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Take Your Holiday Campaigns Up A Notch, Now and Throughout the Year

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To help people enjoy a holiday season that’s filled with more fun and less stuff, The Center for a New American Dream runs two main campaigns: Simplify the Holidays, which provides tools and resources to reduce stress and increase personal

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Donor Thank You’s with Mission Impact

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As we tumble headlong into the year-end fundraising season of annual appeals and holiday gift-giving campaigns, nonprofits are planning and plotting – not just to make the ask, but also to ensure those who heed the call feel recognized and

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Take Charge of Your Communications with LightBox Collaborative’s 2015 Editorial Calendar


LightBox Collaborative is very proud to present our 5th Annual Editorial Calendar. This milestone year reminds us that anniversaries are a great time to reflect on the past and look toward the future. In fact, some of the anniversaries featured

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SPIN Academy South: Reframing the Immigrant Rights Conversation

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The LightBox Collaborative team is in Georgia this week, leading communications trainings as part of the 2014 SPIN Academy South. Organizations working for immigrant rights and their allies in the Southeastern United States are participating in this four-day, invitation-only residential

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News Flash: Refugee Stories Have Happy Endings


Americans have a lot of sympathy for the refugee experience. Just the word “refugee” conjures images in our head of crowded camps and sad eyed children. But are those images accurate? And more importantly, are they helpful? The truth is,

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This Day in History: Should You Launch Your Campaign Today?

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and news outlets across the country will carry tributes and survivors’ stories. But what if your organization had planned to launch a new campaign tomorrow or hold a press

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Become Your Own Publishing Powerhouse with LightBox Collaborative’s 2014 Editorial Calendar

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The 2014 LightBox Collaborative Editorial Calendar has arrived! When we first launched our Editorial Calendar four years ago we had no idea it would become so popular. Since its release in 2011, our free content scheduling tool has been downloaded and

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Think Differently: Why Apple’s Advertising is More Effective Than Your Organization’s Communication Strategy


Psst! If I told you I’d discovered the secret to making your organization’s messages as effective as Apple’s advertising, would you buy it? Lucky for you I’m not a capitalist. I am going to make the secret available to you

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SPIN Academy Alumni – Where Are They Now?


Our friends at the SPIN Academy are celebrating their 15th Anniversary by celebrating those closest to them – their alumni! We at LightBox Collaborative are happy to share with you some of their featured alumni and a way you can

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SPIN Academy turns 15 – Applications Now Open


When I helped start the SPIN Academy fifteen years ago, we had a heckuva time convincing folks that they should set aside three days in the woods to talk about nonprofit communications. It just wasn’t a topic on folks’ radar

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