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It would seem that the ultra-orthodox Chabad Lubavitch have little in common with your nonprofit. Whether you are a direct service provider, an international relief agency, an advocacy group or a trade association, Order inderal in us, you probably couldnâ€™t imagine what a bunch of black-suited, black-hatted ultra-religious Jews could teach you about outreach, marketing and fundraising. And it seems far fetched to imagine that they have something to say about social networking and internet strategy, in all of its universalistic narcissistic decadence, order generic inderal.
But alas, they have a lot to teach us.
I donâ€™t know what you know, Order inderal cheap online, if anything, about the Chabad-Lubavitch, so first, a little background. Here I am going to quote extensively from the Wikipedia article on Lubavitch, inderal online without prescription.
Chabad-Lubavitch (also known as Chabad, inderal from india, Habad or Lubavitch), is one of the largest branches of Hasidic Judaism and one of the largest Jewish movements worldwide, especially in the United States, Inderal tablets, the Former Soviet Union, Europe and Israel. Chabad (×—×‘"×“ ) is a Hebrew acronym for "×—×›×ž×” Chochmah, ×‘×™× ×” Binah, ×“×¢×ª Da'at" ("Wisdom, Understanding, inderal rx, Knowledge"). Lubavitch, taken from the Russian Ð›ÑŽÐ±Ð°Ð²Ð¸Ñ‡Ð¸, Best price inderal, Lyubavichi, is the name of the town that served as the movement's headquarters for over a century. In 1993 there were over 200,000 adherents to the movement some estimate today that there are over a million.
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Chabad, unlike other ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects, donâ€™t keep to themselves. They have it in their DNA to go out into the world and, with incredible passion, buy no rx inderal, reach out to every Jew they can.
So what we have here is a group that is mission driven. They have created a vast network of people able to carry their message out to the world. Low cost inderal, And they are investing in young kids and college kids.
I must mention that the Chabad are not without controversy. Inderal online without prescription, Rav Eliezer Shach, who was the patriarch of some of the largest ultra-orthodox communities around the world acerbically called Chabad the â€œsect closest to Judaismâ€ because of the movement within Chabad to proclaim their late Rabbi Schnerson the messiah.
In addition Chabad has been active in the right-wing of Israeli politics, while at the same time taking a non-Zionist stance (meaning the modern State of Israel is not a theologically consistent phenomenon and that â€œthe only thing that unites Jews is the Torah, not a secular state that happens to be planted on holy land.â€
And while I have a serious problem with both of those issues, buy inderal online, there is no arguing with their success in building communities of active supporters all over the world. There is no arguing with their success in getting secular Jews to take on some aspects of Jewish observance (a high priority among those who believe intermarriage and assimilation are the biggest threats to Jewish continuity). There is no arguing with their success in getting high-net-worth individuals to part with their money. Where to order inderal, And there is no arguing with their success in getting people who donâ€™t even believe in their world view to support them every year with donations large and small.
And donâ€™t think that they have this massive centralized fundraising machine that makes it all happen, inderal online without prescription. More from Wikipedia:
So how have they done it. How have they been able to get people who will never adopt their lifestyle or world view to support them financially. How are they able to send ultra-Orthodox rabbis to places like Boise, buy discount inderal online, Idaho and expect â€“ know â€“ that they will make it somehow. How are they able to bring non-religious Jews into their synagogues and to their events when their world view and lifestyle is so foreign. And finally, what can their success teach us about fundraising generally and online social networks specifically, inderal online without prescription.
A Theory of Acceptance â€“ Or At Least Tolerance
If I went into a typical Orthodox synagogue in a t-shirt and jeans during the Sabbath service, Low price inderal, I would likely have someone ask me to leave. They would tell me that, while they mean no offense, that my clothes are not appropriate for the day or the place and that I am welcome to return in more appropriate attire. If I walk in to a Chabad synagogue on the Sabbath in a t-shirt and jeans I am likely to be given an Aliah â€“ a special honor when you are called to participate in the Torah service, inderal purchase. From the Chabad perspective, the one who doesn't know enough to wear the right clothes is just the person who needs to be brought in and cultivated, not turned away. Inderal online without prescription, Another example. Canadian pharmacy inderal, Most Orthodox synagogues close off their parking lots on the Sabbath. Why. You are not allowed to drive on the Sabbath according to Orthodox rules, so having the parking lot open is an tacit invitation to drive, an invitation to break the Sabbath, order inderal online. Makes sense, no. While the Lubavitch take their Sabbath observance very seriously, their parking lots are open and they wonâ€™t tell you not to drive, inderal online without prescription. If you drive, Cheap inderal tablets, drive. Just come.
When Conservative or Orthodox synagogues have group Friday night meals (the beginning of the Sabbath), the evening will include rubber chicken that you most likely had to pay $35 (in advance) to get in the first place. In a Chabad House, inderal approved, you will often get a more elaborate and home-cooked meal (usually prepared by the Rabbiâ€™s wife) and a side order of rousing singing and flowing alcohol. Inderal online without prescription, Itâ€™s a lot of fun. In fact, the feelings of camaraderie are infectious. Cheap inderal in usa, No one will ever be made to feel that they are bad or wrong for not taking the Lubavitch path. And no one will ever be asked to pay.
In these three examples we get the core of Lubavitch success that I will try to distill into a few principles:
Â· Show acceptance and understanding for where people come from
The most secular person in the world can have a terrific time at a Lubavitch event or even attend their services on a regular basis. They can enjoy speaking to a rabbi whose life is light-years removed from the secular world, inderal online without prescription. And they routinely go out and tell anyone who will listen about the amazing soul that accepts the visitor and gives of themselves without asking for anything in return, inderal free sample. Thatâ€™s magic. Imagine people talking about your organization like that.
Taking the Lessons to Our Fundraising
The lesson I take away from their success for organizational fundraising is that guilt is a losing long-term strategy. Inderal online without prescription, Yes, it can work in the short-term. Inderal information, But instead of making me feel bad about what I havenâ€™t done or what I need to do, make me feel good about what you are doing. Inspire me with your dedication. Allow me to participate in a small way, but donâ€™t treat me like a small person for it, discount inderal online. Cultivate those who take the first step as if they can become the biggest donor you have and make them feel important for whatever it is they have chosen to do.
The number of organizations that use guilt is staggering, inderal online without prescription. Itâ€™s an easy strategy to implement and we see it a lot in direct mail. I recently received a mailing with a nickel in it. Buy inderal in us, â€œDonâ€™t let this nickel go to wasteâ€ they begged me. The same is true with mailing labels. Inderal online without prescription, Here are these things with your name on it and you will surely feel guilty is you use them and donâ€™t pay us. This is not how you create deep connections and long-term supporters. (Here is an article in Fundraising Success Magazine that looked at and ranked emotional motivators for fundraising. Guilt was near the end of the list.)
Another lesson that organizations can take from the Lubavitch is in having people on board who are passionate about what they do, order inderal from us. Now I donâ€™t expect that most organizations can get to the level of passion of the Lubavitch. These folks believe that their lives, all of our lives, and the future of the universe is at stake, inderal online without prescription. Thatâ€™s strong motivation and most people who work at your nonprofit wonâ€™t come with that level of dedication. But if you are choosing between two employees and one is deeply passionate about your mission and the other one, Find inderal on internet, though more qualified, is seeing it as just another job, pick for passion. (You can see this dedication at work in many organizations. I am seeing it more and more with environmental group staff who are genuinely scared for our collective future and energized by the change that is possible, inderal internet. You can see this dedication in the staff of the New Israel Fund Inderal online without prescription, -- those in Israel in particular -- where I was once a fundraiser. The Israel staff wants desperately to live in a democratic Israel and so they live the change they want to see every day.)
Lessons for Social Networks
The reason I wrote this post was because of a eureka moment I had in connecting the Lubavitch success with social networking. I had this moment last week when I was in Manhattan and I passed the Chabad Mitzvah Tank in Midtown. I had my handy-dandy video camera with me, so you can see:
(I have to pause thank Beka Economopoulos here for planting the seeds of this idea. Beka works for Greenpeace. I saw her speak at the Yearly Kos conference and then suggested that we at See3 invite her to co-present with us at the Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp in New York a couple weeks ago, inderal online without prescription. Beka runs the Greenpeace online organizing program and has seen some amazing success with it and we are grateful for her participation with us in what turned out to be a terrific and well-attended session.)
The average organization, if they have a social network strategy at all, think of social networks as a way to meet people, with the goal of then convincing those people to give the organization their email address, go to their donation link or otherwise become members/donors/activists of the organization in the same way everyone else is. Meaning, they will get the same emails, see the same website, and take the same path to further activity as other prospects. They are using the social networks to meet people, but only see their outreach as successful if they can get those people to do what everyone else is doing.
Part of the problem here is that organizational management hasnâ€™t yet internalized social networking metrics. For Greenpeace, those 68,000 friends on MySpace are just like 68,000 email addresses. Inderal online without prescription, For most organizations that would not be true. You are looking at email opens and average gifts from your online donations and these metrics are not really reflective of the potential you have in social networking. (Allan Benamer, a big believer in these tools, writes about this problem on his blog. You should also be reading Beth Kanter and Ruby Sinreich on these subjects.)
Now think of the Lubavitch philosophy. You are a MySpace person. You are comfortable on MySpace, inderal online without prescription. I build a MySpace page to show you I can speak your language. This is where you live. Acceptance means I have to stop trying to get you to leave. Acceptance means creating things you can do right there on MySpace. Inderal online without prescription, Acceptance means treating my ability to message you on MySpace the same as if you are on my email list â€“ without forcing you to change.
When you start to care enough you might come on over to our site. When you are impressed with how we â€œwalk the walkâ€ you might get out of your comfort zone by doing something offline. I am not going to force you to change. I am not going to limit your access or the information you can get because you live this "alternative lifestyle". I am going to respect you for who you are, inderal online without prescription. (Or at least I am going to pretend to.)
All of this is connected to the permission-based marketing society we are in today. Top down advertising is working less and less. Word-of-mouth is more important than ever.
Showing people what you do and why it matters is critical to capture peopleâ€™s attention. Inderal online without prescription, Getting your supporters to recruit others is becoming a central strategy. Your content and your passion are what will carry the day and bring people to your cause. Social media marketing is not about tricks or techniques as much as it is about finding your authentic voice and inviting people to share in your passion at the level they are most comfortable in the venue of their choosing.
[The irony of all of this is that Chabad-Lubavitch does everything wrong on their own MySpace page, which I assume is run by one person in a decentralized way. They donâ€™t follow their own script for offline engagement, which would also bring them online success. On MySpace they seem insular, political and shrill â€“ everything they donâ€™t seem in person.]
Be passionate in your work and be grateful to those who come and take interest â€“ at every level, inderal online without prescription. Meet people where they are without judgment or condescension. Make your programs and your content accessible to those who come from a different place than you do. This philosophy is the core of what you need to be successful in social networking strategy.
Tell me how you do or don't apply these principles to your own online and offline marketing by leaving a comment..
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