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Mobile Texting

For many organizations, nothing (nothing!!) is more vital than growing one’s list of email supporters. Despite the explosive growth of social media, email remains among the best ways to communicate with supporters and yield actions, yet the average nonprofit will lose 18% of their email users every year due to bounces and churns. So, most orgs […]

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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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Since I’m often on information overload when it comes to ever-changing nonprofit media and technology trends, I appreciate when some folks take the time to research, organize, and update all of it in one handy guide. Here are some favorite new guides that I’ve already downloaded and dog-eared (and why you might want to do […]

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With the primaries behind us and the general election ahead, I took a peek at how the Connecticut candidates for high-profile races–Governor and U.S. Senate — are using mobile texting as a campaign tool, and to what ends. Have local candidates taken a page from the Obama playbook and adopted his groundbreaking mobile strategies? Are there […]

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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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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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