Do you ever play the “if you were a celebrity, who would you want to be your first big sponsor?” game? (It’s kind of like the “who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?” game.) My answer to the former is Sharpie markers. It is incredibly satisfying to draw a crisp, bright line to separate concepts. Boxes? Even better. more
In the new strategy paper from IEG Consulting, we make the case for a new and important trend impacting the relationship between nonprofits and their corporate partners. more
Politico reported last Friday on AT&T’s efforts to build support in Washington for its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by leveraging the tens of millions of dollars it gives nonprofits. more
In my last post I promised to post a list of cause marketing programs you should know. Some are one-on-one partnerships, others are corporate/umbrella programs, and others pretty much defy classification. more
What a whirlwind! The Cause Marketing Forum, held this week in Chicago, gathered 450 or so cause marketing professionals from nonprofits, corporate sponsors and agencies together to talk shop and compare notes. The event packed a lot of great content and networking into just over 24 hours. What follows are a few of my takeaways, organized by the competing industry priorities they underscored. more
The Cause Marketing Forum (CMF) Conference is coming up and the 2011 winners of their Golden Halo Awards—eBay and DonorsChoose.org—are worthy and instructive choices. Not only do they shed obvious light on the influence of technology on cause marketing programs, their selection also points to the push for individualism by consumers engaging in cause marketing programs. more
On any given Saturday, I have a sneaking suspicion that most people will find themselves lying around in their underwear at some point throughout the day. On a recent Saturday, the Jockey brand challenged Chicagoans to take it outside.
The Wall Street Journal ran a page one story yesterday on the rise in local school districts seeking private support from businesses and other organizations to offset budget cuts resulting from decreasing tax revenues. more
I had the pleasure of co-leading a session last Thursday at the Council for Advancement & Support of Education’s Annual Conference for Corporate & Foundation Relations Officers in San Francisco.
My co-leader for the session titled: “Strategic Philanthropy: A New Paradigm for How Corporations Partner with Higher Education” was Eric Thompson, director of corporate & foundation relations for Purdue University Calumet. more