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    Everytown & Moms Demand Action Drive 188,000 People to Call Congress in Support of #NoBillNoBreak


    Challenge: How do you turn a mass movement of popular support into real political pressure? Since the Orlando shooting, gun violence prevention has been a national flashpoint. However, even in the wake of tragedy, real legislative change stalled in Congress. Gun safety politicians have been taking extreme measures to force the issue. In early June,…

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    The Brady Campaign Uses Mobile Commons Advocacy to Turn Massive Social Support Into Political Action During Senator Murphy’s Filibuster


    Over the past weeks since the Orlando shooting, an outraged nation has demanded more gun control. On June 15, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy launched a filibuster on the Senate floor to call on Congress to act and bring existing legislation to a vote. “I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about…

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    The United Auto Workers Use a Crucial Negotiation to Double Their List Size


    Last fall, with a contract renewal looming, the United Auto Workers were negotiating with the Detroit Three auto manufacturers. The negotiations extended past their expected close in September, and on into the late days of November. As the negotiations dragged on, eager auto workers wanted to hear updates about how the discussions were progressing. The…

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    SMS Assist, a No-Glamour Start-Up, Becomes a Unicorn – SMS Assist is a company that connects property managers with external vendors. It just scored $150M in new investment from a high-profile Goldman Sachs investment team. Here’s how Facebook Messenger will change banking – Chat bots will help banks automate tasks further by making it seamless for the users to…

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    Asking for Donations Online: 7 Proven Strategies


    by Abby Jarvis We’ve all read the reports: online giving has surged in popularity in the past decade, and it’s getting more popular every year. Millions of donors now give with just a few clicks instead of mailing in checks or giving their information over the phone (although some donors still prefer those methods!). Because…

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    4 Simple Ways that Mobile Messaging Can Drive Donations


    The latest M+R benchmarks study had some big news for nonprofit fundraising: Donors are giving more and more from their mobile phones. “13% of online gifts were made from mobile devices,” the study reports. In response, Mashable wrote that “Nonprofits should be giving more attention to mobile.” We at Mobile Commons figured this would be…

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    Shine Brightens Your Day with Inspirational Texts


    Can a little AM encouragement change your entire attitude? The cofounders of Shine, a new text messaging service, believe that a simple text can transform your day. Shine sends its subscribers motivational texts every morning at 8:30 AM. It’s a brief snippet of insight and inspiration to help brighten your day. “We try to affirm…

  • Your Weekly Mobile News!


    SMS News OpenMarket Releases New Infographic Demonstrating Massive Opportunity for Financial Institutions to Engage with Target Consumers via SMS – 35-55 percent of people prefer to receive SMS alerts for bank activity compared to 27 percent of the general US population. 30-35 percent prefer to receive fraud alerts through SMS versus 23 percent of the US population.…

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    7 Tips for Engaging Donors on the Move


    It’s becoming clearer and clearer every day. Mobile isn’t just a fad; it’s here to stay! In fact, digital media mogul Mashable recently issued a statement saying that nonprofits should be focusing more on mobile. Their conclusion was drawn from a study of nonprofit email campaigns. While email list sizes grew in general, open and…

  • Vanity Fair Says the Flip Phone Revolution is Back!


    Last month the Wall Street Journal wrote that flip phones are making a comeback. They’re convenient, they’re cheap, and they can help eliminate some of the distractions of modern life that a smartphone exemplifies. Now Vanity Fair is reporting that flip phones aren’t just convenient – they’re also a status symbol: Just last year, Hollywood…

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