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Clients in the News – November 2013

NPCA Home Page Shutdown Screen Shot• Few nonprofit organizations were as visible and effective during the recent partial government shutdown as the National Parks Conservation Association. NPCA mobilized its supporters, wrote Op-Eds, and informed the public about the serious effects of the purely political shutdown: 21,000 national park staff were furloughed, and local communities lost as much as $30 million every day the parks were closed. The 401 national parks were already deeply underfunded before the shutdown, so now that they’ve reopened, NPCA is turning its attention back to pushing Congress to appropriate more funds for national parks. For more information, visit NPCA’s media center on its website.


We’re thrilled to report that the League of Women Voters’ donor/supporter file is at its highest count since 1992! This is great news, especially since so many voters are discouraged about government gridlock, dissatisfied with the job Congress is doing, and disgusted by the spate of voter suppression laws recently enacted. Clearly, Americans trust the League to help improve the situation! The League reached this impressive milestone by bucking the trend of declining supporters through its use of best practices and continuing its donor acquisition investment during challenging times. 

• The American Film Institute is gearing up for its spectacular AFI Fest in Hollywood from November 7-14. Visit AFI’s website to learn more about the Festival and to watch trailers from movies that will be screened. Tickets and airfare to this annual and popular event were given away as part of AFI’s Red Carpet giveaway, giving one special member a trip to remember!


• With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Farm Sanctuary is once again marking the holiday with its Celebration for the Turkeys. Visit Farm Sanctuary for information on this and FS’s other unique November events. We’d also like to give a shout out to Farm Sanctuary for winning Special Mention honors in Fundraising Success Magazine’s 2013 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence.


• Looking for a fun, cultural lunch hour in Washington, DC? Throughout the fall, the National Museum of Women in the Arts holds brief, free gallery talks at lunchtime. Next up on November 18: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Visit for more information.


• The National Women’s Health Network holds its 6th-annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health dinner on November 20 in Washington, DC. This year, NWHN honors Nancy Boothe, who works on the front lines of women’s health care, and political analyst and writer Zerlina Maxwell. For more details, go to:

• Whatever you’ve got planned for Sunday, November 24, wouldn’t it be more fun to see Jimmy Fallon In Conversation with Stephen Colbert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center?! For tickets, and more on this Montclair Film Festival fundraising event, visit NJPAC’s website.


• Get in the holiday spirit early with the PNC Broadway Across America production of Elf at the Pittsburg Cultural Trust. But it’s a limited engagement – only November 26 through December 1 – so go to PCT’s website for tickets now.


• What could be better than Thanksgiving where it all began: in Massachusetts! The Trustees of Reservations has wonderful programs through Appleton Farms, including lessons on preparing classic and new-twist holiday favorites, holiday harvest meals, and more.