Fundraising & Public Relations: What’s the Connection?

The Fundraising Authority

All that can and does happen every day for nonprofits, both large and small, thanks to smart public relations efforts. What Is “Public Relations”? Simply put, “public relations,” or “PR,” encompasses all the activities your organization does to get press coverage for your work. Raising General Awareness: Good PR raises awareness in the community about your non-profit and the work you do. The post Fundraising & Public Relations: What’s the Connection?

Community Engagement and Social Media for Public Media

Amy Sample Ward

I recently had the opportunity to present a webinar for the National Center for Media Engagement , focused on community-driven engagement, and present a session at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference , talking about building a social media strategy. Both of these presentations had participants primarily from the public media sector. There were some similarities and differences in both the questions and perceptions around engagement and community.

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Repurposing Conference Content with Your Member Community

Cadmium CD

An online community is a great way to drum up interest before your event, and it’s also excellent for encouraging engagement during the event itself. But how can having an online community for your organization keep high levels of engagement after your event is over?

COVID-19 Response Guide for Public Health Officials


In their words: The COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant disruptions to cities and local communities in the US and around the world. Successful suppression of COVID-19 in the United States will require urgent and decisive action by state, local and community leaders across the country.

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Emerson College Students Create a Diverse Book Campaign for Boston Public Schools While Studying Charity Navigator's DEI Goals

Charity Navigator

Through the campaign, they have spearheaded an effort to provide diverse literature to Boston Public schools. books bookstore Boston Emerson College High school minority-owned bookstore nonprofit public schools students

Study offers lessons on public health efforts to prevent gun violence


Engaging with local community leaders and residents early and often is key to implementing public health and racial justice approaches to preventing gun violence successfully, a report from the Annie E.

Place Matters: How Collective Impact and Place-Based Investment Can Empower Communities to Lead

NonProfit PRO

In philanthropy, a top-down approach and lack of lived experience has often led to funder-driven decision-making that lacks authentic community expertise and inclusion. Social Service/Public Welfare/Human Services

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[ASK AN EXPERT] Should I Publicize the Amount of a Major Gift?


Are they okay with you publicizing the gift? Let them know you’d love to share some of their motivations with your community. . Not everyone wants public recognition, but it’s worth remembering giving isn’t always its own reward.

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Engaging Your Community in Hybrid Events: 4 Tips for Success

Cadmium CD

Engaging Your Community in Hybrid Events: 4 Tips for Success Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen a massive pivot to virtual events.

[ASK AN EXPERT] What is the Purpose of Publicizing Legacy Gifts?


Today’s question comes from a fundraiser who needs advice on how to shine a light on their legacy giving program by publicizing bequests. . My boss is also hesitant because we’re a senior living community and HIPAA limits our ability to tell client stories. .

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Community colleges: A critical access point to higher education


The plan includes a proposal to allocate $109 billion for two years of free community college for all Americans, including Dreamers. . Community colleges are a critical access point to higher education in the United States. What are community colleges? .

[VIDEO] Power Of Community In Strategic Planning


Community engagement, though at times unwieldy and time-consuming, is critical to truly propel all variables towards a common goal. Julie Ha Truong will outline best practices in community engagement in planning. And so today’s topic is Power of Community and Strategic Planning.

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How To Build Community Using Social Media


Are you truly building an online community, or just looking at these numbers as an ego boost? Success in our crowded online landscape means having the confidence that you could approach your community with an ask, and they would respond.

DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Amy Sample Ward

I had a lot of fun yesterday giving a webinar for the Nonprofit Webinar series ; it was a whole hour discussing community engagement! We covered how to do Community Mapping (identifying the segments and goals of the community), Content Mapping (creating a plan for which content goes where, and why), and Data Tracking (pulling all the numbers together). DIY Community Engagement Metrics. Community Mapping. >>

Nonprofit Public Relations For Beginners: How To Gain More Attention In Less Time


Huge organizations have huge teams and designated employees just for nonprofit public relations and outreach, media connections, and communications. When thinking about how to approach your nonprofit public relations angle, consider the following: P itch + Spokes- P erson + P latform.

Crowdsourcing: Community vs Crowd

Amy Sample Ward

You can see the full collection, and how they were voted on by the community here: [link]. The Value-add of Crowdsourcing: For me, the two biggest reasons to include crowdsourcing in your strategic design of community building or contests are: Crowdsourcing invites diversity by encouraging anyone with an idea or interest to participate. Public voting process. Public’s favorites put to expert judges for final selection. Crowd vs Community.

Nonprofit Transparency Best Practices: Building Donor & Public Trust

Whole Whale

Whole Whale does not publicly offer or claim to offer financial and/or legal advice to nonprofits or any organization. Communicating accountability, responsibility, and impact with the general public should be a priority for any organization. Publicly List Board Members & Key Staff.

New Public Search Module


Public users searching for resources, services and other community assets are about to enjoy a powerfully effective search algorithm, and a new interface as well. Released to our customers for review, each of our customers can now review their own online resource directory with these new tools and provide feedback before we release this into production. The search algorithm uses a linguistically aware solution, reducing words to their core roots.

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[VIDEO] Creative Ways People Contribute to Community


Lindsay Simonds will decode the top five most impactful ways people contribute to communities. If you’re watching the recording, hope you’re having a good day because we are here to talk about some creative ways that people are contributing to the community.

The Quick Guide to Building an Online Community for your Organization

Cadmium CD

We’ve talked about how having an online community can drive interest in your organization as well as your upcoming events [link: previous article about benefits of having a community]. But how do you actually create that community and attract users?

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Interview with Rob Wu & Public Launch of CauseVox

Amy Sample Ward

I’m not sure if you caught the news today but CauseVox has launched their public beta! I’ve been following the work of Rob and his team closely as they have shown not just interest, but passion and intent for engaging with the community at large to create a tool that meets the needs of nonprofit organizations and keeps us involved in making the tool better and better. How can the community at large feed in to, support and help impact the direction and future of CauseVox?

Harnessing and Nurturing Communities at MPS09

Amy Sample Ward

This session is lead by Holly Seddon from FreshNetworks and titled Harnessing and Nurturing Communities. Head of Community Management at FreshNetworks, previously at iVillage, Daily Mail etc.; What do we mean by “community&# – question asked to the participants: people. When you think about “what is community?&# Do you think you are part of a community? people are rarely members of just one community. What is an online community?

2-1-1 Connecting Communities


2-1-1, the phone number used by millions to access information about community services, is celebrated nation-wide today, February 11th. Leading 2-1-1s are transforming themselves from simple directories of services into professional managers of community information, providers of decision-making analytics, and proving themselves able to integrate solutions to leverage assets into outcomes. Cross-sector data exchanges improve community response during emergencies.

Looking into the Crystal Ball: Public Policy and Foundations in 2021

Connection Cafe

As we look forward to a world with less COVID-19, more vaccinations, and just maybe a return to a more normal day to day, I wanted to take a few moments to jot down some thoughts on what 2021 means for foundations in terms of public policy.

Repurposing Conference Content with Your Member Community

Cadmium CD

An online community is a great way to drum up interest before your event, and it’s also excellent for encouraging engagement during the event itself. But how can having an online community for your organization keep high levels of engagement after your event is over?

Enhanced Searching for Public Access


We have released a completely redesigned interface for public access to community resources, assets, and services. The interface offers a greatly simplified initial display for the public, with quick links to details and maps, and to an advanced searching module as well. For our system administrators, the new solution offers integrated resource editing directly from the search results.

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50 State VOAD Community


This is the 20th annual conference, and befitting the theme, Mountains to Sea , VisionLink is proud to release its 50 State VOAD Community project. Deploying initial sites with branding, public and private information, and key contact information, the next wave will see situational maps, resource and assets directories and more.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. How many people hear that word and think it is just as generic as the word community? To that end, siloed brands are replaced by unifying goals that rally more than select individuals but entire communities. In the most simple terms, a movement is when organizations work with, and not for, the community. We have community groups, schools, local leaders and people at every age, interest, and skill level.

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Employee Resource Groups: The Classy Communities That Bolster Our Mission


We quickly understood that these groups, which we named Classy Communities, were the heartbeat of our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) movement at Classy. Classy Communities are Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Simply put, Classy Communities need to have: 1) Members .

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Open Community and Nonprofit Techies


They’re doing a virtual book tour exploring concepts from Open Community : a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. In this post, Maddie and Lindy answer a few questions for the NetWits Think Tank community (Oh, and please ask more in the comments. Why did you write Open Community? We decided to write Open Community as a way to address those frustrations and redirect the thinking about using social tools to build community online.

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Join the monthly Community Building chats!

Amy Sample Ward

Two weeks ago I shared a couple reflections that I had on a recent #4change chat about community building – the major output from that chat and the follow up blog post was the call I heard for a regular opportunity to talk about community building. Monthly Community Builder Chats. What: Community Building Across Platforms. Tags: community events 4change chats community buidling community management twitter chats

5 Assumptions Every Community Manager Should Make Daily

Amy Sample Ward

When it comes to managing or building communities, online or on the ground, the work can seem overwhelming and sometimes even never-ending. Wherever you are, and whatever the kind of community you are wrangling, there are some general lessons that I recommend. These five assumptions always help me remember the role and responsibilities a successful community manager needs to best serve and engage a community. You don’t [really] know your community members.

Connecting with Black History Through Community and Nature

Saleforce Nonprofit

That blog grew into Outdoor Afro , a nationwide leadership network helping Black people engage with the outdoors, learn about the Black history of public spaces, and support conservation efforts. RM: We are changing expectations about who cares about policies that protect public lands.

New on SSIR: It’s not about Apple – It’s about Community

Amy Sample Ward

It’s because this is another example of how our tools are defining community. ( Last month’s post focused on that topic using Causes, Ideablob and Ning as references for the conversation.) public media is all about donations. This is where we really start to touch on the issues around the tools we use defining how we can build and connect with our communities. As I said before, “Market&# does not equal “Community&#.

Public Allies Arizona: Getting Things Done for America

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Annie Bello Graduate Public Allies Arizona I quickly realized that Public Allies was no cop out when we were sworn in as AmeriCorps members. I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Bring Americans together to strengthen communities. As allies, we got to be part of strengthening a rural community by developing this lasting partnership with Be a Leader and Duncan Family Farms. 2014 Annie Bello graduation Public Allies

Guest Post on Online Community Report: Sustainable Community Building

Amy Sample Ward

This is a guest post I wrote for the Online Community Report. You can find the original post and the community there. —– I love my community. Regardless of whether I feel like, or am trying to be, a community builder, the community always provides opportunities for others to join me. Being a Community Builder (I refuse, on principle, to use the word Manager) is a lot of work. Here’s my 3×3 to Sustainable Community Building.

Public Allies Arizona: Burning You With the 5 Core Values

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Chrisal Valencia Member Events & Volunteer Coordinator Local First Arizona Public Allies has played a very definitive role in my life. As I prepped for what I wanted to say to the next graduating class of Public Allies Arizona, I took a queue from my own days as an ally and reflected. I remembered that it was becoming a mom that inspired me to pursue a life and career that aimed to help better my community, and help shape an even better one for my daughter.

October Community Builder Chat – Connecting On and Offline Communities #commbuild

Amy Sample Ward

Today’s Community Builder chat focused on examples and best practices for connecting on and offline community activities, events, and organizing. The Community Organizers Handbook available as a public resource, you can certainly refer there for information/feedback/best practices on offline organizing: [link]. I personally love how it presents the opportunity to be involved in a community, sometimes in a real-time format, from a distance.

Instead of Selling Objects, Build Public Trust

Museum 2.0

Now, you have a new vision--co-created with trustees and community leaders--for a path forward. It's sparked public uproar, legal battles, and nationwide press coverage. It's cracked the crumbling, outdated rules around deaccessioning--and unearthed more serious issues of public trust. Rockwell donated those paintings himself to the Berkshire Museum to be enjoyed in his home community. Cue public uproar and legal action to block the auction.

LocalFreeWeb Combines Digital Inclusion with Public Transportation

Tech Soup Blog

Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, builds apps that help communities solve pressing issues. Collaborating with Public Libraries. I was happy to hear from Joseph that he and his team members have started working directly with public libraries on cleaning up the data about the various locations. Q: What happens when you bring app developers together with nonprofits and libraries along with some coffee thrown in? A: Mobile apps with a conscience!

Public Ally Describes Program as 'Life Changing'

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Pamela Timmons Class 12 Public Ally. That is when I discovered Public Allies Arizona. They gave me a chance to express my talents and gifts in order to better serve the community. Coming into Public Allies, I was just a stay-at-home mom; entering back into the workforce was another challenge of its own. What Public Allies means to me in a couple words…LIFE CHANGING! Pamela Timmons was part of Public Allies' Class 12.

Corporate Citizenship and Digital Inclusion: Empowering Communities, Nonprofits, and Public Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

" Local humor aside, the project is exciting: 31 public parks in San Francisco will get free Wi-Fi for at least two years. "We hope that free Wi-Fi will be a resource that the city and other local groups will be able to use in their efforts to bridge the digital divide and make their community stronger," said Veronica Bell, a senior manager for public policy and government relations at Google, in a statement. Powering Communities with Tech.

Public Allies: A Story of Impact

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Taylor Polen Class 11 and class 12 Public Ally. I graduated from high school in 2016 and had little notion of what I wanted to do with my life until I joined Public Allies. My first term with Public Allies and the Alzheimer's Association began as an outreach specialist in December 2016. I became a program specialist my second year with Public Allies, in October 2017. We fulfill important leadership roles within the Public Allies Cohort.