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, https://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.






Town of Clouds: Un Interview con Diego y Dany (vid)

11 06 2010

I love learning about people, history y culturas. And so working on this project has been right up my alley. I’m learning about the Huicholes (indigenous) people from the mountains for Jalisco, Mexico. Last week I interviewed Diego Huerta and Dany Gutierrez in preparation for Opening Night: Town of Clouds/Pueblo de las Nubes. Let me just say that Diego knows how to capture peoples’ souls. Just take a look at his work. Now let’s discover los Huicholes…

To learn more about the exhibit, visit Diego’s blog: www.diegohuerta.blogspot.com. You can join us on our Facebook event or RSVP at http://diegohuerta.eventbrite.com.





Opening Night: Town of Clouds – La Cultura de los Huicholes

2 06 2010

A couple of months ago, I met Diego Huerta and Dany Gutierrez at the offices of Hahn, Texas – Yes, they were the ones that made me look cool on the HT website! I’ve been getting to more involved in Diego’s work and have been thoroughly impressed by his commitment to his art, style and how he represents people with his photography. Diego told me about Town of Clouds and the Huichol people of Central Mexico and how he wanted to share their story to the good people of Austin, Texas y’all! So we brainstormed and brought together the Hahn, Texas and Cultural Strategies team to help support the opening and exhibit. Interested? Want to learn more? Read the Q&A with Diego Huerta and RSVP for Opening Night!

Q&A with Diego Huerta, Photographer

Can you tell me about the exhibit?
The exhibit is integrated by 43 photographs.
All of the photographs were taken in the town of San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco, México in May 2009.

The exhibit will be first opened in Austin, Texas during the month of June through the month of August. The photographs will be on sale and a 50% percentage of the funds will be dedicated to the community of the town of San Andrés in order to give them chaquira,wood and other materials for their crafts.

What about the people- why did you decide to do this project with them?

A year ago, when I lived in La Huasteca, Nuevo Leon, I noticed that the ritual site that had belonged so many years to the Huicholes had been closed down. Although it is not written on paper, the Huicholes have visited this ritual site for thousands of years considering it the center of the universe. Neighbors close to this site decided to shut it down and haven’t allowed them to celebrate their rituals anymore.

I looked to photograph them so modern society can recognize that there are ancient cultures with and customs and traditions and that such traditions should be acknowledged and respected.

Dany Gutierrez & Diego Huerta at the Huichol village

Tell me about the experience – What did you go through to get the project done?

First of all, we needed to plan the route to take. After a 2 day 16-hour drive, we got to the town. We also needed to give something in return, so days before we left to San Andrés, we asked for donations of food and clothes from family and friends. Being at San Andrés we had to approach the Governor to ask for permission to actually give our donations to the Huicholes. The Governor had to consult with the Elder Council. After a three-day period of waiting, we received approval to take move forward with the project. Along with the permission, we were invited to the annual ceremony that is held when the Governor steps down and gives the position to his successor.

The experience was incredible- we learned that you can never take what you have for granted. We also learned that life is easy and living it is just a day-to-day routine.

How can people learn more about the exhibit?

To learn more about the exhibit, visit Diego’s blog: www.diegohuerta.blogspot.com. We have videos, slidecasts and photos. You can join us on our Facebook event or RSVP at http://diegohuerta.eventbrite.com.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Come to the opening night on Saturday June 19 at the MACC. You will enjoy food, drinks and culture. You will also have an opportunity to help the people in San Andrés by buying the photographs. We hope to see you there!