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March 19, 2024
What is New Media? The Real Life Impacts of Digital Media

What is New Media? The Real Life Impacts of Digital Media

The introduction of the internet and, later, smartphones has fueled the rise of a new type of digital media, ranging from blogs and comment boards to vlogs, podcasts, social media influencers, and beyond. And as each of these emerging channels began to gain influence on consumers, they’ve almost universally been met with intense skepticism. Are they a flash in the pan? Do they have a negative impact on society...

March 11, 2024
Get Ahead or Left Behind: The Generative AI Trend & It’s Growing Role in Tomorrow’s Workplace

Get Ahead or Left Behind: The Generative AI Trend & It’s Growing Role in Tomorrow’s Workplace

ChatGPT and Bard, DALL-E and Starryai: Generative AI (GenAI) tools are taking the world by storm, igniting conversations, and shaping future possibilities in ways we've only begun to explore. As the World Economic Forum notes, “After years of research, it appears that artificial intelligence (AI) is reaching a sort of tipping point, capturing the imaginations of everyone from students saving time on their essay...

March 07, 2024
Everything to Know About Generative AI in Media Production

Everything to Know About Generative AI in Media Production

If you’ve logged onto the internet in 2023, you’ve probably heard about AI advancements. From appealing AI filters on social media to the March 14, 2023 release of GPT-4, artificial intelligence (AI) has become all the rage, and that’s not likely to end anytime soon. But what does AI have to do with film and media production? Generative AI, a category of intelligence that creates content like text...

February 26, 2024
Five Tips for Spotting Fake News

Five Tips for Spotting Fake News

While “fake news” has always been around, the term rose in popularity since the 2016 elections. In mid-2016, an analyst for Buzzfeed found the top “fake news” stories about the US presidential campaign received more engagement on Facebook than stories from major media outlets, which caused a threat to serious media coverage due to the oversaturation of these falsified stories. This same analyst...

February 21, 2024
What Should US Businesses Know About the New EU Sustainability Directives?

What Should US Businesses Know About the New EU Sustainability Directives?

Starting in 2024, US companies operating within the European Union face new legal directives – the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD/CS3D) --that increase their need to engage in effective and on-going ESG and Human Rights Due Diligence across the whole of their production chains. The comprehensive directives range from fair labor...

February 13, 2024
Consequences of Sharing Misinformation

Consequences of Sharing Misinformation

Podcasts, blogs and social media sites make it easy for anyone to share their thoughts—who among us hasn’t sent a hastily-typed missive into the ether for our friends and followers to enjoy? But sharing misinformation on the web, intentionally or not, can have real legal consequences. Proper research and fact-checking have been a cornerstone of journalism since its inception, but these skills are increasingly...

February 06, 2024
Donor Prospecting Versus Donor Profiles: What’s the Difference?

Donor Prospecting Versus Donor Profiles: What’s the Difference?

When crafting (or honing) a fundraising strategy, professionals are bound to get lost in the jargon of the industry. And for good reason: terms like “donor prospecting” and “donor profiles” all seem nebulous until you have real definitions to place behind them. Here, we outline each of these crucial concepts so you can tackle fundraising efforts from an informed, actionable place. What is donor...

January 31, 2024
Building a Pathway to Trust Through Media Literacy

Building a Pathway to Trust Through Media Literacy

Fake news has permeated nearly every part of modern culture: law and politics, entertainment and celebrities, science, and technology. Even language has adapted, giving rise to terms like “post-truth era” and “alternative facts” that reflect how widespread fake news has become. As a result, relationships between audiences and publishers—including businesses engaged in media production and...

January 30, 2024
Donor Prospecting 101

Donor Prospecting 101

As a nonprofit development professional, you know that donor prospecting is a valuable part of maintaining a steady income from third-party gifting. Used to optimize current donors and pursue new wealth opportunities, this process can be paramount for your institution to raise funds for operations. While donor prospecting is likely to already be on your radar, there are always plenty of new ways to grow and refine your...

January 22, 2024
Seven Ways Companies Can Respond to New Global Financial Crime Regulations

Seven Ways Companies Can Respond to New Global Financial Crime Regulations

There have been major developments driving rapid regulatory changes across the world with regards to financial crime monitoring. In this blog, we explore seven ways companies should respond to these emerging regulatory risks. Implementing these best practices for compliance and due diligence will not only help companies to meet regulators’ expectations, but it should protect their business from the growing complexity...

January 16, 2024
Factual Filmmaking: How to Use News Archives to Research Your Film

Factual Filmmaking: How to Use News Archives to Research Your Film

Films help us bring the past to life. We can step into a theater and see a perfectly recreated 1950s New York City street, or watch a historically accurate representation of an 1800s courtroom brawl, and be absorbed into those eras. But behind the scenes, the seamless transitions from past to present take a lot of work. Historical research is pivotal in film for the same reason it was important to hide Starbucks cups...

January 09, 2024
4 Things to Know About Financial Crime Regulations

4 Things to Know About Financial Crime Regulations

Financial crime regulations have changed rapidly in recent years–from Switzerland to Singapore, from Brazil to Bahrain. In this blog, we identify and summarize four major developments which are driving regulatory changes across the world to help companies to prepare for future regulatory interventions. 1. Financial crime regulations are not standing still Laws and regulations often change very gradually over...

January 03, 2024
How to do Research for Investigative Journalism

How to do Research for Investigative Journalism

Sometimes, they are stories that win Pulitzer Prizes. Sometimes, they are stories that become blockbuster movies. And occasionally, the fruits of investigative journalism are both. Take Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate reporting for The Washington Post , for example. It earned the paper the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service and inspired “ All the President’s Men .” Likewise, investigative...

December 11, 2023
Why We're Paying Attention to Human Rights and ESG Regulations

Why We're Paying Attention to Human Rights and ESG Regulations

Over the last five years, the dominant regulatory trend in global compliance has been the spread of legislation which mandates companies to carry out Human Rights and ESG Due Diligence (HRDD) on third parties and suppliers. This has significant implications for any company operating in a jurisdiction with HRDD regulations–or whose third parties and suppliers operate there. In this blog, we explain why responding...

December 11, 2023
Harnessing the Power of Storytelling: Inspiring Donors During the Giving Season

Harnessing the Power of Storytelling: Inspiring Donors During the Giving Season

Storytelling is a powerful tool: even just going to see a movie or turning on the television can provide a sense of escapism, boost our empathy for fellow humans and change the way we see the world. Apply that to fundraising and you’ve got a winning strategy in which donors are even more compelled to give to your organization. Sharing anecdotes and wins during Giving Season is a helpful way to meet fundraising...

December 05, 2023
Financial Crime is on the Rise. Here’s How Your Company Can Stay a Step Ahead

Financial Crime is on the Rise. Here’s How Your Company Can Stay a Step Ahead

Financial crimes, such as bribery and corruption, are becoming more common and more complex. One of the most common reasons for a company to become implicated in alleged financial crime is its exposure to the activities of its third parties and suppliers. In this blog, we look at the trends in financial crime that your firm should be aware of. We then suggest how companies can improve their third-party risk management...

December 01, 2023
What Companies Can Learn From Recent Regulatory Action

What Companies Can Learn From Recent Regulatory Action

Global companies have been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for alleged compliance breaches in the last year. Whether the allegations against them related to bribery and corruption or breaches of new human rights due diligence legislation, a recurring theme in many cases was the involvement of third parties. In this blog, we dive deeper into four of those cases and offer clear lessons that companies can learn to...

November 22, 2023
Beneficial Ownership Transparency is Critical to Effective Due Diligence

Beneficial Ownership Transparency is Critical to Effective Due Diligence

Due diligence is a crucial step of any company’s business plan, especially when working with third parties like donors, board members or vendors. And within this often-overlooked sector is an even more undermined component: beneficial ownership. Here, we outline everything companies should know about beneficial ownership, including upcoming changes in the laws around it and how to incorporate the idea into a larger...

November 21, 2023
What Giving Tuesday Can Teach Us About Viral Campaigns

What Giving Tuesday Can Teach Us About Viral Campaigns

In those weeks leading up to Thanksgiving 2012, no one could have predicted how the first #GivingTuesday would fundamentally change the fundraising landscape, offering an opportunity for people all over the world to come together for the greater good. Focused on collaboration and community, the day was an instant success, and continues to provide valuable lessons on how to engage donors and prospective donors year-round...

November 17, 2023
How To Navigate Political Pushback of ESG initiatives

How To Navigate Political Pushback of ESG initiatives

According to our research, 88% of publicly traded companies had Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs in 2022. Initiatives related to sustainability are becoming undeniably important—but what happens when key stakeholders aren’t on board? Some executives are wary of implementing ESG programs or setting lofty goals, for reasons such as fearing negative backlash or being seen as “political”...

November 16, 2023
How to Conduct Deeper Market and Competitive Intelligence Research

How to Conduct Deeper Market and Competitive Intelligence Research

Bolder questions and answers. Better cross-functional collaboration. Broader audiences. These demands on the Market and Competitive Intelligence (M&CI) professional’s time have created pressure to evolve—and in some cases fundamentally change—the processes, content sets, tools and technology they use to deliver insights to their team. However, if you don't know where to start or what...

November 15, 2023
Why ESG Risk Should be Top of Your Due Diligence Agenda

Why ESG Risk Should be Top of Your Due Diligence Agenda

Regulators increasingly require corporate and financial services firms to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks into their due diligence and reputational risk management processes. The year of 2023 alone has seen massive increases in corporate responsibility in this area; for example, the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) requires companies with 250...

November 14, 2023
How To Optimize Peer-to-Peer Fundraising During Giving Season

How To Optimize Peer-to-Peer Fundraising During Giving Season

As organizations gear up for 2023’s Giving Season, we’re calling attention to areas of fundraising that you might be undermining. Peer-to-peer fundraising, as a newer method, is certainly underestimated by organizations that prefer traditional routes. However, research shows that this area is well worth the time and investment. Here’s everything you should know about peer-to-peer fundraising, and how...

November 13, 2023
Global Spread of Human Rights Due Diligence Continues with Japanese Initiative

Global Spread of Human Rights Due Diligence Continues with Japanese Initiative

One of the major themes in compliance in recent years has been the rise of Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) legislation in Europe and the US. Now, this trend appears to be expanding into the Asia-Pacific region after a recent initiative by the Japanese government. In this blog, we look at the latest developments in HRDD and ESG assessments and explain how companies can expand their due diligence program to capture these...

November 09, 2023
Upskilling your Market and Competitive Intelligence

Upskilling your Market and Competitive Intelligence

Market and competitive intelligence (M&CI) can feel like a corporate superpower when done correctly. That’s because, with proper research and analytics, companies can essentially predict the future. What is going to happen in your industry over the next one, five, ten years? What businesses are headed for bankruptcy, and which are gearing up to take their spots? It’s all in the data. If you haven’t...