Giving Back to the SPCA of Northern Nevada

 

Checks went out last week and today we received the above message from the SPCA of Northern Nevada.  Every time that you buy office supplies or printer supplies and you picked the SPCA, your money went to saving animals.  Thank you for the support, together we can improve the community just like we helped the SPCA.

Online Fundraising Tips – Part III

Last two weeks we gave some tips on your Online Fundraiser.

  • Online Fundraising Tip 9: Ultimately… Be you. It’s not all about "Join us" "donate now" "Tell everyone!" There is a philosophy growing across the internet, the giant Google is down to earth and corny, they do a goofy april fool’s joke every year, they have subtle jokes all across their documentation and help, and not to mention the Google Doodle that appears everyonce in awhile that changes out the Google logo. People love creativity and fun posts.

And finally…

  • Online Fundraising Tip 10: Be professional. Being human is a great way to have supporters warm up to you. But, use common sense when it comes to posting on social media. You have a presence that people look to, so give them something to be proud of. Instruct the staff to do so as well, like no wild, and crazy party pictures, that type of thing. Obviously don’t be rude or crude.

Thank you for reading through these tips, I hope they are helpful for your Sacramento Fundraiser.

Read Part I & Part II

Online Fundraising Tips – Part II

For Non-profit organization fundraisers, the current state of affairs is bleak, but many have utilized the power of the internet for Online Fundraising. We present to you our second round of tips on how to use social media for your Sacramento fundraiser.

  • Online Fundraising Tip 5: Keep everyday, events, and online fundraising campaign interactions separate. Have the employees answer inquiries and provide or direct to useful information, always have them be courteous and genuine. But, when in campaign mode, it’s best to have everyone provide consistent and structured information and answers.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 6: Stay organized. Providing information is great! Providing the same information over and over…. that’s not so great. So mix it up, a suggestion is to have themes for days of the week; whether it’s sending texts, asking for donations, providing a story (sad or inspiring), etc. Keep it on schedule.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 7: Stay on top of things! This can’t be stressed enough, staying on top of things and being consistent, without large gaps of downtime lets people know that you’re there and you’re proactive about what you do. People can grow to depend on you to provide information, graphics, or trivia.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 8: Set up a FAQ. You’ll get lots of questions, figure out between 20-50 of the most common questions. Prep yourself, your staff, and your supporters on the best answers to these.

These tips should help you out for this week. We’ll have more next week, so stay tuned

View Part I

Online Fundraising Tips – Part I

Even in a upside-down economy, there is still hope for you Sacramento Fundraisers out there. Free resources exist online for you to spread the word about what you’re doing and gain supporters. Many have found social media to be the prime tool for Online Fundraising. Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Networks.

Even with these tools, you may find that people want to help but don’t feel they can. Which brings us to Online fundraising tip number 1.

  • Online Fundraising Tip 1: Petition for donations around the 1st and 15th of the month. (This is something that is true with most Sacramento Fundraising ideas. Around pay day, people feel more generous. )
  • Online Fundraising Tip 2: Find the trends online. (Find certain trends with google or youtube and blog sites like Tumblr. Everybody love Animals!) The goal is to get people now only to "Like" it but to "Share" it. This is a quick way of the old word of mouth.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 3: Have some of the staff be engaged on Social Media. Train them on how to interact with others on it. The more they know about it, the more they feel encouraged to write more. Have each of them set up their own accounts so they can bring more supporters in through their own personality.
  • Online Fundraising Tip 4: Nobody appreciates beggars. That is, let your supports decide if they want to "re-blog", "re-tweet", or "Like" something. Don’t ask them to do this, you wouldn’t ask them if it were any other type of communication..

That’s it for this week, stay tuned next week for another part of Online Fundraising tips.

Computers & the Classroom (A hint to Reno School Fundraisers)

Many adults, when growing up, didn’t have much education in the terms of computers. But, today’s kids, not only desire to learn computers and really enjoy it, but in today’s society, they have to know it to get many good jobs out there. Not to mention well into the future.

Let’s hope your school is able to provide computers for kids. Even if it’s not, or if you’re in dire need of new systems, It’s My Community Store.com can help with your Reno School Fundraiser!

This is a great learning experience for a school’s students and ability to raise funds for a new tech lab for them. You can even get computer supplies from It’s My Community Store at reduced prices and get up to 10% donated back to your school!

It’s easy to get signed up, just give us a call today at 1-855-720-2911 and we’ll answer any questions you have.

Fundraising Safety Tips


To some it’s a very scary world out there, especially to concerned parents. When a school asks children to step in to do field trip fundraising, sports team fundraising, and other Reno school fundraising, it can be nerve racking to set the kids out to sell something to strangers.

Below are a few Reno fundraising ideas to keep your children safe.

  • For Reno School Fundraisers, notify the school admin office so they are aware. They may also offer some advice, safety tips, or some Reno fundraiser ideas
  • Door-to-door sales is outdated and an unsafe practice. Though it seems like a good idea to get kids out there to make sales, it’s dangerous to do this in todays world. Instead, as parents, be involved, make phone calls, emails, or use social networking. Also, only contact friends, family, and people you know are safe.
  • Be involved, use any fundraising ideas as a learning tool to teach safety and etiquette, as well as how to present themselves. It’s My Community Store makes it easy to do Online Fundraising, but the Internet makes it easy for you kids to get in trouble, so always be with your child to take the wheel and lead a safe trip.
  • Be the banker! Several times in fundraising history, children have gotten in trouble by money getting lost. Sometimes no one is to blame, other times kids don’t know better. It’s My Community Store takes care of money handling and distribution, so with us this isn’t really a concern. But, it is advice for any kind of fundraising idea.
  • Communication is key. Stay in touch with people, let them know what’s going on. Make it clear how the fundraiser works, what it’s for, etc. Don’t rely on kids to give a message to anyone, they forget, get the message wrong, or don’t understand themselves what they are saying. Phone calls, emails, bulletins, flyers, announcements (Online is best) all can help the terms of safety.

It’s My Community Store encourages the safety of children when fundraising, but also for them to have fun!

For your Reno Fundraising Opportunity choose It’s My Community Store!

School Activities : School Fundraiser Ideas

Cheryle Hahn, an Elementary School Teacher, offers some great advise for fundraising ideas:

There are four main school fundraising categories. Explore how to raise funds for your school with the help of a certified teacher in this free video.

Expert: Cheryle Hahn
Bio: Cheryle Hahn has been an elementary school teacher for 21 years.
Filmmaker: Kevin Hahn

Series Description: Elementary school students learn through every classroom activity. Create interesting and educational lesson plans with the help of a fifth grade teacher in this free video series.

Video on Youtube by eHow Family

Be the UNITY in Your CommUNITY

Right now at It’s My Community Store, we are hosting a fundraiser with our partner, ifoster.org.

Be the UNITY in Your CommUNITY

Mission:

We believe that small sacrifices, when made by many can have a big impact on a community. When people UNITE anything is possible.

Goal:

To raise $200,000 across four geographical areas ($50,000 for each area) through education, awareness and small donations. This money will be used to create back-to-school kits for underprivileged youths in the Washoe County, NV, Treasure Valley, ID, Sacramento, CA and Central Valley, CA areas.

Our Fundraising Plan:

  • Be the Unity in your Community will run from April 15, 2012 through July 15, 2012
  • We have set up a donation platform through our website, Itsmycommunitystore.com and social media platforms. Donations will be $5, $10, $25, or other. If you would like to donate by check please send directly to It’s My Community Store or ifoster and note that it is for the Unity Campaign.
  • All of the money raised (minus credit card processing fees) will be used to create back-to-school supply kits for vulnerable children in the respective areas. For example, if the Treasure Valley area raises $50,000 they will receive the retail value of $50,000 in school supplies. If Northern Nevada raises $70,000 they will receive the retail value of $70,000 in school supplies.
  • The school supplies will be purchased from It’s My Community Store. It’s My Community Store will build relevant age appropriate back-to-school kits with supplies that are recommended by the local school districts. These kits will be delivered to iFoster and the appropriate schools and agencies in August 2012. iFoster will work with the agencies and schools in each area to assure proper delivery to the children.
  • It’s My Community Store will be donating an additional 10 percent of the total amount raised to the area that raises the most funds. This donation will be used to build additional school kits for that area.

About Our Partner:

iFoster

iFoster helps raise our most vulnerable children. Their programs provide life changing resources for at-risk youth, helping guide them to becoming independent successful adults.

iFoster’s community supports over 1,000, 000 children across 50 states. Members include thousands of formal and informal foster care families, low income families, emancipated youth along with other nonprofits and government departments in 26 states.

The Issue:

Over 4,000,000 children are being raised outside of their biological homes. More than 800,000 a year are removed from their homes due to abuse, violence or neglect and are placed in formal foster care. The foster care system is under-funded and stretched beyond capacity. An additional 3,000,000 live outside of formal foster care with relatives, often with little support.

We believe that a simple back-to-school kit can be the start of a successful academic year for these children.

The outcome for these children is dismal:

  • 46% drop out of high school or fail to get GED by 19
  • 50% will become homeless
  • 50% will be unemployed
  • 25% will be incarcerated
  • 3% will earn their bachelor’s degree

Go to The Donation Page

Fundraising for the Future: Online Fundraisers

Fundraising online; it’s the future of fundraising! No more paper catalogs, taking orders by hand or having to deal with cash or checks on the spot. Fundraising, with ItsMyCommunityStore.com takes the hassle out of fundraising; making it convenient and streamlined!

It’s My Community Store brings a new approach to community fundraising that gives back to the community while giveing your friends and family something they want to buy and often need. Our large selection of office, technology, and printer supplies, and more offers something for everyone in you community.

Online fundraisers are safer and more efficiently executed for volunteers. Those buying products thorugh ItsMyCommunityStore.com browse an online catalog of products at their convenience, select the products they wish to buy, and checkout using their credit card safely online.

It’s easy to start and makes fundraising for your organization a snap! The benefits are clear, so think about using It’s My Community Store for your organizations next fundraiser!

Call 1-855-720-2911 today!