Facebook for NonProfits

Facebook is finally trying to make it easier for nonprofits to utilize their platform.

They recently published a website devoted to “tools and tips to help your cause and build your comminity.”

If you are new to Facebook Pages, or are looking to step up your game, you should check it out at nonprofits.fb.com.

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Cup with a Cause

I stopped by the 7-Eleven across from my office this morning and noticed a new promotion while I was serving myself some coffee. The promotion is called “Cup with a Cause”, and it’s a philanthropic venture for 7-Eleven.  Here’s a description of the program from www.cupwithacause.com.
 
The 7-Eleven Coffee Cup with a Cause program brings limited edition coffee cups designed by high profile entertainers and athletes into 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Each cup will benefit a charity of the celebrity’s choosing, with the organization receiving a $250,000 donation from 7-Eleven. This means that the next time you help yourself to one of 7-Eleven’s great coffee options, you’ll also have the chance to help someone in need. Now that’s hot. Cup with a Cause. It’s charity, by design.
 
It’s nice to see 7-Eleven doing something like this. And, with so many people visiting 7-Eleven each day, this will be great PR for all of the featured charities.  Very cool 7-Eleven.
 
The first featured cup benefits the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation.

LA Nonprofits on Twitter

While I was sitting around the house this morning, an idea popped in my head.  The idea was simple.  I should find local nonprofits on Twitter and follow them.  Now, I agree this may not sound like a lot of fun, but when you're a nerd like me things like this sound exciting.
 
To my surprise, after a short search, I was unable to find a good local list. I looked through directories, lists and users and found nothing that satisfied me. There are wonderful Twitter users like @nonprofitorgs who are compiling comprehensive lists of all nonprofits, but that is a little more than I want.  I want to just read about the LA area. No one seemed to be doing that. So, I started @bhimes/la-nonprofits. It's a Twitter list for Los Angeles area Non Profit Organizations.
 
At this point it is a work in progress, but the plan is to grow the list and I can only do that with your help. Please suggest Los Angeles area nonprofits for me to add. You can leave a comment here, or send a reply to @bhimes on Twitter. Thanks.

Support Your Local NonProfit

Looking for something a little different this Christmas? Why not try supporting your local non-profit? It’s a tough fundraising year and organizations that rely on support from individuals to meet their budgetary needs are suffering right now. So, instead of giving that $50 Target gift card to your cousin, why not make a $50 donation in their name and give them a nice greeting card instead?

Here are a few local non-profits you might consider supporting if you’re in the Los Angeles area.

And, here’s a list of internationally reaching organizations that a friend of mine compiled in honor of the season.

Support Your Local Non-Profit – Weekend Round-Up

There are numerous opportunities to support your local non-profit this weekend. Here are a few I’ve come across.

United Way’s Homewalk
Saturday, November 15th at Exposition Park.

St. Mark’s Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, November 15th from 8-11 AM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale.
Proceeds benefit San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and Burbank Kiwanis for Fun. There is a suggested donation of $6 per person.

Twitter Food Bank Project
Saturday, November 15th.
Donate to your favorite food bank on Saturday, November 15th and spread the word on Twitter.