The Holidays are an important time for our Global Affiliates. During the months of November and December is when our Affiliates receive a significant percentage of their donations for the year. This year, we have set a goal of raising $40,000 by December 30th (the end of the 2013-2014 tax-year). Below are some ways you can help us achieve this goal.
- Become a Village Earth Holiday Campaign Captain
- Form a Giving Circle with your Friends, Family, Colleagues, Church Group Etc.
- Respond to our Annual Appeal Letter
- Contribute to One of Our Microprojects at Globalgiving.org
- Donate your Car, Boat, or RV
- Support Village Earth whenever you buy or sell something on eBay.com
- Tell your friends on social media about us.
Join our end of year fundraising team by becoming a Campaign Captain. Captains set a personal fundraising goal to support one or more affiliates and then reach out to their friends, family, church, or other social networks to raise funds. If you’re interested in becoming a captain or learning more about the opportunity, please contact [email protected]
Do you ever wish that you could do more than than just a contribute $20 or $50 dollars to a project that in total may cost many thousands of dollars? Wouldn’t it be nice to fund an entire project and have a more intimate role with all phases of implementation? If you answered yes to the questions, than you should organize a giving circle.
“Giving circles are a form of philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own money or time to a pooled fund, decide together where to give these away to charity or community projects and, in doing so, seek to increase their awareness of and engagement in the issues covered by the charity or community project. Many circles, in addition to donating their money, also contribute their time and skills to support causes.” — Wikipedia
If you are interested in forming a giving a circle Village Earth can help. We offer the following benefits for groups that make a pledge to raising funds for any of Village Earth’s Global Affiliates. This might include:
- In-person presentations for your circle so they can learn about our Affiliates or dialogue about the status of project they have funded.
- Regular telephone or video conferences with project leaders around the globe.
- Site visits to see or help implement projects your circle has funded.
To facilitate the formation of your giving circle, we have partnered with SocialFund.org.
Social Fund is for groups of people who want to start combined charitable giving accounts. You start one with your family, friends, student organization, or faith community, and pitch in each month. After a few months have passed, your fund votes on where to give out grants, with more than 1.8 million charities to choose from!
We recommend Social Fund for groups that may dispersed or who are unfamiliar with one-another and need a way to efficiently collaborate and collect funds online. Village Earth can also create an account for your group, when you reach a certain account balance your group can then decide how to allocate those funds, either to one or more projects. For more information contact David Bartecchi [email protected]
Each year during the week of Thanksgiving, Village Earth sends out a physical mailing to thousands of our supporters. Responding to this letter by sending a check is one of the best ways to donate since there are no transactions fees. We usually mirror this letter by email for those people for which we don’t have a physical mailing address. You can respond either by donating online or by sending a check in the mail. You can use the form on the sidebar if you would like to join our mailing list. Alternatively you can, save us a stamp and donate now online or send a check to: Village Earth PO Box 797 Fort Collins, Co. 80522
While we prefer that people already familiar with Village Earth or our Global Affiliates donate directly via check (to avoid transaction fees) several of our affiliates will be running campaigns on Globalgiving.org. If you’re employer provides matching or gives Globalgiving.org gift cards, please choose a project from one of our Global Affiliates. Plus, on December 2nd (Giving Tuesday), Globalgiving.org and Microsoft will be matching donations dollar-for-dollar for all donations to Empowering Youth Cambodia made at Globalgiving.org.
Why go through the hassle of selling your old car, boat or RV when we’ll handle the whole process for you? Donating your car can be a fast and easy way to make a significant contribution to Village Earth or one of our affiliates. Plus, you’ll get a tax-deduction for the value of your vehicle. We use the trusted V-DAC service (also used by NPR’s Car Talk) to help streamline the car donation process for donors living anywhere in the United States. Click here or the link below to donate your used car. Note: please contact us if you’re donation is intended for one of our Affiliates. Processing/Transaction Fees: Village Earth retains up to 70% – 75% of Net Recovery of Vehicle.
Looking to get rid of those horrible slippers that you got as a Christmas gift from your aunt in Boca Raton? Or maybe you recently upgraded your phone or gaming system and need to clear some space – here’s a great way to get to get rid of that old stuff and benefit Village Earth at the same time. Now with eBay Giving Works, you can list your items and choose a percentage that will go to Village Earth once it’s sold. Not only are you support a good cause, but your item will stand out to buyers with a blue and yellow ribbon logo displayed right next to the item’s title. Charity listings on eBay have up to 30% higher sell through rates then non-Charity items and they sell for between 2-6% higher prices.
Here are some ideas on how you can use eBay Giving Works to support Village Earth.
- Host your own charity auction for Village Earth or one of our Global Affiliates
- Get a tax-deduction for that old clunker vehicle, boat or RV in the driveway.
- Liquidate the estate of a loved-one who has recently passed away.
- Clean out that garage or attic.
To start listing items go to: http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/village-earth/65425/
Even if you aren’t able to make a financial contribution, you can help others learn about Village Earth and our Global Affiliates by sharing us with your friends on social media. Here’s how:
- “Like” Village Earth and your favorite Global Affiliates on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter
- “Like” and “Share” posts you like from Village Earth and our Affiliates. Be sure to comment and encourage your friends to support our work.
- “Tweet” about @VillageEarthOrg and “Retweet” Tweets of ours that you like.