07/3 2010

Maggie’s Hope says “Hello Austin!”

Check out the newest nonprofit here in town. This is a huge way to make a splash and I am interested to see how it works out!

Check out the DELL FOX 7 FIT WEEKEND presented by FOX 7, StepsTo.com will be held July 23-24th at Lakeway Rough Hollow and the Lakeway World of Tennis. The event will have a “Lakeside Gala” featuring live music by award winning Rick Trevino and silent auction at the beautiful Rough Hollow Grille starting at 6pm on July 23rd. Then on July 24th, from 9:00am-1:00pm, the entire family can participate in numerous fitness events in and around Rough Hollow and World of Tennis including a RunTex 2 mile fun run, RunTex 10k, Stand up Paddle, USTA Tennis Play Day and much more.  In addition, several of Austin’s fitness and health experts will be on site to provide information, demonstrations and screenings that can help make you and your family Dell FOX 7 Fit! Visit www.myFOXaustin.com for all details and to register.

At 1:00pm on July 24th, fans can enjoy World Class tennis at Lakeway World of Tennis featuring Melanie Oudin and Sloane Stephens. Oudin, at the age of 17, became America’s sweetheart of tennis with her improbable run to the quarterfinals of the 2009 US Open, where she defeated top ranked players including Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, and Nadia Petrova. Oudin became the youngest American tennis player to play in the quarterfinals since Serena Williams in 1999. She was named the WTA 2009 Newcomer of the Year, and has led the US 2010 Fed Cup team to the world championship final to be held in November of this year.

Sloane Stephens turned professional in 2009 after an outstanding junior career including reaching the semifinals at the 2009 French Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2009. Most recently she was also named to the US Fed Cup team. At the 2010 BNP Paribas she defeated Lucie Hradecka and then lost in a closely contested match against the defending champion, world number 12th ranked, Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 7–5.

Maggie’s Hope is a non-profit organization founded by FOX 7 News anchor Loriana Hernandez designed to help autistic kids like Maggie and their families through funding for out-of-the-box treatments, gluten free/casein free foods, school advocates and other therapies not covered by insurance. “This is a dream come true.  Since the day my 5 year old niece Maggie was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have been on a mission to help her and the thousands of other kids get on the road to recovery,” says Ms. Hernandez.  She adds, “Seeing the emotional and financial impact firsthand, I can no longer sit back and watch this disorder rip families apart as it nears an epidemic.  I feel it’s time I step up and use the public platform I’m so blessed to have and make a difference.”

The Dell FOX 7 Fit Weekend is proudly supported by Dell, the United States Tennis Association, KTBC FOX 7, Run Tex, StepsTo.com, Wilson, Jack & Adams Bicycles and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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04/20 2010

Nation’s First Cause-Driven Film Festival Now Open to Submissions

Hey Readers! It’s that time of year again. Help us spread the word! Lights. Camera. Help., the premier film festival exclusively for nonprofits and cause advocates, has officially opened its doors for 2010 entries!

In its second year, the festival celebrates cause-driven films and their messages.

No other film festival brings together filmmakers and nonprofits to share their stories and promote their causes. Last year’s festival brought in over 140 submissions of documentaries, PSAs and short films focusing on cause-driven issues.

“We really want to foster the growth of this industry and offer a place where people looking to use their talents for good can collaborate,” said David J. Neff, creator and co-founder of the organization.

Submissions will be open until June 30 and the submission form can be downloaded at the Lights. Camera. Help. Web site. The festival will be held July 29-August 1 in Austin, Texas.

On March 27, Lights. Camera. Help. commemorated the opening for the call for entries by hosting their Reel-to-Reality party. Bringing together the filmmaking and nonprofit community to support cause-driven films, guests got to preview films by such organizations as Southwest Key, Consumers Union and the Scottish Rite Learning Center. Filmmakers behind the submissions discussed the creative process while members of the different nonprofits explained how cause-driven films have aided their missions.

“We believe that film and video are the best way for nonprofits and other cause-driven organizations to share their stories with the world,” said Rich Vázquez, Lights. Camera. Help. co-founder. “That’s the whole reason behind the film festival and, ultimately, the nonprofit organization overall.”

In July, Lights. Camera. Help. will judge the submissions based on the cinematic quality and the ability to tell the nonprofit’s story, among other factors. The winning films are then awarded the proceeds from the festival’s ticket sales.

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10/13 2009

Looking for a .net programmer

Have you heard of Ridgewood Communications? They are one of the leading non profit focused communications firms in the US. They are also a sponsor of Lights. Camera. Help. as well and friends of this Blog.  They are looking for a .net programmer here in Austin, TX. Do you fit the bill? Know someone interested? Check out the post below:

Ridgewood is adding a programmer to our team.

We’re looking for someone with a specific set of skills in Austin, Texas. Please send your resumes to:

Louis De Bonis

Job title: .NET Web Developer
Reports to: Director of Web Development
Class: Salary 40 hours

Summary of Duties:
Responsible for assisting in the creation of web sites serving the needs of a diverse group of internal and external client accounts.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

• To work as part of a team to assist in the design and development of Web sites and other information systems to meet clients’ needs.
• To program Web sites, including development of database applications and forms.
• To test Web sites for usability, identify problems and develop solutions as necessary.
• To create prototypes for client engagements.
• To maintain and secure information on client sites.
• To solve problems related to existing client and agency sites.
• To conduct research through Internet searches and other means.
• To construct web pages/sites including incorporating graphic user interface (GUI) features and other techniques.
• To maintain and provide ongoing changes of websites, adding promos, ad banners, and seasonal content as needed.
• To troubleshoot issues with existing or developed systems, and work with the appropriate resources to resolve them.
• To perform related duties as requested or as situations dictate.

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10/11 2009

PSA Sunday

So Sunday’s are usually slow here in Non Profit Land so I am going to use them to post jobs and other things people email me about. Hope it helps!

This week:


Desk is: brown with two drawers.  5ft wide x 30” deep x 29” high
Cabinet is white with 2 shelves and doors: 29.5” wide x 16” deep x 3 ft high

Free for Non Profit!  Contact blair@texasbookfestival.org
1st come 1st served, must pick up

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