A Helping Hand for Charities

In some of my recent posts, I gave you a quick preview of our new venture, The Charity Wishlist. I am happy to announce that the site is now live, all of our systems are in place, and we are ready to roll full steam ahead with what I hope becomes a philanthropic movement that helps to change the world.

The concept is a simple one: Helping charities and organizations expand their donation and fundraising needs.

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Sadly though, this simple act of kindness has been twisted and morphed into something that benefits their bottom line of many of the businesses that claim they help these organizations, with some of them keeping as much as 60% of the donations to cover “administrative, marketing, and processing costs.”

The Charity Wishlist is here to change all of that. Our hosted donation solution allows us to provide charities and non-profits, even those without a website or online presence, a way to accept monetary donations online through our site.  This costs them nothing up front, no monthly maintenance fees, and the organization is guaranteed to receive a minimum of 90% all monetary donations.

Our wishlist system is another solution we offer. It allows the organization that is in need of goods and supplies the ability to build a list of these items. We set the pricing to cover the cost of shipping, fees, and any applicable taxes, and the public can purchase these items through our system for the organization from the comfort of their own home.

How can you offer something like this you might be wondering? The answer is simple. I am a firm believer in helping charities with their needs. For years I have volunteered at numerous organizations, been involved in their fundraising efforts, and have experienced the joy and gratitude first hand of the people whose lives these groups touch with their efforts. It is not something that you can put a price tag on, and absolutely not something to be taken advantage of just to make money.

In conjunction with our donation and wishlist systems, we are also offering web site hosting and site design to these organizations for a fraction of the cost of what the other “technology providers” in the industry would charge.

In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which personally impacted many friends and families of ours, The Charity Wishlist has also set up a disaster relief fund. The purpose of this fund is to purchase items needed by the victims of natural disasters, and have them drop shipped directly to the first responders for distribution to those impacted. We work directly with these groups, and where ever possible, purchase these good from local businesses, to help make sure the economy of the area is sustained.

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It is time to change the world. Are you ready to help us in our mission?

Let’s build the future together.

For more information about The Charity Wishlist, visit www.thecharitywishlist.org, follow us on Twitter @charitywishlist or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCharityWishlist.

The Charity Wishlist

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we celebrate as a nation, our independence. I decided to start the celebration off early, and announce the launch of our new business: The Charity Wishlist.

What is The Charity Wishlist? The Charity Wishlist is an organization that provides both no cost and low cost options for nonprofit organizations and charities to support their fundraising and donation needs on an ongoing basis.

Through the use of our hosted technology, we have designed a system that gives nonprofit organizations and charities a way to support their donation needs, whether monetary and/or physical goods, with no up-front costs, or monthly fees depending on the options they choose. We have also designed a web site management engine, that allows us to give these groups a way to have a web site for a fraction of the cost that most development companies would charge them.

For those of you that know me, you know that I am a huge believer in philanthropy, and have worked with many organizations over the years to help support their causes. This new business is the ultimate expression of my desire to help all charities and organizations in need. It is reflected in our chosen tag line: “Bringing the World Together Through Charity”.

The Charity Wishlist also has another key service it will provide. We have created an opportunity for the public to contribute to a Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to purchase and send needed goods to areas that are impacted by natural disasters.

What sets us apart from other companies that do similar things? The Charity Wishlist is in the process of filing for our own 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status. We literally are going to be a charity helping charities.

Our new website will be live in a few short weeks, and available at: www.TheCharityWishlist.org. You can also follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/CharityWishlist) , and like us on FaceBook (www.facebook.com/TheCharityWishlist).

We hope you share in our excitement and enthusiasm.

Helping Charities For The Right Reasons

Today I wanted to take a step back from discussions of technology, and the day to day life of a small business owner, and talk about something that is a core belief of mine, helping charities. For those of you that know me and my family, you know that we help raise money for the Delaware Breast Cancer Collation, help with food collections for the Delaware Food Bank, support Relay for Life, and participate in multiple MS Society walks. We have had friends and family that these organizations have helped over the years, so it is only right that we do what we can to help them reach out and help more people.

In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, our eyes were opened to a larger community of organizations and charities we never knew about. We also came to learn quickly that many of them struggle on a daily basis to not just help others, but to keep their doors open. The realization hit while we were talking to them, that while many people are quick to help in the event of a large natural disaster, many of these groups get forgotten in the normal day to day lives of people.

Given the philanthropic spirit that we embrace, we set out to figure out a way to help raise awareness for these organizations and charities. Then the idea came, quite by accident, on a call with my brother. He literally gave me the foundation to build a system tied together with an awareness campaign, that can help charities and organizations of any size.

Now of course the argument that immediately got put on the table was that there are companies out there already that do this. After some in-depth research, and discussions with groups that these companies help, we learned that the charities get very little of the money these companies raise. For example, less than 20 cents of every dollar raised by the fundraising company for the US Veterans Association actually goes to help our Veterans, they keep the rest for “administration and operating expenses”.  The very people that put their lives on the line to help keep our country free see almost nothing. This very practice is why many people have been turned off to making donations to these organizations.

So what makes what we are getting ready to launch any different from these other companies? The answer is simple, the new business we are launching, will to do this as a non-profit entity itself.

We firmly believe that charity is just that, charity. We set out to help others, and wanted everything done for the right reasons, not for monetary reasons.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our launch. Let’s build the future together.

What Is Success?

Today I want to touch on a subject that is one of those that has led to many hours of controversial debate and conversation, no matter what circle you travel in. It is the subject of what makes a person or business successful.

The reason why it has the potential to be one of the most controversial topics to discuss, is for the simple fact that it is driven by what a person’s personal idea of success is. Every person has their own viewpoint, and many times it is influenced by the way their were raised.

So what exactly is success? According to the dictionary, success is: “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals”. It also says that it is: “the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.” Again, even with the definitions, it is not a cut and dry answer.

So, now I want to tell you a story about my great grandfather. He owned a bakery in Philadelphia in the early 1900’s, near the Germantown area of the city.  It was not a huge bakery, though he provided bread and rolls to most of the restaurants in the area, and everyone in the local community went to him for their baked goods. He was an energetic person, and very involved in the community.

During the depression, when many people found themselves out of work, and families were scraping what little they had together to eat, my great grandfather opened the back door of his bakery and proceeded to hand out hundreds of loaves of bread to these families on a daily basis. He encouraged other businesses in the area to do the same, and became the voice of the community to unite them “as one family”.

When he passed away in the 1950’s, the entire community was in mourning. The church was standing room only for the funeral, and hundreds of people stood outside during the service. The procession from the church to the cemetery afterwards stretched for at least a mile.

My great grandfather was not a rich man when he passed away, nor was he some high ranking dignitary. He was an immigrant that came to this country, started a family, built a business, and loved and cared for his neighbors. His success can be measured by the good he did for others.

As small business owners, we can learn a valuable lesson from this. The foundation of what makes us successful starts in our own community. From the way we treat our customers, to giving back to help out a cause, to how we are involved in making our community a better place.

At Delaware 302, we firmly believe in giving back to the community. We are currently supporters of 2 Delaware charities, and are always looking for ways to help out where and when we can. We also have something great in the works to be able to extend that reach and do more.

Is your business ready for success?

Let’s build the future together.