Monthly Archives: February 2012
Here’s a great opportunity for fundraisers working for non profit organisations in Ireland to obtain a bursary to attend the National Fundraising Conference taking place next month in Dublin.
Five bursary places will be sponsored by the fundraising and direct marketing agency Ask Direct.
To be eligible for a bursary you must be working in a paid fundraising position for an organisation with a total annual income of less than €100,000.
Many nonprofits continue to use their brands primarily as a fundraising tool, but a growing number of nonprofits are developing a broader and more strategic approach, managing their brands to create greater social impact and tighter organizational cohesion.
Interested in learning more about the role of branding in the non profit sector?
If you are aged 16-24 and live in Dublin or Belfast, and have a great idea for a project that will impact young people in your community, you can apply for up to €2000 in funding from Starbucks Youth Action.
About Starbucks Youth Action fund 2012
This programme inspires and empowers young people from Dublin and Belfast and a number of UK cities to make a difference in their communities by applying to Starbucks Youth Action for seed funding and volunteer hours from Starbucks partners. As well as supporting the young people to bring to life the projects that mean the most to them, the programme also offers training to young people on managing a budget, working with volunteers and project management.
How to Apply
You can apply online at
The deadline for receipt of applications is the 5th of March.
Please send completed applications to StarbucksYouthAction@iyf.ie.
Irish Youth Foundation,
2nd Floor, 56 Fitzwilliam Square,
Tel: 00 353 1 676 6535
Fax: 00 353 1 676 9893
The same principles that make a good movie also make a good nonprofit video.
- Think in frames. While it may be tempting to place a subject directly in the center of a shot, visually it is boring. Subjects should be framed using the “rule of thirds” as a guide. The “rule of thirds” breaks up the visual plane into nine quadrants, three sections across and three down. Aligning subjects along these lines or intersections creates a more interesting composition.
- Headroom, Max Headroom. Filling your frame with the subject results in less editing and a more professional-looking video. Using the “rule of thirds” as your guide, make sure your subject’s eyes should be one-third of the way down the frame.
- Worry about sound. People are more inclined to watch bad video with good sound as opposed to a good video with bad sound. Consider background sounds like the hum of fluorescent lights if you’re recording indoors, which can be very distracting. Editing sound is difficult so it’s best to make sure there are no distracting background noises and a microphone is used to capture the action. A microphone is a great tool and it’s helpful to either use a camera with a built-in microphone or purchase an external one that can be plugged into the camera you do have.
- Buy (or hire) a good camera. Recording a video for your organization is a great way to get people inside and outside of your organization involved. Organization’s can maximize the power of video by engaging people who have filming expertise and experience. Perhaps a volunteer with camera skills can lend a hand or audiovisual students at a local high school or college looking for experience would be willing to help.
- Don’t go into the light. Like sound, light is very important to your video. Neff advises would-be filmmakers to consider not only how the light looks to their eyes but also how it looks through their cameras. When filming outdoors and relying on natural light it is best to film late in the afternoon before sundown or early in the morning when the light is at its softest. Often lighting conditions aren’t ideal and must be created in which case it is best to use the “three-point lighting” method used by professionals. The key light and fill light strike the subject directly but from different angles and are complemented by the back light which is also positioned at an angle to minimize shadows created the key and fill lights.
Online Community Team, TechSoup Global
This week is social media week 13th - 17th February across the globe and you can see all the events that are happening across the world over here.
12 cities are taking part with over 1,000 events planned. Unfortunately for us, Dublin isn't one of them but this post explains how you can take part virtually and the hashtag is #smw12 by the way.
The 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards Begins the Search for Best Nonprofit Videos from the past year!
The Nonprofit Video Awards is designed to recognize the creative and effective use of video to promote the work of the nonprofit sector in catalyzing social good. Winners must be members or signed up for the YouTube Nonprofit Program—a special program that YouTube designed to help nonprofits achieve their missions through video.
Submissions will be accepted until February 29th, when a panel of expert judges will select four finalists in four categories: Best Small Organization Video, Best Medium Organization Video, Best Large Organization Video, and Best Video Storytelling (awarded to the organization that uses video to tell the most compelling, human stories). Finalists will be announced on April 5th.
This year’s winners will be determined by the public. The YouTube community will have the opportunity to vote for the best videos among the 16 finalists from March 14th through 28th.
Organizations can enter the contest by going to www.youtube.com/nonprofitvideoawards.