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The hCard membership not only enables savings and discounts, but facilitates fundraising opportunities for schools and nonprofits. The hCard leverages social and mobile commerce to increase traffic and revenue for business, while supporting the military, first responders and nonprofits.

6 Ways to Boost Your Nonprofit Fundraising Efforts

nonprofit fundraising, hCard, discount deals, 100% fundraiserIf you’ve been trying to jumpstart your fundraising program but coming up empty, here’s some good news:

There are plenty of options available to give your efforts a boost.

#1.       Sponsorships

Sponsorships are a great option for your nonprofit fundraising because they require no financial investment on your part. All you need to do is locate the sponsors – which, of course, can be tricky sometimes. The key to success here is to look beyond the obvious when searching for those sponsors.

Knocking on doors can get tiring, so it makes more sense to start with your own network, reaching out to members on your board, employees and business that have supported you in the past. If they can’t sponsor the fundraising, maybe they have connections they can refer you to. Another great tip? Look for media sponsorships. A mention in your local radio station or newspaper can do wonders for getting the word out about the fundraising event.

#2.       Raffles and Competitions

Raffles and competitions have always been the heart of fundraising events, which often means people are tired of them. To give your raffle a new life, think out of the box. Instead of giving out small prizes that cost little but don’t generate a lot of interest, go with tickets to local events or a gift certificate to a local shop or company. You can also try services raffles, where winners get services such as carpet cleaning, massages or even tax preparation for free.

Or go with the easiest option ever: the 50/50 raffle. With this option, you simply sell tickets and collect money, and then split the pot 50/50 with the winner.

One thing to keep in mind: North Carolina laws limit fundraising raffles to two per year. If you’re planning on doing more than that, you might need to apply for a special permit or license.

#3.       Garage sales

If money is tight or you have trouble getting sponsors, one alternative is to host a garage sale for 100 % fundraising profits. For this to be successful, however, you need two things. First, you’ll need a large space (such as a school gym or a church’s meeting room) where you can set up booths and organize the items available for sale. Second, you need people willing to donate items for sale.

When it comes to the sale itself, don’t stick to books and used clothing only. Things like second-hand furniture, appliances and electronics, toys (especially nice battery-operated toys) and even holiday-themed items are all great sellers.

#4.       Bake Sales

Bake sales are the original fundraising event, and with good reason: who can say no to sweets? While selling cakes and cupcakes is just as profitable as ever, you can increase your chances of success by expanding your offerings. Mini apple pies, popcorn balls, doughnuts and muffins, banana bread, trail mix and even chocolate-dipped strawberries are all great additions to a nonprofit fundraising.

#5.       Discount Deals

Discount deals are a great way to introduce sponsors to a new local business. Plus, because the businesses are still earning money with this option, you might be able to bring onboard companies that would otherwise not be interested in participating. The hCard is one way to organize discount deals into one attractive package.

With the hCard, users have access to several discount deals with the purchase of a single card. For example, they might get buy-one/get-one free deals, a 10-20 percent discount to a local store or a special gift with purchase. Even better, companies working with the hCard can include a variety of restaurants, hotels, car rentals and even pet insurance.

#6.       Donations

Donations are another 100% fundraising option, because they require no investment on your part.

Asking for monetary donations might be the most convenient way to fundraise your nonprofit, but you can make it even easier by setting up some rules in advance. For example, rather than letting the donor decide how much to donate, create “donation levels.” This avoids uncomfortable situations, where donors don’t know how much to give. You can simply print out tickets for fixed amounts, such as $10, $50, $100 – and then let the donor “purchase” the ticket he prefers.

Keep in mind that this is a direct donation, not a raffle or contest, so the tickets are only meant as a way to keep track of things.

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Transforming the Triad – Military Veteran Takes Up the Challenge

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Military veteran Matt Currin is the new Triad regional manager

With latest research from the Annie E. Casey foundation and other organizations showing that 30% of children in the Triad live in poverty, the timing has never been better for a program such as the hCard’s 100% fundraiser. Schools, booster clubs, soccer teams, bands, nonprofits and religious organizations can all benefit from the initiative, and the good news for High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem is that there’s a new regional manager for the program in your area.

A Skilled Veteran

Matt Currin is the new incumbent for the role, and while it’s rather different from his previous jobs he’s excited about the possibilities. Matt has worked as a flight school instructor in the Marine Corps as well as a hospital air care pilot. He’s been in sales, public speaking and training, and as the 2012 Girls Youth Soccer Coach of the Year for North Carolina, few people know more about the financial challenges facing youth soccer teams than he does.

Plans for Progress

With big plans to help local teams and booster clubs raise funds for their activities, Matt’s goals are also to aid local business owners to find customers. With the great deals and discounts offered by the hCard program, he believes there’s currently an opportunity to make a huge difference in the region. Matt says he can’t wait to tell people in the Triad about the hCard and the many ways in which it can benefit everyone.

How it Works

The hCard is a discount card that enables holders to show it at qualified vendors and save on products and services. While it’s free for members of the military and veterans, other consumers can buy it for the nominal fee of $20. Businesses, meanwhile, sign up for a free ad space in the hCard’s directory. When enough companies activate their listings, the organization that recruited them to the directory receive a supply of discount cards to sell to consumers. The organization retains all the money realized from the sale, the companies get increased business through the various opportunities available for reaching customers and the consumers get to save money.

Hitting the Road

This is what has Matt Currin so excited. As a military vet, he’s community-minded and committed to the Triad area. As a youth soccer coach, he’s passionate about the game, and the possibilities offered by the hCard program represent great synergies, as far as he is concerned. Matt plans to hit the road as soon as possible to start getting Triad organizations on board and educating businesses on how they can help the community without incurring unnecessary costs. And with the current rebound in the Triad housing market, there’s bound to be an upswing in the economy in the next 12 months. Matt plans to capitalize on that and get the community working to help itself.

 

 

The hCard: A Storied Past and a Great Future

Over the years, The hCard has developed a well-earned reputation for being involved in an array of community endeavors, always placing clients and businesses first. We realize that it is through continuous relationships that things get done. We have promoted and truly revolutionized the power of membership discounts, business advertising, local, regional and national discounting, and community partnering. We are the solution for shopping local and ‘show and save’ in area merchant locations.

It was through our fundraising arm that we involve our focus to include schools and nonprofits.  Our hCard Program gives them a platform to provide residual income for uniforms, sports, trips, the arts, and the like. We even handle all the orders and the deliveries and offer a renewal residual option! Selling cookies and candles quickly become Plan B when The hCard opportunity is presented.

Recently over the past months, we have found two key partners who have allowed us to grow even further with the military, police, fire, and first responders. Navy Federal Credit Union and Cox Communication in Virginia came on board to help us grow these critical discounts. They have been strong supporters of our mission. They bought into our Military Discounts and it has meant a lot to us.

We are now growing in both synergy and opportunity with three cities on board as Chamber Partners.

Our strategy of thinking local means so much in this economy. Our sluggish economy can only be strengthened from the ground up. Local growth means a stronger nation.

We believe in giving back. It is what started The hCard in the first place. Being supported and believed by increasing numbers of same purposed individuals gives us the power and the energy to grow.

Each day is a continuous celebration for us at The hCard, we call it living in the moment. Belief can go a long way. Our past blends nicely into the future.

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Raleigh, NC 27661 U.S.A.

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The hCard Mobile Program Means Business!

Venture capital (VC) makes our local communities grow strong organizations and businesses. High potential and early stage opportunities that involve VC help to create jobs, build new companies, foster growth and create innovation across virtually every sector.

The hCard operates with this same type of focus. We are all about community and local activity. We know that the heart of every community is people. That is why we do what we do. We are in constant improvement mode to support local businesses and their continuing prosperity.

It is within the private sector that our economy grows and gets stronger. Working together with businesses is our continuous mission. With that in mind, we are offering every single business, regardless of industry or profession, a chance to support what they do in both products and services through the local Chamber of Commerce. We are soon starting regionally in Fayetteville NC and have the Fayetteville- Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce on board to share the launch.

Our plan with the support of local merchants using The hcard Mobile Apps, makes these valuable apps absolutely free to all those who serve and protect.

The new hCard Mobile Program is a smart game plan for progressive businesses to grow with us and with their respective chambers of commerce. With a new city launch every two weeks starting soon, we could see over 1000 businesses profit from this endeavor. It takes what we call business intelligence and we want everyone on board.

With Fayetteville, North Carolina being one of the top 50 locations in the USA for both economic opportunity and job growth, click here for information, we cannot wait to move forward.

Visit our website and help grow your business.

Just download the app and start saving! Click here for more information.

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This blog post is brought to you by the great people at The hCard. Find us and LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thehcard

Our website is http://www.thehcard.com 

We are on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/thehcard 

Mailing Address:

SchoolHeart, Inc.
P.O. Box 61145
Raleigh, NC 27661 U.S.A.

Phone: 919 217 2423

For more information, email:

admin@thehcard.com

The hCard powered by SchoolHeart, Inc.  is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with additional offices located in Houston, TX and Tampa, FL. 

 

The hCard Announces the Community Partner Program!

Cumberland County is one of the strongholds of our American Armed Forces here in the USA. Its county seat, Fayetteville, is best known around the world as the home of Fort Bragg, a major Army installation nestled in the northwest part of the town. Also located here is the Pope Army Airfield, a garrison that supports aircraft, medical and fire response as well as mission command and aircrew management.

With a population of over 200,000, Fayetteville is proud of the fact that it hosts the U.S. Army Forces Command and the U.S. Army Reserve Command. And it is the main reason why The hCard is in pre-launch in this military town with a target date of late January to launch The Chamber App and the Community Partner Program.

The principle reason why The hCard is here in Fort Bragg country  is that we bring incredible value to our military members with savings and discounts across the country. But as we head deeply into 2013, our continued focus even more on our military and all those who serve us on a daily basis protecting our freedoms.

Military personnel, veterans, police, sheriffs, and firefighters all can save hundreds of dollars at local merchants using The hCard Mobile Apps; and it is absolutely FREE! It is simple and easy to sign up and you can find all the information at http://www.thehcard.com/

The good people of Fayetteville and surrounding areas can support these free apps by purchasing The hCard from their favorite school or nonprofit. http://thehcard.com/content/organizations.html

All those interested potential members can also download The hCard discounts.

We bring value to all of our members and we serve a multitude of local communities. Fayetteville is a very special opportunity with a rich blend of patriotism, hard work and opportunity. For us at The hCard, that means success.

We urge you to visit the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and all it has to offer!

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Our website is http://www.thehcard.com 

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Mailing Address:

SchoolHeart, Inc.
P.O. Box 61145
Raleigh, NC 27661 U.S.A.

Phone: 919 217 2423

For more information, email:

admin@thehcard.com

The hCard powered by SchoolHeart, Inc.  is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with additional offices located in Houston, TX and Tampa, FL. 

 

The New Year Means CHANGE from The hCard Family!

Here we are in 2013! The hCard has been blessed with both growth and change as we look back at 2012. We look to the future and we know that change is at the heart of both achievement and success. Our Mobile Apps have literally revised our mission and they have given us what everyone needs in this still uncertain economy.

It is indeed change that makes us all prosper. It gives focus and opportunity to every plan. C.H.A.N.G.E. will make the New Year THE year of achievement for all of us.

  • C: Community is at the core of every society and for The hCard family is the foundation of our core values. The stronger we are, the better everyone will be.  
  • H: Heart is why we do what we do. We are always looking outward from within as we continually assess our purpose and mission.
  • A: Attention to others gives us our target of opportunity. We want success in others. It is what we do.  
  • N: Need is also a critical component and why we promote The Hcard and all its advantages.
  • G: Giving back has not only become one of the newest terms of recent days, it is a key aspect of building up the success of others. Through others, we too are successful.
  • E: Easy and simple are Funding the Heart of America. We leverage social and mobile commerce and help our military, police, sheriffs, volunteers, and firefighters save money and support community-minded businesses.

Remember mobile apps drive the new Web 3.0. Local merchants are indeed using The hcard Mobile Apps, and it is absolutely free to all those who serve and protect.

Just download the app and start saving!

Happy New Year everyone!

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This blog post is brought to you by the great people at The hCard. Find us and LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thehcard

Our website is http://www.thehcard.com 

We are on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/thehcard 

Mailing Address:

SchoolHeart, Inc.
P.O. Box 61145
Raleigh, NC 27661 U.S.A.

Phone: 919 217 2423

For more information, email:

admin@thehcard.com

The hCard powered by SchoolHeart, Inc.  is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with additional offices located in Houston, TX and Tampa, FL.