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Getting On the Air
Many nonprofit and volunteer programs use Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to get the word out about their programs, need for money, and volunteers. How might the impending war on Iraq impact the availability of time for PSAs? The West Glen Communication group of New York recently polled 150 TV and radio stations in major markets across the US to find the answer to that question.
The broadcasters reported they would be doing 24/7 coverage of the war, at least for the first few days and would not be airing advertising. When returning to regular programming it was anticipated that advertisers might hold back having commercials aired, in order to not appear opportunistic. But soon after this the expectation was that more airtime might be given to human and social causes, especially those such as disaster relief, ethnic tolerance, mental health, and volunteerism. There were such gains in time for PSA's following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Is your organization prepared?
SBC Communications is awarding $9 million in grants to nonprofit technology projects in the 13 states in which the company provides telecommunications services. The goal of the grants is to help local organizations use technology more efficiently and be better able to fulfill their missions. Applications are being accepted for such things as computer networking, high-speed Internet access, technology training, and online efforts to deliver services. Grants range from $2500- $25,000. For more information go to http://www.sbc.com/foundation.
VolunteerMatch, the online volunteer-matching service founded in 1998 logged its one-millionth potential volunteer. Sophia Wu, an eighth grade student from Southern California was put in touch with a voluntary organization, following a visit to the site. Are your volunteer positions listed on this site? If not, visit VolunteerMatch to learn more, available through our Internet Resources page.
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