Rapper Common surprises students at NY school, donates moneyNEW YORK (AP) — Oscar and Grammy winner Common surprised a group of New York students by donating $10,000 to help their teachers buy supplies like calculators and science kits.The rapper-actor partnered with the nonprofit AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores to give Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem the funds on Thursday.Jadon-Li M. Antoine, an aspiring musician, actor and dancer, said Common's visit motivates him to keep aiming for his dreams.Burlington has been raising money from its 599 stores to help other schools, asking customers to donate $1 or more.
NYS Entity Status
NYS Filing Date
APRIL 30, 2013
NYS DOS ID#
NYS Entity Type
DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
2013 - LI CUSTOM PRINT APPAREL LLC
AROUND THE WEB
- Rapper Common surprises students at NY school, donates money
By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer - Thursday Jul 20, 2017
- Amazon Will Let Customers Try On Clothes Before Buying
By NICK WINGFIELD - Tuesday Jun 20, 2017
Amazon Wardrobe, part of the Prime service and part of the company’s effort to expand in apparel, will let customers order three to 15 items of clothing without buying it.
- Neighborhood Joint: Tailoring in a Basement? It Suits Him
By SYLVIE BIGAR - Wednesday Jun 28, 2017
For 36 years, Bilal Egilmez, who learned his trade in Turkey, has altered and mended clothing at Genius Tailor, his Upper East Side shop.
- LA Home to Equality Seekers
Wednesday Dec 12, 2012
Top 10 DMAs in which adults say equality for all is extremely important to them.
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York, NY
- Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Detroit, MI
- El Paso (Las Cruces), TX-NM
- Davenport – Rock Island – Moline, IA-IL
- Monterey – Salinas, CA
- Tampa – St. Petersburg(Sarasota), FL
- San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, CA
10. Tucson (Sierra Vista), AZ
GfK MRI’s 2011 Market-by-Market Study
This brief initially appeared in
MarketingDaily on December 7.
- Four Credit Repair Agencies Accused Of Misleading Customers, Charging Illegal Fees
By Ashlee Kieler - Tuesday Jun 27, 2017
Four different “credit repair” operations have been ordered to pay a total of more than $2 million in penalties for allegedly tricking people into thinking their bad credit could be easily fixed.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that it filed complaints and proposed judgments against Prime Credit, LLC, IMC Capital, LLC, Commercial Credit Consultants, and Park View Law, …
Annual reports: worth it?
Tuesday Nov 22, 2016
In 2010, I attempted to persuade nonprofits to stop producing costly annual reports in a blog called “The Annual Report is Dead: Long live the Annual Report!”. Years later, I still get calls from nonprofit leaders who continue to feel pressure to produce annual reports even though they can drain resources and have limited or unclear return on investment (ROI).
Why I am skeptical about annual reports
Yes, it’s a best practice to publish your audited financials, and many charity watchdogs encourage or even mandate it. But that can be as simple as embedding a PDF on your website--just a few pages straight from your audit, with little fanfare and no design. So why produce something fancier?
For most nonprofit organizations, a well-written, well-designed annual report is a way to acknowledge and showcase progress to donors. Some reports provide insight into what’s to come in the year(s) ahead. But to produce a good report, costs can be high: most of the mid-size or larger organizations regularly spend 5- or 6-figures on their annual report—not to mention copious hours devoted by staff to gather stories, collect photos, and get approvals. Couldn’t these resources be better invested?
That’s way too much time and money to spend on a document with a limited shelf-life unless you’re certain it’s really working, in my opinion.
Try this approach instead
Before you produce your next annual report, schedule a meeting with the staff who are most likely to use it. That’s probably your CEO, COO, and development team-- especially the major gifts officers. It might even be your board chair and/or members of your development committee.
Here are four questions you might use to spark a productive conversation:
- Are we all on the same page about what we hope the annual report will do for our organization? (probe: Do we agree it’s a major donor cultivation tool? A stewardship tool? A sexy coffee table credibility piece? A place to list donors so they feel acknowledged?) ?
- Besides mailing or emailing, how do you personally use the annual report in your work? (Probe: Is it used to facilitate meetings? Big asks with major donors? Look up past work? As a way to keep in touch with prospects?)?
- What specific feedback have you received about past reports? (Probe: Do people actually read it? Does it inspire the types of reactions and results we’d like-- like increased donor retention?) ?
- Is there a less expensive or easier way we might get the same or even better results? (Brainstorm: Could you post a short video on your website, perhaps-- or produce something with a longer shelf-life with inserts? Should you focus on more frequent, shorter updates to donors vs. investing deeply one annual report?) ?
If you must produce an annual report
Personally, I’d rather see you invest tens of thousands of dollars on building the capacity of staff people, or on longer-shelf-life, higher value types of communications, wouldn’t you? So if you feel you must produce an annual report, consider dialing it back this year. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Keep it short and sweet. Financials plus a letter from your CEO, referencing high-level accomplishments and/or linking to your website, which can be updated in real time. ?
- Go digital. Maybe just an email with PDF financials this year? ?
- Create a container. A nicely designed pocket folder you can customize with inserts might give you better flexibility and a longer shelf-life. ?
- Consider a bi-annual report. If a fancy print piece still feels essential, consider moving to an every other year “progress report” to extend the shelf-life and reduce your time/money investment. ?
- Start tracking the ROI. My friend Kivi has some helpful suggestions on how you can measure the success of your annual report.?