|March 27, 2013
Amnistie internationale Canada Francophone
|City of Westmount
The City of Westmount is using raisin’s Pledge module for four large events, all aimed at raising funds to build a new state-of-the art Recreation Centre for the city.
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Katimavik is an organization seeking to engage youth in volunteer service and foster sustainable communities through challenging national youth learning programs. raisin’s Pledge module will serve as the fundraising platform for an upcoming event. Stay tuned for more info!
|Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is a national, not for profit, consumer driven, voluntary health charity committed to ensuring that the voices of consumers, family members and caregivers are heard on issues relating to mental health and mental illness. MDSC has chosen raisin’s Pledge module to support their annual campaign “Defeat Depression”.
|Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Corporation
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) exhibits, researches, collects, and promotes innovative art by Canadian and international artists. Their annual bowling tournament was supported by raisin’s Pledge module this year and they raised 75% of their goal!
|Spinal Cord Injury Canada
Spinal Cord Injury Canada assists persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. Their nation-wide Chair-Leaders Campaign, aimed at raising awareness about ability, is supported by raisin’s Personal Fundraising Pages. Each province across the country has a specific campaign site, where fundraisers can sign up to create fundraising pages on behalf of the organization!
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|March 19, 2013
Race for Kids – Top Site of the Month!
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s Race for Kids was chosen as one of Kentico’s Top 10 sites for the month of February! You can read about February’s picks here. The Race for Kids site is an A.K.A. collaborative project, strategically designed by A.K.A. New Media and powered by raisin’s Pledge module. Have an upcoming campaign or major event? Contact us to learn more about how we can help you create fully branded and integrated fundraising events!
|March 14, 2013
Now Integrated with Charity Challenge!
Charity Challenge has been organizing group adventure travel expeditions around the world for over a decade, while also supporting over 1450 charities and raising over $50 million to date! They do everything from climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, trekking on the Great Wall of China or through the Andes to Machu Picchu in Peru, or cycling from Havana to Trinidad in Cuba. We are very excited to announce that Charity Challenge events will soon be integrated with raisin’s Personal Fundraising Pages. Through the integrated site, participants can register on Charity Challenge and the system will automatically create a personal page in raisin so they can take advantage of all the fabulous fundraising and social networking tools available.
|March 12, 2013
Make Fundraising Mobile-Friendly
Researchers predict that by 2015, the number of smart phone users will increase to 7 billion people! Are you ready? We encourage you to target this demographic with raisin’s Mobile-Optimized pages! Contact us to see a demo and learn how you can easily make your desktop-compatible events mobile-friendly as well!
|March 7, 2013
Our Newest Team Member
We’re thrilled to welcome Diane Klich to our team as the new V.P. of Product & Strategic Initiatives for A.K.A. raisin. Diane brings over 15 years of business experience in the web industry, as well as a contagious and passionate energy for innovation. She greatly values client feedback and industry research, and is dedicated to the ongoing enhancement of the raisin system. We’re happy to have her on board, and know you will be too.
|March 5, 2013
“Chair-Leaders “Enabling Access” is an annual provincial awareness raising event for accessibility that targets high profile community leaders such as government officials, business leaders, and media personalities. Thanks to raisin, we have been able to add a whole new dimension to our event by allowing these community leaders to utilize their networks to not only raise awareness, but raise funds as well. In 2011 we raised $6,000. This year, since utilizing the raisin system, our Chair-Leaders event raised over $25,000 and encouraged deeper participation in the event. The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) looks forward to continuing working with our raisin account director, Laura Brown, well into the future. Laura has been supportive and there for us every step of the way.”
|January 17, 2013
To ring in the New Year we released a number of exciting enhancements to the raisin system that are sure to increase your campaign reach and simplify event management tasks. Among these enhancements are the ability to conveniently import multiple offline donations; the ability to easily move or re-assign donations within an event; increased search fields to make finding participants quick and effortless; and strategically designed, Mobile-Optimized pages for Pledge events that allow you to create unique Mobile content to advance on-the-go fundraising efforts.
|January 14, 2013
Fondation de l’Hôpital régional de Saint-Jérôme
|McGill University Health Centre Foundation
Proceeds raised by McGill University Health Centre Foundation help ensure that the MUHC’s dedicated professionals can provide excellent care, respected medical teaching, and innovative research. They are using raisin’s Pledge module to support their online fundraising and currently have two live events:
View The MUHC Spartan Race »
View The MUHC Caring for Ourselves and Community Walkathon »
Osteoporosis Canada is using raisin’s General Donations module module to support one-time, recurring, and tribute donations that will immediately help to educate, empower, and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. Nordic Walking, a multiple location, peer-to-peer event, is supported by raisin’s Pledge module.
|The Ireland Fund of Canada
Dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, The Ireland Fund has chosen raisin to support their online ticketed events. Their St. Patrick’s Day Gala, now live on raisin, is the largest and longest St. Patrick’s Day lunch in world.
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|World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief is a nonprofit organization transforming individuals and their communities through The Power of Bicycles. They are using raisin’s Pledge module for their Red-Bell 100 event, a breath-taking charity ride from Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington to Boundary Bay Brewery in downtown Bellingham.
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|YM-YWHA Montreal Jewish Community Centres
YM-YWHA has partnered with The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation to host their second joint street hockey tournament benefiting underprivileged kids in Greater Montreal. The upcoming event will be supported by raisin’s Pledge module.
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|January 10, 2012
“raisin’s level of customer service and attention to our organization’s needs has exceeded our expectations. The administrative benefits, reporting system and overall functionality of the system are easy to use, flexible, and very time-efficient. From issuing tax receipts and sending eCards electronically, to the ability to quickly set up events, the raisin system has alleviated much time and resources on our end. Since implementing raisin’s modules we have seen great improvements in our online fundraising initiatives and we look forward to continued success in the future.”
Janice Barresi, Executive Director
|January 7, 2013
Happy New Year!
We hope your New Year is off to a great start and you haven’t given up on the resolutions yet! We’re certainly looking forward to a productive and busy year here at A.K.A., with a number of significant enhancements already in the works. Stay tuned!
|November 28, 2012
raisin Recognized at AFP Congress 2012!
We’re honoured to have received another AFP award this year, recognizing our continued support as an E-Philanthropy Partner for the Every Member Campaign since 2008.
|November 15, 2012
Come see us at AFP Congress 2012!
We’ll be at Booth 304 with some top secret goodies and a new prize to be awarded to one lucky winner!
On top of that, we have lots of exciting new enhancements to share and can’t wait to hear your feedback, so come by and chat with us!
Can’t make it? Follow #afpcongress to stay in the loop.
|November 9, 2012
raisin Releases Mobile Optimized Web!
We are excited to announce the release of raisin’s dedicated Mobile Optimized Web Pages for our Pledge (Peer-to-Peer Fundraising) event sites. Users can now easily Register, Donate, Sponsor and view the website on their smartphones and tablets that run on operating systems such as iOS, Android and BlackBerry.
Using the latest mobile technology, raisin automatically detects and optimizes the website for over 150 mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, etc., and runs over 1600 types of mobile browsers.
Participants and organizers can also solicit and receive donations using their smartphones and tablets. Simply pass your device to a potential donor!
raisin clients – be on the lookout over the next two weeks for an invitation to our mobile webinar & trainings sessions.
Stay tuned for other exciting new releases!
|November 6, 2012
Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer 2013 Expansion!
The inaugural 2012 Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer (RHCC) events in Vancouver and Edmonton in support of the Canadian Cancer Society were a great success! A.K.A. is delighted to announce that for 2013, all participating RHCC cities, including Toronto with proceeds benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, are now live on raisin.
The marketing websites for RHCC were designed and developed by A.K.A. New Media through a robust Content Management System that allows the event company, SDI Marketing, to easily update and maintain all sites throughout the lifecycle of the event.
Visit www.teamuptoconquercancer.ca and stay tuned as additional expansion cities are announced!
|November 1, 2012
Client Spotlight – Fundraising Success with raisin
Sears' Great Canadian Run Goes the Extra Mile!
|A Great Fundraising Year for Paws in the Park!
Paws in the Park 2012 was a hit! For the last 3 years Toronto Humane Society has been using raisin's Pledge module to support Paws in the Park, but this year’s event proved to be the most successful yet. We're thrilled to see their fundraising increase and the annual event continue to gain incredible support.
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“Our organization has had tremendous success with the raisin system, leveraging a number of the modules (General Donations, Pledge & Direct Mail). Our events continue to grow each year and our donors and internal team find the system to be extremely user friendly, especially for those who are not technical. We are so appreciative of the outstanding commitment, dedication and response time of the Account Management and Technical Support team.”
Rachelle Gordon, Special Events
|Seriously Fun Run Does Seriously Well!
Community Living London's first ever raisin event, the 'Seriously Fun Run', raised 15% more than their goal using raisin's Pledge module! We congratulate them on their success, and wish them the best of luck for future events.
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“We found the process of setting up an event in raisin to be very simple and intuitive, and there were numerous reports and exports that made it easy to track the success of our campaign. On the day of our event we were able to pull various valuable reports from the raisin system including important registration details which helped ensure our event was seamless from start to finish. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the raisin team and with their help we raised 15% over our goal for our Pledge event. ”
Kris Usher, Manager, Development & Communications
YWCA Vancouver Doubles their Goal!
“With raisin’s Pledge module we more than doubled our fundraising goal for our Pledge event! The event was an incredible success and we received nothing but positive feedback from participants about the user-friendly, peer-to-peer fundraising system. The Participant Centre especially, enhanced fundraising success by making it easy for participants to solicit donations from friends and family as well as track their fundraising efforts. We raised more funds than we anticipated and credit raisin and the account team’s continued support for helping us achieve our goal.”
Maia Gibb, Manager, Fund Development