As schools across the nation closed in March, many companies were well into plans for the back-to-school season. Preparation halted and creative shifted while families anxiously waited to see when and how the new school year would unfold. Brands were challenged to develop compelling campaigns that could resonate with families no matter what school looked like in the fall.
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.
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.
goPuff has committed to match up to $1 Million in support of Boys and Girls Clubs across the country that are providing critical support those most in need by aiding families of first responders with meals and academic virtual learning support during the pandemic.
For Momentum is proud to have been an advisor on this campaign and helped to form a new partnership between Cynthia Rowley and CARE. Both brands are women-focused and share philosophies around giving women inspirational choices. For IWD 2020, Cynthia Rowley will donate 15 percent of sales from a special selection of products to benefit CARE’s mission and women’s empowerment efforts.
A successful partnership is mutually beneficial. Companies are looking for employee engagement opportunities. They also want to showcase their community support and to reach specific business goals. Nonprofits are looking for additional revenue. More volunteers and new ways to amplify their message are always on the wish lists of nonprofits. For a partnership to be sustainable and grow, both sides must receive value.
One of the best ways to build a deep and lasting connection with donors is by creating cause-related experiences. These events bring the cause to life through storytelling and hands-on experiences which allow participants to feel the personal impact of a donation.
Everyone can be a storyteller in the digital age. Organizations can use digital channels to let people in and have a voice in their mission. Millennials and Gen Z especially want to help drive change and not merely make a donation. Expanding your campaign into the real world via video, photos and real-time engagement can multiply impact.
According to a 2019 survey conducted by global consulting firm BRG, consumers are ready to return to brick-and-mortar stores for back-to-school shopping. This is welcome news for retailers and their nonprofit partners. As many parents know, back-to-school shopping can be stressful and expensive. It can also be the perfect time to teach your children about giving back.
Here’s a look at some of the back-to-school cause campaigns taking place this summer:
Corporate philanthropy is rapidly evolving. Today, more consumers and employees expect companies to take a leadership role in solving important social issues. One of the best ways for companies to address social problems is to partner with nonprofit organizations.