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*Please double-check any events to see if they have changed due to the pandemic or other current events.
On the Calendar
8/02: Friendship Day. Reach out to or spotlight “friends” of your cause. Tell a story about how someone came to be involved with your org. Show your appreciation.
8/09: Book Lover’s Day. Review a book or suggest books to your followers that shed some light on your cause.
8/12: International Youth Day. What role do young men and women play in your cause?
08/17: National Nonprofit Day. Create awareness for your cause by using the hashtag #nationalnonprofitday, thank supporters, or kick off fall fundraising a little early.
8/18: Bad Poetry Day. Have a little fun and write a (bad) poem about your nonprofit.
08/19: World Photography Day. Perfect for Instagram and other social media channels, this is a chance to post your best pictures.
8/21: Senior Citizen’s Day. Does your cause help seniors? Honor a volunteer or staff member who is a senior.
8/22: Be an Angel Day. Do you have a special person working with you who always goes above and beyond? Who in your field are real angels to people in need?
8/26: Women’s Equality Day. How has women having the right to vote affected your cause?
Also in August:
- National Minority Donor Awareness Day (1st)
- International Cat Day (8th)
- International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9th)
- World Humanitarian Day (19th)
- International Dog Day (26th)
- American Indian Heritage Month
- Family Fun Month
- Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
- National Breastfeeding Month (United States)
- Water Quality Month
- National Immunization Awareness Month
Metaphor of the Month
This month’s metaphor is Sports. Teams, teaming up, scoring, winning, losing, competition, practice, game face, slam dunk, heavy hitting, goal, touchdown, three strikes, penalty, take aim, best shot, marathon, sore loser, gold medal, training, cancellations.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
As with the last few months, please double-check events to see if they are still happening.
August is back to school time for lots of folks whether that be online or in-person.
Both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions will be held in August.
Preseason NFL games may start back in August.
The 2020 Teen Choice Awards ceremony may be held on August 9.
The US Open in tennis starts the 31st, but without spectators.
The MTV Video Music Awards are scheduled for August 30th.
Movies scheduled to come out in in theaters in August include Bill & Ted Face the Music and Antebellum.
TV premieres include Hard Knocks: Los Angeles (if there is an NFL season), Lovecraft Country, and Lucifer.
Source of the Month
Recent Reports or Studies. Look for reports and case studies relating to your cause and highlight the key findings from those papers and what they mean to your cause or your clients.