Raleigh

Web Development for Learning Together

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The Cause

Learning Together’s mission is to meet the developmental, educational, and health needs of young children of all abilities.  We believe in pursuing and nurturing inclusion, diversity, integrity, quality, interdependency, and innovation in our daily operations. Through this pursuit, Learning Together’s vision is to create a Community of Promise – where children of all abilities are able to reach their full potential with the support of their community and families.

The Challenge

We are a smaller nonprofit but we have some great, unique services we provide for kids and families in Wake County looking for inclusion. Our website was built on the Drupal platform, and our staff struggles with keeping it up to date and building new pages and features. We would like to work with a web designer who can help us design and launch a WordPress website and then teach us how to operate and update it properly.

The Project: Web Development

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

36-39 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • WordPress site with basic WordPress features (blog, pages, contact, social media buttons, etc.)
  • Integration and set-up of up to 3 additional plug ins specific to Learning Together’s needs (Ex: special forms, commerce, etc.)
  • Host a training workshop (no longer than 2 hours)for staff and select volunteers on how to utilize and update the WordPress site and its features

Impact

This project will raise our profile in the Triangle among both donors and families in need of early childhood services, which would give us more stability for our existing programs and families. We offer extremely high quality services to the families we reach, but we don’t usually reach them through our website. It’s 2015, it’s more than time for that to be a given. We also have some unique perspectives and information about topics like inclusion that we lead our field in, and being able to share that on our website with anyone with an internet connection would help us share our mission beyond our classroom walls.

 

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Volunteer Program Planning for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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The Cause

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment while honoring the memory and heritage of our founder, Danny Thomas. We are leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer.

The Challenge

We are based in Charlotte, NC and control the fundraising in North and South Carolina that supports the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We do not have the connections needed to grow a successful walk/run in the Raleigh Area. We would like a professional to work with us in creating a committed team of volunteers that can help us plan and secure sponsorships for a Raleigh area run/walk.  

The Project: Volunteer Program Planning

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

28-30 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • Updated volunteer leadership team job descriptions suited to the local community (the Triangle).
  • A volunteer outreach plan including proposed demographic targets for volunteers needed, strategies for outreach, and outreach language for each target population.
  • A list of possible targets and target populations for recruiting to fill these volunteer roles.
  • Completed outreach and connections to organization staff.

Impact

The impact this person or people could have to our organization is huge! We are working so hard to connect to the Raleigh area and spread the awareness of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We need someone to spread the message and mission that is well connected with Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas. If we can plan for and recruit a volunteer team that is committed to our mission we know that we will be able to hold a successful event in the Raleigh area, raising much needed funds and awareness for St. Jude and the children we serve. 

The application for this project is now closed. If you are interested in this project or something like this, please contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Graphic Design for Learning Together

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The Cause

Learning Together’s mission is to meet the developmental, educational, and health needs of young children of all abilities.  We believe in pursuing and nurturing inclusion, diversity, integrity, quality, interdependency, and innovation in our daily operations. Through this pursuit, Learning Together’s vision is to create a Community of Promise – where children of all abilities are able to reach their full potential with the support of their community and families.

The Challenge

We are a smaller nonprofit, and we use several events throughout the year to raise much-needed funds for the kids and families we serve. We have a great, unique event that can be marketed better and can reach a bigger audience. We would like a professional update to our event branding so that we can make this great event idea make an even bigger financial impact towards our mission. The event is a rock, paper, scissors tournament, which is unique in the Triangle (possibly the state), and is extremely popular with previous attendees. This is our fifth year, and while it has grown each year, it is still struggling with gaining a wide audience, and it needs to be more clear through its branding and presentation that it is for adults, not kids.

The Project

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

24-34 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • An updated event logo
  • A set of 5 to 10 graphic elements (clip art, buttons, etc.) for use on the organization’s event website or other materials. May include the creation of up to 2 online or print ads, if needed
  • Logo and graphic elements submitted to the organization in vector and ready-to-use online formats.

Impact

This project will have a significant impact on our ability to serve the community. The project will raise our profile in the Triangle among both donors and families in need of early childhood services, which would give us more stability for our existing programs and families. It will make our employees more effective in their time management, and it will help provide a fun, novel, and unique event to the Raleigh area.

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Videography for We Plant it Forward

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The Cause

The mission of We Plant it Forward is to bring health and well being to humanity through tree planting and educating people about the benefits of trees. We Plant it Forward is a result of the growth a tree planting initiative started by the Agni Institute. 

The Challenge

We need help communicating what we do to potential funders and the general public in a way that is clear, dynamic and engaging. By delivering a clear, dynamic message, we hope to secure sustained financial and community support and engagement. The success of our work is evident through the positive feedback we get from teachers/parents and students. We would like a videography professional to produce a short promotional video to put on our website. The video would showcase the work We Plant it Forward does with elementary and middle school age children to educate them about the benefits of trees, how trees grow, the role trees play in the ecosystem, and hands on tree planting activities and tree giveaways.

The Project: Videography

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

19-25 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A fully edited 3 minute promotional video for We Plant it Forward.
  • B-roll of footage future promotions.

Impact

This video will expand our reach and provide a dynamic resource for us to showcase our work with school age students. We will use it to tell our story to potential funders, volunteers, and community partners. We also hope that the video will engage people that visit our website and encourage them to explore our programs. By showcasing the enthusiasm of the participants in our events that results from the work we do with them, we will attract more interest to help sustain our ability to fulfill our mission: to restore and preserve the natural environment through tree planting and educating the community about the benefits of trees.

The application for this project is now closed, if you are interested in taking on this project or something like it, contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Marketing and PR Planning for Learning Together

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The Cause

Learning Together’s mission is to meet the developmental, educational, and health needs of young children of all abilities.  We believe in pursuing and nurturing inclusion, diversity, integrity, quality, interdependency, and innovation in our daily operations. Through this pursuit, Learning Together’s vision is to create a Community of Promise – where children of all abilities are able to reach their full potential with the support of their community and families.

The Challenge

We are a smaller nonprofit, and we use several events throughout the year to raise much-needed funds for the kids and families we serve. We have this great, unique event that can be better marketed and reach a bigger audience. We would like a professional update to our event messaging and outreach plan so that we can make this great event idea make an even bigger financial impact towards our mission. The event is a rock, paper, scissors tournament, which is unique in the Triangle (possibly the state), and is extremely popular with previous attendees. This is our fifth year, and while it has grown each year, it is still struggling with gaining a wide audience, and it needs to be more clear through its branding and presentation that it is for adults, not kids.

The Project: Marketing and PR Planning

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

30-38 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • An editorial calendar
  • A press kit
  • A social media plan

Impact

This project will have a significant impact on our ability to serve the community. The project will raise our profile in the Triangle among both donors and families in need of early childhood services, which would give us more stability for our existing programs and families. It will make our employees more effective in their time management, and it will help provide a fun, novel, and unique event to the Raleigh area.

 

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Graphic Design for the National Inclusion Project

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The Cause

The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. We partner with communities and out-of-school-time programs (YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Kid’s Museums, Community Centers, Zoos, etc) to enable them to include children with disabilities in ALL of their activities. We work every day to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality because no child should sit on the sidelines.

The Challenge

In January 2015, we strategically solidified our organization’s case statement, quantified our impact and started pulling together all of our results and information in order to go after new grants, sponsors and donors. While this is great information, much of it is not in our 4-year old brochure/booklet. Not only is the brochure out of date, but the current format is way too long and very expensive to mail. We need a graphic designer to create a concise, informative, and compelling brochure and infographic that we can use to promote our cause.

The Project: Graphic Design

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

30-38 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • An organization brochure in print ready and online formats, including the editable file for future changes /revisions to be made by the organization
  • Infographic highlighting the organization’s results and impacts in print ready and online formats

Impact

This project will have a significant impact on our ability to serve the community! This project will be of great help in getting the word out about the importance of inclusion and the benefits of partnering with the National Inclusion Project. We hope this will in turn garner more interest and more dollars so that we can serve more organizations and families in the future.

 

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Volunteer Program Planning for 4 Philip Dot Org

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The Cause

Founded in 2010, 4 Philip was the dream of founder Eric Hart as a memorial to his late son, Philip who died unexpectedly on November 7, 2009 from an undiagnosed case of Addison’s disease. Since that time Eric has raised more than $20,000 to support research at Duke Children’s Hospital. 4Philip dot Org is North Carolina’s only non-profit organization promoting research and a cure for Addison’s disease. Our vision is to make sure that life saving medication is widely available for those suffering from adrenal shock and to fund research into the causes and treatments of adrenal disease.

The Challenge

We would like professional help to help us establish a plan to recruit and sustain a governing board of directors and volunteers who are passionate about helping those affected by adrenal disease.

The Project: Volunteer Program Planning

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30): 31-33 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A 1-2 page assessment summary highlighting areas of strength and weakness in the organization’s current volunteer recruitment and retention strategies.
  • A 3 year Volunteer Program Plan / timeline.
  • Volunteer job descriptions or updates to existing job descriptions, profiles, and outreach plan and messaging for up to 5 top volunteer needs.

Impact

This project would be a complete game changer for us! This would help us as an organization to re-establish ourselves within the community and increase our impact across the state. A governing board and volunteer base committed to helping shape and driving forward our mission would do wonders for us. This would help us to raise awareness of Addison’s disease and our mission, raise more money for research, and ultimately have a greater impact across the state.

The application for this project is now closed, if you are interested in taking on this project or something like it, contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Social Media Planning for PLM Families Together

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The Cause

PLM Families Together helps homeless families reach independence by providing housing and supportive services. It is our hope that by advocating for families to receive adequate and affordable housing, as well as offering ongoing support to these families, we will help them avoid entering a situation of homelessness again. We work with volunteers in meaningful ways to carry out the mission of the agency and enhance the experience of families participating in PLM Families Together programs.

The Challenge

Our agency is a leader in our field, however we struggle to leverage social media in a way that makes us a leader in the conversation about homelessness in Wake County. We need a detailed plan that helps us to grow our community of supporters and provide engaging and relevant web content that helps to position PLM Families Together as a powerful voice in the fight against homelessness.

The Project: Social Media Planning

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A 1-2 page assessment summarizing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges of the organization’s existing social media efforts, as well as recommended best practices for growing a social media following for the organization and proposed social media tools / systems.
  • A 1-2 year social media strategic plan document complete with goals, objectives, action steps, deadlines, and owners.
  • Up to 2 1-hour training workshop for organization staff and volunteers (if desired) on social media tactics that will help meet the organization’s goals as laid out in the strategic plan.

Impact

This project would be a game changer for our organization! Having a better handle on how we can leverage our social media to more effectively tell our story and bring attention to the problems of homelessness will allow our agency to better position ourselves as a leader not only in practice but also in thought. Social media gives us the opportunity to support our financial goals and meet our engagement goals, at a low cost to us. To a small non-profit that strives to keep administrative and fundraising costs down so that funds can go directly to families, we believe social media is one of the most important keys to helping us grow and expand our work.

 

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Web Development for Loaves and Fishes

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The Cause

The mission of Loaves and Fishes is to empower low-income K-12 youth and their families to overcome individual challenges in order to achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives. We accomplish this through out-of-school programming using a long-term, relationally-based, holistic approach to development that involves enrichment of the mind, body and spirit. We strategically collaborate with schools, non-profits and other community organizations to provide critical support to the youth and families we serve.

The Challenge

Loaves and Fishes has an existing website that includes the ability to submit generic donations. We have increasingly had opportunities for people to assist us by making purchases at or through partner organizations. This is labor intensive and requires us to impose on Board members, staff and volunteers for activities that are relatively low-return individually but could have nice returns if handled electronically. We would like a web-development professional to work with us in modifying our current website to allow for our staff to enter promotional opportunities that require order taking, payment and fulfillment.

The Project: Web Development

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

31-34 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • Integration and set-up of up of a commerce / online shop plug-in on the website that allows the organization to showcase items for sale, accept and track orders, payments, and shipments.
  • Host a training workshop (no longer than 2 hours) for staff and select volunteers on how to utilize the commerce / online shop plug-in.

Impact

This completed project would have an impact on our ability to raise funds from non-traditional sources in the near term and a more significant impact in the future as we become more creative in finding similar opportunities. By addition of these capabilities, new fundraising opportunities will be available and the time of Board members and volunteers can be directed to community relations, service delivery in support of our mission, and strategic activities.

 

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Fund Development and Grantwriting for Zach’s Toy Chest

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The Cause

Zach’s Toy Chest donates toys, games, books and other essential items that help boost the spirits of patients of all ages receiving cancer treatment at North Carolina hospitals.  A well stocked toy chest ensures all patients have a gift for the holidays, birthdays, end of treatment parties and most importantly, a little something to serve as a reward for their courage in fighting childhood cancer.   We are 100% volunteer run and currently provide year round donations to Duke Children’s Hospital, UNC Children’s Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine’s Outpatient Hematology-Oncology clinic in NC.

The Challenge

We are rapidly growing and have a need to expand the nonprofit in order to continue to keep up with the demand at the hospitals as we are the only group that donates year-round.  There are just under 800 children a week at Duke and UNC combined that are seen for a form of childhood cancer and are there receiving treatment.  At the stage our nonprofit is currently at, we are not able to keep up with the demand from the hospitals we currently serve.  We would also like to expand to a children’s hospital in the Charlotte area and then could service the entire state of NC.  We need to continue to grow and keep up with the demand at local NC hospitals.  We need the support of funders and the general public, along with assistance in finding suitable grant funding through local foundations.

The Project: Fund Development and Grantwriting

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

36-38 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A Fund Development strategic plan for 1-3 year period.
  • 10 recommendations for untapped fundraising resources, up to 5 of which can be recommendations for new grant sources that align with the organization’s needs.
  • A grant proposal with up to one round of revisions the organization can submit for funding and re-use for future grant applications.

Impact

This will be a game changer for us because it will allow us to purchase and donate enough toys and other essentials the hospitals need so that every child receiving treatment for childhood cancer will be able to get a ‘something special’ for their courage in fighting cancer in North Carolina.  Currently the demand is much higher than what we can supply without additional funds.  We cannot continue to grow unless there are more donations that allow us to take care of these kids.

The application for this project is now closed, if you are interested in taking on this project or something like it, contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.