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  • i'm Talkathon

    On Tuesday, June 24, Microsoft will be launching an integrated campaign in order to elevate the awareness of the iím Initiative, while providing a reason to increase iím conversations. The campaign centers around a fictitious, yet inspirational characterization of an avid supporter named Parker Whittle who is attempting to stay awake for 30 days, to non-stop e-mail and instant message. Hence, the Talkathon. Heís going to converse for a month. He wants the world to join him. And he wants to see how many people he can get to send messages using Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail in order to support the iím Initiative cause partners.

    The Parker Whittle character depicted in the iím Talkathon is fictitious, however, the funds raised by joining his mission to IM and email using Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail are very real. All funds raised during this campaign, and throughout the year, will be donated to 10 of the worldís most effective social cause organizations through the iím Initiative.

    The project will involve producing an online blog with video content covering Parkerís attempt to set a world record for e-mailing and IMing for social causes. Videos will include blog entries, interviews (with activists, cause representatives, musicians, and/or celebrities), performances, sketches, and instructional clips. The footage would be edited into episodes that will be housed on Parkerís campaign blog page (http://imtalkathon.com) and woven into social networking sites (like Facebook) across the Internet to get people engaged in the iím Initiative.

    People can join the iím Initiative at http://im.live.com and support the following cause organization: American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National AIDS Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, ninemillion.org, Sierra Club, StopGlobalWarming.org, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Humane Society of the United States and U.S Fund for UNICEF.

  • The Ultimate Golf Tournament Planner

    Whatís the key to pulling off a successful golf tournament? Itís planning and organization, of course.

    The Ultimate Golf Tournament Planner is A Complete Step-by-Step Planner for a Successful Golf Tournament. This tournament planner doubles as a timeline and project checklist. Download your free copy at: http://www.golfregistrations.com/golf_tournament_planning/download.cfm?f=planner.

    It's just one of the free golf tournament resources brought to you by GolfRegistrations.com. See also on their site (for free):

    1. Golf Tournament Budget - Excel Spreadsheet
    2. Golf Tournament Flyer - Word Document
    3. Golf Tournament Document Templates
    4. Getting Your Golf Tournament Started Right - PDF eBook


  • Ontario Woman Shaves Head for Cancer; Loses Job

    A 36-year-old woman who shaved her head to help raise money for cancer research says she lost her job at a high-end Owen Sound, Ont., restaurant this week because her boss didn't like her new appearance.

    "I was mad that I lost my job in trying to do something that was important to me," Stacey Fearnall said Thursday. "I was so upset and hurt. My feelings were hurt."

    So who is right here? Read the whole story in the Leader Post about this fundraiser gone wrong and make up your own mind!

  • Every Monday Development Directors Tell it Like it Is

    On Monday mornings, non-profit development directors receive no-nonsense insights into the heart of fundraising as told by other fundraising professionals via brief (5-6 minute) video clips.

    When non-profit development directors open their e-mail on Monday mornings, they find the latest installment of "Movie Mondays," a free video series highlighting a specific fundraising issue like stress, grant writing and finding major donors.

    Movie Mondays was developed by documentary award-winning producer/director Christopher Davenport of 501 Videos LLC. Christopher is currently interviewing experienced fundraising professionals for a documentary on non-profit development directors. To help other fundraisers benefit from the successes, tips and techniques Christopher is witnessing through the camera lens, he created Movie Mondays. Christopher tells his audience, "My goal with Movie Mondays is to give you a short movie that you can grab one or two ideas from...ideas that you can start using today." For more information about Movie Mondays go to: www.501videos.com/moviemondays.html.

    Movie Mondays is fast becoming a favorite in the non-profit world. Sally Zelonis, CFRE, Major Gifts Officer for the Indianapolis Zoo, says, "I think it is a great way for this group of people to learn from others." "I am really loving the nuggets of information I am able to obtain and share and I thank you so much for them," reports Kathy Nicklaus of the Cancer Alliance of Naples, Inc. Ann Hyatt of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley writes, "Inspiration for a rough week ahead!"

    Get a sneak peak at a "Movie Monday".

  • Blackbaud Acquires Kintera

    Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and related services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, announced today that it is acquiring Kintera, Inc. (NASDAQ: KNTA), a pioneer and leading provider of a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to the nonprofit and government sectors. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackbaud will pay an all-cash purchase price of approximately $46.0 million. Blackbaud expects to finance the deal with cash and borrowings from its credit facility.

    Read all about it in the Blackbaud press release at: http://eon.businesswire.com/releases/dintera/blackbaud/prweb983874.htm.

  • The Collaboration Prize

    The Collaboration Prize recognizes collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that each would otherwise provide the same or similar programs or services and compete for clients, financial resources and staff.

    The Prize also seeks to build an information base of effective practice models that can be studied and used by academics, nonprofit leaders and grantmakers to inspire and advance their work.

    Read all about the $250,000 prize for nonprofits that have chosen cooperation over competition at: http://www.thecollaborationprize.org/.



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