The Essentials of Online Fundraising

iStock_000036916998_Large-300x300Raising money for a cause can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools. The medium of online fundraising is an ever growing area, and there are a few things to keep in mind when embarking on an online fundraising campaign.

The first essential component to an online fundraising campaign is to establish a goal. When donors and organizations have a clear goal in mind, it’s easier to raise funds to meet that goal. Goal setting also gives the organization a quantifiable metric to compare results. What gets measured can always be duplicated or improved, so the efforts for next time can be that much more effective.

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Biggest Little Santa Crawl

This past weekend, my hometown was host to one of the largest pub crawl events, called The Santa Crawl.  Thousands of Santas, elves, reindeer, and general snow hos, roam the streets of downtown in search of great drink prices (generally not great) and good times. I’m always in for a good time, and the Santa Crawl is no exception.

I started my trek for the perfect Santa Crawl by selecting a crawl-worthy ensemble. My “Bah-Humbug” attitude led me to a sweater I found on Amazon.com:

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Pig Suit-Up!

In tiny font, and the very tail-end of the job summary that I received when I was hired at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, underneath ‘Create graphics for web’ was a line reading “…and other duties as needed.”

That other duty came in the form of putting on a pig mascot costume and heading down to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off media luncheon.

Meet Mr. Ribster:

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Top 10 things to do in the 3rd Worst City in America

My hometown, Reno, Nevada, was recently put on blast by EscapeHere.com as one of the “10 Worst Cities to Visit in the United States.” Now, I wouldn’t exactly call Reno a travel destination, but there are many fun attractions, activities, and all around merriment to be had in The Biggest Little City. If you get a chance, check out The Biggest Little City Movement, which is a collection of Renoites stories and shared love of our biggest little city. Below is my list of top ten activities and attractions that are a MUST when visiting Reno, or even if you’re a Reno local.

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All About the Bling

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Cheryl Bartee, a new vendor from Texas at her first Sparks Farmers’ Market

For Cheryl Bartee, a good wardrobe starts with the bling, which is why she began her own jewelry line in May 2012, All About the Bling Jewelry Boutique.

This past Thursday was Cheryl’s first time at Sparks Farmers’ Market, and she was very excited to start selling some of her pieces.  Cheryl just recently moved to the Reno area from Dallas, Texas with her husband, and loves it here in Northern Nevada.

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Fourth of July Weekend: Star Spangled Sparks

It’s the Monday back from an incredible holiday weekend, celebrating freedom and patriotism in all shapes and forms. Some may have camped out on a beach, others BBQing with family, or maybe you watched a spectacular fireworks show with friends.

I was at work, and while I was sad I couldn’t spend time with my family at their annual BBQ, I was able to take part in putting on the largest fireworks show in the Northern Nevada Region at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Star Spangled Sparks is a 14-year-long tradition involving delicious food vendors, fun carnival rides and games, and of course concluding with an amazing fireworks show. As a young girl, my family would always hike the few blocks from out house to the Nugget, toting along our lawn chairs and tupperware of cut up watermelon, to watch the breathtaking show.

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