Gnarly Growth: A Creative Take on a Traditional Fundraiser

See how a family used creativity, storytelling, and their network to raise $15,000.

A Creative Approach to a Traditional Fundraiser

A Creative Approach to a Traditional Fundraiser

I'm growing an evil beard for a good cause. As I sit here, I feel like I've invited a badger to come live on my face for a few months. It's a bit awkward, and I often suspect it has an agenda of its own. It's itchy, hot and has ...
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Inspire A Movement: Why You Should Stop Sharing What You Do

Inspire A Movement: Why You Should Stop Sharing What You Do

"If you were to travel to China right now and visit an orphanage you might find something unexpected when you walk in the door. Where you should anticipate a room filled with crying babies, you would instead be met with silence. In time you'd see babies in cribs rocking back ...
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Tell Your Story (And If Necessary Use Words)

Tell Your Story (And If Necessary Use Words)

I was recently told by a close friend that my beard started to make me look untrustworthy. It was a serious blow to my personal sense of beard-related pride. I had been under the impression that I was sporting the "full beard" noted in the graphic above, which made me ...
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How To Grow A Following

How To Grow A Following

In the beginning, Our Beards of Hope relied on networking. No budget, no existing donor base, no newsletter list; just a guy working his network. But at the end of a five-month campaign, the social network was thriving. Beard growers, supporters, and people cheering them on were hitting the fundraising ...
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How To Grow Your Leaders

How To Grow Your Leaders

One of the difficult things about a first-time beard is that if you just let it go, every individual hair will grow in its own unique direction. I've found that you have to offer your beard a little love. As it grows out, you've gotta brush it a little (I ...
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Where's The Love? When Asking Feels Like Begging

Where’s The Love? When Asking Feels Like Begging

The beard had been grown. The cause passionately communicated. The sponsors recruited. It was time for the beard to come off so the funds could come in. Taking a final tally, I found that some of the people who had agreed to be my sponsors had not yet made their ...
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