I Support Community (ISC)
There are so many nonprofits with amazing stories, missions and passion that are not being heard by all those that could help them, and by all those they could help. I Support Community connects you to those nonprofits through video storytelling and uses marketing to promote the organizations on its site. This additional exposure increases the impact these organizations have on our community.
Lois Szalinski, a user and supporter of ISC sums it up nicely, "Within each of us there truly IS a desire to help, give, &/or give back...often however, we do not know where to start, where the biggest need lies, or even where our hearts might be calling us. This is why your website and the work you are doing is so amazingly generous and important (& I personally thank you for it!)! Visiting the site, reading the stories, and viewing the videos connects us with Charities & Non profits in a personal way. Your videos deepen our knowledge of these organizations and often introduce us to some otherwise unknown to us. Your site provides the accessibility to view & learn at a time and place that is convenient for each individual. I value that more than words can say. Most importantly your videos attach faces and passion to the works of these organizations, something- try as they might- they cannot accomplish in letters mailed to our homes. Thank you for helping me direct my steps in giving! I hope your outreach flourishes as will the recipients of your generosity and the generosity of your viewers. Keep up the GREAT work and know that personally, "I Support Community too!!"
Become a part of our story. Please tell your friends and family, and get involved.
On Wednesday July 11, 2012, the founder was attending a networking breakfast and saw a video of the Hesed House, a local homeless shelter, that was so powerful in brought tears to her eyes. As she left the breakfast an idea came to her: wouldn’t it be amazing if every nonprofit could share their story that way and if that video could be seen everywhere by everyone. At that moment I Support Community was born.
I Support Community was founded in the fall of 2012 and is exempt from Federal Taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ISC is based out of Naperville, Illinois. The site launched in December 2012 with one organization.
Video storytelling & marketing: We produce a series of videos, including a profile, program, testimonial and thank you video for all of our nonprofit partners. These videos reside on our site on custom pages designed by the ISC team. Through social media we provide information to educate donors, non-profits and volunteers as well promote giving and volunteer involvement throughout the community. Social media marketing increases the traffic to our site resulting in greater awareness and involvement for our nonprofit partners. In addition, we promote the organizations on our site at our events.
As part of this program, all organizations must pass a due diligence process prior to joining the site. This reassures users of the quality of organizations on the site. The Founder & Executive Director, Marion Ruthig, is a certified public accountant with over 12 years of business experience that includes the preparation of non-profit tax returns (Form 990), auditing non-profits, as well as experience with planned giving. She is key in the due diligence process with final approval coming from the ISC Board.
Coffee Campaign Crew program: This innovative program supports ISC, and spreads awareness about our mission and the missions' of the organizations on our site through social, networking and volunteer actitivities. Click on the CCC menu on the top of the screen for additional information or to join the crew.
How do I get involved with I Support Community?
There are so many ways to get involved:
- Like us on Facebook and tell your friends and family about isupportcommunity.org. Help us get the word out!
- Guest bloggers
- In kind or donations for up-coming fundraising event
- Assisting with our three main fundraising events (Cause-A-Palooza, Zumbathon for the Community, and Giving Hope Through Stories)
- Assisting with Thank You notes
- Scanning and other administrative tasks
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