As you probably know, at least 2 or 3 times a year someone who runs a charity receives Noisy Little Monkey help with marketing. Sometimes they ask for it, sometimes they don't.
This year we decided to try being a bit more organised... We thought we could get ourselves a little local brand awareness and also raise the profile of a few charities in the Bristol and Somerset area. We launched A Big Noise for a Good Cause in March. It's to enable us to choose one charity to work with and give them (at least) £9,000 worth of our services and it works like this:
The charities / not for profits apply, tell us why they want help.
They get a buzz going among their supporters, their families and friends, who then tell us why the charity / NFP deserves to be selected on their Big Noise page.
A panel of judges (more about them next week - it's not just a few monkeys and a bottle of wine) will choose which charity / NFP will most benefit from working with Noisy Little Monkey for a year, based on their local knowledge, their expertise in the sector (and we're talking some Bristol / Somerset charity heavyweights on the panel, which is fantastic) and what the public have said on the Big Noise page for each charity / NFP.
I imagined that where we'd seriously limited the geographic area we'd get maybe 2 or 3, at best 5, entries.
We got 19! You can check them all out on this page.
If you'd like to help out, please share the Big Noise message so that the charities can get some visibility (and us monkeys can too) and we can get lots of public comments to help influence the judges decision.
If you're in the charity / not for profit sector and missed the application deadline, keep an eye on our Twitter / Facebook and Google+ channels where we'll be announcing some special seminars for the third sector (is that what you call it?) later in the year and next year's Big Noise for a Good Cause.
Thanks to everyone who's shared the message so far. There's too many of you to mention individually, apart from a special shout out to the lovely, wonderful, tireless, inspirational force of nature that is Ele from Challenge Africa.
Without Ele making me cry at my kitchen table a couple of years ago, I wouldn't have discovered Noisy Little Monkey could make a tangible difference to people's lives. A digital marketing agency as a force for good? Ele believed we could be. Thanks Ele. As I say, she's inspirational... Not sure what she said to get this guy quite so fired up though: Fundraising Hero, Raphael - He ran the London Marathon in a mankini.
Here's hoping for another inspirational year!
Now, get your third sector social on, muddyfunster.