Nonprofit Administrative Costs Help People, Too, So Why Won’t Donors Fund Them?

In the social and public sectors, internal branding with staff, funders, donors and volunteers matters. One area where this is apparent, even critical, is nonprofit administrative costs. These costs are also known as operations, overhead, infrastructure, or as one commentator put it: Things-we-need-in-order-to-do-our-job-of-helping-people-dammit.

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Designing and Promoting Organizational Change: Three Marketing Methods To Move The Elephant

Marketing, especially in the public and social sectors, often targets changing the behavior of individuals and groups. We all know that changing behaviors is hard. If change was easy, we’d all lose weight, save more money for retirement and get enough sleep at night. As a marketer, how do you design and promote organizational change?

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Practically Free Graphics Tools for Image Clipping and Vector Images

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Like many social and public sector marketers, you’re probably forced to be your own graphic designer. Maybe you’re lucky enough to occasional access to another department’s designer, or can spend limited funds on freelance help. You have Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer, and while PowerPoint is versatile and useful, it just can’t do some things. Two things it can’t do is clip images from backgrounds and create vector images.

Two low-cost, easy-to-use web services now let you easily clip images from backgrounds and create vector images.

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The Power of Audience: Urbanization and megaregions

According to the United Nations, a majority of the world’s population now resides in urban areas. The trend towards urbanization shows no signs of slowing, either. By 2050, two-thirds of the planet’s population will be urban. Urban areas are organically connecting into megaregions that don’t always respect existing political or natural boundaries. Marketing in urban areas and megaregions demands that social and public sector marketers think in new ways about their markets.

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Government Can Be A Leader In Digital Goods And Services

 

Back in 2002 Peter Fisher, undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury, described the U.S. federal government as “an insurance company with an army.” After all, if you look at the federal budget, benefits and military spending take the vast majority of funds. Since much of the military focuses on supply chain and distribution, you can modified Fisher’s quote to describe the federal government as an insurance company and a logistics company.

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Our Social Nature: The Biological Roots of Altruism

“The roots of altruism and compassion are just as much as part of human nature as cruelty and violence, maybe even more so.”

When she was 19, Abigail Marsh was rescued by a stranger after a freeway car accident. She had swerved her car to avoid hitting a dog. Her car hit the dog anyway, fishtailed,  spun until she was facing ongoing traffic in the inside lane, then died. A stranger ran across four lanes of traffic in the dark to help her. He got her car started and turned facing the right direction. Once Abigail was safe and able to be on her way, the stranger left. He never mentioned his name.

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On Fairness: Guaranteeing Basic Income For Everyone

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This blog is premised on our social nature and our innate sense of fairness. Those impulses lead to the design, distribution, pricing and promotion of social goods, or marketing the social good. Trends in demographics and technology are pointing to a major change in our society where there are more people than jobs. As social beings concerned with fairness, should we institute a universal basic income for everyone, regardless of whether they work?

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Governing the Commons: Giving land the legal status of a person

 

Here is an interesting notion for governing the commons–give natural areas the same legal standing as people.

New Zealand has converted Te Urewera from a national park to a person. Under the Te Urewera Act of 2014, the region is now recognized “a legal entity, and has all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person.”

New Zealand took this step to settle legal claims by the native Tuhoe for whom Te Urewera is their ancestral land and a living entity unto itself.

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