CHARITY SPOTLIGHT

Charity Spotlight: Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County

Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County supports individuals who are elderly, disabled and homebound by delivering nutritious meals, reducing hunger, improving health, and promoting independence.

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MOWHC is focused on one service, providing nutritious meals to those in the Hamilton County community who are not able to provide for themselves. One or two balanced meals, depending on the individual’s need, are delivered Monday through Friday to Hamilton County residents who are enrolled in the meal service. Meals are delivered by compassionate volunteers who provide socialization and conduct a welfare check to observe for any unusual symptoms or signs of distress that may require medical attention or notification of a family member or caregiver. Additionally, volunteers often identify other special needs that clients may have which are referred to other partner social service agencies within the Good Samaritan Network in Hamilton County.

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In 2013 alone, they assisted more than 400 people which totaled to about 54k meals. That’s a lot of meals!

Interested in knowing more or want to get involved? Visit the Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County website or give them a call at (317) 776-7159 for more information.

Enroll, Volunteer, or Donate today!

How Mobile Bidding Can Affect Your Silent Auction

How Mobile Bidding Can Affect Your Silent Auction

Are you looking to increase your revenue at your next silent auction? Maybe it’s time that you turn to mobile bidding… better yet, turn to WEDO Charity Auctions.

Our mobile bidding platform is revoluntionary in the nonprofit community. We combine innovative and reliable technology with experienced event professionals while adding excitement to your fundraising event.  Not only do we understand the nonprofit world, we know exactly how to help!

On the day of the event you can feel free to sit back & relax and watch your guests have an all-out bidding war with our interactive mobile technology. And don’t worry, while this fundraising marathon is taking place, our team will be handling your registration, bidding assistance, checkout & reporting.iphone-woman-texting

What do we know will come from this? Well, we will absolutely make fundraising events easier to manage and successful at the same time! With our intimate knowledge of how nonprofit events work allows us to empathize with our clients and come up with detailed solutions that address their particular problems.

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Donor Spotlight: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society supports individuals who are elderly, disabled and homebound by delivering nutritious meals, reducing hunger, improving health and promoting independence.

LLS is making cures happen!

LLS is

“the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.”

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LLS Indiana Chapter recently had an event in August with WEDO and together we raised almost $20,000 for LLS. This event was such a success. We look forward to working with LLS again to promote awareness and help find cures. Someday is today.

Visit https://www.lls.org for more information on how to get involved with LLS.

WEDO Team Thursdays

WEDO TEAM THURSDAY’S

Name: Lauren Coons

Position: Regional Account Manager

Background
“I’m from right here in our good state of Indiana! Born on June 28th, 1986! Fun fact after being born I arrived home in fashion by a limo! 🙂  I have a natural gift of being able to talk to anyone, large groups and public speaking! My life now is about being a strong working woman in an empowering field, and also being a mother to my (now) four year old son, Landon! My big heart always has me doing so much for others. I spend my free time coaching my sons soccer team, love to cook and be inventive in the kitchen, and enjoy traveling when able to.

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(Lauren on left with Monica from Greenfield Rotary)

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Lauren is an absolute pleasure to work with. She has a strong passion for helping her clients have the best event possible and is truly one of those people that lights up any room she walks in!

HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL NONPROFIT

What makes an effective nonprofit:

Do you want your organization to reach its goals? That is the case for all nonprofits.. but how does one stand out & achieving their objectives with limited resources? After researching why many nonprofits are successful, 6 questions came to mind that every nonprofit must answer if they want to succeed. After taking a look at these questions, you will be able to see exactly what your organization needs to be able to be victorious in your goal setting.

1) Are you flexible / Will you make the adjustments that need to be made? Many organizations receive information that informs them on changes that need to be made but rarely are those changes actually done. Feedback is important; take it all in and put it to use.

2) Are you using your creativity to the best of its ability? With high competition for donors, volunteers and donations, how will you separate your nonprofit organization from the rest? Creativity is endless, use your efforts to stand out from the pack! Your organization must find different ways to reach & engage with people, inform one another, and make others feel genuinely special to be a part of (or giving back to) such a great nonprofit.

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3) Are you using your volunteers, employees and/or board of directors effectively? Do your members of the organization know your vision and how to bring it to life? Being well-informed in an organization is key. Having exceptional leadership and communication skills is necessary to run any organization at an effective level. Learning what skill sets each person in your organization is best at is important. Once this is figured out, those individuals & their skills can positively impact the team. Take the time to get to know everyone, and once the skills are known, ensure that they are being put to use and are helping the organization achieve its mission and goals.

4) Is a strategy being utilized? Are you having meetings to plan your organization’s next move and anticipating those potential obstacles and figuring out how to overcome them? Many nonprofits are unable to succeed because they lack strategic planning. You must take the time to create a plan which includes future obstacles and how to face them. Planning ahead of time is always important.

5) Are you frequently analyzing and evaluation your organizations efforts? After your organization goes through step 4 and creates that strategic plan, you have to remember to analyze and evaluate. Looking at the results and deciding how to modifying the plan will be a key with helping your organization grow and stay motivated. A company cannot change if they don’t have a system in place to evaluate those necessary changes.

6) Are you continually building relationships with your donors & volunteers? Keep building relationships and growing your network. Since donors and volunteers give up their time/money, building your relationships and trust with one another is key. People are always more apt to help if they have a great relationship with that person or organization. Let people know about the success about your nonprofit and ask for their input; let them know you care. Nonprofits should not only build relationships after the event has occurred/ donations are given, but rather keep in contact with these people all year long.

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Sources: http://eddiethompson.org/author/eddiet747/page/2/, http://www.whydev.org/what-makes-an-effective-non-profit/, http://www.fidelitycharitable.org/docs/What-Makes-An-Effective-Nonprofit.pdf

WEDO Charity Auctions Accepts the 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is back! We had ALS themselves come on over to us for the 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today and boy was it a (chilly) success! To those of you who don’t know, we are going to do a quick recap on what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is and why it’s important.

    • What is ALS? ALS which stands for, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a disease that affects both the spinal cord & nerve cells in the brain. While it does not have a cure yet, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will continue every August until a cure is found! #EveryAugustUntilACure.

When did the Ice Bucket Challenge begin? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began last summer in 2014 and became the world’s largest social media phenomenon, literally. From Facebook & Instagram videos  (insert our Instagram link) of celebrities icing one another to making a splash at your place of work, the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral.  Now, the major focus for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is continuing to have it go viral every August until a cure. That way, we can all preserve, continue to promote the cause, and hopefully have a cure found for it SOON!

How do you participate? The steps are simple:

    • 1. ACCEPT the challenge
    • 2. RECORD the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness
    • 3. UPLOAD to social media & nominate friends to participate
    • 4. GIVE a donation to support ALS

*For our video of WEDO Charity Auction’s 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge check out our Facebook! Challenge accepted! #EveryAugustUntilACure. We nominate MediaFuel, Soodity, and Business Art. You have 24 hours!

*People featured: Steve, Kristen, Lauren, Ellen & Olivia

Welcome Letter

Hi, world!

Welcome to the newest platform for our WEDO blogs. WEDO Charity Auctions is dedicated to improving silent auction events & other fundraisers by incorporating incredible mobile bidding software that will enhance the way participants engage with the events. We help make every bid count!

We will be giving updates on upcoming events, sharing success stories, giving donor spotlights, highlighting our great incredible employees, incorporating testimonials & more!

Have questions? Feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Stay tuned. 

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