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As we push towards that “final inch” of completing the job of eradicating polio from the face of the planet, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has introduced a new Facebook “challenge” to energize their club, and friends from other clubs in the District, and beyond. It’s called Pies for Polio, and it’s simple: Just take a pie to the face (Recipe: whipped cream and a pie tin), donate a minimum of $100 to Polio Plus, video the whole thing, and then post a Facebook challenge to two other folks to do the same within 48 hours. This is way-cooler than a bucket of ice, and much less cold!
And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
CFR carries out its mission by providing temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis; housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment; and education and training to individuals and communities to increase economic capacity and personal growth. Additionally, CFR provides affordable office space to other nonprofit agencies in our community at The Mansour Center.
Jeri opened our eyes today to the double standard that exists between non-profit and for-profit corporations and how we, the public, view their approach to overhead expenses. For-profit corporations spend capital aggressively to generate revenue, and as long as there is profit, they are judged favorably. Non-profs, on the other hand, are expected to "beg" for their money, and overhead expenses are scrutinized very closely by would-be donors.
Last year entrepreneur and humanitarian activist Dan Pallotta delivered a "TED Talk", that turned this notion of passive fundraising on its head. Jeri Barr believes that Pallotta's ideas could revolutionize charity fundrasing, and that if non-profs put into action the competitive marketing strategies employed in the profit sector, enough money could be raised to actually solve the problems humanitarian organizations take on. Since the 1970's (when statistics were first collected) charitable giving has remained at 2% of GDP. And a very small portion of that 2% goes to humanitarian relief versus religious and other non-profit organizations. To see the TED talk that inspired Jeri Barr, go to this link: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong