Donate Anywhere for FuturoFund

20 10 2010

Si Se Puede..donate anywhere! I’m part of a national online fundraising effort to make giving easier through Razoo’s DonateAnywhere widget. See the link on the side bar—->

Razoo and the ‘zooGooders Council, a group of nonprofit and philanthropy leaders across the U.S. are joining forces to use the widget to raise money for their favorite charity. I’ll be helping FuturoFund Austin.

Por Que FuturoFund? Latinos are the fastest growing population in the U.S. and are the future philanthropic and civic leaders in communities across America. I want to help Latinos do their part in giving back to ALL communities. Futuro Fund Austin will inspire and help Latinos step up, lead and give to their communities.

Por que Razoo? They’ve raised millions of dollars nationwide and the DonateAnywhere widget is new and innovative tool that will make giving a lot easier.

Ready to help FuturoFund Austin? Click on the DonateAnywhere button!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the press release here.

Here’s the zooGooder Council…

The ’zooGooders (http://blog.razoo.com/zoogooder/) include the following organizations and thought leaders:

Andre Blackman of Pulse and Signal at http://pulseandsignal.com/

Tom Dawkins of Out There and Back Again at http://tomjd.wordpress.com/

Nicole D’Alonzo of Niki’s Notes, http://nikisnotes.com/

Abby Flottemesch of Atlas Corps at http:// http://www.atlascorps.org

John Haydon of his eponymous blog, http://www.johnhaydon.com/

Jessica Kirkwood of Hands on Network at http://handsonblog.org/

Rachel Matthews of A Southern Fairy Tale at http://asouthernfairytale.com/

Armando Rayo of Cultural Strategies/El Mundo de Mando, http://elmundodemando.wordpress.com/

Jennifer Roccanti of Miriam’s Kitchen at http://www.miriamskitchen.org

Amber Rodriguez of Noah’s Kitchen at http://noahskitchen.wordpress.com/

Jenna Sauber at Lagniappe at http://jennasauber.com/

Andy Sternberg of his eponymous blog, http://andysternberg.com/

Andrea Weckerle of CiviliNation at http://civilination.org/supportdonate/

Jennifer Windrum of WTF Lung Cancer at http://www.wtflungcancer.com






Creative and Social Media Forum: Nonprofit Perspective

8 09 2010

Next week, I’ll be participating in the Hispanic Chamber’s Creative and Social Media Forum, thanks to superwoman, Elizabeth Quintanilla from EQ Consultants Group. She’s organizing and moderating the event with some impressive creative & social media innovators. I was asked to discuss the nonprofit perspective of social media; basically, how to engage, raise awareness and build the advocacy for nonprofits in this space. I’m actually pretty impressed at the amount of nonprofits using social media in Austin. Between Charity Chat’s and GivingCity’s Facebook and Twitter followers, we have 100+ nonprofit users. Some of use social media well and some, not so well. I’ll be discussing the strategies that work – Engage, Equip and Mobilize. At the core, they’re basic community engagement principles that can be applied to this new medium. I see social media as an extension of our existing communities (personal interests, professional, church, family, etc.) that now can be transferred to online spaces; even create new communities; and when we engage in meaningful ways, we can open doors, connect, build networks and create advocates.

I hope you will join me in our Creative and Social Media Forum next week. RSVP on Facebook here or click on the image.






Filling the gap on Austin’s Latino Leadership: Leadership Austin Hispanic Recruiting Reception

19 05 2010

Yes, there is a Latino Leadership gap in this town. While we do have some leaders advocating for the Latino community, I don’t think we have enough. So what am I doing about it? I’m hoping to fill the gap by supporting Leadership Austin and getting more Latinos to apply for the 2011 Essentials class. I’m in the 2010 Essentials class – “mas chingon class ever!” I learned a lot about myself, the issues in the community and how many people want to do good in this town – it was 55 in this year’s class.

So will you step up? Will you lead? Come learn more about the Essentials class at the Hispanic Recruiting Reception on Thursday, May 20. We’ll have food, drinks & opportunities to connect with other Latino Leaders; and hear from Leadership Austin alums (yeah, like me!). Seriously, we have to step up and lead; not only for Latinos but for the whole community.

Si Se Puede,

Mando

Leadership Austin

Essential Class Hispanic Recruiting Reception
Learn, Develop, Innovate, Collaborate, Lead!

Leadership Austin and the Iris Leadership Fund invite you to a reception and information session for the 2011 Leadership Austin Essential Class.  Learn more about the program, speak to past participants and Leadership Austin Board members, and get guidance on the application process.

The Leadership Austin Essential Class is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a unique, comprehensive leadership development experience during which you will learn a great deal about yourself, your community, and 54 other individuals who represent the diversity of our region.  Download the application today and ignite your passion for community leadership!

2011 Essential Class Hispanic Recruiting Reception
Thursday, May 20, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Mueller Central Information Center (4550 Mueller Blvd)
*Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres

Click here to RSVP

This event is being presented by the Iris Leadership Fund Fund – which seeks to promote Leadership Austin to the Hispanic community and provides tuition assistance for Hispanic participants of the Essential Class.  Suggested donation: $10.00.

Special thank you to our reception host:






In honor of Cesar Chavez Day: I believe in Si Se Puede!

31 03 2010

I believe in Si Se Puede!

I believe in Si Se Puede – Yes We Can. We all know the rallying cry; it’s part of our history, our culture – it’s what gives us the ganas to fight for our rights, opportunities and our freedoms. It’s as old as Latin American revolutions to the huelgas of the 60s and the campaigns of today.

Si Se Puede – it’s more than just a mantra – it’s an attitude – a call to action; a way to realize our dreams – it’s the ganas to fight for what we believe in – a constant reminder that we can and shall overcome. Si Se Puede is reaching out to people and getting connected, it’s helping people that need help & being helped when we need it, it’s undoing the wrong and making it right, and it’s standing up for what you believe in and standing up for others.

I believe in Si Se Puede because as a community organizer, I see it, breathe it and live it everyday. It embodies my outlook on life, it affects my everyday work and I’ve seen how inspirational it can be. I’ve seen the hope it brings to peoples’ lives; the idea that people can overcome any obstacle, no matter how difficult the situations may be, is life-changing.

And we need it, not only Latinos but all people. We have families living in poverty, managing two or more jobs and trying to put food on the table; our workers are earning non-livable wages; our kids aren’t prepared for school and dropping out; and too many people do not have access to healthcare. Yes, these are daunting problems but with our Si Se Puede attitudes, ganas y el pueblo unido, we can do it!

Si Se Puede means we can make things better for our families, neighbors and generations to come. We can reach out to our neighbors & stay connected, we can volunteer and give back, not because it’s a nice thing to do but a necessity to solving our community’s critical issues and, we can inspire others to make change.

Cesar Chavez, a migrant farm worker and community activist once said “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

I believe in Si Se Puede

Mando Rayo





RISE Multicultural Entreprenuers Series

24 02 2010

Imagine yourself being surrounded by creative ideas, innovative people and the inspiration to work on something your passionate about! Yeah, that’s pretty much where I’ve been in the last two months. I’ve been engaging, reaching out, brainstorming and connecting with Austin’s most talented and creative people, and now you get to experience that with the RISE Multicultural Entrepreneurs Series. The series is part of the 2010 RISE Entrepreneurship Conference that takes place next week, March 1-5th. RISE is a conference for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs; it is intimate, relevant and inclusive. And it really is inclusive! I’ not just saying that because I happen to work on the project, well, maybe I am. The Multicultural Series brings entrepreneurs from different communities including Latinos, African-Americans, Asians – South Asians y mas. We have 60+ session hosts kickin’ real world knowledge via social media, start-ups, marketing, philanthropy, politics, life lessons and culture. I’m so appreciative for having the opportunity to work with these amazing people.

Ready to engage in learning and building relationships? Sign up at www.riseaustin.org for sessions in the Multicultural Entrepreneurs Series.

2010 Multicultural Entrepreneurs Series session highlights

Can Political Engagement Help Your Business Succeed?

Ann del Llano, Southern Shift

Think Like a Banker

Piensa como un banquero

Anna Sanchez/Luisa Gavino Martinez, Wells Fargo

Best Bet: Why You Should Go All-In With Content Marketing

Ben Van Horn, Talk Back Media

Create and Hustle: How to make it as a grass roots promoter

Brandon Badillo, Bembe Entertainment

Media Incubator 2.0

Carl Settles, Texas Diversity Council

YouFM: Podcasting your Business and Yourself

Social Media en Español: cual es el punto?

Carlos Borberg, Pyrat Republik

You don’t know me but you should!

How to Use Public Relations Tools to Build and Manage Your Personal Brand

Christine Moline, Jane Doe Ink

Blogging for Cash and Prizes: How I left corporate America and got to work in my pajamas.

Cindy Casares, Guanabee Media

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: And Other Fairy Tales My Mother Told Me

Dr. Moe Anderson, TyMAC Books

Las 5 Lecciones de como atacar el mercado hispano (Para organizaciones y empresas)

Elias Hermida, 1800Hispano

What Makes Marketing go Viral

Elijah May, Encompass PR

From Strangers to Community

How and Why be a Certified Woman Minority Owned Business (WMBE) and DBE Elizabeth Quintanilla, EQ

How to launch a trans-national services business using social media and bi-lingual skills

Cómo lanzar un negocio trans-nacional usando los medios sociales y tus habilidades bilingues

Fernando Labastida, Latin IT Marketing

The Marketing Investment

La Inversión en Mercadotecnia

Frank Garza, Vamos Marketing

Eight Points

Gary Hoover, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship/UT

Como Iniciar Su Propia Empresa

Helena Escalante, All Things Mexico

People Over Process: An Approach to Small Business Hiring and Partnerships

Jason Villarreal, Villa Consulting Group

Stay lean, stay multifaceted, stay in business – An introduction to a freelancing, self employed and entrepreneurial mentality

Jay B Sauceda, Photographer

Hacking Online Cultures with Offline Behaviors: How to Turn Negative Feedback into Cheerleaders

Jennie Y. Chen, MisoHungry, Keep Austin Dog Friendly, Austin Drive Clean

Social Media Jam: A Hands-On Experience

Jennifer Navarette, Social Media Consultant

Cultural Competence: Leading diverse teams and engaging clients across cultures

Jeremy Solomon, Jeremy Solomon & Associates

Building a Solid Foundation – Liability Issues Facing All Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Jerry Rios, Law Office of Jerry Rios, P.C.

Marketing to the Federal Government

Joyce Scott, Superb Speakers and Trainers Bureau

Entrepreneurship for Baby Boomers

Juan Carlos Mercado, 360 Solutions

Social meets Media: How today’s collaborative technologies are shaping the future of media.

Juan Garcia, New Media Producer, The University of Texas

The Changing Face of Philanthropy

Leo Ramirez, MiniDonations

Cause Related Marketing: How to incorporate your community and nonprofit collaboration into your marketing strategy

Lisa Goddard, Capital Area Food Bank

Building a Visible and Profitable Brand Online

Luis Sandoval Jr., Brand Evangelist/Speaker/Media

The First 2 Years: From Ideas to a Funded, Viable Start-up

Manoj Saxena, IBM Global Business Services, Vice President and Global Solutions Leader

Essential tools to start a social enterprise. (a practical workshop)

Martin Montero, SOLVE L3C

Twitter? Who has time for Twitter?

Maura Thomas, Regain Your Time

Trick or Tweet – Taking the Scary Out of Using Social Media to Promote Your

Food Business

Michelle Cheng, Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees & Cheng, P.C.

Passion Test for Entrepreneurs

Why Vanilla is the best thing in the World

Monica Peraza, MexNet Alliance

Latinas Want More: How to Market to this Growing Segment & Why It Matters!

Rebecca Trevino, Dell

Stwittergy

Ricardo Guerrero, Stwittergy

Lights.Camera.Business

Rich Vasquez, David Neff, Aaron Bramley, Lights.Camera.Help

How to promote your company through PR

Roberto Hernandez, LatinWorks

Design Your Value Proposition to Separate Yourself from Competitors

Roy Nieto, SureScore, Educational Consulting

Social Media Marketing Lessons Learned from Politics

Shaine Mata, Shaine Mata & Associates

From Idea to Product in 60 minutes

Subramanian Rama, Intel Corp

Subliminal Branding: Make It Work for You. 7 Tips to Branding Success

Tina Balderrama Kubicek, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., Author, Speaker, Consultant








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