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National Health Observances for September

CureSearch First Candle Healthy Aging Whole Grains

        Click Here to see the full list with links.

New   Share Your Story Share stories about your favorite Cause!!! Learn more.

Click here to view a Watch a Youtube video and see how easy it is to share your own stories!!! video.

National Health Observances for January

National Birth Defects Prevention Month National Glaucoma Awareness Month National Radon Action Month Thyroid Awareness Month

Click Here to see the full list with links.

NFG Learning Center

Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits

Download this free guide and learn how to use social media to connect with your donors today!


The Nations Health

As Hispanics lag in clinical trials, health researchers take action: Outreach expands

There are 53 million Hispanics living in the United States today. That number is expected to grow, reaching more than 128 million by 2060, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts.... Click Here To Read Full Story

NFG Learning Center

Pump Up Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page with These 10 Tips

At the Social Media for Nonprofits conference, Carie Lewis of the Humane Society of the United States shared how her organization's Facebook strategy has raised about $200,000 per year. Even if you don't have a full-time social media team, here are 10 ways you can pump up your nonprofit's Facebook page: Click Here for Tips


National Health Observances for June

Men's Health Month National Safety Month Stop CMV Month National Scleroderma Awareness Month


        Click Here to see the full list with links.

The Nations Health

Public health workers at center of Boston bombing response: Preparedness pays off during crisis

In the immediate aftermath of the bombings, medical and health department personnel began treating more than 140 people... Click Here To Read Full Story

NFG Learning Center

Four Tactics for Amazing Nonprofit Stories

Inspired to use the power of storytelling to gain support for your cause? Try these tips for crafting amazing stories for your nonprofit. Click Here for Tips

Comment on May-June, 2013


KORONISFEST: For the Public's Health - 2013 Winners:

The entries in KoronisFest 2013 were outstanding and the winners have been posted HERE.

Winning presentations included:

The James Carter Zwack Prize:

What is 17?
Peoples Choice Award:

2013 eNonprofit Fundraising Infographic

All the essential data you need about online fundraising, advocacy and social media all wrapped up in one neat little infographic. Click Here

Info Graphic

Comment on April, 2013

National Public Health Week - April 1-7

National Public Health Week Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

Each year, NPHW focuses its effort on a different theme, and this year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." The 2013 NPHW theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. This year, we hope you'll join us in championing the work of public health and its significant return on investment (ROI).

UAB School of Public Health

The University of Alabama Birmingham School of Public Health encourages everyone to come out and support, participate, and learn about public health! Click Here for a list of events around UAB.

National Public Health Week The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.

Click Here to see what events may be happening in your area.

Please direct any questions regarding National Public Health Week to

Comment on March, 2013

KORONISFEST: For the Public's Health


KoronisFest pays homage to Koronis, who began life as a princess in ancient Greece. Legend says she and Apollo, the sun god, were lovers. Like most relationships, theirs had its ups and downs. But in time Koronis gave birth to Asklepios, god of medicine.

Asklepios fathered Hygeia, the goddess of good health. She gave us the word “hygiene.” We take Koronis, then, to be the grandmother of public health. And so we adopt her as our patron.

Submit Your Own Poster or PSA - Get Started

KoronisFest on Facebook

National Public Health Week

Comment on February, 2013

10 Tips For Making Awesome Cause Videos

Videos are awesome for reaching donors and communicating stories that move people to support good causes. The challenge is, nobody watches bad video!

Check out the recent Socialbrite post by writer/director/producer Steve Stockman that provides 10 tips you need to know before picking up the camera to produce your next nonprofit video.

10 Fundraising Mantras for 2013

Network for Good
Boost your cause fundraising in 2013 by reading 10 Fundraising Mantras for 2013, a free guide from Network for Good. The guide includes:
  • Why you need to start thinking about your mobile strategy in 2013
  • How to effectively use social media for your cause
  • steps to take to test and measure your fundraising results
  • The key to improving donor retention this year

Comment on January 20, 2013


Mary Evans, Deputy Director at the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health, spotted the following ad in the January 2013 issue of Food and Wine magazine:

City Harvest Ad

City Harvest is testing a number of these types of eye catching ads. More can be seen here.

The caption at the bottom of the ad reads:
"She went to our website and made a donation. Which paid for the oil that goes in the trucks that deliver the food to the soup kitchens in Manhattan. It's easy to do what Gail Did -- just visit or call 1-800 77 HARVEST."

Would UAB students (and faculty) want to take part in a contest to create similar type ads for local causes to see which association of donor and donation was the most bizarre/original/striking? The ads would be showcased on the exchange and also on the nonprofit websites. What do you think? post comment below...

Comment on December 21, 2012

3Q12 Online Giving Up 12% - Network for Good

Network for Good Digital Giving Index

Have you read the latest update from Network for Good's Digital Giving Index?

The Index builds on data and observations from The Online Giving Study and is updated quarterly to provide timely and relevant snapshots of the state of charitable giving.

Highlights from 3Q12

  • Overall giving increased for Q3 2012 versus the same period in 2011, with the exception of portals.
  • Most charitable giving through the Network for Good platform in Q3 2012 was via charity websites, followed by social giving and then portals.
  • Giving via charity websites with branded donation pages increased 17% in Q3 2012 versus the same quarter in 2011; giving via generic donation pages was flat.
  • Charity Websites with branded donation pages achieved 6x more donation dollars, on average, than sites with generic donation pages.
  • Portal giving in Q3 2012 declined 12% versus the same period in 2011.
  • Social giving made up 17% of all donations through Network for Good in Q3 2012, consistent with results from Q3 2011.

Comment on December 2012

New Address:

The Community Health Exchange has a new Web Address:

The exchange can also continue to be accessed via

We're also sporting a new landing page that showcases Featured Causes, Priority Needs, Featured Stories, Featured Videos, and links to the National Health Observances:

Community Health Exchange New Design

The new design also incorporates Register and Sign In links at the top of most pages to make it easier for charities to post and manage needs and stories.

Comment on November 2012

Embed Link Added To Giving Window


A link has been added to the bottom of each Giving Window that allows visitors to "Embed this window on your site".

The embed link allows friends of a cause to easily promote support for that cause by embedding a custimizable giving window on their own web site.

To see a live example, click the embed link on BAO's giving window shown at the right.

Comments for October 2012

**New** Featured Videos Showcase


An exciting new "Featured Videos" section has been added to the Community Health Exchange website.

This new section shines a light on all Featured Stories that contain videos.

The window to the right showcases the Birmingham Featured Videos.

Click a video to see how it works.

Featured Videos

Comments for September 2012

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