Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A word about sponsorship links

For as long as anyone can remember, sponsorship variations have been a key way for nonprofit organizations to raise funds. For organizations like Hope for Healing. Org some of those sponsorship opportunities have included  text links or other advertising placements on the website. This was a common and accepted practice for years.

The internet is constantly changing and evolving. It is a very different place now than it was just a few years ago. Recent changes across the internet may now be penalizing some sites that purchased or sold advertising links or online sponsorships. 

This was a widely accepted practice a few years ago. Now it's a big no-no to some search engines. The search engines aren't trying to knock nonprofit organizations out of funding or hurt agencies that serve victims of domestic violence. 

What they are trying to do is make the internet a more user-friendly place by burying crappy sites at the bottom of the pile. Any action has unintended consequences. Some (not all) nonprofit blogs have gotten caught in  the mix. 

Thanks for your helping us help survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their friends and family. Your support is vital. 

As far as we can tell, everything seems to be okay with this site. However; if you've sponsored us online and want the link removed, just let us know. If you want the link to remain, then there is nothing that you need to do. The email address to use is hello@hopeforhealing.org. Just put "sponsorships" in the subject line. We are happy to respond as quickly as possible. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Contact shelters to ask about donating toys

We have received emails from people asking how to help children this holiday season. Our suggestion is to contact your local shelter to ask about donating toys. Sometimes families are forced to flee to a shelter right before Christmas. This almost always guarantees a last minute toy crunch.

When a family comes in at the last minute, staff will scramble to find toys and some will buy things out of their own pocket. We have known advocates and staff to make Christmas smaller for their own family because of a last minute need. No one wants a child who believes in Santa to wake up without a toy.

Donating funds or gift cards to a shelter may be another way to help. There is one thing about designating funds. Please specify that the gift can be used to fund general operating expenses if it is not fully used to purchase toys. Shelters need electricity, water, household items and staff salaries. These are often funded  through the gifts of people like you and me.

Contacting your local shelter is the best way to find out what the needs are and how to help.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Support domestic violence programs during the holidays

The holidays are here already. Time flies by doesn't it? It seems like last month that my family was packing away the Christmas tree and carefully wrapping up the decorations. It is time again to begin our yearly Christmas tradition and I always look forward to it.

One of our holiday traditions is to do something for someone who is less fortunate. There are many ways to support domestic violence programs. I'm going to include a few ideas below. We always support Hope for Healing.Org and usually put something extra in the church offering plate. If you are going to support a local program, I suggest calling to see what they need. Cash is always good but sometimes a program can be as short on copier paper or toner as it is on toys.

Here are a few things to ask your local program:

What do you need items for clients?
Are you taking donations of...
  • Toys
  • Adopt-a-family or Angel Tree
  • Food
  • Decorations
  • Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid or personal supplies

Does the program need...
  • Projector
  • Copy paper
  • Toner (If yes, what kind?)
  • Bulletin board
  • Small gifts for staff
  • Office supplies

Financial donations
Does the organizations accept...
  • Pay Pal
  • Credit Cards
  • Check
  • Cash
  • iGive
Should the gift be designated for 
  • General operating funds
  • Particular budget item

Generally, financial donations of any size are appreciated as is any in-kind gift that the program needs. Just give your shelter or local program a call. They will be glad to hear from you.