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As usual, please double-check events to see if they are still happening.
On the Calendar
11/6: 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.
11/25: 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.
11/28: Hanukkah begins. Reflect on the joy and renewal of Hanukkah or share what you have overcome this year despite great odds.
November is also:
- National American Indian Heritage Month
- Child Safety Protection 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
- Mo-vember (men’s health issues)
You also have:
- November 2: Dio De los Muertos ends
- November 19: Great American Smokeout
- November 13-21: National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
- November 16: International Day of Tolerance
- November 17: World Prematurity Day
- November 20: World 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 will be held the 7th.
Daylight Savings Time ends on November 7th.
The 55th Annual CMA Awards will be the 10th.
The Leonid meteor shower reaches its peak around November 17th.
The American Music Awards are the 21st.
The busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is November 26th.
Some movies coming out in theaters this month are Eternals, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Belfast, Love Is Love Is Love, Ghostbusters: Afterlife. King Richard, Encanto, and House of Gucci.
Streaming movies debuting include The Princess Switch 3, The Harder They Fall, Finch, Love Hard, Passing, Red Notice, Home Sweet Home Alone, Tick, Tick…Boom!, Bruised, The Humans, and The Beatles: Get Back.
TV shows premiering this month include Taste the Nation, Big Mouth, Narcos: Mexico, Dexter: New Blood, Yellowstone, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Mayor of Kingstown, Yellowjackets, The Flash, Riverdale. Tiger King 2, Cowboy Bebop, The Great, and Hawkeye as well as LOTS of Holiday/Christmas specials.
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 and include your supporters in your efforts.
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