The conundrum of corporate gifts

Fundraising Coach

Last week, I was able to listen to a terrific discussion from business leaders about how their organizations make corporate gifts to charities. Seeking corporate gifts? When deciding how to ask for money , finding out about a prospect - corporate or individual - is just common courtesy.

Want to do political fundraising? Interview with Joe Garecht of The Fundraising Authority

Wild Woman Fundraising

I chose to interview Joe because I was interested in his political fundraising background. Joe, what is your fundraising background, and why political fundraising? I met my future wife there, I had the time of my life and got a HUGE range of connections in politics. Joe Garecht.

Trending Sources

3 steps to better corporate partnerships

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Partnerships take off when there is an urgent impetus that all parties share - like a desire to meet a humanitarian need or a new political opportunity or a shared passion. If you don’t drive business value for your corporate partner, the partnership is always at risk. While social good is an aim that all of us - including our corporate partners - support, the partnerships that last are those that drive business results beyond a brand halo.

Which is more important? Fundraising or The Olympics?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Olympics corporate are just not making any friends at all. How low will the Olympics stoop for their corporate sponsors? This seems about right. Have you heard about everything going wrong with the games in the UK this year?

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

We live and thrive in a government “of the people, by the people, for the people” (with the Borowitz addendum: “…which are now called ‘corporations’”). We are supposed to be involved in politics because we are called to be engaged citizens.

Wired Workforce, Networked CSR: Employee Involvement in the Age of Social Media

A. Fine Blog

Howard Greenstein of NYU’s Heyman Center on Philanthropy and Tom Watson of CauseWired have written a white paper on the state of corporate philanthropy in a wired world. Wired Workforce is a terrific snapshot on the state of corporate philanthropy right now.

Greenwashing, Whitewashing, now PINKWASHING?

Wild Woman Fundraising

It’s why corporations give to your cause. This knowledge can arm you in how to make the ask for corporate sponsorships and donations. Every donation is a political decision. Every purchase is a political decision. Have you seen a pink ribbon recently? Perhaps on the shirt or backpack of someone in the street? Or maybe on a can of soup or a yogurt cup? Though, honestly, if it were me, I would stick to bumper stickers (ha ha).

#Tech: SOPA Inspiring Blackouts & Lobbyists – Should Nonprofits Care?

Non Profit Marketing 360

The blackout is meant, in part, to call attention to the powers SOPA offers internet service providers (ISPs) and media corporations to shut down sites they believe are dealing with copyrighted material. Could SOPA chill free speech?

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).”

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

Many of the tech corporations who design and build the cameras, computers, smartphones, and tablets for nonprofits also offer grants and other avenues of support for those nonprofits and charities. History of previous support from Sony Corporation of America or any other Sony business unit.

Losing Donors Because of Bad Thank You Letters?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Sending a thank you letter to your donors is not just the polite thing to do. We’ll look at great thank-you notes for a variety of situations that nonprofit staff encounter daily, from first and repeat donors to event and corporate sponsorships.

Lessons From Mitt

The Agitator

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention own the political headlines this week. In politics, you sell what you got. There are some good links within this article if you want to delve deeper into political use of the leading social sites.

Lessons From Mitt

The Agitator

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention own the political headlines this week. In politics, you sell what you got. There are some good links within this article if you want to delve deeper into political use of the leading social sites.

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising


Identify corporate connections. Pay attention to politics. Their political giving history. Identify corporate connections. Perhaps more importantly, your donors’ business affiliations can help you identify corporate connections in your organization.

Why fundraising is so important, at least until Campaign Finance Reform

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently I’ve been reading up on how to get money for political office, because I will be assisting a friend in running for office. According to Jerry Brown, quoted in Money and the Meaning of Life, by Jacob Needleman, “The essence of politics is communication.

An Eye for a Tooth and a Tooth for an Eye

Wild Woman Fundraising

And so, I told them politely, “Hey, not a match for my blog.&#. Please don’t try to “get back&# at a blogger, funder, or corporate sponsor who rejects you.

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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. But for many others, public policy — and therefore politics — is central to your advocacy mission, and therefore embedded into your communications strategies. It’s Kivi here.

[Special Edition] Komen Crumbles: Busted Nonprofit Brand

Getting Attention

Komen has acted imperiously and (much worse) carelessly against the best interests of its core stakeholders —women who benefit from its support of breast cancer screening and research—to please its major donors and nurture its political connections. In jettisoning the cause of women’s health for the glory of political capital and dollars, Komen has lost my trust, and that of countless others throughout the country. Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Komen) has done it again.

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The 3 Worst Mistakes a Nonprofit Can Make When Trying to Acknowledge Online Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Becky’s heart was in the right place, she was being polite by introducing herself, she just doesn’t remember you. Gretchen Barry is the Director of Marketing for NonprofitEasy — Gretchen has been a leader in corporate communications and marketing for 20+ years. Gretchen Barry.

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Opportunity! Nonprofit Communications Jobs

Getting Attention

Communications Director , Communications Assistant , Communications Associate, Politics & Communications Associate Schusterman Family Foundation (Atlanta, GA). Digital Campaigns Organizer Corporate Accountability International (Boston, MA).

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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. Political giving can say a lot about a donor.

Social media definitions, categories, and top tools of 2016

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Emphasize and celebrate the “genuine voice” instead of formal corporate-style messaging. The term is a reference to the real, more casual, often unscripted writing style that avoids corporate, bureaucratic or stilted language. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.

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Advice to Komen Leadership: 8 Steps to Recovery

Getting Attention

Here are my recommendations for Komen leadership right now, on mission and branding fronts: Look deep inside at your mission and come to a clear agreement on what that means in terms of action —funding, programs, political affiliation (if any) and partnerships, including cause marketing.

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How can you recognize propaganda?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Corporatism – firmly establish that money is not speech, corporations are not people, only people have Constitutional rights, end corporate influence over the political process, protect people and the environment from damage by corporations.

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Ep231: The North Face: 'Walls are Meant for Climbing'

Selfish Giving

TPL's focus on corporate partnerships and why North Face is an important partner. The political riskiness of the campaign and how stakeholders have responded to it.

Grope-a-palooza and what are nonprofits doing about it?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Hedges writes : “We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. Corporations.

The Ten Worst Cause Marketing Campaigns of 2010

Cause Related Marketing

I wrote, “so while this effort from Scotties seems like cause marketing or corporate social responsibility, all it really is just business…I'm calling Scotties out because this has the gloss of corporate social responsibility and cause marketing…when it's really nothing of the kind.”

Nonprofit communications jobs: What to expect


The vast majority of nonprofits operate on a corporate model. So, if you’re looking to nonprofits to avoid workplace politics—that’s unrealistic. Such nuances often make corporate communications tactics inappropriate. flickr/stefan.

Where is All the Cause Marketing with Faith-Based Nonprofits?

Cause Related Marketing

With her permission I publish the conclusion of her analysis which is one section in a report of a larger project called, "Corporations, Creeds and Cause-related Marketing Campaigns: Defining the Graces that Save and the Sins that Sink Corporate Social Responsibility Endeavors with Faith-based, Nonprofit Organizations." Weathering the ebb and flow of political and social climates will enable faith-based nonprofit organizations to endure and outlast cultural evolutions.

#Fundraising: How To Apply For A Grant From Intel

Non Profit Marketing 360

The corporation is best known for its processors and motherboards and for its 5-note jingle - but its stand on corporate social responsibility is truly impressive.

Do you have a “super job”?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Corporate profits are up 22%. No wonder corporate profits are up 22 percent since 2007, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. “How does corporate America have the gall? I was in line at the co-op today and saw the cover of Mother Jones.

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#FUNDRAISING: Presidential Candidates Ramp Up Mobile Giving

Non Profit Marketing 360

This is the first post-’Citizens United’ national election , so the astute political junkies are paying attention to the money flow from corporations and unions that need report their large donations until after the voting has been counted.

#TECH: Look What We Did To Apple! Welcome Back To EPEAT.

Non Profit Marketing 360

But about two hours ago we posted a summation of Apple’s withdrawal from the very EPEAT environmental standards the corporation helped establish over a decade ago. Apple bruised by PR cuts over EPEAT. No, MKCREATIVEmedia doesn’t wield that kind of influence over 1 Infinity Loop.

#CIVICS: Apple’s Billions In Tax Dodges Come Under Scrutiny

Non Profit Marketing 360

The corporation is in California, but not its tax liability. a state that otherwise has no Apple corporate presence at all ? simply to claim the o% state tax on corporations and avoid the 8.84% that California demands. Apple Inc.

#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.

Lousy Boards — Barriers To Growth, Part 3

The Agitator

Alfred Sloan was the General Motors Chair and CEO who led GM from the 1920s through the ‘50s and grew it to become largest corporation on Earth at the time. Sadly, too many nonprofits are willing to tolerate the disease of ‘congenial dysfunctional politeness’ when it comes to governing boards. In a board meeting at GM, Sloan asked the board about an important decision: “I take it that everyone is in basic agreement about this decision?” Everyone nodded yes.

#TECH: Once Developed By Apple, Now Abandoned By Apple: EPEAT Standards

Non Profit Marketing 360

Apple Branding Civics Community Hardware Review iDevice iPad/Tablet Marketing News and Current Affairs Opinion Public Relations Reviews Technology design economy Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool EPEAT Marketing and Advertising Politics Recycling

#Tech: Net Neutrality Supported in Europe – Not Unsupported in US

Non Profit Marketing 360

Political support for the measure was bolstered by the Plum Report , funded by such content providers as the BBC, Yahoo!, Instead, we should envision the issue as an effort to keep away such intervention, corporate or otherwise.

Calling All Creative for Good Projects


With a number of strong collaborators including the National Social Marketing Centre, The Kaiser Family Foundation, Osocio and others, the call for submissions shares: As much as world change may be about politics or economics, as its heart it’s a creative proposition.

Are you afraid and unquestioningly obedient?

Wild Woman Fundraising

And by living in truth we expose a corrupt corporate state that perpetrates lies and lives in deceit. He begins to say what he really thinks at political meetings. Many come from for-profit to non-profit and think the same skills that earned revenue will translate into a non-profit frame and I don’t think they typically do…further, this for-profit mentality often comes with a “competitive” attitude b/c that is how one climbs the corporate ladder.