All posts tagged: nonprofit

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Need a Hair Cut? How about Donating Hair for a Cause.

Locks of Love is a non-profit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children and young adults suffering from long-term medical hair loss. These are high quality wigs made from hair donations made by individuals. When Locks of Love first began, it was connected with a for-profit wig retailer. In December 1997, the organization obtained its 501(c)(3) certification and separated from the for-profit retailer. Locks of Love now produce the highest quality hair prosthetics that are given to children who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy, recuperating from scalp burns or undergoing other medical treatment resulting in hair loss. In addition to the physical challenges of medical treatment, children also need to overcome low self-esteem from hair loss. Wearing a hairpiece is not a cure for children, but it helps restore some of their lost self-esteem and helps them to regain normalcy within their everyday lives. Normally, the retail cost of hair pieces is anywhere between $3,500 and $6,000. The wigs produced by Locks of Love are provided either completely free of charge, …

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DealGooder : Discover Cool Deals and Help Local Charities.

How do you like the idea of getting discounts on products and services you like, while supporting causes at the same time? DealGooder, an innovative company based out of California, lets you to do exactly that. The DealGooder model is simple. The company negotiates great deals from socially conscious businesses and promotes them online. Deals include such things as meal discounts at restaurants, deals on wine tours, or discounts at a local spa. Deals are purchased via the DealGooder website. A generous 50% of all profits are donated by DealGooder to a local charity. Each day, DealGooder promotes a new deal on their website. Also, each week, a new non-profit is chosen as a beneficiary. DealGooder pairs deals with local non-profits. This means that dollars spent on buying goodies go towards helping the local community. Win. Win. Win! Ethan Austin, co-founder of DealGooder was looking for “an easier way to help non-profits raise funds” as corporate giving dramatically reduced during the global financial crisis. He hit upon the idea of combining discounts with charity. With …

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Top 3 Disruptive Social Innovations for 2011

The year 2010 saw the coming of age for investment and technology within the social sector. Socially oriented Venture Capital funds are making investment in companies that adopt a market based approach to solving problems of hunger and poverty. In this article, we examine ‘disruptive’ innovations likely to power social causes in 2011 and beyond. 1. Micro Investments gain traction over Charitable Giving and Micro-finance Our previous articles on Philanthropy 2.0 and problems with Micro-finance highlighted issues with micro-credit and trust factors with traditional giving. In this article Dr. Yunus, Managing Director of Grameen, insists on the creation of a micro-credit regulatory authority to prevent loan-sharks from profiting off the suffering of the poor. These developments mean that micro-investments (interest free loans against equity within micro-enterprises) have potential to take off in 2011. We are likely to see corporations make a shift from philanthropic giving to impact investing. 2. More technology startups focus on social issues Worldwide, more people now care about global welfare and social and environmental issues than perhaps ever before. Technology and …

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Top 5 Free Tech Resources for Non-profits

This post lists some of our favorite FREE technology resources available on the web, that non-profits can leverage. These resources are – Free for non-profits, Easy to use and available over the internet. The Internet has changed the world. More people now spend more time online than ever before. Non-profits need to reach out to an ever-increasing online audience using the internet and for this they need great tools. 1. Organization Email and Collaboration: Google Apps Google Apps for non-profits allows organizations to retain their existing domain names (for example dutiee.com) and at the same time, use Google Mail for work, Talk, Calendar and Docs for collaboration, along with other Google resources. This means you no longer need to pay for email hosting, or ‘maintenance’ or ‘upgrade’ charges. You don’t have to use personal Gmail and Yahoo accounts for work, AND you can have email addresses under your own domain name when communicating with customers and donors. Sign up here Google Apps for Non-Profits. 2. Email marketing: Mailchimp Although Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and social media …