Emergency Appeals

How to Communicate in the Midst of Tragedy: 9-Step Checklist
April 16, 2013

Like you, my heart and head are heavy in the wake of the bombings in Boston. Especially since I feel so helpless. I had a completely different post planned, but wanted to respond ASAP to the questions, worries and just totally wrong communications I’ve seen going out since the bombings Monday afternoon. Most of this outreach was harmless but simply a mismatch with what’s on our minds right now. Because most of us are feeling horror, sadness, fear, uncertainly, and a sense of helplessness and vulnerability. Here are my right-now recommendations for your organization’s response.

7 Tips for Quick Fundraising Response During a Time of Need
November 1, 2012

The first days following a disaster or other emergencies — like Hurricane Sandy that hit the East Coast this week — can be crucial for organizations as they reach out to supporters and request help. At a time when many organizations may not have the time to outline a formal strategy, here are seven tips that can help any organization make the greatest impact during this time of need.

Are You Prepared?
March 1, 2012

Given that even the most seemingly innocuously missioned organization can find itself in the center of a crisis, the question is: Are you prepared to deal with it?

Oxfam and Save the Children Ask for $144.8 Million for East Africa Drought
July 5, 2011

The British charities Oxfam and Save the Children appealed for $144.8 million in emergency aid for the drought-hit East African nations of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia

Two straight seasons of poor rains prompted Oxfam to make a record African aid appeal, seeking $80.4 million to give 3 million people water, food and sanitation, the London-based charity said in an e-mailed statement.

Save the Children said that shortages of food have left some children surviving on one meal of porridge a day, and appealed for $64.3 million to ramp up its response to the worst drought in the region in 60 years.

Charity RSPCA Joins The Band Of Tweeters
December 15, 2010

The RSPCA is to tweet animal emergencies all day, with followers getting the chance to view the wide range of calls the charity receives.

The RSPCA's cruelty line received more than 1.25m phone calls last year and, on average, the charity responds to about 1,000 incidents a day.

RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley set up the Twitter account feed as he wanted to publicise the work of the RSPCA's 288 inspectors, 119 animal welfare officers and 74 animal collection officers.

SOFII's Choice(s)
November 1, 2010

We'd like to introduce SOFII to those of our readers who don't know about it and share some of the fundraising efforts that have made it into the site's Best of the Best Showcase.

Second-Quarter Fundraising Remains Flat, Report Finds
October 12, 2010

Both fundraising revenue and donor growth remain flat from the first half of 2009 to the first half of 2010, according to the 2010 Target Analytics donorCentrics Index of National Fundraising Performance: 2010 Second Quarter Results report.

Metro United Way makes special emergency funds available to nonprofits
October 5, 2010

With many charities facing grave financial conditions because of the recession, Metro United Way is making $475,000 available to area nonprofits.

Traditionally, United Way doesn’t distribute money collected in its annual giving campaign until after July 1.

But Joe Tolan, United Way president and chief executive officer, said that many local nonprofits have been forced to decrease staff, close programs, cut staff training, and limit the number of people served because of funding cuts.

How Haiti Changed Fundraising
August 10, 2010

When the Haiti earthquake hit back in January, the outcry and response were swift and plentiful. In this new era of the iPhone and other mobile devices, the biggest buzz in the fundraising sector was generated from the mobile-giving explosion following the disaster. But the biggest takeaway for fundraisers — all of them, not just disaster-relief organizations — is that donors have certain, higher expectations these days, and your organization must meet them.