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It Takes Two: A Conversation on FCP, Two Years Later

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The Full Court Press team is celebrating a milestone this week: two years ago, Caitlin Scott (Senior Communications Counselor) and Audrey Baker (Communications Counselor) joined our team. A lot has changed over the past two years. Our state, our nation, and the world of communications are not the same. FCP sat down with Caitlin and Audrey to discuss how much has changed and what they’ve learned over the years.

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International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of the many social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Full Court Press rounded up some of the female figures who have most inspired us. These change-makers are merely a small sample of the incredible women working to make the world a better, more just place for all. They demonstrate for us all ways to #BeBoldForChange .

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Trump’s Itchy Twitter Finger Making Charities Uneasy

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by Rebecca Koenig (Story posted 13-Feb-2017)

A note from Full Court Press: Recently, our very own Dan Cohen was featured prominently in an interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy concerning one of the most daunting challenges a nonprofit can face: a Trump Twitter strike.  We were also excited to see our friend Beth Kanter quoted extensively as well.

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Nonprofits worry about three kinds of tweets from President Trump: lies, attacks, and even endorsements.

Donald Trump has added an unexpected role to the American presidency: Tweeter-in-Chief.

His 140-character dispatches are notable not just for their tone (aggressive) and time of composition (early morning) but also for their ability to move markets — at least momentarily — and steer public attention. A tweet about Lockheed Martin sent the aerospace company’s stock down 5 percent. Another, about Toyota’s plan to make cars at a new factory in Mexico, evaporated $2 billion from the company’s market value.

That has nonprofit leaders worried about what will happen if the president uses Twitter to target their organizations. It is not a far-fetched scenario: In 2012, businessman Trump did just that, slamming the executive directors of the U.S. Fund for Unicef and the American Red Cross over their pay — and citing incorrect compensation figures.

Now, such outbursts carry the weight of the most powerful perch in the world, and that unnerves nonprofits. As Erin Hennessy, vice president at TVP Communications, notes, President Trump’s tweets usher in “extreme scrutiny from the public.”

Responding to nonprofits’ fears, communications firms are scrambling to provide guidance on dealing with the president’s digital bully pulpit. They’re advising charities to draft social-media posts in anticipation of various possible scenarios, set up phone trees to expedite communication with major donors, and run drills testing their crisis-communications plans.

Full Court Press, which counts foundations such as the California Endowment and nonprofits including Alliance for Justice among its clients, held a staff meeting last week on the topic of Mr. Trump’s tweets. The aim, principal Dan Cohen said, is to start “rebooting our social-media training for the new world order.”

New FCP E-Book – Communications Strategies for the First 100 Days

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The first 100 days of the new administration will be an unrelenting stream of bad actions, bad actors, and bad outcomes. How can YOU prepare your social enterprise, non-profit or advocacy organization?

We share your concerns about the incoming administration. We share your desires to keep pushing a proactive and thoughtful agenda, even during a time of great challenge.

Your time is valuable. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our best thoughts to help you lead a communications effort for your organization through this transition.

Click here to download:  First 100 Days – FCP Communications Ebook

When you finish this e-book, you will:

  • Fearlessly communicate in a time of great chaos
  • Think differently about communicating your work to new audiences
  • Take specific actions to improve your efforts and empower your allies to do the same

Thank you for being supportive of Full Court Press Communications through the years. Please know we are always here to help you.

Dan Cohen & the Full Court Press Team
FCPCommunications.com / @FullCourtPress / @dcstpaul

Click here to download: First 100 Days – FCP Communications Ebook

3 Ways to Protect Your Priorities and Passions in the Face of a Trump Presidency

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The maxim that all politics is local will take on a new meaning in Trumpland. He is a leader with zero interest in details and his staff will spend four years fighting among themselves, all while Congress attempts to enact an agenda focused on GOP 101 (Tax Cuts, etc). In this environment, how can you win? And how can you use the upcoming holidays to prepare yourself and your teams?

Fight and Win Locally:  For non-profits and philanthropies, this first means identifying early “wins” to expand on what you’ve accomplished in the last eight years as you prepare for a different policy environment. Then it means pivoting to active defense of what matters most while continuing to relentlessly engage decision-makers on why your position is best for them. From 2000-2008, advocates in California fought and changed policies to provide voluntary, universal preschool at the local level and built towards statewide policy using policy, advocacy and local community wins in spite of a hostile presidency. How can you do the same?