The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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Reader Questions: What are the best fundraising blogs & books?

Wild Woman Fundraising

This question is from the marvelous Shuai in California, who will start a nonprofit one day, and wants to know ALL about fundraising, and also, specifically, about which fundraising blogs and books she should read! BEST FUNDRAISING BLOGS!

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10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 [SLIDESHARE]

Selfish Giving

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 from Selfish Giving Welcome to my annual 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016. My 10 Best posts are by far the most popular piece of content I’ve ever published on my blog – or anywhere else for that matter.

California earthquake LIVE tweeting!

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

One social media channel we discussed as a best-practice example was the ever-popular Twitter. Within seconds there were an additional 30, 90, 150, 570, 1669 live tweets (and still counting) about people in various Southern California cities experiencing the 4.5

Want to learn fundraising or social media? Check Out These New November Webinars & Workshops!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Applause: “This has been one of the best webinars I’ve attended. Mary Morgan, Nourish America, Ojai, California. She provides practical advice and pertinent information on best practices, how-to strategies and many new and different places to look for sponsors.

Come on Mary, Don’t Fear The Phone-A-Thon

Wild Woman Fundraising

Unfortunately, telemarketing has become a dirty word, thanks to the unscrupulous practices of a few bad apples who have given a bad name to what should be our best way to communicate. I started a phone fundraising program at Equality California, a non-profit organization that had, at the time, over 600,000 members. Today’s post is by Michael Nyman, of Impact Dialing.

Urgent Warning: Immediate Action Required

The Agitator

ACTION ITEM: A dangerous and overreaching Bill (Assembly Bill 2855) is working its way through the California legislature. Our best chance to kill it is right now while its still in committee so it never gets to the full. We’re rushing this to you over the weekend so you’re prepared and ready to act first thing Monday morning.

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A Nonprofit by Any Other Name

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Cronan, a branding and design strategy firm based in Berkeley, California, began working with CHEC in July 2006. So ownership was muddled at best. Tags: Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices may find sweeter results, as the Children's Health Environmental Coalition discovered after changing its name to Healthy Child Healthy World. Running a nonprofit with a generic name is like traversing Antarctica dressed entirely in white.

Marketing Your Cause to Millennials—What Works

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Chapin Cole is a proud Millennial who works in nonprofit development in the California Bay Area. If our parents told us that trying our best was good enough, how is that our fault?

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Election Day Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

On election day you could get a free taco at California Tortilla locations along the East Coast when your showed your ‘I Voted’ sticker, no purchase necessary. Tim Horton's LaMar's Donuts and Coffee California Tortilla Non-Transactional Cause Marketing cause marketing

#Aging: Which US Cities Offer The Best Lifestyle To Their Older Citizens?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Dave Letterman offers only a “Top 10″ list, but Bankers Life and Casualty has just published its Top 50 “Best US Cities For Seniors 2011″ and the list contains a few surprises – though, admittedly, not so many laughs. In fact, according to the Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association, the area boasts more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

Which Places Are The Least Sexist?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Norway has at best a 91% pay gap. The best state? District of Columbia, followed by California. Picture from the Brooklyn Nomad, 2009. There have been a lot of features lately on the most liveable cities.

#Interview: Nedra Kline Weinreich, Social Marketer, Author, and Owner of the “Spare Change” Blog

Non Profit Marketing 360

We’re still figuring out the best way to measure behavior change. I’m managing a project for them in California around the stigma of mental illness. Nedra Kline Weinreich is a widely recognized expert on social marketing (not to be confused with social media marketing).

Pioneers Needed.

Cause Related Marketing

A handful were at Sutter’s Mill, California when gold was discovered. But unlike Nevada, California and Colorado, the settlement of Utah wasn’t motivated by the lust for precious metals. is dedicated to highlighting and dissecting the best and the worst cause-related marketing promotions and campaigns Today my adopted state of Utah celebrates Pioneer Day.

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#Interview: Steve Frillmann, Executive Director, Green Guerillas

Non Profit Marketing 360

A community garden created by local residents with the help and support of Green Guerillas. This is a repost of an article that originally appeared on the MKCREATIVE blog in March, 2010. Each month we look at a marketing challenge faced by many of our clients.

Be More of a Difference

Social Media Bird Brain

to make this the "best Christmas EVER!" Today I'm volunteering tweets to the Adopt a Family Project in Santa Cruz County, California and devoting this. What with our own expectations, traditions, and the constant admonition. the whole season can quickly. degenerate into a mass of anxiety-ridden desperation. The quickest way. to help you feel better is to make things better for someone else!

Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Movin’ Up Monday

Getting Attention

Communications Officer , The California HealthCare Foundation (Oakland, CA). Senior Manager – Online Strategy , Best Friends Animal Society (Kanab, UT or Remote).

Twitter Search or Instagram Search: Which is Better for Business?

Diva Marketing Blog

From the example, a pizza shop owner in San Jose, California can find Twitter users within a ten-mile radius who have pizza on the brain at a given moment. Of the four, Tags is likely the best option because Instagram bases its platform on them.

The Ten Worst Cause Marketing Campaigns of 2010

Cause Related Marketing

My post from yesterday, April 4, 2011 chronicled my top 10 list of the best cause marketing of 2010. It mentioned tree-planting and a charity called the California Oak Foundation. But California Oak Foundation wasn’t a tree-planting group.

7 Key Takeaways for Cause Marketers from America's Checkout Champions Report [SPONSORED]

Selfish Giving

The Best partnerships Focus on the Stakeholder Experience One thing that shines through in Checkout Champions is that the best fundraisers are a powerful, positive experience for both employees and the customers. The best programs. You have to test which one will work the best.

Food Banks: Don’t Bury the Story!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The best food bank websites keep it that simple! The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in California does a nice job too, but with imagery of their clients. I’m in the middle of developing a marketing strategy, including a website revamp, for a local food bank.

24 Nonprofit Marketing Jobs:New Opportunities for the New Year

Getting Attention

18) Marketing Operations Manager and Web Marketing Manager , National Notary Association (Chatsworth, California). 19) New Media Manager , Best Friends Animal Society (Salt Lake City, UT). I have a feeling that this year is going to be a great one for you.

New York Times Takes Google To Task for Taking Philanthropy Lightly, Despite Many Attempts to Get It Right

Seeking Grant Money Today

It does sound, though, like the culture at Google, 'innovate at the bleeding edge of all fields by Google's great trade, collecting and making use of data' (oddly) befuddled the engineers or staff at Google's Mountain View, California (main) corporate campus, when they reviewed DotOrg's work, reviewing grant applications, considering DotOrg's potential to do good, etc. best practices The New York Times Google philanthropists

“Switch” the Way You Ask for Action – 11NTC

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

One of the easiest and best ways to direct the rider is to train ourselves to stop focusing on problems and to start finding the bright spots — what is working — and to focus on replicating those instead.

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Using BOGO Cause Marketing to Sell Razor's

Cause Related Marketing

If you want a contract to help build California’s high-speed rail, the state may require you to hire male felons as part of the workforce. is dedicated to highlighting and dissecting the best and the worst cause-related marketing promotions and campaigns. A new e-tail website called launched last week with a BOGO cause marketing approach. Harry’s sells moderately-priced men’s shavers, giving the handles names and taking a boutique approach.

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A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Danielle Gates

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Danielle earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of California, Davis, and has previously worked as the foster/rescue liaison for Sacramento-area shelters. 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: After lunch is when I get some of my best content creation done. Danielle Gates.

Is Populist Fundraising for You?


And the best way to achieve those missions is with smart business strategies that achieve results on behalf of your supporters and the people they aim to support. million from the University of California, $814,645 from Microsoft Corp.,

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Want to learn what makes an incredible year end appeal?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Your Ultimate Guide to Successful Year-End Appeals E-Course gives you everything you need to make this year’s solicitation package the best ever – Starting right away you can. Making your year end appeal the best it can be is critical to your nonprofit’s success. What will you learn to help your year-end appeal be the best it can be? How to tell your best emotional story. Thanks so much for the best training in years.

How to Coordinate a (Cheap) Successful Photo Shoot for Your Nonprofit Part I

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At the nonprofit where I work, TransForm (we’re all about bringing better public transportation, walking, and biking options to communities across California), we’ve always scrambled to find enough decent images. Marta Lindsey.

Looking for Your First Cause Marketing Partner? Try Your Corner Market

Selfish Giving

Look at the list of America’s Best Supermarkets to the right. Don’t know them, but you probably do if you live in Southern California where they have 167 stores.

Implementing Your Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

For my part, I’m partial to the model from IDEO , the hotshot Palo Alto, California design firm. is dedicated to highlighting and dissecting the best and the worst cause-related marketing promotions and campaigns.

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


Since beginning her career, the immensely talented Ava DuVernay has experienced some significant "firsts" - she was the first African American female director to receive a Golden Globe nomination and the first to have her film, Selma , nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture - but she's not finished yet. Writer and author of New York Times best seller "Bad Feminist," modern-day feminist icon Roxane Gay is a force of nature. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

All Cause Marketing is Local

Selfish Giving

They know that customers in California have different needs and questions than shoppers in New England. Needs that are best addressed by local staff that know the product and the area.

Towards a More Hygienic Cause Marketing Campaign for Lysol

Cause Related Marketing

Last year Edgeworth Elementary in Hacienda Heights, California won the (unspecified) Grand Prize. is dedicated to highlighting and dissecting the best and the worst cause-related marketing promotions and campaigns.

Celebrate the Fourth with Cause Marketing that Supports Troops

Selfish Giving

These three were the best. In first place, Joey Leslie in San Luis Obiscpo, California sent me this promotion from Which Wich bags that will be filling decorated bags with treats for troops overseas. Happy Fourth of July!

Several Grants Available for the Arts Or Theatre

Seeking Grant Money Today

Two grants are available for art; one in California and one in art education in the United States. California Community Foundation Invites Los Angeles Artists to Apply for Cover Art Award Deadline: May 4, 2007 The California Community Foundation's ( [link] ) Cover Art Award is designed to support an emerging Los Angeles artist working in painting, drawing, or printmaking by purchasing an artwork that best reflects the foundation's annual theme: "Arts and Culture in Diverse Communities."

Peggy Lee Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

Best of all, people need to drink gallons of water a week just to survive. We all sense the folly of water being shipped from Fuji (or even New York) to your store in Texas or California or Minnesota. The water business used to be a pretty sweet deal.

You may have noticed…

Wild Woman Fundraising

The California University system used to be free. Why is it so hard to get ahead, though we are resilient, resourceful, and try our best to get up each day and give our all at work? that my blog posts have gotten a little more. political in the last year. Why is this, do you think?

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More Instant-On Cause Marketing for Japan Relief

Cause Related Marketing

On the West Coast in San Rafael, California, eco e-tailer VivaTerra offered 10 percent of all online sales during a 24-hour period to the Red Cross for Japan relief.

Four Publications, Four Sponsors, Four Seal Campaigns

Cause Related Marketing

Remember the scene in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off when he’s rhapsodizing about the 1961 Ferrari GT California Spyder he’s been bombing around Chicago in?

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