Every day I ready articles on various topics from websites and blogs all over the web.  Here is a list of some of the articles I have perused during the past week.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

I know you probably read the title of this post and wondered what I would be writing about.  I hoped it would catch your attention.  In 2007, while working for CBS News, I received a book in the mail titled “Thug Motivation” by Bags of Money (ISBN:  978-0-615-16152-5).  I originally thought the book was a joke, but eventually read all 113 pages.

Although the book is not written with correct grammar or punctuation, the author does convey a great message for anyone. The book covers several themes, including making good decisions, giving back to your community, increasing self-esteem.

People don’t care about age, they only care about what U can do.  U can do anything U wish at any age U wish. So, when a voice inside tells U, “it’s over. U too old for that”, recognize a hater.  Kill that noise by committing mental suicide and then began yo life over, Thug Motivated.

Be born again and use your creative nature to write on that blank tablet we place in our minds.  As we write on this tablet, we will recreate ourselves and create riches that come at any age. (pg. 74)

I didn’t grow up in the hood, but this book speaks to anyone.  I wish it was still in print so that I could purchase some copies for some other people.

"Thug Motivation" by Bags of Money

 

In November 2013, just last month, Facebook made a huge announcement that individuals would now be able to make financial donations via an organization’s Facebook page.  I know this announcement is old news, but this is not entirely what I am writing about.

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As a communication and fund raising professional, other thoughts and questions come to my mind about this.

  1. Which organizations are eligible?
  2. How do you implement the feature on a Facebook page?
  3. How does the organization receive payment?
  4. What percentage of the donated amount does the organization receive?
  5. What information does the organization receive about the donor?

These are just a few of the questions that came immediately to my mind.  I’m sure there are lots of unanswered questions, but these are some of the items that need to be considered as you make a decision on whether or not you want to use this feature as part of your communication and development plans.  Remember, if you are going to use it, you need to promote it and track it.

Thus far, Facebook is only allowing certain organizations to take part in this feature as they test it.  There is no published schedule yet as to when it will be available to all organizations.  Currently, these are the organizations that have access:

  • Oxfam America
  • Donors Choose
  • LIVESTRONG Foundation
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Water.org
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Malaria No More
  • Girls Inc.
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • ASPCA
  • RAINN
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • American Cancer Society
  • Blue Star Families
  • Kiva
  • United Nations World Food Programme
  • American Red Cross
  • UNICEF USA

Interested non-profits can fill out the Donate Interest Form by clicking here.

The good news is that 100% of the donations made via Facebook will go to the organization.  A donor selects the amount they want to donate and then makes the donation using Facebook’s payment feature.  The downside is that the charitable organization will not receive any information about the donor.  The organization will just receive an electronic aggregated payment.  This is not always the best solution and makes it hard for an organization to track a donors history for future follow-up.

If you want to learn more about this feature, check our Facebook’s help section by clicking here.

 

I am a wealth of useless knowledge and facts.  Or, so I think so.  Not sure if anyone else agrees with this statement.

9780399159251_p0_v1_s260x420So, I recently purchased a book.  Yes, an actual book at a bookstore.  I know many of you do not believe this if you know my obsession with having everything electronic.  Anyways, the book is titled, “The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information.” (ISBN:  978-0-399-15925-1)  I thought that I would share some of the facts from this book that I didn’t know and find interesting.

  1. “The most money that can be lost in one turn in Monopoly is $5,070.”
    If you didn’t know it, Monopoly is my favorite game of all time.  I will play it anytime, anywhere, and with anybody.  I do not know why I like it, I just do.
  2. “One in every four Americans has appeared on television.”
    I have been on the news several times with from working for the news station or from working with an organization being reported-on by the news.  The general public goes crazy over people that are on television, even the local news reporters.  I never understood this and still do not.  People on television are just doing their job, nothing more.
  3. “A can of diet coke will float in water, while a can of regular Coke sinks.”
    This is an interesting physics experiment.  I wonder why this happens.

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.  I will share more as I read more of the book.  Share some of your interesting thoughts and anecdotes with me.

I am usually all about home remedies with products that we have around the house everyday.  So, I thought I would share this with everyone.  This is a graphic that I found on Pinterest with some great home remedies.  I personally find some of these truly fascinating.

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