Dare To Care

Via Project Happiness on Facebook

Via Project Happiness on Facebook

Having worked hard on the Santa Shoebox Project for the past 10 days….long hours on your feet, packing boxes, checking, stacking, scanning, etc, etc (not to mention the colorful language used at times of frustration) I must say that, while it is still not over and done with (one day to go and celebrations to follow), I’ve loved every second of it. Sharing these long hours with people who are working together for a common goal……….giving a child a beautiful, special gift for Christmas………is more gratifying than you can ever imagine. I’ve met the most wonderful, generous people, made new friends and realized that, yes, the world is NOT such a bad place after all. There are still people out there that care for others, that wish to reach out to those in need, lend a hand and bring some sunshine in an otherwise dark life.

I do hope the donors of these shoeboxes know just how much the little ones will appreciate their gifts. Can you understand how special these children would feel to know that somewhere, someone thought that they were special enough to be chosen to receive these boxes, uniquely and especially packed for them? I want to thank  all those people whom we’ve met over the past few days of drop-off in Pretoria East and Pretoria North…it is heartwarming to know that all is not as lost as we thought it was. Some people still DO care. And thank you to the team…such an honor to work with you girls and guys.

You need to keep an eye on this blog for the celebration photos…..it will give you an idea of how huge a difference your single gift brought to the life of one child.

Somewhere, someone will have a wonderful, happy and blessed Christmas; somewhere, someone will not feel so isolated and alone anymore; and why?


Thank you donors….from the bottom of our hearts.


Local celebrity visits Santa Shoebox drop-off in Pretoria North

Via @chickenruby

Miss Pre-teen Africa visits Santa Shoebox Drop-off in Pta North

We had the privilege of having a local celebrity visit our drop-off yesterday. Thank you Nicola (and mom Dorothy) for your lovely shoeboxes. It was such an honor to meet you! Good luck with your future endeavours!



Santa Shoebox needs more boxes in Pretoria North

Santa Shoebox - special delivery

Don’t forget to bring your pledged (or extra) box to our drop-off at the NG Church Villieria in 24th Avenue tomorrow. Doors open 8:00-15:00. WE NEED MORE BOXES PEOPLE!!!! Some of our pledged children are going to be left empty handed if you don’t help us. If you couldn’t pledge, please feel free to still bring the necessary items to us. We have plenty empty boxes for you. BAG AND BRING WHAT YOU CAN!! Every little bit counts and will be much appreciated. Call me on 072 192 8566 for more information. OUR CHILDREN DEPEND ON YOUR SUPPORT!!

SantaShoebox Project – Pretoria East Drop-off Update

Via Sharon Halliday Hattingh on Facebook.

The ladies have by scurrying like little squirrels since Wednesday. First to prep drop-off and to receive the donations, sorting,packing, scanning etc, etc…HECTIC. But WHAT a ride. I’m lucky to work with some of the most remarkable women in the world. Pretoria Team….you are SIMPLY THE BEST!!!

Here are some piccies to show you how we are ”crazy-ing” around.

Girls (and all the men who managed to find the time to assist)….thank you, thank you, thank you….I simply ADORE you guys and girls!


We are open again from Thursday, 30 November to Saturday, 1 November at the NG Church Villieria in 24th Avenue.


PTA East Drop Off Santa Shoebox 2014

Santa Shoebox Pta East Drop-off

Santa Shoebox Pta East

(2) Sharon Halliday Hattingh

(2) Sharon Halliday Hattingh

These 6 Fundraising CRM Software Tools Will Save You Countless Hours

Via @DonorPro

Posted by Dan Quirk

These 6 Fundraising CRM Software Tools Will Save You Countless Hours

There’s so much to do. There’s never enough time. There aren’t enough resources.

Development professionals, especially directors and officers, are always running into those same three problems. You can only wear so many hats at one time. Multi-tasking is your middle name, but multi-tasking also means many tasks aren’t getting the attention they need. Rather than simply accepting this craziness as reality, let’s take a look at some tools that will help every nonprofit development professional be more productive and efficient.

Here are 6 fundraising CRM productivity features that will save valuable time for you and your team every single week:

Before getting into the fundraising software tools that will save you time, let’s take a quick audit of the hours in your work day. To do that, first download Toggl. It’s a free time tracking application that you can download in five seconds here. Next, discipline yourself for 3-5 normal work days, logging and timing each task that you do throughout your day. This will help you answer the question, “Where did this day go?”

Then, after you identify time you could have saved, or activities you could eliminate, take a few minutes to write down your “IDEAL DAY.” Putting a name to every minute of your day will help you mentally eliminate any wasted time before the day starts, and enable you to better prioritize certain activities over others. 

One last note on time management: Set time aside for checking and responding to emails. Nothing derails progress and focus like bouncing back and forth between a project and Outlook/Gmail/Yahoo/etc…

Ok…now onto the 6 fundraising  software tools that I promised…

1. Task Automation

Use your CRM or donor database to set up reminder tasks for yourself to keep track of prospects and donors that need to be touched. Create and assign tasks and workflows to your team members. The more you do online and with your software, the better you’ll be able to keep track of projects and monitor progress. Outlook and G-Mail are useful, but they are best used when integrated with the software you use every day. Your nonprofit CRM can track and report in ways that email calendars can’t.

2. Help/About Buttons

As you navigate through your fundraising CRM, there should be ‘Help’ buttons on every page. Your vendor should always give you access to Free phone support, but with ‘Help’ buttons, questions can be submitted without ever leaving the software. Also, by holding your mouse on different icons/buttons/menus throughout the software, small windows should open explaining what each tool does. These can help you avoid multiple calls/emails into your help desk.

3. e-Check Processing

When you recieve checks in the mail or from an event, do you always have to go to the bank to deposit them? If so, you know how much of a hassle this can be. Put an end to it with e-Check processing with your fundraising CRM software’s merchant services provider. Just process the checks through your online gateway and save yourself multiple bank trips every month.

4. Quick Reports

Every fundraising CRM platform allows users to pull reports or queries, but make sure the one you’re using allows you to pull quick reports such as donor detail reports. Quick view spreadsheets in your donor database allow you to turn any data table into a spreadsheet. For example, you can run a donor detail report in seconds, then view it in spreadsheet form with just one click.

5. Barcode Scanning

In short, this tool gives users the ability to quickly process remit statements with a barcode scanner when donors respond to direct mail appeals with checks in the mail.

When your organization sends out a large direct mail blast from a print shop, each letter will contain a remit statement that donors can complete and attach a check to be mailed back. Upon reciept, your development department doesn’t have to manually type in every single donor name and donation. All you have to do is scan the bar code on the remit statement and the donation/donor data goes directly into your database.

We took a deep dive into DonorPro CRM barcode scanning for direct mail blasts recently. You an access the entire post here.

6. Automated Thank You Notes

When a new donation comes in, best practice calls for a thank you email to go out to the donor as soon as possible. Fundraising CRM software makes this easy by automatically sending thank you notes emails upon receipt. For large donations (large means a different things to different organiations), you’ll always want to send a handwritten note from either the Major Gift Officer in charge, the Development Director, or top Executive. But, by automating the initial thank you email, you’ll save hours of typing up individual notes!

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Santa Shoebox Project: Pretoria East DropOff – so it begins

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Yes, it is true!! As of tomorrow you can bring your pledged boxes to our Pretoria East drop-off, doors open at 7:30.

Haven’t pledged yet? Click the button above to do so NOW!




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My Kassie 2nd Chanz Foundation – Pick-N-Take Project

Via Breeda Koopman on Facebook

My Kassie 2nd Chanz Foundation GAZAT - Pick n Take - project

My Kassie 2nd Chanz Foundation has launched the Pick n Take Drop Box initiative. Become a contributor today and bring happiness to an underprivileged family. Drop-off your old clothes at: 506 Arumlily Avenue, Eersterust Pretoria. Contact us at mykassie2ndchanzfoundation@gmail.com.


If you do not live close to Eersterust (where the drop-off point for items is) or if you cannot get there, but would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by completing the contact form below. I can make arrangements for pick-up of your donation and I will drop it off at My Kassie’s head office on your behalf.

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter……..just click on the icons in the sidebar or click here to send a direct e-mail.