Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Get Political – Now

J Campbell Social Marketing

We need to start talking – LOUDLY – about what these cuts will mean to our programs, our missions, and the people and communities we have pledged to serve. It’s time that even the smallest of nonprofit organizations steps up to the plate and gets political.

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. Colin suggests making the wording specific, as in “get emails from Mitt” or “volunteer in your community” or “donate.” (I’ve

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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. Then, yesterday, following news of the death of George McGovern, I wondered why I am not more overtly political on this blog.

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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. But I’m seeing someting that will seriously impair your fundraising so I wanted to share it with you too. If we live in a democracy, we need to be active.

Should you talk with your donors about politics?

Wild Woman Fundraising

All marketing is political now- Umair Haque. Alexa Clay says, “Advertisers are becoming our moral compass” Umair Haque replies, “All marketing is political now, the best and worst most intensely so.” TO get Political or NOT get Political, THAT is the question.

#SocialNetworks: Primary Politics Offer Models For SM Strategy

Non Profit Marketing 360

Whatever your political affiliation, don’t let divisive partisanship cause you to ignore what works for your organization. Click to enlarge.

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. A community that would actively try to prevent her from succeeding in politics. Political fundraising is more personal than nonprofit fundraising.

#SOCIALNETWORKS: A Social Platform Primed For The Environmental Community

Non Profit Marketing 360

Of course those who are engaged in the pressing issues of environmental degradation and global warming want to reach out to audiences as wide as possible. The heavy hitters of social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…) can serve that purpose.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

The union will bring together Jumo’s model of searching for and supporting projects by topics with Good.is’s focus on stories, data, and news about a myriad of projects near and dear to the ethically-driven, the socially-engaged, and the community-oriented.

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. Agitator readers in the cause world might want to check it out.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

I decided I would take the risk to speak out about my political and social beliefs on my web page, but that if I was going to do that, I had to distinguish between them, hence what I call “Personal Rants.”

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. My blog was hacked and, unknown to me, written into the metadata was advertising for a narcotic. I’m very sorry that I did not catch it sooner. I deleted my site and reposted everything and have solved the problem.

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. My blog was hacked and, unknown to me, written into the metadata was advertising for a narcotic. I’m very sorry that I did not catch it sooner. I deleted my site and reposted everything and have solved the problem.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

National/International News and Current Affairs Nonprofit Politics Site Administration Technology Cloud computing EFF Electronic Frontier Foundation Megaupload Non-profit organization Online CommunitiesBut what about all the legal files on the servers?

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

Seeking Grant Money Today

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. Is the organization's work meeting a real need (still) and if we think that it does, is our esteemed perception of our own work in line with the community's perception of our organization (as a community's support is how a nonprofit thrives or dies)?

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). Post YOUR comms job here —nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Communications & Program Associate Center for Genetics and Society (Berkeley, CA).

What is GOTV Anyway? An Explainer for Non-Politicos

EveryAction

While many of you have a background in politics or organizing, there’s likely some of you scratching your head and wondering just what the heck this “GOTV” business is all about. community advocacy

I Am Not A Prospect

A Small Change

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 FundraisingIt’s time for a change of terminology in the fundraising world. I am not a “prospect&#. Don’t get me wrong. I could very well be a potential supporter of your organization. Maybe even an ardent one.

Barometer or Board Member

A Small Change

Beyond simply invaluable feedback your board is often your best connection to the community. If you are a small or large organization using your board members to help you engage and raise money from the community is one of the best things you can do.

Change! Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

Getting Attention

Communications and Political Director The National Organization for Women (New York, NY). Director Of Marketing And Communications Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, WA). Post YOUR comms job here —nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits.

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. People that sell copiers want to build a community of people who are passionate about copying. But here's the truth: Most efforts to build community fail.

Two Free Twitter Network Visualization Tools

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Use this tool to quickly visualize a network based on a Twitter hashtag (now available in widget form as shown below using the Canadian Politics hashtag as an example). 3 sample uses: To see a bird’s eye view of how interconnected (orisolated) a hashtag community/discussion really is.

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

There’s Cook’s magazine, there’s Communities magazine about intentional living communities, there’s Bitch magazine, there’s even an unschooling zine.

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Micro vs. Macro

A Small Change

Use social networking tools and your existing donor base to launch you into the online community. Politics & Motivation global giving online giving For the first time ever, Micro-enterprise in some instances can be more powerful than macro-enterprise. What does that mean?

Notes from the Digital Governance Forum (#DGF15)

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Political parties can have many special exemptions. All good political leaders have a few core items that they care deeply about (they then use technology to sway opinion in their favour). Professional astronomy community ended up participating, not just amateurs.

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5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Getting Attention

Monday night’s debate highlighted our dukes up, all-rules-broken political arena. Show your people they can count on your organization (if they really can) to build the kind of country and community in which they want to live.

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). Communications Coordinator Bright Focus Foundation. Clarksburg, MD). Communications Coordinator New England Foundation for the Arts (Boston, MA).

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

But more importantly, Sony gives year-long grants to numerous organizations involved in the arts, community outreach and renewal, education, volunteerism, and health and human services. Nonprofits depend on technology for communication, internal organization, and creative outreach.

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

Getting Attention

’s Sixth & I Synagogue , which doubles as a vibrant Jewish community center, opened its doors to provide community (what else?) to those displaced by the shutdown, including Political Ping Pong. Nonprofit communicators!

Diversity, Community, Technology and You

Marketing for Nonprofits

Does it mean including more black folks in your community, organization or network? And, like many black folks, I often felt conspicuous, even excluded, in all white communities. In addition, in my mind, part of our performance is also driven by how open or closed we are as communities.

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

Seeking Grant Money Today

Deadline: April 25, 2011 Left Tilt Fund Invites Grant Applications for Social Justice Projects The San Francisco-based Left Tilt Fund is a private nonprofit social justice foundation that funds organizations and artists working to address the root causes of economic, political, and social injustice through community-based organizing, education, legal advocacy, and other innovative means. From The Foundation Center. [As

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

As social networks and social marketing have matured over the last two or three years, a debate continues as to how effective social media is to inspire action (be it making a purchase, donating to a cause, or risking one’s life in a revolution ).

Moving up in your nonprofit: How does it work?

Wild Woman Fundraising

In this column, she comments on how Ceri Thomas, the male host of the Today program, (a political radio show in the UK) says that women are not up to presenting on his program. Women should not waste time explaining patiently how we can, after all, present (a political radio show).”

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

But the concern over online piracy of entertainment and software remains, and SOPA’s political supporters promise to refine new legislative efforts. Yesterday, a couple of the most used and best-known websites on the internet willingly shut themselves down: Wikipedia and Reddit.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

The crux of her argument is that those born between about 1980 and 1995 were old enough to be cognizant of the revolution that social networks have brought to communications, advertising, politics, and art ? Would you hire any of these people for your social-media outreach?

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

The crux of her argument is that those born between about 1980 and 1995 were old enough to be cognizant of the revolution that social networks have brought to communications, advertising, politics, and art ? Would you hire any of these people for your social-media outreach?

#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.

#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.

#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. Youth cover some of the evening.

#Tech: Halloween Weekend & Scary Stories Of Cloud Computing

Non Profit Marketing 360

And where these attacks are coming from vary geographically, culturally, politically, and with sophistication. Apple launched iCloud a couple of weeks back with much fanfare. The service is meant to improve the lags, vulnerabilities, and complications of MobileMe.