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Community Impact

Utilizing the Gifts in Kind Warehouse for Impact!

United Way pays an annual fee to support two Gifts in Kind warehouses filled with a variety of supplies for nonprofit agencies to access for no cost or in a few instances low cost. The warehouses get shipments of new products from local, regional, and national stores, ranging from hardware to home goods to office and school supplies. Our UW can obtain many many items for free for our own use and for community projects. ...more »

Voting

22 votes

Awareness / Engagement

Benefit Days with Borders Books

Borders gives 5013c's the opportunity to run benefit days with them. A benefit day is a day in which your organization gets a portion of the profits that are made when an agency assigned barcode is used on that date. An organization is allowed to throw events in store during the benefit days. What still would need to be worked out is what type of events could take place during the benefit days. I think we should take ...more »

Voting

21 votes

Fundraising/Donor Experience

Boston Restaurant Week Lives United!

Bostonians’ favorite time in the city is just around the corner…no it’s not the Red Sox home opener…and no it’s not St. Paddy’s day in Southie…but almost as exciting…Restaurant Week is coming!!! What better time to tap into people’s consciences than after they’ve enjoyed a delicious 5 star meal at a fraction of the cost? Bellies are full, wallets are still thick, and what’s $3.00 after dropping $20.00 on a steak that ...more »

Voting

20 votes

Community Impact

Be more green - print double-sided

Let's be more green by changing our individual computer settings to print double-sided automatically. It would take everyone less than a minute to change their printer preferences, and the impact would be immediate. If everyone in the office did this it would cut our paper consumption in half, thus saving us money and reducing the paper clutter on our desks. The money saved could be sent our to our agencies and programs. ...more »

Voting

11 votes

Awareness / Engagement

Cultivating Community Support for UW Mission

Cultivating community support for UWMBMV's work will require gaining the support of a diverse group of partners and offers UWMBMV the opportunity to continue to build its influence across its footprint. Once an "umbrella" phrase is determined for this work, each of our communities can be approached to become an "umbrella" community and should be convinced to declare such at open public meetings. Ideally school boards ...more »

Voting

8 votes

Staff

Spring Cleaning at UWMBMV

Spring Cleaning Day- let's implement a day of cleaning up and cleaning out at UWMBMV. This would be one day dedicated to cleaning/organizing/deleting/purging our desks, our file cabinets, our computers, etc. Each employee would be responsible for their own desk area and filing cabinets. Additionally, this would be a time to delete old emails and electronic files in order to make more room on our server. Lastly, ...more »

Voting

7 votes

Staff

Spare Change for United Way

I was returning home from a visit to Italy when I realized that I still had a small amount of Euro. I really couldn’t buy much with it and it wasn’t enough to make a trip to the bank to exchange it worthwhile. I then noticed a large, glass globe in the middle of Rome Airport where visitors could donate their foreign coin to charity. United Way could install something similar at Logan Airport where visitors could deposit ...more »

Voting

7 votes
(@sbrewster)

Staff

LIVE UNITED greeting

Let's LIVE UNITED by updating our organization's voice mail greeting to something upbeat that conveys our voice and message. We can even add our messaged to our individual voice mail greetings -- in the same way we've added LIVE UNITED and social media icons to our email signatures.

Voting

5 votes

Community Impact

Cashing in Charlie Ticket Balances

Did you ever notice that the MBTA's Charlie Machines offer a $5.00 ticket as a first choice on the ticket machines? Most people think that $5 is going to give you a round trip. Actually, $3.40 or $4 gives you a round trip. So what happens to that ticket with a dollar left on it? Sometimes its added to, often its thrown away. It would be great to work a deal with MBTA to collect the tickets, find out the value and ...more »

Voting

5 votes

Fundraising/Donor Experience

Create a strategy to target small and very small companies.

Create a strategy to target small and very small companies. The 2008 Census statistics show that there are 213,196 companies that employ 3.7 million people in Massachusetts and New Hampshire (not all in our footprint). Of those companies 182,142 (85%) have less than 20 employees. Only 5,755 (2.7%) employ more then 100 employees and 1,521 (less than 1%) employ 250 employees or more. In the year following the census ...more »

Voting

4 votes

Awareness / Engagement

Dunkin Donuts

Partner w/ DD for visibility. UW logo on coffee cups or DD cards. Donation to UW each time use DD card. Special donut for community care day, donation for each purchased, precedent for this was memory day donut for Alzheimer Assoc. Which was coupled w/ $15,000 donation. DD specifically mentions UW on their website, yet directly allows the public to donate thru their site to four others NOT UW, can someone get them ...more »

Voting

4 votes

Community Impact

Discovering Justice

During our staff meeeting today, there was mention of creating "good gangs" of kids to practice, exemplify and model behaviors that benefit kids and communities. A group that should be included in the creation of this sort of program is Discovering Justice. This is the James D. St. Clair Court Education Project which is headquarted at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse.Elsabeth Medvedow is the Executive Director. Please ...more »

Voting

3 votes
(@sbrewster)

Community Impact

Become one of Brown Paper Tickets' charitable organizations

Brown Paper Tickets donates at least 5% of its profits to charities in the communities they serve. At the end of every ticket purchase, buyers can choose how these proceeds are divided, with the options being Animals & Environment, Children & Human Rights, and Microfinance & Microloans. Each month, they distribute our donations to groups in each of those categories according to the votes of our users. Since our work ...more »

Voting

3 votes

Technology / Operations

A Scanner

Having a sophisticated scanner will be very helpful and more efficient than a fax machine. We can scan any documents and email them to clients. This will help the transactions to be faster since the documents can be emailed directly to the client’s mailbox. Benefits: - Reduce cost on sending faxes - Reduce cost of paper - Keep an electronic files record and reduce the clutter - Ensure the delivery of the documents ...more »

Voting

3 votes

Staff

Fail Fair: Every great idea depends on not being afraid to fail

Fail Fair - This is a time where we can all learn about each others mistakes and be honest about why we didn't obtain a project goal, what we would have done differently, and how we ameliorate these mistakes moving forward. This would be a science fair type setting in conference room 120 where each division (CI, Marketing, Development) get 3 tables each to display 3 projects that they "failed at" or didn't meet their ...more »

Voting

2 votes