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MN Blogger Conference Charity Recap

A couple notebooks, a few pens, a cool phone screen cleaner, a flash drive…these are just a few things I brought home from the Minnesota Blogger Conference this past weekend.  Even though that stuff was cool, they weren’t the best things I found there.  I found some great connections with other bloggers.  One blogger suggested a non-profit for me to write about, another wanted to connect with a non-profit for an opportunity, and others were excited to check out my blog.  It was exciting to connect with other passionate bloggers and learn ways to improve my own blog.

Another exciting part of the conference was the opportunity to feature a local charity with all the attendees.  The planning committee selected Free Arts Minnesota and at the conference we collected art supplies.  Bloggers brought supplies that filled two boxes to help Free Arts Minnesota to further their mission of bringing the healing powers of artistic expression into the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families.  A local photographer, Mandy of Glimpses of Soul Photography, took headshots in exchange for donations toward Free Arts Minnesota.  We collected $938.71 in cash and check donations – not even counting the online donations that were made that day.  If you would like to make an online donation, you still can at FreeArtsMinnesota.org

Donations of Art Supplies to Free Arts Minnesota

We are excited that our monetary donations will also be matched by a recent grant that the organization received from the Pohlad Family Foundation.

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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Other

 

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Minnesota Blogger Conference

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Minnesota Blogger Conference in Minneapolis.  I did learn some new things at the conference and met some new local bloggers, but that is not the purpose of today’s post.  This event incorporated a featured charity to support.  Missy Berggren (aka The Marketing Mama) reached out to me to help select a charity to feature.  Read Indeed was selected because bloggers write words and the books collected contain words, plus it is just a great charity.  Bloggers brought new and used books to donate and a local photographer, Glimpses of Soul Photography, took headshots and monetary donations to Read Indeed.  The early results were tabulated at over 100 books and at least $325 collected.

If you plan events or gatherings, I encourage you to bring a charity or giving back component to the event.  It is easy for participants to bring a donation to a local organization and each of those donations come together to make a bigger difference.  In addition, this helps spread the word about a local charity. 

Please comment with your ideas or examples of ways you have incorporated giving back into your events.

Update: The final count was 201 books and $370 in donations to Read Indeed. 

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Other

 

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