Unusual Sources of Donations for Your Group

If your group is like our, Magic Neighbors,” chances are that funding is very important. It is an especially challenging task to take on now so you need to think out of the box. Our current unusual source of donations is in creating and marketing our own eBook. You can do this too!

You need to create an Amazon KDP Account Kindle Direct Publishing) account with Amazon. You can sign up for this for free at the following link https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin (If you already have an account with Amazon, you can use the same login details.).

The information given at the time of writing this coincides with how Amazon accepts written works. These are subject of change so be sure to double check that this is still the method of choice.

You can also sell your eBook on your website if you haven’t signed an exclusive agreement with Amazon. The format for this approach is a PDF file. You an either convert Word to a PDF or if you are using a free account of Google docs, you can export your file as a PDF also. In terms of what programs to use to create a download process for your site, varies among many such as DPD. Just do a search to find the solution that works best for you.

Also, you are going to need a payment processor which is separate and collects the money from the user prior to download. Common payment processors include Paypal, Stripe and Authorize.net. There are many more as well that can be searched for, to get the best plan for you.

You can create a blog or website just for selling your download or set up for downloads on your existing one.

SPECIAL NOTE: it can be expensive setting up your own eCommerce solution with monthly charges. One suggestion for how to proceed is to first test out your product, such as on Amazon, and then if it seems like you have a successful venture, next move to set up your own eCommerce entity. One of the benefits of having your own eCommerce solution versus working with the third party provider is that you will have more control over your eCommerce activities.

The Evolution of Striving to be a Magic Neighbor

As seen in a current  edition of Lights Camera Read, there is a striving to be a magic neighbor, a role model. And in this blog entry for “Magic Neighbors” we are looking at the process of striving to be a magic neighbor and are borrowing a quote from LCR of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Innovation in the Creation of Workshops

Magic Neighbors of the Past

When our daughter was a toddler we did a lot of community outreach activities in Washington Heights and Inwood in Manhattan, NY. Our Magic Neighbors theater company was an outgrowth of that as we began to do a combination of magic show and the telling of stories, for kids in need such as those whose parents are homeless.

Online Projects

And now with the Pandemic surrounding us, much of our community building activities occur online with projects involving our now middle school age daughter, such as Harry Potter Fan Club NYC, Disneyite  and more.

And Now in the Present

If you have anything you are doing that integrates the concept of “Magic Neighbors” please let us know so you can share your adventures with others.