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All Eyes on Rio: Leveraging the Olympics for Social Change

Private: Sydney McKenney

By Private: Sydney McKenney
Senior Account Executive of Creative

With just days left in the 2016 Summer Games, there are still many ways organizations can use the enormous spotlight on the Olympics as a hook for social issues in the U.S. With the media focused on Rio, Olympics-related hashtags gaining massive reach and thousands of organizations looking for ways… (read more)

How to Move an Issue Forward in a Polarized Congress

Lessons from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Recently, Congress and President Obama took a big step towards preserving the health and well-being of children across the nation by renewing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP has a long history of success and bipartisan support. It helps children… (read more)

How The Web Was Won

On February 26th, the Federal Communications Commission made history by saving the Internet and all Americans from the telecom giants by protecting net neutrality—the principle that all communications and data should be treated equally. This victory has wide reaching implications for progressive organizers on every issue. If our opponents had… (read more)

Winning the Web

February 26, 2014 As the FCC passes historic rules to protect the Internet from telecom giants like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, the nonprofit groups who organized millions of Americans to engage on this issue issued the following statements. Center for Media Justice, home of the Media Action Grassroots Network“The passage… (read more)

One Year Since Snowden: Lessons on Keeping Issues in the Headlines

One year ago today, Edward Snowden revealed that almost every innocent, law-abiding person is being tracked by NSA surveillance programs. Since then, Snowden managed to make “privacy” Dictionary.com’s word of 2013, keep privacy in the headlines every day and probably make you feel like the NSA is watching your every… (read more)

Making the Most of National Attention

Ellie Klerlein

By Ellie Klerlein
Senior Vice President

Ten of the nation’s leading foundations joined the Obama Administration to launch “My Brother’s Keeper,” a public-private initiative to expand opportunities for young men of color. Spitfire was tapped to help coordinate messaging and social media responses. Social media was a core component of building momentum for the initiative, and… (read more)

Working with Coalitions: Getting Agreement on Messages that Work

For many nonprofit organizations, coalitions and alliances have become a way of life. Tight budgets and limited staff capacity make partnering with others a smart way to bolster resources. Once you’re playing with others, how do you make sure your messages stick? How do you craft messages that work for… (read more)

“This is a truly transformative program and there is no question that it is preparing leaders to be courageous communicators.”

- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

Communicating During a Crisis

Erin B. Hart

By Erin B. Hart
Chief Innovation Officer

Expressions of caring connect us in our shared humanity during challenging times. We are navigating similar, and very personal challenges, as we manage our lives around the spread of COVID-19. Many of Spitfire’s trusted partners are working with us to determine if they should address the pandemic and, if so,… (read more)

A Good Time to Get Good at Virtual Meetings

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Whether you find yourself running more remote teams or are looking to responsibly react to containing pandemics, being good at virtual meetings isn’t just a valuable skill – it’s an essential one. Since I’m often asked to run strategic sessions, I’m sharing the tips I have learned over the years… (read more)

Anticipating (Rather than Dreading) the Future

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

I recently attended an unconference in Peekskill, New York at a maker space. With the help of a very astute curator, we did indeed plan an interesting day where I learned about fusion, getting the most reluctant people to vote, and participating in the circular economy where we figure out… (read more)

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