Check Out Aidtree to Save Money and Succeed Locally

My friend Ben Yip has been working on a really cool product that supports charities, saves money for customers and helps promote local businesses. It’s a win/win/win.

Ben created Aidtree, a service that allows local businesses to offer coupons that drive new customers to try their products.

Customers are able to buy the coupons at a discount and Aidtree gives 75% off the purchase directly to the charity.

Here is an example of how I used the coupon for my business, with the funds going to support the CSUF Entrepreneurship Program:

 

I truly hope this becomes the market leader for fundraising so I can stop trying to get family and friends to buy cookie dough and wrapping paper. This is an elegant solution to a need in the market.

But wait, there’s more…

Checking out Ben’s laptop stands after a meeting at the La Habra Chamber of Commerce

Checking out Ben’s laptop stands after a meeting at the La Habra Chamber of Commerce

While supplies last, Ben will be giving out a sleek portable laptop stand to anyone creating and posting on a new account. Contact Ben at Aidtree for details:

questions@aidtree.com
323) 387-3388

Michael Daehn Supports City Net to Help End Homelessness

City Net and Local Police Helping our Homeless Neighbors at the OC Flood Control Channel (riverbed) in Cypress, CA.

City Net and Local Police Helping our Homeless Neighbors at the OC Flood Control Channel (riverbed) in Cypress, CA.

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I am proud to support City Net, a team of nonprofit professionals who work to end street-level homelessness in a city or region through the coordination of community efforts and activities. I have been looking for a charity to support through my business and after hearing how City Net works with our homeless neighbors, and praying about it, I was convinced this was the best choice.

I will be donating 10% of gross profits from my marketing consulting business (Rent My CMO/The Marketing Guy) to support the efforts of City Net. But here is the cool thing, when you hire me you are also supporting an awesome cause, helping our homeless neighbors.

If you are like me, you struggle with seeing members of our community living on the street. As I was told by our friends at City Net, “No one wants to be homeless.” But what do we do? Do we give them money? Food? Old furniture? I’ve never been sure what to do.

City Net takes a holistic approach to homelessness. They give people a hand up, not just a hand out. They work with people to get them off the street, back into society and reunited with their family members. And they partner with churches, city governments and members of the community to make a difference.

So a big thank you to all of my clients. Thanks for helping to support a worthy charity doing great work in our cities.

You can learn more or donate directly to City Net on their website.

Provide Hope and Change Today, Quickly, and for Free

Vote for Change Agent Network on Facebook to get a grant from Chase Bank. If you want to know why, keep reading.
 
I tune out when I see commercials about starving kids in Africa. Sure I feel bad, but what can I do about it? I want to send money, but I'm on a pretty tight budget. Besides, if I gave money to everyone who needed it I would be in the poor house myself.
 
So I change the channel. And feel guilty.
 
My long time friend Heath Vogel has a strong connection with the African nation of Liberia. His parents have been missionaries there since the 70's and Heath spent several years there as a child. Following in his parents' footsteps, Heath has taken a few missionary trips there himself.
 
I don't know a lot about Liberia aside from what Heath has told me and what I have read on his entertaining blog: Blogging Without Maps. I do know that Liberia is a struggling country ravaged by war. If you have seen the movies Blood Diamond or Hotel Rwanda you get an idea of the kind of chaos and carnage that prevailed.
 
Watching those movies gives me that "it's terrible, but what the heck can I do about it?" feeling.
 
I heard Bono talking about Africa. He expressed the same type of emotion, but said the situation is not hopeless. It's malleable. We can do more than we think.
 
Here's something you can do to make a difference today, quickly, and for free. Vote for Change Agent Network on Facebook to get a grant from Chase Bank. Chase Bank is giving away millions to organizations that get votes on Facebook. So please take a few seconds to vote for this worthy organization.
 
Heath has told me about being discouraged by a lack of progess in Liberia, particularly by missionaries. His demeanor changes, however when he talks about Change Agent Network and it's Director, Eric Wowoh. 
 
This organization has created shools and educational opportunites for thousands of children. They have also worked with groups in the US to transport unused computers and technology products for use by the next generation of Liberians.
 
Three things I love about this non-profit:
 
1. Teaches People to Fish- Change Agent Network is giving educational opportunities, not handouts. This means that the next generation will be able to make changes and pull themselves out of poverty.
 
2. Liberian Leadership- Director Eric Wowoh is a Liberian citizen helping his own community. Missionary school 101 teaches that native people are far more effective at reaching their peers than missionaries.
 
3. Proven Results- Want to see what they've done so far? Check out the Change Agent Network website.
 
OK, that's my pitch. Here's the link again so you don't have to look for it:

 

If you could also share this link or story we would all appreciate it. Do it for the kids. 

Non Profit Spotlight: Commission for Causes

I was thrilled to hear from my fraternity brother William Soto who has started his own non profit called Commission for Causes. The idea is for real estate agents to donate a portion of their commission to a charitable cause.

Here is how it works:

  1. You list your home with one of their agents
  2. You pick the charity or foundation of your choice
  3. When the your home sells, they will make a donation up to half of their commission to the charity you chose, in your name
  4. You claim the tax write off, the charity or foundation receives monies and we gain a client for life!

If you are in the market to buy/sell a home or you are a non profit in need of some help, check out the Commission for Causes site.