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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 […]


As a former grassroots activist, I’ve seen my fair share of rallies, phone banks, canvasses, and e-mail campaigns. It was as exhausting as it was exciting. But in this age of dizzying new technologies, there’s some very good news for the harried community organizer: mobile texting. I’m convinced that every nonprofit advocacy organization should look […]

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