Civic Engagement and Advocacy Blog

Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas Gone Viral: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Erica Hatch on 10/3/14 1:07 PM

All summer I anxiously watched the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge go viral, wondering when it would reach me. Then it finally happened. I was nominated!


Is Advocacy Playing a Bigger Role for Associations?

Posted by Carole Mahoney on 8/18/14 10:48 AM

Insights from #ASAE14

Last week’s ASAE Annual Meeting was my first, and we were busy in Booth 809. I had over 50 conversations with association executives, and  there were so many advocacy-related educational sessions that I would have had to clone myself to get to them all. Several themes emerged.

Nonprofit vs. For Purpose

The first thing that struck me was the theme I often hear at nonprofit conferences: “We are not nonprofit, we are for purpose." As someone who comes from the for-profit sales and marketing world, I see this as something that gives associations an advantage. This isn’t about widgets and stock prices, this is about people and purpose, and making the world a better place.


6 Indispensable Seth Godin Quotes for Nonprofit Advocacy

Posted by Jeff Ryan on 8/8/14 1:42 PM

When it comes to marketing, leadership and entrepreneurship, best selling author and enormously popular blogger Seth Godin is certainly brilliant and almost always spot on. (If you don’t subscribe to his blog, I highly recommend it.)

Seth Godin will be a keynote speaker at this year’s ACCE Conference in Cincinnati. I am certainly interested to hear what he will say. If you aren’t familiar with Seth’s work, here are a few memorable quotes from six of his 17 books covering the topics of how ideas spread, leadership and—most of all—making effective change in the world. Every one of them applies to creating more effective nonprofit advocacy.


Exemplary Nonprofit Engagement: Safe Passage

Posted by Erica Hatch on 7/25/14 10:52 AM

Who They Are and What They Do

Safe Passage is based in Yarmouth, Maine.  The organization works to bring education, opportunity, and hope to at-risk children and families who live in extreme poverty near the garbage dump in Guatemala City.  The organization is made up of dedicated professionals, teachers, staff, sponsors, and volunteers from various countries all over the world.  They help over 550 children that range anywhere from 2 to 21 years old.


How to Fundraise Online

Posted by Georgia Barnes on 7/11/14 2:59 PM


Your Nonprofit’s Most Overlooked Marketing & Fundraising Opportunity

Posted by Carole Mahoney on 7/9/14 3:33 PM

Grassroots advocacy is key to your fundraising strategy

Most people do not like to consider themselves political advocates. The word “politics” evokes power, the influence of others and exerting control. As we all know, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” And for many nonprofit executives I talk to, they don’t want to get caught in that crossfire. However, trying to avoid politics is like trying to avoid the need for fundraising. No one wants to admit they have to do it—but the hidden truth is that they do if they want to fulfill their mission, purpose, and bring change that helps their communities evolve for the better.


How to Increase Donations with Grassroots Advocacy

Posted by Erica Hatch on 7/1/14 1:35 PM

Raising Money is Difficult

Fundraising is one of the greatest challenges of grassroots advocacy work. Dozens of factors affect donation rates and amounts, including:


5 Fundraising Tips for Nonprofits

Posted by Erica Hatch on 5/22/14 11:40 AM

This blog post is excerpted from a post that originally appeared at 19 Oaks. Click here to read the whole post

Asking for donations can be a stressful process. Here are five helpful tips that will get your organization a step closer to reaching its fundraising goals:


How NOT to Use Data for Grassroots Advocacy Campaigns

Posted by Jeff Ryan on 12/18/13 9:48 AM

When it comes to grassroots engagement, very smart and passionate people seem to have lost their sense of what the best use of statistics really is. When used to

When is the Best Time to Ask for a Donation Request?

Posted by Brent Willis on 7/2/13 11:00 AM

Strike While the Iron is Hot for Fundraising

Asking the members of your non-profit for donations is a sensitive and consuming topic for many membership based organizations. No one really likes having to ask for money, but to continue your mission, every nonprofit knows that fundraising is essential.