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The BDPA Insider - August 7, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Monday, August 08, 2011

The BDPA Insider - August 7, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:

BDPA Columbus earns 3rd Place in national competition!!!

Take Five: Monique Berry (BDPA Philadelphia)

Bemley Scholar Courtney Elzy Heads to Illinois State University

Fundraising Tip: How to Raise Money on Facebook

Facebook Marketing

Reflections on BDPA Dignitaries Reception

Fundraising Tip: How To Raise More Money Online

Fundraising Tip: Map Donations to Impact

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BDPA Columbus earns 3rd Place in national competition!!!

Posted by Ricardo Wilkins on 7 Aug 2011

The results are in! As we close out the 33rd Annual BDPA National Conference and High School Computer Competition, I’m proud to announce that the BDPA Columbus high school team scored THIRD PLACE this year out of 19 participating teams!

Click here for more:

http://www.rixbits.com/2011/08/bdpa-columbus-earns-3rd-place-in.html


Take Five: Monique Berry (BDPA Philadelphia)

National BDPA president-elect Monique Berry has been a leader for many years. She is now only a few months away from becoming the national president of the most dynamic association of African American Information Technology professionals in the universe.

We asked Monique to share some insights with us as part of our ongoing 'Take Five' interview series.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/take-five-monique-berry-bdpa.html


Bemley Scholar Courtney Elzy Heads to Illinois State University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) has given out hundreds of college scholarships over the year. It never gets old! There are BETF scholarship winners attending major colleges and universities all over the nation.

Today we learn that Courtney Elzy -- a member of the 2008 BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Championship bronze-medalists trained by BDPA Chicago chapter -- plans to use her Jesse Bemley Scholarship to study graphics design at Illinois State University.

Courtney shared insights on her BDPA experience with us:

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/bemley-scholar-courtney-elzy-heads-to.html


Fundraising Tip: How to Raise Money on Facebook

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) first joined Facebook back in May 2008. We have discussed Facebook in one way or another quite often via this blog. However, we have never been able to raise any serious money on Facebook. Has your nonprofit organization or local BDPA chapter had success raising money on Facebook?

I think that the following fundraising tip may be a helpful reminder to all of us nonprofit advocates who still think that Facebook is for kids.

Create and Tap Your Social Network

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/fundraising-tip-how-to-raise-money-on.html


Facebook Marketing

by Kai Dupe

A couple of weeks ago I was having breakfast with a friend at a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The food was delicious. I remember thinking to myself I can’t wait to tell my friends about this place. So after we finished eating I decided to ask the proprietor if he had a Facebook page.

His answer was "Yes, but it is more trouble that it’s worth”. Translation; He does have a Facebook page but he does not do anything to manage the content. How tragic! I was so shocked by this statement that I could not stop ranting to my friend on the drive home about how we continue to miss out on opportunities in business because we are not taking advantage of important technologies like social media.

Click here for more:

http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2011/08/facebook-marketing.html


Reflections on BDPA Dignitaries Reception

I spent a few hours yesterday at the BDPA Dignitaries Reception sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It was a remarkable gathering of IT talent. BDPA founder Earl Pace began the evening with a poignant toast to the work being done by BDPA volunteers and Corporate America in the efforts to advance the careers of African Americans in the IT industry.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/reflections-on-bdpa-dignitaries.html


Fundraising Tip: How To Raise More Money Online

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) exists to raise money to support BDPA programs all over the nation. Our story of helping young people win the future by working with them on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs is a powerful one. Our challenge is turning the power of that story into donations to our nonprofit. We need to do a much better job in meeting our fundraising goals.

I think that the following fundraising tip may be a helpful reminder to all of us that work with nonprofits that are doing good works.

Make Your Donation Button Shine

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/fundraising-tip-how-to-raise-more-money.html


Fundraising Tip: Map Donations to Impact

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) spends so much time interacting with the students, volunteers and IT professionals that participate in our programs ... sometimes we take it for granted. One thing that we're learning is that we cannot take for granted the impact that our BDPA programs and services are having on the lives of real people around the country. In fact, we need to do a much better job of documenting the impact we are making if we want to do better in meeting our fundraising goals.

I think that the following fundraising tip may be a helpful reminder to all of us that work with nonprofits that are doing good works.

How to Build Loyal, Happy Donors

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/08/fundraising-tip-map-donations-to-impact.html


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