*Snow* sculpture hits big! As seen on TV, a level 3 snow emergency never looked so good

February 3rd, 2009 by Anthony Bernas | Permalink

With national temperament following the Dow Jones, we wanted to create a little something to rally some smiles. I’d say we’ve received a solid return on our investment.

Special thanks goes out to Jake Gruber for his tools of power, Teresa Rosenbeck for her barrage of calls to the media and all the honks of support while constructing.

Your smiles made it all worth while :)

PS>> The video’s soundtrack is by Bonobo, an office favorite. It can be purchased here.

Raise $6.2 million for a website? Sure, why not…

January 5th, 2009 by Anthony Bernas | Permalink

WikipediaNow wait just one second, Wikipedia didn’t need to do the fundraising? They chose to?!?

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit that funds Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. In 2008, 6.2 million dollars was raised for this website as discussed by Frederic Lardinois. This is remarkable because the fundraising did not have to happen. The web traffic that goes through wikipedia each year has the potential to generate more than enough funding from advertising. However, thanks to a strong connection between the website and the users, advertising is kept off of wikipedia and 6.2 million dollars was raised.

The power of a community involved with what a nonprofit does is strong indeed.

The Vineyard Community Church’s holiday production the Re{Gifter} finally premiers!

December 21st, 2008 by Anthony Bernas | Permalink

The RegifterAfter several weeks of pre/post production from numerous volunteers, The Re{Gifter} was finally ready for the 10,000 eager ticket holders. By combining film, live theatre and an interactive art exhibit, audiences were introduced to a very unique Christmas experience.

The crowd favorite most certainly was when the large projector screen levitated upward to reveal the “junk manger.” Made entirely from trash, the junk manger was a brilliant display of creativity by set designer Greg Dean and his loyal minions. Upon closer inspection after the performance, the audience couldn’t help but lose themselves in the intricate details of the manger.

You can watch the entire movie online or peruse Cindy Tucker’s photos throughout the creative process (see page 5 or 7 for photos of the “junk manger”).

let’s dabble supports Cincinnati’s Vineyard Community Church by volunteering time and talent in the production of the Re{Gifter}

November 30th, 2008 by Anthony Bernas | Permalink

The RegifterWhether you view that seemingly endless Christmas list as a delight or a chore, when times get tough re-gifting becomes an attractive alternative. I mean honestly who needs another holiday sweater anyway? YOU do, that’s who…because I sure don’t!

Keeping with tradition, let’s dabble worked with the marvelous crew assembled by the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati to help manifest their holiday production The Re{Gifter}.

Even with the late nights and freezing temperatures, it was an absolute joy to work with everyone and we can’t wait to see the final result through the lens of cinematographer Mark Denney! You can view the trailer or visit the blog of the writer/director Brad Wise for some behind the scenes action.

Cost to google? 10,000,000. Changing the world? Priceless

October 10th, 2008 by Anthony Bernas | Permalink

Google is going to give 10 million dollars to support the best 5 ideas.

After ten years of being one of the most used search engines on the internet, google decides to commemorate its 10th anniversary through philanthropy.  To do this, it created a project called 10^100; 10^100 is the number googol. 

www.project10tothe100.com May Those Who Help The Most Win

Google presented the world with a simple yet complex proposal.  Show us an idea that can change the world and help as many people as possible, and we will provide the money.  Five ideas will be selected and 10 million dollars will be committed to fund them.

How does one apply for this competition?  Ah yes, as hard as we try, web video is everywhere we look.  The criteria for submitting an idea includes a video explaining the idea, uploading it to YouTube, and among others it has to be an original work.

The donors are there. Where are all the nonprofits?

March 26th, 2008 by Anthony Bernas | Permalink

As donors turn to the internet for information about the causes they support, how are nonprofits responding?

A study entitiled, “Non-profits Missing Major Online Fundraising Opportunites” goes into detail regarding these online donors they call the wired wealthy.  They are characterized by giving at least $1,000 per year to a single cause and giving over $10,000 per year on average.  It goes on to say that over half of the 3,000 donors surveyed prefer to donate online.  This is important because although the wired wealthy make up only 1% of the donors to the charities surveyed, they made 32% of the donations.  I’ll say that again, 1% gave 32% of the money.

Given this importance, it must now be addressed that less than half said they were inspired by the charity websites or that they were well-designed. Also, they said showing them how their donations are being spent would increase their likelihood to donate again. It can not be ignored that connecting donors with results is more than good-to-do, it is a necessity.

Donors donate because they want to help, want to make a difference, and because they truly care about the cause they are supporting.  Giving a gift is rewarding, but seeing the smile on a child’s face as they unwrap the present is priceless.

$25.2 million dollars in donations under $100?

February 7th, 2008 by Anthony Bernas | Permalink

Oh, it is more than possible, it happened, in just one month!

Online fundraising reached a new high in the presidential elections of 2008. An article by Josh Catone details that Barack Obama raised $32 million dollars in the first month of the year, $28 million of this was from online donations. Also, Ron Paul set single day fundraising records during his campaign using online donating, twice! However, going back to the $28 million, what’s more interesting is that ~25.2 million of it came from donations under $100.

The significance of many donors donating smaller amounts is that they can afford to give again. During the elections, donations followed success. If a debate went well, then donations followed. This means that results cause people to react and donate. The same applies to nonprofits, show your donors how you are succeeding and the donations will follow.