Thursday, December 16, 2010

How to Help PHPG Get a $1,000 Matching Grant from

People Helping People Global has been offered a $1,000 matching grant by The following post will describe how to create a fundraising page on Razoo and set it up so that every dollar that is contributed via your page will be doubled by Razoo.

Step 1: Go to our group fundraiser page
The page is

Step 2: Sign up for Razoo
In the upper-right hand corner of the page, Click the 'Sign Up' link. Fill in your name, email, and password information, then accept the Terms. Then click 'Create Account.'

Step 3: Create a Page
About halfway down the team fundraising page on the right-hand side, there is a box that says 'Join this Team.' Click the button 'Create a Page.' Fill in the information (feel free to check out my fundraising page to get an idea of what to write). Please make sure to put 'Building New Hope' in 'nonprofit that you are fundraising for' line and 'People Helping People Global' in the 'Designation' line under the 'Customizable Options' section. If you don't do these two steps, then PHPG will not receive the funds. You can pull photos from our website or Facebook page to use on your fundraising page. Once everything is filled out, just click the 'Create Fundraising Page.'

Step 4: Join the Team
And finally, send an email to with the URL from your fundraising page and the name of our group fundraiser -- 'Help PHPG get a $1,000 Matching Grant!'

That's it! It should take no more than 5 minutes to set up. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give me a call at (802) 849-2259 or email me at Thanks so much for helping us get this grant. That's another $1,000 for our microlending projects in Nicaragua. That will help between 5 and 10 new families start their journeys out of poverty this Spring!

Take care!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Vermont International Festival

What a wonderful weekend.

I am pleased with how our organization did at the Vermont International Festival. For us, this weekend was not only about raising funds through selling our fair-trade artisan products. It was about letting the Vermont community know who we are, and what we do.

I was fortunate to meet many interested attendees. I was also fortunate enough to meet with the head of the Burlington fair-trade committee, which I hope will stem into further opportunities in the area.

We were happy to have seven amazing volunteers help us out throughout the weekend. Without their energy and support, I would have surely fizzled out.

Thanks to Tenzin, Michelle, Miriam, Paul, Janel, Ani, Katja, and Kelly! You were all a BIG help.