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Rich Leary has been at RMI Direct for 18 years and is still considered to be among the “newbies” at the direct marketing firm. “There’s really low turnover, people stay here a long time; it’s really because of Martin,” he said.
The year was 1999 and email was on the brink of becoming a mainstream fundraising tool, embraced by the masses as a way to connect and give to charity. Major charitable organizations had email lists of fewer than 5,000 addresses, as compared to now, with several organizations having email files of more than 5 million records. Today, mobile giving stands where email was 10 years ago, gaining momentum in the wake of Haiti’s earthquake. But, it’s also showing some vulnerability via a lack of response to the earthquake in Chile.
Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari dressed in drag to score an apartment at the all-female Susan B. Anthony Hotel in the old television series Bosom Buddies, while the late John Ritter pretended to be gay so a California landlord would let him live with two women in the ‘70s sitcom Three’s Company. Nonprofits aren’t going that far to save money but in some cases they are moving in together to share the rent, so to speak.
At Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, S.C., CEO Roddey Gettys doesn’t see his 940 staffers as “employees.” To Gettys, they are heroes. “If you are satisfied, and well cared for as a patient, what do you call the person who helped you, the person who made your day, and made you better?,” he asked rhetorically. “Are they just healthcare workers? No, definitely not. They are heroes.”
A proposal to reduce mail delivery to five days a week took another step closer to reality this week, with a Web site announcing details coming soon. The United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors approved management’s request to move forward with its five-day delivery proposal and to file a request for an advisory opinion with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on March 30.
President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform legislation into law today, two days after it passed the House of Representatives. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was approved Sunday night by a 219-212 vote.
Controversial Chicago-based community organizing group ACORN, which has been under numerous investigations, including being the subject of a video sting operation, announced it would close its doors on April 1.
"There’s more. Get out your notebook." If you’re a movie buff, you will recognize this quote from the 1976 movie, All the President’s Men, in which Deep Throat, arguably the most famous secret source in history, provides Bob Woodward, played by Robert Redford, with crucial information that leads to the unraveling of the Watergate scandal. The term “source” isn’t just reserved for clandestine informants meeting in dimly lit parking garages. It can and should apply to nonprofit communicators, who work with the press every day, effectively managing organizational reputation. This is accomplished not by divulging insider secrets, but by providing factual, accurate and timely information to reporters.
Most media relations professionals have the responsibility of either gaining visibility for, or mitigating the impact of, a crisis upon a trusted brand. In today’s click-and-send world of blast emails and multimedia press releases, reporters must equate the sheer volume of pitches they receive every day to air-dropped pamphleteering over a war zone. Throw into the mix a dizzying array of new ways to communicate, including Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites, and journalists now have to cull through an even greater stream of clutter to get at the heart of what’s real news. Hosts of NPR’s Weekend Edition recently posted some tips of how they use Twitter in the newsroom, citing that it has “proven to be a critical tool for getting first-hand information,” but that the key is to verify that the Tweets are authentic.
Chalk up another court victory for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). A Feb. 1 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, declared unconstitutional a law requiring certain disclosures when soliciting charitable donations of goods by telephone, mail or receptacles.
NFB of Texas challenged state Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office regarding the law that made professional resellers reveal their identity, disclose items donated would be sold for profit, and the percentage of proceeds or fees would go to charity. Errol Copilevitz, a partner in the Kansas City law firm Copilevitz and Canter, was lead counsel for the NFB of Texas. “This was an important decision because it protected the right of smaller organizations that use outside agencies to assist them and these kinds of appeals would be free of unconstitutional restrictions. We have seen other legislation in other jurisdictions in varying forms that continue to be a concern,” he said.
Friends and lovers alike scrapped their standard flowers and chocolates this past Valentine’s Day in exchange for razors and hair dye. Through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Totally Baldacious” campaign, they showed their love and support for cancer patients by either shaving or dying their hair. And for those afraid to take the plunge, the campaign created a widget that allowed supporters to “bald” their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures, just for fun. The campaign was designed with social networking as a key component. It launched on Feb. 8 using the microsite www.totallybaldacious.org. Todd Whitley, vice president of eMarketing for the White Plains, N.Y.-based charity, said the microsite allowed the nonprofit to cut loose from its standard marketing techniques, and educate constituents in a lighthearted, interactive manner.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!