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April 25, 2017 \ Rachel Jellinek
Phyllis Silverman’s Exploration of Grieving

Phyllis Silverman’s Exploration of Grieving

“Grief is not an illness from which we recover. It is a life-changing event that happens to all of us.” Last week I attended a poignant memorial tribute ceremony in honor of Dr. Phyllis Silverman, hosted by her colleagues at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. A prominent researcher in the field of bereavement, Phyllis was also the co-founder of The Children's Room. Her research was vast,...

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April 18, 2017 \ Geoff Birmingham
Kedi: Life Smiling at You

Kedi: Life Smiling at You

Kedi ("cat" in Turkish) is equal parts a meditation on the quirky nature of cats, the people who love them, and the city of Istanbul. Seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, the cats are full of character and are charming, living in happy co-existence with the humans who dote on them, in a city that glows with Old World charm. A cynic might say that it's not a true representation of things....

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March 30, 2017 \ Emma Freter
Campaign Models: Ways to Avoid the Post-Campaign Lull

Recently, I attended a webinar hosted by CCS Fundraising about campaigns and how to avoid the dreaded lull period. According to CCS, organizations typically see a 65% increase in fundraising during campaigns. However, the post-campaign period can fall into a lull, which can lead to a bit of a tough time to get through. Through this webinar, CCS identified 4 campaign models that could possibly help...

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February 8, 2017 \ Rachel Jellinek
Two Awesome Animations to Share

Two Awesome Animations to Share

Animation is a fantastic tool to explain things and to tell stories.  Recently I’ve come across two animations that I absolutely love…I wish that Reflection Films had created them! The first is from Drive80, and it focuses on the HB2 law passed by North Carolina’s legislature, denying transgender individuals the right to use government-run bathrooms corresponding to the gender in which they...

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January 5, 2017 \ Geoff Birmingham
A video to make you smile

A video to make you smile

We're now entering the fourth year of creating our "Smiles" videos. Above is Smiles 2016. We have a lot of fondness for the folks we work with, often because they are a great deal of fun. So it's not hard to go back through a year's footage and find plenty of nice moments to splice together and create a happy, joyful montage. Previous versions were 2015, 2014, and 2010. We hope this will make...

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November 17, 2016 \ Geoff Birmingham
Before the Flood

Before the Flood

It’s hard to know what the filmmakers’ intent was in making Before the Flood, a documentary about climate change. For those of us who already believe scientists’ claims of climate change, we don’t really need to see the rising waters in India or shrinking glaciers in Greenland to be convinced. For those who believe that 97% of climatologists are engaged in a grand conspiracy and that climate...

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November 10, 2016 \ Rachel Jellinek
Mistakes Nonprofits Make When Seeking Corporate Sponsors

Mistakes Nonprofits Make When Seeking Corporate Sponsors

I attended a great panel presentation at Cape Cod Philanthropy Day entitled, "The View from the Other Side: Corporate Support on Cape Cod."  Rana Murphy from Eastern Bank, Kara Boule from Nauset Disposal and Beth Marcus from Cape Cod Beer shared three common mistakes nonprofits make when approaching companies for support.  I thought I would pass along their feedback in case you or folks in your...

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October 27, 2016 \ Emma Freter
My Takeaways: Google AdWords and Google Analytics

My Takeaways: Google AdWords and Google Analytics

Recently, I attended a session about “Using Google Analytics & Google AdWords” hosted by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. While we have a basic knowledge of Google AdWords and Google Analytics, this presentation was helpful in reminding us how marketing online is changing everyday. Here are a few of my takeaways: 1. Google Dominates the Search Space It’s true. Google has become such...

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October 21, 2016 \ Rachel Jellinek
Event Planning Dos and Don’ts for Fundraisers

Event Planning Dos and Don’ts for Fundraisers

Source: Clickbidonline.com I attended a great presentation on event planning offered by Women in Development of Greater Boston.  Here are some key takeaways from Brianna Boggs, Director of Development at GLAD and Kelly Lepley, Associate Director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.   Event Planning Tips on How To Be Inclusive Around Giving Opportunities...

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October 11, 2016 \ Emma Freter
The Benefit of Snapchat Geofilters

A few weeks ago I gave a brief overview of the app Snapchat. And as promised, here is a follow-up post on Snapchat Geofilters. (Yes, they are a thing) What are “geofilters”? Geofilters are “stickers” or a “filter” you can use to show where your Snap was taken. I created one recently for a birthday party. Pretty snazzy! Yeah, this is all cool stuff, but I’m sure you’re asking...

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