Are you in love with your organization’s mission?

iMarketSmart

Once you brush away the internal politics, the nasty board member out to get you, the job title or raise you did or didn’t get, and so many other things that can drive you nuts, it all boils down to one simple question: Are you in love with your mission? If you are not in love with your mission, you can’t expect your donors to love it. You’ll never be truly successful without love for your mission. Love your mission, learn to love it, or leave.

What’s missing from most nonprofit mission statements?

iMarketSmart

Take a look at the following mission statements and see if you can guess what’s missing. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a charity mission statement that includes their donors — the very people that provide the funding to fulfill each charity’s mission.

Mission or Opportunity

A Small Change

Do you work for your non-profit because you believe in the mission of the organization or because it is a good opportunity for you? Mission keeps the direction clear and gives you another reason to get out of bed.

Passion for the mission is a MUST!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever read a nonprofit job description that included the words, “Passion for the mission”? “Passion for the mission is a must” has lost its meaning. What if you can do this, but the nonprofit is looking for someone who lives and breathes their mission?

Is Community Engagement or Awareness Essential? Depends on Your Mission.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Will the way an arts organization approaches its communications work vary significantly from a social service agency? Over the seven years that we’ve done the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report , we’ve seen few significant differences between nonprofits with different missions.

5 Organizations To Support On World Refugee Day

EveryAction

This World Refugee day, here are 5 organizations you can support to help refugees travel safely and keep families together. Their mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. For even more organizations doing great work, check out these 7 Nonprofits Fighting for Immigrant Rights

5 Features Environmental Organizations Need From Their CRM

EveryAction

In this series, we’ll be exploring the unique concerns that organizations in different fields consider when searching for a CRM software. This month we’re talking about an area near and dear to all of our earth-loving hearts: environmental organizations. Offline Organizing Capability.

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Is your mission statement trying too hard?

Fundraising Coach

Can you recite your nonprofit's mission statement? Your nonprofit's mission is vital. Lynn knew they actually needed vision and a mission statement that the community could get behind. But there was nothing that touched the heart in their mission statement.

3 Questions Environmental Organizations Should Ask When Evaluating a CRM

EveryAction

A new solution will need to offer all of the unique features that you require, taking the specifics of your organization’s size, structure, and mission into account. For environmental organizations, these are three questions that should be asked about any potential new CRM.

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The 76% Percent: Is Your Mission Statement Ready for Prime Time?

Getting Attention

A sneak peek at early responses (1,025 so far) to our Nonprofit Messages Survey shows a startling fact— 75% of nonprofit organizations like yours use their mission statement to communicate with external audiences. Most mission statements just aren’t ready for prime time.

CASE STUDY: How MomsRising Uses Hashtags to Help Meet Its Mission

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

MomsRising Mission. Describe How Your Organization Uses These Hashtags. Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/7HCgw9. p/7HCgw9. Hashtags and advocacy go together like peanut butter and jelly.

How to Make Your Mission More Compelling

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I often get questions like this one from D ei rdre : " As an organization with a mission that is a bit more abstract than, say, feeding hungry children or saving whales, we often struggle to make our work concrete. How can organizations dedicated to civic engagement or research creat e an inspiring story ? Describe your mission as a destination. . She could have described her mission in ways that focused on the building or the philosophy.

Interview: Zach Hochstadt, Mission Minded Agency Cofounder & Nonprofit Branding Expert

Non Profit Marketing 360

Zach Hochstadt is a founding partner of Mission Minded , a branding firm working exclusively with nonprofit organizations, with offices in San Francisco and Denver. Most organizations want to talk about how they do their work.

#FUNDRAISING: Maximizing Your Organization’s Return on Fundraising Events

Non Profit Marketing 360

Given how much time, energy and effort tends to go into organizing fundraising events, I thought we might start with one question: Just what is a “fundraising” event? Perhaps somewhat paradoxically, good fundraisers, being very mission-driven themselves, know when not to ask for money.

Vote With Your Mission!

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

A new initiative from the California Association of Nonprofits (aka CalNonprofits ) is the Vote With Your Mission virtual campaign. To not speak out when we must, and vote when we can, is to contribute to the very problems our missions seek to redress. Yes, it is, and CalNonprofits has conveniently included a legal FAQ on the Vote With Your Mission website. So, what does an organization have to do to participate in the campaign?

Compelling Images for Nonprofits: When Babies and Puppies Aren’t in Your Mission

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But not every organization can use an image of a child or dog to tell their story. So what kind of images can you use if your mission isn''t related to a smiling child or a playful puppy? Look to other organizations you admire and see how they are using images.

Focus on the mission, not the money

Get Fully Funded

Too many times, nonprofit Fundraisers get so focused on the money that they forget to communicate about the mission. It’s about fulfilling your organization’s mission. I’ve seen this in direct mail appeals, grant proposals, and major donor visits. . Keep this in mind: it’s not about the money you need. It’s about helping people and changing or saving lives.

"Missionize" Your Year-End Fundraising: Maximizing Your Organization's Fundraising Potential this Holiday Season

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Does your nonprofit organization have a plan for strategically connecting with your donors over the holidays? Listen and ask questions about how to customize this mission-based system to maximize your organization's fundraising potential at year end.In this session you will learn: An overview of the Benevon Model, an organic system for building sustainable funding for the mission of your organization from multiple-year individual donors.

Nonprofits have two missions to balance–cause and corporate

ImpactMax

You have two missions —a cause mission to change society and a corporate mission to sustain your organization. It’s important to keep clear about these two missions, the tension between them, and the communications resources required for both.

How ‘Sustainable’ Is Your Organization?

The Agitator

But that assumes they meet their mission and the reason for their being is over.

Question: Are Strategy & Mission The Same?

A Small Change

Strategy, Vision, Plan, Mission—these words gauge a strong response from anyone who is listening to them. It is also necessary to have something like a mission that you can use to describe the work that you do. Beyond having a mission and a plan, it seems to me that everything else is repetitive. People often confuse the difference between mission and vision. What are your thoughts on strategy, vision, mission, and planning?

Mission Based Thinking Part Two of Two - Examples Of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

Seeking Grant Money Today

Examples demonstrating how mission-based nonprofit operations best works when it is used effectively by a nonprofit''s staff and volunteers are difficult to come by. In this post I provide examples demonstrating how mission-based thinking can be used among all people operating a single nonprofit from executive leaders through the ranks to day to day staff or volunteers. The mission statement must be the first and guiding principle.

How to Fundraise When the Media Spotlight Shines on Your Organization’s Mission

DonorDigital

They discussed how to harness the opportunity to grow your email list, increase your social followers and raise money when your organization’s issue is in the news. Review the presentation deck to learn more about how to prepare a fundraising and communications plan, how to implement that plan on short notice, and how to leverage unexpected events into more supporters for your organization.

Why Your Organization Needs to Change

iMarketSmart

Nonprofits keep doing the same things that deliver the same results (usually prompting donors to hop from supporting one organization to another– hoping for a better value exchange and a more meaningful experience). It will keep you focused on your true mission.

The Mission Myth

Marketing for Nonprofits

As a leader at a nonprofit, there are times when I feel out of sync with my colleagues and wonder if I'm too focused on revenue vs. mission. That is why I LOVED The Mission Myth: Building Nonprofit Momentum Through Better Business by Deirdre Maloney.

Can your organization be Great?

Get Fully Funded

You’ve got to have a good Executive Director in place to keep the organization moving forward. But what about people who are already working for your organization who are stuck in the status quo? I read “Good to Great and the Social Sectors” recently.

What are your nonprofit organization’s assets

Get Fully Funded

As an organization, you have assets that you can leverage in your fundraising plan that can make your case for support stronger. Here are some examples of nonprofit organizational assets: Compelling mission (like feeding the hungry or housing the homeless).

Mission-Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

Seeking Grant Money Today

Mission-based thinking, a staple of contemporary, professional, nonprofit, best practices, is often discussed and explained but examples are more difficult to locate. In this two part post I will explain the critical importance of mission-based thinking in this post. Why Mission-Based Thinking Even Exists On the Radar Oregon Governor Kitzhaber signed a law this June that was the first in the United States. Organizations run in other fashions suck resources (i.e.

Mission-Driven Careers

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Those of us who've made a career of the nonprofit sector do it as part of our personal mission. Mission is what drives us to work long hours for below average wages and next to no benefits. Mission is what makes all of that bearable, and even inspiring. We may occasionally be tempted to look for greener pastures, but we always end up back on our missions. Tags: careers Nonprofit jobs mission

Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today

EveryAction

There's a long fight ahead, but for issues that stir you, one simple, positive thing you can do today is give - your time, money, voice, or attention - because so many organizations need your urgent support. No matter how much you give or to whom, the important thing is to support those organizations whose tireless work is striving for a world you want to live in. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

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Using Facebook Targeting to Boost Performance on Organic and Promoted Posts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Now page mangers can take advantage of those same targeting tools on organic content. Enabling page mangers to target organic posts gives them a say in the targeting process. Organic Post Interest Targeting. Drew Bernard.

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Nonprofit Branding: We Screwed Up A Good Organization

NonProfit Branding

So, because we miscalculated, some staff played games, grew estranged and undermined mission. Staff conflicts? Indifference? Team working in silos? This story may help you fix these common problems.

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Millennials on a Mission: Idealism, Impact, Innovation

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

” Ready to recruit and engage Millennial talent for your organization? Editor’s note: I’m pleased to introduce Network for Good’s Chief Giving Officer, Jamie McDonald , as a contributor to The Nonprofit Marketing Blog.

Mission Binding

Mission Paradox Blog

Sometimes I think a mission statement isn't worth the keystrokes you type them with. But then I'm reminded of what a well thought out mission statement does. A great mission statement limits your choices.   Running an arts organization, hell. If your mission statement is solid, it should be your guide through those tough choices.    That's why the vague, pointless mission statements that populate our field are so harmful.

Getting Ahead at Your Nonprofit or Mission-Driven Company

Cause Related Marketing

A new study finds that “true believers” are more likely than non-believers to increase in status and influence, especially at organizations that are ideologically-oriented. The research comes from the paper called “Status and the true believer: The impact of psychological contracts on social status attributions of friendship and influence,” published in the May 2013 issue of the Journal of Organization Science. People want to belong to organizations that have meaning and purpose.

Mission Drift: What Is It, Potential Impacts, & Recovery Methods

Seeking Grant Money Today

In everything that any organization does (for-profit or nonprofit) its mission statement, the clear statement that says what an organization does, for whom, how, and sometimes also why, and where; provides clarity, in the case for nonprofit organizations, for anyone and everyone who either volunteers with, works for, donates to, collaborates with, or considers requesting assistance from a nonprofit. among the organization's volunteers and staff.

Defining Your Organization’s Story

SocialButterfly

But as an organization– how do you get everyone on the same page? Sure–a communications brief, a missions statement, or a value statement might provide a route to defining one’s table of contents.

3 Easy Ways to Bring Your Mission to Life at Your Next Fundraising Event

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Asking supporters to pledge their money and time face to face makes a bigger emotional impact and further strengthens their relationship with your organization. What better time is there to make your mission and work come to life? " With that in mind, here are three easy ways to bring your mission to life at your next event: Live testimonial. Who has your organization touched? Keep in mind that this method is not reserved for human services organizations only.

How to Raise Money With Facebook – One Organization’s Success Story

J Campbell Social Marketing

Baldrick’s Foundation contacted me to highlight some of the great strides the organization has taken in the area of social media fundraising. They want to be able to measure, conclusively and in revenue terms, how much that post meant financially to the organizations.

Your supporters want a polyamorous relationship with you and your organization

iMarketSmart

They will cozy up to other organizations (your competitors). At some point they might even make a plan to leave your organization in their will. And, later, they might change that plan by replacing your organization with another. Are you developing their belief in your mission?