For those of you that don't know Canva, it's an amazing, free, online graphic design tool that I am slightly obsessed with. Canva led me to Guy Kawasaki (someone else who I'm slightly obsessed with, ) and all the graphics used in my campaign have been made with Canva.
Canva recently launched Canva for work (paid subscription) has an amazing magic resize button that let's you resize any social media post into posts that are optimized for all the different social media channels - from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter to Tumblr to Pinterest. Newsletter headers, email headers, presentations, Slideshares, Business cards, Wedding invitations, even Gift cerfiticates: see the full list on Canva's site.
When you first set up your For Work account, Canva prompts you for your brand template by choosing your preferred colours and and fonts, which it then uses to create a suite of templates that you can use (social media posts, powerpoint presentations, marketing presentations etc).
Any graphic created can be saved as a template and shared by teams.
See below for examples of how I transform my Facebook / Instagram square posts into Twitter and Pinterest posts.
Canva for Work also allows you to add an unlimited number of trial team members for a month after which each team member has to pay $12.95.
FOR A $25 DONATION
So if anyone is interested in becoming a team member on my Canva for Work Pencils of Promise account and getting access to all the social media posts that I've created (education quotes, Seth Godin quotes, education for girls quotes, children's books quotes and adding more each day) which you can "fork" and rebrand as your own, for a $25 donation, I'll create your very own Canva for Work team account one-month trial and transfer all my templates into that team account. (Use the magic word Abracadabra in your donation remarks)!
I took out the forum page as there was no engagement, but thought I would add it back in so that people can see the functionality that Weebly sites offer. It's a simple forum, but a functional one. Not many other website builders allows you to add a forum. Squarespace allows a thirdparty embed called Mutt which Weebly also allows but the review of Mutt on Weebly have not been great.
You can see the forum page here: http://debbiediscovers.weebly.com/forum
There is also the option to add a pinboard style calendar. This is a paid option (with a 2 week free trial). I am unlikely to continue with the trial but it's here if you want to check out it's functionality. You can change the view to a monthly view or an agenda view.
Weebly also provides a free option to add a simple Campaign Survey with a number of pre-determined options (e.g. age, income, education, satisfaction, etc). FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT YOUR RESPONSES TO MY CAMPAIGN SURVEY!!
I decided to build this website for two reasons:
1. To test out the new Weebly website editor. As some of you may know, I have been on a mission to code and make websites, starting with code-free WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website builders and now with real code.
2. To document my fundraising efforts and to keep everyone else updated with the latest news.
This is an exciting project not only because it's something I've always wanted to do, but because it gives me the opportunity to try out many social media marketing tactics that I've been dying to try.
Building a school has been something I've always wanted to do. I've never done it before because I had not found the right partner to do it with and it's also a scary commitment. What if I don't raise enough funds. What if no one contributes to my campaign.
When I heard about Pencils of Promise from the Bain alumni newsletter, I went to it website and I fell in love with PoP. Pencils of Promise is data-driven, results-driven, for purpose for profit rather than non-profit, and focused on creating sustainable, long-term results. These are all core Bain principles so it's not surprising that the founder Adam Braun was an ex-Bainee.
I have no doubt that this is the right organisation for me to support. But it's not just me. PoP has many amazing partners who have built schools with it. This includes Motley Fool (UK) who's Foolanthrophy Holiday Drive campaign raised enough money to build 5 schools, Chegg, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, Warby Parker (Bain alum), Microsoft, Birchbox (Bain alum), Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Scotch, General Assembly, Delta Airlines, British Airways, Hewlett Packard, and many more. See the full list here
In fact, Pencils of Promise breaks ground on a new school every 90 hours.
I was further enthralled when I read about PoP's experiments with Sugata Mitra and Laos is one of my favourite countries in South East Asia.
This blog documents:
1. Website modifications: The next post has a full review of the new Weebly editor. Any modifications or add-on apps are also documented in subsequent posts.
2. My social media marketing campaign - This includes:
3. Updates to my fundraising campaign
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This is a simple blog to track my fundraising activities and to keep family, friends and supporters updated on my progress.