Modern Advocacy Requires Modern Tools

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Given the rapid growth in grassroots advocacy initiatives at organizations large and small, we’ve been talking a lot in our office about the opportunities nonprofits have to drive new types of engagement through advocacy and what makes an organization effective. When people ask me, I always think of the National Parks Conservation Association. NPCA is the only organization that advocates exclusively on behalf of America’s National Park system.

To Act Nationally or Globally, Think Locally

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Advocacy Integrated Marketing By Susie Gorden, Congressional Management Foundation. Sometimes the best way to make a nationwide or global impact starts closer to home, maybe right in your backyard. We all know the value of building relationships with Members of Congress and local legislators. But what is the best way to break through and truly demonstrate your impact where it matters most?

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Advocacy & Facebook Political Ads: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

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Facebook uses artificial intelligence (AI) to scan content (text, images and videos) for terms related to politic issues of national importance. Here’s a list of terms that could be flagged in your ads because they relate to “national issues of public importance”: abortion. Here are the steps to run Facebook/Instagram ads related to politics or issues of national importance: You must provide proof of US residency. What’s up with Facebook Political Ads?

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The 36th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute will feature nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance, and government discussing the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations. National LGBTQ Task Force / Detroit, MI / $500. The National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2019 Creating Change Conference convenes in Detroit, Michigan January 23-27, 2019. The Corps Network National Conference.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 120: Current Trends in Grassroots Advocacy

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How has grassroots advocacy changed in the past few years? And what are the current grassroots advocacy trends that your organization should be leveraging to have greater success? Today’s episode, recorded at bbcon 2019, features Jeb Ory, co-founder and CEO at Phone2Action and Zach Ragbourn, director of digital communications at National Parks Conservation Association. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Changes in the grassroots advocacy space in the past few years.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know


During National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., Across America, Hispanic and Latino organizations are leading the way in every realm, including advocacy, education, healthcare, and social services. NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. National Alliance for Hispanic Health The.

Nonprofit Advocacy Can Be a Force Multiplier for Social Change

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our longest-term donor, the Skoll Foundation , went so far as to introduce me to a DC-based advocacy firm. My reaction was that this kind of advocacy work was a luxury we couldn’t afford. You see, several months later, the federal Department of Education challenged us to compete against a well-respected national nonprofit 60 times our size in a bid to provide accessible educational materials for US students who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print disabled.

Our EveryAction Hero: National Women's Law Center


Since 1972, the National Women’s Law Center has worked tirelessly to protect and advance the progress of women and girls in virtually every aspect of their lives. In recent months, fueled by the increasingly polarizing political and social climate, the National Women’s Law Center has become a pivotal player in the resistance movement. How would you describe the mission of the National Women’s Law Center? Not to mention how easy it is to set up advocacy targets in EveryAction.

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8 Organizations to Support this Black History Month


The National Urban League consists of over 90 affiliates across the country. The Urban League of Portland was established in 1945 making it one of the oldest African American service, civil rights, and advocacy organizations in the region. Some programs they’re currently working on include: a diabetes prevention program, policy work on reproductive justice, and workshops focusing on leadership, advocacy, and mental health awareness.

Customer Feedback Meets Ideas for Netroots Nation

Network-Centric Advocacy

Customer Feedback & Ideas for Netroots Nation Netroots conference using UserVoice to sort questions from the large audience. Tags: Advocacy Strategy Communication Technology Current Affairs Examples of Network-Centric Advocacy Campaigns netcentric nptech Web/Tech It will be interesting to see how the questions that emerge are very much like or dislike the questions professional reporters would ask.

PolicyLink - E-Advocacy -- Overview

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PolicyLink - E-Advocacy -- Overview: "Advocacy is essential for anyone working to ensure that this nation’s resources are shared by everyone. The struggle may be for housing that’s affordable to people of all incomes, secure jobs and accessible transportation to reach them, or healthy communities with clean air, parks, and supermarkets that offer quality food and produce. Whatever it may be, we

Why is Twitter a crucial channel for trade associations and advocacy groups?


Disclosure: The National Association of Manufacturers is a former SocialFish client. —————— During major political events like the State of the Union address or presidential debates, Twitter serves as the national town hall: a place to learn about and debate issues in real time. This dynamic makes the platform a prime marketing channel for trade associations and advocacy groups seeking to shape the national dialogue.

Our EveryAction Hero: Healthier Colorado


I had the opportunity to chat with Communications Director, Ryan Sims, on engagement strategies, creating personal connections with your audience, and how Healthier Colorado marries organizing and advocacy through EveryAction. We started out in response to local funders who saw an opportunity for more advocacy at the state level. We see ourselves as policy champions in health advocacy and our audience knows that. everyaction hero advocacy

What's the future of online advocacy?

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Several organizations who use Convio's Advocacy product had a stimulating discussion yesterday here at the Convio Summit about online advocacy and what the future of the field is going to look like. Oversimplifying, I'd say that people fell into two camps: Traditional Online Advocacy - where a constituent sends an electronic communication to the decision maker, who is often a legislator. Let's continue this discussion - what do you think the future holds for online advocacy

Interview: Taylor Dankmyer, Mobile Strategy Associate, on the Value of Netroots Nation for Nonprofits

Mobile Commons

The 2015 Netroots Nation conference took place this past summer in Phoenix, Arizona. As such, we decided to sit down with Taylor to get his fresh take on one of the biggest advocacy-oriented conferences in the country. Can you explain, in your own words, what Netroots Nations is? This could be how to win the next election, how to work on an advocacy issue, and also how Netroots can grow as a movement.

John Kao: Innovation Nation meets Nonprofit Networks

Network-Centric Advocacy

What systems do we have in place that actually DESTROY innovation at scale across groups and in an issue and advocacy network ? I find it interesting that John limits this conversation and thinking (national or organizational level) to centralized planners and individual examples. Tags: Advocacy Strategy netcentric Personal Rants Web/Tech I really thought this was a good presentation on innovation process and practice.

Mobile Organizing for 2012 – Our Netroots Nation Panel Streaming Live

Mobile Commons

Our CEO Jed Alpert is moderating a panel at Netroots Nation called “Mobile Organizing for 2012: From Elections to Occupy, Anti-Fracking to Arab Spring.” Kristin Koch, the Deputy Director of Communications and Online Advocacy Strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America. Liba Wenig Rubenstein ,who leads partnerships, programming, and outreach for politics, government, and advocacy at Tumblr.

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


Legal Advocacy. Lambda Legal Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal does not charge clients for legal representation or advocacy, and receives no government funding - it depends on contributions from supporters around the country. advocacy

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month


There is no better time to support local and national nonprofits protecting LGBTQ rights and serving the LGBTQ community, and while there are far too many organizations doing great work to list them all, these are a few that we're big fans of. National Center for Transgender Equality. The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

Crowdsource This… and That: Getting Creative with Crowdsourcing Strategy (Internet Advocacy Roundtable, April 2013)


April''s Internet Advocacy Roundtable featured speakers who’ve used crowdsourcing in some very creative ways to great effect. Large, probability samples of citizens can accurately tell us a lot about the opinions of the nation at large. Watch April''s Internet Advocacy Roundtable: "Crowdsource This… and That: Getting Creative with Crowdsourcing Strategy" to hear insights on crowdsourcing from some very smart people doing very interesting projects.

True Spin: a National Conference on Media Relations for Progressives

Network-Centric Advocacy

This conference brings together flacks from progressive advocacy groups around the country to exchange ideas and learn new and creative PR tactics. It’s the only national conference of its kind in the country. True Spin: a National Conference on Media Relations for Progressives. Tags: Advocacy Strategy Communication Technology Current Affairs Media Trends nptech Organizing Guide I”ll be there. It is always a great event.

7 Nonprofits Fighting for Immigrant Rights


From legal work to advocacy to grassroots mobilization, these 7 organizations highlighted below are fighting to ensure that immigrant rights are human rights. With over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states, United We Dream is the nation’s largest immigrant youth-led organization. National Immigration Law Center. There are nearly 800,000 people protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Will AI turn on polluters? AI for Advocacy. The days of hiding behind complexity are numbered.

Network-Centric Advocacy

There are issues with AI that all of us need to think about. Surprisingly, I am not seeing the business community publicly concerned as it ought to be that AI is a serious threat to abusive and polluting multi-national corporations. AI will likely be among the best new allies for the advocacy community. Advocacy Strategy Communication Technology

#GivingTuesday: Why I Am Participating in the National Day of Giving on November 27, 2012

Beth Kanter

Giving Tuesday hopes to spark a movement of people and organizations who want to celebrate giving and encourage more and smarter giving during the holiday season. The intent is to create an annual national day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving or this year on November 27, 2012. The campaign will encourage philanthropic activities that support nonprofit organizations.

Winning Wireless – A Preview of Michael Sabat’s Training for Netroots Nation

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Michael will be offering a training in mobile strategy as part of Netroots Nation, from June 7-10, 2012. . That way, you’re motivating local advocacy on a national level. For more ideas, please stop by my Netroots Nation training on Friday, 6/8 at 10:30am. Click here to register now for Netroots Nation, June 7-10, 2012. This piece, by Mobile Commons’ VP of Business Development Michael Sabat, was originally posted on the Netroots Foundation blog.

Ready to Respond: Real-Time Lessons in Preparedness from the Headlines and the ACLU

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No matter where we fall in the political spectrum, it’s important for us as fundraisers to keep an eye on the issues and the news so that we’re ready to act when the issues we are passionate about become national news. Their Response to a Nationally Significant Event Was Immediate. Is your leadership team clear on how you will respond, and do your marketing and advocacy leads have insight into what your position is?

How World Wildlife Fund Used Segmentation to Activate Social Influencers for Their Cause

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For nonprofits interested in engaging supporters in online advocacy, this is especially true. The United Nations holds a climate change conference every year, and countries come together to negotiate and agree on multiple plans of action to slow, react to, and combat climate change. December 2015 – the United Nations is scheduled to meet in Paris for its annual climate change meeting – “COP21”. The Oracle at Delphi told Oedipus “Know thyself!”

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Track Your Advocacy Phone Calls – Straight From Convio

Mobile Commons

That’s especially true for non-profit groups and advocacy campaigns. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new feature for Mobile Commons customers who use mConnect and the advocacy platform available from Convio. We’re pushing all data from advocacy phone calls directly into Convio Luminate Online. The new integration with Convio puts hard data to practical use, and gives advocacy groups new ways to learn more about their members.

Scientists for Change: NOI's "Experiments in Online Advocacy" rocks!


Our friends at the New Organizing Institute just published a great, in-depth research paper titled "Experiments in Online Advocacy" that is one of the first published pieces we've seen that applies meticulous experiment design to some of the thorny challenges around effective online advocacy technique. Formatting of advocacy emails. Time of day for sending advocacy emails. HCAN was not able to determine an optimal time of day to send advocacy emails.

NetCentric Advocacy: The end game of networks

Network-Centric Advocacy

NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. To elimate terrorism nations must abandon war, war machines and unilateral action? To elimate terrorism nations must abandon war, war machines and unilateral action? Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Protection and Empowerment: Themes that work | Main | open source intelligence is frequently undervalued and underutilized.

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The Brady Campaign Uses Mobile Commons Advocacy to Turn Massive Social Support Into Political Action During Senator Murphy’s Filibuster

Mobile Commons

Over the past weeks since the Orlando shooting, an outraged nation has demanded more gun control. They launched a Mobile Commons Advocacy campaign that drove 130,000 phone calls in a day , urging the Senate to support Senator Murphy’s filibuster. When your organization’s issues become flashpoints, Mobile Commons Advocacy gives you a way to harness and focus that public attention into long-lasting legislative achievements.

Three Features You May Not Know About That Can Supercharge Your Mobile Commons Advocacy Campaigns

Mobile Commons

Earlier this month, we launched Mobile Commons Advocacy, a plug-and-play tool that makes it simple for organizations to drive phone calls to Congress and affect legislators’ opinions. The best way to encourage people to make advocacy phone calls is to make the process simple. If you’re advertising a single national hotline number – for example, on television – this feature can ensure that all your callers are connected to the appropriate senators. (If

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NetCentric Advocacy: Center for Progressive Leadership Action Network

Network-Centric Advocacy

NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. They have videos related to grassroots mobilization, including the 24-minute training video and extended interviews with national experts in the field. They have videos related to grassroots mobilization, including the 24-minute training video and extended interviews with national experts in the field.

Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I hosted a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who attended the GeoFunders National Conference that took place recently in Seattle. Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers – guest post by Aaron Dorfman, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Some grantmakers shy away from funding advocacy, preferring instead to fund direct services.

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Creating the Perfect Volunteer Recruitment Page (& Start a Great Relationship)

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This simple use of email automation – bypassing national staff and the need for data downloads or synchs, etc. Advocacy advocate recruitment tips nonprofit advocacy volunteer recruitment tips“It’s not me. It’s you.” . No, it’s not a bad breakup. In fact, it’s just the opposite – the beginning of a great relationship. . When recruiting a new volunteer to your organization, it should begin just like that great first or second date.

Elevating Advocacy Voices for Children Through Social Media

Beth Kanter

Just like message consistency, storytelling, and interviewing skills, building robust networks and using social media can help these advocacy organizations make change happen for children in their state. Elevating Advocacy Voices for Children Through Social Media – Guest Post by Barbara Munoz. Utah is dead last in the nation for education funding per pupil. We also have the highest rates of uninsured children in the nation, with one in six Utah kids lacking coverage.

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NetCentric Advocacy: The New Assumptions : Plans for the Economic Crisis

Network-Centric Advocacy

NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Main | WhosTalkin: Buzz research » January 09, 2009 The New Assumptions : Plans for the Economic Crisis At this stage, it is clear that nonprofit and advocacy groups are also headed for extraordinarily difficult financial times. The cash crunch for the advocacy movement will be as bad as we can imagine and far worse than we can easily manage. We are going to be poorer nation.

11 Powerful Quotes about New Power at the 2019 Social Good Summit

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This year marked the 10 th anniversary of the Social Good Summit , an annual conference hosted by the UN Foundation, Mashable, 92 nd Street Y and the United Nations Development Programme that celebrates advocacy and activism for social impact. Advocacy Nonprofit Nonprofit News Outcomes + Impact Social Good Advancing Social Impact new power Social Good Summit

Advocacy Policy, Part Two - And Why Now is an Especially Good Time to Create One

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A few months ago, the MAH board and staff started discussing whether and how to create a formal policy for advocacy activities. Why create an advocacy policy? Regardless of your institutional mission, nonprofits are all in the advocacy business. A small team of trustees and staff members worked together on our advocacy policy. We wanted enough of a foundation to ground our advocacy without prescribing it.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


National LGBTQ Task Force / Washington, DC / 475. The National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2018 Creating Change Conference convenes in Washington, DC, January 24-28, 2018. We are excited to host our national movement gathering in the Capital. The Corps Network National Conference. The Corps Network National Conference. This event continues and builds on the legacy of the COOL National Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, spanning an incredible 32+ year history.

NetCentric Advocacy: GrandCentral Blog

Network-Centric Advocacy

NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. At each of these PHC events the Project CARE (Communications and Respect for Everybody) booth is usually one of, if not the, most wanted services and we have always been really happy to be there and are very excited that Google not only wants to continue to support this effort but to expand it nationally.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


2016 Alliance National Conference. 2016 Alliance National Conference. Take full advantage of the best national peer network by attending the 2016 Alliance National Conference. National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project / Austin, TX / $575. ASAE / National Harbor, MD / $1,399. National LGBT Task Force / Philadelphia, PA / $325. National Urban League / St.

Care2 Petition Helps Prevent National Park Service Changes - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60) Last August, a draft of policies and rules for National Parks was leaked that emphasized commercialization, tourism, and motorized recreation within the parks.