FCP Celebrates Earth Day

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This weekend the international community is celebrating the world’s 47th Earth Day. US Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day to raise public awareness about environmental protection. The first Earth Day resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Now, Earth Day is celebrated around the world. It is as important as ever to advocate for environmental protections that are now under attack.

In honor of Earth Day, the FCP staff  is sharing some of our best communications tips for environmental clients— as well as the wisdom we’ve gained from working with them.

 

Dan’s Reflection: Connecting to the Community is Key

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Dan working the Press Riser at the 1990 Earth Day celebration in New York’s Central Park

FCP helped an organization in the South Bay called Valley Verde launch their Plant, Eat, Share Campaign, with a goal to plant 20,000 gardens in the Silicon Valley area. The idea was to help Latino community members and families that were struggling financially to build gardens and grow their own vegetables. Not only would it help increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but it would teach a new generation about healthy eating and encourage families, across generations, to be outdoors together.

The lesson for us was in how to extrapolate the impact of one single backyard in San Jose to the larger goal of changing an entire community’s relationship with food and nature. We accomplished this with powerful and personal storytelling paired with key statistics that indicated that there was indeed an existing problem and that this initiative was a part of the solution.

Reporter Confidential: “Here’s what I wish people knew…”

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(Note: This is NOT the reporter in question)

 

We recently spent a quiet moment talking to a talented and harried local TV news reporter.  We asked, off the record, about what he/she likes about the job and more importantly, how we could help him/her do a better job of telling stories. We also wanted to share these insights with our clients and friends to ensure all of us are better prepared when we reach out to reporters.  Here’s what we heard…

What would you tell people you interview?

I wish they knew that the rehearsed answer and/or written statement that they read on camera sounds terrible. It will never get used on TV.  We are looking for a natural, heartfelt answer.

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.”