What is the craze with sharing so much of our lives with the world?

After a bit of research and with the recent launch of our widget, I’ve discovered that over 300 million people are using the Internet to share themselves, their lives, and their passions with as many people as they can. The Internet has become a part of their daily lives to interact with others. Sure, I have a Facebook account, and yes, I check it often just like check my email.

But for some people, Facebook is a way to track every detail of everyone they know. They can look at pictures, find events that people attend, find who else attends their school, and much more. There’s also social media sites such as LiveJournal, where writers can share some of their inner-most thoughts with hundreds of people, some they might not even know. However, the one I find the most interesting is Twitter – a place to share what’s going on in your life with people literally every 5 minutes. Is it really that important?

It’s a little odd how we feel that we can get to know someone so well through what’s seen on a computer screen. It is quite a powerful tool. The ability to share information instantly to someone who may be 500 miles away from you is amazing. For instance, this blog is a means of discussing, sharing, and questioning through the Internet. It provides a vast array of resources across the globe for many individuals. If you used appropriately, social media can be a wonderful means of learning and sharing.

I’d love to hear what you think about social media sites and their use in today’s highly digitalized world!

January 24, 2008 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

A Changing World

It’s a little scary how much technology has taken over so many aspects of daily living. Everyday there’s something new that “makes life a little easier.” Perhaps your calendar is on your computer instead of in a physical book. I bet you don’t go anywhere without your cell phone to make it easier for people to get ahold of you. And I’m sure you check your email at least once a day, because it’s so much quicker and easier than “snail mail.”

Jason Dick, who writes for asmallchange.net, recently posted a blog discussing the use of online fundraising. Every company he interviewed stressed the importance of having an online fundraising plan. If you want to read more visit Jason’s blog, A Small Change – Fundraising Blog.

I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Would you be more willing to give to non-profits if you could simply click a button…? Would you trust it? Would you be glad that there was no paperwork involved? Or would you be weary because there’s no physical piece of paper to document your donations?

Food for thought…

January 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm 1 comment

Technology in Giving: Share

Have you ever heard of a widget? Perhaps a widget is an economic term to you, perhaps it’s an imaginary object, or perhaps it’s a technology tool in your vocabulary.

In our books, it’s a technology tool: an active item that can be embedded onto a webpage. In other words, a widget is an advanced form of communication for the Internet. As a developing organization, we want to share our new idea with everyone! The widget is a tool that does just that.

It has been added to our webpage as well as other social media websites, such as MySpace and Facebook. It has the capability to link to other sites, such as our homepage or our blog, and can be shared with other people who have accounts with MySpace or Facebook. The following is merely a screenshot, but visit the site to “grab” the actual widget.
Widget Screenshot

In a sense, the widget is a program in itself, which allows for advanced communication in a very simple, concise way. It’s physical appearance looks somewhat like a button or badge on the screen, and it contains a simple, clean message in the graphic, “echoDonations.org: Give the gifts that give back.” Check it out and tell me what you think!

It was designed to spread our message as far and wide as the Internet will allow. Anyone who finds the widget online can click it, grab it, or share it. By clicking the widget, the user is linked to our website and blog. The widget also has a feature that allows its user to “Donate Now,” a button that links directly to echoDonations’ donation page. Secondly, by choosing the option on the widget to “grab it,” they can take the widget themselves and add it to their website, if they wish to do so. Lastly, the user can “share it,” or invite others to add it to their website.

It’s a fun way to promote something you care about. With so many people out there that use the Internet, widgets are great viral marketing tools. I encourage you to use them if you wish to share your passions through the Internet! And please – use ours if you enjoy our organization and its efforts!

January 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

How do you give?

blog-pic.jpg Alan Levine
Throughout your life, perhaps you’ve experienced the death of a loved one to cancer, or perhaps you know children that have been born with a physical disability, or perhaps your brother or sister suffers from a learning disability. Many individuals that experience these stumbling blocks in life often become passionate about these experiences, and want to help other people overcome them. Recently, I read an article about a young man who ran a marathon for social change: Alan Levine (AKA Cogdog Blog) raised money for the American Diabetes Association by participating in an annual marathon: the 2006 Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Half-Marathon. I applaud his efforts — It takes a lot of time and dedication to train for a marathon!

I’d love to hear some stories of ways you support causes you are passionate about!

January 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm 2 comments

What do you think?

Welcome back all,

I have a few thoughts I think you might like to hear. I ran across an article the other day regarding some skepticism, rumors, and stats regarding philanthropy in general. The article reveals that 59% percent of people express a genuine concern about where exactly the money they donate ends up. Also, 46% are worried about charity fraud or theft of funds or services. How much of their donation is actually given to the charity? How is the money given to those in need? Where exactly does your money go? Is some of the donation kept by an intermediary? Is there a high processing fee? All of these are questions that need to be considered when making a donation to any nonprofit organization. How do you feel about these concerns? Have you experienced any of these problems before? How did you handle it?

Despite these concerns I mentioned, the article also reveals that 68% do in fact give their money to charities they care about. What about you? If you donate, what are some of your favorite causes or charities you like to support? If you’d like to read more of this article and others like it, check out contributemedia.com.

Within echoDonations.org, we really want to clarify any ambiguities for donors. If you are concerned about charity fraud or additional hidden fees, please don’t hesitate to ask us. As an intermediary, echoDonations.org makes sure that the money you donate goes to the specific organization you choose. Secondly, because everything is processed online, operating funds amount to only 5%. The other 95% is given to the charity. Take a look at “How it works,” and “Lowest Fees,”, and “CMF’s Simplified” for a more detailed explanation. We are also available for live chat with you 5 days a week!

January 14, 2008 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Simple Giving

Hi everyone,

My name is Michelle, the newest member to the team at echoDonations.org (echo). As a new member, I have jumped into the world of nonprofit organizations; charities, service organizations, foundations, endowments, etc. I have found a place that genuinely cares for the well-being of everyone. During my time at echo, I want to keep this blog alive, and use it as a tool to keep readers interested and updated on all of our exciting news and great opportunities.

In today’s world, nonprofit communities struggle just to maintain basic operating funds. Donor loyalty is hard to come by – donors often come and go like the wind. When funds become scarce, it hurts the simple objective of most nonprofits – assisting those in need.

Since I have been working with echo, I have discovered that a vast majority of people who donate to nonprofits are very wealthy. Celebrities often give to their favorite charities – they receive great tax breaks and a lot of recognition for their generosity. The benefits are obviously far greater for someone who donates $1,000,000 as opposed to someone who donates a mere $100.

What about the rest of the population that wants to give, but can’t afford to give away a huge amount of money? echoDonations.org has come up with an innovative, web-based solution for this particular segment of people. Through its Lifetime Cash Rewards™ program anyone can donate as little as $25 to a charity of their choice, and still receive tax benefits and cash rewards every year as the fund grows. It’s a bit like owning stock in a company and receiving a return on your investment every year for your entire lifetime. Why shouldn’t everyone have an option like this? Does it sound like something you would like to do? Being wealthy shouldn’t be a requirement in order to donate to nonprofits.

I believe that giving to those in need should be a simple, sensible process. Echo does just that—I wish everyone could see the amazing benefits of giving a small amount of money to charities and other service organizations, as it will continue to grow throughout their lifetime. Questions? Is it simple and sensible to you? Let me know what you think!

January 10, 2008 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Holiday Spirit – Free Software

by Nathan Brown


Dear Friends of echoDonations.org

With the cold weather and hectic shopping associated with the holiday season, it’s easy to lose track of the simple things that make this time of year special. Whether it’s eating that delicious homemade holiday dinner, spending time with friends and family, or seeing the smile on someone’s face by giving them a gift; the holidays can’t be summed up by how much money you spend on someone.

For that reason, we are beginning an annual tradition of giving back to the nonprofit community by giving away 20 copies of our software. We need your help by sharing this NPO coupon with all of the nonprofits you know that need donor loyalty and on-line fundraising capabilities.

These organizations must meet the following qualifications:

  • Less than two years old
  • Have less than 1 million dollars in revenue

The Charity Loyalty Rewards™ software package from echoDonations.org™ gives these organizations the ability to offer Lifetime Cash Rewards™ for their donors, while collecting operating funds and endowment building donations on-line.

We believe that with your help, we can strengthen the nonprofit community and maintain the holiday spirit.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday,

Nathan Brown

echoDonations.org

Coupon

Click here for a pdf of the coupon.

December 18, 2007 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

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