To get at the condition of Homelessness, it helps to get to know a story. And recently, the NY Times published a story http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=0 about an eleven year-old girl and how she makes her life work inside a homeless family. It leaves me with a question: What am I going to do about this? What’s my action step? When will we get our arms around this Unnatural Disaster?
December is upon us, and nonprofit organizations have lots on their plate. Meanwhile, there are millions among us who have less on their plate this holiday season. Homelessness is on the rise, there are cutbacks in the Food Stamp (SNAP) program, and there will likely be no extension of unemployment benefits for about 1 million people who are chronically unemployed.
While we’re busy scurrying about, often with Board members in tow, asking for gifts for our annual appeal, I think this year requires a special effort. For the moment, I’ll call this #HolidayShare. It’s that extra effort we need to make to restore Food Stamps to their earlier (pre-November, 2013) level. Or, $29 per month for a family of three (single Mom with two kids). Restoring this nationwide won’t be cheap: $5 billion when you add all those in need.
Nonprofit leaders need to speak up for those in need. Illustrate the difference $29/month makes to a person living on the razor’s edge. Here’s an article from last August in Center on Budget & Policy Priorities that helps make the case.
Please help spread the word. Until someone comes up with a better idea, let’s call this #HolidayShare on Twitter and let our Congresspeople know we need to do what’s right.
Thanks. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and that you have a joyous, delicious, and caring holiday season.
I took the opportunity to tune in to the Chronicle of Philanthropy-hosted, Donor Perfect-sponsored webinar on Tuesday November 19th. I’m glad I did! Here’s a link to the slide show if you’re interested in checking it out:
Rob Strickler (Donor Perfect) introduced Clare Mitchell, operations director at Gigi’s Playhouse (Chicago) who demonstrated how she applied the tools of Donor Perfect in managing her recent event, and how it integrates with their donor database. Slick.
I am not in any way associated with Donor Perfect. I do subscribe to the Chronicle, and rely on them for good information on useful nonprofit tools.
The data Rob reports on use of Facebook and how it compares to other means of communication with donors is very interesting and worthy of note when considering how you want to fundraise over the next ten years.
Beth Kanter writes in her blog about #GivingTuesday : A special event for participating nonprofits to raise money in a systematized way. Here’s a link: http://www.bethkanter.org/givingtueday-tips/. This is worth a look for nonprofits interested in building their revenue. There’s no time like December: the greatest giving month of the year…to put this concept into practice.