Category Archives: green technology

Mobile Payment: The future or a menace?

Mobile payments have taken the US by storm.  The payment option is available at major retailers like Starbucks, Target, and Walgreens, but it is also being used by small vendors such as cab drivers, market stands, and boutique businesses.  The question is, “Are mobile payment systems the future or a menace? Continue reading

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Great Apps That Help You Help The World

Philanthropy Fix

We’ve all come across many articles and blog posts on tips for going green, what you can do to save the coral reefs, how to reduce carbon emissions, and we get mail from charities asking for donations (yes some of these were mine haha).

Many want to make use of the helpful information provided by these articles and posts. They want to plant a vegetable garden and they want to volunteer, but helping the world takes time. What if we could make doing good more…convenient? Sounds superficial but hey doing good is better than doing no good at all right? I present to you smartphones and iPads. Today there are tons of apps in the App Store that support different causes and can help you make a difference in the world. Who knew that people would someday be able to donate to their favorite charity at the click of a…

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How to Use Twitter at Your Next Event

Twitter can be used as an interactive tool at your next event!  Step into the newest realm of social media.

First, assign your event a hashtag (#, ie #OurSuperCoolEvent).  Use the hashtag as a way to keep a conversation flowing among your guests.  For example a guest might tweet “On our way to #OurSuperCoolEvent! Can’t wait!” or “The decorations this year are beautiful #OurSuperCoolEvent”.

Keep screens with rolling twitter feed around the rooms of your venue.  Guests will be excited to see their tweets available for everyone to see.  You can also use the screens as an easy way to announce any changes such as seating time, auction closes, etc.

Hold competitions via Twitter to engage your guests.  Hide instructions around the room, i.e. “The first person to tweet #IWin with the hashtag #OurSuperCoolEvent receives 5 free 50/50 tickets” or “RT #OurSuperCoolEventDrawing to be entered to win dinner for 2 at Girl and the Goat”.

Depending on your software system, sync your silent auction results to your guests’ Twitter accounts, alerting them if they won an item.  Post the winner announcements on the screens around the room.

Voila!  You’ve brought your event to the next level by incorporating the power of Twitter.  Happy Tweeting!

Worried about staying organized for the holidays? Don’t worry – there’s an App for that.

Don't let the holidays make you "Scream"

Let the preparations begin!  First up Thanksgiving, then on to Black Friday and all of the Holiday festivities that follow.  But with so much to do in so little time…how are you supposed to stay organized?  Well of course! There’s an app for that.

Our favorite apps are “The Black Friday App” by Dealnews and “Shop Saavy”.  It may or may not have something to do with our obsession with lists.

Found these helpful Thanksgiving inspired apps at Mommy’s Memorandum:

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (Free for iPhone)

The app includes hundreds of Thanksgiving recipes, including Green Bean Casserole, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and plenty of recipes for that perfect Turkey. AllRecipes.com is also useful because you can see user ratings, which makes it easier to pick the best recipes. If you’re on a budget, the AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner app is a great pick for planning your Thanksgiving meal. Continue reading

Unique Fundraisers

As event season kicks into high-gear, committees will be getting together to discuss upcoming fundraisers.  We’ve all been to the same fundraisers….dinner, opening statements, bid sheet silent auctions.  It’s the same old song and dance.  Let’s liven up the party a little!


  1. Direct Action Fundraising – Many of our clients have opted to participate in Direct Action fundraising.  For example, during the paddle raise, the first paddle raise will be $250 to purchase a student’s uniforms for the year, and as many guests who want to purchase uniforms for a student can raise their paddle.  Another example is donating $500 to feed a shelter for a week; again everyone can participate and donate to as many specific causes as they wish. Continue reading