Big News from Starfish Impact: #SupportingOurSector Contest Launch!

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[Update since original posting:  Voting has begun for the 5 selected organizations! Click here to learn more and cast your vote between now and Nov. 4!]

Today we’re thrilled to share some exciting news from our friends at Starfish Impact about a powerful new initiative launched this week, #SupportingOurSector, which will award a winning nonprofit more than $40,000 in combined cash and a custom pro bono services package. Good stuff, indeed! Continue reading

Why We’re #WearingOrange Tomorrow…Join Us!

jen-wearingorangeAs our regular readers well know, we’re proud to showcase nonprofits and brands committed to driving social change on our blog whenever we can.  Today, we kickoff a month dedicated to sharing more stories from a variety of organizations we champion and admire, beginning with a cause very close to my heart: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I discovered this powerful community back in 2014, after reading  the story of a mom named Shannon Watts who started a Facebook page the day after  the Sandy Hook shootings, which quickly became a movement now more than 2 million members strong.  Today, I’m a volunteer for the Oregon chapter team, and a local campaign presenter for the BeSMART for Kids Campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of having conversations about kids, guns, and safety.

Tomorheart doodlerow, June 2,  is a big day for us:  National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  I will be joining other individuals, businesses, and community partners who will be #WearingOrange to honor those who have been killed by gun violence, and to inspire action to stop the gun violence that takes too many lives in America. Continue reading

Gearing up for the Giving Season — Join Us August 3!

speech-bubbles-coolIs your nonprofit ready for the 2016 end-of-year giving season? If you’re not sure, I invite fellow Portland organizations to join Big Small Brands on Wednesday, August 3 from 12-1:30pm at Hatch to help get your nonprofit ramped up to make the most of your end-of-year marketing and fundraising efforts. The session will cover:

  • Simple branding tips to refine and strengthen your online presence and engage donors
  • How to create and share powerful messages about your organization through brand storytelling
  • Social media best practices and emerging trends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and more
  • Tips, tools, and a campaign planning checklist for launching an effective #GivingTuesday and #OregoniansGive campaign

Lunch will be served.


Spots are limited, so reserve your seat today! A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit First Book Portland, to support their work providing new books to local children in need.

Can you Sponsor a Local Nonprofit Attendee?

heart doodleIf you are a local business or individual, we invite you to sponsor a spot for a local nonprofit. If you do, we will happily feature your organization in an upcoming blog post, too.  Need help connecting with a great local nonprofit partner to attend? Feel free to contact us and we can make a great match!


What Past Workshop Attendees Are Saying

“Jen’s workshop opened the door to a breadth of knowledge regarding social media strategies, both for specific campaigns and for increasing overall engagement in the longer term. I’m confident that employing these new ideas will help take my organization’s activity to the next level.”
—Caitlin Howard, Social Venture Partners Portland

“Jen Barth is a thought-provoking presenter and a great storyteller. In our workshop for small-business owners, she put sometimes difficult-to-cover topics like brand management into simple terms. Her knowledge of marketing was deep, and went beyond any simple listing of recommended activities. We are proud to have Jen as part of our presenter team.”
—Loren Guerrero, Mercy Corps

“Working with Jen was amazing. She was vital to the development and implementation of our organization’s social media, marketing, and fundraising efforts, and went out of her way to ensure that we had the resources and knowledge necessary to succeed.”
—Carlos Ramon, August Wilson Red Door Project

Giving Back, Part 3: Two Oregon Game-Changing Nonprofits To Support!

heart doodleHappy End-of-December, all!  As 2015 comes to a close, we’re pleased to share the final post in our “Giving Back” series, highlighting two phenomenal organizations we got to know this year who are doing game-changing work in our community.  I hope you will consider how you may be able to support their work with an end-of-year donation,  learning about upcoming volunteer needs, and sharing their stories in your community of connections. And if you’re so inspired, pass it on! Continue reading

Giving Back, Part 2: Four Oregon Nonprofits To Support on #GivingTuesday (and Beyond!)

stats-goalHappy end-of-November, all! This means, of course, that the big day, December 1—AKA #GivingTuesday and #OregoniansGive day—is almost here!  Are you ready to make an impact?

Last week, we shared some initial ideas in our Part I post, highlighting four organizations supporting Oregon’s kids. Today, we offer 4 more ideas for nonprofits doing great things to strengthen broader community resources across our state. We  hope you will consider supporting them by donating funds, exploring hands-on volunteer opportunities, or helping their share stories across your networks this week, and throughout the holiday season! Continue reading

Giving Back, Part I: 4 Simple Ways To Support Oregon’s Kids This Holiday Season

Autumn maple leafAs we head into the Thanksgiving week, we’re reflecting on the many clients, partnerships, and community connections that have helped make 2015 a great year for the BSB re-launch!  A true highlight, no doubt, has been the opportunity to support and work with so many non-profits through client collaborations, community workshops, and through social media story-sharing.  We also enjoyed week celebrating the launch of  #OregoniansGive last week with a fun event hosted by
our friends at Impact Flow– along with Albina Community BankBuoy Beer Company, WhyIGiveand WVDO.  We came away so inspired to see so many diverse organizations doing great things for our community, and excited for the impact we can each have to help them in the year ahead.

And so…we’re pleased to share Part I of our Giving Back series, which offers some ideas on organizations we’re especially inspired by this holiday season for their great work supporting local kids and families.  Whether you can donate funds, do some hands-on volunteering, or simply help share their stories across your networks, below are 4 suggestions we hope you will strongly consider!. And stay tuned next week for Part 2 of this post for some terrific organizations serving the broader community needs, too! Continue reading

What Are You Doing 11 Tuesdays From Now?

Happy Tuesday! I know what I’ll be up to 11 Tuesdays from now—do you?

As we’ve shared in our previous post, Gearing Up for Giving Tuesday,  we’re hard at work helping both corporate and nonprofit clients plan for the holiday and giving season ahead. For many of us, December 1Giving Tuesday—will be a day of incredible impact. Will you join us?

Here in Portland, we’re excited to host a workshop on October 15 with our friends at ImpactFlow to help nonprofits maximize their marketing and fundraising efforts during this critical time of year. If you are a local business or individual, consider sponsoring a spot for a local nonprofit to attend! You can learn more here.

GT_icon_education-150x150Even if you haven’t heard about #OregoniansGive yet, now is a great time to learn more! #OregoniansGive is a statewide campaign we are proud to support, which encourages philanthropy, empowers nonprofits, and inspires fellow Oregonians to strengthen communities across the state. Our goal is to connect with as many of the 3,970,000 Oregonians as possible between now and #GivingTuesday on December 1, to inspire donations of money, time, and resources to support the many incredible community causes around us. Visit the campaign website to learn more, get some free planning resources, and pledge your commitment.

We’ll share more details and resources to help you get involved in the coming weeks, along with a series of Big small Talks with local businesses, individuals, and nonprofits who are giving back across Oregon in a variety of ways. If you have  a story to share, get in touch—we’d love to hear from you!

Here’s to a great holiday season ahead!

Doing #WhateverItTakes for Gun Sense: Join Us!

With Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts

As part of my ongoing effort to share ideas with our clients, partners, and friends on how they can engage in a variety of community-building efforts,  I’m highlighting today an organization very close to my heart: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

mda-logoAs I shared in a previous post, I am proud to volunteer for this amazing organization, which was founded in 2012 by fellow mom Shannon Watts in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Today, Moms Demand Action is a powerful grassroots network with chapters in all 50 states, working in partnership with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and many other advocates to change the game and end the gun violence epidemic  in this country.

heart doodleThe recent shooting that killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward is one of the many (too many) examples of why our work is so critical. 88 American lives are stolen by gun violence every day. That totals more than 31,000 gun deaths happening each year. So when Alison’s father, Andy Parker, pledged to do “whatever it takes” to get common-sense gun legislation passed,  moms across the country agreed to mobilize too—because research shows that common-sense public safety laws reduce gun violence and save lives. And, because we’re moms. We get things done.

So,  I hope you will consider taking a few moments (or perhaps even more) to take action on one of the easy steps below. Pass it on! Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: 5 Steps To Gear up for #GivingTuesday

chat-bubblesThis week, we’re honored to be featured in a guest blog post for nonprofit marketers, Gearing up for #GivingTuesday: 5 Simple Steps To Take Today.

Special thanks to the Starfish Impact team for inviting us to share these 5 tips to help non-profit organizations get ready for an impactful season of donor outreach, engagement, and fundraising success!  And, in case you missed it, we recently interviewed Starfish Impact President Marta Ferro,  who is also CEO of Pink 51, in this post, Shopping For Social Change– check it out!

If you aren’t familiar with #GT, below is some additional info beyond the 5 tips we shared. Continue reading

13 Tips, Tools & How-Tos for Nonprofit Marketers. Pass it on!

Last week, I was honored to attend  Changemakers Night, an incredible collaboration event between and Social Ventures Portland and PSU Impact Entrepreneurs, which brought together local philanthropists, social innovators, and business leaders.  What a dialogue!

heart doodlePanelists included Jeremy Hockenstein, Co-Founder and CEO, of Digital Divide Data; Kazi Huque, CEO, Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd; and Jane Stevens, Founder of ACES Connection & ACES Too High. Other high points of the evening were listening to the opening remarks by Nadya Okamoto, a local high school student who founded Camions of Care to support homeless women in Portland, and reconnecting with some fellow members of The Portland Ten, an incredible group of local social change-makers. This event is a must-attend for any fellow Portlanders who are passionate about social change. Continue reading