Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I Want to Help....Eight Things You Can Do...

I don't have alot of money to give.  Those of us who fundraise for nonprofits hear those words - ALOT.  What most people don't realize is that you can make a difference without spending a dime.  But how?

I can't speak for other nonprofits, but here at Hope Cottage we have a whole list of things you can do that won't cost you a dime.  Check these out or ask your favorite nonprofit what they need!

1.  Join the mailing list.  To receive the Hope Cottage e-newsletters email and type "Sign Me Up" in the subject line.

2.  Follow the Hope Cottage blog.

3.  Ask Hope Cottage to make a presentation at your office, civic club, networking group, alumni association or house of worship.

4.  Use as your search engine and indicate that you "search" for Hope Cottage.  Hope Cottage receives $.01 for every internet search you make, at no cost to you.

5.  Join the Hope Cottage Facebook Fanpage.

6.  Use when you shop on the internet.  Indicate you "shop" for Hope Cottage and participating vendors will donate a percentage of your purchae to Hope Cottage, at no cost to you.

7.  Link your Tom Thumb or Randalls Reward Card to Hope Cottage using the Good Neighbor Number 534.  Every time you shop, they will donate a percentage of your purchase to Hope Cottage.  If you shop at Kroger, contact us and we will get you a card that will get a portion of your purchase donated back to Hope Cottage. 

8.  Follow LeslieatHope and HelpatHope on Twitter. 

Most of all you can VOLUNTEER.  The state of Texas values one hour of volunteer time at $20.  So every hour you volunteer, you have essentially given $20 (though you can't write that off on your taxes!)

So go forth and make a difference without denting your pocketbook!

Hope Cottage is the oldest nonprofit, non sectarian adoption agency in Dallas. Since 1918 Hope Cottage has been building and nurturing strong families through counseling, education and adoption services.

If you have questions about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 214.526.8721.

If you are a woman facing an unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

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