Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Get Political – Now

J Campbell Social Marketing

What do we stand for as an organization? If you suspect that your organization is going to be ill-affected if this budget, or some version of it, passes, craft a response. It’s time that even the smallest of nonprofit organizations steps up to the plate and gets political.

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.

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Will Political Fundraising Harm Your Bottom Line?

The Agitator

As Bernie Sanders’ Presidential campaign nears the $150 million mark in small gift (average $27) fundraising, and as record amounts pour into the rest of the Presidential primary campaigns, there’s no doubt that nonprofit CEOs and Boards will be wondering: How will all that political giving impact support for our organization this year? In fact, some nonprofits — especially advocacy organizations — will benefit.

Making The Most Of A Charged Political Climate

The Agitator

million donors who give an average of $27 — got me thinking about the various problems and opportunities faced by vastly different types of organizations. Among the distinct types of organizations — candidate committees and ‘normal’ charities (health care, conservation, disease, Board Meeting Swipe File Donor acquisition Donor retention / loyalty / commitment Fundraising philosophy/profession Nonprofit management premium

Recently There Are Concerns By and About the IRS and Its Oversight of Political Organizations In This Election Year

Seeking Grant Money Today

I do not typically write about 501(c)(4)'s but the times being what they are I thought it was not just pertinent current event discussion, but a good example of how the IRS attempts to oversee nonprofit organizations (of each and all kinds). If these organizations seeking charitable status are not providing welfare to the community, that is fine, but they then will be categorized as the appropriate entity and not allowed to raise tax free dollars. news political organizations

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

We are supposed to be involved in politics because we are called to be engaged citizens. It’s easy to get caught up in the rhetoric, and what engaged organization would not want to state its case or respond to a policy proposal that threatens its work? So get engaged politically!

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

Nevertheless, nonprofit organizations and consumer protection groups are decrying the bill and calling for an internet ‘blackout’ on 18 January as Congress discusses the bill. What happened next is a great case of consumer activism and online organizing making a difference.

#SocialNetworks: Primary Politics Offer Models For SM Strategy

Non Profit Marketing 360

Timely consultation and the adjustment of a few hours a week for a one or two staff members can make a huge difference for an organization. Whatever your political affiliation, don’t let divisive partisanship cause you to ignore what works for your organization.

Abortion. A line in the sand.

Wild Woman Fundraising

People said she should keep her personal and political views out of her newsletter. To that I say, “You’re only saying that because you don’t agree with my politics and personal views. They prevent more abortions than any anti-choice organization.

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People Buy People: How Are You Connecting Your Constituents to Your Organization and Each Other?

Marketing for Nonprofits

Of course, they buy into belief systems, whether religious, political, or those devised for brands. In short, my philanthropy is driven by the experience I have with other people involved in the organization in addition to the work that the people in the organization do!

You may have noticed…

Wild Woman Fundraising

political in the last year. Why I am more political has to do with Occupy. Revolutions are fueled by an inept and distant ruling class that perpetuates political paralysis. What kinds of organizations should be funded mostly by foundations?

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

We have followed the development of the Jumo website and network over the last year or so, and that organization has recently announced a development ‘merger’ with Good.is Then follow their merger and development to see how their work can work for you and your organization.

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Engaging Board Members & Volunteers

A Small Change

Every nonprofit has a lot of different needs that vary from simple volunteer tasks like sorting or answering phones all the way to creating an IT infrastructure, crafting a marketing campaign, or advocating on behalf of the organization. My claim is that to maximize your board’s effectiveness (at fund raising or whatever else) the organization needs to look at things in reverse. Politics & Motivation board members volunteering volunteers

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#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.” A lot of organizations and a lot of fundraising consultants have lost this.

ClickZ Politics & Advocacy

The Agitator

ClickZ, an online marketing news service, offers a feed focused on online political and advocacy marketing. Options and costs available to organizations right now. Agitator readers in the cause world might want to check it out. 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. Check it out.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

The move toward cloud computing has numerous benefits , including a place to back up your organization’s most important files and offering access to such files from any mobile device. How can nonprofit organizations or small businesses avoid such a tangled web?

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Connecting Protests to Political Power

A. Fine Blog

But they couldn’t move it enough to match the power held by Republicans inside the political system. We progressives have a bad habit of assuming that large numbers of people supporting our positions is the same as gaining political power. When we lose statehouses in places like Florida and Texas, the key levers of political power like the ability to gerrymander districts into Rorsach tests of political affiliation, are lost with it, often times for a generation.

Fundraisers Who Cry Wolf … And Worse

The Agitator

Even if you’re not into political fundraising many of the lessons and insights powerfully apply. — from Democratic organizations in 2 days. And take a few of Peter’s takeaways to heart: “20 emails from 15 different Democratic organizations in 48 hours is disgusting.”.

Take Initiative

A Small Change

Many organizations have a time where the office is less busy often times during the summer donors are less engaged as they are traveling. What a great time to think about a special projects you can work on that will make a difference at your organization. Politics & MotivationI am not a particularly brilliant or innovative person nor am I fabulously talented or charismatic.

Take Initiative

A Small Change

Many organizations have a time where the office is less busy often times during the summer donors are less engaged as they are traveling. What a great time to think about a special projects you can work on that will make a difference at your organization. Politics & MotivationI am not a particularly brilliant or innovative person nor am I fabulously talented or charismatic.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

Nonprofits depend on technology for communication, internal organization, and creative outreach. In this post, we turn to Sony USA, which offers numerous outlets where such 501(c)3 organizations can purchase Sony’s products at a notably reduced rate.

Development Fatigue

A Small Change

This also helps you connect with other staff in the organization outside of asking them to help you in your fundraising. Politics & Motivation Are you experiencing “Development Fatigue”?

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. Representative Politics. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

I Am Not A Prospect

A Small Change

I could very well be a potential supporter of your organization. To me, the word “prospect&# minimizes my potential contribution to your organization by narrowing it to a single concern. I realize that you may work in the fundraising arm of your organization and, from your point-of-view, that prospective donation might be your most important concern. I’m someone who values what your organization brings to our community. Politics of Fundraising

Voter Tools and Resources for 2012: Political Ad Sleuth

A. Fine Blog

The best place to begin is with the fantastically fun Political Ad Sleuth sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation in partnership with FreePress. Individuals register on the site to help crowdsource the source of political ads. There has been an avalanche of political ads broadcast this year the origins of which (meaning who paid for the ad) are hard to ascertain (thanks Supreme Court for the Citizens United decision !)

Sharing Stories

A Small Change

If you have a donor that is not involved as a volunteer, their most powerful connection to your organization will be the stories that you share. It is important that you are able to convey the mission of your organization using stories that have been a part of your experience with the organization. Politics & MotivationUsing stories is essential for all development work. Donors connect with stories often more than they connect with anything else.

#Interview: Syam Buradagunta, Blogger & Co-Founder of Blue Sky Collaborative

Non Profit Marketing 360

SYAM: It works best for organizations that have family-oriented causes. It also works great for causes people are very passionate about – political causes, for example. So we really try our best to focus on the organizations that are the right fit.

Where are the Philanthropists?

A Small Change

For many organizations, grassroots giving is their foundation, and they receive a large portion of their funding out of $50 and $100 monthly gifts. In fact, the majority of organizations I’ve worked for treat $1,000 as a major gift. Even large organizations with Major Gifts Officers cultivating $100,000 gifts like World Vision will cultivate $1,000 givers in a more personal way. I am always surprised at how few Major Donors many organizations actually have.

The Art of Phone Follow Up

A Small Change

How else can an organization keep in touch with a large number of constituents in a short period of time? This is a great time to learn why someone gives to your organization, how they first found out about you. Politics & Motivation board members follow up phone calls solicitation Follow up calls use to be the least favorite part of my job. It can be a lot of mental work to sit down with a list of phone numbers and make call after call after call.

Micro vs. Macro

A Small Change

It means that a small organization that is serving a very specific need may be the best tool to address a problem. For example a large relief organization might be able to help 30 villages in Africa, but a small organization focused on helping one village may do a better job.

Change! Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

Getting Attention

Communications and Political Director The National Organization for Women (New York, NY). Communications Specialist & Digital Communications Organizer UNITE HERE (Chicago, IL & Los Angeles, CA).

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Barometer or Board Member

A Small Change

I have found board members and advisory level volunteers to be great barometers for how my organization is viewed publicly. 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.

Great Nonprofit Communications Jobs

Getting Attention

Communications & Political Director , National Organization for Women (New York, NY). Communications & Political Director, National Organization for Women (New York, NY) Communications & Program Associate Center for Genetics and Society (Berkeley, CA) Communications Coordinator The Human Society of Sarasota County (Sarasota, FL) Communications Coordinator City Academy (St.

Want to Achieve Something Great? Remember WHY Your Organization Exists in the First Place.

Marketing for Nonprofits

This is not a political blog. Don't fall into the political trap of getting stuck on winning for its' own sake. This will surely help you, your colleagues and your organization to reach the moon. Thomas Friedman had a very compelling editorial in the New York Times on Sunday called, It's Still Halftime in America. Here is the introduction. "I

Grants Available for American Nonprofit Organizations Using Computers, Technology, or Video Games to Educate

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The foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services utilizing technology and/or computer and video games to educate America's youth and young adults (ages 7 to 18). Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental units exempt under Section 115 and described in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. From The Foundation Center. [If

Susan G, Komen Organization's Experience Is the Devil In the Details (for Us and Not Just Komen)

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Politics aside, for the sake of our discussion about nonprofit best practices and the 'why' in 'why do nonprofits choose to practice them' is helpful, so we are taking a cursory look at the recent Susan G. In looking at Komen's situation we begin to understanding how nonprofits best operate effectively, efficiently, professionally ensuring their own longevity and thereby ensuring that their mission's goals get delivered to the beneficiaries of the organization's work.

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

Seeking Grant Money Today

In the next post I will then share different examples of how mission based thinking can work, from different points of view within and outside of the nonprofit, and how in doing so, I will demonstrate how empowering, clarifying, and on track it can help an organization to either become or be. Organizations run in other fashions suck resources (i.e. It is the reason the organization has been officially recognized as a legal charity able to raise tax free dollars.

Political Campaigns Have Changed the Way We Communicate

Social Marketing and Social Change

To a considerable extent, Republicans and Democrats say, this is a result of the way that the Obama campaign sought to understand and harness the Internet (and other forms of so-called new media) to organize supporters and to reach voters who no longer rely primarily on information from newspapers and television. Tags: Social Media New Media Politics Social Marketing Social Media “The year campaigns leveraged the Internet in ways never imagined. The year we went to warp speed.

7 Tips for Building an Incredibly Useful Email Swipe File

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

SUBSCRIBE TO POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS. And don’t stick with one political party…branch out! Make this automatic – every time you subscribe to a new nonprofit or political campaign, create a label for that entity.

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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. Identify the ways in which your organization’s work touches top-of-mind issues. Instead, convey how your organization contributes to solving the problems emphasized in right-now campaigns and headlines.