Unstock to the rescue

untitled-1A picture may be worth a thousand words, but what if you don’t have the funds for a professional photog? What about non-direct service agencies? The work you do is important, but pictures of paperwork aren’t all that compelling. And let’s not forget agencies who work with vulnerable populations who can’t always show the faces of the people they help.

Stock photos are cheesy, professional photos are pricey, and you can’t keep using the same photos you’ve been recycling for the last 5 years. So what’s an org to do?

Have no fear dear champion of good! #NTxGivingDay is here to help! Continue reading

On #GivingTuesday Try #GivingThanks

giving_tuesday_logostacked1Since its inception five years ago, #GivingTuesday has been steadily gaining momentum around the country. This year, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is championing #BigDGives – “a city-wide #GivingTuesday effort to lead Dallas into the holiday season in a spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude”. If you want to participate in #GivingTuesday or #BigDGives, but aren’t sure about running another big campaign right after #NTxGivingDay, there are lots of ways your organization can join in without worrying about donor fatigue.

Give Thanks!

handsYour organizations donors, volunteers, staff and supporters will never get tired of hearing a heart-felt thank you. Use #GivingTuesday to #GiveThanks to all those people who have helped you out this year! Let them know that all their time, energy and resources were appreciated. Use #GivingTuesday to thank your donors without expecting anything in return. You never know, you might see that thanks come back to you for your end-of-year campaign.

Give Time!

timeDonation days don’t have to be all about dollars – use #GivingTuesday to let people know that your organization is currently accepting volunteers! Use SignUpGenius to create a list of volunteer opportunities and let people #GiveTime. As we know, those who do are more likely to be those who give.

Give Supplies!

rollsDonors love to give to your organization’s projects – who wouldn’t? You do such awesome work! But not everyone gets excited about giving money to keep the paper towels stocked. Well now’s your chance. Use #GivingTuesday to #GiveSupplies! Challenge your supporters to donate enough toilet paper to fill your ED’s office. Or enough light bulbs to keep your entire office bright for a year. Or enough reams of printer paper to send receipts for the millions of donations you’re planning on getting in 2017. Get creative and ask for practical supplies in a fun way.

Guest Post: You’re Eligible for Free, Capacity Building Support From Catchafire (expires 2/28/2017)

catchafireEver wish that you could get more done – create a new website, set up your Salesforce account, redesign fundraising materials, etc. – without increasing overhead?

That’s exactly what Catchafire North Texas is here for.

Catchafire North Texas is an online tool that connects nonprofits with passionate professionals looking to donate their skills, pro bono. As a participant in North Texas Giving Day 2016, you are eligible for access to Catchafire for free through February 28, 2017.

So far, nonprofits that have used Catchafire North Texas have saved a total of $745,000 in professional services.

Sound interesting? Getting started is simple.

How to register & post a project

The first step is to visit dallas.catchafire.org/welcome/ and register with basic information about you and your organization, which will allow you access to a menu of over 80 different kinds of available projects.

Take your time exploring. See which projects will have an immediate impact on your organization, and also get inspired by projects you’ve never considered. The projects that are available to you range from fully fledged projects to 1-hour phone consultations.

We know that writing a job spec is no small task, so we’ve done the work to plan out the scope, depth and starting point of each project so that you don’t have to.

When you select a project that you’d like to work on, you will be prompted to create a post. In order to find the best volunteer match, make sure to include:

  • What a volunteer can help you accomplish
  • How this will impact your organization.

Once your project post is live, we will share it with our pool of over 40,000 volunteers who will apply to projects that match their skillsets and interests.

Get to know the volunteers

Volunteer applications will generally include:

  • Info about why they’re interested in your project and organization
  • Info about their professional experience (i.e. resume, portfolio, Linkedin profile)

You know what you need better than anyone, so we let you vet each of the applications. That way, you and your volunteer are able to evaluate for fit so that you’re set up for success.

So where do these volunteers come from? All over the place. Because most of our projects can be completed remotely, from anywhere, you have access to talent all around the world. We also partner with corporations filled with talented employee volunteers; our projects are broadcast to Linkedin’s network of 12 million people; plus there are 10s of thousands of volunteers directly on catchafire.org.


Catchafire volunteers have donated thousands of hours of time, which has saved thousands of nonprofits over $40 million in professional services.

But the impact goes much deeper. The connections that you make through Catchafire don’t end when a project ends – many organizations and volunteers develop strong relationships that last beyond the end of a project. After a while, it’s like having the board of directors of your dreams at your fingertips.

Tips for how to make the most of your membership

  • You can work on an unlimited number of projects.
  • Just make sure to mark each project complete when you’re done to free up a new slot.
  • Responsiveness is key to getting the best volunteer! Respond to applications within 2 days for best results.
  • Need help or have a question? Get in touch help@catchafire.org

Welcome to Catchafire! We are thrilled to have you.

Avoid Giving Day Email Overload

emailEvery nonprofit fears the dreaded “unsubscribe”. How dare someone not want to read your weekly updates! Unfortunately, there is only so much time in a day to read emails, and nonprofits are competing with everything from bill reminders, to schools updates, and funny forwards from mom. To ensure that your emails are actually getting read, try following Classy.org’s ABCs of Advanced Email Marketing Strategies. Continue reading

Meet the NTGD Team–Claire Hodges

There is so much that goes into #NTxGivingDay, and we want to make sure that everyone stays up-to-date with the lastest news. Whether it’s creating a survey, updating the #NTxGivingDay website, or sending out an email blast, our “Ambassador of Buzz” is constantly busy. Today, we are introducing the team member who keeps you informed with anything and everything #NTxGivingDay–Meet Claire Hodges!

North Texas Giving Day Ambassador of Buzz, Claire Hodges and her megaphoneRole with North Texas Giving Day: I am the Ambassador of Giving Day Buzz—the one behind all of the emails. My role is to make sure everyone is “in the know” on what’s going on with Giving Day.

How long you have been at CFT/with NTGD: I have been with CFT and the #NTxGivingDay Team for four and half years.

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay: I love the energy of the day—it is truly mind boggling to put in so much work year-round, leading up to one 18-hour day. I am always amazed when we sit in the War Room and watch the donations roll in at record-breaking levels. Continue reading

DJHS: Preserving the Past As a Living Legacy

Esther Tobolowsky Golman & friend, leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer
“Leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer”, ca. 1914: Esther Tobolowsky Golman and friend pose for a picture taken on a photographer’s prop, Caboose No. 32981, possibly at the 1914 State Fair of Texas. Photographers along the Katy routes used similar backdrops to create real-photo postcards, which allowed subjects to send personalized postcards to family and friends. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

It is said that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. At Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS), we’re in the business of remembering — preserving memories and sharing those stories in a way that informs the future. DJHS is the only organization that collects, preserves and shares the photos, documents, artifacts and stories of Jewish life in the greater Dallas area.

Dallas became a city in 1856 and by 1858 the first Jewish merchant had opened a store. From there, the history of Dallas is filled with names of Jewish leaders in retail, manufacturing, politics, cultural arts and other areas. In chronicling the history of the Jewish community, we tell the story of Dallas itself.

Our previous Giving Day proceeds have been used to initiate digitization of our Oral History interviews with Jews in Dallas — both natives and newcomers — who tell the stories of how and why they came here and what they’ve done since arriving.

“Little Miss Bluebonnet 1929”: Evelyn Dritch (nee Lynn), age 3, daughter of Louis & Rebecca (Donsky) of Dallas, had her photo taken at home on Forester Avenue where she lived with her parents, three older sisters and two older brothers. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

This year’s proceeds will continue to help fund our ever-expanding digitization efforts in addition to contributing to general operating support. We currently seek additional funding to continue converting and processing more than 500 completed interviews and thousands of photos, documents, and artifact descriptions.

To donate to Dallas Jewish Historical Society on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.