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What Nonprofits Can Learn from Political Campaigns

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Political campaigns, especially in presidential years, are great testing grounds for new communications and fundraising techniques that eventually transfer over to the nonprofit world. Howard Dean revolutionized small-dollar online giving and Barack Obama was the first to integrate mobile/texting both for campaign advocacy and fundraising.

9 Words for Nonprofits to Avoid in 2011

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In politics, the overused phrase is "the most important election of our lifetime." I'm particularly happy to see fail and wow factor on their 2011 list. Last January's " Words for Nonprofits to Avoid in 2010 " turned out to be Big Duck's most popular blog post of 2010. I'm not a totalitarian when it comes to words.

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Research: Just how much do faith, ethnicity, politics and age affect giving?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

recently posted some fascinating information on ethnicity and online behavior; now there’s a study on various donors by religion, political persuasion, ethnicity and age and it, too, may reveal some surprising things. The study also looked at the influence of political persuasion, ethnicitiy and age. The bottom line?

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If Crowdsourcing Fails, How Does Democracy Prevail?

SocialButterfly

There’s been plenty of debate on the true value in crowdsourcing. Before you say crowdsourcing is so 2008, give me a second. hu8QDhNeNdQ.

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If Crowdsourcing Fails, How Does Democracy Prevail?

SocialButterfly

There’s been plenty of debate on the true value in crowdsourcing. Before you say crowdsourcing is so 2008, give me a second. hu8QDhNeNdQ.

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An Open Letter to My Conservative Readers

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When I started consulting and later blogging, I made a conscious decision not to hide my political leanings. Help me interpret it for others.

So Dark The Con of Men

Cause Related Marketing

If you looked no deeper than the celebrity involvement or implied political endorsement, you were likely sunk. knew Cameron. The test of time.

Cause Marketing for Veteran's Causes Shows Support for Military Vets

Cause Related Marketing

11, 2011, Time magazine ran a cover package that concluded that the Americans and military veterans have never been further apart culturally.

Take Initiative

A Small Change

Politics & MotivationI am not a particularly brilliant or innovative person nor am I fabulously talented or charismatic. Any success that I have had I’d contribute to a God that cares about me, great friends, and initiative. I am baffled by how many people will only do exactly what they are told or asked to do and nothing more.

Take Initiative

A Small Change

Politics & MotivationI am not a particularly brilliant or innovative person nor am I fabulously talented or charismatic. Any success that I have had I’d contribute to a God that cares about me, great friends, and initiative. I am baffled by how many people will only do exactly what they are told or asked to do and nothing more.

I Am Not A Prospect

A Small Change

Politics of FundraisingIt’s time for a change of terminology in the fundraising world. I am not a “prospect&#. Don’t get me wrong. could very well be a potential supporter of your organization. Maybe even an ardent one. Heck, I may eventually someday become a financial supporter. But, please don’t call me a prospect.

How can you recognize propaganda?

Wild Woman Fundraising

On October 6th, 2011, people will occupy Freedom Square in Washington DC, until their demands are met. What are the techniques of propaganda?

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How to Use Facebook for Audience Research & Crisis Communications (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Keep up the good work. I don’t know if I’d separate the info– I like the posts; hard to separate health info from the political since a lot of yourr health services are constrained by politics. P.S. Learn how to strengthen your nonprofit’s marketing impact with the new 2011 Guide to Nonprofit Marketing Wisdom.

Sharing Stories

A Small Change

Politics & MotivationUsing stories is essential for all development work. Donors connect with stories often more than they connect with anything else. If you have a donor that is not involved as a volunteer, their most powerful connection to your organization will be the stories that you share. These stories need to be personal.

Do you have a “super job”?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I was in line at the co-op today and saw the cover of Mother Jones. Read on. You may recognize yourself too. Mother Jones Cover, More Work, No Pay.

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Political Digital

The Agitator

Here’s a good rundown of how the political candidates are using online video and social media — ad targeting on Facebook, Pawlenty breakthrough video treatments, budget allocations, and more. advocacy communications issue fundraising online activism online advocacy online fundraising online video politics

Did slaves make your bra? Want a fabulous interactive graph to help you decide what to buy?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Perhaps every decision is a political decision. What does that mean? Well, do you know where your food comes from? Your clothes? Your furniture?

Margaret Mead Predicts Social Science

SocialButterfly

It’s uncertain if this 10% rule will apply to all kinds of beliefs, especially political ones. In an interview, Prof.

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Margaret Mead Predicts Social Science

SocialButterfly

It’s uncertain if this 10% rule will apply to all kinds of beliefs, especially political ones. In an interview, Prof.

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The Hat Never Comes Off

JCA Insights

Whatever your political sensibilities, the tape of the NPR Foundation’s former top fundraiser sharing unguarded opinions to build rapport in a lunch with people posing as left-leaning potential major donors is decidedly cringe-worthy. And then launches into his opinions on Republicans and anti-intellectualism, among other things.

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Angry Faux Cause Marketing from Snickers

Cause Related Marketing

And anger is the positive coin of the realm in nonprofit political fundraising. That headline seems custom-made for a cause marketing campaign.

Nonprofit communications jobs: What to expect

ImpactMax

So, if you’re looking to nonprofits to avoid workplace politics—that’s unrealistic. flickr/stefan. ENJOY WEARING MANY HATS.

Mobile Politics

The Agitator

Pew terms 26% of adult Americans “mobile political users.&# 12% of adults used their cell phones to keep up with news about the election or politics. Don't Miss these Posts Hot Research mobile advocacy politicsPew Internet Research published some good stuff during the holiday break. You can download the full report here.

How to Keep Your Nonprofit Vibrant & Vital — The Future of Nonprofits

Getting Attention

Organizational management theories are vital but, very frankly, most of them focused on nonprofit organizations mimic the very same thing.

Where are the Philanthropists?

A Small Change

Politics of FundraisingThere are so many generous people in the world, and it is amazing how selflessly people will give. It is incredibly meaningful to see what people will do to make a difference. But, as often as I am surprised by generosity, I am surprised by how few people are invested in philanthropy.

Activating The Global Health Trifecta

SocialButterfly

Funding and politics aside, one person can make a difference–and that’s what the campaign inspires. Image: PSI. The Power of 1%.

Activating The Global Health Trifecta

SocialButterfly

Funding and politics aside, one person can make a difference–and that’s what the campaign inspires. Image: PSI. The Power of 1%.

3 Ways to Make Supporters Laugh

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Did you know that you can easily “rent&# political cartoons and even have them customized for you? Start by Sharing Funny Stuff by Others.

Advisory Boards For Cause Marketers

Cause Related Marketing

And a surprising number of them seemed to have worked in politics at some point in their career. Charities that do a meaningful amount of cause marketing probably need an advisory board or group whose sole job is only to help the organization expand its cause marketing footprint. Industry Heavy Hitters. Captain Rolodex. The Scout. The Artist.

Reader Questions: How can I get funding for a think tank?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I recently got an email from a reader asking me how I would fundraise for a think tank in a country that does not have the best history of democracy or political discourse. So, I am glad you are creating a think tank that helps create clear political dialogue. This is my response. Look for funding in other countries. Large pictures. 2.

Fundraising Year In Review

The Agitator

Today, a summary of giving for 2011 and some trends in direct mail.  Tomorrow, the 2011 Pulse of Agitator readers. As we head for 2011’s fundraising finish line The Atlas of Giving on Friday reported that overall giving this year will finish 7.4% In the commercial sector the use of premiums increased by 7% in 2011. Roger.

All About Relationships

A Small Change

Politics & MotivationPeople want different things. I am often surprised how different a conversation can be between someone I know and/or like and a stranger or someone I dislike. Meeting new people and making new relationships is a challenge for every organization.

Recently There Are Concerns By and About the IRS and Its Oversight of Political Organizations In This Election Year

Seeking Grant Money Today

Many political organizations wishing to acquire or retain their 501(c)(4) charitable status also collect donations without reporting from whom or where the donations came and how much those donations were. news political organizationsThis is not new. This has been the rule and law for tens and tens of years.

Co-creating the Social Marketing Discipline and Brand

Social Marketing and Social Change

Edelman Trust Barometer 2011. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 2011. In that last sentence is a clue to our future. Levine, R.,

When you dress up tonight, REMEMBER: We are a culture, not a costume

Wild Woman Fundraising

When you dress up tonight, REMEMBER: We are a culture, not a costume originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on October 31, 2011.

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5 Tips to Maximize Twitter chats

Fundraising Coach

It’s simply polite to stay on topic. I last posted on Twitter chats back in April in the post 5 Twitter Tips for Fundraisers. Eastern.

Donordigital expands strategic and creative leadership and opens Washington, DC office

DonorDigital

Donordigital announced on June 1, 2011, the hiring of online fundraising veterans Eric Overman and Adam Ruff. Donordigital News

Integrated Cause Marketing with Starbucks and MSNBC

Cause Related Marketing

Although anyone who knows American history can recall times when the political class was more divisive, it’s no picnic right now.

PDF 2011: The Arab Spring Examined

A. Fine Blog

This year’s Personal Democracy Forum was focused, as you would expect, on the Arab Spring. Jobs, the regime. And so on.

‘Cause Fatigue’ On Social Media?

The Agitator