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Innovation and Progress in the New Year

SPOTLIGHT ON KARTIS

Kartis, a project launched by residents at the Harvard Innovation Lab, is a crowd-sourced map of nonprofit organizations around the globe. Residents are designing this map to help nonprofits connect with one another to share ideas and resources.

We asked Rally Leader Andrew Cole for some crowdfunding advice to help others along the way. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: What have you found to be the most effective way to spread the word about your cause?

A: Sharing on Facebook is great, and we managed to pull in a lot of money that way.  But I think what’s even more important is reaching out to possible supporters who you think have a personal stake in your cause, and explaining to them on a person to person level what your project means to you, and what you think it means to them.  This could be through an email, or in person. That way, your campaign becomes a part of a larger conversation, and the more personal the better.

Q: What are some strategies you suggest to encourage donations?

A: Networking, networking, networking! I’ve found that the Rally campaign has given me an excuse to reach out to a lot of interesting people I haven’t spoken to in a while, and on a personal level that’s been really great for me.  So use it as an opportunity to reach out to the professor or family friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, but who you know would be interested.

Visit the Rally campaign for Kartis to learn more. For more tips on how to create a stellar Rally campaign, check out our Rally 101 blog posts.

STAY CONNECTED

Give Hope this Holiday Season

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Our “Rally for the Holidays” collection of causes shines light on some very moving stories that speak to the spirit of this very special season of giving. We hope that these stories of strength, resilience and drive serve as a powerful reminder that a little bit of empathy can go a long way in changing someone’s world for the better.

We invite you to check out a few examples from our collection below.

Christmas is LoveThe Christmas is Love SC Project brings holiday cheer to adults who are physically and intellectually challenged. Many of the young adults and elderly participants who stay at Helping Hands or HopeBridge at the Hollies adult day care centers live well below the poverty line and have little to nothing to celebrate. Learn more about this holiday initiative today.

Rescue, Repurpose, Redeem is working to to help individuals who have suffered from chronic homeless and live with disabilities to get their entrepreneurial businesses off the ground. Handmade cards, ornament, handbags and more can be purchased by clicking “Contribute” on the fundraising page and selecting a specific donation amount. View the video below to find out more about this organization.

The full collection of nearly 50 causes is available at rally.org/for/holidays. Take some time to enjoy looking through these heartwarming projects that have been triggered by compassion and are fueled by love, whether you’re looking to:

Wishing you and your loved ones all the best as we prepare to say goodbye to 2013 and ring in the New Year. Happy holidays!