IMPACT 2020: The Virtual Experience will take place September 16, 4:00–5:00 pm with a keynote address from Xavier Ramey, CEO of Chicago-based Justice Informed. We are excited to feature Mr. Ramey, an internationally recognized public speaker and award-winning social strategist and change maker. He brings a wealth of experience to CSR professionals and offers catalytic strategies for inclusion, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and community engagement.
Earlier this year, For Momentum surveyed 51 leaders representing over 30 nonprofits who are well-known for their award-winning cause marketing campaigns. Our goal was to identify common elements that make their Best In Class Cause Campaigns successful. This survey, unlike previous research in our industry, dug into the operational elements to identify the most important components and explore the inner workings of planning and executing successful cause campaigns.
We are thrilled to unveil this valuable data! It will be accompanied by a panel of expert practitioners who will react to the findings and share practical advice on applying this data to boost your own cause partnership programs.
Earlier in the year, we shared a list of upcoming social impact conferences. We anticipated a renewed sense of purpose. We expected an increase in shared industry knowledge. We looked forward to lots of in-person networking. Obviously, the global pandemic changed everyone’s plans. Many conferences have been postponed or have evolved into virtual experiences. Take a look at the latest updates.
We wanted to dig a little deeper to see how nonprofit organizations are reacting and how they are adjusting their own diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies. In late July For Momentum held intimate roundtable discussions with corporate partner practitioners to discuss how DEI issues are influencing their relationship development process. Much of the discussion centered around how these issues impact their corporate vetting and funding acceptance policies.
Our agency has long advised that corporate partner policies are an essential tool that not only make procedures more effective, but also ensure proper stewardship of an organization’s reputation and maximize effectiveness. There are many practical benefits that can be derived from purposeful corporate partner policy development. Over the years we’ve shared best practices including corporate partner policy checklists, scorecards and other tips and tools. Now would be a good time to do a policy tune up. There’s time to make adjustments that can go a long way in accelerating activities and creating operating efficiencies as we head into the busy fall and year end season of giving.
One small silver lining from pandemic and social injustice crises is an increased investment in ERG’s, giving them a seat at the table when it comes to making cause and social impact partnership decisions. Even though ERG’s have been around since the 1970’s (and likely before), many exist despite inconsistent resources or even a consistent strategy. Historically volunteer-led and lacking in funding, companies have a real opportunity to give employees a voice, improve connection and increase authentigration.
Keep your audience – and your partner’s audience – meaningfully engaged by reaching them where they are right now: on social media and digital platforms. You can do more than share updates and pictures, though. Effective digital activations can replace existing contracted sponsorship benefits or add new benefits that will keep your partnerships moving forward.
Invest in deeper integrations in partnership work. Consumers today, especially Gen Z and Millennials, want to see true connections and meaningful impact beyond one-time campaigns. Causes and companies will need to work harder than ever before to ensure cause efforts are ‘authentigrated’ by all partners and not at risk of being seen as cause-jacked promotional stunts.
The work done now by both nonprofits and companies to keep audiences, particularly employees, engaged will be valuable long after a virtual environment is no longer necessary to keep people safe. The shift to virtual has forced organizers to refocus on what is absolutely vital to success and has in many cases uncovered better, more efficient ways to achieve goals.
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