Non-Profit Organizations Continue to Waste Millions on US Postage in 2012

According to the 2012 Statistical Abstract, 71% of U.S. citizens are using the Internet at home, 80% are now also accessing the internet from phones, libraries, and internet cafes, and a whopping 90% of citizens under the age of 29 are primarily communicating online.

So, with over 200 million Americans capable of receiving email communications, why are countless large and small non-profit organizations and groups continuing to waste millions of dollars on paper and U.S. postage?

Is the fear of technology that powerful? Email vs Postage…..just how costly is it?

     Are those postage dollars spent really helping your group gain revenue through donations, or actually wasting valuable funds that could be better spent elsewhere?

How many people even read paper mail anymore, and how do you know they are reading what you send?

In March of 2010, ABC News reported (Video: Snail Mail vs E-Mail) that the number of Americans writing and reading “snail mail” was declining fast enough to put the U.S Post Office in a major budget crunch.  Why?  Because, according to statistics, email is the new “social fabric of American society,” when it comes to “how, and how fast, people communicate.”

With America trending toward email as their preferred method of communication, why would any non-profit choose to use snail mail for newsletters, communications, promotions, events, or fundraisers?  Maybe once or twice a year, sending a bulk fundraising campaign by snail mail still makes sense.

As for the rest of the year…..try THIS money-saving program for sending professional-looking promotions and newsletters via email!  Using an email program allows you to quickly reach your members, discover which folks are actually reading your promotions, and avoid constantly bothering those that really don’t want to hear from you.

Simple Things Unemployed Veterans and Spouses Can Do to Make Money at Home

When you’re unemployed, every penny counts.  So, for all of you money-hungry penny wishers out there, here are some of my favorite boredom-curing money-making activities. These aren’t “schemes” or “scams”.  These are simple things that I started doing from home when I found myself unemployed in November of 2011.

All of these activities are so easy to do, that I continue to do them today. The combination of all of these easy jobs can generate enough to pay monthly bills,  have extra spending money, or put aside a little Christmas cash. They work for me, so I hope they work for you!

Become an Independent Contractor.  If you have technical writing, article writing, blog writing, editing, advertising, marketing, customer service, web research, website building, telemarketing, email marketing, or email-response skills (and you are computer-savvy), then you can land a job helping small companies online.

My favorite: oDesk.comoDesk will even let you “fire your boss” if you find one that is demanding, rude, or unresponsive to questions.

You can choose the number of hours you want to work, the time of day you want to work, and the number of days you want to work.

 

Do Surveys.  There are seriously thousands of survey sites out there that will pay for your opinion.  I’ve tried them all.  My favorite: Careers.org.

Careers.org is the #1 guide to career resources, jobs and occupations, online education and degree programs from online schools and universities in the US.  Their job-finding services are free, and they pay an average of $2.00-$5.00 per completed survey to those opting-in to receive them You may not qualify for every survey they send you, but they compensate you well for the ones you do complete.

Read Emails.  There are plenty of advertisers begging for people to click on their website.  If you like to browse the web, then why not get paid to look at advertisements?  My favorite: Inbox Dollars.

Inbox Dollars pays .02 cents per email add that you click to open.  They also pay you for playing games, searching the web, watching videos, using coupons, and much more!  The extra funds add up to around $100 per year, which is really nice to cash in around Christmas, and the coupons are nice for saving extra pennies!

Get Paid to Blog!  This vfwlady.com blog is not the only blog I publish.  There are tons of advertisers out there that pay an average of $10.00 per blog post if you own a decent blog that gets decent traffic.  I’ve seen some crazy blogs out there that get a lot of traffic.  So, if you like to blog (or already own a blog) check out my favorite handler:  BlogsVertise.com.

Blogsvertise lets you choose what blogs you want to post, so if there is a product that you do not like, or do not support, then you can simply pass on the post.  They also give you a generous 30 days to post the ones you choose.

Good luck in your job hunt, veterans :)  In the meantime…get to work!

Pets for Vets: Carolina Patriot Rovers

Leave it to America‘s finest to develop the means to train pets for vets. The Carolina Patriot Rovers, under the direction of Captain Robert Stillwell, US Army, and with the assistance and guidance of David Cantara, a “Patriot Guard Rider”, found a way to train dogs that eventually become therapeutic companions for OIF/OEF veterans.

Meet “Fleet” (pictured below) and hear more

Just in time for Christmas 2010,

Also meet “Daisy“, who  helped a Marine Corps vet cope with PTSD.

If you are a veteran or know a vet who is dealing with PTSD and want to help, go HERE

Operation Show Our Love


As of  April 29th, 2011, Operation Show Our Love has shipped 3797 care packages to 1276 military units abroad.  That’s impressive stuff!  What makes this group unique is that they also include humanitarian items, such as stuffed animals, for troops to distribute to local populations in 18 countries across the globe.

Wanting to help, but restricted due to the post 9/11 rules that stopped packages addressed to “Any Soldier“, this group from Brookville, Ohio found a solution at AnySoldier.com

Here’s what happened next:

“We sent the 9 packages on Dec. 9th, 2004 and hoped they’d get there by Christmas.  After the first of the year we started getting letters back from the troops telling us how much they appreciated the packages and how thankful they were for support.  One letter was written on Christmas Eve and another was written on Christmas day.  That meant a lot to us and it also showed us the packages DID make it for Christmas.  So we sent another 6 packages in Jan. 

We also had kids groups making cards which we put in the boxes we sent to the troops.  When the word got out about what we were doing, the Brookville AMVETS Post 1789 and the Brookville VFW Post 3288 wanted to get involved and help with donations.  We have hundreds of cards/letters/emails and pictures which we’ve put into an album. 

We talk about our Operation to local service organizations like the Women’s group at church, Brookville and Northmont Optimist, Northmont Rotary, Kiwanis K-Kids, etc.  With the help of donations from the AMVETS and VFW and their auxiliaries, local groups and individuals and Sam’s Club we’ve been able to send almost 2,000 care packages to almost 800 contacts/units, in 18 different countries.  The total weight of items shipped so far is over 50,000 pounds!”