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Taking Digital Seriously – What We Can Learn from the 2020 Iowa Caucus

by Cheryl Contee • Data Management •

As an activist and technologist who works to support progressive movements, I’ve been following the 2020 Iowa Caucus intently. I don’t know about you but for me, it was the next big game coming right after SuperBowl Sunday - let’s get loud!

Yet despite the hard work of so many organizers, volunteers and everyday citizens in Iowa, the results were delayed with operational challenges and the political impact of the Iowa Caucus has been blunted. There’s been a lot of focus on the failure of the app that was designed to help modernize and accelerate the delivery of caucus results. Many articles have rapidly been written to dissect what went wrong.

From the NYT

Given less than two months to build an app for reporting caucus results to the Iowa Democratic Party, Shadow produced technology that proved difficult to…

Cheryl Contee Named 2020 World Changing Woman by kate spade NY and Conscious Company Mag!

by Cheryl Contee • Announcements •

I’m so honored to share that I’ve been recognized as a 2020 World Changing Woman by Conscious Company Magazine and kate spade NY along with other female leaders in social entrepreneurship. I hold both of these organizations in high regard, and to receive this award from them means a lot to me on both a personal and professional level. 

It’s rare to find an organization as committed to uplifting women around the world as Conscious Company is. Their mission to build an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually meaningful community is nothing short of inspiring. I’m humbled to be part of a class of 42 amazingly talented and successful female entrepreneurs and CEOs. You can view the full list here. 

Conscious Company shares many of the values that I do as CEO of Do Big Things. One prime example is the championing of women in the workplace: Do Big…

2 Ways to Combine Facebook Ads + Email for End-of-Year Fundraising Success

by Do Big Things • Fundraising & Philanthropy •

This December, Facebook invited Do Big Things CEO Cheryl Contee and Vice-President of Digital Advertising, Ryanne Brown, to share insights on how to turbocharge your end-of-year fundraising based on our pioneering expertise in the field.

Facebook’s “Lift Series” is a collaboration between Facebook and selected expert nonprofit technology practitioners to help causes use Facebook more effectively for outreach and fundraising.

Below, you will find an excerpt from the post. You can read the full blog post here on Facebook's Social Good website.

This article was originally published on Facebook on Dec. 2, 2019.

You might be wondering if Facebook Ads are right for your organization or you might be unsure about how best to add Facebook Ads into your mix of online fundraising. Perhaps you remember the cereal commercials showing a bowl of cereal alongside juice, milk, toast, fruit and other foods “as part of…

A Message from Jeremy Bird: Why He’s Choosing Lyft

by Jeremy Bird • Announcements •

Today, DBT Board President Jeremy Bird announced that he is joining Lyft as their Vice President of Engagement. Congratulations, Bird. DBT couldn't be more excited for you as you begin your next chapter.

Read Bird's message about why he is choosing Lyft below:

I’ve spent my career fighting to change the world for the better. It’s what drew me to spend a decade organizing communities across the country to support former President Barack Obama; empowering working families to stand up for better wages and affordable health care while working in the labor movement; and studying theology at Harvard Divinity School during my formative years. I have always believed in the power of people to make a meaningful impact on the way we all work, vote, and live our lives.

That’s why I’m honored to announce today that I am taking on the role of Vice…

Amy McGrath just shattered all the fundraising records

by Do Big Things • Election •

By Toby Fallsgraff and Ryanne Brown

Here’s why it’s about a lot more than how much she raised

If you didn’t already think retired Lt. Col. Amy McGrath would give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the fight of his political life in Kentucky, her first FEC filing should get your attention.

In under three months, McGrath raised over $10.7 million from nearly 300,000 donations—an average gift of $36. A whopping 98 percent of contributions were $200 or less.

That doesn’t just set a resounding new record for a Senate quarterly haul—pulling in nearly double the previous top fundraising quarter for a Senate campaign this year. It evens out Mitch McConnell’s huge financial head start, and, more importantly, it gives McGrath a vast grassroots donor base (including donors in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties!) that will have her back over the next 13 months, no matter what Team Mitch…