Category: Blog

Organizing Opportunities in the Trump Era

If President Trump keeps even a fraction of the promises made by Candidate Trump, an unprecedented number of people in our country will suffer immediate and serious consequences. If your organization works on any of the many issues under threat, this is a golden organizing opportunity that you cannot afford to ignore.

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A New Definition of Greatness

kids march for MLK

“If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How lucky we are that our nation sets aside a day to be great …

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Goodbye, 2016! (the remix)

Percolator Mix Tape

So 2016…First we lost Prince, and now we’ve lost our national minds. No matter what is happening in the topsy turvy world, at the Percolator office one constant is music. We worked, played, wallowed (just a little), and danced (a lot) to these inspiring tunes this year. Enjoy! In no particular order, this is our 2016 …

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Play in Your Salesforce Sandbox!

sandbox

I love the Road Runner cartoons! Somehow, the very fabric of space and time seems to twist and fold to the liking of this Jedi Master bird. But most of us can relate much more to our buddy Wile E. Coyote. The only law that seems to cater to Wile E. (and us) is Murphy’s …

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The Mountaineers Go Mobile

Mountaineers mobile

Go check out mountaineers.org on your favorite mobile device. It’s beautiful! The early engagement strategy work we did with The Mountaineers (here’s a link the case study) is now displayed at our fingertips, and kudos to the lovely design and web development from our friends Neal Maher, Ethical UX, and the awesome team at Jazkarta. Our …

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Hitting the Trail at Dreamforce ’16

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This week, Percolator will be trekking to San Francisco to learn, share knowledge, and play at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual event. You’ll find us camping at the Salesforce.org Lodge to hear how you turn followers into champions, checking out tech and strategy sessions, and meeting with nonprofits about our engagement tracking app, StepUp. Want to meet up? …

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Salesforce Integration Supercharges Dogwood’s Organizing

Dogwood Distributed Organizing

When Dogwood Initiative needed to mobilize BC residents to reclaim decision making power over the air, land, and water they depend on, they turned to distributed organizing— motivating and empowering champion volunteers to lead and organize others. When they needed all the tools they rely on for distributed organizing to integrate instead of get in …

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Sacred Heart Gets San Jose Kids Ready for School

We love our client, Sacred Heart Community Service, and their work to alleviate poverty in Santa Clara County. Sacred Heart builds community and engages their members to advocate for better policy on housing, education, immigration, etc. They also provide critical services and resources. This week leads up to one of their biggest events of the …

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Friends with Benefits — Monthly Donors

Guest post by Sarah Nason, Operations Director at the Win/Win Network Full disclosure – this is not an unbiased post. I’m an avid fan of monthly giving programs. I always tell people that becoming a monthly donor is great because it, “gives us the sustainable funding we can count on each and every month to …

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Legacy Party – Oh Yeah!

Legacy Donor Party

You have your grassroots donors and your members. Those folks are good. You have your monthly donors. Monthly donors are great. (Data tells us that monthly donors continue to give on a monthly basis for an average of 7 years…making that donor = to a major donor for many organizations.) More on them soon. Speaking of major …

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Borrow & Match

Think about borrowing — that is my best online fundraising advice. Here’s what I mean: watch what the major nonprofits or large political campaigns are doing and test a similar version with your audience. Large organizations have the budget and list size to run all sorts of tests from button color to ask amount. Borrowing …

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Advocacy and Election Resources for Nonprofits

elections advocacy for nonprofits

(Update: We wrote a guide to all the advocacy platforms that integrate with Salesforce.) So…elections are on our minds. For those of you who are up to your eyebrows in legislative advocacy, the elections will have a big impact on your chances to improve policy. And more and more nonprofits are getting involved in electoral …

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Get them to open it

Let’s say you have a great email broadcast program and well-cultivated email, now what? How do you get people to continue to open your emails? How do you get people to take action? Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula. From national non-profits to small local ones, from school board races to large political machines, the Percolator …

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