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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.

Personal, Political, and Professional

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Much like the age-old saw about not discussing religion or politics at social gatherings, this is meant to avoid controversy, and, more to the point, not give any work associates reason to disagree with you (or terminate your job, etc.). The only possible area of controversy is the political. But, really, what have I got to hide?

Are your politics hindering your fundraising?

Fundraising Coach

Fundraisers: Stop the political vitriol! We need to participate in the politics of our communities and countries. Unless your cause is political, your politics can seriously hinder your fundraising. Ask politicsA few weeks ago I sent a version of this to my Fundraising Kick subscribers. And careful. Be wise.

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

Seeking Grant Money Today

If these organizations seeking charitable status are not providing welfare to the community, that is fine, but they then will be categorized as the appropriate entity and not allowed to raise tax free dollars. news political organizationsThis is not new. This has been the rule and law for tens and tens of years.

#CIVICS: Nonprofits Should Watch Their Politics On Their Social Networks

Non Profit Marketing 360

We are supposed to be involved in politics because we are called to be engaged citizens. So get engaged politically! Darya V.

4 things I learned from making an ask this week

Wild Woman Fundraising

They had never met anyone like Irene before, coming from a community that does not get involved in politics. At first I wanted to say no.

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#Development: Jumo And Good.is Join To Create Largest Nonprofit Network

Non Profit Marketing 360

that will make it/them arguably the largest nonprofit socially-conscious network around.

ClickZ Politics & Advocacy

The Agitator

ClickZ, an online marketing news service, offers a feed focused on online political and advocacy marketing. The latest edition includes an item on how Urban Ministries of Durham (in Durham, North Carolina) is using the mobile app Foursquare to draw attention to homelessness in the community. Check it out.

#interview: Simone Joyaux, Nonprofit Consultant, Author, and Columnist

Non Profit Marketing 360

She writes a column, “Unraveling Development,” for the Nonprofit Quarterly. MKC: I have difficulty maintaining one blog. Why do you have three?

Fundraising is Not a Narcotic

A Small Change

Fundraising is about capacity building for good work in our communities. It is an opportunity for us individually and as a community to make a difference. Politics & MotivationOver the last few months I have been secretly peddling drugs. There is not a lot in common between fundraising and drugs.

Fundraising is Not a Narcotic

A Small Change

Fundraising is about capacity building for good work in our communities. It is an opportunity for us individually and as a community to make a difference. Politics & MotivationOver the last few months I have been secretly peddling drugs. There is not a lot in common between fundraising and drugs.

#TECH: Megauploads Shut Down, Highlighting Concerns Of Cloud Computing

Non Profit Marketing 360

But what about all the legal files on the servers? offer comparatively little storage space. violating copyright laws. something the DOJ does not deny.

What is GOTV Anyway? An Explainer for Non-Politicos

EveryAction

community advocacyNot to worry! OK, so what does GOTV stand for? GOTV stands for Get Out The Vote, which is the final phase of a field campaign.

Great Nonprofit Communications Jobs

Getting Attention

Communications & Political Director , National Organization for Women (New York, NY). Communications Director Pillsbury United Communities (Minneapolis, MN). Marketing & Digital Media Manager Community Media Workshop (Chicago, IL). Communications & Program Associate Center for Genetics and Society (Berkeley, CA).

A Community's Confidence in A Nonprofit Is the Ultimate Key to An Organization's Future

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Organizations' leaders, in the very nature of their work, envision what could be better for the community, they imagine what could get done through the work of the agencies that they work for, and they imagine what could improve the world. Community buy-in is earned and retained because a nonprofit is worthy of its community's support.

I Am Not A Prospect

A Small Change

Much more. I’m a friend, a contact, a resource, a community member, a peer, a client, a constituent… and perhaps many other things. I’m someone who values what your organization brings to our community. Politics of FundraisingDon’t get me wrong. could very well be a potential supporter of your organization.

Barometer or Board Member

A Small Change

Beyond simply invaluable feedback your board is often your best connection to the community. Politics & Motivation board members

Change! Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

Getting Attention

Communications and Political Director The National Organization for Women (New York, NY). Assistant Social Editor ProPublica (New York, NY).

Two Free Twitter Network Visualization Tools

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

sample uses: To see a bird’s eye view of how interconnected (orisolated) a hashtag community/discussion really is. Hashtagify.

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Community FAIL!

Mission Paradox Blog

This article:  Five Ideas For Building Community in the Arts  is a great read. But I've got to be honest, whenever I read or hear the words "community building", I cringe. If you believe what you read, everyone wants to build community now. Community Building is a skill. It isn't.

Micro vs. Macro

A Small Change

Use social networking tools and your existing donor base to launch you into the online community. What does that mean? Jude’s.

5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Getting Attention

Monday night’s debate highlighted our dukes up, all-rules-broken political arena. We can’t fight it, but we can’t sit it out.

Notes from the Digital Governance Forum (#DGF15)

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Political parties can have many special exemptions. Professional astronomy community ended up participating, not just amateurs. Mobility.

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Ooh! Aah! Jobs for Nonprofit Communicators

Getting Attention

Senior Political Writer Center for Community Change (Washington, D.C.). Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here. Change Communications Specialist and Employee Communications Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Chevy Chase, MD). Chief Communications Director Nurse-Family Partnership (Denver, CO).

Is the Govt Shutdown Affecting Your Org? Pls Share A.S.A.P.

Getting Attention

Nonprofit communicators! 1) Is the Federal government shutdown affecting your nonprofit? 2) Are you addressing that impact in your content? Thank you!

#GRANTS: Sony USA Offers Year-Long Support To Many Types Of Nonprofits

Non Profit Marketing 360

Nonprofits depend on technology for communication, internal organization, and creative outreach. So why not prepare an application your project?

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How To Check Out: Reading the magazine covers in the grocery line

Wild Woman Fundraising

What if we worked to get a political system that reflected us, a department of peace instead of a department of homeland security? Is it fame?

Diversity, Community, Technology and You

Marketing for Nonprofits

Does it mean including more black folks in your community, organization or network? Here’s a full description of the workshop, below.

5 Killer Prospect Research Tools to Learn More About Your Current Donors

Fundraising Coach

The FEC Political Giving Database is publicly accessible and contains nearly all political contributions of over $200 from the past few decades.

The Annual Report Donor List is a Stupid Waste of Time

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Instead, talk about that big community of support and what it has meant to your ability to change the world. Seriously. It’s so important!”

Grants for Nonprofits Using Art to Address Root Causes of Economic, Political, and Social Injustice

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From The Foundation Center. [As always, if you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information]. The fund strives to support a diverse range of social justice organizations, including those that do not receive funds from traditional sources. Contact: Link to Complete RFP.

#COMMUNICATION: Is Your Nonprofit Staff Conversing With Both Audience & Each Other?

Non Profit Marketing 360

But it seems to me that the argument is both older than modern social media (read any Marshall McLuhan lately?)

How Can Nonprofits Communicate to Two Americas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As nonprofit communicators, we cannot ignore the tumultuous political times we live in. It’s Kivi here. Lack of Trust. Listen and Learn.

#PROAGING: Olympics & Social Media Suggest Shrinking Digital Divide

Non Profit Marketing 360

NBC might have gotten some bad press for giving away results before showing them tape-delayed in the lucrative hours of prime time. Related articles.

#PROAGING: Olympics & Social Media Suggest Shrinking Digital Divide

Non Profit Marketing 360

NBC might have gotten some bad press for giving away results before showing them tape-delayed in the lucrative hours of prime time. Related articles.

#SOCIALMEDIA: How Young Is Too Old To Have Communications Expertise?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Would you hire any of these people for your social-media outreach? The Who, “My Generation,” My Generation (1965). sensation, if you will ?

#SOCIALMEDIA: How Young Is Too Old To Have Communications Expertise?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Would you hire any of these people for your social-media outreach? The Who, “My Generation,” My Generation (1965). sensation, if you will ?

#Communication: SOPA & PIPA Bills Are Dying, But Not Dead

Non Profit Marketing 360

Yesterday, a couple of the most used and best-known websites on the internet willingly shut themselves down: Wikipedia and Reddit. Wikipedia

#SocialNetworks: Kony 2012 Covered The Night. Did It Jump The Shark?

Non Profit Marketing 360

So we’re kicking the night off by serving in our own communities and earning the right to be heard globally by acting locally. Some

Carter Center versus Clinton Foundation. A Tale of Two Audiences (An #npcomm Showdown)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You can use your reporting to be a thought leader and to help develop a sense of community around your cause. Where are the strategies in sync?