Sunday, January 30, 2011

Newsheels: A Note about Fundraising

Newsheels: A Note about Fundraising: "Here's How Not to Lose Your Future Donation Donors, mass distribution of an organization’s mission and proven success of its programs ..."

A Note about Fundraising

Here's How Not to Lose Your Future Donation

Donors, mass distribution of an organization’s mission and proven success of its programs are all keys to the healthy fate and future of non-profits big and small. It’s no secret, to raise awareness and funds, non-profits host a series of fundraisers. The events range from casual and thrifty to exclusive and extravagant.

The events hold robust power. From the entrance to the exit of potential and faithful donors who appear at a fundraiser, how guests are greeted and treated encourages or discourages them to spread the word about a non-profit and open their checkbooks.

Here are a few tips for non-profits on any level to consider when hosting a fundraiser;

1. Always have guests sign a contact sheet, upon entering your event. The information on the sheet gives you the opportunity to thank your guests with a card or special note, as well as routine updates about the progress of your organization.

2. The first face a guest should see is someone from your board of directors and if possible someone who exemplifies the organization’s purpose.

3. A small pamphlet with people, places and faces that explain your organization’s mission, success and goals.

4. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are at the very least a mandatory addition to your event. If you ask people to take hours out of their day, come to your event and make a donation, the least you can offer is a tasty light snack.

5. Network and mingle with everyone. Nothing turns potential or faithful donors off more than an unofficial snub from members of an organization seeking support

6. Throughout the event, find a classy, creative and continuous way to thank everyone for coming out and inform your guests of ways to stay in touch with the organization beyond the fundraiser.
What’s the best or most unpleasant incident you or a friend experienced at a fundraiser? Share your thoughts with me at

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Works in Progress

I've been away from you for months and sincerely hope your New Year is blowing your mind with blessings, progress and options you never imagined would be within your grasp. As for me, a lot is happening quickly, as I prepare in the next few months to graduate with my masters degree in film producing, finish production on two very compelling documentaries, both filmed in New Orleans, and set my schedule to start pre-production on a third film in Maryland.

All films will have Web sites and other information available, regarding when and where you can view the films at festivals throughout the year. Please check out each brief synopsis below of the two films that are in post production. I appreciate your thoughts at
COMING SOON---"The Unlikely Sex Offenders"
"What I really want is somebody to love but I don't think I'll ever have a man, not with what I have to do every year," said 55-year-old, C.S.
What would you do if you had to register as a sex offender for 10 to 15 years or maybe a lifetime because you propositioned someone for a specific sex act? "The Unlikely Sex Offenders" is a film about how hundreds of women and a handful of men in Louisiana are registered as sex offenders because they were prostitutes. The state law requires anyone convicted of the "talking crime" to send out flyers, post an ad in their local newspaper and have their driver's license or state I.D. stamped with "sex offender." In addition to the challenges the women face because of their conviction, the film examines the origin of the law and whether or not lawmakers plan to amend the law.
COMING SOON---"From Wrong to Right"
"I feel bad because I'm in the eighth grade but it's not going to stop me," said 17-year-old J.M. He attends an alternative high school in New Orleans. If he fails Louisiana's standardized test, he must repeat the eighth grade. In a city where nearly 30,000 students have behavior problems, criminal records and academically function three grades below the national average, J.M. is a teenager the city is trying to save through "The Circle of Courage."
Through the program, ex-felons teach a life skills course at some alternative high schools, where at-risk students reportedly fight teachers, sell drugs or are chronically absent. "From Wrong to Right" examines whether the answer to the problem is ex-felons? Do students like J.M. do better or worse? How do parents feel about the program? What would you do if your child's school put a similar program in place?