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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  October 16th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      Federal Cabinet  Eric D. Hargan  DC  State Representative  Ed Read  VT  State ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  October 9th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      State Representative      Bob Muller  NC  State Representative  Daniel Anthony Perez     ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  October 2nd  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      State Insurance Commissioner      Kent C. Sullivan      TX  State Representative ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  September 26th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      Federal Cabinet  Kevin A. Hassett    State Representative      Carolyn Eslick  WA ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  September 19th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      State Representative  Andrea Salinas  OR  State Representative  Christopher 'Chris' ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  September 5th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      State Attorney General  Clyde J. Wadsworth      HI  State Insurance Commissioner     ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  August 28th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      State Representative      Edward H. Thomson     NJ  State Senator  Dan Barrett  NC ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  August 14th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      State Representative      Kristina 'Kris' Schultz      NH  State Representative  Stacey ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    Another newly elected official is now contactable and was included in our  August 7th  update. You'll find her when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. The new official in this update is:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      Federal Cabinet  (Acting Secretary of  Homeland Security)    Elaine C. Duke      DC   more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  July 31st  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      State Senator      Cindy Friedman      MA  State Senator  Michael Brooks  OK   more
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  • Coming Soon: A Better Way to Access Luminate Support and Resources!
    We have exciting news about upcoming changes to how you will access customer support.   Beginning August 14 , we're retiring the Convio Customer Center portal, replacing it with Blackbaud’s award-winning Support portal. You’ll be able to access all Blackbaud Support resources for all products using one login in one place on the Blackbaud website. ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    Another newly elected official is now contactable and was included in our  July 24th  update. You'll find her when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. The new official in this update is:    POSITION  NAME  STATE     State Representative      Karen Gaddis      OK   more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  July 17th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE     Solicitor General     Dominic E. Draye      AZ  State Representative  Jon Jacobsen  IA   more
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  • Advocay Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  July 10th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE     Federal Representative   Jimmy Gomez  CA  Federal Representative      Karen C. Handel  GA ... more
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  • Letter To The Editor Update
    We're excited to announce that media organizations and individual contacts are updated in Advocacy's  Letter to the Editor !     Create Letter to the Editor alerts for your most important issues, then encourage constituents to send letters to specific media targets about those issues.    If you aren't familiar with Advocacy's Letter to the Editor ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  June 26th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE      Federal Representative      Greg Gianforte  MT  State Representative  Clark Stith  WY ... more
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  • Continue The Engagement With Social Sharing In Luminate Advocacy
    We've mentioned (no pun intended) other ways to weave social sharing into your grassroots campaigns, and a recent update to Luminate Advocacy makes it even easier to amplify your organization and constituents' voices on Twitter. The approach described in the link above displays a logged-in constituent’s elected official and his or her social ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  June 19th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE    State Insurance Commissioner     Justin K. Durrance  GA  State Representative  Christine ... more
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  • Social Listening Resulted in Most Successful Email Campaign Ever
    Written by Diana Onken, Director for Mobilization for Save the Children Action Network Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) is the political voice for kids. We’re fiercely bipartisan because we believe that kids’ issues shouldn’t be a Republican or Democratic issue. While we didn’t endorse any candidates in the primaries or general ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  May 30th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update are:    POSITION  NAME  STATE     Federal Cabinet  Robert 'Bob' E. Lighthizer      Governor  Kimberly 'Kim' Reynolds      IA ... more
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  • Staying Nimble in a Time of Change
    From Bethany Maki, VP Nonprofit Strategy at PMX Agency These are unprecedented times. It’s a phrase we often hear from the mass media, and even the words that may filter into conversations with our families, friends and colleagues. The 2016 Presidential election, and its outcome, signaled a significant shift in America – certain voices became ... more
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  • How to Effectively Engage Lawmakers at Town Hall Meetings
    By Brad Fitch, Congressional Management Foundation Town hall meetings held by Members of Congress in 2017 have been one part theater, two parts protest, and usually three parts crazy. Normally about 20 to 40 constituents attend the average town hall meeting held by a House member. But with the new administration,  citizens have been showing up to ... more
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  • 9 Ways Social Media Helps Nonprofits Ignite Supporter-Led Advocacy
    Regardless of where you stand on the issues, what can’t be debated is the historic movement that is taking place. A new generation of advocates are making their voices heard and are ready to do more than just speak up –  they’re ready to act and to lead.  Today, nonprofits have an opportunity like never before to reignite their partnership with supporters ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    Another newly elected official is now contactable and has been included in our  May 15th  update. You'll find him when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. The new official in this update is:    POSITION  NAME  STATE  State Representative    Raymond Crews    LA   more
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  • Go Big With People Powered Campaigns
    People want to go big in 2017! This Thursday, we'll show you how on our webinar  "The Secrets Behind People Powered Campaigns" with NetChange. Your supporters are inspired to make an impact and bring their social networks, stories and ideas to the table. However, with the growing democratization of social change, the digital tactics we’ve come ... more
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  • Charitable Giving & Advocacy in the Trump Era
    Originally posted in NP Engage by Bethany Maki, PMX Agency   These are unprecedented times. It’s a phrase we often hear from the mass media, and even the words that may filter into conversations with our families, friends and colleagues. The 2016 Presidential election, and its outcome, signaled a significant shift in America – certain voices became ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  May 8th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE    State Insurance Commissioner    Nancy G. Atkins  KY  State Representative  Ben Toma  AZ ... more
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  • A Tip Regarding Title Limitations In Advocacy Forms
    To ensure successful delivery to Congressional web forms, Luminate Advocacy is required to offer a relatively limited set of 'title' options - but here's a simple code snippet to explain that to your constituents. more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  May 1st  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE    Federal Cabinet  R. Alexander 'Alex' Acosta    DC  Federal Cabinet  Sonny Perdue  DC ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  April 25th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE    Federal Representative     Ron Estes  KS  State Representative  Emilio A. Vazquez   ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  April 17th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE    Governor  Kay E. Ivey  AL  State Attorney General    Gordon J. MacDonald     NH ... more
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  • Remember When Faxes Were Cool?
    Okay, we all know that sending a fax to an elected official is about as trendy as forwarding a chain letter email. For the past several years, Luminate Online has provided the ability to serve faxes as a default roll over for hard to reach officials (cough..United States Senators...cough).   That has all changed now as the result of our recent ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  April 10th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE    State Attorney General  Ann Rice  NH  State Insurance Commissioner    Allan L. McVey   ... more
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  • New! Social Influence Scoring In Luminate Beta
    Starting this week, we're releasing a new Luminate Beta feature that scores the  social influence of your Luminate Online contacts . Social influence scoring has exciting implications for Luminate Advocacy campaigns.  Social influence marketing means you understand what kind of social following your supporters have and you engage them according to their interests and their "reach".  more
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  • Amplify Your Advocacy Campaigns On Twitter
    There’s a  new S92 parameter  that helps extend your advocacy campaigns in a social way: outputting Twitter handles of the target recipients of action alert campaigns. more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  April 3rd  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE    State Representative    Rolanda Hollis     AL  State Secretary  Dave Lopez  OK more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  March 20th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. Learn more about Luminate Advocacy in Blackbaud University's one-hour, self-paced training course, Luminate Online: Basics of Advocacy and Action Alerts . New officials in ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Update
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  March 13th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. Want some tips on reaching these and other officials? See our on-demand Advocacy webinars . New officials in this update include:     POSITION  NAME  STATE   Federal ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Updates!
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  March 7th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. Remember to join the Advocacy User Group call tomorrow  for ideas on how to engage your constituents to reach these targets! New officials in this update include:    POSITION ... more
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  • Advocacy Target Updates
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our  February 27th  update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. You'll be able to contact these new targets in time for the President's address to the Joint Session tonight. If you haven't already, check out the  Five Tips for Nonprofits ... more
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  • Luminate Advocacy Target Update!
    More newly elected officials are now contactable and have been included in our February 21st update. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. New officials in this update include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE   Federal Cabinet  David J. Shulkin  DC  Federal Cabinet  E. Scott 'Scott' Pruitt   ... more
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  • Luminate Advocacy Target Update!
    We've updated our Advocacy target data once again to pull in more newly elected officials who are now contactable. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. Luminate Advocacy Target Data is current as of  February 13, 2017 .   This update's new officials include:    POSITION  NAME  STATE  Federal Cabinet ... more
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  • Luminate Advocacy Target Update!
    We've updated our Advocacy target data once again to pull in more newly elected officials who are now contactable. You'll find them when you  select targets  for your action or call alerts. Luminate Advocacy Target Data is current as of  February 6, 2017 .    W e understand that there have been changes to the Attorney General position.  We've updated our ... more
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  • Advocacy Roll Out For Improved Deliverability
    Following the 17.1 release, we did some improvements in the infrastructure for advocacy in order to improve our deliverability for some of our hardest to reach targets.  As part of that improvement, we are rolling out changes in the back-end to switch targets (elected officials) from an older delivery mechanism to the new one we've recently added.  ... more
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  • Luminate Advocacy Target Update!
    We've updated our Advocacy target data once again to pull in more newly elected officials who are now contactable. You'll find them when you select targets for your action or call alerts. Luminate Advocacy Target Data is current as of January 30, 2017 .  W e understand that there have been changes to the Attorney General position. We've updated our ... more
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  • Luminate Advocacy Target Updates!
    We've updated our Advocacy directory and profile data so you can find and directly contact newly elected officials who have just taken office.  Luminate Advocacy target data was updated as of  January 22nd .  In addition to the US Federal Senator updates listed in this blog , you can now choose these elected officials as targets for your advocacy ... more
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  • Advocacy Upgrade = Best News Of 2017 (So Far)
    Luminate Advocacy will get an upgrade In the upcoming Luminate Online 17.1 release in January. Infrastructure upgrades will let us improve advocacy deliverability to the hardest-to-reach contacts in our government. I know, you hear “infrastructure upgrades” and your brain thinks, “Are they fixing bridges and building new roads?” And if we were ... more
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  • Luminate Advocacy Target Updates!
      Update:   US Federal Senator update on  January 20th:   Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, is now contactable by  web form  and email .     Update:   US Federal Senator update on  January 18th:   Catherine M. Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, is now contactable by web form .  Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampsire, is now contactable by  web form .   Tammy Duckworth, ... more
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  • Advocacy Tips For The First Week Of The 115th Congress
    Happy new year! We know this is a busy time for our advocacy clients. Last week was the official swearing in of the 115 th  Congress. This week there will be a lot going on ,   including votes and confirmation hearings for the President-elect ' s appointments.  We know that our advocacy clients will want to make sure that  supporters   t ake action  during ... more
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  • 2016 Post-Election Data Updates For Advocacy
    We are so close to this major election (less than 120 hours away but who’s counting, right?) and we know you are already planning your advocacy work post-election. We understand that you will want to be able to target new elected officials. Below is a breakdown of how we will update our advocacy data and districts after the election and some other tips. We ... more
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  • BBCON Guide For Advocacy Orgs
    We are looking forward to seeing many of you at BBCON October 26-28, 2016 at the National Harbor in Maryland ! I'm really proud that we have some really great content this year for our clients that do advocacy work and use the Luminate Online Advocacy tool.   Check out the list below of Advocacy sessions at BBCON that you do not want to miss! Don't forget to ... more
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  • Tweet @ Your Rep!
    Luminate Online's native integration with Janrain is a great way to drive social engagement with your supporters. By making it easier for them to share your content (on all the popular social networks) or sign-in with social (one less username and password to remember!) you can add convenience and familiarity to how your supporters interact with your ... more
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  • New Responsive Advocacy Kit Is LIVE!
    Create responsive one-step advocacy alerts with this new kit, which also includes a responsive wrapper! more
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  • Luminate Advocacy Data Update
    We've updated our Advocacy target data to ensure that you have the very latest elected official contact information! The data is current as of September 20, 2016 We'll continue to post regularly in this space to notify you of our updates to Advocacy target contact information.  more
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  • Finding Social Media Advocates & Mobilizing For Them For Your Cause
    In the last Luminate Advocacy Users Group meeting we announced the  Blackbaud acquisition of Attentive.ly . We are very excited about Attentive.ly joining Blackbaud. Especially the goodness this partnership will bring to our Luminate Online Advocacy clients! Attentive.ly is a social listening tool that allows you to listen to what your ... more
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  • Identifying & Activating Your Best Advocacy Assets
    Access the recording  of this webinar! more
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  • New Class, Luminate Advocacy™ Action Alerts
    Resolve to make the world a better place by advocating for causes you care about most! Learn how to create compelling alerts, motivate constituents, and reach powerful decision-makers—all for the sake of creating positive change—in our new course,  Luminate:® Luminate Advocacy™ Action Alerts . Space is limited so reserve your spot  here  today. more
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