Finding Inspiration Online for Non-Profits

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Finding Inspiration Online:Inspiring Websites and Insights Into SuccessFinding Inspiration Online As a marketer for a non-profit, Im often asked if Ive seen anything new and exciting online that could help generate fundraising activities for the company I usually keep an eye out and an ear peeled to the Internet grapevine Ive found that viral campaigns, regardless of the actual material, usually come in a few different categoriesFinding Inspiration OnlineLets talk about 3 today to start those creative juices. I call them:-Seeing is believing-The voice of reason-Tools of the TradeSeeing Is BelievingSeeing Is Believing Everyone needs some good news in their day. A gem of content that makes them feel closer to their fellow man. The Seeing is believing category compiles those viral campaigns that show the good in people that people all over the world are doing amazing things that inspire Following are two very different examples to show the sky is the limitCaines ArcadeTo see the campaign, visit: http://cainesarcade.comCrowdfunding Creativity The story of Caines Arcade was made into an inspiring short film where an up and coming documentarian recruited a whole gang of people to play Caines arcade games The story went viral with people across the world wanting to help creative kids like Caine A scholarship fund was set up for Caine and others like him to go to college almost a quarter of a million dollars were raised Worth noting, this campaign made it very easy to donate even small amounts of money a great example of crowdfundingPeople Are AwesomeTo see the campaign, visit: Good News Cycle People are Awesome really taps into the need for good news about people People are Awesome shows that people can do awesome things when they put their mind to it the things highlighted arent really solving issues either but are awe inspiring. Content is updated regularlyThe Voice of ReasonThe Voice of Reason People are increasingly heading to the Internet to gain inspiration and motivation to change their lives for the better The voice of reason category compiles all those websites that give practical tips and guidance for all types of life goals It can come in the form of motivational speaking, blog posts, or other word-based formats Following is one example how one person is helping people across the globe stay physically and mentally fit and activeChalene JohnsonTo see her content, visit: http://www.chalenejohnson.comMotivational Speaker with No BS Attitude Chalene is a fitness coach and motivational speaker who uses the Internet to broadcast her message She creates podcasts on a number of topics, posts on most social media channels and creates courses you can take to motivate yourself into action She uses her words of wisdom to inspireTools of the TradeTools of the Trade While some people use their words of wisdom, other opt for scientific methods Tools of the trade compiles those sites which have studied scientific methods to motivate, inspire, etc. They then provide the tools necessary so anyone can easily follow their findings and incorporate them into their everyday life Following are two examples of how this can be done both online and off with great successPassion PlannerTo see the planner, visit: http://www.passionplanner.comDay-to-Day Goal Management Passion Planner went viral across social media in November of last year Passion planner was started through kickstarter by a college student She gave away the PDF version of the planner if you shared the kickstarter campaign which resulted in huge sales The planner helps you break down your short-term and long-term goals in the form of a day planner. She uses well known science and some creativity to help others achieve their goals this year and into the futureHappifyTo see the happiness tracks, visit: http://www.happify.comThe Happiness Guru The site is both free or paid for with a greater number of tracks if you pay The site asks experts across the field of happiness, motivation, self-understanding, etc to distill their knowledge into short exercises A person chooses which course, called a track, that is most suited to them. They join the track and complete daily exercises which help them improve their happiness related to their specific needNow Its Your Turn How can you inspire people to fulfill their dreams, goals, and ambitions? How can you spread the positive work people are doing in your company or local area? Have you been studying a topic that could change the way people think about their lives? How can you distill this down so anyone can learn from it?