than $50 Million Given To Burning Bright Campaign

Press Release – ATLANTA—Georgia State University set an annual fundraising record in the fiscal year that ended June 30, raising more than $50 million in its Burning Bright campaign and bringing its campaign total to more than $272 million.

The previous record of $43 million was set in 2015.

“This milestone in fundraising is in keeping with the unprecedented upward trajectory we’re on across Georgia State,” said Mark P. Becker, president of the university. “From our nationally recognized student success initiatives, to our record-setting research funding and the continued transformation of our campus communities, we’ve got an incredible story to tell, one that our donors—alumni, friends, foundations and corporate partners—want to help us write.”

Begun in 2015, the $300 million Burning Bright campaign is the largest fundraising initiative in Georgia State’s history. In support of the university’s strategic plan, the campaign is raising funds for student success programs, initiatives to encourage and augment faculty excellence, and Georgia State’s continued dynamic transformation of downtown Atlanta.

The year’s fundraising success was made possible by 22,000 separate gifts provided by more than 15,000 donors, including:

  • Carelle L. Karimimanesh, who created the Naiyareh Karimimanesh Memorial Scholarship in memory of her daughter, a graduate of the College of Law.
  • Allen Poole, who is supporting student-athletes through a gift to the athletic scholarship fund and who has established the Dr. John W. Cook Professorship in the Robinson College of Business to honor the impact Dr. Cook had on his life and career.
  • The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, who funded the new Education Policy Research Center in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy.
  • State Farm, whose support for Georgia State’s Learning, Income and Family Transformation program will bring the university’s pioneering data analytics work to students enrolled in two-year degree programs at the university’s Decatur campus.

More information on the Burning Bright campaign can be found at burningbright.gsu.edu.

Source: http://news.gsu.edu


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CanDo Launches Crowdfunding Platform To Support Local Humanitarians In War-Torn Syria

Press release: July 2017: CanDo, the not-for profit organisation behind the first crowdfunded hospital in Syria, is launching a new crowdfunding platform, where 100% of all money raised for health projects in Syria, will go directly to the people who need it most.

Via people-to-people aid, CanDo challenges the current system where despite 75% of aid being carried out by local humanitarians, only 1% of funding gets to them. By supporting local humanitarians, through projects on the CanDo platform, war-affected communities will receive access to life-saving healthcare services and help reduce the suffering of innocent people.

CanDo led the People’s Convoy last December which, thanks to public display of generosity and solidarity, saw almost £250,000 (270% of the fundraising target) raised in just 12 days to rebuild the last children’s hospital that had been bombed out of action in Aleppo, Syria.

Hope Hospital will continue to be supported by CanDo and public funding via the new platform, this ensures the Independent Doctors Association can provide ongoing neonatal and premature infant care, intensive care and inpatient and outpatient services to Aleppo’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

Throughout July and August, CanDo encourages the public to make positive changes in Syria by supporting humanitarian health related projects, including:

  1. Ghiras Al Nahda – Growing mushrooms as a sustainable source of fresh food in a besieged area. Life conditions in in Al Ghouta, Damascus are very harsh and people are suffering from starvation and malnutrition. A team of Mycologists, biologists and technicians, will deliver a 3-day training workshop to teach locals how to grow mushrooms at home so they can provide for their family and neighbours. The project will support 135 families, and therefore help feed over 800 people.
  2. Insan (meaning ‘human’) – A psychosocial programme supporting vulnerable women suffering from the psychological effects of war. This self-help programme titled “12 steps to deal with crisis”, will help Syrian women cope and come to terms with the difficulties facing them during the war.
  3. Hurras (meaning ‘guard or protection’) – A children’s magazine which aims to help children protect themselves during conflict through storytelling. The magazine distributed in cities across Syria and available online, also provides puzzles and games to help children gain knowledge and develop important skills.
  4. Bihar (meaning ’spring’) – Protection services for vulnerable women who may have faced sexual violence. Funding will help train health workers on the ground to conduct workshops with the surrounding community on psychosocial support, reproductive health and gender-based violence.

CanDo’s Founder and CEO, Dr Rola Hallam commented “‘Hope Hospital’ was a clear victory for humanity. While it might seem like a small victory in the face of the continued adversity in Syria, it demonstrated that positive change can occur with hope and the power of people.

CanDo’s new crowd-funding platform gives everyday people the chance to contribute to the work of local humanitarians, including doctors, teachers and volunteers, and help prevent the suffering of Syrian people. We believe people are the next super power. When we come together and join up our efforts, everyone can create transformative and positive change”.

CanDo provides global humanitarians, that’s normal generous-minded people, with an opportunity to save lives and reduce suffering in war-affected communities. Ignite positive change by becoming a CanDoer and support a crowdfunding campaign, visit www.candoaction.org plus like @CanDoAction on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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Meyers Research Surpasses $500,000 Raised For HomeAid America

Housing Forecast Events Provide Funds to Fight Homelessness

Builder panelists at recent Meyers Research forecast event.

Press Release – Newport Beach, CA. (August 1, 2017)HomeAid America is a major national building industry charity and one of the largest builders of housing for the homeless in the country. For the past three years, it has also been the beneficiary of the generosity of Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company, one of its top national partners.

Meyers Research has been holding housing forecast events to benefit HomeAid America for over three years. The recent event in Denver held on July 19th was the 10th such forecast event, and including an additional event held by its parent company Kennedy Wilson to launch HomeAid’s LA chapter, the company has now raised $500,000 through ticket sales and sponsorships for the homelessness charity. Jeff Meyers, President of Meyers Research and HomeAid America Board member said, “It’s important to our team to champion a cause greater than ourselves. Our partnership with HomeAid allows us to make a difference in the fight to combat homelessness. We are thrilled to reach the $500,000 mark.”

The Meyers Research forecast events started in Orange County CA in January 2014 as a way for the company to make an on-going contribution to HomeAid and also help the charity spread the word on its work throughout the industry. The events proved to be incredible successes, with subsequent events held in Las Vegas, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, and Denver. Orange County completed its 4th annual event this past March. In total, approximately 1,800 people have attended these events with the proceeds from the ticket sales as well as sponsorships all being donated to HomeAid.

HomeAid America CEO Peter Simons said, “What started as a singular effort to help support our cause of ending homelessness has turned into a real mission, and a labor of love on behalf of the entire Meyers and Kennedy Wilson organizations. Jeff Meyers’ personal service on our Board of Directors further enhances and deepens this bond. HomeAid and Meyers Research have been a great team and are making a difference together.”

HomeAid was foundedby the building industry in 1989 as a way to give back to the community by addressing the issue of homelessness. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness, each year over 3.5 million Americans experienced homelessness at some point. Nearly 1.5 million of them were children. HomeAid’s program identifies charities in the community working to help the homeless that need additional facilities in which to house people and provide programmatic resources such as job skills training and financial counseling, as well as physical and emotional support. HomeAid then finds builders who are willing to take on these projects and build them at a deep discount by enlisting their trade partners to give their time and materials as in-kind donations.

ABOUT HOMEAID AMERICA

HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed over 500 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $220 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 60 additional projects in development across the country. Over the years, HomeAid has added nearly 9,300 beds in facilities helping the homeless, housing over 280,000 people. HomeAid works through a network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

ABOUT MEYERS RESEARCH

Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company combines experienced real estate and technology advisors with leading data to provide its clients with a clear perspective and a strategic path forward. Based in Beverly Hills, California, Meyers is home to 150 experts in 10 offices across the country.


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Indiegogo Launches Education Center and Experts Directory To Help Campaigners Bring Projects from Idea to Reality

To Provide Entrepreneurs With Pre and Post-Launch Resources And Offer Support with Every Stage of a Project’s Journey

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, August 3, 2017Indiegogo, the global platform for entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life, announces the launch of a newly revamped Entrepreneur hub to enhance the campaigner experience through resources and education materials.

Indiegogo for entrepreneurs will be home to an online Education Center, serving as a one-stop destination with advice for startups bringing their projects from concept to market, and an Experts Directory – where entrepreneurs can access organizations and expert content that will help bring their project to life.

The Education Center by Indiegogo will provide engaging webinars, articles, podcasts and guides that cover every step of the crowdfunding campaign process. Indiegogo is launching the new online resource to help entrepreneurs be more successful on the platform, with support for:

  • Campaign Creation – Does an Indiegogo page have what it takes to succeed? This section highlights key characteristics of successful campaign designs, including how to design a compelling Indiegogo page with memorable product images and a clear call-to-action.
  • Product Development – Is a product design ready for manufacturing? Experts offer advice on improving user experience for design, engineering and manufacturing challenges.
  • Campaign Management – A well-managed campaign creates happy backers. This section uncovers the power of building backer loyalty and outstanding customer service by focusing on transparency and regular communication.
  • Marketing & PR – Learn how to effectively spread the word about campaigns through social media, direct media outreach, digital and other marketing efforts.
  • Campaign Planning – Success starts with having a plan, months before launch. This section outlines how to prepare for crowdfunding victory. Helpful guides cover every step of the planning process, from building an all-star team and developing a social presence to creating perks for backers.
  • Pre-Orders & Selling  – What happens after the campaign is over? Learn how to keep momentum going through the transition from crowdfunding to commerce with InDemand, which enables entrepreneurs to continue taking pre-orders for their products right on their Indiegogo page.

Indiegogo’s Experts Directory features a select group of quality companies and services, vetted by Indiegogo and highly recommended by campaigners and staff alike. These experts offer advice on a variety of topics, with new categories being created over time, including:

  • Creative Services – Top creative experts like Early Bird Studios and Lemonlight Media offer insight to successful portfolios that have utilized their services.
  • Marketing – Expand your reach and build an audience with digital marketing services, like Agency 2.0, a full-service marketing agency specializing in crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Prototyping & Production – Seamless product development and cost-efficient recommendations from  trusted partners like Arrow, whose experts provide resources for prototyping, procurement  and production.
  • Retail, Licensing & Distribution – Plot retail strategy leading brands and agencies, like Indiegogo partners Brookstone and Newegg Marketplace.

“Since Indiegogo was first founded nearly ten years ago, we’ve been committed to offering a launchpad for entrepreneurs and helping them turn their ideas into reality,” said Indiegogo CEO David Mandelbrot. “We’ve launched the hub Indiegogo for Entrepreneurs to provide startups with the tools they need to bring groundbreaking projects to market as quickly and seamlessly as possible, whether you’re launching your first project with us or are a seasoned pro coming back to Indiegogo to launch your next idea.”

Since being founded in 2008, Indiegogo has introduced new products and services meant to support entrepreneurs beyond the crowdfunding stage of their business, including InDemand – which enables campaigns to continue accepting pre-orders after their crowdfunding campaign ends – and Marketplace – an Indiegogo storefront for business owners to sell products that are shipping now. Collaborations with Brookstone, Arrow and Amazon also help entrepreneurs on Indiegogo get their products to retail quicker and more easily than ever before.

For more information on the Education Center by Indiegogo, please visit https://entrepreneur.indiegogo.com/education/.

About Indiegogo

Originally launched as a crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo is the place for entrepreneurs to move their ideas quickly from concept to market and for innovation-seekers to find and support new and exciting products. Entrepreneurs on Indiegogo are able to showcase their ideas directly to users, take orders for products early in their lifecycle and ultimately build direct relationships with their first customers. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit Indiegogo.com and follow us at Twitter.com/indiegogo and Facebook.com/indiegogo.


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Kimbia and Strength in Members Partner to Release New Report Uncovering 2016 Online Donor Data Trends for Everyday, Peer-to-Peer and Giving Day Donation Channels

Press Release – AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 1, 2017) Kimbia, a leading provider of online fundraising solutions, events and high-volume crowdfunding events, has partnered with Strength in Members, a digital marketing agency specializing in innovative solutions to grow supporter audiences and amplify nonprofit impact, to release, “Donation Trends by Channel: 2016 Donor Data Report.” The report analyzes donor demographics from the roughly $240 million of online donations made through the Kimbia platform in 2016 to uncover trends between everyday, peer-to-peer and giving day donors and the donations they make.

“Even before the dawn of the Internet, philanthropic giving has always been a social activity – from organizing school fundraisers to tithing with other congregants at a place of worship to selling raffle tickets around the neighborhood to support a sports team,” said Peter Genuardi, Founder and CEO of Strength in Members. “Working with Kimbia, we’re now able to show how social connectedness can be used by organizations to improve their fundraising results. We’re excited to share this research with the field.”

Key data by giving channel revealed in the report includes:

  • Donation trends for average gifts and mobile giving
  • Donor demographics for sex, age, education and social presence
  • Organization category types

“We know that adding peer-to-peer and giving day campaigns into the fundraising mix, alongside everyday giving, is crucial for online fundraising growth, but we wanted to look to the data to help organizations and institutions better target their audiences for each campaign type,” said Mark Perkins, Kimbia CEO. “We have built proven practices over the last decade of providing online fundraising solutions and services to the nonprofit space, and we are so pleased to provide the data to support these ideas.”

The companies will be hosting a webinar to discuss the findings of this report on Thursday, August 3 at 1 pm CT. You can register here.

Copies of the report can be downloaded anytime here.


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How This New Innovation Could Be The Sliced Bread Of Solar Industry

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

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Andrew Yakub may be onto something. Big. Sliced bread big.

Yakub, 30, is the CEO and founder of Rayton Solar. A physicist who had used particle accelerators for cutting silicon had launched a solar installation business. Fearing the end of Federal tax incentives that might slow his business, he was thinking about ways to cut the cost of solar enough to make it economical without them. He surmised that the silicon in solar panels could be sliced with a particle accelerator rather than with blades, radically reducing wasted silicon.

From that foundation, Yakub has built a promising startup. Targeting a 60% reduction in manufacturing costs, he hopes to both lower costs to customers and operate with better-than-industry average margins. In addition, he expects the solar panels to be 25% more efficient. With those goals, he raised $2.8 million in seed funding.

Watch my full interview with Yakub in the video player at the top of the article.

Rayton Solar is now raising up to $50 million via a crowdfunding or Regulation A+ round from the public. Ordinary investors can participate. So far the Santa Monica, California-based company has received $4.2 million in funding commitments via the offering.

The first use of the new funding was to purchase the large particle accelerator the company will use to slice silicon for the solar panels. The custom equipment has been ordered; delivery is expected in January, Yakub says.

Yakub got his start in particle physics working as a design engineer at the UCLA Particle Beam Physics Laboratory. Those relationships have proven key to building the business.

Andrew Yakub displays prototype solar cell

James Rosenzweig, the Distinguished Professor of Physic in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, now serves on the Rayton Solar board. He says, “The concepts concerning use of particle beams in cutting materials for solar panels is an exciting spin off of the types of research we engage in at UCLA.”

Rosenzweig says that Rayton’s technology is “a potential game changer for solar manufacturing.” This is driven by the parallel impacts of cost reduction and increased efficiency.

Yakub, previously recognized by Forbes as one of the 30 under 30 to watch in energy, earned a degree in physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Yakub has a passion for solar as a part of the path to eliminating global reliance on fossil fuels. He notes enthusiastically that California is moving to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. He cites a prediction from the International Energy Agency that by 2050 the world will get 50% of its energy from renewables, representing a 50-fold increase in renewable energy production over just three decades.

He gushes about the economic revolution coming in Africa, mimicking that of South Asia. He sees off-grid and micro-grid uses of solar across the continent allowing the country to thrive without the expense of building an electric grid similar to ours. He sees an economy there built on renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

Ultimately, the market will determine if Rayton Solar’s technology is the winning technology, but early signs suggest that slicing silicon with a particle accelerator could be the sliced bread of the solar industry.

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How Do You Offset 6 Million Tonnes of Carbon? One At A Time

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“In a recent survey of 1,400 adults believing in climate change caused by humans, 75% agree that there is something they can personally do to help the planet, but yet only 40% have taken action,” says Marisa de Belloy, COO of Cool Effect, the crowdfunding site that helps people buy carbon credits simply and affordably.

Americans produce an average of 17 tonnes of carbon per year, she says. The remarkable thing is how affordable it is to offset that production at CoolEffect.org. The site provides a clear price for a one-tonne carbon credit for each project on the site. The lowest price per credit: $4.12. At that price, Americans can offset their entire year’s carbon production for just $70.04.

De Belloy hopes to get the nonprofit site’s users to look past their own carbon offset requirements and to focus instead on supporting great projects, most of which provide a variety of social and environmental benefits aside from carbon offsets.

Honduran Household Hero has sold 130,000 clean cookstoves in the country, not only reducing the amount of wood burned for cooking but also reducing the amount of smoke in homes and the health burden the smoke imposed on the developing country.

A Breath of Fresh Air in Peru is protecting 450,000 acres from deforestation along with protecting the wildlife in the forest, including 400 bird and 3,000 plant species, some of which are unique to this forest.

Wind Power to the People operating in Costa Rica is helping to bring that country to carbon neutrality by 2021. The project provides electricity to 50,000 people. Because the project is structured as a co-op, the local community members benefit.

Marisa de Belloy

As I spoke with de Belloy–you can watch my interview with her at the top of this article–I asked her how she knows that the projects create the carbon reductions claimed on the site. Each project is assessed at least three times before it is posted on the Cool Effect site.

There are several internationally recognized agencies that set standards for carbon offset measurement that perform analyses on each project to determine how much carbon is being offset. Cool Effect not only uses these independent ratings but also performs its own scientific evaluation to determine whether the projects are meeting the standards and if they are being operated effectively.

Jill Tidman, the Executive Director of the Redford Center, a nonprofit film production company focusing on social and environmental issues founded by Robert Redford and his children, used Cool Effect to buy carbon credits to offset the impact of the upcoming film Happening.

“Paramount to our choice of using Cool Effect to offset our own energy impacts was the level of trust and transparency it offers. All of the carbon reduction projects Cool Effect features are verifiably reducing carbon from the atmosphere, while also providing a number of co-benefits for the surrounding communities. From job creation to species protection, to supporting the lives of women and children—there is no shortage of incredible work that these projects are doing,” Tidman said.

She adds, “climate change may be the most difficult and complex challenge humanity has ever faced or ever will face. Addressing the problem is requiring an equally complex, and diverse, set of solutions. Cool Effect’s model of engaging the support of the masses through crowdfunding creates an entry point for people all over the planet to engage.”

Over the years they have operated, most long before Cool Effect was launched, the projects listed on the site have offset 6 million tonnes of carbon.

When I asked de Belloy why she does this work, she responded, “[Climate change] is the fundamental defining issue of our time,” de Belloy said.

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Northwest Startup Groundswell Provides Sustainable Funding Model For Nonprofits

Company to raise $1 million new crowdfunding laws to launch first customers

Press Release – WASHOUGAL, Wash. — GroundSwell, a Washington State social purpose corporation based in Washougal, Wash., is shaking up the philanthropic world with a sustainable revenue-sharing approach designed for nonprofit organizations. This month, the company–whose mission is to sustainably fund organizations that make the world a better place–kicked off its final round of investment crowdfunding to raise $1 million for its public launch this fall.

“Other companies, banks, and credit unions offer traditional debit cards. We created GroundSwell because we saw a better way to put technology, banking, and philanthropy together,” said Dr. Daniel Rubano, co-founder and CEO. “To date, we have raised more than a million dollars, and are now in our final phase of fundraising to allow everyone to become part of this movement and support our public launch this fall.”

Money on a Mission

Each time we swipe our credit or debit card, a transaction fee is generated, providing more than $60 billion in revenue to banks. Licensed as a bank, GroundSwell’s business model redirects these fees from big banks back and shares them with partner nonprofits through customized Visa debit card programs. Each time a card is used to make a purchase, the profits generated from the processing fees are shared with the nonprofit partner..

The result is a sustainable revenue stream that helps address the needs of the 1.5 million nonprofits that are underfunded, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Nonprofit members’ Visa debit cards act just like a checking account, with no credit checks, fees, or interest, and are FDIC insured.

“We looked around and saw there was a need to act fast to make our world a better place,” said Joseph Graves, head of Operations & Program Development. “GroundSwell gives us a way to live out our commitment to making a difference and allow anyone to support the organizations they love by simply doing the things they would normally do every day already!”

Become a GroundSwell Investor

Anyone passionate about giving back and supporting nonprofits is invited to become part of the groundswell to share the wealth with those who will use it best. Participants can buy ownership through our partner Wefunder, an investment crowdfunding platform. These funds will support operations for the next 12 months to develop services, expand our nonprofit partner network, and conduct initial testing with early adopters. The minimum investment is $100. Owners will be the first to receive their Money on a Mission VISA debit card pre-loaded with thank you funds to start making a difference. They also will gain access to company updates, insider information, and company store. To learn more or make an investment, visit www.groundswellworld.com/media.

Nonprofit organizations interested in becoming partners, please visit groundswellworld.com/partner-faq

About Groundswell

Established in 2015, GroundSwell is putting money on mission by servicing nonprofit organizations dedicated to doing good in the world. By creating the opportunity for all of us to make a difference every day, GroundSwell provides sustainable revenue for underfunded nonprofits by redirecting visa debit revenue from big banks. To learn more, visit GroundSwellWorld.com and follow us at facebook.com/GroundSwellSPC, twitter.com/GroundSwellSPC and linkedin.com/company-beta/17955042.

Sources:

https://www.federalreserve.gov/paymentsystems/files/debitfees_costs_2015.pdf

https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/04/13/this-is-how-credit-card-companies-hauled-in-163-billion-in-2016/22038773/


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ROMP With ROMP—How To Get Involved With The Elite Climbing Team And In Your Own Backyard

The Range of Mobility Project challenges everyone across the globe to participate in one of the 25 climbs across the world, there’s one near you!

Press Release – Denver, CO (June 27, 2017)—The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is thrilled to announce the participation of BBYO Passport, the leading provider of travel experiences for Jewish high school and middle school teens, and their aspirations to complete six climbs around the globe in honor of ROMP and their annual celebrity and influencer climb in Ecuador. Approximately 300 youth will use their mobility to help provide mobility opportunities for individuals globally by promoting on their social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter!

This year, participants in BBYO Passport’s summer programs will have the opportunity to further their experience and education by climbing in awareness of a selfless cause. 2017 BBYO climbs (we need dates and specific locations) include:

Example

Masada, Israel: July 10
City, Country

Masada, Israel

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Rock of Gibraltar: July 5th Mt Vesuvius: July 23
Monserrat: June 30

Thailand

Slovenian Mountains to Lake Bled Volcano atop Edinburgh

Participants in these summer programs are leading the charge by registering, sending it out to family and friends, and, most importantly climbing for a cause. Now, how can you get involved? Log onto (rompglobal.org/climbing-for-romp/) to discover climbs in your area, or to start your own. Even a stroll in your neighborhood brings insight and awareness to the cause. Share your story by using the hashtag #ClimbingforROMP.

ABOUT ROMP: ROMP is a technology-based, nonprofit organization, which provides high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, thus enhancing mobility and unlocking human potential. ROMP believes that prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces are not simply medical devices, but instruments of personal empowerment. ROMP recognizes the dual hardships of living in poverty with a disability, and stand in solidarity with those who are made to suffer from an unequal distribution of care.

Since 2005, ROMP has seen over 6,000 patients with custom-made prosthetic and orthotic devices in Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan, and the US. The organization believes that training locals to provide ongoing services in their communities is the only way to fix a long-term problem. For example, the ROMP clinic in Guatemala is staffed by highly trained individuals from the community and is open to patients year-round. ROMP believes that all human beings are made to be mobile, regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic status, and that physical mobility is a critical component of social mobility and the pursuit of life’s many aspirations.

THIS YEAR’S CLIMB! This year’s celebrity and influencer climb is of Cayambe, Ecuador’s third highest mountain rising to almost 19,000 feet. On July 27th & 28th Americans and Ecuadorians, both amputees and able-bodied athletes, will attempt to summit Cayambe. Among the group’s climbers is Maryland’s 61st Governor, Martin O’Malley. The expedition is to bring awareness to the unequal distribution of prosthetic care around the world and is a symbol of the power of the human spirit and what can be achieved when given access to proper care. The Cayambe climb will be led by world record speed climber, Karl Egloff with Cumbre Tours.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? Volunteers throughout the world will host their own climbs in solidarity with the elite team in various locations. People of all backgrounds and all abilities will join in this global movement to raise awareness and funds for individuals who cannot afford or do not have access to prosthetic services. Please log onto the organization’s website (ROMPGlobal.org) and social media pages (Facebook.com/ROMPGlobal, Twitter.com/ROMPGlobal, and @ROMPGlobal) to view and sign up for local climbs. All climbs are being raised through Crowdrise, and the organization is still seeking sponsorships.


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BidPal® Powered Fundraisers Soar; Spring Proceeds Reach $162 Million

Press Release – INDIANAPOLIS — (July 11, 2017) —The number of mobile bidding fundraisers powered by BidPal rose 27 percent through the 2017 Spring fundraising season compared to a year ago, and total proceeds raised by nonprofits increased 22 percent to $162 million. BidPal, the leading mobile fundraising platform helping nonprofits raise more money, also announced that they powered 464 net new events during the period, an increase of 30 percent. Click to Tweet.

Growth was driven by do-it-yourself fundraisers (“DIY”), which increased by 76 percent. Full service fundraisers made up the majority of BidPal’s events and rose 10 percent during the period. Online fundraisers were up 16 percent and Text2Give campaigns rose 31 percent.

“Fundraisers don’t end with the event. This is why BidPal continues to be the technology of choice for nonprofits looking for a full-featured, easy-to-use solution that allows year-round online fundraising,” said BidPal CEO Steve Johns.

BidPal develops software that helps nonprofits manage their fundraising campaigns throughout the year, including events and auctions; online giving; online stores; Text2Give; and soon to include walk, run and ride campaigns. BidPal’s robust reports provide the insight needed by nonprofits to work more efficiently and improve fundraising efforts.

This year, BidPal expanded BidPal Connect™, an app available on the Salesforce AppExchange, to include integration of individual donor activity—such as ticket and auction item purchases, donations and raffle participation. This detailed information gives nonprofits better insight into donor engagement.

“BidPal is leading the way building the best mobile software, integrated payments and tech-enabled solutions for the nonprofit market. Stay tuned. We will be rolling out some exciting new features in the coming months,” said Johns.

About BidPal, Inc.

BidPal creates mobile fundraising software that helps nonprofits engage donors and raise more money. Our cloud-based mobile and payment solutions have helped thousands of organizations raise more than $1 billion through 10,000 events and connect with over one million unique donors. Located in the marketing technology hub of Indianapolis, BidPal has been recognized on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Companies and has received a Techpoint MIRA award for Mobile Technology Excellence & Innovation. Connect with us on Facebook at Twitter.


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