Thank and GIVE 5: Strategic Philanthropy Done Right

It’s November,a time to give thanks,which many of us do by giving to others. At Campaign Consultation,Inc. founders Linda Brown Rivelis,President,and Steven Rivelis,CEO,have woven the spirit of giving into the fabric of their business and celebrated the season through its GIVE 5 initiative.

Through this annual program,Campaign Consultation grants five percent of its pre-tax profits to social causes and social profit organizations selected by employees.

Each employee pitches a proposal for a cause or organization about which they are passionate and makes a recommendation for an amount that they believe would make a difference for their selected organization(s).

This model of strategic philanthropy allows Campaign Consultation,Inc. to give back to communities,but also to learn to apply our core competencies in new areas and improve employee morale. This approach strikes a balance between meeting the needs of the company and those of the beneficiaries. Since the beginning,the Give 5 program has been deeply enjoyed and well received–by the company,our employees and the recipients. Stay tuned to find out to which organizations Campaign Consultation will be contributing. Announcements will be made in December.

This year,Campaign Consultation,Inc. challenges individuals and companies to participate in our GIVE 5 initiative. Individuals can celebrate the giving …Learn More

Stories from Sarajevo: Strategies for a Civil Society

An internationally recognized social activist, psychologist, and catalyst for social change during and after the Siege of Sarajevo – Dzenana Rustempasic – will visit the United States for the first time this summer. She will be available for speaking engagements and meetings from June 4 – 12, 2012.

Ms. Rustempasic ignited hope in a generation of young people who lost homes, families, friends and dreams during the devastating 1992‐1996 Siege of Sarajevo.

“In such a terrible war situation, watching unimaginable pain and suffering of [my] own nation, I started to work as a volunteer in refugee camps for women and children,” Rustempasic wrote in an email.

Ms. Rustempasic’s engagements will feature her work as an activist in Bosnia and Herzegovina that grew into the creation of an internationally recognized non‐profit, Heroes Children. Rustempasic will share how she sustained her non‐profit organization during the siege and after the war. She will also discuss
the work she’s done to bolster similar organizations since then.

“These field‐tested lessons are transferrable to others working to create a more civil society, be it to strengthen a community‐based organization, advance a strategic social policy at the national level, or promote civic engagement in emerging democracies, around …Learn More

Give 5 2011

Give 5 2011

On January 6, 2012, Campaign Consultation, Inc. hosted their annual Give 5 luncheon.  Through this initiative, Campaign Consultation donates 5 percent of its profits to social causes and social profit organizations.  Each staff member is given the opportunity to make a pitch for one or more causes, along with a proposed dollar amount that they believe will make an impact in communities.

Who did the staff choose this year?  Here is the full list of 2011 Give 5 recipients:

  • The Campus Kitchen at Johns Hopkins University
  • Community Law In Action – Just Kids Program
  • Emerge Global
  • Equality Maryland
  • E.R.I.C.A.
  • The Innocence Project
  • KOTO Vietnam
  • Marian House
  • Operation Oliver
  • Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps – Guyana Air Ambulance – SPAN (Specialized Patient Action Network) program
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Learn to Earn Program
  • Wide Angle Youth Media

Are you or your organization giving back to your community?  Share your story with us! …Learn More

‘Tis the Season of Giving

As we approach the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important remember those in need.  Many non-profit organizations are looking for donations, both monetary and in the form of volunteer time.  To find a volunteer opportunity, check with some of your favorite local non-profits or visit Serve.gov.

Campaign Consultation places high value on giving back.  For more than 20 years , owners Linda and Steven Rivelis have been practicing the Give 5 initiative, where Campaign Consultation donates 5 percent of its profits to social causes and social profit organizations. Each employee is encouraged to make a pitch for one or more causes along with an amount that they believe would make an impact in communities.

Who will we pick this year?  Stay tuned – we will announce the results in January. …Learn More

Wide Angle Youth Media – 6th Annual “Who are You?” Festival

Wide Angle Youth Media (WAYM) provides video and media training to children from Baltimore City Public Schools.  Located in the same Charles Village community as Campaign Consultation and Eye Byte Solutions, we have provided annual support to  WAYM for several years through our GIVE 5 initiatives.  In December, employees from both companies decided to step up our support and become the top sponsors of WAYM’s signature event.

Company leadership was pleased to receive Festival appreciation and relay our admiration for the artistic expression of students on topics ranging from breast cancer awareness to same-sex relationships.  It was a packed theatre audience who also heard from Congressman Elijah Cummings who talked about his childhood and emphasized the importance of art and youth.

For more information on Wide Angle Youth Media, please check out www.wideanglemedia.org

Posted by:   Lorilei Barsh, Business Development Coordinator …Learn More

Give 5 2010

One of our employees’ favorite benefits of being part of the Campaign Consultation team is the Give 5 initiative. For more than 20 years , owners Linda and Steven Rivelis have been practicing the Give 5 initiative, where Campaign Consultation donates 5 percent of its profits to social causes and social profit organizations. Each employee is encouraged to make a pitch for one or more causes along with an amount that they believe would make an impact in communities.

During our annual luncheon at Woodberry Kitchen, each team member made a pitch which was voted upon. The following organizations were selected as 2010 grantees:

We invite you to visit their websites and be inspired! …Learn More

Firehouse 31 – Giving

Throughout my childhood, I observed my single mom doing what she could to help neighborhood causes.  Often, she wasn’t able to give financially – instead, she found ways to contribute by coordinating events, soliciting donations and the ever-important “schlepping.”   It is in this way that I learned to get involved and participate in local efforts.

Recently, I offered to coordinate a donation for the Waverly Firehouse #31 in Baltimore, MD.  Following a massive rehab, the Firehouse hosted a Grand Opening Cookout on Saturday, May 29, 2010.  Knowing that they would need food for this event, I contacted the Committee and offered to organize the purchase of hotdogs and buns for this event.  Team members at Campaign Consultation, Inc. readily agreed to donate money for this purchase – and like my mom, I offered to buy and deliver the food.  It was suggested that we invite Eddie’s Market of Charles Village to help us with this purchase.  Not only did they match us “dog-for-dog and bun-for-bun,” but they sold us these items at cost!  Due to the generosity of my co-workers, we had more than enough money to buy hot dogs and buns – as well as ketchup, mustard, relish and …Learn More

Give 5

Campaign Consultation and Eye Byte Solutions staff held a combined holiday luncheon at Woodberry Kitchen. In addition to celebrating our businesses and each other as shown by the photos below, staff voted to support the following social profit organizations through the Give 5 (5% of corporate pre-tax profits go toward charitable causes) program of both companies.

Campaign Consultation:
American Visionary Arts Museum
Baltimore Free Store
Baltimore Humane Society
Baltimore Urban Debate League
Brown Memorial Tutoring Program
Cakes for Cause
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Donors Choose
ERICA
Equality Maryland
Extreme Family Outreach
Firehouse 31
Fusion Partnerships, Inc
Homes for Our Troops
Joseph Richey House
Marian House
Maryland Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank
The Community School
The Innocence Project
Walnut Avenue Women’s Center

Eye Byte Solutions:
Wide Angle Media …Learn More