Nature Conservancy's Nancy Eiring on Earth Day 2010 Campaign, Part 1
[Editor's note: This part 1 of a two-part interview. Check back Wednesday for part 2.]
Every year, the Nature Conservancy centers a fundraising and advocacy campaign around Earth Day, focusing on a different theme annually. Events ranging from a 5K race to raise awareness and dollars to 2011's Picnic for the Planet have been used to bring donors closer to the organization's mission to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities of the Earth.
FundRaising Success spoke with Nancy Eiring, director of acquisition at the Nature Conservancy, about the 2010 Earth Day campaign.
Nancy Eiring: Our Earth Day is a huge event for our organization but also for the environmental and conservation movement. We try to take advantage of that awareness and do a lot of promotion. Last year, like the previous year, we had a relationship with Disney releasing a film. Disney's "Oceans" came out on Earth Day. We were one of the beneficiaries of the film. We promoted that online along with making our focus about marine life and marine work.
FundRaising Success: What was the overall goal of the 2010 Earth Day campaign?
NE: Each Earth Day we try to do it bigger and better and learn and reapply year after year. What we've learned is when we're consistent in our message across the national office as well as inside our field offices — we have offices in every state — we can raise the awareness even that much more.
FS: How do you make sure everything stays consistent and on message with so many offices?
NE: One of the things that we did in 2010 was we created templates. We housed everything in one place on our internal intranet so that everyone had easy access to all of the promotional items, and we pushed it out across the field so that we could share everything with everyone at the same time. We actually created our Earth Day guide for the field, which was really a quick read; it laid out different engagement opportunities — some that were super quick, some that were semi-quick and some that would take some time to implement but still provide an opportunity for the office. That meant they could take advantage of specific opportunities in the state, like doing different events such as screening opportunities or how they could reach out to the media, and other tools like e-cards to donors, how they could change their e-signature, how they could use different social-network reposts and how to use Facebook in terms of our Oceans event.