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Nonprofit Gives Day

December 4th, 2012 is Nonprofit Gives Day in many states.  It is an opportunity to support the social sector.  The purpose of the day is to draw the public’s collective attention to the work of the social benefit sector and encourage community members to give.  As meaningful as the contributions may be there is a more important task, each nonprofit is granted a chance to connect with individuals who make a donation to their cause.  Many of the financial gifts are small in amount.  However, each contributions is an opportunity ready to be amplified.  If the receiving organization can respond authentically and demonstrate trust they have the opportunity to move an individual from donor to member of the organizational tribe.  The difference can be equated between two forces, manipulation and inspiration.  Most social sector causes will use Giving Day as a way to manipulated a gift (increased awareness,  a call to action, and permission to contact their community with broadcast communications).  A few will inspire by transforming contributions into an experience that connects donors with those that share their belief.  Inspiring take far more work but done successfully it sets one apart from the crowded school called “we have a need.”  

Looking to get started?  The razoo and Case Foundation commissioned a report to measure the effectiveness of giving days in 2011 on greater Washington.

Video of the Day

A common requests I get is to recommend a videographer who can produce a short film to highlight a nonprofit and its impact.  There are few videographers with the bandwidth to meet the demand and budget limitations of the social sector, so many enterprises keep the concept of a short video on their ‘to do’ list.

The Case Foundation in partnership with the DoGooder Video Contest created a very simple tutorial on how to self-produce a video for your cause.  See the simple step-by-step process here.

The final product