LetsSponsor.com BRUCE-FOGELSON CEO

Eight Incredible Facts About LetsSponsor.com

LetsSponsor.com BRUCE-FOGELSON CEO

LetsSponsor.com is the fundraising platform that non-profits and donors have been thirsting for.

Development, also known as ‘fundraising,’ is the process by which individuals, foundations, agencies, organizations, and businesses gather funds or donations to offer a voluntary contribution to others. Sometimes through financial requesting and sometimes through sourcing materials, non-profits and similar collectives grow their stock and gain the financial girth to host incredible projects and events.

For a long time, fundraising was done by shaking hands and knocking on doors; through solicitation, face-to-face fundraising, and through grassroots fundraising organizers unearthed donations. However, the internet age introduced us to a world of expedited funding through crowdfunding and other online fundraising methods, which has significantly hastened the speed for acquiring grants, donors, capital, and endowments. Lets Sponsor is one of these modern fundraising comforts.

The fundraising platform was created to help nonprofits, organizations, people, and business, offering organizations a way to fundraise effectively, quickly, and intelligently. Through the fundraising platform, sponsors and donors gain the attention and recognitions that they deserve.

Read on to learn eight fantastic facts about Lets Sponsor:

  1. Lets Sponsor is a new SaaS platform that lets organizations create fundraising pages to give event sponsors and donors the recognition they deserve before, during, and long after the event.
  2. Lets Sponsor can create a social network and crowdfunding for groups and donors, each with their website as it manages website production, fundraising and an integrated merchant gateway for payments.
  3. You can make your custom home page and add these additional features for free. Add as many pages in the “About” section as you want. Have people upload photos.
  4. Lets Sponsor invented the “Method and System For Creating Ad Books” and hold several U.S. patents. Lets Sponsor is the leading innovator in the field of ad books and sponsors.
  5. The “Click-and-Flip” feature on the website shows each sponsor’s message, website, direct contact, phone, and email. Sponsors are color coded and can be sorted by price. The search function lets you find sponsors with ease.
  6. Personal and professional profiles give individuals the chance to get noticed. “Click-and-Flip” people to show their messages, contact info, phone, email, websites, and links to LinkedIn and Facebook.
  7. Users can create unlimited pages to share your story and mission with relevant links, photos, and images. Also, they can customize colors and text with a comprehensive content (WYSIWYG) editor. The Blog feature keeps the conversation going.
  8. The five-year projections predict that Lets Sponsor can raise millions… tens and hundreds of million of dollars a year in charity through its fundraising system.

With so much on the horizon, Lets Sponsor is bound to help non-profits do incredible things. If you’re interested in learning more about the amazing platform, check it out by visiting LetsSponsor.com.

LetsSponsor.com’s Ad Book GuideBook

Bruce Fogelson is pleased to announce that the LetsSponsor.com Ad Book Guide Book is now available for viewing.

Ad books, journals and programs are fundraising tools for non-profit organizations, charities, and associations to raise money and recognize sponsors in print, and now on-line with virtual books. Our AdbookAssistant.com seeks to streamline the creation of event programs and ad books. LetsSponsor is your AdbookAssistant.com.

Bruce Fogelson is an entrepreneur, inventor, and an avid philanthropist based out of Chicago, IL. Fogelson’s work with LetSponsor.com combines his background in technology with his interest in philanthropy by making it easier for charities and non-profits to raise funds.

Five Apps That Bring Philanthropy to Your Pocket

There’s no shortage of ways to give back to your community. You can drop off old clothes at the local Goodwill, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or donate directly to a cause you support. With the rise of mobile technology, it’s becoming even easier to pay it forward. There are currently a number of apps out there that allow you to make the contribution that best fits you–and add at the push of a button/tap of a screen/swipe. Below are five apps in particular that I believe are worth mentioning:

SpareNYC

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Spare partners with restaurants to convert your change into hunger-ending contributions.  The amount that you donate is the rounded up difference between your bill and the next dollar, so all donations are always $0.99 or less. That change then goest to a local food bank. What’s more, you’ll be able to track the amount of money you’ve donated and even earn rewards. Spare is currently operating in NYC only, but they hope to expand to other states as the company grows.

CharityMiles

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Charity Miles is a charity app that costs you no money whatsoever. The only thing it costs is data. Marrying the GPS tracking ability of MapMyRun with a great cause, Charity Miles donates 10 cents for every mile biked and 25 cents for every mile walked/ran to a charity of your choice. The money comes from Charity Miles’ corporate sponsors.

One Today

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Like the idea of charity, but don’t know where to donate? One Today let’s you speed date charities by introducing you to one a day. If you like the charity introduced to you, you can donate $1 and you can even share it with other friends via social media. One Today makes giving to a good cause fun and social.

Share the Meal

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An initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Share The Meal allows users to donate $.50 (or more) to ending world hunger. The WFP receives the funds and uses them to provide the meals. One fascinating feature of the program is that it focuses on different in-need areas at different times. Currently, Share the Meal funds are being concentrated on supporting pregnant and nursing mothers in Syria.

Donate a Photo

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Another app that doesn’t require to pay a cent, Johnson and Johnson’s Donate a Photo gives $1 to a good cause for every picture that you upload. These pictures are then featured in a gallery and are only used for promoting Donate a Photo (not for buying or selling anything else). Next time your out for brunch, take a picture of those bespoke hibiscus flower pancakes and upload it for a cause.

Outside of the app department, I’m working on helping companies more easily donate to charities with a revolutionary Ad Book system. Check out LetsSponsor.com for more info.

 

What charity apps do you use? Let me know @BruceFogelson.

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Why the Ad Book Market Is Ready for a Change

What’s an “Ad Book”?

An Ad Book, or advertising book, is one of many tools available for raising funds for a given cause. It is a physical, paper-in-hand book that is created by a group to generate funding in the support of their goals.

It works like this: a group sells space in the book to companies and businesses. These organizations then have their information listed in the book, giving them a valuable opportunity to be seen by anyone who flips through the pages. It’s a mutually beneficial way of introducing ads to a larger audience.

Distribution of the book comes in many forms. Often the book is given away at charity events and dinners, but many times it is sold, which generates even more income for the group’s cause.

Ad Books are used by a wide variety of organizations. Some of the most common users of Ad Books are charity and non-profit groups, but the Ad Book format is also used by organizations that focus on sports, health, and the arts. It is also a popular fundraising medium for religious organizations like churches and synagogues. Additionally, community services, like police and fire departments, also benefit from Ad Books.

What are the Challenges to Ad Books?

Quite simply, the challenges to creating an Ad Book are many, but it essentially comes down to one issue: there is no single system for the entire Ad Book process. Creating an Ad Book year-in and year-out is a time-consuming, frustrating process, and it’s often said that an Ad Book chairman’s first task it to find next year’s chairman. There are so many items that need to be addressed that individuals rarely helm the creation of an Ad Book for multiple years. Talk about a stressful task!

First of all, you need to contact donors. Who will be donating money to the book? What is the pitch to convince these businesses and companies that an Ad Book a worth-while investment? For that matter, with so many businesses in a single city, who’s worth contacting and who would be a waste of time?

An Ad Book also needs professional formatting. You need a designer who can make the Ad Book look clean, neat, and attractive. Many charity organizations don’t have a dedicated graphic design specialist who can simply fire up Photoshop and create a great layout.

Once the Ad Book is formatted and organized, it needs to be printed. This is another time consuming and expensive process, and the group now has to find the right printing company.

Now what about distribution? How does an organization get its Ad Book into the hands of the right people? With so many moving parts, it can be a challenge to simply create the Ad Book itself, let alone make sure it actually looks great while it generates funding for the charity!

AdbookAssistant.com: Seeking to Make Ad Books Simple

As you can see, there are many challenges to funding, creating, distributing Ad Books, but we at AdbookAssistant.com are seeking to simplify the process and generate a source for start-to-finish Ad Book creation.

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Through a series of patents and systems, we are making the process as simple and affordable as possible. Ad Books are a great way to generate income for all types of charities, which in turn makes our neighborhoods, our country, and our world a better place to live.

For questions go to LetsSponsor.com.


Bruce Fogelson is an entrepreneur and inventor based out of Chicago. He is the founder of LetSponsor.com and its AdBookAssistant.com SaaS service.

Chicago Through Bruce’s Eyes: Art and Architecture

One of my favorite parts about Chicago is the sights. Really, this city is unparalleled in the beauty that you’ll be able to find. From museums, to outdoor sculptures, to breathtaking architecture of all different styles, Chicago is a beautiful place to behold. Below are some pictures I took over this past fall. Given the cold that’s now coming our way, the sunshine in these photos is particularly welcoming.

I hope you enjoy.

 

Chicago Through Bruce Fogelson’s Eyes: The Colder Months

It’s getting to that time of the year where the weather gets colder and you have to spend 10 minutes bundling up in preparation for facing the elements. But in a city like Chicago, there’s so much good cheer all around that the cold becomes an afterthought. Here are some photos that I’ve taken over the past month.


When it gets colder in the city, I love to take shelter in the museums.



For a list of other things to do with the whole family, check out Timeout.


For a list of other things to do without the kids, check out this article from the Thrillist.


Happy Holidays!

The Best Chicago Thin Crust Pizza

When it comes to pizza in Chicago, the first thing that comes to mind is the classic Chicago deep dish. Most folks don’t know about the best spots to find thin crust pizza. That’s right, you can find some great thin crust pizza in a deep dish pizza town. Check out these great locations for some thin crust pizza next time you are in Chicago.

Pat’s Pizzeria

Pat’s Pizzeria bruce fogelson Located at 628 S Clark Street. Known for its signature sausage thin crust pizza, Pat’s is a world famous Chicago pizza joint. The sausage thin crust pizza is the most well known because Pat’s makes its own sausage in house, and really does lay the toppings on thick. Pat’s has been around for over 60 years and considering it’s well known thin crust pizza place in a deep dish pizza town, Pat’s certainly doesn’t  play by any rules.

Pizzeria Armona

Pizzeria Armona bruce fogelson Located at 1125 W Berywn Ave. For over 16 years now, Pizzeria Armona has been one of the best Italian restaurants in all of Chicago. Known for a variety of great Italian dishes, the thin crust pizza in several different kinds of toppings, Armona has something for everyone. If you are on a tight budget while in Chicago, Pizzeria Armona makes it their mission to provide “fine-dining quality at reasonable prices.”

Tano’s Pizza

Tano’s Pizza bruce fogelson Located at 3038 W Irving Park Rd. With a new location in Albany Park, Tano’s has been a staple of the neighborhood for the past 25 years. Known for its authentic Italian cuisine, Tano’s offers not only its thin slices by the slice, they also have perfected the deep dish Chicago style as well. Locals and tourists alike always find themselves grabbing a thin slice while in Albany Park.

Michael’s Original Pizzeria & Tavern

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Located at 4091 N Broadway St. Considered a Northside Tradition, Michael’s is a well-known spot for Chicago Sports fans with over 4,000 games from all the local teams televised on over 30 HD televisions in house. But what about the food? Michael’s not only will have the game, and some of the best thin crust pizza in all of the city. Even if you don’t want to catch the game, the reasonably priced pizza is a home run.

Candlelite Chicago Restaurant

Candlelite Chicago Restaurant bruce fogelson Located at 7452 N Western Ave. Known for its inviting family atmosphere, Candlelite has something for everyone with a huge menu. Good for families with children, the thin crust pizza is a staple of the menu. The prices reflect the family atmosphere with great daily specials you can either eat in or take out.

Chicago’s Best Burger

When it comes to food in Chicago, what comes to mind? Pizza and hot dogs . Both are great, but Chicago is often overlooked as a city that has one of the best burgers in the United States. To make a good burger, the burger must have lasting effects on eaters. I’ve had the pleasure of being able to try some of the best burgers in town. Here’s a list of what I think are the best burgers in Chicago.

Billy Goat Tavern

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For over 80 years the Billy Goat Tavern has been a historic Burger spot in Chicago. Having a place in pop culture from cursing the Cubs and making an appearance on Saturday Night Live, the history is rich and deep. The Billy Goat Tavern though is a classic bar and burger joint that serves no-frills single, double, or even triple cheeseburgers on kaiser rolls. The environment will warp you back to a simpler time too.

Kuma’s Corner

Kuma Burger Chicago

The metal-themed bar and restaurant is known for its variety of thick, creative burgers that have been a staple of Chicago for years. Burger of the month specials are always happening, and the iconic “Ghost Burger” is topped with a communion wafer. This was the burger that started it all at Kuma’s Corner.

Au Cheval

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The award-winning diner founded by Brendan Sodikoff, was named best in the United States by Bon Appetit. The burgers stand as best example of a restaurateur bringing the thin, grilled, American classics into today’s world. The no-frills burger is made up of four-ounce patties, American Cheese, Dijonnaise, and pickles.

Top-Notch Beefburgers

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Since 1942, this south side spot is one of the last grease joints left in the city. Considered as one of the best, the burgers come in three sizes. The burgers are made exclusively of cow leg meat and topped with griddled onion pieces, American cheese, and some pickles on the side for a classic taste and look.

Nicky’s The real McCoy

Nicky’s The real Mccoy Burger Chicago

Home of the iconic Big Baby, Nicky’s is the best place to enjoy this Chicago-only burger. The Big Baby is two griddled patties are sandwiched around American cheese. Instead of being placed over, rather than under pickles, ketchup, and mustard.

RJ Grunts

RJ Grunts burger Chicago

Along with the well-known salad bar, RJ Grunts burgers are two of best-known menu staples. The thin, stackable patties come with a variety of toppings that are hefty. hearty, and have drawn eaters of all ages for over 45 years.

Edzo’s Burger Shop

Edzo’s Burger Shop burger chicago

Known in Chicago for being the best local fast-casual burger in the area. Featured on the Eater 38, the smashed, grilled patties are full of quality and care from owner Eddie Lakin.

Nightwood Restaurant

Nightwood Restaurant  Burger Chicago

Utilizing local farm-raised produce, Slagel Farms beef is cooked on the signature, wood-fired grill. This is a perfect example of what happens when a highly acclaimed chef-driven restaurant makes a burger with all its might, yet stays within its concept.

Top Chicago Attractions

Chicago Bruce Fogelson Chicago, better known as the “Windy City” is located in America’s heartland. The city is known for the vibrant arts scene, cultural attractions, and world famous skyline. Having a global reputation as a focal point of 20th century architecture and art, its museums feature the likes of Louis Sullivan and Picasso. Not to mention Chicago is located on the shores of Lake Michigan with its beautiful beaches.

It’s no secret that Chicago is a must go to travel destination for folks near and far. Here some of the best attractions that I take friends who are visiting Chicago.

Art Institute of Chicago

A world class museum featuring hundreds of thousands of artworks. The Art Institute’s collection spans thousands of years and has a diverse variety of media including painting, prints, photography, sculpture, architectural drawings, and much more. Known for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings including numerous Monet paintings and the  1879 work from Renior “Acrobats at the Cricque Fernando.”

Navy Pier

Opened almost one hundred years ago in 1916 as an amusement area and shipping facility. Today, the Navy pier is one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations. Made up of 50 acres of gardens, attractions, shops, concert venues, and parks, the Navy Yard also contains a historic 150 ft Ferris Wheel and historical carousel. Visitors also can catch a 3D Imax movie at the Theater, or see classics at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Pier also is a year around host of city wide festivals including the Chicago Festival in August.

Field Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1893 to showcase the biological and anthropological collections gathered for the World Columbian Exposition. The Field Museum of Natural History was originally called the Columbian Museum of Chicago, and changed in 1905 to honor Marshall Field, a major benefactor of the museum. The collection includes over 20 million artifacts and specimens covering a variety of disciplines in geology, botany, zoology and more. There are permanent displays on Ancient Egypt, and Cultures of the early North and South America. Plus the Field Museum of Natural History is home to “Sue” the world’s largest, and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.Willis Tower SkyDeck

Willis Tower SkyDeck

The Willis Tower, maybe best known by its former name the Sears Tower, was the tallest office building until 1996. The Willis Tower took three years to build and opened in 1974. The Tower measures up at 1,453 feet tall with an observation area called the SkyDeck. The 103rd floor, 1,353 feet off the ground has the world famous glass box a glass floor known as “The Ledge” juts out from the SkyDeck where tourists can stand and look directly on the city below.

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