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Volunteers on Wheels, Transporting Shelter Pets

volunteer drives his wheels to transport a shelter dog

Jim Mann transports a dog out of the shelter for a rescue organization. 

 

Every day volunteers across the country open their car doors to transport a shelter pet to safety. Rescues rely on volunteers to pick up and transport shelter animals to their destination. Continue reading

Fundraise Using Personal Profiles

Check out Crowdster to create Personal Profiles for fundraising

Fundraising with Personal Profiles Using Crowdster

Join with the growing number of organizations that fundraise using personal profiles.   It is a great way to add capabilities to the development process and to spotlight teams and board members.

Individuals create a personal profile and post it on a web page with other profiles. Potential supporters click on the profile photo and go to a web page.  The message is a personal ask for a donation and to share support on social media.

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Strengthen Social Media Fundraising

Do you know how your organization could strengthen fundraising with social media?  Why not check out practical possibilities that are effective and budget friendly.  Here’s some examples of how to use social media to strengthen your current fundraising practice beyond a credit card form on your web site. Continue reading

Boutique Breeder Puppies sold at The Shops of Willow Bend Mall

rescued teacup puppy

Pixie is a teacup chihuahua, rescued from a local animal shelter.

 

While rescued shelter pets seem to the top choice when adding a furry family member, not so for the Plano, Texas, shopping center. The Shops of Willow Bend has a boutique tenant offering both teacup breeder puppies and tiny clothes to dress them up in. Continue reading

Starting Social Media Fundraising

Do you want to do more for organizations that are solving problems that effect you and your community?  Are you interested in how people like you are discovering the power of social media fundraising?  If so, find out how you can help family, friends and colleagues support things you all care about.

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Animal Shelter Rescue – Heartworm Disease Prevention & Education Saves Lives

Rescued dog with Heartworm disease currently undergoing treatment

Paulo was recently adopted and is currently being treated for heartworms.

Just one mosquito. Yes, just one little nasty critter can bite and infect your best furry friend with heartworms and cause heartworm disease. Easily preventable, heartworms can kill, cause heart and lung damage in a very short time without maintaining your pet on monthly heartworm prevention. Continue reading

Animal Rescue – Saving A Shelter Life at a Time

shelter dog rescued pregnant chihuahua

Lil Mam finds freedom. Rescued from the Mesquite Animal Shelter by HOME.

Springtime has arrived early this year. Unfortunately for the life of a shelter dog or cat, the spring equates to a full shelter and shortens a pet’s opportunity to be rescued or adopted. Animal shelters have limited kennel space with animals arriving 24/7, and shelter residents residing the longest become out of time. Continue reading

Build a Social Media Community

 

Do you want to build a social media community that supports your passion?  A major nonprofit has found a way to provide its many volunteers with powerful new tools to raise funds.   The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is the leader in the fight to treat and cure cystic fibrosis.  This genetic disorder effects 30,000 people in the US, half of them under the age of 18  Continue reading

Help! They Made Me Social Media Manager

social media managerNonprofits are constantly trying to find ways to cut costs so that they most money possible goes to providing services to their clients. Those that are behind the digital marketing curve will often toss the reigns of their social media to some young new hire to be done among their other many roles. For those newbies, the learning curve is high. Here are some quick tips if you wake up to find yourself a social media manager for your nonprofit.  Continue reading

Converting Fans into Donors

converting fansSocial media can serve many purposes for a non-profit. It can be educational, bring cause awareness, or raise money. Likely it will be a combination of all of the above. But as many business haves a bottom line of making money, nonprofits have a motivating need to raise funds in order to execute the services for which they exist. Some nonprofits have done a great job building a fan and follower base on social media, but the key is converting fans into donors. Who seems to be doing this well, and who could probably use a boost? Continue reading

5 Best Free Stock Photography Sites

There are a lot of social media managers that are working at a company too small for a professional photographer or design team. That means they are going to rely heavily on stock photography. As price is always a concern for people in business or the non-profit world, here is a list of the 5 best free stock photography sites for you to use.

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Junior Master Naturalist Program

North Texas Master Naturalist and students identifying bobcat skull.

The Perot Museum’s Junior Master Naturalist outdoor education program is a unique well rounded curriculum.  It is also one of the first of its kind in the United States.  Perot Museum staff educator Jessica Crowley, said “From day one, students participating in our kick-off season of the Junior Master Naturalist program have been super excited and engaged in the content.”  The program is a joint activity of Perot and highly trained North Texas Master Naturalists volunteers.

Nineteen students grades 4-6 gather one Thursday night a month in the Perot learning lab to study Texas geologic history, aquatic science, plant biology, and the biology and identification of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates. They then follow-up each lab with a field trip on  specified Saturdays to local Dallas area nature parks to explore what they have learned in the labs.  Everything from collecting fossils, setting up game cameras, scat identification, planting seed balls to restore a Blackland Prairie and learning how to track animals in the field.  Both the labs and the field trips are extraordinarily well organized with expert educators who are adept a making learning fascinating.  The pilot program began September 2015 and will conclude June 2016, sign-up will begin July 2016 for the 2016/2017 year.

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Educating Dallas Kids in Nature

Photo from top of West Rim Trail at Dog Wood Canyono of Joe Pool Lake

Beautiful view from the top of West Rim Trail of Joe Pool Lake

Educating Dallas kids in nature has never been easier!  Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is an amazing place to easily give yourself a break and let kids of all ages be free to explore and have adventures.  Dogwood Canyon is unique in that it is the only true canyon in the Dallas area and is a mere 15 minutes south of downtown Dallas off 67 in Cedar Hill.

Toddlers thru Pre-schoolers safety while exploring

For younger children, Dogwood Canyon offers a specially designed natural play and picnic area.  It is enclosed so you can relax and watch your child do what is so inherent to their being – play in nature.  Called “Nature Play” the space has stump jumping, a climbing wall, a crawling tube and a sandbox.  The Dog Wood Canyon educators feature story time in Nature Play.  Currently a story is told featuring a turtle’s adventure while the staff shows a live turtle.  By March 2016 Dogwood Canyon will expand Nature Play to include a sensory garden and a small trail, where small children can feel like they are hiking.

Nature Play Area Sign

Nature Play area with rock climbing wall, multi-tiered sandbox and climbing tube

Nature Play area with climbing wall, crawling tube and multi tiered sand box

 

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Social Media in Higher Education

Utilizing Social Media in Higher Education

Long gone are the days where high school students looked through pamphlets of regional colleges and universities to decide which school they wanted to attend. College recruitment has gone from a part-time job of a college counselor to a multi-million dollar component of university budgets. Tactics ranging from in-person visits to direct mailers are deployed in order to secure a freshman class, however; both are incredibly expensive. With collegiate state and federal funding drastically decreasing, new recruitment methods that are more cost effective are being used. The largest of which, is utilizing social media in higher education.

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Free College Tuition – Good in Theory, Terrible in Action

Will Free College Tuition Destroy the US Economy?

In discussions centered on higher education in the United States, the total cost of attendance is one of the most nail-biting topics. Students feel the burden of their education long after graduation, many for decades. The mental image of a “sixty year old, soon-to-be retired, hard working American still paying off student loans” floods both media outlets and the political arena alike. This image pulls at the emotions of those paying off loans, and parents sending their children away to college. It encourages both groups to become angry and join forces in supporting any initiative that would reduce the burden. The latest “call to action” surrounding higher education is the notion of free college tuition. While a solid idea in theory, in reality, this plan would completely destroy one of our nation’s oldest and most beloved industries. Continue reading

Community non-profit engagement strategy ideas

Community non-profit engagement strategy ideas

Do you want to develop your nonprofit while raising awareness in your community? Would you like to maintain your clients and grow that number? You need a “Community non-profit engagement strategy”. A committee meeting is a great place to collaborate ideas and information needed to present your current and new members of your non-profit. Having a nonprofit updated checklist is vital to your success.

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