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As usual, please double-check events to see if they are still happening.
On the Calendar
8/01: 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)
- Sisters Day (1st)
- International Cat Day (8th)
- International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9th)
- Al-Hijri (New Year) begins the 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
August is back to school time for lots of folks whether that be online or in-person.
The closing ceremonies for the Summer Olympics will be held the 8th.
Preseason NFL games will start back in August.
The Perseids Meteor Shower will peak on the 11th-12th.
The first Friday the 13th of the year is in August.
The US Open in tennis starts the 30th.
Movies scheduled to be released include The Suicide Squad, Don’t Breathe 2, Free Guy, Respect, The Protégé, PAW Patrol: The Movie, Reminiscence, Finch, Candyman, The Beatles, Get Back, and He’s All That.
TV premieres include Family Game Fight, The L Word: Generation Q, Reservation Dogs, Stargirl, Fantasy Island, Hard Knock: The Dallas Cowboys, Riverdale, What If, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bachelor in Paradise, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Nine Perfect Strangers, Coroner, The Greatest #AtHome Videos, The Walking Dead, Supergirl, American Horror Story: Double Feature, Archer, The Chair, and Only Murders in the Building.
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.
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