Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fundraising: Passion or Popularity

Recently I have felt like there has been an increasing number in the amount of new non-profits. I have to wonder if the new non-profits founders are really moved by their own mission and have the passion to help others or because it looks good. Then I saw that many people wanted to host fundraisers for various causes and I wondered also is it passion or the potential for being seen as the driving force behind these events. When I see these events, I click on the links – I am always looking for a great cause to look into- and see a website where you can donate (i.e. Go Fund Me). Some of these pop-up fundraisers seem to generate a lot of donations, but those legal non-profits organizations that are trying to fulfill their mission are somewhat begging for donations. 

In a society today where it is hard enough to get someone to make a substantial donation where they receive something back, how can these pop-ups generate so many donations? Is it because the established non-profits are in the public’s eye so much that people see social media post and disregard them because they assume what the post will say? Or is it because the creators of these pop-up fundraisers and organizations do request help for their causes often that social media users actually stop, read a post, click on a link, and then donate? Or is fundraising nothing but a show of popularity? The more popular you are, for reasons outside of your non-profit mission, the more support you will receive? You mostly post about popular culture to gain a following and the best memes? You eat at the best places and your skillful use of filters makes your day to day activities seem that much more interesting so that when you do post a “cause” message it is well received because you have the “Oprah Effect” on your social network communities?

 Granted everyone should want to help their communities in a way, whether it is your passion and the concept of how your peers will perceive you. “Service is the rent we pay for space on this Earth” – Shirley Chisom. I have heard people say because there are so many people fundraising; they choose not to donate to causes. I want to know, do you think fundraising is basically a popularity contest?

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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Pnk Pineapple Report

We are excited to announce that the first issue of our newsletter is complete and available for you to read. If you haven't done so already, go over to the right and click on the link to sign up for our e-mail alerts and news and you can get a copy sent directly to your e-mail.

If you are a business owner and would like some copies for your business send us an e-mail or facebook message to request some. We also are looking for sponsors as well with prime locations available. With your support the Pnk Pineapple has made some incredible strides over the past few years and we hope to continue.

Don't forget, This Sunday is Cycle Sundays with a check in opportunity for those participating in our mileage challenge. We also have the Org. Day on August 9th so make plans to come out and attend.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pnk Pineapple Org Day

Next Month on August 9th the very first Pnk Pineapple Org Day will be held at 5600 Johnny Cake Road in Catonsville so mark your calendars now. Org Day is a day for charitable organizations to come out and present what they are about to the public and to network with each other.

We would like all of our Pnk Pineapple supporters to come out and see the groups we are trying to help. Our events aren't just for our benefit, they are for the community. There will be a band on hand to perform and several great charities.

Don't forget follow us on twitter www.twitter.com/pnkpineapple1 and like us on facebook to keep up with what the Pnk Pineapple has planned Next!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The PNK Vendor Event

Hey Pnk Pineapplers! Just wanted to give you an update on what's happening with us. Sunday June 8th is Cycle Sundays but coming up on June 21st at Mr. G's in Catonsville is our first Pnk Vendor Day. We will be having a host of independent business owners coming out to showcase their goods. We will also be giving away free Ice cream cones! So you definitely should take  some time out between 10am and 3pm to join us at 5600 Johnnycake Road in Catonsville, MD. We hope to see you out supporting these independent businesses.

We will have multiple kinds of jewelry, women's shoes, Tupperware, 31 Bags, Avon, It Works!, Gold Canyon, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Headbands and Crayon Artwork, and more!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thank You

We would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and attended our Pnk Pineapple Appreciation day and Bike Blessing this past weekend. We had visitors from as far as New Jersey who came down to show support to Pnk Pineapple and our mission. We truly appreciate the support.

We also have to thank our sponsors, Mr. G's, Salon Jus Jas, Ellicott City Motorsports, Ty's Cycle, and Romney Cycle. We are looking forward to more successful events. Up next for Jess Jones, the PnkPineapple founder aka JR is Black Bike Week. We would love to see you and have a chance to meet anyone who wants to get down with the Pnk Pineapple Movement.

If you haven't done so already, go over to our facebook page and give us a like at http://www.facebook.com/pnkpineapple and you can see what our upcoming events are and pctures and video.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

This Saturday Pnk Pineapple Apreciation Day!

This Saturday, May 3, 2014 PNK Pineapple will be at Mr. G's Fast Lane at 5600 Johnnycake Road in Catonsville, MD and having a free bike wash to show out appreciation for your support over the last few years. We have grown a lot but we still have a long way to go to make the impact we desire.

So come out and it is your last chance to pre-register for the #Ride4Pnk mileage challenge this summer. Winners will receive a prize pack from some of our sponsors at the end of the riding season. Check in at any of our events to validate your mileage and track your stats. The last day for verification will be our Annual Power of Pink! Car Wash in September just in time for October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sunday May 4th, is our first Cycle Sundays of the year and you can still register for our mileage challenge. So come out and support our wonderful causes.

Rhymefest Chicago Activist and Artists New Project

Rhymefest is one of the premier Chicago artists/personalities that flies under the radar of a lot of people because he isn't in the main stream and getting ratchet.Unlike most artists he doesn't just talk and is heavily involved in the community being an activist and running for office. Unfortunately, Chicago is still suffering mightily through gang violence and thus I am suggesting that my readers go and check out his new project which he is currently fundraising for.

From the site:

But this isn’t just any album, this is the “Violence is Sexy” experience. Combining my love for music and passion for political activism, this album will dive into violence in our society. To take things up a notch, I’ve also created the “Violence is Sexy” book – filled with lyrics, essays and artwork.
This kind of release calls for something different, something bigger so I’ve teamed up with PledgeMusic to bring you into the process of making this record as.it.happens!
All you have to do is pledge (on any of the exclusives or experiences listed below) and you’ll gain access to the pledger-only portion of the site where I’ll bring you along sharing pictures and videos from the studio, first listens to some of the new tracks, and more!

 Go over to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rhymefest to make a donation and get access to exclusive material and part of the proceeds go towards Donda's House which helps the community through arts projects. It's a dope move right here so check it out when you get the chance and hopefully continue to keep Rhymefest active in the community and help out Chicago.