Triggergive.com Taking a Stand One Donation at a Time

How many times has something bad happened and you’ve jumped on social media to see the latest news only to feel angry and helpless? One of the many amazing things a company called Triggergive can do is turn these types of tragedies into movements of change. Using the social awareness that Twitter creates around events, Triggergive can turn this exposure into actual donations for good.

Have you been triggered yet? If so visit:

https://www.triggergive.com/

#TriggerGive

One of the major roadblocks to raising money is the back end systems of the donation processing, it’s very complicated. Triggergive takes care of all the processing logistics, security (Stripe CC processing), and back end work for you. Triggergive is a mobile based platform that allows users to instantly donate money on Twitter and it only costs $15 per month. $15 a month, I might add, is an amount even a nonprofit can afford ūüėČ

Sign Up Process

The signup process begins on the web site Triggergive.com where you choose if you are a donor or a organization. In order for users to donate all they have to do is Tweet: #TriggerGive $(amount) @(organization). If you have already signed up on their website, the transaction is complete. If you are not already registered, they will tweet you a link to complete your sign up. Trigger Give allows you to make a big difference through small donations. TriggerGive does not take any of the donation amount, they make money by signing up charities at $15/month. Stripe takes 30 cents plus 2.9% to handle the funds.

Trigger Give offers several templates to help your organization inform donors how to give on Twitter. Login to your dashboard anytime to analyze your donors and track donations. Whether you are a donor or a charity the process could not be simpler.

What Does It Look Like?

Homepage

TriggerGive Home Page

Choose if you are a donor or a charity.

TriggerGive

When one Tweets #TriggerGive $(amount) @(organization) a donation will be made.

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

“An amazing passive, aggressive app, lets you react to hostile social media posts in a positive, productive way.” The founders like to call it¬†‚Äėretaliatory giving.’

–¬†Mashable

“I like to use Trigger to try and give causes I care about more awareness, it’s kind of like putting your money where your mouth is.”

– Anne, Graphic Designer

“New Twitter App Transforms Anger into Instant Social Good”

– Non Profit Quarterly

The next time a major event, movement, or tragedy happens remember Triggergive. You can take small steps to change the world, you still have power when you feel helpless. If you are a non profit or want to donate visit:

https://www.triggergive.com/ or visit them on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/triggergive.

Photography and 3D Models By Pandariot779 On Patreon

  • November 11, 2017
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Pandariot779 is trying to build a community based on cosplay, videography, and 3D design on Patreon, social media, and personal web site. Pandariot779 is a full time student studying to become a nurse with many side passion products. In order for those projects to continue to grow they need your support on Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/pandariot779

Patreon 3D Models

Patreon page

Cosplay

Pandariot779 goal is to introduce the world to cosplay through photographs taken at conventions and at photo shoots. Visit site here pandariot779.com. All the cosplay photos on the web site are 100% free.

Pandariot779 screen shot of web site

Web site

3D Design

In addition to Cosplay,¬†Pandariot779, is also very interested in 3D Design. Specifically a designer/arduinoNERD. Using blender and Autocad¬†Pandariot creates 3D printable objects for people. If you’re at a Cosplay Convention¬†Pandariot779 is at, be sure to look for 3D Printed Pokeman hiding throughout.

Advocate?

Not only does Cosplay have entertainment value the goal is to use site/social media to advocate for Cosplayers. Pandariot779 will post a cosplay shoot once a month, post a cosplay video once every 3 months, provide free photos on my web page, and create hidden 3D Printed Pokemon for conventions attended.

Are There Any Rewards?

Yes, there are several Patreon rewards. $1 gets you early access to photos, may be part of album page, and access to exclusive photos. $2 gets you definite access to album page and previous rewards, $3 or more gets you more photos, and all previous tiers. Very reasonable rewards.

What’s The Goal?¬†

The goal is to get to $300 month to help fund photography and 3D printing equipment. Photography and 3D printing are very expensive hobbies and donations will go towards better equipment. All extra money will go towards giving back to Cosplayers and Patrons.

Conclusion

If you want to help¬†Pandariot779 turn¬†Photography and 3D printing into maybe something more than a hobby consider donating to his Patreon page today. Already there are 7 Patreon, be number 8, 9, 10…

Keeping Teachers Teaching Foundation

  • November 1, 2017
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I think it’s safe to say that other than your parents and friends teachers are the most important influence on a young persons life. That’s why it’s so important that we as a society not take good education for granted. Good education is not a guarantee. There’s a Arizona based organization helping to ensure that called¬†Keeping Teachers Teaching Foundation who’s mission is to “Provide for our teachers so they keep providing for our future.”

Visit KTT:

https://www.keepingteachersteaching.org/

Keeping Teachers Teaching, Inc. (KTT) is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization devoted to the needs of teachers. They reality is some school districts are very well funded, but others are not.¬†KTT targets those communities with reduced budgets and supports those teachers in need. For those that think teachers make enough money already and schools get enough of our tax money as it is I say this simply isn’t the case in all areas. I had a college professor here in Washington State once say that said the issue isn’t enough money, at least for my University. It’s about money being spent on the¬†bureaucracy of running the school, a tiny percentage goes to the actual teachers. He went on to say that teachers would be very well off if teachers earned the bulk of money coming into the University. I think my old professor and the goals of¬†KTT are in-line. The goal ultimately is to prioritize teachers, make them first.

Keeping Teachers Teaching

Mission

“KTT provides support and much needed resources for required professional development trainings, networking opportunities, community involvement, scholarships for continuing education, certifications, health and wellness programs, and a variety of free or discounted local services. Our long-term goals are to inspire educators on a state and national level. The assurance of a quality education can only be provided to our children by educators who can give their best to an increasingly demanding profession.”

Keep Teachers Teaching AZ

Special Programs?

KTT offers several fundraising programs. These include the¬†Just 10 AZ Challege where residents of Arizona are encourages to donate $10. 2nd program is called¬†Strive-To-Thrive Total Wellness For Teachers which “incorporates proven, evidence-based activities that are designed to enhance academic learning and student outcomes during a Teacher‚Äôs typical work day. The program components are based on a comprehensive model of wellness to include physical, psychological and environmental well-being.” The third program is called Discounts For Teachers in which teachers receive discounts on a as needed basis.

Next Steps

If you are interested in donating just go to their web site:

https://www.keepingteachersteaching.org/

If your not ready to donate yet, but want to get involved there are several fundraising events coming up visit:

https://www.keepingteachersteaching.org/events/.

Quality education can only be provided to our children by educators who can give their best. That’s why it’s so important that we support our teachers. Consider donating to Keeping Teachers Teaching Foundation today.

MediaMan Gaming YouTube Channel And Web Site On Patreon

  • October 22, 2017
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Are you into gaming and watching gaming channels on YouTube? There is a new channel by¬†mediaman that has gone from nothing to 6,000 subscribers you should consider checking this gaming entertainment startup out. Mediaman is all about¬†gaming, gaming news, gaming reviews and other gaming stuff. It’s safe to say¬†mediaman pretty much covers everything to do with gaming. Visit his web site, YouTube page, or better yet support¬†mediaman on Patreon today:

Contribute to the mediaman Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/mediaman

Visit YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmv6y99YVOwkMX21Qbi3RHw

Gaming YouTube Channel

Above is screenshot from Patreon page. “Mediaman is all about¬†gaming, gaming news, gaming reviews and other gaming stuff.”

There can be no doubt video is the new home of gaming journalism. Whether you are interested in how to play a game, how to improve your skills or what the current state of the market is, sites like YouTube and Twitch are now the first choice for people who take gaming seriously enough to want to keep current. What most people need, however, and more than a few don’t realize they need, are regular updates, responsible journalism and complete information on their favorite titles.

Are There Any Rewards?

Yes there are several rewards for those that contribute to the mediaman campaign. The min. donation is only $1 and with that you will get him, yes mediaman your personal Twitter follower. Pledge $5 and things get more interesting not only will you get him as a Twitter follower you will also get him to retweet you Tweets for a month. He will also have a drawing once a week to allow you to choose what it is you want him to play. The rewards go all the way up to $50 and with that you will get all previous rewards plus he will mention you and your youtube/blog if you have one.

Please consider a contribution to mediaman the campaign and new video channel.

 

InstaLend Real Estate Crowdfunding and Investment

  • October 19, 2017
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You’ve heard of online stock trading companies for decades now such at Ameritrade and eTrade, but what about real estate? Now there is a new trend popping up that’s just as revolutionary to the concept of online investing as stock trading companies were in the early 2000s. The new trend is online real estate crowdfunding and investment companies. One of those newcomers is called InstaLend. InstaLends is an online lending platform that provides accredited investors with access to senior debt investment offerings.

Whether your an investor or borrower InstaLend will connect you to the right person on their platform. InstaLend works by underwriting the short-term loans, connecting the funding, and managing the investment. For more information in InstaLend visit: https://www.instalend.com/

How Does It Work For Investors? 

For investors InstaLend gets you instant access to pre-vetted dealflow.

1) Sign up.

2) Review investment opportunities.

3) Connect your account and deposit money into your InstaLend account.

4) Accrue immediate returns.

Get Real Estate Returns

How Does It Work For Borrowers? 

1) First create a borrower profile.

2) Submit a loan application.

3) Get a response within 24 business hours.

4) Once InstaLend is satisfied with their diligence they will schedule a closing with you per a pre-approved draw schedule and extension options.

5) Make monthly payments.

Submit Loan App

Does InstaLend Provide Analytics?

Yes they do have some analytics. “Detailed metrics on the dashboard help with monitoring and tracing of investment portfolio, diversification strategies and re-investment decisions.”

Are There Fees?

Yes, there are fees. In regards to fees to investor, “While there are no out-of-pocket fees for investors, we may try to collect a spread on each loan to cover ongoing investor reporting and communications relating to the investment.” “Most loans tend to carry an interest rate of 10-14%.” View investor FAQ here:¬†https://www.instalend.com/faq_investor. If you are a borrower there are costs as well. “Most of our deals are funded between 11-15% with 2-4 points charged at closing. You are also expected to pay for the appraisal and the closing costs.” View the borrower FAQ here:¬†https://www.instalend.com/faq_borrower.

Are There Risk?

Yes, there is risk to any investment. There are also many other options in the real estate investment space so do your research. Statement from the InstaLend web site: “PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS, AND ANY EXPECTED RETURNS OR HYPOTHETICAL PROJECTIONS MAY NOT REFLECT ACTUAL FUTURE PERFORMANCE. ALL INVESTMENTS INVOLVE RISK AND MAY RESULT IN PARTIAL OR TOTAL LOSS. There can be no assurance that an investment opportunity or any projected or actual performance shown on the Site will lead to the expected results shown or perform in any predictable manner. It should not be assumed that investors will experience returns in the future, if any, comparable to those shown or that any or all investors on the Site experienced such returns.” See entire disclosure¬†https://www.instalend.com/disclosures.

There seem to be new, novel investment companies popping up everywhere. InstaLend is just one of those companies, it’s a newcomer. Do your research on multiple companies, but InstaLend looks promising. InstaLend connects accredited investors to borrowers seeking to fund short-term residential real estate investments. For as little as $5,000 start investing on¬†InstaLend today.

Build Empathy With This Land Is My Land On Kickstarter

  • October 3, 2017
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The world right now, more than ever, needs more empathy. There’s a campaign on Kickstarter trying to achieve just that called¬†This Land Is My Land.¬†The author¬†Dubie Toa-Kwapong and illustrator Samuel Fleming are creating a children’s book to help build more empathy for 2+ million children in the United States of America.

Contribute today: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/789480008/this-land-is-my-land?ref=b8yrlb

This Land Is My Land has a Kickstart goal of¬†$7,500 and so far has raised a very impressive¬†$2,784 with 58 backers. The idea that eventually led to the Kickstarter campaign first began in summer 2017. Nana Adom Mills-Robertson, a senior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, came up with the idea of creating a children’s book. “Adom approached Dubie Toa-Kwapong, an award-winning writer and Macalester graduate ‚Äė16, with the idea. Dubie agreed with it and created¬†This Land is My Land. However, it was not complete. Samuel Fleming, a junior at Macalester, who doubled as a prominent up-and-coming artist in the Twin Cities, brought life to the characters through art.”

This Land Is My Land

This Land Is My Land (Cover Art)

I’m writing this article after listening to a full day of news reports detailing the Las Vegas mass shooting. I don’t think I need to go into any more detail about Las Vegas, but it is a tragedy. Many people are asking themselves what they should do about it? Can they change this world for the better or are the problems we face too large? I think one this we can do is anywhere possible we have to opportunity to support positive change, positive campaigns, etc. like This Land Is My Land we should. It’s true that “One Bad Egg Ruins an Omelet” but we shouldn’t let that stop us from trying to do good in the world anyway we can.

I’m also reminded of the Starfish Poem below:

Starfish Poem

Basically the poem’s message if you didn’t read it is that even though problems are large we can take small steps to make a difference. It encourages us to get out of a fatalistic mindset, take action, and make a difference if only to one person.

Please support this Kickstarter campaign encouraging empathy among today’s youth.¬†The reading level of this book is aimed for grade’s 1-3. However, anybody can enjoy the book and learn the lessons that it brings up. Pick up your copy of¬†This Land is My Land and support their mission anyway you can.

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