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On the Calendar
11/2: Book Lovers Day. Share your favorite books relating to the work your nonprofit does.
11/11: Veteran’s Day. Highlight volunteers, staff, or clients who have served in the military.
11/13: World Kindness Day. Feature those volunteers who go above and beyond making your clients feel loved. Or share how your supporters can show kindness to others in a way that aligns with your cause.
11/15: America Recycles Day. Share how your organization recycles. For a twist, try “recycling” old content that got a good response.
11/15: National Philanthropy Day. Recognize your greatest supporters.
11/20: Absurdity Day. Take the opportunity to do something crazy! Social media is great for these kinds of things. Or dispel an absurd notion people believe about your organization.
11/28: Thanksgiving (U.S.). Thank supporters, clients, and volunteers. Email messages of gratitude around Thanksgiving are a great way to kick off a series of fundraising emails in November and December.
November is also:
- National American Indian Heritage Month
- National Diabetes Awareness Month
- National Adoption Awareness Month
- National Epilepsy Month
- Peanut Butter Lovers Month
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
- National Caregiver Month
You also have:
- November 15: Great American Smokeout
- November 16-24: National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
- November 16: International Day of Tolerance
- November 17: World Prematurity Day
- November 20: Universal Children’s Day
- November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Metaphor of the Month
This month’s metaphor is Shopping. Think about sales, bargains, prices, Amazon, mark-downs, malls, Black Friday, close-outs, grocery lists, shopping carts, aisles, cash register, lines, secret shoppers, credit, returns, eBay, yard sales, convenience store, coupons.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
The New York City Marathon is November 1st.
Daylight Savings Time ends on November 3rd.
The E! People’s Choice Awards are the 10th and the CMA Awards are the 13th.
Popular movies being released this month include the next Terminator and Charlie’s Angels movies, Midway, Ford v Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Frozen II, Queen and Slim, and Knives Out.
Apple’s new streaming service launches on November the 1st and Disney+ launches the 12th. Both will have lots of new original programming that is sure to get social media talking.
Other TV shows premiering this month include The Crown, Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!, Jack Ryan, His Dark Materials, The Little Mermaid Live, Shameless, The Man in the High Castle, Ray Donovan, the Mad About You revival as well as lots of Holiday/Christmas specials.
The Leonid meteor shower reaches its peak around November 17th.
The busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is November 29th.
Source of the Month
Sharing Your Progress. Before kicking off your year-end giving campaigns, make sure you have properly shared your victories and highlights of the year giving your supporters credit for it all.
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