Collaboration Through Matching Funds Campaigns

Collaboration Through Matching Funds Campaigns

Collaboration Through Matching Funds Campaigns
More and more, we are seeing businesses, philanthropists and funders collaborating on matching funds campaigns and impact investing.

Recently we read an article about an Ottawa-based philanthropist who created a matching fund campaign during the holiday season to raise much needed donations and funds for local nonprofit organizations and charities.

According to the article, Gary put out a challenge for businesses to match his contribution. The $100,000 he contributed quickly increased to $400,000 through the matching challenge he created.

You can read more about this campaign here.
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ou Were Nominated for an Award... Now What?

You Were Nominated for an Award… Now What?

ou Were Nominated for an Award... Now What?

This blog is about awards and some tips to help you leverage awards and nominations.

You may have been nominated for an award and received the "Congratulations! You have been nominated!" message. If you have, here are some valuable tips to help you leverage being nominated or winning awards.

Being nominated for an award is an important milestone and success for you, your business or organization, your project, your team, and the organization hosting the awards. 

Celebrations connect people and now more than ever celebrating and connecting is important to make a positive impact in our world.  

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Collaborating To Stretch Funding & Impact

Collaborating To Stretch Funding & Impact

Collaborating To Stretch Funding & Impact
Now more than ever, we are hearing that granting organizations, funders, and sponsors are looking to nonprofit organizations, service clubs, and entrepreneurs to collaborate and partner where possible on their projects. In many cases, funders look to projects where there is no (or minimal) duplication of efforts and services. This allows funders to extend their range and stretch funding while also fostering a greater impact. 


This is not a new approach. 

More than 20 years ago (before I opened my businesses), I was a contract negotiation specialist for the government. I had a portfolio of funding that was provided to nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and community groups to operate programs and services in the region. The funds supported a wide range of initiatives including early childhood education, parenting programs, community events, group homes, and women’s shelters to name a few. 

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3 Sponsorship Mistakes Sponsor Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them

3 Sponsorship Mistakes Sponsor Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them

3 Sponsorship Mistakes Sponsor Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them

In 2020, we had numerous opportunities to speak with sponsors from local, regional, and national businesses and brands. This online and virtual world we are living in with cancelled live events and the need to do business differently has also impacted sponsors and their ability to market their brands in ways they are accustomed to. 

We heard both challenges and opportunities in these conversations with sponsors. Besides getting to learn about the brands on a much deeper level and build relationships with them, we also were able to hear about some of the common sponsorship mistakes they see sponsor seekers making.

We thought this insider information and the useful insights below could be of benefit to you as you move forward with raising your dreams through collaboration and sponsorship. 

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Collaborative Book Strategy for Nonprofits: Be an Author, Share Your Message, and Make a Bigger Impact

Collaborative Book Strategy for Nonprofits

Collaborative Book Strategy for Nonprofits: Be an Author, Share Your Message, and Make a Bigger Impact

Nonprofits, charities, and service clubs... have you considered having one of your staff, board, volunteers or clients contribute stories to a collaborative book?

One of the missions of many nonprofits, charities, and service clubs is telling their story, the stories that connect donors, funders, and sponsors to their cause.

Being part of a collaborative book is a great way to share a story about your organization. You can then use the book as an ongoing fundraiser, prizes for your events, and as recognition gifts for donors, sponsors, volunteers, board members… and the list goes on. You can even have sponsors buy bulk quantities of the book for you to then give away or use for fundraising or in your programs with clients.

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5 Ways Authors Can Make Their Book a Business

5 Ways Authors Can Make Their Book a Business

5 Ways Authors Can Make Their Book a Business

Authors, it is time to sell more books, sell books in bulk, and make your book a business. The energy, time, personal commitment and emotional investment (let alone financial investment) that goes into writing a book or participating in a collaborative book is steep.

When you commit to making your book a business, not only can you maximize your investment, but you can also increase book sales, get more media, secure more speaking and events, and set yourself up for sponsorship.

Below are 5 tips to make your book a business along with testimonials of authors who’ve been in the Your Book as a Business program, a collaborative offering between Raise a Dream and Women Speakers Association. These tips offer a little sneak preview into what we cover in the
training. 

You can join Charmaine along with other authors who want to make a bigger impact with their message and turn their book into a profitable revenue stream.

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How a Book Can Help Your Impact and Income Reach New Heights

How a Book Can Help Your Impact and Income Reach New Heights

How a Book Can Help Your Impact and Income Reach New Heights

Did you know that there are book marketing opportunities available that can not only help you spread your message, but also increase your impact and income?

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a nonprofit, a service club, or an individual, if you have a story that can help people or content that people need, launching a book may be a perfect opportunity to get that message into the right hands (or even ears). 

Let’s unpack this a bit and start with a few simple examples.

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12 Days of Thank You

12 Days of Thank You

12 Days of Thank You

We thought it would be great to gather some tips from our Raise a Dream community about thanking, appreciating, and recognizing partners throughout the holiday season.

These twelve tips can be modified and utilized throughout the year to recognize partners, champions, and sponsors.  

Sponsors & Partners Thank You #1:

Have a holiday gift card delivered to the business office. Think of fun ways to package the card. Personalize and perhaps put in a frame so that people keep the card.

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Sponsorship Relationships: A Personal Thank You Goes a Long Way in Sponsorship

Sponsorship Relationships: A Personal Thank You Goes a Long Way in Sponsorship

Sponsorship Relationships: A Personal Thank You Goes a Long Way in Sponsorship

If you’ve been a member of our Raise a Dream community for any time, you may have heard us talk about the importance of customization and personalization to sponsorship relationships a lot

You have read our blogs, articles, and emails where we write about avoiding generic sponsorship packages and the old school “gold, silver and bronze” tiered approach. These are quick giveaways to a potential brand partner that you have not done your research, built a relationship with them, or taken time to discover their needs or how to support their goals. 

The more that you can do to honour an authentic relationship and find ways to give the “personal touch” (from the first connection through to the fulfillment of an agreement), the more you will stand out and develop long-term collaborations.

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6 Ways to Find Sponsors, Build Corporate Partners, and Engage Champions for Your Book

6 Ways to Find Sponsors, Build Corporate Partners, and Engage Champions for Your Book

6 Ways to Find Sponsors, Build Corporate Partners, and Engage Champions for Your Book

What if you could find sponsors and have other businesses pay for your book tour?

What if local businesses purchased your books in bulk for their clients to hand out at events or to gift to charitable organizations and people in need?

What if your book tour didn’t cost you more than the price of a grande latte?

One of the things we LOVE talking about is building a circle of corporate champions, partners, and sponsors… 

Professional speaker, bestselling author, and collaboration expert, Charmaine Hammond, has had books be optioned for movie rights, has presented to more than 400,000 people around the world, and has helped authors around the globe make their book a business.

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