Thursday, July 28, 2011
Please take a minute to vote for Reece's Rainbow in the 3rd Annual Classy Awards! The prize is $15,000 and these people know how to use it well!
Reece's Rainbow raised more than $1.5 million dollars in waiting child, FSP, and other fund donations in 2010. That is nearly QUADRUPLE what they raised in 2009. They disbursed more than $750,000 in adoption grants for children with Down syndrome and other special needs in 2010 alone--TRIPLE what They disbursed in 2009!
In the first half of 2011, they have *already* disbursed more than $750,000!! All of that has come to fruition in the adoption of over 500 children in just 5 years!
Please read director Andrea Roberts' open letter regarding the Classy Awards below:
The Classy Awards are the country's most prominent recognition of philanthropic/charitable organizations each year. Reece's Rainbow has made the Top 25 Finalist list for Most Innovative Use of Social Media, and we need your vote to WIN!
We are very excited to be nominated for this award in particular, because it is our use of social media formats that has totally transformed this ministry in the last 2 years. The power of our newly designed website, family blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and now our iPhone and Android phone apps have truly catapulted RR into a position of even greater life-saving influence. We harness social media in a focused effort to save money on overhead so we are able to maximize all donations for the benefit of the children and our committed families.
The official description of this category is: "Awarded to the charity whose submission demonstrates the most forward-thinking, creative, and effective use of social media to spread the organization’s message or to build financial or personal support. The nonprofit that wins this Classy Award will be one that embraces new social media technology and seeks to build upon that technology in order to further its organizational goals." 500 children in 5 years is nothing to sneeze at, folks! MAKE THIS COUNT!
YOUR VOTES will give RR the opportunity not only to WIN and raise media visibility, but to give a more detailed speech/presentation at the Awards Ceremony in San Diego in September. People Magazine was BIG, but the Classy Awards are even more valuable to the future of this ministry!
This will be HUGE media exposure for RR, right ahead of the Buddy Walks and our Christmas Angel Tree, so we really need your help please! And if we WIN, it will mean a $15,000 prize for our Voice of Hope fund!
*** It only takes one minute of your time to click on this link, scroll down to "Innovative Use of Social Media", vote for Reece's Rainbow, scroll back up and hit submit my ballot. That's it! Unlike other contests, YOU ONLY GET ONE VOTE so MAKE YOURS COUNT for our waiting children! ***
Please share this with all of your friends, family, Facebook, blog, everywhere! Post it at the TOP of your blogs with our new Classy blog button! (AVAILABLE LATER TODAY) Trend Reece's Rainbow on Twitter with #CLASSYAwards This is some of our steepest competition yet, and we are honored to be included among all of these amazing "servants hearts"!
Again, the link to vote is http://classyawards.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/voting
THANK YOU and HAPPY VOTING! Don't put it off, just do it now and pass it along! The children thank you!
Andrea Roberts, Executive Director
Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry