When will nonprofits learn what is common knowledge to politicians? Modern political strategy stands on three pillars: message, money, machine. The entry-level campaign strategist understands that the second two won’t come until the first pillar is set up..establish the clear message (and ideally condense it into a catchy sound bite).
Let’s face it, we have an uphill battle on money and machine. If we raise too much money--unrelated business tax, if we raise tpo little--program cuts, if we spend it promoting our cause--misuse of funds, if we hire savvy leaders—excessive compensation! If we hit the streets-unallowable costs; if we use our volunteer activists? Lobbying, If we hook up with local politicians? Loose your tax-exempt status!
But Message? There are no barriers in our way here. Who are we? What do we want to be? And once we know why we are here…what do we bring to the table? The later should be in the forefront of every givers mind.
If you are seeing a nonprofit version of a monopoly game (go directly to jail do not collect $200)…you are reading my mind.
WHEN YOU’RE UNDER A CLOUD…LOOK OVER THERE!
What to do when the message is already out there and it isn’t what you were wanting? Take a hint from the message masters: Politicians. Politicians are no strangers to scandal (did I say that with a straight face?). When they want to rebound after a scandal do they set up workshops on Accountability? NO. Do they write codes of conduct? NO. Do they hire compliance officers? Not a chance. They turn to the staple of magicians everywhere—misdirection. Give the public some compelling new vision, take their minds off the past and look toward a new future.
This seemed to be a great weekend for non-profits!
There was a local Community Center in our town that raised several thousand dollars for kids after-school programs (due to the fact that the state cut funding for them). Along with other festivities, they had a rubber-duckie race in the river where they adopted out about a thousand ducks at $5 a pop... and it was great fun for the kids.
The MDA telethon was this weekend as well... WOW!! I think they raised like over 61 million dollars!! What a great foundation!
There were others as well all over our state. I guess what I'm seeing is, is that when folks see a real need, they get on board... I think that's awesome!
I am Patrick Williams, and I am a Resource Manager for Franklin County Youth Center Inc. We are a 501 c3 organization that is based in Rocky Mount, Virginia. For the last 2 years Michael Patterson, our Chairman of the Board, has been holding fundraisers for the Youth Center Building Fund. We have land, but we are raising money for our 6million dollar facility. We are selling raffle tickets for a truck, and we are also holding a free Bluegrass Festival October 8th. If you want any information concerning the center, call 1-540-483-8008. If you would like to email me, do so at Sapunza@aol.com.
This week's episode of This Week in NetSquared News is up on the Net2 podcast. For the past month, we've been uploading audio recordings from the NetSquared Conference sessions onto the NetSquared podcast channel. To help you decide if you want to download an hour-long conference session, I'll be including clips from some of the sessions each week in This Week in NetSquared News. This week, I've included a 5-minute clip from the Gender and the Social Web panel.
This is pretty much one of the coolest things I've ever seen online. The Jane Goodall Insitute has created a geoblog with Google Earth, the Gombe Chimpanzee Blog, that allows readers/viewers to view Gombe National Park in Tanzania while they read entries by Emily Wroblewski, a field researcher who is studying the Gombe Chimpanzees. The photo above is a screenshot during my Gombe Flyover Tour.
I can't imagine a more powerful tool for environmental nonprofits and NGOs than to "fly" your supporters and potential supporters over the area of the world you are working in. It is really an awesome experience. It has the color, movement and visual richness of Second Life, but it is First Life, it is our Earth.
Google, Microsoft, AskJeeves and Yahoo! are supporting through their technology recently launched Goodtree.com a search engine that at each query donates profits to a charitable cause a user chooses (environment, health, poverty, etc...). The site also enables to invite friends and keep track of growing network of users (aka charity tree) and homepage customization. Charities are selected by independent third-party groups (their about page) and users can select the benificiaries of their searching. A brilliant example of social enterprise.
Fishermen in Guimaras are in dire need of protective suits and masks to continue helping in the clean up. Some of them are using their bare hands to sift the oil out of the coastline. There are some who are developing skin rashes and coughing from working in this condition.
In another twist, people are starting to cut their hair in the Philippines. Parlors are teeming with people who are getting a makeover and donating their hair samples for Guimaras. Greenpeace has announced that hair has absorbing properties and is proven effective with oil-spill incidents.