Charitable giving is no longer what it used to be. There was a time years ago when it was enough to have your 501(c)(3) IRS status and a recognizable cause, for money to flow in without any problem. Oh, how times have changed!
Today there is increased competition for the benefactor's, albeit decreased, charitable dollars. What separates your charity from any others? If you haven't figured that out yet, you better and fast, lest you find yourself with an unfunded great cause!
Luckily some enlightened organizations that read the writing on the wall years ago created Brands that would rival the best of commercial brands. One such organization (PRODUCT)RED is one that I love and have supported for years now. Hopefully you will see some opportunities for your organization to incorporate some of their practices.
(PRODUCT)RED - A Short Study
Brand Story - "Designed to help eliminate AIDS in Africa." That's it! Short sweet and to the point. Clear and concise, this brand story allows the reader to determine at a glance if they want to support the cause or not. Let's face it the goal is to figure out the probability of support as soon as possible, then this short brand story pushes the issue in your face and gets you to make a decision right away.
Brand Identity - Simple, elegant, classic and singular is the logo. You cannot mistake the parenthesis and the bold red color. I can best describe this as ingenious. It's one of those brands where the name and symbol work beautifully together. Along the same lines as Apple whose logo and name are synonymous.
Brand Integrity - Supporters often get confused about where there money goes and how funds are utilized but not with (RED). All money that comes from this effort go directly to The Global Fund whose mission is to fund programs that fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria world wide with 100% of (RED)'s money going to Africa for AIDS programs.
Brand Partners - The business model for (RED) turns the traditional models of giving on it's head. They have partnered with great companies to produce special (RED) labeled items of products the public already loves and regularly buys. Each partner then contributes a portion of their profits to The Global Fund when the (RED) version is purchased. It puts the supporter on the same side of the table as the cause. This is great because they never have to sell the cause out by selling a tax benefit which keeps the focus on the donor instead of the cause.
There are a number of other organizations that have done these things successfully:
Maybe you know of some other ones that you can tell me about. I look forward to your feedback and comments.
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