Bonneville Environmental Foundation Drives Water Conservation with Keywords

The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on water restoration, renewable energy, and carbon.

The Challenge: Finding an Easy and Affordable Way to Manage Individual Donations

The BEF “Change the Course” campaign started as a partnership with NatGeo and Participant Media geared toward raising awareness about water conservation. Through this campaign, BEF invited individuals to make pledges to reduce their water consumption. With each individual pledge made the campaign and its corporate partners pledged to restore 1,000 gallons of water in depleted waterways throughout the U.S. and Mexico. 

The kickoff campaign was so successful that BEF wanted to keep it going with subsequent partners, but to do so they needed a solution that allowed them to generate and manage pledges from individuals. With just one staff member dedicated to handling the administrative work, the solution needed to be both easy and affordable on a nonprofit budget.

The Solution: The Powerful Combination of Text Marketing and Keywords

Using text messaging was the natural solution for continuing the Change the Course campaign, since it would allow individuals to make pledges by simply sending a message from their phone. After looking at a number of different business text messaging platforms, BEF decided on EZ Texting. The EZ Texting platform was not only simple to use, but also offered customizable plans that would work for this campaign without sapping limited resources from a budget-conscious non-profit. 

“Implementing EZ Texting has been a game changer for us. It’s already helped us make some very significant changes to fresh water supplies across the U.S. and I’m excited for our future together.” 
– Sarah

BEF used EZ Texting to create unique keywords for each of their sponsors, allowing them to expand and manage the program on an ongoing basis. 

The Results: 16,500,000 Gallons of Restored Water

In one campaign, BEF partnered with Delta Airlines and the Atlanta International Airport, posting Change the Course signs throughout the Delta terminal. This signage invited individuals to text a unique keyword to an identified short code in order to make their pledge. That text campaign alone restored 16,500,000 gallons of water from the 16,500 texts received.

The EZ Texting platform has allowed BEF to grow the Change the Course campaign, add new corporate partners, and help restore millions of gallons of water across North America. 

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