How To Add NEW YouTube Donation Cards

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Great news! YouTube, the video-sharing website that many of us use daily, announced yesterday that they have rolled out a new feature called “donation cards.” Along with other pre-existing “cards” available to YouTube content creators, donation cards are now available to appear on videos. The custom cards can now be created to invite subscribers and viewers to donate directly from the video to the YouTuber’s favorite nonprofit.

So how does it work? To add a donation card, you must have a YouTube account and have uploaded a video or videos to your channel. Now let’s get started!

1. Sign into your YouTube account, go to your Video Manager.

2. Go to “Videos” and on an uploaded video, click the “down arrow” button, and on the drop down select “Cards.”

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3. The selected video will appear and begin to play. Click on “Add card“, locate “Donation” on the dropdown, and click the “Create” button.

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4. Next, type in the name of any any United States, IRS-validated 501(c)3 public nonprofit organization, such as our nonprofit organization listed as “iGoPink” for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Once you have typed in the nonprofit’s name (such as “iGoPink“), the name will appear, click on the organization’s image (if available), and select “Create card.”

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5. Now you are able to customize the card by adding a title, teaser text, and select “Create card.”

 

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You can even change the image from the selected image options; however, you cannot upload a new image.

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6. After the card is created, you can change where the card appears in your video by dragging the slider, located underneath the video, to the desired time (for example, 1:06 in this video below).

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7. Note that just like other YouTube card selections, you cannot add 2 cards that promote the same link, nonprofit, video, playlist, or function. (see warning below)

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8. Your card is now automatically saved and visible to all subscribers and viewers who watch your video!

The “card” will appear at the designated time and in the top right hand corner of the video (Desktop view).

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If a viewer selects the card, an additional panel with your message (custom title and teaser) will appear (Desktop view).

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Once the viewer selects the message on the new panel, a pop up will appear over the video and gives the viewer an opportunity to make a donation. The viewer can select $5, $10, $20, or other amount to donate before selecting Next.

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In the final step, the viewer (and donor) can review their donation, add a payment method, and press Accept and Donate to make a donation to iGoPink or another U.S. nonprofit organization.

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Watch YouTube’s “donation card” feature in action by viewing iGoPink’s Apple Pie Bites video below! The “donation card” will appear at 1:06.


YouTube has over a billion users that now have new opportunities to do good for great causes across the United States! We hope you try YouTube’s newest feature and transform each view into a donation.

For more information or questions about how to setup donation cards to help benefit iGoPink, please contact Jen at jen@igopink.org

Thank YOU so much for helping iGoPink make a difference and support breast cancer patients that need our help!



The Pink 5k Returns to The Woodlands

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PKWY Pink5K 2016

The Pink 5k is returning to The Woodlands on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Creekside Park, for the third consecutive year, benefitting The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  Presented by Northside Imports- FIAT- Alfa Romeo- Maserati, The Pink 5k sold out in 2015 and expects to be another sell out in 2016 with over 1,000 walkers and runners on Mother’s Day weekend.

“We are excited to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with the community by honoring moms and women everywhere through The Pink 5k!” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  “What better way to honor the women in your life than walking to win the fight against breast cancer.”

The race is open to all ages (including children, dogs and even strollers).  Awards will be given to all participants as well as special awards for top fundraising teams and individuals.

Early Bird Registration is open now at www.ThePink5k.com  for only $30 until March 31.

Proceeds from The Pink 5k will go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their program services.

Sponsorship opportunities remain.  For questions or to get involved with The Pink 5k, contact BCCA’s offices at 936.231.8460 or Info@iGoPink.org

Pink 5K 2016 Event Page

 



Become an iGoPink Fundraiser | Give the Gift of Charity

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How do I raise funds for iGoPink/The Breast Cancer Charities of America?

Thank you so much for helping BCCA raise funds to continue our program services and help patients with breast cancer!

You have the opportunity to create a team or raise funds individually to support patients with breast cancer. To get started raising funds online, we have shared tips on how to get the ball rolling and spread the news about your campaign. We are THRILLED that you have chosen to show your support and we will be here every step of the way to cheer you on!

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Getting Started Tips

 

1. Set Up Your Fundraising Page

It’s easy to get started and set up your personal or team fundraising page!

 

2. Personalize Your Fundraising Page

Let’s get personal! Update your online fundraising page to make it your own, to honor a friend or family member, and so that your page is easily recognizable to people that know you and your cause. You can add your own text, pictures, or even video!

Remember, potential donors will be interested in your cause, but they are primarily interested in YOU. Make sure you tell them why you are getting involved, what your connection is to iGoPink/BCCA, and how their donation will help support women with breast cancer – it doesn’t have to be long!

 

3. Self Donate To Your Page

Make a Donation to your OWN Page. Why? Friends, family and page visitors are more likely to donate to your page when they see that someone has already contributed. Donating some of your own money also demonstrates to potential campaign supporters that your are serious about helping the cause.

 

4. Update your Facebook profile to show your support!

Share your campaign with your friends, family and followers on Facebook! Simply choose the image or images you like, save the photo, and update your Facebook profile photos.

Idea: Take a group photo with your team, make and snap a picture of a homemade sign asking for support, create a photo collage of why YOU are raising funds for breast cancer, and so much more.

 

4. Share on Social

Now that you have updated your Facebook page photos, now it’s time to get social! Start fundraising through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your other social media accounts with these tips:

  • Share the news. Post an update that you are fundraising to support women with breast cancer! Be sure to share your fundraising page URL, explain why you are supporting the cause, share inspiring stories, and encourage your family and friends to donate.
  • Create a Facebook Event. Setup your own Facebook event page, invite your friends, and post updates on your progress! Learn how to create your own Facebook event by clicking here.
  • Tag Your Friends and Donors. Start on Facebook by tagging those that have already donated and thanking them for their donations. When you tag someone your post gets shared in your activity feed and the other person’s activity feed too. This also sets the frame that people are already donating to your page!
  • Set Goals. $200 by one week, $400 by two weeks, etc. Use your social media accounts to update followers on your progress towards each goal and ask for people to help you get over the next hurdle.
  • Consider Gifts. Offer your own gifts to friends and family who helped you reach your goal. Or provide a raffle or prizes for certain giving levels. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a token of your appreciation.

 

5. Individually Email 5-10 Closest To You

Ask family and friends for donations! Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. It’s also good to start with the people you are most comfortable with. Don’t have their email? Send them a text!

Sample Email Fundraising Strategy:

  • Day 1 Email #1: Send 5-10 very close contacts (family and your closest friend or two).
  • Day 2 Email #2: Send to 10-15 close contacts (your entire circle of good friends).
  • Day 3 Email #3: Send to as many other contacts you feel comfortable sending a message to (co-workers, friends, friends of friends, distant relatives, your address book, etc.).

 

Thank you so much again for becoming an iGoPink Fundraiser! Remember to have fun and know that your all of your hard work is going to help support women battling breast cancer. Through the generosity of people like you, we can PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer and continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support. Happy fundraising!



7 Ways To Get Involved For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Go PINK during the month of October! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we need YOUR help to spread awareness, educate others, and make a difference in women’s lives who are currently battling breast cancer.

Share the news! Help us spread awareness about Breast Cancer.

1. Update your Facebook Profile Picture

Spread awareness about Breast Cancer Awareness month (BCAM) by sharing your support on Facebook! You can download the following 3 golden images and update your profile picture to spread awareness to your friends and family online!

How to download: Right click on the photo of your choice, select Save As, save the photo on your computer or device, and use the photo to update your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube profile picture.

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2. Wear PINK and share your #PinkPose!

You can easily help raise awareness for breast cancer by adding a touch of pink to your wardrobe!

What is #PinkPose?

  • Take a photo of you or with your friends, family, co-workers, team, etc. while wearing PINK!
  • Share the photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
    • Use the hashtag #PinkPose
    • Tag us (BCCA/iGoPink) : Twitter @igopink, Instagram @
    • Tag 3 friends and ask them to take and share their #PinkPose online within 24 hours OR donate $25 to the Breast Cancer Charities of America

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Learn more

3. Shop our Pink Partners to show your support and spread the word about breast cancer. Proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Charities of America to help women and men who are battling breast cancer!
Shop Here

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4. Know the Facts

What are the key breast cancer statistics? What are the key symptoms of breast cancer in women AND men? Throughout our website, we share important information on how to prevent and survive breast cancer.

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5. Organize a Fundraiser

It’s quick and easy to create your own fundraising page to honor a loved one, survivor, and help children and their families who are still battling cancer. By becoming a fundraiser you can create your own account, join or start a team, and get others involved!

Start Fundraising

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6. Make A Donation

With your donation, you can give a gift in honor of a survivor, loved one, and to help those who are still struggling with cancer.
Through the generosity of people like you, the Breast Cancer Charities of America can continue to assisting women and men who are battling breast cancer.
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7. Volunteer

Join us and together we can help women prevent, battle, and survive breast cancer! We encourage individuals, groups, civic organizations and businesses to contact us on ways you can help.
Please contact us at info@igopink.org or learn more about our current opportunities HERE.

THANK YOU for your support and sharing the news about Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Only with your help we can spread awareness, educate others, and make a difference in women’s lives who are currently battling cancer.



Wine, Women & Shoes Houston: Location, Map & Directions

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We are looking forward to seeing you, your friends, and Wine Women & Shoes Houston attendees this Thursday, September 24th! Get ready for a fun and fabulous evening at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center from 5:30 to 9pm.

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Directions to The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

From Houston, TX:

  • Go North on I-45
  • Exit and continue onto Woodlands Pkwy
  • Turn right onto Six Pines Drive
  • Turn right onto Lake Robbins Drive
  • Destination will be on right

Parking:

  • Valet available – hourly rates apply
  • East Garage (next to Marriott Hotel) – hourly rates apply
  • Town Center Garage (across Six Pines, next to Cynthia Woodlands Pitchell Pavillion) – hourly rates apply
  • Other parking available nearby

Wine Women & Shoes Event Map

From Shoe Guys, to the “Key to the Closet”, a New York Style Runway Fashion Show, boutique shopping and wine tasting, Wine Women & Shoes will be the ladies night out this fall. In addition, new stations will include Kendra Scott’s “Sip & Sparkle” and “Best in Shoe” competition that will be crowned that that evening.

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Presented by EXIT Lone Star Realty, Wine Women & Shoes Houston will start at 5:30 pm and showcase new fall fashions, designers and fabulous shopping experiences that every woman will want to see!

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Tickets are available for purchase until Wednesday, September 23 at 4pm at

WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston



Wine Women & Shoes Houston FAQ’s Answered!

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Wine Women & Shoes Houston is LESS THAN 2 weeks away! The BIG Fall event benefitting The Breast Cancer Charities of America will be returning to The Woodlands on September 24, 2015 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

Presented by EXIT Lone Star Realty, Wine Women & Shoes Houston will be showcasing new fall fashions, designers and fabulous shopping experiences that every woman will want to see. “Last year was our inaugural Wine Women & Shoes event in The Woodlands and it was a huge success and VIP sell-out” said Erica Johnson, Founder & Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America in which the event benefits. “This year, our committee has a plethora of new surprises and fantastic shopping experiences that any woman would love to win.”

From Shoe Guys, to the ‘Key to the Closet’, a New York Style Runway show, boutique shopping and wine tasting, Wine Women & Shoes will be the ladies night out this fall. In addition, new stations will include Kendra Scott’s ‘Sip & Sparkle’ and one of the ladies favorite, the ‘Best in Shoe’ competition that will be crowned that that evening.

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FAQ’s

1. Where can I buy a ticket?
www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston

2. What are the ticket prices?
VIP tickets are $150 and General Admission tickets are $100 a piece.

3. What’s the difference between VIP and General Admission tickets?
VIP will receive a reserved seat and table along with a special VIP gift and bottle service.

4. If I have a General Admission ticket, will I get a reserved seat?
There will be chairs available for general admission but will be on a first come first serve basis. There will also be cocktail tables and other areas where you can watch the fashion show.

5. When will you stop selling tickets online?
Tickets are available online until 4pm on Wednesday, September 23, (unless tickets sell out before then).

6. Will you sell tickets at the door?
If tickets still remain, they will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis.

7. Can I pre-purchase Key to the Closet or Sip & Sparkle tickets?
No, all tickets will be on first come first serve limited basis…so we encourage you to get there when the doors open!

8. What is the evening’s agenda?
Doors open at 5:30pm. Shopping, photo booths, wine tasting and more until 7:30. Runway show and program will begin around 7:30pm. Evening will conclude at 9pm.

9. Must I be present to win Key to the Closet?
Yes

10. My girlfriends and I are all buying VIP tickets separately but want to sit at our reserved VIP table together, how do I make sure that happen?
Please send an email with the final list of ladies by September 18 to info@igopink.org (after September 18, guarantee of seating arrangements or re-arrangements can not be made.)

11. Is there a formal dinner?
No, this is a cocktail type event with appetizer stations mingled within the wine tasting stations.

 

Did not answer your questions? Please email us at info@igopink.org and we would love to answer your questions and address any concerns that you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at Wine Women & Shoes Houston on September 24th!



Cauliflower Pizza – A Quick, Healthy and Gluten Free Recipe

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Cauliflower Pizza Chloe Wine

Learn how to make pizza with a crust made out of cauliflower! A quick and easy recipe that is gluten free and healthy for you.

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA RECIPE
Recipe brought to you by The Breast Cancer Charities of America

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower
1 egg
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese, drained
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon coconut oil
non-stick cooking spray (coconut oil)

Toppings:
organic marinara sauce
cheese (non-dairy shredded almond cheese)

Instructions:

  1. Wash and trim leaves from cauliflower. Cut into quarters and remove center stems. Break into small pieces (florets) and place into food processor to grind into tiny pieces that looks like rice. Remove ungrated pieces and grind up cauliflower in batches if necessary. You can also use a cheese grater to break down cauliflower.
  2. In a large skillet, add coconut oil then turn to medium heat. Once heated, add cauliflower “rice” and stir occasionally. Cook for about 5 minutes or until cauliflower has slightly softened and is tender. Set aside.
  3. Drain cottage cheese with strainer or cheese cloth to remove excess liquid.
  4. In the food processor, add egg, cottage cheese, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Blend until smooth.
  5. In a large bowl, add cauliflower and cottage cheese mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees
  7. Spray baking sheet or pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly into pan into a circle shape and pat/smooth down the edges.
  8. Bake at 400F for about 25-30 minutes or until “crust” is starting to brown.
  9. Add toppings. Place back into 400F oven and cook for 5 more minutes – or until lightly browned, crispy, and/or cheese has melted.
  10. Slice, serve and enjoy immediately

*Note: Pairs well with a glass of Chloe Wine Collection‘s Pinot Noir.

Chloe Wine is a sponsor of BCCA’s Wine Women & Shoes event on September 24, 2015. To learn more about this event, purchase tickets or how you can be a sponsor, please visit WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston

Download the Cauliflower Recipe Card by clicking HERE! Be sure to share this recipe with your friends and family!iGoPink Cauliflower Pizza Recipe Card

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How To Make Zucchini Noodles

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Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Learn how to make Zucchini Noodles (or Zoodles) at home with only a few simple steps! Zoodles are a fun easy way to enjoy your vegetables and are a great gluten free pasta substitute!

ZUCCHINI NOODLES RECIPE
Servings: 1-2*
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 Zucchini, Organic
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt, to taste (optional)
Pepper, to taste (optional)
Marinara Sauce and/or favorite toppings

Instructions:
1. Wash zucchini well prior to slicing.
2. Remove ends and cut zucchini into thin slices lengthwise. Cut Slices into thin “noodle-like” strips.
3. In a large skillet, add olive oil and turn stove to medium heat. Wait until oil is heated and moves easily around pan (see video), then add zucchini “noodles.”
4. Stir occasionally by turning and flipping noodles. Keep noodles evenly spaced on skillet when sautéing and cook until al dente. This will keep noodles from becoming mushy or breaking apart.
5. Serve immediately with your favorite marinara sauce and/or toppings.
6. Enjoy!

*Note: If additional servings are needed, cook zucchini noodles in batches. This will allow space in between the slices to properly cook the noodles al dente.

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BCCA Partners With Macy’s For 10th Annual “Shop For A Cause”

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Macy’s will partner with The Breast Cancer Charities of America to invite customers to participate in Macy’s 10th annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 29, 2015. Customers can purchase shopping passes from The Breast Cancer Charities of America now. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts. Since 2006, the program has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charities across the country.

“Macy’s is proud to invite our customers to join us in giving back to causes that make a difference both locally and nationally,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “For the last nine years, Macy’s Shop For A Cause program has raised many millions of dollars for thousands of charities across the country. We look forward to offering our customers and associates an easy way to make a positive impact in our communities while enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”

Macy’s has provided The Breast Cancer Charities of America with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. The Breast Cancer Charities of America will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more The Breast Cancer Charities of America sells, the more money it will raise!

By purchasing a shopping pass from The Breast Cancer Charities of America, customers support women battling breast cancer while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from The Breast Cancer Charities of America, visit donate.breastcancercharities.org/ShopForACause

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Stretching: From Hospital Bed To Floor

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Stretching can help anyone at any time! It helps relax, lengthen and release tension from muscles no matter what your physical ability is.

It’s important to start at an easy/moderate stretch and work on flexibility before working your way up to a deeper stretch. It’s best if your muscles are warmed up to increase your flexibility, but really, it can be done even while watching TV!

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Make sure when reaching for your toes you avoid rounding out your back and try to release from your waist, relax your shoulders, take nice deep breathes and hold anywhere from 20 seconds to 45 seconds, always continuing to breathe.

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A side bend stretch releases all the tension from your rib cage down to your ‘seat’ (glute) muscles – hold this one where you feel a nice lengthening down the side, but stop before you feel too much pain or resistance. Your body will tell you.

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Jaimee Myers is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and owner of Pure Barre in The Woodlands, Texas. She has been an athlete all her life – from competitive ski racing to collegiate soccer to Ironman triathlons – and spreads the Pure Barre technique to clients, who see results while having a great time. Pure Barre is all about small, isometric movements that anyone can benefit from – it strengthens, arms, abs and legs without creating bulk. To learn more, visit http://purebarre.com/TX-woodlands/