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J.J. Abrams Teases ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ with UNICEF Charity Initiative Video | Variety

In Fundraising, Marketing, Observations, Planning, Social Media on 05/23/2014 at 1:04 pm

J.J. Abrams Teases ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ with UNICEF Charity Initiative Video | Variety.

In the new teaser video above, Abrams — speaking from “Episode VII’s”  Abu Dhabi set — introduces “Star Wars: Force for Change,” which he describes as a “brand new initiative that’s dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. It’s about helping kids all around the world by supporting UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs.”

The venture, from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot, will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its projects benefiting children in need. Fans who donate a minimum of $10 at the initiative’s Omaze page will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a trip to London to be Abrams’ guest on the Pinewood Studios set of “Episode VII” and shoot a scene for the new film.

Other rewards for fans who donate include limited edition posters; t-shirts; a lightsaber hilt; concept art and film stills from “Episode VII”; and an advanced screening of the movie in your hometown, depending on the amount pledged.

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit? – Amy Schiller – The Atlantic

In Communications, Fundraising, Marketing, Observations on 05/23/2014 at 12:56 pm

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit? – Amy Schiller – The Atlantic.

…Consumption philanthropy corrupts the very behavior that should expand our capacity for empathy and turns it into the social equivalent of paying a sex worker for “the girlfriend experience.” Philanthropy should imply a categorically different relationship with money than the one we have a consumers: something we embark on because we want to participate in a larger goal of improving the world and linking our values, histories, and resources with the needs of other people. Instead, this sector is increasingly vulnerable to what Michael Sandelcalls “the corrosive tendency of markets” to crowd out non-market values. “When we decide that certain goods may be bought and sold,” according to Sandel, “we decide…that it is appropriate to treat them as commodities, as instruments of profit and use.”

If we insist that this is the only way to effectively address massive social problems, we resign ourselves to a world dictated by consumer impulses. From our Warby Parker glasses all the way down to our TOMS shoes, we can cover ourselves head-to-toe with signifiers of empathy in lieu of actual connection to humans who need help. Philanthropy means “love of humanity.” Yet as philanthropy merges and then is overridden by consumer activity, it is our own humanity that gets lost in the process…

Online Fundraising Goes Mainstream

In Fundraising, Marketing, Observations, Planning, Social Media on 05/20/2014 at 11:03 am

Online Fundraising Goes Mainstream – Online Fundraising – The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Online giving is still growing, but triple-digit annual increases are a thing of the past.

Internet fundraising grew by roughly 13 percent last year, according to a survey of 100 of the largest nonprofits conducted by The Chronicle.

The Chronicle surveyed all the organizations in its Philanthropy 400 rankings of the largest nonprofits measured by annual fundraising. Of the 100 that responded, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society topped the list, with more than $98-million in Internet gifts in 2013.

While online giving continues to gain steam, it still accounts for a very small portion of the money charities rely on. Among the 76 nonprofits that provided both their online and overall giving totals for 2013, the median share of online gifts is just 2 percent of all donations from private sources.

Bow Waves in Philanthropy

In Fundraising, Observations on 05/03/2014 at 1:00 pm

Like the wave that forms at the bow of a ship when it moves through the water, so new trends in philanthropy define the outer limits of the nonprofit industry’s wake. A large bow wave slows the ship down, is a risk to smaller boats, and in a harbor can damage shore facilities and moored ships. Therefore, ship hulls are generally designed to produce as small a bow wave as possible. But in our world of fundraising new ideas are meant to create as large a wave as possible. With the advent of each new use of technology or way of making an appeal known, one would think philanthropy is being re-created, that all things new need to be learned and embraced to survive. But in the end, philanthropy is about relationships and the rule that one must ask to receive. 

Disrupting the nonprofit sector | Socialbrite

In Communications, Fundraising, Observations, Planning, Social Media on 04/19/2014 at 2:32 pm

Disrupting the nonprofit sector | Socialbrite.

The 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, which took place last week in DC, is a conference that so many nonprofit tech and communications staffers look forward to every year because of the great sessions, useful tips and tools, and awesome people committed to using technology to advance social good.

I was pretty excited when I saw that there was a “Disrupting the Nonprofit Sector” session. I like forward-thinking panels of this type because I look to conferences for two things: practical tools and updates on my sector that I can use straightaway on Monday morning, and importantly, sessions on the future of our sector.


Fundraising Blitzes Bring Colleges Big Money in a Matter of Days

In Fundraising on 04/15/2014 at 5:08 pm

Fundraising Blitzes Bring Colleges Big Money in a Matter of Days – The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Colgate University marked a recent Friday the 13th by raising $5.1-million—its biggest one-day haul ever.

Columbia University raised even more last year during a one-day event, nearly $8-million.

Muhlenberg College, a small liberal-arts institution, raised more than $212,000 in a 24-hour push. Of the 1,430 people who gave to the drive, 16 percent were donors who had not given to the college in at least a year—and nearly one in four had never given.

For a growing number of colleges and universities, these fundraising blitzes are sparking explosions in donor support. The events, which colleges dub “money bombs” after a term coined in quick-hit political fundraising campaigns, are aimed at prodding alumni to give to campaigns that begin and end fast—over 24 hours, 36 hours, or 125 hours.

Infographic — Giving Trends 2013

In Fundraising, India & International Philanthropy, Observations, Planning on 04/13/2014 at 8:00 pm

Online Giving Trends: Blackbaud Report on Charitable Giving in 2013 | Third Sector Today.

Infographic: Cracking the Crowdfunding Code for Your Nonprofit

In Communications, Fundraising, India & International Philanthropy, Marketing, Observations, Planning, Social Media on 04/13/2014 at 7:55 pm

Infographic: Cracking the Crowdfunding Code for Your Nonprofit – Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media -.

Will Knight challenge hurt or help nonprofit fundraisers?

In Fundraising, Major Donors, Observations on 04/11/2014 at 8:00 pm

Will Knight challenge hurt or help nonprofit fundraisers?.

Johnson said the Knight challenge had the potential to create funding difficulties for some of the smaller organizations that might find donors tapped out, but many of the fundraisers said that the Knight challenge might become a rising tide that could lift all their boats. New donors will likely be identified, and Phil Knight himself might be signaling his future philanthropy could be on the rise.

“The philanthropy landscape is beginning to change,” Johnson said. He told the conference audience that they could not expect to continue business as usual and that if they were going to survive, they likely would need to “pay more attention to their business practices.”

Attendees, who ranged from the Oregon Humane Society to Meals On Wheels, spoke of potentially increasing collaboration with one another in the future, though that almost never extends to sharing the names of donors. Johnson said it was unlikely OHSU would share the names of any new philanthropists it uncovers as part of its fundraising campaign.

In advance of the meeting, the organization commissioned a survey of local nonprofits. When asked whether the Knight challenge would, in fact, be “a rising tide that lifts all boats,” 47 percent of fundraisers said it was unlikely and 27 percent said they were neutral. Smaller nonprofits that raised less than $500,000 in 2013 were more likely to voice concern about the Knight grant, according to the survey.

Those numbers suggest a high level of concern, according to Johnson. “Fundraisers are a pretty optimistic lot,” he said.

Five Best Practices in Nonprofit Crowdfunding

In Communications, Fundraising, Social Media on 04/10/2014 at 10:20 pm

Five Best Practices in Nonprofit Crowdfunding | Beth’s Blog.



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