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Celebrating A Birthday By Giving Back

Posted on: October 26, 2012 00:23am
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One of the ways you can show your support for Life Pieces To Masterpieces is to create birthday fundraisers, like Clarence and Torrey did.

Clarence, who is Communications and Special Initiatives Director for the Mayor's Office on Volunteerism, had known about Life Pieces To Masterpieces for several years. When he began looking to concentrate his volunteer with one signature organization, he thought about Life Pieces. "I asked people about Life Pieces To Masterpieces and everyone had positive things to say," he says.

Clarence decided that since he typically did something special to celebrate his birthday and hadn't come up with anything for this year, that he would create a birthday fundraiser for Life Pieces To Masterpieces. He did some research and found Razoo, an online fundraising platform which calls itself an industry leader in giving days. Clarence found it easy to build a Razoo fundraising page. He came up with the idea of 33 for 33 -- he wanted 33 people to give $33 for his 33rd birthday.

He worked with Life Pieces To Masterpieces staff to get approved language and photos for use on his page. Through a combination of individual emails a few weeks before his birthday and Facebook posts to share his progress and build momentum, Clarence's success went behind just the people he had invited, and he was raising the visibility of the organization, even if people were not able to contribute.

He was surprised to get donations from acquaintances who asked what he was doing for his birthday and from people on Facebook who learned about his efforts. "I posted on Facebook that I was almost there -- just needed three more people to sign up," he recalls. "Five minutes later I had four more contributions!"

Clarence surpassed his goal and his birthday fundraiser raised close to $1,700 for Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Not bad for a volunteer of only six weeks! Clarence just sent in his application to become a part of Life Pieces To Masterpieces' Young Professionals Board.

Photo credit Cesar Vence Photography.

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