Local Las Vegas Company Launches New Crowdfunding Website BlessABuck.com
Website created to bring dreams to fruition for entrepreneurs, charities
LAS VEGAS – July 23, 2013 – Local Las Vegas based company launches new crowdfunding website www.BlessABuck.com which is focused on helping people bring their ideas to fruition. The website and platform, created by ShoutLegacy, will help entrepreneurs from start to finish by providing campaigns with the essential tools and feedback needed to begin their progress. The new crowdfunding platform also has a section dedicated specifically to cause-related campaigns which will allow nonprofits to raise funds.
“Many people have great business ideas, although much of the time these dreams be fulfilled due to lack of funding. BlessABuck was created to help bring dreams to life,” says Michael Durant, Creative Marketing Officer of BlessABuck. “We are people funding people. us, as a crowdfunding source is that every campaign matters; we offer the business tools and strategic guidance to actually build and launch campaigns – even after the funds have been raisedtoauses grow and become successful.”
Starting a crowdfunding campaign on BlessABuck.com is free and easy. Users can log onto the website, create a profile and submit an idea for BlessABuck to review. Once BlessABuck has approved an idea, users can post a video and create campaign objectives and incentives.
In the launch phase, BlessABuck already has four live campaigns including a trip to Washington D.C. to visit historical monuments for Honor Flight Southern Nevada, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all of their sacrifices. The campaign has received a significant amount of funds since its creation. For more information or to contribute to this campaign visit https://www.blessabuck.com/campaigns/honor-flights-of-southern-nevada/.
In 2012, more than $2.8 billion was raised through various crowdfunding platforms. According to an article at Forbes.com, this year global crowdfunding will double in annual revenue to $6 billion.
Crowdfunding is an innovative way to receive funds for an idea as the “crowd” determines which idea or campaign to “fund” by contributing a given amount of money. Funders can receive incentives for their contributions to a campaign based on a tier system. Campaigns remain live and active on the website for a set amount of time, usually 30-90 days.
BlessABuck focuses on four main types of campaigns:
- Creative developments such as music, fashion and film
- Tech campaigns such as apps/mobile, web and products
- Cause campaigns such as community, education and environment
- Entrepreneurial campaigns such as small business, food and sports
For more information or to create your own campaign please visit www.BlessABuck.com.
BlessABuck is a “people funding people” crowdfunding platform focused on innovative ideas, products, and social good. The platform was designed to help crowdfunders by providing feedback and services that assist in each campaign’s growth and overall success. Based out of Las Vegas, BlessABuck focuses on campaigns in four main areas: creative, cause, entrepreneurial, and tech. For more information call 702-589-3330 or visit www.BlessABuck.com.
ShoutLegacy is a Las Vegas digital agency focused on everything design such as creating logos, brands, print and media designs, websites, and applications. With an ever-expanding portfolio of in-house developed brands including www.BlessABuck.com, a crowdfunding platform and www.AtTheBlvd.com, an app for Apple and Android and an online dream community for car and motorcycle lovers. For more information visit www.ShoutLegacy.com or call 702-589-3300.
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On the eve of National Pancake Day, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is delivering short stacks to patients at Renown Children’s Hospital. The “breakfast for lunch” will be served with special toppings to children without diet restrictions at the hospital from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 4.
The annual National Pancake Day effort is designed to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children, by raising funds for children’s hospitals throughout the United States.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, IHOP guests can enjoy a free short stack of pancakes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. at any local IHOP in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and South Lake Tahoe. In return IHOP asks that guests donate what they would have spent on the pancakes to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise more than $3 million nationally to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Guests are also encouraged to buy a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals paper balloon for an additional dollar that will be placed on the wall with a name. “Miracle Balloons” will be sold for $1 and $5 each. Miracle Balloon sales offer guests another way to show their support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and contribute to the fundraising effort locally in northern Nevada.
This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars nationally for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In northern Nevada, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has partnered with IHOP since 2006 and has raised more than $38,800 to benefit Renown Children’s Hospital. All funds raised at local IHOP restaurants will be donated directly to Renown Children’s Hospital.
“Our IHOP team does look forward to National Pancake day because they know that their efforts and all monies raised stay local and go to Renown Children’s Hospital,” said Peter Kouis, regional manager for IHOP. “They know this event impacts not only their own children but also other children in our community as well.”
To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
To download b-roll footage or for more information about National Pancake Day, please click here. All media must be escorted on hospital property. To ensure access for interviews and photographs, contact Dan Davis, Public Relations Business Partner at (775) 691-7308.
About Renown Children’s Hospital
Renown Health, Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit integrated health network, is home to the region’s only Children’s Hospital; the region’s only hospital affiliated with the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; the region’s only Children’s ER; the region’s only Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; the largest Neonatal ICU in northern Nevada; The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden; northern Nevada’s only Cystic Fibrosis Program; and the region’s only Children’s Specialty Care, treating patients with tumors, cancer, blood disease and other major illnesses. For more information and to follow the hospital’s progress, visit renown.org/children.
Filed under: Health and Home Care, Press-Media Releases
There’s No Place Like Home
By Michael Clark
If you are on Medicare and have had a recent hospital stay, experts say there is about a 1-in-5 chance you will find yourself back in the hospital again within a month. Hospital readmissions are not only expensive they are hard on both patients and families. According to analysts, three-fourths of these readmissions are potentially avoidable.
Now, the Nevada Partnership for Value-driven Healthcare (NPV) has an initiative with an ultimate goal of reducing these hospital readmissions by at least 10%. The No Place Like Home Campaign is being implemented in Nevada by HealthInsight, the state’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.
Typically, problems begin when patients receive inadequate preparation for discharge from the hospital. The handover from the hospital to outpatient providers is poorly handled, and patients and their family caregivers are left to cope on their own with medical issues that they don’t understand. In fact, only about half of discharged patients follow up with their primary-care physicians after they leave the hospital, and those who don’t are much more likely to be readmitted than those who do see a doctor.
“Have we properly prepared the patient for a return home?” asks Deborah Huber, executive director of the non-profit organization HealthInsight, a prominent member of the NPV. “Poor communication is at the heart of the problem.”
Huber points out that too often people released from hospital care do not know when to go to their primary-care doctor, or which medications to take, or the costs involved. Making matters worse, there are no clear lines of authority. As a result, the system sets these individuals up to fail and creates a dangerous situation for patients, according to Brian Jack, an expert on hospital engineering.
In one study, for example, 78 percent of patients discharged from the ER did not understand their diagnosis, their ER treatment, home care instructions, or warnings signs of when to return to the hospital. Health care providers are partly responsible for this lack of comprehension.
IHI, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, advises hospitals and other institutions to use a patient-centered approach that looks at post-discharge care through a patient’s eyes. By doing “deep dives” into several patient histories, IHI says, and finding out why the patients were readmitted, it’s possible to understand where the entire process falls short and begin to fix it.
Another area that needs improvement has to do with what is called the transitions of care…do the health care providers receiving the patient know what the ones sending the patient home knows? “The patient gets stuck in the middle. They don’t know what to do,” Huber noted. And what about Advanced Planning…end of life care? Have patients and their families made these ultimate decisions? If not, these issues must be addressed. What if patients don’t want to go back to the hospital? Are they aware of what palliative care or hospice can do? “Medicare provides a good hospice benefit. The whole family can benefit from that.”
Here the goal is to make someone as comfortable as possible and give family members the support they need to help them through this difficult time. “These are the type of things I see every day with my home health patients, I see where patients would not have to return to acute if the goals set here could be obtained,” said Lucia Cleveland a home health occupational therapist.
HealthInsight’s goal is to reduce 30-day readmissions by 20% by October 2013. Finally, Huber observes “this is a community problem, not merely a hospital problem.” This community effort will produce sustainable and replicable strategies to achieve high-value health care for individuals in our communities and save potentially millions of dollars in healthcare costs.
“One way we support this statewide community effort is through a web-based campaign where providers, payers, and patients can pledge their support and become an active participant,” noted Jackie Buttaccio, HealthInsight’s Quality Improvement Manager. “The website is a one stop shop for all things readmissions with resources and tools that can be downloaded, and local success stories can be shared. “ The address is http://noplacelikehomenv.com
HealthInsight also supports this work through face to face workshops for providers to learn more about what they can change about their systems of care to keep patients safe from an avoidable hospital readmission.