Christopher Knight – Consumate Make It Better Man – Joins Skin For Life 2015

Typically, we think of females as the Make It Better stereotype – multitalented, multitasking, creators of win/win scenarios, re-inventors of self, fundraisers. Rarely do we think of males the same way. However, there’s someone you probably know coming to Chicagoland to raise money for skin cancer research, who clearly earns the title “Make It Better Man” –Christopher KnigChristopher Knightht, child star of the Brady Bunch

Knight will share his peripatetic, curiosity fueled, multiple career, remarkable life story at Skin For Life 2015– benefiting The Skin Cancer Foundation – at the Deerfield Hyatt on May 28th.  This should be entertaining as well as rewarding.

Knight earned his childhood Brady Bunch gig despite being an extreme introvert.  He was even more interested in how things work, science and business than acting. So he’s also studied, worked or started businesses in geology, technology, home furnishings and dermatology (including  founding the world’s leading tattoo remover “Dr. Tattoff.”   He fit in a few reality tv shows in recently, too.skin for life

Dr. Amy Forman Taub, a dermatologist who founded the state of the art clinic Advanced Dermatology and skinfo Specialty Skincare Boutique in Lincolnshire and Glencoe, launched the Skin For Life fundraiser 5 years ago.  Using her heart and entreprenskin for lifeeurial spirit this way definitely proves Taub is a Make It Better woman too.

The energy, entertainment, inspiration and good intentions on stage May 28 should make your life a little better if you attend the 5th Annual Skin For Life.  Added benefit – you’ll be contributing to finding a cure for skin cancer too.

12 Keys to NonProfit Fundraising

21ST Century NonProfit Fundraising

BY Susan B. Noyes

We built Make It keys to fundraisingBetter Media to amplify philanthropy and fundraising, harnessing the digital world’s power to connect and help. We know that our audience is inherently inclined to do good and do well. We want to help your favorite nonprofit, too. The following strategies, Make It Better’s tools and powerful publishing ecosystem, we can help you raise more money for your cause.

1. Use emotion and data.

Create a short, heartfelt story, article or video which demonstrates its impact. Back up the story with information on your area of focus, demonstrating the need and your capability to provide it.

2. Let your passion show.

Explain why you care about the nonprofit. Share your personal journey which led you to work on the cause. This will influence others.

3. Tell an engaging story that brings the mission of your nonprofit to life.
Use a short video and article to demonstrate how one person, family or community was helped. Make the audience laugh, cry, think and want to take action.

4. Use venture philanthropy language to prove that donations will be well spent.
Donors want to fund a mission that works. Use data to prove that—given its mission—your nonprofit makes the most lives better per dollar spent.

5. Harness the power of the Internet to make it easy for anyone in the world to find, learn about and support your nonprofit.
Build a website and social network that is search-engine optimized. Include a prominent “Donate Here” button.NonProfit Fundraising

6. Use an “online first” content creation strategy.

Post content on your site first, than push through other appropriate channels, including press releases and social networking.

7. Use crowdsourcing to raise money for your cause.

Crowdfunding8. Develop an easy-to-attend fundraiser that is also FUNraising.
Create an event that potential supporters will enjoy. Make it easy to attend. Give supporters a wonderful experience and they will give generously to your cause.

9. Attract and keep volunteers by making their work fun and meaningful.
People are too busy to lend their time and reputation
to a cause that doesn’t educate, entertain and connect them to okeys to fundraisingthers in a meaningful way.

10. Be innovative and collaborative. Create win/win, virtuous circles for potential business and celebrity sponsors.
The fundraising future belongs to those who create innovative virtuous circles—connecting audience and sponsors to an outstanding nonprofit working on a cause about which they all care.

11. Tap into your personal network for sukeys to fundraisingpport.
Reach out to your friends and family to ask them to help via your personal social network. If you care, they
will care.

12. Say thank you—and mean it.

Thank supporters the way Chicago votes: early and often. Thank them online, in print and in person, but remember the best thank you of all is still a hand-written note.

 

My Mom’s Amazing Care at Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center
After my mother’s recent surgery by Dr. Vincent Traynelis, Director of Neurosurgery Spine Service at Rush and the extraordinary care she received in the new hospital, I am prouder than ever about Make It Better‘s support for this event.
Mom’s surgery and post operative stay was in the new butterfly shaped, gold LEED certified, quiet, sunny, better-healing-guaranteed hospital that Rush opened in 2012. A growing body of research concludes that some hospital designs are more healing than others.  Count me a big believer of this, after my mom’s Rush experience!  The attitude of staff makes a big difference too.
Rush University Medical Center

COO of Rush Peter Butler paying my mom a visit during her stay. The care was excellent.

I pray for more people to be able to receive the quality of care that mom was provided.  Raising money for the new neurological imaging equipment will make that happen.  I am particularly delighted that Make It Better is the media sponsor of The Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center’s fashion show this year.

We love that three local boutiques are participating in this event too – Lake Forest Shop, NeapolitanNeapolitan & Chalk Boutique
Please join me and Make It Better at the show or find other ways to support this important initiative too.

To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit: http://thefashionshow.org/
MIB Connection to Rush University Medical Center
Make it Better has covered Rush University Medical Center Women’s Board Fashion show many times over the years in support of this amazing mission. First, we told you about how Marletta Darnall never imagined how important her volunteer work would be as a model when she was then diagnosed with cancer. We also covered the new look of the show a few years back, supporting the event and driving traffic for the great cause.
This year will be 88th Annual Rush Fashion Show, “IMAGINE”, to be held on Thursday, October 2nd.  Gloria Masterson (Fashion Show Chair) and Catherine King (Woman’s Board President) have worked tirelessly for over a year to bring a new vibe and hip aura to the longest running charity fashion show in Chicago.
Here’s the news they are reporting on the upcoming event;
This year will be completely different from years past as the show has been moved to the newly renovated Morgan Manufacturing, a pre-Chicago Fire building that will lend an edgy, industrial elegance to the ambiance of the night.
The Board reports; “This year the Woman’s Board has committed to raise $500,000 to support Intraoperative Imaging Technology that will allow the removal of complex brain tumors with greater accuracy and efficacy. Rush’s neurosurgeons already treat more neuro-oncology cases than any other team in the Chicago region and would be the first hospital within the city to employ this unique technology.”

 

I am excited for all that’s in store with this year’s show. Spread the word and we hope to see you there….

 

Part 8; MIB Supported TOP AUCTION Fundraisers

FABULOUS EXPERIENCE AUCTIONS:

Lyric Opera of Chicago Wine Auction (2/7/15)Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago will again celebrate grand opera, fine wine and philanthropy to raise funds during the unforgettably glamorous Wine Auction 2015. This elaborate event will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 on the stage of the Ardis Krainik Theatre. Wine Auction 2012 netted a record breaking $1.7 million in support of the Lyric Opera and was recognized in April 2013 by Wine Spectator as one of the “Top Ten Charity Wine Auctions of 2012.”

Writers Theatre WordPlay Gala & Auction (4/2015)Goodman Theatre Fame, Fantasy, Food and Adventure Auction (2/2015)  Writers Theatre in glencoeThis years adventure in Fame, Fantasy and Food Adventure Auction takes place at the Peninsula promises to be unforgettable.

And a few more to consider;

Writers Theatre WordPlay Gala & Auction (4/2015)

Cubs Charities Bricks and Ivy Ball (4/2015) Cubs Charities and Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, have donated a total of more than $23 million to Chicago area non-profits since 1991.We support them and hope you will too by attending the amazing event.

Bears Care (6/2015) Another great organization supporting the Chicago communities in need.

American Cancer Society Discovery Ball (4/2015) Take a look at a few of the videos from last years event. It’s a great cause and an amazing organization to be part ot.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Gala Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (6/2015)

 

 

If you missed my other Blog posts highlighting more MIB supported fundraisers by category, please click on links below.

Part 7; Top MIB Fundraiser Events in Art, Antiques and Home Decor in Chicago

Part 6; Top MIB Supported Fundraiser Galas

Part 5; Top MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 5; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Why not get the entire family involved while helping to support a great cause. Here are some of our favorite fundraiser events FOR FAMILIES:

1.  Chicago Botanic Garden HallowFest (10/25-26/14)

Chicago Botanic Garden Hallow FestIt’s always fun to bring the kids to the festivities at Chicago Botanic Garden’s HallowFest. Register now.

2. Field Museum Women’s Board Children’s Holiday Celebration (12/2014)

The Women’s Board is an amazing group of nearly 300 of Chicago’s most active and civic-minded citizens that share an interest in promoting awareness of The Field Museum’s exhibitions, collections, research and public programs. This family event is a holiday favorite.

3. Lyric Opera’s The Magic Victrola (1/17/15)Chicago Lyric Opera's Magic Victrola

This is a family-friendly introduction to opera and always a pleasure to attend.

4. Joffrey Ballets The Nutcracker Opening Night (12/5/14)This is a Chicago Tradition with with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by The Chicago Philharmonic.

5. Kohl Children’s Museum Touch A Truck Family Festival (5/2015)

Forget ordering the fire truck to drive up to your house; here at the Touch a Truck event, children can get a close up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment.

Please also take a look at the other Blog posts to find more MIB supported fundraisers by category.

Part 5; Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas

If you love your fashion and want to support the best causes in the area, take a look at these Make It Better supported organizations.

FOR FASHIONISTAS:Joffrey Ballet

1. Joffrey Ballet Swan Lake Luncheon (10/1/14)

The Joffrey’s Swan Lake Luncheon is not to be missed. It’s right around the corner so put in on the calendar soon.
2. Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Annual Fashion Show (10/2/14)

This will be the 88th Annual Fashion Show for the Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center, Imagine held at the brand new Morgan Manufactoring event space located at 401 N. Morgan St. in Chicago. Proceeds from this year’s event will support state-of-the-art intraoperative imaging technology for Rush’s nationally recognized neurosurgeons, led by Drs. Lorenzo Munoz and Richard Byrne.

3. Northwestern University Settlement Houses Style Under the Stars (Spring/Fall 2015)

Northwestern University Settlement HouseThis November of 2014 will bring the NUSH Style Under the Stars so mark your calendars for the Winnetka Board’s annual evening of fashion for your and your home!  All proceeds benefit Northwestern Settlement’s programs. The event will be held at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette.

4. Autohaus on Edens LAUNCH Fashion Show (3/2015)

Mercedes Benz and Fashion come together for a fashion show to be remembered. Watch the video from this years event and join for next years.

5. Costume Council of Chicago History Museums Costume Ball (11/14/14)

Chicago History Museum Costume BallThe Chicago History Museum celebrates the latest exhibit with this bash.

Please help us in congratulating these fantastic events. Show your support by participating and attending the next event.

 Be sure to also see the other posts in this series;

Part 3; Best Annual MIB Supported Ladies Luncheons Fundraisers

Lynn Sage Cancer Research FoundationMoving along in our listing of MIB‘s Best Annual Fundraisers, we’re moving into our favorite pics for Ladies Luncheons. Help us support these fabulous events with dates listed. All links will take you to the site where you can register for the upcoming luncheons.

LADIES’ LUNCHEONS:

1.  Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Fall Benefit Luncheon (10/14/14)

We covered this wonderful Cancer research organization in MIB a short while back and support their mission. Learn more about this luncheon, as well.

2. Field Museum Women’s Board Women in Science Luncheon (5/2015)

Find out all the information you need to participate right here. This year’s theme; Caribbean Rhythms!Field Museum Women's Board Gala

3. Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award Luncheon (5/2015)

The Women’s Board does an amazing event at this Women in Space Award Luncheon. 

4. Young Women’s Leadership Charter High School of Chicago Girl Power Luncheon (4/2015) Chicago Women In Philanthropy Annual Luncheon (3/2015)

Next Spring, the YWLCS hosts this marvelous luncheon. Get all the details here.

5. The Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Spring Luncheon (5/2015)

The 2014 event was quite something, held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel with keynote speaker Cokie Roberts. No doubt the 2015 event will also be amazing.

6. UNICEF Message Of Hope Luncheons (4/17/15)

UNICEF's Message of Hope EventThis year’s event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, bringing together over 370 guests and raised a record breaking $1.19 million for UNICEF’s work through The Eliminate Project!

Please join me in congratulating these fabulous organizations, the work they do and the amazing events they hold to bring all of us together.

Please also take a look at the earlier posts in this series;

Part 2; Best Annual MIB Supported Fundraisers

Welcome back to Part 2 of my posting of top MIB Supported Fundraisers.

Today, we’ll look at top NFP Gala’s in the area of Service and Schools.

1. City Year Ripples of Hope Gala (4/2015) This year’s Gala was a huge success; it took place on April 9, 2014 and raised a total of $903,685 in support of our service to the students of Chicago. View photos from the evening on City Year’s Flickr Page. Thanks were given out to ;

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago

Mark Furlong
CEO, BMO Harris Bank

Read and subscribe to the City Year Blog, as well.

2. Posse Foundation Chicago Golf Outing and Cocktail + Dinner Reception, (9/2015)

Their website says it all; “Posse is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. In fact, President Barack Obama said in an interview in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “One of this year’s MacArthur awardees—the ‘genius’ awards—is an innovator named Deborah Bial. She proposed a model to identify promising students from…urban backgrounds using an alternative set of qualities as predictors of success in college. …The students that are selected form a ‘Posse’ and are provided with extra supports, and end up graduating from selective colleges with a very high success rate.”

3. After School Matters Annual Gala (9/2015)

There’s still time to attend the 2014 After School Matters Annual Gala or simply plan for 2015.

After School Matters organization

After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens innovative out-of-school activities.

4. Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund 25th Anniversary (10/25/14)

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

This event is just around the corner so find out more and buy tickets here.

5. Invest For Kids Conference (11/6/14)

Invest For Kids is a unique forum that brings together portfolio managers, family offices, private investors and analysts to learn about strategies and specific investment ideas from a leading group of investment managers.  Their Sixth Annual Event is coming up in a little over a month at Harris Theater. You can register now.

6. A Better Chicago Project Impact Awards (11/13/14)

Watch a video overview of the Project Impact, which is fascinating. Project Impact is a competition that harnesses the power of innovation to move the needle for those in need. Nonprofits across the country can use this prize to launch or grow their presence in the Chicago metropolitan area. We support this initiative and hope you will too. See who gets awarded this year on 11/13/2014.
7. KIPP Chicago Schools KIPP Talk (Spring 2015 )          KIPP Chicago

MIB has been a big supporter of KIPP for some time. We appreciate their mission;  To create a network of schools that empower students with the character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities.

8. Chicago High School for the Arts Kerfuffle (5/2015)

Kerfuffle! is ChiArts’ annual fundraising event featuring performances and exhibitions by Scholar-Artists from the Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts conservatories at ChiArts . The evening will feature four “Arts Partner All-Stars” representing some of the 72 Chicago arts institutions that partner with ChiArts as well as a reception with a strolling Cabaret Dinner.

Please also take a look at the first in this series; Part 1; MIB 2013 Philanthropy Award Winners. 

Top Reasons to be a Not-for-Profit Partner with Make It Better

Not-for-Profits fundraising    I’m sharing a letter I sent out to all of our not-for-profit partners , sharing the great news about our progress. Please read and share with your charitable organization so we can do more for more charities.

Thank you for working with Make It Better in the past. We hope to be even more helpful to your important work going forward. You are important to us.

Since our inception, we’ve been working tirelessly to fulfill our mission to be the most trusted, easiest-to-use community resource – online, in print and in person. We’re delighted to announce that, due to our great success, we are continuing to grow, and this fall, we will launch a spectacular new website.

We’re equally proud of our stats:

  • 60,000+ homes receive our monthly magazine, for an average of 200,000 readers who value and act on the content (subscribe at LINK:[ http://www.makeitbetter.net/print-magazine%5D
  • 115,000+ unique page views per month at makeitbetter.net
  • 27,000+ Better Letter email newsletters delivered semiweekly (please sign up at makeitbetter.net/email-newsletter to receive yours)
  • 70,000 views of MIB TV videos at YouTube
  • 8,000+ total social network followers

Most importantly:

  • $3,589,886 raised for nonprofits as of July, 1, 2014.

We’re also delighted to announce that, in her new role as Advertising Account Executive, Denise Borkowski will continue to work with our not-for-profit partners on media sponsorships, event planning and advertising.

Here’s how we can help your organization grow, too. Start planning now for 2015:

  1. Events calendar, OpEd and You Said It submissions.

We welcome all Events Calendar and OpEd submissions. Comments you send via any channel (email, phone call, social network, letter,) may be included in our You Said It section of the magazine as well. Please Contact Us.

  1. Be included in our annual Guide To Giving.

Our charitably inclined audience particularly focuses on giving near the holidays. Therefore, we publish and highlight our annual Guide To Giving every November and December. To learn more about our Guide to Giving and other advertising opportunities, please call Denise Borkwoski at (847) 256-4642 or email her at Denise@makeitbetter.net.

  1. Apply for a Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Award.

Applications accepted online from now through September 15, 2014. Our Philanthropy Awards are presented on November 14, to coincide with National Philanthropy Day. Winners will receive the following:

– Television-production quality four to five minute marketing video

– Editorial inclusion across Make It Better’s multiple platforms:

  • Better Letter email newsletter, sent to 27,000 opt-in subscribers
  • Make It Better magazine, sent to 60,000 homes
  • Make It Better website

– Exclusive training in philanthropic best practices to assist in promoting the new video

– Contributions from Make It Better’s Shop for Good proceeds

  1. Earn a Make It Better media sponsorship for your nonprofit’s next fundraiser by taking our fun and informative “How To Raise More $$ For Your Favorite Nonprofit” class.

Register for our “How To Raise More $$” class and learn how to maximize the fundraising tools embedded in our media sponsorships, while you improve your tech, networking and fundraising skills. That’s a win/win/win for you, your volunteers and potential sponsors.

For more information, contact Denise Borkowski at Denise@makeitbetter.net

  1. Be connected with a significant Make It Better for-profit advertiser.We love creating virtuous circles that connect nonprofits, businesses and our audience; so, we enthusiastically amplify the nonprofit relationships of our best marketing partners. These include event media sponsorships, placement in Shop For Good (launching with our new site in September), Better Makers coverage and many other activities.

6. Be our guests at two fantastic events.

Our Best Of 2014 celebration and concert at the Chicago Botanic Garden on August 26.

Finally, The launch of our new website on October 2 at a location soon to be announced. These will not only be great free parties, they also will be outstanding opportunities for you to network.

Please don’t wait. Send us your upcoming events, join our Guide To Giving, attend our events, take our classes, promote your NFP on our media channels and apply for our Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Award.

Again, you are important to us. We hope to be even more important to you.

 Warm Regards,  Susan Noyes

 

Private party – You’re invited – Gorgeous shoes – Ovarian cancer fight

Only 40 spots left for our private party at Stuart Weitzman in Northbrook Court to benefit the Julie Wine Schaffner Memorial Fund at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital on Wednesday, April 16.

Please join us in the fight against ovarian cancer. Click here to learn more, and send your RSVP to megan@makeitbetter.net