I need and deserve as much space to talk about my experiences as you do to talk about yours. Talking about money- especially money one doesn’t have- is considered crass and impolite, but I can’t be fully myself without bringing that up. I know it makes people uncomfortable sometimes, but honestly, that’s not a good enough reason to expect me to keep quiet. As much as anyone else does, I deserve the right to talk openly about my background, my challenges, the reasons behind decisions I make- the realities of my life.
Being poor has substantial, everyday, direct effects on my life, and if you spend time with me, you will have to deal with those effects.Nearly everything I do, every decision I make, is in some way affected by my financial status. If you’re close to me, you will watch me struggle with money and financial decisions on a daily basis. If you want to do something with me, it has to be something I can afford. If you give me advice or recommendations, you will have to take into account my budget, or else your attempt at help will just sound laughably insensitive. There’s no way around it.
(note: these are actually things three and four; tumblr won’t play ball with my attempts to correctly number them.)
Great blog post from Gail Perry and Aimee Dunsmore about getting money from event sponsorships. Definitely worth a read if you are involved in events (or probably if you ask for corporate sponsorships for anything).
To be honest, I was 100% positive until now that Pinterest was not the thing for the organization when I work. We recognize the importance of graphics and images, but as an agency we do not use service recipient images. Since Pinterest is image based, it didn’t seem like our thing.
This article changed my mind.
Could Pinterest be the newest tool to reach part of our mission (community outreach, access to resources, and advocacy) while fundraising for our programs? It’s certainly worth thinking about.
MLK never said “I have an organization.” He said, of course, “I have a dream!” AFP speaker Fraser Green said that MLK never once, in all his speeches, ever talked about his organization! Maybe you just better lessen the emphasis on your fine, wonderful organization. And, hold on – people are not particularly interested in what you DO either: A favorite tweet from the #afpmeet: “Nobody is interested in what you do, but you. Everybody is interested in what you achieve when you do it.” –Simon Pidgeon #Afpmeet (@RoryJMGreen) April 3, 2012 And: Nobody cares when your organization was founded. Nobody. It’s all about the CAUSE. The dream. Your organization’s dream of a new and improved world. THAT’s the conversation you need to be having!
These are critical lessons. You have to reach the donors who want the simple ask (donate $30, wear this advocacy bracelet, and we’ll do the rest) and the donors who want to know exactly what is happening with their money (how do you plan to arrest Kony, where exactly does your money to which I contribute go, etc) at the same time.
But in the rush to “go social,” many nonprofits are failing to think through their strategy, define their target audience, match online tactics to real world goals, or consider how they might measure success and learn from failure
I only scanned this (I have a limited amount of work time to dedicate to social media and have spread my resources, just like everyone else!), but it looks like a great beginning guide for social media. Definitely worth a scan and/or closer read.