I read everything Cory Doctorow writes, and when I got his newest book, Makers, I suspected it would be a binge read, i.e., an all-nighter.
It was. Set in the near future—the U.S. is a third-world country, drugs have eradicated obesity and a tanking Disneyland is catering to Goths—the book's heroes are a pair of indie, open source creators who mine garbage dumps for the electronics in the trashed products and empower squatters and homeless with tools to be self-sustaining. Funny, insightful and alarmingly close to reality.
I read a white paper, written by Blackbaud and Event360, this morning that discusses third-party fundraising events and how to maximize them. While there are good nuggets of information about logistics and tracking, the brief does not touch on how to have third-party events live harmoniously with corporate sponsorship. In fact, the paper asserts that “traditional event organizers need to view independent fundraising as supplementary, not competitive, to their existing development portfolio.” more
You may have seen some recent TV commercials featuring; Taye Diggs, Terri Hatcher, James Denton, Missy Piggy, Kermit the Frog and other Muppets characters for Disney’s Give a Day. Get a Disney Day. campaign.
The promotion, a partnership with HandsOn Network (a nationwide network of a half million volunteers) will distribute one million one-day, one-park tickets to people who volunteer at select charities. The promotion began January 1, 2010 and continues through December 15th, 2010. more
As we all think about the various responses—personal, organizational, corporate, governmental—to the earthquakes and humanitarian crises in Haiti, there are instructive failures and rousing successes at every turn.
I have been one of many talking and thinking about Timberland’s response this past week. Some bad PR is in the mix—mostly criticism and skepticism surrounding (a) business practices between Wyclef Jean and the Yéle Haiti foundation and (b) the size and nature of donations triggered by the sale of Timberland products. (If you’re looking for background on the relationship and/or criticism, here’s an article that sums it up.)
We recently released IEG’s 25th annual sponsorship spending review and forecast, delivering the historic, if unwelcome, news that sponsorship spending by North American companies declined in ’09. If you haven’t had a chance to read the report and see the specific numbers, click here.
The fact that less was spent on sponsorship last year does not come as a huge shock to properties who have had to work much harder to close deals at fair market value, nor to sponsors who have been directed to make budget cuts. As we reported on new deals and success stories in IEG Sponsorship Report last year—success defined mostly by the oft-repeated phrase “flat is the new up”—we also heard many tales that could not be published about discounting and sponsors who were going back and revisiting existing agreements intent on decreasing their commitments. more
As a nonprofit organization, can Wikipedia be a cause marketing or strategic philanthropy platform? Would sponsors be interested in partnering with the online pioneering information source?
Those are the questions a task force looking at the long-term financial sustainability of the Wikipedia currently is trying to answer. In true wiki fashion, anyone is invited to join the task force. more
My cooking philosophy is that more ingredients are better. I don't get the concept of simple cooking. If the recipe calls for five ingredients, I use ten. If the recipe includes onions, I also add shallots and garlic because those are ingredients that I like. I combine three recipes into one. I think if the recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare, how good can it be? Of course, you can never have too much of a good thing, like cheese, right?
However, it doesn't always work out that more complex is better. If you add too many ingredients you can be overwhelmed with flavors or sometimes you are just adding ingredients that don't necessarily make the recipe better, just more complicated, time consuming and expensive. For example, good steaks or really fresh vegetables don't need a lot of extra flavors, they are best when prepared simply – maybe a little salt, pepper or a squirt of lemon. Some of the best recipes are simple, but have one unique ingredient that really makes an impression. You have to wonder if adding too many ingredients is an attempt to cover up something? Or, is it possible that the recipe wasn't that good to begin with. more
In case anyone was wondering what to gift to get me, here’s my one-item grown-up Christmas list. (Man, I have got to stop listening to the all-holiday music station on the way to work.)
I have no expectation of finding this gift under the tree, but one can hold out hope for a Christmas miracle, right?
I would like to see a corporation have the heart and stomach to conduct a cause marketing or strategic philanthropy campaign that tackle issues beyond those that can be considered safe. This is a threshold rarely even approached in CRM’s 26-year history. more
In perhaps the most unlikely partnership of the year, USA Curling and longtime sponsor Kodiak Technology Group this week announced a new promotion in which the two organizations will sell Hurry Hard Condoms as a platform to raise funds for HIV and AIDS awareness.
The two organizations hope to build awareness about the disease by leveraging the buzz around the upcoming Vancouver Games. Proceeds will be split between USA Curling and Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services. more
1. Joinred on Twitter
On December 1st, World AIDS Day, Twitter changed the colors of its login page from its usual shades of blue to a combination of white, gray and red. The change was to support Project Red. Facebook and Google also prominently featured Project Red on World AIDS Day. Starbucks, Gap, Dell and Nike were some of the brands that added their support. Many other causes and brands use the likes of Twitter to gain support and raise funds, so it makes sense that Twitter would partner with Project Red. On December 1st, if you used #red or #laceupsaveslives on Twitter, your tweets turned the color red. Last time I checked, Joinred had more than 900,000 Twitter followers and more than 400,000 Facebook friends. I love that Twitter is supporting Project Red, I just wish there was more information on the results of the program and the efforts of the day beyond the number of followers. Has anyone seen any results? more