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Wait-and-See Wednesday

November 28, 2012


Did you participate in Giving Tuesday? A coalition of nonprofits launched the campaign to encourage giving back. It follows Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, (no-name Sunday) and Cyber Monday. My first reaction to Giving Tuesday was applause. I like the idea of an official start to the giving season. After days of feasting […]

Twitter won me over

March 29, 2012


I was skeptical about Twitter, but I opened an account in June 2011. Almost a year later, I both appreciate and enjoy Twitter. It overcame all of my early objections, including: Objection #1 – I don’t have time. It only takes me about 15-20 minutes a day to keep up with Twitter. I schedule tweets […]

Grants that grow

March 6, 2012


Grants that start something new are sometimes called “seed money.” Recently I was reminded how exciting it is to watch a seed grow by one of our grantees, Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region (Easter Seals DFVR). In October of 2010, a grant from the Tellabs Foundation helped this nonprofit buy iPads and […]

Can mobile giving mesh with matching gifts?

September 22, 2011


Text-to-give programs are growing, but anonymity makes it tough to match. We’ve come a long way with employee giving programs. 10 years ago, we filled out United Way pledge cards and paper matching gift forms. Today many companies offer online payroll, matching gift and volunteer programs. But what should companies do about the latest trend […]

Giving on the go

August 4, 2011


How mobile technology is changing the way we give back. As the age of the smart mobile Internet unfolds, we’re finding new ways to work, play, connect – and give – using phones and tablets. Charities are using mobile technologies to help donors: Give Love it or hate it, texting is here to stay. Text […]