Tis the season… for holiday fundraising campaigns. Nonprofits and their corporate partners come together to tap into the generosity of holiday shoppers by launching creative cause campaigns. They extend the reach of these campaigns by using digital and social media to connect with holiday shoppers who want the opportunity to do good while making their lists and checking them twice. This most wonderful time of year to give back features matching gifts, holiday themed products, employee engagement, and activations with local impact, all of which you should consider for your holiday fundraising campaign. Be sure to approach corporate partners with ideas tailored to their brand, keeping both their internal and external audiences in mind, and let them know exactly how their donations will be used and the overall impact of their generosity.
The first organized effort to bring widespread awareness to breast cancer occurred as a weeklong event in the U.S. in October 1985 through a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of Astra-Zeneca). The mission was to educate and empower women to take charge of their breast health. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation first handed out pink ribbons to participants in its NYC race for breast cancer survivors. Two years later, Evelyn Lauder, SVP of the Estee Lauder Companies, founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and established the pink ribbon as its symbol.
Together with the newest Habitat Humanitarians, Drew and Jonathan Scott, HFHI set out to bring energy and awareness to the new build sites starting on campaign opening day April 2 and continuing through closing events on April 26, including ribbon cuttings and a block party in Nashville. In addition to bringing phenomenal media coverage from the Today show, HGTV, People, USA Today, Us Weekly and many others, the brothers promoted their involvement to their nearly 7 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout the month. HGTV also promoted the events via Facebook Live.
Together, nonprofits and companies have an opportunity to create experiences that transcend traditional CSR practices and actually improve lives. But truly impactful cause campaigns must find a way to cut through the chaos in order to drive engagement levels and generate tangible results.