Business With Heart, Corporate For A Cause

Screenshot of surveymonkey site

Screenshot of surveymonkey site

This is going to be more of a Link Love post but I think you’ll like what you find…

I tend to point out nonprofits and charities when I talk about “Do-Gooders’ and “Go-Givers” but I can’t sit back and not acknowledge the folks that work for profit but do so in order to help a cause much larger than many grassroots organizations can touch. True Social Change the kind that requires power, influence, and tons of money.

There are tons of decent folk out there doing their part to encourage sustainable communities and progression as well as make a global impact towards social change (even if it may be a few brave employees who step up within the company itself).

Survey Monkey: I discovered that survey monkey had a program catered to nonprofits after I completed a survey for social analytics company and saw the opportunity to fill out more surveys and give back… “The charities listed on this page are participating in SurveyMonkey Contribute through December 31, 2013. Participating charities may change from time to time. If you would like to nominate a charity to become our partner, learn how to join our charity partner program.” Not a bad way to raise money and awareness!

Comcast Cares: Back in April, Comcast celebrated their 12th annual Comcast Cares Day. I tagged along with a friend to go help out over in Philly where I attempted to paint a school in a low-income neighborhood, plant flowers clean up and all that jazz (I’m not very gifted in things like painting, and planting flowers). I ended up meeting some very very cool people along the way, including some top execs and VPs  that I’m still connected to today thanks to social media.  As the site says, “All across the country, Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family members and friends worked together to plant gardens, beautify schools, repair community centers, clean riverbanks, and much more in their communities. We are thrilled that Comcast Cares Day expanded internationally this year with project sites in England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.” Perhaps you may want to get involved next year?

Neil Patel: Below is the line that made me want to keep up with this “Kind of a Big Deal” 20 something year old angel investor who just happened to be recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and a top 50 business influencer by Dun and Bradstreet…

The Future Although I love being an entrepreneur, sadly I don’t think I’ll be able to do it forever. I probably have a few more good startups in me, but after that I want to focus on the non-profit world. See, I was born with a gift, in which I am able to help websites get a ton of eyeballs through the web. Hopefully I can take that gift and help non-profits get enough eyeballs to their website so that people like you can help change more lives.”

I’d check out his blog posts if I were you; he really knows his stuff!

Rachael Kay Albers: I can’t talk about Business with heart without acknowledging this courageous young woman who has built a whole website showcasing the work of Awesome Entrepreneurs from around the World and the Work with Heart they do to make a difference.  From packing up and heading to the poorest villages in Mexico to the empowering of orphans in the slums of Africa, you will surely find your “Why” in the stories showcased on her site.

A & D Media: Is working on some partnerships in order to develop a grant program that would give away 1 free website design project a year to a grassroots nonprofit organization. But shhh don’t tell the company’s President that I told you, she’s still working out the details for this project 😉

Until Next Time…

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What Do We Want? Nonprofits! When Do We Want Them? Now!

Do we really need more nonprofits? Simple answer…YES!

 When I read this post by one of my new favorite nonprofit bloggers, I was a little taken back that she even encountered “Do Gooders” who were discouraging fellow idealists. I quickly recovered when I remembered the anxieties experienced by former coworkers who worried if our program was going to be the next budget cut. I’m not so naïve to think that the competition for funding isn’t great. However, as a person who has utilized and worked in social services I cannot sit back and watch the increased need for resources and hope someone else will step up to the plate to get things done. Looking back, being so worried about the next paycheck should have prompted us to take action to help secure funding and cultivate relations with donors and potential donors so that we would be less dependent on state funding.

One of the small lessons I can take from my experiences and share with those of you who are working in direct care for a program; be proactive in informing your Development and Communications department about the good work you and your coworkers are doing to improve the quality of life for your clients being served. One way to keep funding and help get more funding is to highlight real life testimonies and experiences.  Don’t be afraid to talk about how the lack of staff and lack of training on best work practices hinders your program from feeding a family in need or I don’t know, saving a life. Perhaps, as we share the needs of our programs we can encourage others to fulfill those needs because let’s face it; there are way too many problems in this world and not enough solutions addressing the needs of the people. Case in point, I live in a state where the housing department stopped taking applications altogether because the waiting list was too backed up. Why would anyone discourage someone who wants to open another homeless shelter or soup kitchen?

Nonprofits are needed but I wouldn’t be realistic if I didn’t say, we also need people who are willing to aid the causes of nonprofits too. In response to Mazarine’s post, I posed a question; How do we, (We being anyone who wants to do their part in fostering social change), find and encourage more philanthropic minded people so that established nonprofits don’t squabble and feel intimated by new change makers onto the scene? I would love to hear your suggestions.