The Huffington Post picked up Catherine Schuknecht‘s article from The Sierra Club on 5 innovative ‘green’ nonprofits still working to restore New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city. Schuknecht is an editorial intern at The Sierra Club, a grassroots environmental organization that works to protect millions of acres of wilderness and wildlife.
5 Post-Katrina Innovations New Orleans Can Brag About
By Catherine Schuknecht | The Sierra Club | 8/29/15
It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, taking the lives of 1,500 people and destroying countless homes, churches, businesses, and schools.
We found five green innovations that have taken root since the storm and that are improving the lives of citizens across the board.
- Public Lab
- The Green Project
- Global Green’s Water Wise NOLA
- Eco-Friendly Transportation
Innovative Nonprofits Rebuilding A Stronger, Eco-Friendly New Orleans Post-Katrina
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, these five innovative organizations are still working hard to restore New Orleans. Each is addressing a critical need in the community and has a unique approach to providing necessary help.
In addition to Global Green’s ‘Water Wise’ stormwater management program, the organization whichled green rebuilding efforts and continue to provide assistance and resources to local New Orleans residents, launched a mobile-friendly Climate Change Champion initiative to educate the country on the consequences of climate change, preventative measures that can be taken now and mobile crowdfunding to fund disaster prevention and response.
Going Mobile For Innovative Change
Taking a traditional grassroots initiative mobile with crowdfunding is, by far, the fastest and easiest way for a nonprofit to build momentum. Crowdfunding is the preferred contribution method by Millennials (and many others) because the total goal is divided amongst more people requiring a lower monetary donation level from each to reach it. Even at lower donation amounts, donors feel the satisfaction that their “piece of the puzzle” plays an integral part of the bigger picture solution.
Your organization can increase supporter reach and donations amounts by going mobile. Here’s how:
1. Embed your mobile-friendly donation form on your website AND Facebook page. Don’t let supporters miss out on the opportunity to give to your org just because your form is M-I-A.
2. Use social media to interact with, and engage supporters. ‘Friend’ and ‘Follow’ volunteer fundraisers so you can respond to, mention, Like and share their enthusiastic posts about your cause every day.
3. Use visuals to tell the story of your crowdfunding campaign across social media. A specific story with an obtainable goal gives donors hope that their contribution is big enough to make a difference…no matter how small the size of their gift.
MobileCause innovative cloud based fundraising, with zero transaction fees, helps your donors, volunteers and staff easily give to your cause and stay connected and engaged with your organization via online, mobile and social media.