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Behind the Scenes | General | Social Impact

Optimizing Digital Performance for Your Nonprofit

If our bottom line is to deepen our impact for the communities that matter to us, every minute counts. How do you prioritize your weekly digital tasks for optimal performance? During our internal tri-weekly SCRUM (an Agile framework for getting projects done), each Fifty team member provides an update on what they’ve accomplished, what they’re […]
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Behind the Scenes | Creative | Social Impact

The Justice Conference 17

What does it look like to ‘Love thy Neighbor?’ Exploring this theme of The Justice Conference held in Schaumburg, IL last week, dozens of nonprofit leaders and activists gathered at Willow Creek Community Church to discuss today’s most pressing issues. I walked into The Justice Conference with an open mind and open heart. I had […]
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Behind the Scenes | Social Impact

The Monarch School: Our Collaboration with Homeless Youth

There are over 20,000 homeless students in San Diego County. Let that sink in. The number is still sinking deep for a lot of us here – it’s a reality that we see when we walk from our homes to the office, from our parking garage to the nearby gym or coffee house. Over the past couple […]
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Mid-Year Pulse: Our Favorite Social Good Orgs So Far in 2017

Sometimes our work takes us closer to the trying events than the lighter ones, and in most cases we’d consider ourselves fortunate for that. Because through it all, we get to work on the things that matter to us, and we get to help our society, however little, in good times and in bad. So […]
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Behind the Scenes | Social Impact

Welcome to the First Day of the Rest of Our Lives

Let’s consider this day one. Yes, we’ve been a creative agency since 2009. Yes, we’ve worked on countless projects where we’ve strategized, designed, and developed projects for our dream clients. Yes, we’ve grown our team members, skill sets, and services to accommodate any and all advances in the digital world. Yes, we’ve slept well at […]
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Creative | Social Impact

The Five Series: Non-Profit Fundraising

Over the past ten years, the growth of online giving has been nothing short of remarkable. Within just the United States, over $20 billion is given annually! With the financial infrastructure of many non-profits relying largely on individuals’ donations, are 501(3)(c)’s capitalizing on online giving? And if not, what are they doing wrong? When it […]
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The End of a Dirty Word?

Recently we’ve been doing some serious thinking with IJM, an organization committed to seeking justice globally. In our research we came across a word that many of us relate to the global struggle for freedom: exploitation. But, we found a much more positive history to the word and thought we’d enlighten you… Words can change […]
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The Upside of Giving

​”Giving activates the same part of the mind as sex and chocolate.” What??​ Wait. For real? Upon hearing that, I thought it was ridiculous. I would have dismissed it but the source behind it was someone whom I would believe if she told me the sky was purple. So I scoured the internet. It turns […]
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Behind the Scenes | Social Impact

When Punk Rockers Turn Do-Gooders

Now that he’s head honcho at Fifty & Fifty, Javan Van Gronigen keeps a low profile. He hung up his wallet-chain and ditched the studded dog collar a long time ago. He’s dialed his use of the f-word way down and hasn’t sported a shaved head since the Clinton administration. A little known fact: this CEO […]
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Why Clicktivism Isn’t Slacktivism

Clicktivism gets a bad rap by plenty of haters on the web, but lately there have been some fantastic examples of effective digital activism. What the naysayers miss is that rallying support through online social media is only one aspect within a broader effort, not the entire campaign. And it’s been shown to be a […]

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