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As usual, please double-check events to see if they are still happening.
On the Calendar
2/2: Groundhog Day. What gauge does your nonprofit use to determine whether “Spring” — or some other good news — is just around the corner? Is there an event or situation that just keeps happening over and over and over (a la the Groundhog Day movie)?
2/3: Optimist Day. Save the doom and gloom news for another day. Share what you are most looking forward to and help others see the bright side.
2/11: Make a Friend Day. Ask your supporters to refer a friend to your cause.
2/14: Valentine’s Day. Send a “love letter” to your supporters.
2/17: Random Acts of Kindness Day. Catch volunteers in the act of doing something good with photos. Or ask your supporters to share good deeds they see on Instagram, Twitter, etc with a specific hashtag or post to you Facebook Page.
2/20: Love Your Pet Day. Have staff share pictures of their pets or have your followers post theirs. Take one of those “what kind of dog breed/animal/pet are you” type quizzes and share the results.
2/21: President’s Day (U.S.). Profile a President who was a champion of your cause. If Washington or Lincoln were alive today, what would they think about your cause or the country in general?
2/26: Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Make your supporters the hero of a story. Tell the tale of the reluctant hero who steps up to battle a mighty foe.
Other Dates in February:
- 02/01: No Politics Day
- 02/04: World Cancer Day
- 02/08: Boy Scout Day
- 02/15: Susan B. Anthony Day
- 02/17: World Human Spirit Day
- 02/20: World Day of Social Justice
- 02/22: World Thinking Day
- 02/27: World NGO Day
February is also:
- Black History Month
- American Heart Month
- LGBT History Month (UK)
- Eating Disorder Awareness Month
- National Library Lover’s Month
- North American Inclusion Month
- National Children’s Dental Health Month
- Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
- Boost Your Self Esteem Month
Metaphor of the Month
This month’s metaphor is Relationships and Romance. Think about love affairs, breakups, dating apps, courtship, flirting, first dates, marriage, weddings, anniversaries, gifts, heartache, and honeymoons.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
Chinese New Year is the 1st. 2022 is the year of the Tiger and the celebrations will last until the 15th.
The Winter Olympics start the 4th in Beijing.
Tax preparations are beginning in the US.
Super Bowl Sunday is the 13th. The game is scheduled to take place in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Halftime will feature Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
Or if football isn’t your thing, you have the Puppy and Kitten Bowls.
The NAACP Image Awards are the 26th.
The 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are the 27th.
TV in February has The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Resident, Pam & Tommy, Reacher, Sweet Magnolias, Jeopardy! National College Championship, Inventing Anna, Bel-Air, Dr. Pimple Popper, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Space Force, The Walking Dead, All American and All American: Homecoming, American Song Contest, Snowfall, Law & Order, The Blacklist, American Idol, Killing Eve and Better Things.
Movies being released either in theaters or streaming include Moonfall, Jackass Forever, Blacklight, Death on the Nile, Marry Me, I Want You Back, Uncharted, Dog, Free Guy, and Studio 666.
Source of the Month
Create a “Cut From” folder. Ever write something you really love, only to realize that it really doesn’t belong in that article or blog post and has to be cut out? Don’t delete it! Put it in a separate “cut from” folder, as in “Cut From Blog Post on Bill 452.” When you are stuck for ideas, look through these files for inspiration.
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