I recently did a webinar on Location Marketing and I talked about the power of the “Donate to Charity” option in the Facebook deals section as a part of Facebook Places. Many B-to-B companies struggle with how to make location social networks relevant to them, and the donate to charity deal allows even B-To-B to participate in Facebook Places.
So, we’ll put our money where our mouth is. Boot Camp Digital is now officially launching a Facebook Places and Foursquare Check-In for Charity campaign. Each time we receive a check-in (from non-employees only) on Facebook or Foursquare we will donate $0.50 to the Charity or Non-Profit of the month (capped at $50 per month). Just checking-in at Boot Camp Digital can help support your Favorite Charity or Non-Profit!
I posted this morning that we were looking for charities to support with our Check-In for Charity event at Boot Camp Digital and I asked my friends on Facebook at Twitter for suggestions. The responses came pouring in, and I learned about new agencies that I wasn’t familiar with in the past. We let our friends and fans decide who we donate to (provided they are an actual non-profit)!
Below is the schedule (with credit to the suggestors) of the charities that we will be supporting with our Check-In for Charity campaign over the next year+. When we run out next year, we will do another call for suggestions. Also, feel free to donate to any of the amazing non-profits below.
OCTOBER (remaining)- Janet Heil’s Ride for MS – My good friend Janet did the MS Bike Ride (I have no idea how far she is riding), but it is for a great cause – to support MS. While she already achieved her goal (YAY!!!) every extra bit helps, so we will donate the rest of October to her! Even though the ride is over they are still accepting donations for this wonderful cause. Suggested by @Ping311
NOVEMBER – Wounded Warrior – I was shocked when I saw this website – we sometimes forget about the people who are wounded as a result of their service. The goal of Wounded Warrior is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to helpinjured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
DECEMBER – Talbert House – Talbert House is a client of mine and they do amazing work in the community. Talbert House is a community-wide nonprofit network of social services with over 30 proven programs focusing on prevention, assessment, treatment and reintegration. Each year, Talbert House helps 26,000 men, women and children across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky overcome adversity to become healthy and productive citizens through its programs in community corrections, mental health, substance abuse and welfare-to-work. – Suggested by Krista Neher (ME)
JANUARY – Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation – The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation is a non-profit, community based, organization serving the children and families of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.The mission of The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation is to help youth between the ages of 12 and 18 develop their full potential through collaborative, social, educational and recreational programs. Programs are funded entirely by contributions and modest activity fees. Suggested by Justin Rains
FEBRUARY – Heifer International – An organization that works with communities to end poverty and hunger and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. Their success stories include providing wells and pumps to communities as well as milk cooling systems. Thanks to @designratcincy
MARCH – City Gospel Mission – Located in Over-The-Rhine and Serving Greater Cincinnati since 1924, City Gospel Mission empowers men, women and at-risk youth to break the cycle of poverty and despair. We collaborate with local churches to offer a variety of one-to-one, relationship-focused programs and services to equip those in need with the spiritual, emotional and physical skills and resources to achieve life transformation. Suggested by @Meshspeak
APRIL – Sheltered Paws – Another great animal focused non-profit based in Cincinnati, Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue was established in 1997, we are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, all of our work is done by volunteers. We are dedicated to helping save shelter dogs by placing them in temporary, loving foster homes. When you adopt from us, you are helping to save a shelter dog!! Suggested by @kjkotowski
MAY – Girls On The Run Cincinnati – Girls on the Run of Greater Cincinnati is a life-changing, character development program for 3rd – 8th grade girls in the Greater Cincinnati area. We use exercise, positive reinforcement, and encouraging role models to provide girls with the confidence they need in those critical pre-teen years. Each hour-long lesson combines running and walking games with various life skills, including healthy eating, leadership, setting goals, cooperation and other age-appropriate topics. Suggested by @jenniferriegert
JUNE – Starfire Organization – Starfire is a non-profit unique to Cincinnati that provides inclusive social and service activities for children, teens and adults with disabilities. You might see a group of Starfire members out at Reds’ games, restaurants, movies or Kings’ Island. You could find them volunteering at over 30 local agencies, helping to make Cincinnati a better place for all of us. Suggested by Lenna Jarrett
JULY – 1-800-RUNAWAY – The mission of the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The National Runaway Switchboard provides education and solution-focused interventions, offers non-sectarian, non-judgmental support, respects confidentiality, collaborates with volunteers, and responds to at-risk youth and their families 24 hours a day. Suggested by @ModrnDilettante
AUGUST – UNICEF – UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young. – Suggested by my College Roommate, Meredith Burke
SEPTEMBER – 3 Little Halos – An extremely touching cause. This Fund was created in 2009 by Jim and Susan Butler in memory of their three grandchildren. The 3 little Halos fund has been established to support organizations and programs dedicated to promote fire safety, prevention and awareness, as well as other household safety practices. This fund has been created in memory of Aubrey, Alex and Braden Butler who passed away in Nov-2007 as a result of a fire in their West Chester home. The children’s legacy will continue by assisting organizations that work to ensure a safe environment for children and their families. Suggested by Cory Jennewein
OCTOBER – FreeStore FoodBank – The FreeStore FoodBank is located a few blocks away from our office, so we thought they would be a great cause to support! Over the last 40 years, one man’s passion for helping his neighbors has transformed into one of the region’s largest food banks. The Freestore Foodbank distributes over 12 million pounds of food annually. In 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, we have a trusted network of over 325 local member agencies. Member agencies include soup kitchens and shelters, food pantries, churches, daycare and senior centers, and many other community and social services organizations. Suggested by @JoanneMaly
NOVEMBER – Walking Warriors – Walking Warriors is a group from Northeastern Kentucky who have joined together with family, friends and community in the fight against breast cancer. We have committed to walking 39.3 miles (a marathon and a half) over two days and raising $1800 each for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (www.avonwalk.org) – along with our most important goal, raising awareness. Thanks to @RedKatBlonde for the suggestion!
DECEMBER – Recycled Doggies (I thought this was a joke at first) is an all-foster rescue founded by former volunteers of a KY shelter. They believe that amazing dogs are abandoned at shelters all the time, and their mission is to help those amazing dogs find homes by pulling them from the shelters where they may not put their best paws forward, cleaning them up, socializing them, and then introducing them to you! That’s the concept of Recycled Doggies was suggested by @michaelbigly