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Etiquette tips when dealing with crowdfunding

Posted on April 1st, 2016

Crowdfunding is a new trend of people giving to fundraising efforts on the internet, mainly GoFundMe.com.  It is important to remember the proper etiquette of asking for donations using the power of social media to raise money for your cause.

Giver- Give to causes you know are worthy.  Make sure you do your research.  Social media has opened the door for bad behavior on gofundme.com.

Receiver- Honeymoon, Wedding registry, and funeral and cremation expenses should be followed up with a hand written note.  There is a “say thanks” button that can be used to thank people that may give to your cause that you do not personally know.  The button gives you the option to personalize the message.  Never put the gofundme information in your formal wedding invitation.  Post the information on a couples wedding website or include in the shower invitation.

Common questions:
-Is there ever an occasion when it is OK to ask for money?
Yes.  Examples- Honeymoon, Wedding register, and funeral and cremation expenses

-Is it acceptable to ask for money for a honeymoon when people get married instead of gifts?
Yes

-If there is some sort of tragedy is it OK for yourself to make a GoFundMe, or should you wait until someone makes it for you?
It is fine for you to make yourself a GoFundMe.

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Best Mannered at the Oscars

Posted on March 1st, 2016

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The biggest names in Hollywood gathered at this year’s Academy Awards to honor the stars and filmmakers from 2015. With record breaking movies such as Star Wars, The Revenant and Jurassic World, Hollywood’s biggest night was filled with excitement and anticipation. With the hilarious antics of host Chris Rock the night expected to be memorable and surely delivered on those terms. At the NLJC, we believe good manners will always rise above, and we would like to applaud the following celebrities for their exemplary poise and excellent conduct at the 2016 Academy Awards:

Leonardo DiCaprio – DiCaprio accepted his long-awaited Oscar with humility, dignity, and heartfelt gratitude for his role in the film The Revenant. While many stars (understandably!) stumble under the weight of such a great honor, DiCaprio maintained a gracious and confident demeanor throughout his entire acceptance speech. Bravo!

Michael Strahan- As one of the hosts of the Oscars Pre-Show, Strahan’s courtesy and confidence navigating the often chaotic “Red Carpet” was exemplary. His positive demeanor, encouraging words, and kindness to all he encounters make him a fantastic example for young fans to follow.

Brie Larson -  Winner of the “Best Actress in a Leading Role,” Larson was a picture of elegance last night, from her stunning gown to her well-spoken acceptance speech.  Larson was exceptionally grateful to her team, friends, and family and, as a result, her sweet, genuine acceptance was just lovely.

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Best Mannered at the 58th Grammy Awards

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

Awards Season is officially upon us, and this week, the 58th Grammy Awards honored the year’s top musical artists. While all of the recipients were abundantly grateful for their recognition, we would like to thank the following artists for their exceptional conduct both on and off stage and for setting a great example for others while in the spotlight.

Taylor Swift – We applaud Miss Swift for being gracious in her acceptance speeches and for addressing a recent conflict with tact and courage. We also love her genuine enthusiasm in celebrating and congratulating other award winners.

Adele – While not a Grammy nominee this year, we appreciated how gracefully Adele handled an audio malfunction and her overall elegance and poise throughout the entire evening.

Chris Stapleton – We loved the genuine kindness with which Mr. Stapleton accepted his recognition for Best Country Album. He was calm, poised, and collected on stage throughout his acceptance speech. If only we could all appear so relaxed under pressure!

Congratulations to all of the Grammy Award winners and nominees this year. We look forward to spotting the best-mannered celebrities at each upcoming award show this season… so stay tuned!

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