How Businesses Can Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims (Hint: Learn from Boston)

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But like everyone else I heard the sad news about the tornados in Oklahoma and the terrible loss of life and property. Cause Practices boston marathon bombing business giving cause marketing corporate giving oklahoma tornados I’m away this week speaking at the New Strategies Conference in Charleston, S.C. I know businesses are going to want to help. And after seeing how businesses responded after the tragedy in my hometown of Boston, I have a few suggestions.

BEWARE: Oklahoma’s Mini-Nixon

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Editors Note: This is the first of a three-part series on how some politicians and their special interest supporters are attempting to intimidate, discredit and destroy nonprofits that oppose them through the misuse of fundraising regulations. Saturday the 9 th marked the 40 th anniversary of President Nixons resignation for abuse of power and process.


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Fundraising Training in Oklahoma City

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Folks in Oklahoma can get some terrific fundraising training and ideas in two events organized by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. I'll be in Oklahoma City February 22 leading sessions on Asking Individual Donors and What's New in Fundraising. The following day, a related event will be held in Tulsa, in partnership with the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of AFP , Growing Your Fundraising: Grassroots to Major Gifts.

Located in Moore, Oklahoma and Needing Assistance? Looking for Loved Ones in Moore? Wishing to Assist? See the Following.

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The American Red Cross is assisting people in Moore, Oklahoma right now and has been literally since the tornado was touching down. Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma is providing up to date information on the tragedy and resources available to survivors in Moore, Oklahoma. For more information on the Red Cross and its efforts in Moore, Oklahoma click this link. If you are so inclined, you can donate to the Red Cross for the Moore, Oklahoma effort at that link.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Brenda Bennett

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Brenda Bennett is the VP of marketing and communications for NewView Oklahoma and has held executive management positions in the media industry for more than 25 years. Before joining NewView Oklahoma, Brenda served as the VP of marketing and communications for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. Prior to that, she held the position of vice president for Virtual Spectator with offices in Oklahoma, Auckland, New Zealand, Melbourne, Australia and Hamilton, Bermuda.

Beware The BIG LIE

The Agitator

Part One — Beware: Oklahomas Mini-Nixon Part Two — Anatomy of a Smear Campaign A key player in the drive by the Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the factory farm/agribusiness conglomerates to silence the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF).

Anatomy Of A Smear Campaign

The Agitator

Here’s part one: BEWARE: Oklahoma’s Mini-Nixon. A sinister move is now underway by Oklahomas attorney general and his special interest allies to use the states fundraising regulations in an effort to intimidate or silence the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its millions of members and supporters.

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month


From Equality Florida to Freedom Oklahoma to Basic Rights Oregon, we amplify the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement. June is observed as LGBTQ Pride month to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots and celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community.

Yours? Nonprofit Communications Jobs

Getting Attention

Investigative Communications Manager ACLU Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK). Please post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here. Assistant Vice President, Public Relations & Communications Easter Seals (Chicago, IL). Associate, Knowledge & Communications Northern California Grantmakers (San Francisco, CA). Bilingual Communications Manager KIPP Austin. Austin, TX). Chief Marketing Officer YWCA of Metro Atlanta (Atlanta, GA).

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Ooh! Aah! Jobs for Nonprofit Communicators

Getting Attention

Marketing and Communications Director Stand for Children (Oklahoma City, OK). 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).

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A pep talk for fundraisers like you!


million, a portion of which he has pledged to donate to Oklahoma State University to help workers impacted by the cancellation of spring sports. We are going to get through this, and history proves it.

Battling The Bullies

The Agitator

Particularly outrageous were the actions of Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s Attorney General and his special interest bankrollers and political allies (factory farmers, the Farm Bureau, ranchers and meat packers) in their efforts to oppose the anti-cruelty efforts of The Humane Society of The United States ( HSUS ).

A list of some humongous bequests that should get your planned giving team psyched up for only 3 seconds!


Boone Pickens to Oklahoma State University [7]. I give you permission to read this list but only if you’ll count to three afterward. Let it sink in. Then DELETE IT! Forget about it. Because your organization will probably never get a gift as large as any of these. So why am I showing it to you? Two reasons. 1- It’s fun to think about the potential of your planned giving program.

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Upcoming speaking engagements & fundraising training

Fundraising Coach

Oklahoma – August 2013. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is bringing me in as part of their “National Speakers Series.” trainings, one in Oklahoma City, one in Tulsa. Oklahoma City, Wednesday, August 14 : National Speakers Series: Ask Without Fear! I regularly get asked “Are you coming to my area?” ” Most of my fundraising training and speaking is currently done for nonprofits that bring me in to speak to their boards and teams.

A list of some humongous bequests that should get your planned giving team psyched up for only 3 seconds!


Boone Pickens to Oklahoma State University. [7]. I give you permission to read this list but only if you’ll count to three afterwards. Let it sink in. Then DELETE IT! Forget about it. Because your organization will probably never get a gift as large as any of these. So why am I showing it to you? Two reasons. 1- It’s fun to think about the potential of your planned giving program.

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Nonprofit Disaster Communications Done Right (Case Study)

Getting Attention

For example, when the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes hit in May 2013, we created a similar resource list and did outreach to local agencies on social media to see who needed help. Here’s the hot-off-the-presses story I just received from Leili Khalessi, Communications Manager at Red Rover. Leili and her colleagues have done a terrific job responding to the deadly tornadoes and torrential rains that are wreaking havoc with our lives, and those of our pets.

50+ Nonprofit Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Right Now

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Oklahoma Zoo Looking for some good examples of nonprofits on Instagram? Grab your phone and get inspired. ANIMAL RIGHTS. Talia looks like she’s ready for her woolcut next month. That’s the real start of spring! A photo posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary (@catskill_animal_sanctuary) on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:06pm PDT. ASPCA Best Friends Animal Society

It could be worse

Donor Power Blog

Read about it at NewsOK in Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City police look into wiretapping at Feed the Children. Are things rough at your nonprofit, with rivalries, silos, and lack of communication? I bet they're not as bad as at Feed the Children , where an investigator found that three offices there were bugged. The wiretaps are just the latest in a string of travails: It is unclear whether the wiretapping is connected to the power struggle at the charity.

Ep175: How This Texas DQ Franchisee is Fighting Childhood Hunger

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Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan Strand and I talk to Bill Spae , CEO of Vasari LLC , a Dairy Queen franchisee with 76+ locations in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Vasari is the second largest franchisee in the DQ system! Vasari leads several cause marketing programs, including a fundraiser for Share Our Strength that has raised $335,000 since 2014. On the show, Megan, Bill and I discuss: Bill Spae, Vasari LLC.

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Emotional fruitbasket turnover

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He had met some people who were there the day the Federal building in Oklahoma was destroyed by a bomb many years ago. I was listening to a speaker on Saturday talk about the difference a few minutes makes. He said he heard stories about how people risked their lives going into a burning, crumbling building looking for survivors. Isn’t it amazing how brave some folks become in the face of disaster?

Newsletter: COVID-19 & Growth Strategies for Partnerships ; Joann Craft Stores Open Doors for Mask-Makers ; Cowboy Museum Guard is Twitter’s Hottest Influencer

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The Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma is closed because of the virus so their head of security took over their Twitter handle. Today is the day! We have 200+ people registered. At 2pm ET, Brittany Hill at Accelerist and I are presenting.

Parting the Kimono (a little) on Cause Marketing ROI

Cause Related Marketing

Komen for the Cure chapter in central Oklahoma, Lorna Palmer… revealed that in 2010 cause marketing efforts generated about $300,000 of the $700,000 that the chapter distributed in its 10-county service area. If you figure that the average across all the chapters is somewhere between half as much as what the Central Oklahoma chapter took in and twice as much, then by itself cause marketing might be worth somewhere between $18 million and $72 million to Komen in 2010.

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It’s Time to Retire the Reception

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

To help get your ideas flowing, I asked a fundraising pro (and personal friend) Alexis Lux, CFRE and VP of Development for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City , to share some donor experience ideas: Q: So why should a nonprofit host “donor experiences”? Wine and cheese tasting. Fancy dinner. Reception. What do all these events have in common? They are generic. Any nonprofit can host these events. They are not special to your donors. They are not especially meaningful.

Newsletter: This Shark Nonprofit’s Partners are Off the Hook ; How You Can Legally Hijack the 2020 Olympics ; The Best Creative Talent is Kept Under Lock & Key

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This Oklahoma animal shelter wants you to raid it instead. Build an audience. Engage with that audience. Monetize that audience. Some lucky nonprofits don't even have to build an audience from scratch. They can just tap into an existing one that's growing around them. That's the case with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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3 Partnership Myths Roasted ; Girl Scouts Partner with Bomb Maker ; Farm Storage Company Puts Your Marketing to Shame

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Manager, Corporate Relations, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Based in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas or Oklahoma) 3. Just about every day someone asks for my opinion on something related to corporate partnerships. Frankly, I expend most of my breath debunking myths about partnership practices! My best responses include lots of facts and figures to support my position. But, honestly, good research is hard to come by.

#INTERVIEW: Chris Forbes, Co-Author of Guerilla Marketing for Nonprofits, Offers Great Advice to Groups

Non Profit Marketing 360

You can’t introduce a product to a community from North Africa like you might to the people of Ada, Oklahoma. For example, I can find out how many Oklahoma University fans are in an area and to see if I want to move to a neighborhood or not! Chris Forbes is the co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits and a certified guerrilla-marketing coach.

Newsletter: You Should Adopt This Creepy Phone Tactic from Wayfair ; Sales of Mr. Rogers’ Iconic Sweater Support Namesake’s Charity ; The Best Charity CEO on Twitter

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But SOS partner Vasari LLC , which operates about 70 Dairy Queens across Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, has filed for bankruptcy and is closing 29 stores. I've written before on how to turn your homepage into a lead-generating machine.

Marketing Beyond The Blog Buzz

Diva Marketing Blog

So I pulled out a deck I presented to the AMA Oklahoma Chapter in 2005 (!). Within the past week three people from three different industries (advertising, internal branding and higher education) asked me to contribute to posts they were writing about blogs. . Of course I was honored by their requests. However, what was especially interesting to me was every person was concerned (in varing degrees) about the viablity and longevity of blogs in a world of social network clutter. .

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#INTERVIEW: Chris Forbes, Co-Author of Guerilla Marketing for Nonprofits, Offers Great Advice to Groups

Non Profit Marketing 360

You can’t introduce a product to a community from North Africa like you might to the people of Ada, Oklahoma. For example, I can find out how many Oklahoma University fans are in an area and to see if I want to move to a neighborhood or not! Chris Forbes is the co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits and a certified guerrilla-marketing coach.

The Cost of Starting a Nonprofit in Every State

NonProfit Hub

Oklahoma. Oklahoma business registration: fees for needed licenses. Oklahoma charitable registration: $15-$65, depending on contributions. The process of starting a nonprofit requires a fair amount of savvy and know-how. Building from the ground up, it’s often difficult knowing where to start. Questions arise like “What do I need” and “Why do I need it?”

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Good Cause Marketing Lessons From Bad PR

Cause Related Marketing

If your cause is a model railway museum in Fiddler’s Bend, Oklahoma you’re almost certainly barking up the wrong tree to propose a CRM campaign to American Express., this humble little site you’re reading right now, is the Interweb’s largest, most diverse and comprehensive blog on cause marketing. Maybe the site's size and renown explains the volume of off-topic pitches I get from well-meaning PR people. There’s a name for these people.

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News Stories Describing How the Federal Government Shutdown is Effecting Nonprofit Organizations

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Oklahoma nonprofits brace for ripple effects of federal shutdown As the nation and the world are doing, the U.S.

Cause Marketing Lessons From the Rodeo

Cause Related Marketing

Oh, the national championship events in Omaha and Oklahoma City can be seen on high-number cable stations, and occasionally the ‘rodeo game’ as the announcer kept referring to it will sometimes go to a few of the New York City exurbs as a novelty for the city-folks. On July 4, 2012 my family and I attended a small town rodeo and the clown who performed had a great joke with a lesson in it for all cause marketers.

The 2012 Social Marketing Conference: Getting Better at Doing Good

Social Marketing and Social Change

A major meeting on "getting better at doing good" will take place in Clearwater Beach, FL 15-16 June 2012. This theme for the 22nd Annual Social Marketing Conference reflects the global reality that government institutions, not-for-profit groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities and colleges and businesses are searching for better ways to improve people's health, the environment, work force development and social welfare.

#ADVOCACY: Kony 2012 Sequel Not Going Viral, Nor Ending Debate

Non Profit Marketing 360

Birmingham Alabama saw the first spike of interest in the original video, and from there Oklahoma City and Noblesville Indiana quickly followed suit. Too little too late? Last Thursday, Invisible Children released their tepidly anticipated sequel to the stunningly viral video Kony 2012 (over 100 million views).

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There She Blows! Cause Marketing, Mobile Gifts Surface with

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Developed by Tulsa, Oklahoma based CharityCall , may be the best option yet for businesses and nonprofits that want to partner and raise money via mobile technology. I’ve talked a lot about the coming of mobile payments and their intersection with cause marketing on both my blog and at speaking appearances. It’s something I’m really excited about.

How to Incorporate March Madness in Your Nonprofit Fundraising

NonProfit Hub

Anyone can become a quick basketball expert by predicting that North Dakota State would beat Oklahoma or that Mercer can play superior basketball to Duke. March Madness is one of the annual rites of spring time—right along with setting your clocks back an hour and discovering what toys were hidden in the huge snow pile in the backyard. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is an annual tradition that can turn even the most indifferent people into basketball fans for three weeks.

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Run The Agitator Gauntlet – 1

The Agitator

From Michael Mitchell, Director for Annual Giving at Oklahoma Christian University, here is what Michael calls their “most effective email from the last year.&# Awhile back, I proffered an email appeal by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as an example of a well-executed appeal , and invited readers to critique it themselves. The robust discussion that ensued inspired us to try this as a regular feature.

4 Things Nonprofits Can Learn from the NBA Playoffs

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In the Playoffs: This year’s NBA MVP was Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. The Playoffs are like the year-end giving season for NBA players. Just like your nonprofit’s staff in December, during Playoffs, athletes are busy, tired, and they have their eye on the prize. What can nonprofits learn from the 16 teams that are competing for the championship title? Here are 4 takeaways you can share with your colleagues: Every little victory matters.

WANTED: Fundraisers With Merger, Acquisition and Investment Banking Experience

The Agitator

These bonds fund programs to reduce Oklahoma’s population of women in prison, help low-income mothers to have healthy pregnancies in South Carolina , teach refugees and immigrants English and job skills in Boston , house the homeless in Denver , and reduce storm water runoff in the District of Columbia. New thinking and new approaches are fundamental necessities for survival and growth. Not because all “old” ways are bad. Not all are.

Here's Telling Them!

The Nonprofit Consultant

Marsha Wiseman of Muskogee, Oklahoma, has written a letter to the editor of the Muskogee Phoenix: Don’t leave trash in the donation bin! Does your nonprofit organization take in-kind donations (used clothing, furniture, or other goods)? Do you ever get tired of people trying to dump their old, useless garbage at your door and expecting you to thank them (as well as give them a receipt for their tax deduction)?

Matching Funds Grant for Migratory Birds Conservation

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Priority will be given to projects in regions where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence, including the following regions in North America: western Canada; Gulf of Mexico states (including Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama); Prairie states (including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming); and the Delaware Bay. From The Foundation Center.

Fundraising on Film: What Hollywood Thinks of Fundraising?

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The tour has stopped in Oklahoma, where MacLaine’s character moved decades ago after giving up ballet to marry and have children. Guest Blogger Rob Blizard as Santa. Here’s a little holiday surprise for you, courtesy of my friend, movie buff, and fundraiser extraordinaire, Rob Blizard. I suspect many of us will be watching some old movies on the holiday break, and Rob gives you his take on a few of them with fundraising at the core of their plots.