It is a new year, everybody! Welcome back! Hope you all had a wonderful festive season.
Did you get any woolworks done this holiday? All those lazy hours by the pool or on the beach….tell me! I must confess, I could have done more, but I was just too busy relaxing! However, our lady of Wool, Carolyn Steyn, did NOT forget her creative cap at home. She finished her first pledged blanket, despite enjoying a lovely family getaway! Truly an inspiration, this leader of ours!
In addition to having finished her own blanket, Carolyn received 3 blankets from our representatives in India!
Indian superwoman, Rani Thomas, is currently at work in her country, inspiring the beautiful knitwits of India to complete their 100 pledged blankets for our Mandela Portrait Blanket.
And now: a VERY IMPORTANT announcement: Do mark April 24, 2017 IN RED on your calendars! That is THE BIG DAY when we plan to display the creative genius of all our knitwits in the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day-family AND YOU ARE INVITED!
Just in case the holidays managed to dull your memories, here is what all knitwits are invited to do: crochet or knit blankets measuring 160cm/160cm before April 2017. Your contribution will form part of an enormous blanket that will measure 4515 square metres. The result will only be visible from the air and will show the portrait of our beloved Nelson Mandela. It will be displayed at Steyn City to commemorate 23 years of freedom AND his birthday.
You can be part of this remarkable event. Pledge your blanket TODAY and help us create the biggest picture blanket EVER.
REMEMBER: you can either pledge a blanket or make squares measuring 20cm/20cm in the required colors. If you can’t knit or crochet, you are also welcome to donate wool or sponsor someone you know who can craft squares/blankets.
For updates on this project visit our FB page here: bit.ly/2cXuywW.
Alternatively you can complete the contact form below and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
- Embedded Facebook post. Posted on 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela: Jan 7, 2017.
- Grey blanket posted by Carolyn Steyn on Jan 9, 2017.
- Pattern for Mandela Portrait Blanket posted by Carolyn Steyn on Facebook: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela SA on August 18, 2016.
It’s a new year and most NPO marketing managers are scratching their heads, asking: How can I attract donors from all generations. And, how do I keep them interested. Now, some of you, who has been in this business for a while, will think I’m wasting my time with this article, but let me share a quick secret, I DON’T HAVE A CLUE!! And many of the organizations I work with are often so focused on just getting a donation, that they don’t even consider the fact that keeping donors and attracting new ones are paramount to a successful NPO.
Ronald Pruitt explains: “Successful online fundraising often involves understanding the demographics of your potential donors and understanding what motivates them to give. Each generation living today grew up in a dramatically different world than the others. This will play a part in the method by which your nonprofit receives donations. Because of this, the key to marketing that reaches all generations is to recognize their differences and let that reflect in your marketing strategy.” 
He continues to discuss the various generations that exist today and how to approach them in a way that will resonate with them.
The article makes for VERY IMPORTANT reading for anyone planning a fundraiser or trying to enlist new donors.
Read Pruitt’s article here and I can guarantee you will rethink your marketing/fundraising strategy.
Let us all commit to support her and her team in achieving each and every wish this year.
See what she writes:
- #DignityDreamsAfrica operation kicks into action SOON.
- #MenstrualHealthMatters Booklet gets published.
- #Workshop is a great success and will enable us to produce THE most beautiful washable sanitary towels in the world.
- #We never let beneficiaries down.
- #We work hard to #RestorePeriodDignity among the #Girls and #Women we serve.
- #We must include #Boys and #Men in our conversations.
- #We must #Listen and be open to new ideas and opinions.
- We must collect #Accurate and #ReliableData.
- We must be in the position to empower as many #Unemployed people as possible.
- We MUST have #FUN”.
SMS the word DIGNITY to 40287 and donate R20-00 to their cause.
You can also e-mail me here or complete the contact form below for more information and orders of dignity packs.