Sunday, February 3, 2019

Microsoft’s Office

When you think of the most wealthy people in the world, who comes to mind? Although there’s been a shift in the top 1% based on Amazon’s rise, we have a feeling that Bill Gates comes to mind. So what does it take to be one of the wealthiest people in the world? You have to be strategic and daring. For example, Jeff Bezos started selling books online when Borders and Barnes & Noble were dominating the market. He then expanded on that and now Amazon sells all types of products. As for Bill Gates, he originally started with creating computer software which has now grown into one of the largest global businesses across many different fields such as Software (Microsoft Office), Gaming (Microsoft X-Box), Search (Bing), and more. If you strictly look at Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos right now in terms of their overall wealth, you’d see that based on the stock prices and how Amazon has grown, that Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world.

We know he’s got the most wealth, but we’re not sure if he’s making the largest impact on the globe.

One thing that’s particulary impressive about Bill Gates is how much he’s dedicated to giving back. Something we may have all heard before is how he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. After checking their site and some follow ups on Wikipedia, we found that the Gates have given billions to help people in need, This foundation has given back by enhancing healthcare and improving access to information technology, among other important things. With that in mind we can clearly see the data for the worth/wealth of Gates and Bezos, but in our opinion their overall value on society differs.

So now we’ve all heard about what one of the most wealthy and caring individuals has done as a whole, but we have some more behind the scenes information to divulge. We need to tell you why it’s VERY different from some of the broad PR information or top of the line tweets that you may be seeing.

As mentioned in our tweet above, Microsoft has donated over a billion dollars to nonprofits, but what’s even more valuable is that they’ve donated their time. In our eyes, what’s even more distinct is that they’ve done it proudly!

In Q4 2018, we thankfully received our largest financial contribution from Microsoft. We reached out to some of our contacts and let them know they’re currently on their way to sponsoring a GO Kart as our way of rewarding a hospital for being a great partner with their cards. Here are some of the key ways that Microsoft displayed their overall worth for us that quarter:  

Time – Over the years we received cards from multiple stores, but in Q4 2018 we received cards from one of their main offices in Chicago. We were updated about how they encouraged employees to set aside time throughout the week to volunteer.

Dollars – At a time when we’re trying to raise funds to purchase Xboxes and other gaming systems for our hospitals/homes, they donated money to help raise the necessary funds for our kids.

Proudly – Now we’re going to be 100% open and honest. Whenever we’re writing these blog posts we have to provide ALL the background and give you ALL the information as our way of saying thanks for taking the time to review and learn more about our organization. Here’s that truth. This whole blog post is talking about how Microsoft is one of the greatest groups and how much of a difference they’ve made. If you look directly at the numbers from November, you could see that just like in the first paragraph where Bill Gates is #2, Microsoft was #2 in terms of the dollars donated.

This was Microsoft’s peak and our Secret Admirer donated about $400 more. Now an outsider could look at that and focus on the difference in dollars when they compare the impact, but for us, we can say that with these two world renowned companies, it’s amazing to look at the difference on how they’re willing to be associated with our organization. We’ll forever be thankful for Secret Admirer, but since they made us sign a form that we wouldn’t mention their name we’ll look at them a bit differently. With Microsoft, they’re making cards, taking pictures, and are proudly allowing us to post their world renowned logo up on our website. 

(As of Q3 2018 - the Microsoft logo is moving up after their Q4 participation)

We’re thankful for their contributions’ value and worth!

On a separate note, groups often reach out and ask us about where we send and/or receive  cards. Thanks to detailed formulas we keep in Excel, we’re able to easily answer those questions. That way we can keep track of how to update our Participants tab and we’ll know where we need to donate our next GO Kart. Now this may sound odd, but when we look at…
  • Where some of our donations came from,
  • where we’re getting a set of our cards from,
  • and how we’re keeping track of everything,

…we can answer all of those questions and get that assistance thanks to the help of “MICROSOFT OFFICE” – whether that’s the company or the software and that’s something we won’t forget! 

#microsoftsoffice #upliftingspirits

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

All of the Above

We’ll start off by describing what could be on the cover for one of the easiest, most encouraging cards one could make. 

And to tell you the truth, it’s what our founder often makes since he’s not particularly artistic.
  • Pop quiz. Please pick one. You are…
    • A. Awesome
    • B. Beautiful
    • C. Clever

Thinking about it, that’s a tough choice. There are benefits for each distinct word. Before we answered this question on our own, we decided to open it up and ask a few people. Per usual, we did some research while traveling. This time it was at the airport. We asked the first respondent and she said “A” for awesome. The next gentleman we asked said, “Awesome for sure.” Then the third respondent quickly responded, “A!” Finally, the fourth respondent quipped a quick “A” as well. We guess it’s a good thing to be awesome. Still, there must be some benefits to being attractive. There would also be some advantages to being extremely witty as well.

There is clearly a leader, but if what if we switched it up a bit? What if we were no longer talking about people and were talking about something that our volunteers knew a bit more about – making cards and uplifting spirits. The card would be something like,

o   A. Amusing/Fun
o   B. Bountiful/Rewarding
o   C. Calming/Easy
Overall, the three key bullet points are trying to highlight if hosting an event and making cards is strictly fun, feels rewarding, or if people are doing it since the process is just strictly easy.
Now you may be leaning between a couple, just like our first participant was when we asked the first set of multiple choice questions, but you have to think of the one that represents this event the most. With the midterm elections recently passing here in the USA most of us can remember how important it is to fill out the ballots and/or scantrons correctly.  

If you select too many entries your vote can be discarded.

Here are some reasons we’re looking into each of these characteristics:
  • Amusing/Fun. It’s not every day that you get to use glitter glue and stickers. This is one of those times when you get to reconnect with some of your favorite Disney characters. Also, for some of those who plan ahead this is also an excuse to do a bit of research and look up a bunch of jokes. For example, the one we mentioned before, Q) Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon? Because she’ll let it go.
  • Bountiful/Rewarding. We try to post pictures consistently of the thank you cards that we receive from the hospitals, quotes from the hospitals/homes, as well as pictures from some of our special deliveries. With all of these posts, you can see that your hard work is making a difference. Although we can’t show you exactly where your card is going, you can see some examples of the type of impact your cards are making. We’ve highlighted how your handmade cards are impacting families at their most trying times so that you know your cards are uplifting spirits. Even better, if you’re following our recommendation and using card stock and/or high quality construction paper you know you’re making a lasting impact. We recently heard from another mother who told us about how her child was getting ready to collect her cards and take them with her to decorate her hospital room during her next trip. You’re making a lasting impact. Here’s another example.
  • Calming/Easy. So we have an Insider Information PowerPoint with tips and tricks on how to hold an event that can make a lasting impact on the kids, but with all the information that’s on the website, most people don’t need it. The PowerPoint we provide has details like please don’t send holiday cards too late, please use card stock, tips for the resume, but between the blog posts and other links most people are all set. It’s interesting that one can host an event with multiple offices around the world OR simply get together with a couple friends AND they don’t need to really receive confirmation from us at all. There are some nonprofits where you need to sign up to serve on specific days or show up at specific locations, but with us you can rest at ease because you can simply work from your current locations and know that you’re making a global impact. 

Now back to the card. When you open up you just put a circle around the final answer,

With this card you’re highlighting that the child is Awesome, Beautiful and Clever. And you did follow the rules - you selected one answer, D. Now with participating in Cardz for Kidz! one could say that they’re ALL OF THE ABOVE for the second set of criteria we laid out - Amusing, Bountiful, and Calming.

#alloftheabove #upliftingspirits

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