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As Connecticut burrows it’s way out of the freakiest October snowstorm on record, I’m left with buckets of Halloween candy from the cancelled holiday, a renewed appreciation for those gaudy purple wool socks gifted to me by mom a few years back, and new insights into the value of social media in a crisis.  At […]

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Can you believe that iPhone apps have only been around for a little over 3 years? Since Apple launched their App Store in July, 2008, over 15 billion apps have been downloaded onto mobile devices. As someone who spent thousands of hours toiling away as a community organizer, grassroots fundraiser, and communications director, I have […]

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How could a tiny nonprofit organization like ours—with a staff of 7—organize a rally for hundreds of people within a day? With volunteers. Lots of ‘em. Especially hearty college students. Here’s what happened: In October 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples had the right to marry, making our state the third […]

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So you want to pass a bill? In many states, January marks the beginning of the legislative session, and advocacy groups are gearing up to rattle the cages at the state Capitol. So: whether it’s clean water, the death penalty, or a child welfare law, advocacy organizations would do well to prepare their communications –online […]

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Last week, I led a media training for local nonprofit leaders, and they spent a good deal of time energetically peppering me with questions and ideas about the power of social media to create change. They get it. They know that they will not survive unless they embrace these new tools. The world is a-changin’, […]

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Nonprofit organizations that harness the power and potential of smartphones can create new community networks, spark interest in the arts and sciences, mobilize volunteers, and inspire ordinary citizens to take action like never before. Plenty of powerful apps exist that can significantly aid the work of nonprofit organizations.  No need to create your own.  Just […]

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You’ve seen them: the nonprofit advocacy organizations who turn out 2,000 people to a rally, generate hundreds of calls to legislators in a few hours, cram a Board of Education meeting, mobilize members to send thousands of emails to decision-makers, and organize scores of volunteers for a community action. How do these highly effective organizations […]

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