About Bright+3

Bright+3 provides strategic guidance and capacity to nonprofit organizations, campaigns, and startups. We focus on email, integrated communications and fundraising campaigns, and making the most of your digital capacity across the organization.

Current and recent clients include Greenpeace International, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Blue Shield of California Foundation, The Wilderness Society, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Global Dialogue for Effective Stop-Smoking Campaigns. Each member of our team has held senior positions in nonprofit organizations, worked in political campaigns and as part of consulting groups. We understand organizations and are committed to giving clients extreme attention and care.

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Ted FickesTed Fickes has worked at the intersection of digital communications, on the ground organizing, public policy and nonprofit management since the mid-1990s. Ted worked as Development Director for organizations in Denver and Chicago, has worked on several political campaigns, put together one of the first nonprofit technology circuit rider programs, founded Colorado Conservation Voters, and started his first consulting firm in 2002 to help progressive nonprofits and campaigns better communicate online. From 2006 to 2011, Ted managed online campaigns and digital strategy for The Wilderness Society. Ted has run Bright+3 since 2011 to focus his efforts on developing and testing people-powered campaigning and communications strategies with innovative nonprofits, startups and campaigns. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jacob Smith has worked for, worked with, founded, and run nonprofits for more than twenty years. He is the former mayor of Golden, Colorado, and most recently he was Vice President of Campaigns at Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. He recently served as Senator Bernie Sanders’ policy adviser on climate, energy, and environment, is a former member of the board of the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the executive committee of the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus, and was a member of Transportation Committee of Governor John Hickenlooper’s Transition Team. Jacob is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program, the co-author of The Nimble Nonprofit: An Unconventional Guide to Sustaining and Growing Your Nonprofit, and is an award-winning filmmaker (his most recent film Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution is screening around the United States). His social change and political consulting focuses on advocacy campaigns, digital strategy and new media, and capacity building and board development.