Monitary Awards for Elementary School Physcial Activity Programs And for Technologists Innovating to Get Children to Move More

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Deadline: April 2, 2012 New National Competition Launched to Identify and Support School Programs and Technology Innovations That Motivate Children to Be Physically Active ChildObesity180 and the Partnership for a Healthier America have announced the launch of the Active Schools Acceleration Project, a national competition to identify and reward effective school-based programs and technological innovations that promote physical activity for children.

Grants for 50 Elementary Schools' Programs and Projects

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Goody's Family Clothing Offers Funding for School Needs Deadline: November 1, 2008 A philanthropic program of Goody's Family Clothing> ( [link] ), Good Deeds for Schools is a grant program designed to help local schools pay for the things they need but cannot afford through regular education funding. Through the program, Goody's will award $10,000 each to fifty schools in communities where Goody's stores are located. From The Foundation Center.


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Grants for Emprical Research Programs Improving Lives of U.S. Youth Between 8 and 25 Years Old

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high school elementary schools RFP mental health colleges education economic empowerment middle schools grants family the foundation centerFrom The Foundation Center. [If If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information]. Deadline: January 3, 2013 (Letters of Inquiry) "William T.

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Grants for Elementary or Middle School Science Teachers

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and administered by the National Science Teachers Association , the program offers grants of up to $10,000 each to K-12 teachers for innovative science projects that enhance science education in their school and/or district over a one-year period. Applicants must either be an elementary teacher who teaches science in the classroom or a middle or high school science teacher. From The Foundation Center.

Bookspring Read-a-thon in Texas Lets Students Raise Money for Books for Students

Blue Sky Collaborative

So far, over 3000 elementary school students in Texas have created their fundraising pages on SWEET and have raised close to $150,000 in the Read-a-Thon. Everything is bigger down in Texas! The money they raised goes toward providing books and. Free Resources for Nonprofits Fundraising Tips Online Fundraising Software for Nonprofits Third Party Fundraising Viral Fundraising

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Elizabeth Leslie

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

She is also on the Action Civics Advisory Committee for Sacramento County and an active volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school. Elizabeth Leslie and her daughter Payton who comes to vote with her in every election. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words.

Quick Guide to Launching a Two-Week Social Media Marketing Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

We launched a two-week awareness campaign targeted at teachers and parents of elementary school students interested in digital literacy and providing expanded opportunities in the classroom.

Fundraising So Simple Only a Child Can Do It Well

The Agitator

The other day I stumbled across a company that raises big bucks in peer-to-peer fundraising for elementary schools in the US. The result is an easy-as-pie fundraising campaign for their school. You’ll find it at and their proposition is simple. They provide a fully automated peer-to-peer website where parents and kids can plug in videos and photos. Check out one of their pre-programmed, easily adaptable videos here.

[PODCAST] INSPIRE with Jeff Nelson

NonProfit Hub

Jeff began his career as a sixth grade elementary teacher and Teach For America corps member at O’Keeffe Elementary School in Chicago. He received his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Nonprofit Hub’s INSPIRE Hubcast series shares powerful and impactful stories of organizations persevering to create the change they want to see in the world. Each episode features a new guest with their own unique story.

Create a Successful Volunteer Program that Inspires Volunteers to Follow Through

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For high school and college students, where are the nearby schools? For families with school-age children, where do parents get their news about community opportunities? If you are seeking college students, schools have places to post volunteer opportunities.

The Top 22 Art Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Most of these ideas would be great as elementary school fundraisers or as preschool fundraisers, but they can be adapted for other settings, of course. Live Art Auction: You could have high school students create pieces of art to be included in a live auction. Teach an Art Class: If you and your group members cannot teach a drawing or painting class, try to convince the high school art teacher or a local artist to lead a class.

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Our EveryAction Hero: Girls Inc.


of Memphis has taken on a three year project to prevent the building of a landfill right next to their affiliate and their local elementary school. It brings together a group of high school age girls from across the country to think about the issues that affect their lives and turn their passion into action. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance


The organization started when our founder Barbara Lubin was the president of the school board in Berkley. It was actually from students at a school in Gaza who met with our Director of Gaza Projects. She asked them if they could have one thing for their school what would they want, and they said water. With the Maia Project we install water purification and desalinization units in middle and elementary schools.

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World of Woe?

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And there was a story about an elementary school principal who is being released from a spinal cord treatment facility after being shot at school by a teacher. Is it just me or does it seem to be one disaster after another these days? I’m a pretty optimistic kind of girl, but golly there’s a lot of bad news lately. As I was reading the paper this morning, there was news about the oil spill in the gulf which breaks my heart.

Cause Marketing Bail Bond Services?

Cause Related Marketing

In its very earliest days, Apple Computer donated a lot of computers and equipment to American schools. But I’ve long suspected that Apple wanted to be not only the computer of choice for schools, but schoolchildren. 14, 2012, employees from the company will stand outside elementary schools in San Bernardino and three other California cities and give away 1,000 backpacks to students as they get out of school.

The Power of Youth Philanthropy

Fundraising Breakthroughs

One New York high school student raised $57,000 to help build an elementary school in rural Cambodia. In a similar vein, two high school students in Massachusetts raised $420,000 to aid the people of Darfur. Nicholas D. Kristof writes in yesterday’s New York Times about how youth are rocking out with philanthropic endeavors. These “piggy-bank philanthropists,” as Mr. Kristof labels them, are inspiring.

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Setting Sponsorship Levels

A Small Change

Reader Question: “We are looking at having a community wide 5K run to help raise funds for the sports programs at our elementary school. We are planning for about 1,000 people. We are charging $20 for adults and $15 for kids. It’s in Berryessa, San Jose, CA. We wanted to have 3 tiers of sponsorship. What amounts would you suggest? It’s our first time putting on this event. The costs are expected to be about 8K. We are a PTA so we are non profit.” ” – Manju.

Think Conversation, Not Megaphone, for Social Media Success (NTEN Case Study)

Getting Attention

Here’s how: Facebook : This is the place people go to reconnect with elementary school classmates and family. I’m thrilled to welcome Holly Ross, our newest guest blogger. Holly has spent seven+ years at the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), working with community members to identify technology trends – from ubiquitous access to technology leadership — that will reshape the nonprofit sector. Full Disclosure: I’m an NTEN board member and a huge fan.

Top 5 Words to Avoid to Achieve Messaging Awesomeness

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Our organization just helped 5, 462 elementary school students learn to read last year.” Compare: “We’re trying to get junk food out of schools.”. We’re getting junk food out of schools.”. Sure, you might not have gotten 100% of the junk food out of the schools yet, but that’s the goal, right? Erica Mills.

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Fundraiser Ideas

A Trike-A-Thon is a great preschool or elementary school fundraiser. School Fundraising: Vote for Artwork (with Dollars in Jars). Tags: Charity Fundraising Christian Fundraising Church Fundraising Creative Fundraising Ideas Free Fundraising Ideas Fun Fundraising Ideas Fundraiser Ideas Fundraising Events Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Ideas for Kids Fundraising Ideas for Non Profit Organizations Non Profit Fundraising School Fundraising

7 Spring Fundraisers to Delight Your Donors

NonProfit Hub

Donors will love reminiscing on their elementary school days with a field day fundraiser! Guests can cool off and relax afterwards with a popsicle, just like grade school, or you can turn it into a party by selling grown-up drinks and snacks throughout the day. Spring is in full bloom, which means a whole new season of fundraising opportunities are headed your way!

Business to Business Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

The Ken Garff Automotive Group also sponsors the Road to Success, an early reading program for students in Utah elementary schools. Garff also sponsors Keys to Success which rewards high-achieving high school students with things like iPads and even used cars from the Ken Garff Automotive Group. Generally cause marketing is targeted to consumers. But there are examples of B2B (business to business) cause marketing, including the one at the left.

Give Your Monthly Donors the Attention and Recognition They Deserve

Ann Green

We want to expand our tutoring program to three more elementary schools. Monthly donors are special because they’ve committed to donating to nonprofits long-term. Retention rates for monthly donors are 90%, which is considerably better than retention rates for other types of donors. You’d think because of this, organizations would be jumping for joy and giving these donors extra special attention. But you would be wrong.

Towards a More Hygienic Cause Marketing Campaign for Lysol

Cause Related Marketing

With the approaching start of the new school year Lysol brand of disinfectant has a cause marketing campaign that awards $25,000 in prizes to the school with the highest average attendance from November 1 to 30, 2011. If you’re like me it took me a couple of beats to understand what school attendance has to do with Lysol. You must register your school online in the contest at As is, small schools have an advantage in the Challenge.

Show and Tell Time

Ann Green

Remember show and tell back when you were in elementary school? You would bring in something special, such as a shell from a recent vacation, and share it with the class. Nonprofit organizations have their own version of show and tell when they share accomplishments and stories. You need these for your year-end appeal and annual report, so why not spend some time collecting them now. Show your donors how they are helping you are making a difference.

A surprising tweak to increase donor retention

Fundraising Coach

Typically the bane of elementary school English teachers, sentence fragments can be great attention grabbers. I''ve worked alot on donor retention and often written about the importance of keeping the donors you already have. But in a recent webinar on storytelling for nonprofits , I had a rude awakening. The webinar was presented by the legendary fundraiser Ken Burnett.

Why You Need to Tell Your Stories

Ann Green

Perhaps he has a brother who has autism or she benefited by having a tutor in elementary school. Are you sharing stories with your donors, or are you putting them to sleep with a bunch of facts and statistics? Donors love stories. Stories bring the work you do to life by using everyday language to create a scene. Here’s an example from the Pet Partners newsletter. Pet Partners is an organization that provides therapy animals to people who need them.

Embracing the Eye Patch: What makes you stand out?

Sea Change Strategies

In middle school, I didn’t play flute or clarinet. These differences haunted me throughout my middle days school days. Much like my partner’s having to wear an eye patch in elementary school for medical reasons haunted him. I played french horn — the only girl to do so. I didn’t carry a Liz Clairborne purse like the rest of my braces-clad cohort either.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Emily Roush-Bobolz

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I don’t hit snooze this morning, but I grumble and roll out of bed to get my two elementary school-aged children up and out the door to school, which is conveniently just a block away from home. By now my kids are walking through the door after a long day at school. So I take my break, give them hugs and hellos, make sure they hang up their coats and backpacks, wash their hands, and find an after school snack. Emily Roush-Bobolz.

The Empathy Link in Social Marketing

Social Marketing and Social Change

Early on in one of the groups it became obvious to me (but unfortunately not the moderator) that one girl who had initially offered several perspectives on sexual behaviors in school suddenly became very quiet after two other girls dismissed her ideas as not what they had experienced. And as she quickly began describing the sexual harassment she was suffering as a high school freshman, not only did the other girls in the group become very quiet but so did everyone in the observation room.

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Do Annual Reports Make Sense?

Ann Green

Something like this – Thanks to you, 85% of the students in our tutoring program are reading at their grade level or above and now have a better chance of graduating from high school on time. For example, Cara, a third grader at Riverside Elementary School, used to get butterflies in her stomach if she had to read aloud in class. The answer is, it depends. Annual reports take a lot of time to produce and there’s no guarantee your donor will read it.

Candle Fundraising

Fundraiser Ideas

Outside of the local elementary school when parents pick up their kids? School Fundraising with Custom T Shirts. Tags: Charity Fundraising Christian Fundraising Church Fundraising College Fundraising Easy Fundraising Fundraiser Ideas Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Ideas for Kids Fundraising Ideas for Non Profit Organizations High School Fundraising Ideas Non Profit Fundraising School Fundraising Sports Fundraising

Interview: How to get your colleagues on board with your digital plans

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

As a volunteer led organization by Stacey Monk and Sanjay Patel, they have been able to inspire and mobilize friends and total strangers online to raise money to build two classrooms and a library for Shepherds Junior School in Arusha, Tanzania. This past year, donors had the opportunity to meet Gideon and Leah, two of the students who traveled to the United States and hear all about what they are learning in school and aspirations.

Is Your Annual Report Brilliant, or Boring?

Ann Green

For example, Lisa, a third grader at Northwoods Elementary School, used to get butterflies in her stomach if she had to read out loud in class. Annual reports get a bad rap, and sometimes deservedly so. They’re often these massive, boring booklets filled with mind-numbing text and statistics. It doesn’t have to be this way. Remember, your annual report is for your donors. As you put together your report, think of what your donors will want to read.

On Being Sick

Marketing for Nonprofits

Yes, pink eye, that horrible dis-ease USUALLY reserved for elementary school kids. This photo is by Leonid Mamchenkov. I had a crappy Memorial Day weekend. Two highly anticipated gatherings with friends (including a wedding and our first barbecue of the summer) were stymied by pink eye. Instead of swimming, drinking fruity cocktails and chatting up old friends and new, I slept through Sunday and Monday and endured painful eye drops. :( But enough about me. Let's talk about you!

How to Create a Better Annual Report

Ann Green

Something like this – Thanks to you, 85% of the students in our tutoring program are reading at or above their grade level and now have a better chance of graduating from high school on time. For example – Jeremy, a fourth grader at Clark Elementary School, used to get a pit in his stomach if he had to read aloud in class. It’s annual report season, for better or for worse. Often it’s for worse since many of them are long, boring booklets that put your donors to sleep.

The Worst Cause Marketing of 2011

Cause Related Marketing

Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber wants you to buy his new perfume line called Someday, and when you do all net profits “after taxes, royalties, expenses and company requirements are deducted” will go to Pencils of Promise, a school-building charity and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Lysol brand disinfectant Blue Ribbon Attendance Challenge awarded $25,000 in prizes to the school with the highest average attendance from November 1 to 30, 2011.

All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

Marketing for Nonprofits

It's the first day of Kindergarten and that got me thinking about the similarities between Elementary School and the wonderful new Web. I don't know about you, but one of the best things I learned in Kindergarten was to cut and paste. What has that got to do with the Web," you ask? EVERYTHING - if you believe Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion. Here is what he has to say.

Rethinking Your Annual Report

Ann Green

For example – Leah, a third grader at Turner Elementary School, hated reading. What do you think of when you hear annual report? As a donor, you might think boring, long, a waste of resources, something I’m not going to read. As a nonprofit professional, you might think time-consuming, something we always do, something our board wants.

My Facebook fans love me, they love me not…

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

When I was in elementary school, we’d send notes to boys on behalf of our friends that had check boxes: _I like you. _I I like like you. _I I don’t like you. I was reminded of this today when Facebook announced that instead of forcing people to “fan you,&# people who like you but feel “fan&# is too strong a word can “like&# you.

Is There Really A Grant That Our Organization May Not Take?

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Hypothetically, let's say that your non profit organization is a private elementary school. Your grant writer sent Cool Cola Corporate Foundation a proposal asking for $50,000 for the new gymnasium for the elementary. and we are proud to inform you that we are granting Ecological Eco-Tots Elementary Private School $50,000 to be spent building the Eco-Tots a new gym,". Would we be going against our school or non profit's mission?'

On Asking for Money Without Shame

Fundraising Breakthroughs

And now I see the person regularly (we both pick up our children at the same elementary school), and I feel weird. We did (because we are both involved in local progressive art projects and because she's a neighbor and, well you do that sort of thing with parents at your kid's school). Again, on the topic of not apologizing, but asking for money with confidence and grace.