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The Doylestown Office of Weidel Realtors recently created & sponsored a Sing Your ALS Off karaoke event to help raise money & awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  ALS has a personal impact on many of the Weidel team members as recently, Barbara Smith's, prior Weidel General Sales Manager & prior Doylestowm manager's son, Jason age 36 was diagnosed with ALS.

The Doylestown Office has made it their personal mission to help support the Smith family & those diagnosed with ALS.  The event, held at The Standard Club in Doylestown was created by the ALS platform, every90minutes.org, to help find a cure for the disease.

The Sing Your ALS Off event was generously supported by the resident & business communities to such a degree that over 350 attendees enjoyed an night of food, drink, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles & karaoke raising over $21,000 in one evening!

All of the donations from the evening's event were given to both the Jason Smith ALS fund and the ALS Association, helping to raise awareness, find a cure and support the Smith family with specific medical needs.  Please Visit ... www.every90minutes.org  for more information.

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UW Bucks is collecting donations of NEW school supplies 8/13 & 8/14

You can help Bucks County kids start the school year right!

Drop off donations of NEW school supplies to our office at 413 Hood Blvd on Monday, August 13th and Tuesday, August 14th until 6pm or visit our website to find a drop-off location nearest you.

How can you help STUFF THE BUS?

  1. Donate online: A backpack filled with required school supplies costs about $35 per child, but all donations are welcome! 
  2. Mail a check to: United Way at 413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 with”Stuff the Bus” in the memo line.
  3. Bring your donation of NEW school supplies to any of the STB collection siteson Monday 8/13 or Tuesday 8/14. A list of needed supplies can be found here.
  4. Volunteer at Stuff the Bus.

 

BB&T SUPPORTS UNITED WAY OF BUCKS COUNTY “STUFF THE BUS”

By Mike Rainone

Established in 1872, BB&T has always believed that giving back is the most important part of being a good corporate citizen.Looking toward the future, the BB&T team is committed to sharing their strength and knowledge to enrich local neighborhoods through community development, leadership, and innovation. In fact our mission is clear. To make the world a better place to live… Read more here

THANK YOU TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS AT WELLS FARGO

AS WELL AS OUR SPONSORS AND NON-PROFIT PARTNERS!

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BB&T SUPPORTS UNITED WAY OF BUCKS COUNTY “STUFF THE BUS”

By Mike Rainone

Established in 1872, BB&T has always believed that giving back is the most important part of being a good corporate citizen. Looking toward the future, the BB&T team is committed to sharing their strength and knowledge to enrich local neighborhoods through community development, leadership, and innovation. In fact our mission is clear. To make the world a better place to live.

At BB&T we are keenly aware that our students need assistance, not only with supplies but with learning fundamentals.  We are extremely proud to lend our support through Stuff the Bus, to the United Way of Bucks County, and to the students. These students are our future, and setting them on the correct course to success is a noble cause.

On behalf of all of the associates throughout the Greater Delaware Valley, BB&T is proud to continue our support of United Way Bucks County, and the many programs provided to the communities which they serve.

I encourage everyone to reflect on all you have been given, not only the materialistic possessions, and to make time to give back to those less fortunate.

Mike Rainone is Market President, Bucks and Montgomery counties.  He currently serves as Board Chair of Junior Achievement Southeastern PA, and as a board member of Kids Smiles.

The Importance of Grants for Nonprofits

By Sophie McKnight / Intern at United Way of Bucks County

It’s crunch time here at UW Bucks as many of our staff members write, proofread, edit and repeat to submit grant proposals to bring in additional resources.

While writing a grant requesting a large amount of money isn’t exactly an intern’s work, it got me thinking, why are grants so important for nonprofits?

According to Charity Navigator, $410.02 billion was given to charitable causes in 2017. And every year, $50 billion is awarded through foundations and corporate grants.

This money can be awarded to any type of special-project, capital campaign, operational cost, endowment funding and more.

However, grants are a great way for nonprofits to receive a large amount of funding for their organization, it should not be the main source of funding that the nonprofit relies on.

It is highly recommended that only 20-25% of a nonprofits funding be grant-based. Any more than that and the organization is putting itself at risk by relying on grants they can’t be guaranteed to receive.

With all of the deadlines, different formats, and preferences a foundation can have, it can be extremely difficult for nonprofits to figure out the best way represent themselves and their cause.

A leading community foundation in Santa Barbara provided three basics tips through Nonprofit Kinect to think about when writing a grant:

1. The Need. Describe the need your project will be helping in your community.

2. Differentiation. How is your nonprofit and its projects different from all of the others applying for this grant.

3. Make a Difference. Explain how this money will make a difference in the community.

 
Nonprofit Kinect also provides their own list of things to avoid while writing a grant that is often seen in grant proposals:

1. Talking more about the problems than the solutions. Instead of listing a bunch of information about problems the community, the organization must acknowledge that they are aware of the issues, and focus on what they are going to do about them.

2. Addressing specific problems with general solutions. Be specific; provide a clear picture of what the organization will do about the issue.

3. Using buzzwords and jargon. Indistinct claims, stylish language and vague terms won’t impress the funder.

4. Budgets that don’t make sense. It’s surprising how many submitted budgets are flawed or don’t add up.

5. Repeating exact phrases from the funder guidelines. The proposal should fit the guidelines, but tell why they fit and what is important.

Taking all of these tips and considerations in mind, UW Bucks is diligently working to make sure that we have enough money to continue all of our current initiatives like BKO Hunger and Stuff the Bus, while also starting some new projects like Pre-K STEM.

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