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Amazon Launches AmazonSmile - A Fundraising Mechanism for Nonprofits to Raise Money from Amazon's Customers Through Customers' Purchases

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:19:00 +0000

"AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support."

Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

According to Amazon, a nonprofit is eligible to be available to receive donations through AmazonSmile, "As long as your organization is listed by GuideStar and meets our eligibility criteria, customers will be able to select your organization. However, no donations will be made to your organization until you complete your free registration."

2017 update to this post: What might be the downside to Amazon Smile?  See Marc Gunther's 3/28/17 post, Why Amazon Smile Doesn't Make Me Smile .

For more information:

AmazonSmile Program Details

Register a nonprofit to be eligible for Amazon customers to select your organization to receive donations through AmazonSmile

Be sure to let your organization's current and new clients, supporters, community partners, donors, volunteers, staff, and leaders know that they can choose to give your organization a donation through AmazonSmile when they shop Amazon (for eligible purchases)!

However, according to Amazon's website, "Organizations may not promote AmazonSmile by using any offline marketing channels such as print newsletters, direct mail, flyers, etc. Organizations may use email advertising to spread the word, however, there are email restrictions for charities with headquarters in certain states. Charitable organizations headquartered in one of the states listed below may not send emails that exclusively advertise AmazonSmile, although these organizations may include information about AmazonSmile in emails, such as email newsletters, that also contain other content unrelated to AmazonSmile. These states are: AL, AR, CO, DC, FL, HI, ID, IL, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NM, OH, OK, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, and WY.

"Organizations headquartered in any other state may promote AmazonSmile to their supporters using email marketing dedicated to the promotion of AmazonSmile, or emails that contain AmazonSmile information along with other content.

"Organizations may also spread the word to supporters online using web-site banners, links, widgets, and social media posts. See the AmazonSmile Participation Agreement for more details."

[Note: Concerned, as a nonprofit, about supporting the Amazon corporation's business practices, by pushing AmazonSmile to benefit your organization?  Others are, too.  Read Is It Immoral for Charities to Push 'Amazon Smile? ]

Google Offers A $30,000 College Scholarship to the Best Google Doodle and A $50,000 Tech Grant for the Winning Child's School

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:25:00 +0000

Closing Date for Submissions: March 20th 2014

"Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers.

This year's Doodle 4 Google theme is "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."

"Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more.

"One talented young artist (grades K-12) will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school"

To submit a doodle according to Google's directions, go to

Good luck!

Emergency and Disaster Relief Program Related Investments (PRIs) for U.S. Animal Welfare Organizations Needing Emergency Funding

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:13:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[For more information on this low interest emergency relief, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post].  RFP is an acronym for "Request for Proposal".

"ASPCA Offering Program-Related Investments (PRI's) for Emergencies and Disasters
"The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides program-related investments to animal welfare organizations that have a need for emergency funding. Through this program, short-term low-interest bridge loans of up to $250,000 will be provided to select organizations able to demonstrate emergency need and the ability to repay the funds within  twenty-four months.

"PRIs will be awarded to support animal welfare organizations in cases of natural disasters, including but  not limited to floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, wildfires, windstorms, animal disease outbreaks and epidemics, droughts, and earthquakes; human-caused disasters, including but  not limited to oil spills, fires, infrastructure damage, transportation accidents, hazardous materials release, explosions, and acts of terrorism; and economic emergencies, including but  not limited to cash flow shortages, restructuring, relocation of physical space, leadership transitions, or other economic events that affect daily operations.

"To be eligible, applicants must be an established 501(c)(3) or governmental animal welfare organization located in the United States and in good standing with the ASPCA (applying organizations cannot have any overdue reports for past grants); must be able through their by-laws or board resolution to enter into a loan agreement; and must be willing and able to complete an online application and submit pertinent background materials and organizational financial information.

"ASPCA will consider applications as necessary on an open basis.

"See the ASPCA Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions."

Thank You, for Reading; Best Wishes to You In the New Year ; and I Wish Successes to the Nonprofits That Assist You and to Those That You Support

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:45:00 +0000

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Thank you.

Thank you for reading, commenting, critiquing, and supporting  Seeking Grant Money Today

I began this blog in 2004 solely to share the professional nonprofit best practices information and expertise I amassed because nonprofits (from organizations aged start up to decades old) must maximize and protect all of their resources and assets.  In good and bad economies, nonprofits have little resources to spend and a free, professional, reputable resource can make the difference between making or breaking fundraising, operational, oversight, and other organizational goals.

All of these years later, thanks to your readership and to your willingness to let me know when and how this blog and its resources have helped, I know that this blog has indeed assisted nonprofits.  I hope that you and I each continue to do the same.

I am pleased and humbled to have accomplished my goal.  I am also grateful for all of your efforts in the nonprofit sector.  Thank you.

I wish you, the nonprofits that you benefit from and support, and also the good you aspire to do the very best and much success in the new year.

The past exists for us to remember; the future offers itself as an opportunity; and right now we have, in the present moment, a gift.

Thank you for the work you do for your community. 

I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014.

Read My Corrections Of A Poor Annual Appeal Letter I Received So Your Nonprofit Crafts Professional and Sucessful Donation Requests That Retain Past Donors and Create New Ones

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 23:38:00 +0000

It is the time of year that nonprofits send out annual appeal solicitations in order to get ahead of donors planning to give.  Nonprofits solicit during the final quarter every year so that they might be one of the organizations a donor chooses to give to.If your organization is about to ask previous and potential new donors for support be sure to learn how to do so effectively.   You want your appeal to successfully raises money.  The author of this letter, I can tell, has not learned how to craft a successful nonprofit solicitation letter yet.  I do hope that they take the time to learn.  The following is easily one of the worst nonprofit appeals I've received this year.I provide it, here, not to chastise or insult anyone.  Rather, I provide it to assist you, my reader, in the hopes that after reading this post you come to understand how to craft a professional and successful appeal letter for your nonprofit.I altered the letter, below, so the organization and author are not evident.  The entire letter is here in green font to set it off clearly from the blog post."Dear DONOR,"Whenever NONPROFIT makes an appeal for funds, I am always reminded of my UNCLE who throughout his life was heavily involved with many worthy causes, and who truly believed in " giving back.” Part of this work required him to engage in fundraising - something he did enthusiastically and successfully."To be honest, fundraising makes me uncomfortable. When I was younger, I once asked my UNCLE how he was able to be respectful of the donor while simultaneously stressing the importance of the cause he was collecting for. I have never forgotten his answer, and I would like to share it with you."My UNCLE explained that each time he requested funds for an organization, he would tell the potential donor: “ I feel extremely fortunate that no one is collecting for me, and you should feel fortunate that no one is collecting for you!”"With this in mind, my UNCLE not only became a successful fundraiser for a host of worthy organizations, but he also reminded himself, and the donors he engaged, how truly lucky they both were."I hope that by reading about my UNCLE’s perspective on fundraising, you might take a moment to consider just how worthy and important NONPROFIT has become to thousands of people throughout the world . "Our past was rich.  By helping NONPROFIT you make sure that our future will be as rich as our past."RIGHT NOW, we need YOUR help. Whether it's $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more – your donation will help us preserve our history for future generations."At this point, we are less than $XX,000 away from our October fundraising goal. This gives us a little more than 3 days."Please help NONPROFIT reach this important goal."We are hoping that 200 people can donate $75, or more, by 11:59 pm on October 31. ( Gifts of $100 or more qualify for Value Added Services). Each night, we will send an update to let you know how we are doing."There are four easy ways to donate now:"1)  Click here to donate via our secure website. "2) Via PayPal by  clicking here. "3) Call us at 555-232-4433."4) Make checks payable to NONPROFIT, and send to:"NONPROFIT221B Baker StreetLondon, England, United Kingdom"Thank you in advance for your kind consideration."How lucky you are that I contacted you today to enable you to support our mission, and how very lucky I am to be able to act as an intermediary!"Sincerely,"Nonprofit Executive NameExecutive Position NONPROFIT"P.S. We need your help to continue our important work. Your support of NONPROFIT will ensure our ability to preserve our history for future generations. Please contribute whatever you are able at this time - it will make an immediate difference."Now that you have read it, let's go over it.First, let me be fair.  I know that the author clearly states in their letter, "To be honest, fundraising makes me uncomfortable."  It is not t[...]

Grants for Communities Innovating in Urban Forestry

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 21:31:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information]

"TD Bank and Arbor Day Foundation Invites Applications for Urban Forestry Projects in Under-Served Communities

"Deadline: December 20, 2013

"TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation are accepting applications to the TD Green Streets grant program, which will offer ten grants of $20,000 each in support of innovative urban forestry initiatives in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.

"Funding is intended to support the purchase of trees, tree planting and maintenance, and educational activities. Up to 50 percent of the proposed funding can be used to purchase new trees.

"To be eligible for a TD Green Streets grant, qualified municipalities must be a current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA-designated community within TD Bank's United States footprint. Proposed new trees must be planted in neighborhoods identified as low- to moderate-income. Municipalities are encouraged to apply in partnership with community partners such as nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, etc.

"Grant applications will be reviewed according to a range of criteria, including a demonstrated understanding of the purpose of the program and designing a program that promotes innovative, sustainable practices; demonstrated ability to involve the community, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, corporate sector, etc., in the program; a commitment to the training and continuing education of community staff and volunteers through workshops, accreditation, conferences, etc.; a maintenance plan to ensure survivability of new trees; and a system in place to evaluate the success of the program.

"Complete program information, list of eligible communities, and the online application are available at the TD Green Streets Web site."

Link to Complete RFP

How to Help the Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan

Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:48:00 +0000

To assist, please consider donating to any one of the following emergency relief nonprofits listed below.  As always, please research any nonprofit you are considering donating to before doing so.  You can research organizations (for free) at Charity Navigator (which has already set up a 'safe organizations for donors to give to list' for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster response).  Always remember, after a major disaster, that unfortunately there are scam artists creating fake organizations or relief funds.  Be prudent before donating, research organizations you are considering giving to, and your donation will go to assist victims, as you intend.International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are already on the ground in Philippines and conducting search efforts and have emergency supplies ready to be distributed now.  To quote their site's web page about the IFRC's Haiyan assistance work, "The IFRC has released 500,000 Swiss francs (545,000 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to assist the humanitarian effort on the ground, as the typhoon is now leaving the Philippines and heading across the South China Sea towards Viet Nam." - See more at: Cross is also already on the ground in the Philippines.  To quote their Haiyan web page (on their site), besides also providing search and rescue services and having emergency supplies at the ready, the Red Cross, "The American Red Cross deployed two disaster relief specialists on Saturday to assist in the assessment and relief efforts. Since communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, the American Red Cross will also send two telecommunication specialists and a satellite system in the coming days.  The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If you are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines,..."  - See more at: "UNICEF staff in the Philippines are rushing into position to deliver aid. More emergency experts are on the way. In Copenhagen, 60 metric tons of emergency supplies — for the health, medical and shelter needs of children — are being readied for an emergency airlift, to arrive within 48 hours."  See more at Without Borders "Emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in Cebu, the Philippines, on Nov. 9."  "... MSF is strengthening its teams with an additional 30 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the coming days. MSF is also sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, which will arrive in Cebu within the next three days. A first cargo plane will leave from Dubai tomorrow, and a second will depart Belgium on Tuesday. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating wounded, material for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, and relief items such as tents and hygiene kits."  MSF is strengthening its teams with an additional 30 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the coming days. MSF is also sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, which will arrive in Cebu within the next three days. A first cargo plane will leave from Dubai tomorrow, and a second will depart Belgium on Tuesday. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating wounded, material for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, and relief items such as tents and hygiene kits.  - See more at:[...]

Veterans, Thank You. Here Are Resources To Assist Veterans and Their Loved Ones...

Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:12:00 +0000

"To Cheer Up Or Support Those Currently Serving Our Nation and Their Loved Ones:

Support Our Troops "- a nonprofit enabling the public to send care packages to U.S. service men and women, offers other programs such as Find-A-Group - a database that allows the public to find out what organization support the troops and their families, and you may donate if you wish to.

USO "- a private nonprofit chartered by Congress, the United Service Organizations provides not only entertainment to the troops, overseas, as we all know; but more.  There are a variety of services and programs supporting our troops but their loved ones back home, including care package programs, free phone cards for service people and their families, and much much more.

For Veterans and Their Loved Ones:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Joining Forces "- a White House initiative's website that provides veterans' employment resources and other veterans' and military spouse resources and support.

Veterans Crisis Line "- a website providing a helpline for "confidential veterans" assistance from the Department of Veteran Affairs, resources for veterans having difficulties with depression or contemplating suicide, and resources for the loved ones of veterans facing crisis.

National Alliance On Mental Illness's Veterans and Suicide web page" lists both government and private (non-government) resources available to both veterans and their loved ones who are dealing with a vet's depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental health and wellness issues.

"For U.S. Employers Wishing to Hiring United States Service Men and Women, (and for U.S. Veterans Returning to the Workforce specifically see the Society for Human Resource Management's link, below):

U.S. Small Business Association's Veterans web page" providing information on the federal programs that encourage small business employers to hire U.S. veterans and what each program's benefits, requirements, etc. are.

Society for Human Resource Management's Military Employment Resource page, "online, provides resources for veterans returning to the workplace (such as what rights they have according to the law, etc.), resources for employers: hiring tool kits, federal contractors lists, how to work through communication issues with hired veterans, best practices, and more." [Source: Out of Gratitude to Our U.S. Service People - Resources To Support, Cheer Up, Hire, and Help Them and Their Loved Ones]

Advice On Any Individual Seeking Grants for Themselves (as Opposed to Grants for An Organization, Etc.):

Are There Grants for An Individual?

A Bit More for Individuals Looking for Grants

Plan for Your Nonprofit's Coming Fiscal Year for Both the Organization's Welfare and Growth, and For Each Program's and Project's Success

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:21:00 +0000

The calendar year is coming to an end soon and so, too, will many nonprofits' fiscal years.  As we are in the beginning of the fourth quarter of this (calendar and perhaps your fiscal) year, this is a good time for your organization's leadership to convene to plan for the coming new year.  In order to be effective, efficient, and economical a nonprofit's leadership wants to plan for each and all nonprofit operation in the coming year well in advance.In order to plan fully, consider the following... For the Organization's Overall Operations:ProgramsYour New Program or Product Design Must Be Clear Before Applying for GrantsOrganizational and Operations BudgetsHow Does A Nonprofit Implement A Sound Growth Strategy for Itself?How and Where Resources Exist To Keep One Step Ahead for Prudent, Conservative and Effective Budgeting and Planning In the Rebounding EconomyOrganization's Total FundraisingWhat's the Trick Nonprofits Successfully Raising Funds, Even In This Economy Use to Create Their Success?  Planning.  All About the Development Plan That Works...What the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing ResultsVolunteersWhat the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing ResultsWhat A Nonprofit Can Do To Recruit Board Members That Are the Best Possible Leaders For Its Specific Organization and How Board Recruitment Generally Works   Organizational OversightHere's A Handy Checklist for Nonprofit Operations and Fundraising SuccessAbout the Nonprofit's Governing Documents, Especially the Bylaws and How They Can Be A Powerful Tool for the Organization's Success  What the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing ResultsTo Get More Detailed... Planning For Each Program, Project, or Product:Project/Product/Program PlanningMission-Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples Of It Enabling Organizations That Use It Mission Based Thinking Part Two of Two - Examples Of It Enabling Organizations That Use ItProject/Product/Program Design and Review Your New Program or Product Design Must Be Clear Before Applying for GrantsProgram StaffingHow Any Nonprofit Can Raise More Support, Acquire the Best Talent, Strive, and Grow... Programs' BudgetsThe Word "Gets" Is In "Budgets" Programs' MarketingWhy Is Marketing Important In Grant Writing? How to Use Marketing, Affordably, To Increase A Nonprofit's Numbers of New Grant DonorsWhat the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing ResultsPrograms' Public Relations/Public Outreach/Social MediaWhy It Matters What the Public Thinks of A Nonprofit & How To Check How Your Nonprofit's Website Can Increase the Grants Your Organization RaisesWhat the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing ResultsPrograms' Participants' Feedback/Tabulation and Review of Feedback FindingsIs Your Nonprofit Providing Enough Or Too Many Programs?  Too, How Does A Start Up Nonprofit Know How Many Programs To Open With?  For Each Program: End of Program Follow Up/Gather and Review Lessons Learned/Study Improvements/Implement Viable ImprovementsEvaluation Methods - How Can A Nonprofit Use Them To Raise More Money More Often[...]

Grants for Organizations, Designers, Artists, Etc. Working With Local and National Partners to Transform/Impact Community Vibrancy

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:46:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

"Deadline: December 13, 2013 (Letters of Inquiry)

"ArtPlace Invites Letters of Inquiry for Creative Place-making Projects

"ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to drive community revitalization through the arts, is inviting Letters of Inquiry for its fourth round of funding through its Innovation Grants program.

"A collaboration of thirteen major national and regional foundations, six of the nation's largest banks, and eight federal agencies, ArtPlace works to accelerate creative place-making — defined as "a means of investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities" — in the United States.

"Grants will be awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to have a transformative impact on community vibrancy.

"Applications are encouraged from all fifty states and any U.S. territory. Certain ArtPlace funders also are committed to working in specific states or communities. Currently, these include Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul, as well as communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. Projects in these areas are particularly encouraged, although applications are welcome and grants may be awarded to projects from anywhere in the U.S.

"Award amounts are decided on a case-by-case basis. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants to 124 organizations in more than 79 communities across the U.S. for a total of $42.1 million.

"While ArtPlace grants are intended to fund a range of costs associated with implementing a creative place-making project, ArtPlace loans should be used to finance costs associated with a capital project such as pre-development, acquisition, construction, and real estate improvements.

"Complete guidelines and Letter of Inquiry submission instructions are available at the ArtPlace Web site."

Charity Navigator's 2013 Nonprofit Salary Study Findings Got A Gawker Writer 'Shot' When Really, Nonprofit Employees Should Insist Nonprofit Leaders Attract and Retain Employees By Operating and Fundraising Better

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:43:00 +0000

Charity Navigator, "America's largest independent charity evaluator, provides free ratings of the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of thousands of nonprofits..." (as stated by Charity Navigator's website) has just released the findings from the 2013 edition of their annual Nonprofit CEO Compensation Study.  See it at 2013 CEO Compensation Study Final.Social and cultural phenom website, Gawker, whose tag line is, "Today's gossip is tomorrow's news." posted the article, Here Are the Most Overpaid Charity CEO's in America today about Charity Navigator's 2013 findings.  The title of this article sounds editorial until you go to Charity Navigator's page two of the actual Study's .PDF (See page two of the link, at the end of the first paragraph, above). His article simple summarizes Charity Navigator's study's findings and here is what Charity Navigator's findings report's authors said, themselves (as the Gawker article quotes),"This report offers insight into how a charity’s mission, size, and location impact its CEO’s sala-ry. It also highlights some questionable salaries, such as those that approach and exceed a mil-lion dollars, and suspect compensation policies, such as charities that have multiple highly-paid family members on staff. We round out the report by offering advice for judging the appropri-ateness of a nonprofit executive’s pay." [Charity Navigator]The Gawker article's author, Hamilton Nolan, appears to have enjoyed looking over the comments under his salaries recap as much I have.As of the time that I am writing this blog post, today, he has responded twice to comments relating to his blog post/article.  He responds to a portion of a comment first, and the comment snippet is,""You know, there's this misconception that people who work at nonprofits should essentially accept being paid less than market value for their skillset."" Nolan responds by pointing out, in his words, "On the contrary, this study is all about market value. It surveys the market—in this case, nonprofit organizations.  It surveys the market—in this case, nonprofit organizations. The salaries listed are in the top 1/3 of 1% of "market value" in their market. That is, in my mind (and in the mind of a typical corporate compensation committee), a strong indication of overpayment. If you'd like to be more specific in your objections, I'm all ears."His second response (thus far, anyway) he further explains his point of view (based on the study's findings) thus,  "I'm not saying that employees of nonprofits should be poorly paid. I'm saying that the CEOs of nonprofits should not be paid grossly outsized salaries. I also believe this for private companies, though the justification is somewhat different."I know it is really uncommon for people who comment online to read the entire article, from start to end, that they comment on (whether or not that is what has occurred here or not - I do no know); so, I imagine it is even less likely that the folks who have commented on Nolan's story also read the actual study's findings.  Had they, they might understand that Nolan, himself, was not editorializing in his Gawker post, but rather re-stating Charity Navigator's own findings.It is a bit interesting that the messenger got shot.We nonprofit types get our nose bent out of joint (especially those of us who are employed as paid staff by nonprofit organizations who are not making over $1 million) when we read (or partially read, as the case may be) anything sounding remotely like, "...people who work at nonprofits should... accept being paid less than... for their skill set..." (the editing of the original Gawker comment is mine not theirs' or Nolan's).  I know why it annoys us.  I've been paid nonprofit s[...]

Award for U.S. Domestic Violence Nonprofit Programs Addressing Needs of Under-Served Populations

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:47:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in more information about this awards opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post].

"Deadline: November 22, 2013

"Mary Byron Project Announces Roth Award for Domestic Violence Programs Focused on Under-Served Populations

"As part of its annual Celebrating Solutions Awards honoring innovative programs in the United States that demonstrate promise in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project has created the Roth Award to reward and spotlight domestic violence programs that address the needs of under-served populations.

"Eligible programs provide services to populations (including those based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, faith, disabilities, low socioeconomic status, sexual preference, and victims from economically comfortable suburban areas) that traditionally do not know how to avail themselves of services or who are too ashamed to find them.

"One Roth Award will be presented annually in addition to the other four Celebrating Solutions Awards. Eligible programs may be nominated for both the Celebrating Solutions and Roth Awards, but may only receive one $10,000 grant.

"To be eligible for the award, a program's primary focus must address the issue of intimate partner violence. The nominated program, agency, or organization, as well as the core components of the program being nominated, must have been operating for a minimum of three years (established no later than September 2010 for the 2013-14 award year); be operating when the nomination is made; and be part of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) or government agency. The program should be replicable, or, if it is national in scope, should have applications for individual communities regardless of their size or ethnic population.

"Visit the Mary Byron Project Web site for complete program information, application guidelines, and nomination materials."

News Stories Describing How the Federal Government Shutdown is Effecting Nonprofit Organizations

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:32:00 +0000

Here is a news round up describing how the federal shutdown is effecting the nonprofit sector, six days since it began (the federal shutdown began Tuesday, October 1, 2013):

Updated: Government Shutdown: What It Means for Nonprofits  (from The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Charities Brace for Government Shutdown

Nonprofits Begin Coping With Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown Will Impact Millions of Service Volunteers

Shutdown Brings Combined Federal Campaign to a standstill

 What the Shutdown Means for Nonprofits (from the Smart Giving Matters blog)

 Do Congressional Salary Givebacks Add Insult to Injury?

Oklahoma nonprofits brace for ripple effects of federal shutdown

As the nation and the world are doing, the U.S. nonprofit sector also watches eagerly as the October 17 deadline for increasing the U.S. debt limit looms; especially amid Congress's continued apparent indifference to their own inability to work together or compromise.  Since they are not working together, the possibility of a federal debt default is slowly steadily increasing daily, and threatening the U.S. and global financial markets.

Scholarships and Stipends for American and Canadian Public or Private School 7th - 12th Graders Creating Different Arts or Writing (See below for kinds of arts and genres)

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:04:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this award opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

"Deadline: Various

"Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries From Creative Teens

"The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, has launched a call for entries for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

"Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in one of twenty-eight categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

"Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs.

"To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

"Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014.

"For complete program information, entry guidelines, and regional deadlines, visit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Web site."

Put Some Shine On Your Nonprofit For the Coming New Year - Helpful Tools to Improve Next Year's Organizational Outcomes, Savings, and Successful Fundraising...

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:12:00 +0000

As we are approaching the end of the calendar year many nonprofit organizations are also at or about to reach the end of their fiscal year.  This is a great time to be certain proactive plans are in place for all aspects of the coming year's operations (from volunteer management to fundraising to programs and so on).Here are some resources that may be very helpful for you to consider for your organization's fundraising success in 2014 and further:A List of Specific Fundraising Methods Particularly Helpful At the End of the Calendar YearHow Your Nonprofit's Fundraising Can Be Successful In the Coming Year Specific to Grant Writing:What Are Grant Donors Looking For & Funding Today?How Do We Afford Grant Writing?To Improve Your Organization's Fundraising Success From Individuals, Specifically:September Is Boom Time for Donors, Google Says  What Motivates Giving? How To Increase the Number of New DonorsYou, Too, Can Raise Major Donations and Here's Some Help...Getting Major Donors To Contribute Large Regular Donations Can Stabilize Cash FlowHow Nonprofits Will Save More and Raise More: Or, How To Conduct Donor and Donations AnalysisWhat the Nonprofit Annual Report Is, Why It Is Necessary, But More Importantly - How It Can Be Powerful In Increasing A Nonprofit's Fundraising, Volunteers, Public Relations, and Marketing ResultsFor the Organization's Oversight and Leadership:What A Nonprofit Can Do To Recruit Board Members That Are the Best Possible Leaders For Its Specific Organization and How Board Recruitment Generally WorksNonprofit Self Evaluation Leads To Efficient, Economically Trim, Effective, Increased & Successful Fundraising and MoreWhy Successes Or Having An Accomplished Track Record Is Important For Any Nonprofit To Be Able To Raise FundsWhat A Development Or Fundraising Plan Is and How and Why It's Invaluable To An Efficient and Effective Organization[...]

Nominations Called for Scientists Early In Their Career Who Have Successfully Engaged a Non-Scientific Public Audience

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:45:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this award opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the bottom of this blog post for more information].

"Deadline: October 15, 2013

"American Association for the Advancement of Science Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science

"The American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS) has issued a call for nominations for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. Established in 2010, the award recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in fostering greater public engagement with science.

"Nominees will have conducted science activities with a focus on interactive dialogue between themselves and a non-scientific, public audience. Types of public engagement activities might include informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or science communication activities such as mass media, public dialogue, radio, TV and film, science café, science exhibit, science fair, and social and online media.

"The award offers a cash prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS annual meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to the meeting to receive the prize.

"To be eligible, nominees must be early-career scientists or engineers in academia, government, or industry actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including social sciences and medicine). During the award year, AAAS will expect the recipient to continue participating in public engagement with science activities and initiatives.

"Visit the AAAS Web site for complete program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures."

Mission Based Thinking Part Two of Two - Examples Of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:36:00 +0000

Examples demonstrating how mission-based nonprofit operations best works when it is used effectively by a nonprofit's staff and volunteers are difficult to come by.  As we all know, examples can be very powerful.  In this post I provide examples demonstrating how mission-based thinking can be used among all people operating a single nonprofit from executive leaders through the ranks to day to day staff or volunteers.This blog post is the final part of, or part two to my original post, Mission Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples of It Enabling Organizations That Use It in which I explain why more than ever today mission-based nonprofit operations is not just best practice but critical.  It works for a reason for organization of all size all over the world (that's how best practices come to be - it works for other nonprofits that try them).  Here, I am furthering the discussion by providing examples of its use for effectiveness, efficiency, and professionalism in nonprofit operations.To be clear, I will reiterate that mission based thinking is first putting the best interests of the organization's beneficiaries and the best interests of the nonprofit, itself, given the mission statement, when considering any organizational issue or situation from large operations or oversight considerations to the small day to day business decisions.  The mission statement must be the first and guiding principle.The Situation Let's pretend that you and I work for a (made-up), local, fifteen year old, successful, well run nonprofit, Holly Town Holly Shrub Preservation Society (HTHSPS).  It is located in Holly Town, Connecticut - population 100,000, which is a historic district and our local economy relies a great deal on tourism in our region.  The draw to Holly Town for tourists is the beautiful, small, historic district downtown; the lovely historic neighborhoods; but especially the holly shrubs growing in different local homes' yards, business sites, and parks.  Most of the plants are over one hundred years old, and comprised of at least twenty unique varietals of holly shrub of which only six are currently sold commercially, anymore, worldwide.The town's holly plants are antiques, unique, and of value considering their age, their beauty, and their economic potential for Holly Town's local economy.  Nowhere else in the world is there such a concentration of all of the known species of holly.Annually, HTHSPS holds: cutting sales of each of Holly Town's holly plant twenty varieties, which are gown in the nonprofit's plant nursery for commercial sale; classes on how to best care for the different various holly shrub varieties to ensure one raises and keeps their plants healthy; an annual Holly Ho Down which includes a holly shrub competition for prettiest shrub and community parade and fair; and HTHSPS organizes and maintains a scientific consortium made up of academics and professionals working in science and through education to document, study, protect, and ensure the future of Holy Town's twenty different holy bush varietals.  Each of these are fundraisers (and the nonprofit conducts others annually like: an annual appeal, memberships at different giving levels, board contributions, and monthly requests using remittance envelopes in its online and mailed newsletters) except the consortium which is not a fundraiser but on of the programs or services that the organization provides.No other nonprofit locally, nationally, or world-wide focuses on the holly plant and its various known varietals.  Our annual operatin[...]

Grants for Affordable Housing Nonprofits Revitalizing or Stabilizing Neighborhoods Adversely Effected by Recent Economic Downturns in TD Bank Market Areas in U.S.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:14:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

"Deadline: August 30, 2013

"TD Charitable Foundation Invites Applications for 2013 'Housing for Everyone' Grants

"The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to its eighth annual "Housing for Everyone" competition.

"The theme of this year's competition is neighborhood revitalization and stabilization, with a focus on initiatives designed to revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods that have been adversely affected by recent economic conditions through the creation or re-creation of affordable, clean, and safe housing units.

"Applications must focus on the preservation/rehabilitation/expansion of existing affordable housing properties and/or the utilization of abandoned properties to create new units of affordable housing.

"Twenty-five organizations in communities served by TD Bank will each be awarded a $100,000 grant in 2013.

"To be eligible, organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code (and not be classified as a private foundation) and be located in a TD Bank market area. In addition, applicants must have a mission/focus that promotes affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals.

"See the TD Bank Web site for eligibility and application guidelines."

Mission-Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:20:00 +0000

Mission-based thinking, a staple of contemporary, professional, nonprofit, best practices, is often discussed and explained but examples are more difficult to locate.In this two part post I will explain the critical importance of mission-based thinking in this post.  In the next post I will then share different examples of how mission based thinking can work, from different points of view within and outside of the nonprofit, and how in doing so, I will demonstrate how empowering, clarifying, and on track it can help an organization to either become or be.Why Mission-Based Thinking Even Exists On the RadarOregon Governor Kitzhaber signed a law this June that was the first in the United States.  The new Oregon law takes aim at charities that spend 70% or more of each dollar raised on costs other than mission-related expenses.  In other words, Oregon is looking to dock charities that spend 70% or more of their income on overhead expenses such as fundraising or operations - anything other than programs or services, during three years or more.  What is the penalty?  State and local subsidies will be withdrawn from Oregon charities found spending most income on overhead rather than their stated mission (programs and services).  For more on this news item, see Tracy Loew's article for the Statesman Journal on June 29, 2013, Oregon charity law is a first.The shot across the bow that Oregon is sending at poorly run nonprofits may be the first in a series of bills that will do something similar if not the same, in other states.What's the big deal?  The big deal here happens to also be the reason that mission-based thinking is a key element of professional, nonprofit, best practices.The reason why it matters to governments whether alleged charities in their jurisdiction spend less than 70% of each dollar raised (or more - which Oregon is trying to dissuade) on overhead rather than its mission is simple - a charity operates at no profit in order to do something (as described by the charity, itself, when it incorporates and receives official charity designation from the state(s) in which it will operate and from the Internal Revenue Service in order to raise tax free dollars).  The deed it claims to be doing is something for some good for the community and if the organization is successful it is also the reason that people, businesses, foundations, and so on give donations to the organization.  The work a nonprofit does on behalf of the communities of the U.S. at no profit is supported by our federal and state governments as each government type allows them (at least for now) to raise tax free dollars.  This is how those who give to charities are allowed to claim donations as tax deductions on their tax returns.  The Oregon legislature has said, in effect, by passing their law, 'If you feel the need to spend most of the money you raise, Oregon charities, on operations or overhead rather than your mission (programs and services) then our localities and state need not give you any more money because mostly our money will not go towards charitable efforts through your organization - but if we give it to Oregon nonprofits that do direct most of their income towards their mission - our money will be better invested in Oregon communities and real successes.  Real needs will be met well.'The reason why it matters to potential clients of a given nonprofit, those considering volunteering with, or to potential community partners of a specific nonprofit (such as separate but similar other nonprofits, go[...]

Grants for Nonprofits Providing Nutrition Education and Help to Under-Served Communities

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:58:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

"Deadline: September 15, 2013

"Aetna Foundation Accepting Applications for Regional Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs

"The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities it serves.

"The foundation's Regional Grants program funds community-wellness initiatives that serve those most at risk for poor health - including low-income, under-served, and minority populations -- in Aetna's priority cities and states.

"In 2013, grants will target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically active. The foundation is particularly interested in programs that provide nutrition education and help increase the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in under-served communities and/or programs that provide opportunities for physical activity in under-served communities.

"Typically, grants support school-based and after school nutrition and fitness programs that help children learn healthy habits at an early age, community-based nutrition education programs for children and families, efforts to increase the availability or affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in communities, and community gardening and urban farming activities for children and families.

"Priority consideration will be given to programs that focus on healthy food choices and physical activity through a racial and ethnic health equity lens.

"Grant amounts will range from $25,000 to $40,000.

"To be eligible, applicants must be nonprofit organizations with evidence of IRS 501(c)(3) designation or de facto tax-exempt status. A tax identification number is necessary to apply online.
See the Aetna Foundation's Web site for a list of the foundation's priority cities and states, as well as eligibility and application guidelines."

About the Nonprofit's Governing Documents, Especially the Bylaws and How They Can Be A Powerful Tool for the Organization's Success

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:30:00 +0000

The Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation are the two governing documents that any nonprofit must create when it is being started up, and then it must have on hand as it conducts its business over the life of the organization.  Nonprofit organizations, when they are started, are required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and often states and other jurisdictional governments or agencies to have specific governing documents finished in order to receive official charity or nonprofit status from them (thus being allowed to, depending on the type of nonprofit being formed, perhaps legally raise tax free dollars, among other rights, for example). As each nonprofit is its own unique entity so must the founding documents be of each organization.  Similarly, each jurisdiction that oversees each nonprofit is different and has different requirements of what the founding documents are and what they must contain.  Research your federal, state, and local (i.e. county, Parish, borough, city, Tribal, etc.) governments and understand what each requires of a start up nonprofit (charity) where the organization is going to operate (the office location and also whatever geographic region the organization's services will be provided) and on what timetable, so you know before you begin.[Disclaimer: As is true of every single thing included in this blog, in no way is this post intended to be either legal advice, legal direction, or any kind of substitute for consultation with an attorney.  Do not take it as such.  Instead, this post is merely educational: an introduction to what documents govern nonprofit organizations in a general overview, and it gives some instances (not all) in which they maybe either necessary or helpful and how so.  If you need to understand anything pertaining to the law or legal documents, consult with a qualified credible attorney.]In a general sense, the Articles are a public document stating what that specific nonprofit is accountable to the public for.  In addition to the IRS, all states require that they be filed.  Articles may be called other things (i.e. the organization's Constitution, Charter, etc.) depending on what type of organization the nonprofit is going to form as (i.e. unincorporated association or corporation), but the phrase "Articles of Incorporation" covers most types of nonprofit organizations.  There are many sections to an Articles document, and I am not covering them here, but the IRS is most interested in the Purposes and Powers clauses. The Purposes clause restricts the organization to pursue only those activities it is allowed to conduct according to the exempt purpose, it has chosen to form under, according to the IRS charity code of all of the IRS's charitable organization exempt purposes.  Today, the current IRS exempt purposes are "...charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals...".  Each nonprofit that forms must select one of these as the exempt purpose it is forming under.  As the nonprofit organization is filing as a "not for profit entity", the Powers clause is where the organization promises not to pay a profit to its members, officers, directors, or anyone; and it also promises here that if the organization is dissolved its assets will be disposed of only for tax exempt purposes or to another nonprofit.Much more relevant to [...]

Grants for Nonprofits Providing Pediatric Dental Care to Under-Served Communities

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 02:36:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

"Deadline: August 1, 2013

"Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Invites Letters of Intent for 2014 Access to Care Grants

"The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry launched the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) initiative in 1987 with the aim of providing quality oral health care to children in need. To that end, HSHC has announced a call for Letters of Intent from pediatric dental care organizations for its 2014 Access to Care Grants program.

"Through the call, HSHC will award single-year matching grants of up to $20,000 to support community-based initiatives that provide oral health care to under-served children. Priority will be given to successful programs with the potential for replication in other communities, as well as initiatives that have worked in collaboration with other institutions and organizations.

"Funds may be applied to cover the cost of clinic supplies and instruments, patient/parent education materials, take-home supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities, and/or other activities with clear, direct impact on pediatric oral health care.

"To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit organization or local government agency that provides dental services to children in the U.S. or a U.S. territory.  Projects should have pediatric dentist involvement. If a pediatric dentist is not participating, a general dentist must be involved in order to be considered for funding.

"In addition, applicants must have matching funds — either cash or in kind — equal to the grant request amount at the time the application is submitted.

"See the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry site for eligibility and application guidelines."

Is Your Nonpnrofit Providing Enough Or Too Many Programs? Too, How Does A Start Up Nonprofit Know How Many Programs To Open With?

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 02:05:00 +0000

In the economy that we've been living in for the past six years, it may seem unnecessary to state that a nonprofit need not overextend itself and its operations by offering too many programs or services, but of course some organization do so.All nonprofit organization provide programs, or services, or products (or some combination of all three) to deliver the agency's mission statement's goal to the intended beneficiaries it serves.  Programs are the crux of the organization's reason for existing, where it either succeeds or not, and ideally where most of each dollar raised is spent.  The programs any organization provides are why it exists and how it delivers what it does to the targeted population it serves.  The key to noticing what is an over-programmed organization is in beginning with answering the following: How many programs does the single nonprofit offer?  How often are is each program offered in a single year?  What is each program's design and intended outcomes?  What is the scope of each program's service, goals, and intended outcomes?  What are the complete budgets for each program (including dollars raised and expenses)?  Staffing and/or volunteers for each program?  Locations?  Overhead expense for each?  Is enough money truly going to be raised this year and next year to confidently operate the organization and all of its programs?  Is there enough expertise and talent on the organization's board and among its staff to be effective in an efficient manner for all of the programs provided?  And so on... Yours' may be a nonprofit that is indeed offering too many programs and you or other leadership may not even realize it.How might a nonprofit's leadership be oblivious to overextending how many programs it offers?  Usually it is because a nonprofit's leadership does not regularly evaluate whether each of its programs are relevant, effective, and being operated efficiently (of course not realizing it perhaps because they are new to nonprofit operations oversight, or perhaps because they are not evaluating beneficiaries' needs annually to compare evaluations' findings to the organization's programming planning for the coming year in order to make adjustments as findings indicate are needed, or other possible reasons (anything from an operational culture of not addressing operations issues, to comfort in the status quo, to top-down leadership that is controlling rather than open/listening and collaborative with its team, and so on)).(To jump to the specifics on how start up nonprofits, specifically, can avoid over-programming, go to the fourth paragraph before the final one, below).Whether regular oorganizational self evaluation of operations and programs are conducted at all is an indication of a well: managed, overseen, and operated nonprofit (one worthy of any beneficiary's or supporter's confidence in its programming and leadership's abilities to run the organization in a lean but effective fashion).  For this reason and more, regular (usually annual) programs (and operations) evaluations for all programs and operations are professional, nonprofit, best practices.  Findings from regular professionally conducted and tallied self evaluations enables leadership to see what the nonprofit actually accomplished and from this information leadership can begin to determine what is needed to better (more effectively and [...]

Grants for Animal Shelter or Rescue Nonprofits That Collaborate, Promote, and/or Increase Awareness of Dog Homelessness

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 22:50:00 +0000

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

"Deadline: June 30, 2013

"Pedigree Foundation Invites Applications for 2013 Innovation and Operation Grant

"The Pedigree Foundation is accepting applications for its 2013 Innovation and Operation Grants program from nonprofit animal shelters and dog rescue groups.

"Innovation grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to organizations that have successfully deployed creative animal shelter or dog rescue programs. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to provide financial aid to shelters and rescue groups to help fund basic operating needs.

"To be eligible, applicant organizations must be a tax-exempt nonprofit shelter or rescue group,organizationally stable, and able to demonstrate an ability to collaborate/partner within the community to promote, educate, and/or increase awareness of issues that contribute to dog homelessness.

"See the Pedigree Foundation Web site for eligibility and application guidelines."

Located in Moore, Oklahoma and Needing Assistance? Looking for Loved Ones in Moore? Wishing to Assist? See the Following...

Tue, 21 May 2013 02:20:00 +0000

The American Red Cross is assisting people in Moore, Oklahoma right now and has been literally since the tornado was touching down.

Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma is providing up to date information on the tragedy and resources available to survivors in Moore, Oklahoma.

For more information on the Red Cross and its efforts in Moore, Oklahoma click this link.  If you are so inclined, you can donate to the Red Cross for the Moore, Oklahoma effort at that link.

To give blood to the American Red Cross click this link.

To locate Red Cross shelter if you are in Moore, Oklahoma, see Find Open Shelters

To register you are safe or to locate missing loved ones who have had the opportunity to register with the Red Cross see Register as Safe & Well

"The University of Oklahoma has also opened up residence halls to displaced families. Call 405-325-2511 for more information." (Source: )

If you have lost a pet during the Moore Tornado, see OKC Metro Area Lost and Found Pets (ASPCA)

Wishing to donate to help animals after the Moore Tornado?  See Central OK Humane Society's site.

For the future, information on how to keep pets safe from tornadoes click this link.