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Free the Children Streamlines Using DocuSign

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When people think of the uses for eSignature platforms like DocuSign, they often think of a company that helps businesses and governments with paperwork. And that’s true—DocuSign, which CEO and founder Keith Krach says now has over 13 million unique users, does help a lot of businesses and governments, small and large, go digital with their documents. But DocuSign also has incredible potential among nonprofit organizations as well, something Craig Kielburger’s Free the Children is living proof of.

Free the Children, an organization created to fight child labor and help young people reach their fullest potential, was founded by the 12-year-old Kielburger in 1995. Today, Kielburger is an adult, and the organization is still going strong.

One of the biggest struggles of any nonprofit organization is to use as little money as possible for administration and overhead costs. When people donate to an organization, they generally want their money to go straight to the cause—not toward the staff’s salary. To do that successfully, nonprofits have to keep overhead costs down to a bare minimum.

But tracking volunteers overseas and keeping all their paperwork straight can be both expensive and time consuming—not conducive to keeping costs down. That’s where DocuSign comes in. Kielburger implemented the use of DocuSign to track paperwork for students going abroad as well as tracking volunteers for their “We Day” program.

Having a streamlined process that is purely digital makes the process much easier, faster, and cheaper for Free the Children. Kielburger has also begun using the program for his other organization, Me to We. The beauty of programs like DocuSign is in their potential for innovation. It is simple and easy to use, customizable and efficient, which makes adapting it to individual purposes a breeze.

Nonprofit is one sector that could benefit greatly as a whole from any programs that help streamline documents. Tracking information, whether for students and volunteers or for donations and programs, is more efficiently done digitally. Hopefully, other nonprofits will take a cue from Free the Children and Me to We and start using eSignature programs like DocuSign.

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Tammy Tibbetts Changes the World With Cupcakes and Content

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When Tammy Tibbetts was 23, she worked as a web content manager for a women’s magazine.  She loved seeing first hand how social media can create change in how we accomplish things and connect with others.  When she became frustrated by an article on teen pregnancy in Liberia, she realized she wanted to help promote education for girls in developing countries.  Education is the primary factor in decreasing rates of teen pregnancy, unemployment, and domestic violence.  Tibbitts founded She’s the First with a group of friends in 2009, with a simple social media campaign calling young people into action to raise enough money to sponsor just one girl to finish school.

In 2011, Tibbetts was able to relaunch She’s The First into a fully-fledged nonprofit.  The organization’s fundraising projects have included several fun activities. These include promoting bake sales of tie-dyed cupcakes (300 cupcakes at one dollar a piece raises enough to sponsor one girl), to a benefit concert called Girls Who Rock.  The organization researches the highest quality education partners, and provides them with profiles on girls that the organization’s donors are supporting.  The site is now an interactive community connecting donors to organizations and subsequently girls in developing countries that are now able to go to high school by participating in one of various programs.

For Tammy Tibbetts entire profile, click here.

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How To Get Into Nonprofit Work

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We often talk about how to donate properly to charity, how to choose which charity to support, and how important it is to be involved in charity work. But we don’t often talk about those who are behind the scenes in the hundreds and thousands of nonprofit organizations out there. Giving back can also be translated to working within the nonprofit sector, and there are many niches to fill.

A big part of running a successful nonprofit organization is having effective marketing and public relations practices. Nonprofits rely on their public image to survive since donations and sponsorships are what keep them alive. If you are interested in working for a nonprofit organization, this is one of the best areas to get educated in.

Obviously, another huge part of nonprofit organization is the fundraising department. These are the people responsible for raising money for operations and charitable work. Roles range from being on the front lines raising money and awareness to organizing events and seeing them through properly.

If your talents lie more on the “people” side of things, consider becoming involved as a mentor caregiver within an organization. This is a more hands-on role than many others, but the rewards can be great. Working for a nonprofit organization is a fantastic way to help people and add a whole lot of meaning to the work you do every day.

The first step to becoming employed in any of these areas would be to get in touch with the charity of choice and start volunteering. This will help demonstrate your commitment to the charity and will greatly increase your chances of getting hired in the future. Job listings will usually be posted online, and when they are you will have the benefit of being a known face among many unknowns. Be sure to add any of your volunteer experience to your resume and tailor it to the specific job you are applying for. And if you don’t get it on the first try, don’t give up. Sometimes it just takes a little perseverance and dedication.