Richard Lawrence, a saxophonist and fundraising chairman for the San Diego Concert Band, sent me their promotional video along with his thoughts on the band and his own performing career:
The demise of traditional journalism is a topic of unending fascination for me. Personally, I love a good story, and it’s sad to see so many tales go untold for the sake of another “which cat breed are you?” quiz. Professionally, as a strategy manager for an agency with PR clients, I feel a responsibility to remain on top of industry best practices, and with a decrease in journalists, the chances of local coverage for a brand’s community-oriented story also go down. For these reasons, I’m equally excited to see new forms of local storytelling grow, they be via podcasts, websites or startups. And I’m especially intrigued by nonprofit outlets, such as East County Magazine.
Miriam Raftery didn’t mean to start her own local news outlet. In 2008, she was a 30-year veteran reporter who often received frantic emails from contacts in East San Diego during the windy season.
These former interview subjects were in range of a spreading wildfire, surrounded by downed cell phone towers and unable to find evacuation plans online. They hoped Miriam, as a journalist, could point the toward the right news source. But that source didn’t exist until September of 2008, when East County Magazine came online. Miriam started the site to provide emergency evacuation alerts and “some local news” for East San Diego County residents, funding those early days with a grant from the San Diego Foundation for Change.
After 6 months of planning, flow charting, coding and design, we launched the ZipSprout app today.
Developed by Katie Benedetto Jones, and influenced by the ZipSprout team‘s processes, we’ve created a way to organize and track the nonprofits we connect with to better matchmake local organizations with sponsors.
At most summer camps, “bedtime” means ghost stories, giggling and maybe sneaking into the opposite gender’s cabin. At Camp Happy Days, beds are for decorating, team-building and racing, at least once every May.
This week, I spoke with Elizabeth Clark of Charleston, SC’s Camp Happy Days, a week-long camp for kids diagnosed with cancer, and their siblings. Camp Happy Days runs eleven programs throughout the year for children and families affected by childhood cancer, and the bed race is one of their most notorious fundraisers.
Don’t let these threadbare beds fool you – they’re supporting a much higher cause.
We mentioned this story in our Local Engagement Webinar, but I wanted to pass along the details. This is the type of sponsorship we’re proud to create at ZipSprout. ~Megan
A ZipSprout client is hosting 10 breast cancer survivors to attend Susan G. Komen San Diego’s annual dinner symposium and fundraiser on March 23 called Screens Genes and the Choices We Make. Medical science is making extraordinary breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer giving more individuals than ever hope and a better chance at survival. Komen San Diego is bringing notable cancer experts together to review the latest on state-of-the-art cancer research, gene therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion.