Making a difference one click at a time
By: By MARLA CILLEY The FlyLady
A few weeks ago I was introduced to a great idea called BenefitBar.com. I got a phone call from Keith Grosz of St. Louis about this tool he had built to help organizations generate money to donate to charities. Their mission put more funds out into the world to help people.
Here is what Keith told me about the http://www.benefitbar.com:
“We created this to make a difference by raising dollars and bringing awareness to charities and non-profits and education. It became much more then raising dollars, it became a way to communicate in a non-intrusive and entertaining way. Pushing out information to make someone’s day better and stay connected with people you care about.”
FlyLady here again —
The minute I saw it I knew that this would be a great tool to help my FlyBabies find what they needed and it would also help our good friends at Yahoo.
The bar uses the Yahoo Search feature. This is what generates the revenue stream for the charities. Since Yahoo saves us a lot of money I felt this would be a great way to give back to them for what they do for us with the group e-mail system.
The beauty of this bar is that it is free. You can get one, too. They will develop a bar for your group to raise money for something that is important to you. You could use it for your church group, hospital foundation, fan club, sports team, school group, Scouts or anything else that comes to mind. All they ask is that a portion of the proceeds go to charity. If your group is a charity then that is even better.
They made me a sample bar and took it and developed it as a tool for my members. In fact I made it all by myself with some help from Rick at Benefitbar and our Webdude Lee. It is having our Web site at your fingertips at the top of your page. I loved this from the first time I saw it and we have only scratched the surface when it comes to how much fun we can have with it. I can use it for announcements, reminders and just having fun.
We have built these buttons for the FlyLady.net Benefitbar — http://www.flylady.net/pages/flylady_benefit_bar.asp.
A tickertape of some reminders. You have to see this to believe it;
A Go Me! Button OH MY! It is so fun;
A FLY SHOP Link;
A FLY Show Link to BlogTalk Radio shows;
A Get Started Button;
Super Fling To post your pounds;
and our favorite HeyTom.net link.
Oh and I almost forgot a Yahoo Search Feature in the middle and a refer button at the end. This bar does not put any adware-spyware-pop-ups on your computer. That was a relief.
Have fun with my new Toy/Tool. I had a ball making it. Can you tell how excited I am about this? Go check out http://www.benefitbar.com for yourself and your group. They can help you raise money for your favorite charity. I have decided to pick a new charity each month.
For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, check out the Web site and join the free mentoring group at www.FlyLady.net or read the book, “Sink Reflections” published by Bantam, and the New York Times Best Selling book “Body Clutter,” published by Fireside. Copyright 2007 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.
Published in The Messenger on 10.10.07