We were in Charleston South Carolina the other week at the American College of Building Arts. Here, our good friend Cary Briggs is demonstrating the art of making handmade fundraising bricks which will go on to be Wood fired. These bricks are very similar to the Colonial Williamsburg bricks which people using the Fort Mifflin Online Book we have created, can access, buy and have laid in the Memorial Pathway. Hence, the bricks become a great fundraising tool as well as a beautiful gift/ remembrance item for supporters of the cause.
The lion, represents, courage, wisdom, dignity, justice, authority and more. However these qualities and symbolism make the lion to a few, an attractive animal to ‘hunt’.
Hence, illustrating the reasons behind the worldwide uproar (pardon the pun), when American dentist Walter Palmer, ‘hunted’ and killed Cecil the lion. The plight of the lion is however, not limited to high profile events such as this. Across the world, Lions are in many places still kept as pets, as entertainment providers in vastly unsuitable environments which fail to meet their most basic needs.
Founded in 1984 by the ‘Born Free’ actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, and their son Will Travers OBE, the ‘Born Free Foundation’ takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild.
Born Free, fight the ivory trade and sport hunting, hence helping to ensure lions like Cecil are able to live up to their symbolic prowess in the wild, born free and living free.
The book we created for The Born Free Foundation is a special place for their supporters to share and celebrate memories of loved ones, including both humans, and animals. Born Free are a fantastic organisation who we are very proud to work with, so please do consider leaving a message, remember a loved one and even leave a gift in your will to ensure they can continue protecting wild animals worldwide
This is what they had to say about us!
‘A huge thanks to our friends at the Online Book Company for the wonderful service we have received in getting this lovely book up and running and on our website’
Keep your eye’s peeled for the Launch of the Born Free Foundation Online Book….don’t forget to have a look at the Born Free Foundation website!
The historic landmark of Fort Mifflin is the oldest fortification continually used in the US. Over 300 Americans lost their lives here in 1777, when British forces relentlessly attacked the fort from their ships – at a rate of over 1,000 cannon rounds an hour!
The battle escalated into the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution – one which many say changed the course of American history.
Today, Fort Mifflin has been preserved as a National Historic Landmark. The unique fort and its surrounding environment is protected and used to educate and enlighten tourists, families and students about the importance of the site.
Here at the Online Book Company, we have developed a way for individuals to honour patriots and veterans in an everlasting format. The online book allows you to mark memories of loved ones by creating free memorial pages, expressing feelings in words, pictures and video clips – as well as being able to share pages with friends and family.
A memorial walkway has been built at Fort Mifflin with hand-made bricks which can be purchased through the online book. Each brick allows you to make your own mark in history and ranges in size and prices from $75 – $200.
Take a look at the book here.read more
Did you know, the average online donation rose by 30% in 2014, to almost £70?
However, over 50% of charities don’t feel they are using online donations to their full potential. We’ve put together 8 top tips to help boost your digital fundraising strategy.
Make it Easy
People are busy and like things to be simple – ensure that your donate button is visible with a few easy steps to a successful donation.
Social media has the power to reach millions of people from across the world. Successful charity campaigns have used Twitter and Facebook to promote their cause successfully – remember the #icebucketchallenges and #nomakeupselfies? Make sure to post interesting, engaging content with lots of videos, photos and those all-important hashtags.
Seek a Partnership
Team up with other businesses, be that a merchandise company, café or us. We are able to make donating extra personal – with the opportunity to share photos, videos and comments through a virtual space that can be revisited and expanded.
Be Device Savvy
With a whopping £2.4billion donated in 2014 via mobile devices, it is essential that your website is mobile and tablet friendly.
Although money is usually the obvious choice for donations there are other options – take a look at the online book we created for the Diamond Jubilee. The online platform encouraged people to volunteer their time – resulting in a record breaking 2,779,323 hours pledged.
Tell a Story
We all like to know who were helping and why. Video is a great tool for getting stories across, platforms such as YouTube even have a donate button you can add to your video – making donating simple.
Saying thank you provides you with another opportunity to contact those who have donated. Send a follow up ‘thank-you email’, which not only keeps the cause at the forefront of people’s minds, but builds an email database for future use.
Don’t forget Offline
Although electronic donations are the way in which the world is moving – it’s still important to have an offline fundraising strategy. Promoting your cause through press releases and adverts, whilst ensuring you have the facilities for offline donations including phone and post.read more