Small Member Organizations: Take This Survey

This is a guest post from Lori Halley is the blog writer for the Wild Apricot Blog.

Are you a volunteer or staff person managing a small membership organization? Do you wish you had insight into how other groups are managing their organizations?

Everything you always wanted to know about small membership organizations At Wild Apricot, we know that there are many small membership organizations that are solely volunteer-led or run on a skeleton staff. And these volunteers and staff often work in isolation, without the opportunity to network and share information with their peers.

Surveying the small membership community So Wild Apricot is conducting an online survey for insight into the world of small member organizations. For example, we’d like to know:

  • Does size matter? What’s different about small membership organizations?
  • Who is managing these groups and what roles volunteers play?
  • What’s the key challenge small orgs face in building their membership?

Participate in this online survey and share your insight If you are a volunteer or staff of a small membership organization, we hope you’ll take the survey and share this with other volunteers and membership staff too.

Here’s a direct link to the online survey: Small Membership Insight Survey

When you complete the survey, you can register to receive the full survey report.

Win a Pro-Bono Cause Marketing Campaign Worth $25,000 from Phil & Co.

Deadline extended to December 13th @ 5pm!

This is guest from Phil & Co., a group of outstanding professional that I'm happy to support.

Phil & Co. excels in creating campaigns that humanize brands and tell cause related stories in ways that are meaningful and compelling to consumers.

The agency specializes in being a bridge between consumers, corporations, and nonprofits. They have created successful cause marketing campaigns for The Museum of Natural History, the YWCA, Ai Wei Wei, and many more philanthropic organizations that receive regular media attention.

Now, Phil & Co. wants to help your nonprofit take your cause marketing to the next level with their first annual contest to select an innovative philanthropy to receive a pro-bono marketing strategy campaign.

On January 8, Phil & Co. will award a nonprofit a full service marketing, public relations, digital and advertising campaign worth $25,000. In order to enter their PHILfactor contest, visit here go before the contest deadline of November 9, and enter or nominate your favorite nonprofit.

It’s free, takes ten minutes, and could help you take your organization’s media presence to the next level in 2013, so what are you waiting for?

After all the nominees are in on November 9, five finalists will be selected by cause marketing industry experts David Hessekiel of Cause Marketing Forum, Deborah Krulewitch of The Estee Lauder Companies, Kathleen Francis of Oasis Sports Ventures, and Marian Stern of The Heyman Center for Philanthropy. Sponsors include The Cause Marketing Forum, CSRWire, give2gether, and Green Spaces.

Beginning December 4, it will be up to the public to vote to pick the winner of the $25,000 cause marketing campaign on Facebook.

Do you have a nonprofit with supporters who will vote for you on Facebook once you get to the final round? This is your chance to find out how cause marketing can work for your organization. Go here to enter by November 9.

Selfish Giving 4.0 is Here!

Since I started writing in December 2004, my site has undergone three redesigns. This latest is my fourth and the work of Kansas-based Mikhaela Craig and Boston's Caitlin DiMare Oliver. The Kansas-Boston connection was a powerful one as these two gals have worked a lot together. I highly recommend both of them. I also recommend Headway Themes, the framework on which my Wordpress blog is built.

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention John Haydon for his guidance and inspiration on all things blog-related.

My goal in redesigning my blog was to give it a more modern look. I also wanted to make the Selfish Giving logo, which Mikhaela Craig created during the 3.0 redesign, the focal point. Finally, chunky headers are out and I wanted my blog's header to reflect that.

In addition to John's blog, I looked to three other blogs for inspiration and guidance. I liked the thin header and the reds and grays, my favorite colors. I always check out Chris's blog to see what he includes, but most of all, what he leaves out. I have a lot to learn and do. I really enjoyed Michael's book, Platfrom. I like how he emphasizes his professional speaking on his blog. Ramsay doesn't post a lot, but when he does I think he's spot-on and no-nonsense. Take this post on sidebars.

I'm not finished making changes to my blog. I plan to tinker away - with Caitlin's help - in the coming weeks and months.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new look and what you would change, add or remove.

Your Film for Good Could Win Your Nonprofit a Cash Prize!

This is a guest post from Aaron Bramley.

It's back!

The Lights. Camera. Help. Nonprofit Film Festival is seeking PSAs, short films and features that focus on good.  If your favorite cause has a film that highlights the work being done to make the world a better place community, Lights. Camera. Help. wants to see it.

LCH, a nonprofit itself, expects to give out a total of approximately $5,000 to the causes represented in the winning films this year.  They are accepting films through June 30, though it's free to submit through June 15th.

The official selections will be announced by the end of July and the festival will take place at the Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas on September 12-14.

Submit now!

2012 DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. Have You Entered?

For six years now, the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards has been shining a spotlight on all the innovative ways that nonprofits use video. The contest is about moving the field of nonprofit video forward and encouraging cause-video creators to try new approaches that make their work different.

Different is just what The Case Foundation is looking for in this year's contest. Did you experiment? Take risks? Did you highlight a failure from your past that's helping shape the future? Share a big idea that will inspire others to dream big? Were you... Fearless? If so, the Case Foundation wants to reward your organization! This year, the Case Foundation is awarding one $2,500 grant to the organization with the most fearless video in each of the four categories, as selected by a panel of special judges.

These special grants will recognize those nonprofit video creators who aren't afraid to deviate from the norm, use innovative approaches and fearlessly tell compelling, honest stories that are from the heart. Fearless video means taking risks and trying new approaches for the sake of creating moving content that inspires the viewer. We recognize that nonprofits are fearlessly making new and interesting video everyday and we want to see more!

There’s no better time than right now to enter your video to win great prizes like these special grants from the Case Foundation as well as cash prizes and products from Cisco, free registrations to next year’s NTC from NTEN and your video on the YouTube homepage on April 5, 2012. To enter the awards, just visit the contest website by February 29, 2012, and submit your video. Winners will be announced by See3 Communications on April 5, 2012.

Last year’s contest was a record setter with almost 1,400 submissions from over 800 nonprofit organizations and record breaking views on the website. It’s incredible to think of all the great work the participating organizations submitted. See past winners here to get inspired.

So what are you waiting for? Enter today!