#ENVIRO: Spring Is The Time To Build Rain Barrels & Community Gardens

Non Profit Marketing 360

A community garden in Montreal, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia). April temperatures have been cooler than February temperatures, and drought conditions are already a concern. Does the site need to be fenced? Will the garden and/or community group need liability insurance?

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#SOCIALNETWORKS: Is Pinterest Of Value For Nonprofits?

Non Profit Marketing 360

From January to February of this year alone, Pinterest drew over 100 million new visitors to its site. Pinterest has also been extremely successful in driving traffic to third-party sites. The community awaits!

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Grants for Communities Using Arts and Culture to Revitalize Their Community

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Deadline: February 1, 2012(Preliminary Applications) Kresge Foundation Invites Preliminary Applications for Arts and Community Building and Artists' Skills and Resources Grant Opportunities The Kresge Foundation 's Arts and Culture Program seeks to foster the power of arts and culture to recharge and rebuild communities of all sizes in the United States. Preliminary applications for both funding areas will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis through February 1, 2012.

#SOCIALNETWORK: Are You Prepped For Rollout Of Facebook Graph Search?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Facebook’s latest tool, Graph Search, was announced a couple of weeks ago and it is being rolled out through the Facebook0sphere through February. Building the Facebook network.

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More examples of online community fundraising initiatives from Holland

Giving in a Digital World

A couple of the latest have been health charity Astma Fons and the team behind the annual Radio 3FM ‘Serious Request’ fundraising campaign on behalf of the Red Cross - both of which have joined Vogelbescherming Nederland in making use of the YoCo online community fundraising platform.

Grant To Help Rural Communities With 50,000 Or Less Improve Their Economic Vitality & Quality of Life

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The program builds teams of local leaders, community organizations, and specialists in design, planning, and creative place-making to help rural communities strengthen their economies, enhance their rural character, leverage their cultural assets, and design efficient housing and transportation systems. Each community selected to participate in the Institute will receive $7,000 in 1:1 matching funds to plan and host a two-day workshop. From The Foundation Center. [If

Play It Forward - new project crowdfunding site soon to launch

Giving in a Digital World

For starters, it sounds like the site’s user interface is going to be something very distinctive and engaging. Already over 70 partner organisations are listed on the site, representing a highly diverse range of activities around the world. As they describe it on the site, “The thing that brings it all together is the social network, connecting friends, projects, field workers and charity organisations. January Update… launch now scheduled for February 09.

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Awards for Partnerships Between Community Groups and Police to Promote Neighborhood Safety and Revitalization

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Deadline: February 28, 2011 Applications Invited for MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards Program The MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering for the tenth year to recognize, sustain, and share the work of innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization. Program information and the full Request for Proposals are available at the LISC Web site.

#HOWTO: Time Those Tweets To Test And Build Impact

Non Profit Marketing 360

Also, scheduling helps build up momentum to a big event without requiring you to sit in front of your social-networking site all day. Schedule a tweet-a-day towards the end of February – when you should start giving details about the raffle you are holding or the guest speakers who will be there. Earlier this week we introduced and reviewed a few social-media dashboards to help tame your organization’s streams of updates pouring in.

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Grants for LGBTQ Youth Who Have Transformed Their Experiences With Bigotry and Discrimination Into Something Good To Improve the Community

Seeking Grant Money Today

Unlike scholarships based on grade-point average or written essays, the Colin Higgins Foundation looks to communities across the United States to nominate and lift up LGBTQ youth activists who inspire them and play critical roles in their schools, organizations, and community spaces. Complete program guidelines and nomination forms as well as information on previous awardees are available at the Colin Higgins Foundation Web site. From The Foundation Center. [If

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Grants for Community Media In GA, NC, and SC

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To learn more about the Fund for Southern Communities and to access the Request for Proposals, visit the fund's Web site. From The Foundation Center.

Announcements for the Social Marketing Community

Social Marketing and Social Change

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is running through February. If you would like to participate in the survey you can either go directly to surveymonkey or to the ISM site for a link. There are a number of activities going on that you may want to catch up on or participate in. Here's my latest list (and thanks to all those who send them in).

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Grant For American or Canadian Youth Under 19 Who Are Using Music To Solve Community Issue

Seeking Grant Money Today

Do Something and Grammy Foundation Invite Young People to Use Music to Improve Communities Deadline: December 15, 2008 Do Something ( [link] ) and the Grammy Foun- dation ( [link] ) are offering a total of $25,000 in Key Change Grants to young people who have an idea or existing project that uses music to make a difference in their local and/or global community. Twenty first prize winners will re- ceive community action grants of $500 each. From The Foundation Center.

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Grants for Many Different Kinds of Community Organizations Assisting Family Caregivers

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The primary goal of the program is to increase support for family and informal caregivers who assist older adults living in the community. Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; faith and other community-based organizations; tribal organizations; and units of local government nationwide. Complete application details and additional information are available at the foundation's Web site or by contacting the foundation's offices.

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#PROAGING: Majority Of Senior Citizens Online & Many More Using E-Readers

Non Profit Marketing 360

The full report can be downloaded at the Pew Internet site for free. “As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users ages 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day.

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Grants for Communities Sustaining Local Natural Resources Such As Wetland, Riparian, and Coastal Habitat Restoration

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Proposals Invited for Five-Star Habitat Restoration Matching Grants Program Deadline: February 15, 2008 The Five Star Restoration Challenge Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration. For more information on the Five Star Restoration Program, visit the NFWF Web site.

Second International Twitter Fundraising Festival coming-up in September

Giving in a Digital World

After such a great start, the first Global Twestival was held in February this year with people from over 200 cities worldwide taking part and raising some $250,000 for charity:water. There’s a Google Maps mashup on the site showing all of the registered city Twestivals and their chosen charites – with the London Twestival raising money for the children’s charity Childline. No involvement from community fundraisers employed by specific charities.

Second International Twitter Fundraising Festival coming-up in September

Giving in a Digital World

After such a great start, the first Global Twestival was held in February this year with people from over 200 cities worldwide taking part and raising some $250,000 for charity:water. There’s a Google Maps mashup on the site showing all of the registered city Twestivals and their chosen charites – with the London Twestival raising money for the children’s charity Childline. No involvement from community fundraisers employed by specific charities.

Mixed Links: Free Training, Special Deals, and Fab Info

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Join us next Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m. As for our weekly webinar series here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, here’s what’s coming up next: February 10: How to Write a Quick and Dirty Nonprofit Marketing Strategy. February 16: 10 Ways to Engage Your Facebook Fans.

Social Media Q & A

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If it is on a separate domain, than frequent linking back to the main site is important. It’s fine to have lots of links in a post, both to your site and to blogs or websites of others. February 3: Writing Thank-You Notes That Inspire Future Gifts.

Trio of Online Marketing Webinars Coming in Feb. - Reserve Your Spot Now

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Online Marketing Basics: From Email to Social Media (Wednesday, February 11). Should you be on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or some other site du jour? Blogging for Nonprofits: Tips, Traps, and Tales (Thursday, February 12).

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The Four Types of Productivity Styles

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Next Thursday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. stickK : A habit forming tool that focuses on incentives, accountability and community (and if you are unsuccessful, stickK lets your friends know). workshifting : A resource site that shares ideas to help you shift when, where and how you work.

Guest Post: 10 ways to show a little sympathy to your donors


My good buddy Gian Brosco recently took the helm of the Nevada Community Foundation. Tracie Rozhon gives you seven great tips in the February 29 New York Times. DOWNLOAD HERE: Best Practices: Nonprofit Web Site Design Rick Schwartz.

Your Webmaster Needs to Know About Your Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

Alas that is all I could find from Vitamin World about its support of the charity using its site search tool. For that matter, there was nothing in the About Us section that told me about what Vitamin World does in terms of community support.

Good Listening Grows Loyal Friends (Case Study)

Getting Attention

This plan was launched with enthusiasm and a loud call for community discussion : “We want to hear from you about what you want your library to look like. ” Dissent on this proposal has been burning since February.

A Consensus Definition of Social Marketing

Social Marketing and Social Change

Social Marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviours that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good. This definition is the result of an on-going and inclusive process that began in February 2012.

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Your Favorite Webinar Topics and Pass Winners

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I promised to book the three most popular training topics on the list by the end of March, so here you go: Integrating Your Website, E-Newsletter, and Social Media Sites. This has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 23. Kathy McAllister, Community Voice Mail.

Be Friend-ly with the 53% of Seniors Now Online

Getting Attention

Although email remains the “killer app” for seniors, Facebook and other social networking sites are growing in popularity, and are used by one in three online seniors. According to researcher Shyam Sundar, founder of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at Penn State University (and quoted in a recent story on WNYC ), “We need to make up for that potential social isolation, and we think that online social networking sites can be a good solution.”. More than half of U.S.

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Grants for U.S. Nonprofits, Schools, Universities, or Government Agencies Providing Non-Traditional Solutions to Employ Individuals With Disabilities

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Signature grants are not intended to fund project expansions or bring proven projects to new communities. Visit the Kessler Foundation Web site for complete program information and application procedures." From The Foundation Center. [If

What to do about Comment Trolling on 99Designs

Wild Woman Fundraising

l/) is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.” 3 days ago I started a contest on 99 designs, for a book cover.

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Pinterest For Business To Business: Interview With Joel Windels of Brandwatch

Diva Marketing Blog

Joel is the Community Manager at Brandwatch where he is responsible for all of Brandwatch’s presences online, including social networks like Pinterest. There are 1001 different social networks propping up and lots of guesswork involved in determining how to spend your ‘community time’.

Stories From Smaller Nonprofits: RE Children's Project

Diva Marketing Blog

COMMUNITY: Less than 500 people worldwide are diagnosed each year with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis. Now, many of the affected families all over the globe are part of a community built through RE Children’s social media strategy and networks.

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Grants for U.S. Nonprofits Providing Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding After Hurricane Irene

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The initiative will provide funding to nonprofit organizations responding to the recent hurricane, as well as to nonprofits continuing to rebuild and aid recovery efforts in the wake of the tornadoes in the Midwest and South, Mississippi and Missouri river flooding, and other major natural disasters that have taken place since February 1, 2011. Visit the AmeriCares Web site for the complete Request for Proposals and application procedures. From The Foundation Center. [If

Grants for Public Schools' Music Programs and Independent Music Programs

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Deadline: February 17, 2012 Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation Invites Applications From Music Education Programs for Music Matters Grant Program The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation , a nonprofit public charity established by Muzak LLC , is accepting applications for its Music Matters Grant Program, which provides grants to public school and independent music programs in the United States. Complete grant guidelines, the application form, and an FAQ are available at the foundation Web site.

Hispanic Surge On Facebook

The Agitator

Writing in Engage: Hispanics , interactive marketing consultant Lee Vance provides this astonishing stat: Back in February 2008, Facebook produced a Spanish-language version (note: with help from its user community). Vance notes the disproportionate use of social net sites by Hispanics, which he attributes to a combination of younger age profile and cultural values that emphasize family and community.

Awards for Enterprising American Middle School & High School Aged Girls

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Deadline: February 26, 2010 Guardian Life Insurance Invites Entries for Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is accepting entries for its Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program. In 2010, Guardian will award prizes to fifteen girls who demonstrate budding entrepreneurship, are taking the first steps toward financial independence, and make a difference in their schools and communities. From The Foundation Center.

Do you have bad boundaries?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I think thinking about ourselves without connecting it to our families and family pressure, community pressure, work pressure, whatever, to really just think about ourselves is an exercise that makes a lot of people uncomfortable because it’s like, I’m being selfish to think about myself.

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Grants for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students for '09 - '10 Undergraduate or Graduate School Year

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Point Foundation Offers Higher Education Scholarships for Gay and Lesbian Students Deadline: February 9, 2009 The Point Foundation ( [link] ), a scholar- ship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans- gender students of merit, has announced the opening of its 2009 application season. The scholarship program's selection criteria include academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement, and finan- cial need. [Please help us.

Sweet Briar College #BoardFail

A. Fine Blog

According to its website , the board voted to close the college on February 28th — and announced it to the world via press release on March 3rd , before telling faculty, students and alumnae. I don’t mean asking for money, I mean asking for help a community-wide strategy to either close or remain open. Here is the inevitable Save Sweet Briar site. ).

Grants for International Nonprofits Fighting for Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bi Sexual, Etc. Human Rights

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Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Accepting Applications for International Fund for Sexual Minorities Deadline:February 2, 2009 Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice ( [link] ) works for social, racial, and economic justice in the U.S. Visit the Astraea Web site for complete program guidelines. From The Foundation Center.

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Grants for HIV AIDS Prevention Programs

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United States Conference of Mayors Accepting Proposals for HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Program Deadline: February 25, 2008 The United States Conference of Mayors ( [link] ), in cooperation with the U.S. USCM plans to award grants totaling approximately $420,000 to local health departments, nonprofit community-based 501(c)(3) organizations, and Native American tribes for the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention projects targeting high-risk women of color. From The Foundation Center.

Grants for K - 12 Field Trips in Spring 2008

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Grant-funded field trips may involve museum, environmental, or science projects; artistic and cultural experiences; and civics or community service projects. Up to 1,600 grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded in February 2008. Visit the Target Web site for complete program information. From The Foundation Center.

Grants for Schools, School Districts, Governments, and Nonprofits to Train American Students How To Respond to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Medtronic Foundation to Fund School Programs That Save Lives From Sudden Cardiac Arrest Deadline: February 15, 2008 The Medtronic Foundation ( [link] ), a philanthropic vehicle of medical technology company Medtronic, Inc., Because survival depends greatly on immediate response with CPR and Automated External Defibrillators, prompt action from bystanders is integral to improving overall community survival rates. From The Foundation Center.