Campaigning for social change

Why are we here? To make the world a better place, of course. And we do this by campaigning in all the right ways for social change. Social change organisations don’t succeed by being reasonable, by doing things the way they’ve always been done. The first aspiration of all nonprofit organisations should be to do themselves out of business. All campaigners and fundraisers should be restless challengers of the status quo, never ever satisfied that we are doing quite enough. Why? Because we only exist to change the world.

Greenpeace presents Rang-tan: the story of dirty palm oil

by Sonia Triki

This landmark TV ad captured the hearts and minds of the British nation and helped Greenpeace tap into -and transform- the national conversation around palm oil.

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Plastic not-so-fantastic: Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle reviewed

by Joe Burnett

In her fantastic book, journalist Lucy Siegle sets out how we can all make a difference in tackling an increasingly dangerous plastic situation.

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Cards Against Humanity Saves America

by Sarah Crowhurst

In an audacious and hilarious campaign, irreverent card game Cards Against Humanity took on Donald Trump at his own Twitter game and raised two million dollars in just nine hours for good causes. 

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Leading the resistance: the American Civil Liberties Union

by Ali Walker-Davies

Ali Walker celebrates the American Civil Liberties Union's resistance to Donald Trump's travel ban and how it raised incredible funds without even asking, just by being a beacon of hope.

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How to bring feminism into your fundraising

by Emily Collins-Ellis

Emily Collins-Ellis and Rachel Stephenson Sheff demonstrate that feminism needs to be brought into fundraising, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it will improve that fundraising and benefit your organisation.

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Abortion Support Network 'Why do you support ASN?'

by Damian O’Broin

By asking a simple question of their donors and sharing the responses in later communications, a small Irish charity provided inspiration for all fundraisers.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

by Emily Collins-Ellis

A grassroots campaign by queer activists to support embattled striking miners in 1980s UK provides a blueprint for how apparently incompatible organisations can come together to effect real change.

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The Polish Red Cross: Very Good Manners

by SOFII

This campaign by the Polish Red Cross showcases guerilla marketing at its most effective and innovative.

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Bernie Barnstorms – I Wish I’d Thought Of That

by Fiona Pattison

Take inspiration from volunteer-led barnstorms for Bernie Sanders’ remarkable presidential campaign. Feel the Bern! 

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NO MORE's Super Bowl 49 PSA: Listen

by SOFII

This ad to raise awareness of domestic violence simply and chillingly depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza with her attacker still in the house.

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