Tag Archives: giving

Where will the donors come from?

We’re not getting any younger! For nonprofits dependant on private donations for support, age is more than just a number since for most of us, charitable contributions grow with age. 

Those of us born before 1945 (aka The Greatest Generation) donate an average of $1,066 to 6.3 charities compared to the average Gen Y donation of $341 to 3.6 charities, according to a study done by Convio and Edge Research

Where will Millennials land when it comes to philanthropy? 

I posed the question to one of my colleagues. “I watch what my kids do,” she told me. Most of their philanthropy is workplace-centered. An employer promotes a community event (think walk-a-thons and runs). They form teams and invite friends.  They volunteer.  It’s a social connection. 

How Millennial Are You? The Quiz

From the Pew Research Center http://pewresearch.org/millennials/quiz/

 According to a trend report conducted by Pew Research Center, Millennials (the generation of teens and twenty-somethings) are confident, connected and open to change…and a sought-after group given their lifetime giving potential!

Which generation are you?


Looking for the perfect holiday gift?

This week only, the National Center for Parents as Teachers is offering a special gift from Build-A-Bear Workshop to the first 25 people to make a donation of $25 or more.

Those who act fast will receive Holly Moose, a cuddly stuffed animal donated to the National Center by Build-A-Bear Workshop, along with Holly’s inspired story about siblings working together to save Christmas in the book, Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure!

Your gift will be used to bring thousands of parents the information, support and encouragement needed to help their children learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Be one of the first 25 people by clicking here and donating now for your chance to receive this perfect holiday gift!

It’s a virtual baby shower: please come Nov. 3!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a baby shower. But Zen Mommy is pregnant and I’m super excited about her upcoming virtual baby shower on November 3! That’s because even though I’ll be at work at the National Center for Parents as Teachers, I can tune in to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/my-mommy-manual from my desk between 11 am – 1 pm CST.

You see, My Mommy Manual and Kolcraft, along with friends at Artistic Sensations and Viewpoints are celebrating not just Zen Mommy but all pregnant women. Kolcraft and Artistic Sensations are giving 2.0 of everything in the silent auction to benefit Parents as Teachers.

Just look at some of these items up for bid:

• 2.0 Jeep Tandem Strollers ($249.99 value) Bidding starts at $25
• 2.0 crib mattresses ($259.99 value) Bidding starts at $25
• 2.0 booster seats ($39.99 value) Bidding starts at $3
• 2.0 walkers ($69.99-$99.99) Bidding starts at $6
• 2.0 Sealy mattress pads 2-pack ($99.99) Bidding starts at $9
• 2.0 Sealy mattress pads ($19.99) Bidding starts at $1
• 2.0 baby bedding from Artistic Sensations ($400 value) Bidding starts at $40

Please come. Please bid. Please wish Zen Mommy a successful pregnancy.

Are you an online donor?

Charity or nonprofit, three cities stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of online giving. Alexandria, Va., Cambridge, Mass. and Minneapolis topped the list as the nation’s most generous cities based on per capita giving in 2008 and are well on their way to topping the 2009 list, too…at least acccording to Convio, a company that helps nonprofits with online marketing, fundraising, advocacy and constituent relationship management.

St. Louis, home to the National Center for Parents as Teachers, the nation’s largest home visiting organization, ranked six in generosity among cities greater than 100,000 in size.

Donors are increasingly turning to the Internet to build and manage relationships with charities. National Center for Parents as Teachers, for example, recently increased its Facebook fan base by 20% over a single weekend. Each of these fans represents a potential advocate, donor, supporter.

Life, whether we like it or not, is moving online. Nonprofits/charities who know how to effectively manage online relationships stand to gain not only dollars but sustainability.