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Fundraising for Charities: American Consumer Credit Counseling Advises on How Often and How Much


Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

There is no doubt that Americans are charitable — last year alone, donations in the U.S. reached $ 416.5 billion, a 13 percent increase over the prior year. Americans aim to support causes that are close to them, whether for their child’s school or sports team or for research on a disease that has affected a family member or friend. And in an effort to fundraise, individuals often find their charitable efforts are outpacing their circle of friends and family, leaving them to wonder – how often is too often and how much is too much? Leading financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has compiled a list of tips that will maximize the fundraising success, while also keeping relationships intact.

“Supporting several charities and soliciting your friends to financially contribute to the cause is a worthwhile mission, but one that should be navigated and carried out with care,” said Steven Trumble, President and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling. “By following these guidelines, consumers will be able to raise funds without damaging relationships with friends and family members – the ultimate win-win situation.”

1)    Develop your message. If you can speak with conviction about the charity and demonstrate your passion for the cause, people will be more motivated to support you. Your ability to answer questions with ease instills a sense of faith in those you approach for donations.

2)    Be comfortable asking, and comfortable hearing no. This coincides with how often it is appropriate to solicit the same individuals for different charities. Close family and friends can be approached for each event, while distant relatives and acquaintances should be limited to two or three requests per year to avoid inundating them. While raising money for charity is notable, don’t expect every person to give. If you send a solicitation and the person doesn’t respond, don’t badger them. Maintain a ‘no hard feelings’ policy and never put people on the spot. If your request is declined, thank them anyway and move right along in the conversation.

3)    Know your target audience. You will get better results by targeting your solicitations rather than blasting your entire address book. For instance, if you know someone who is an animal lover, contact them to help raise funds for the local shelter you’re supporting.

4)    Finances are not created equal. It’s important to understand that not everyone has the financial means to donate, no matter how worthy the cause. Try to be aware of this and introduce other ways that the friend or family member can support the charity through volunteering or helping in your effort to raise funds.

5)    Mind your manners. Always send a thank you note or e-mail after a person has donated to your cause. By supporting your charitable interests, the person has gone above and beyond. Be sure to let them know that their generosity made an impact.

ACCC is a 501(c)3 organization, that provides free credit counseling, bankruptcy counseling, and housing counseling to consumers nationwide in need of financial literacy education and money management. For more information, contact ACCC:


    For credit counseling, call 800-769-3571
    For bankruptcy counseling, call 866-826-6924
    For housing counseling, call 866-826-7180
    Or visit us online at ConsumerCredit.com

About American Consumer Credit Counseling

American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering consumers to achieve financial management and debt relief through education, credit counseling, and debt management solutions. ACCC provides individuals with practical debt solutions for solving financial problems and recognizes that consumers’ financial difficulties are often not the result of poor spending habits, but more frequently from extenuating circumstances beyond their control. As one of the nation’s leading providers of financial education and credit counseling services, ACCC’s certified credit advisors work with consumers to help them determine the best plan of action to get out of debt and regain financial stability. ACCC holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. For more information or to access free financial education resources, log on to ConsumerCredit.com or visit TalkingCentsBlog.com.

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North American Title Companys Updated Website Offers New Design and Functionality for Its Real Estate Customers


Miami, Fla. (PRWEB) February 10, 2014

North American Title Co. (NAT) has transitioned its Internet presence to a new website to take advantage of technology that has changed over the past several years. The new NAT.com platform offers a streamlined experience for its customer segments that include home buyers and sellers, residential and commercial real estate professionals, builders, lenders and attorneys.

“The decision was made three years ago at the highest levels of the company to transition to the Kentico Content Management System (CMS) platform,” said Otto Suarez, NAT national marketing director. “This flexible platform supports all current and future website requirements, including integration with social media, online marketing, intranet and CRM.

“In addition, Kentico is an off-the-shelf CMS solution with a fully integrated set of marketing tools, including web analytics, campaign management, email marketing, contact management, segmentation and more,” added Suarez. “It truly allows us to build for the future, empowering us as marketers and developers to create a website without limits.”

The new customer-centric website is able to be viewed on mobile devices, its content is easily updated, and it better reflects the company’s brand standards. It includes such items as calculators for Good Faith Estimates and mortgage loans, a comprehensive real estate dictionary, and title insurance information and escrow closing tips.

In addition, each NAT region integrated with the main site has content customized to that specific region, as well as contact information for the local NAT offices.

“The main NAT.com website was live for our appearance as an exhibitor at the Realtors® Conference & Expo in November,” said Suarez. “However, our 12 regions have robust websites in their own rights, and we have just completed their development.

“We thank all our marketing coordinators, managers and legal staff in the field who helped develop, proof and approve copy for the site,” he added. “We also acknowledge the tireless efforts of our corporate marketing staff that developed and built the site.”

About North American Title (NAT)

With well over 1,000 associates and a vast network of branches from coast to coast, North American Title is among the largest real estate settlement service providers in the United States. Consisting of both agent and underwriter operations, NAT has the resources and stability of a New York Stock Exchange company with over $ 10.3 billion in assets (fiscal quarter ending Nov. 30, 2012). North American Title’s agency network operates nationally under the name North American Title Co. (NATC), and is located in 17 of the fastest-growing states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Through our relationship with our expanding affiliate network, NATC provides real estate settlement services in all 50 states. With annual gross revenues in fiscal 2012 of approximately $ 200 million, NAT is among the largest independent title agencies in the United States. NAT is headquartered in Miami, Fla. To learn more, visit http://www.nat.com.