The NANOE “Nominations” Story
Who nominated me to NANOE’s Board?
First thing to know is that you haven’t “really” been nominated. You are one of 1000s of individuals, organizations and random email addresses to have received a misleading, yet flattering spam message. No one “nominated” you. You were just on one of NANOE’s mailing lists. And if you clicked the link to accept the nomination and provide your contact information, you will receive a “press release” within seconds announcing your appointment to the NANOE Board of Governors. No one reviews the “nominations” accepted. It’s an automated auto-reply simply demonstrating they have collected your contact information. It is EXTREMELY unlikely anyone actually “nominated” you to be on their board. Most complaints suggest you were just “lucky” enough to be included on one of NANOE’s multiple broadly targeted mailing lists.
Where did NANOE get my email?
Good question. A lot of people really want to know that source because so many people have complained about receiving their unsolicited spam messages. Based on some of the “non persons” that have received the emails such as…. it appears the list came from one or more nonprofit associations and was never “cleaned” to remove the ridiculous emails. Really how can firstname.lastname@example.org be “nominated” to their board?
What about my press release saying I’ve been appointed to their board of governors?
Did you notice that the “press release” was delivered to you within seconds of clicking submit? Yes, if you clicked the link to accept the nomination and provided your contact information, you will receive an “instant press release” announcing your appointment to the NANOE Board of Governors. No one had time to review the “nominations” that are accepted. This is an automated auto-reply email system that confirms they have collected your contact information, which triggers the canned “press release” with the name you provided inserted into the body of the message. Read this story about how someone “tested” the NANOE “Board Appointments” by accepting a nomination that was never offered using the name Ms Ethics Matter.
*The nominations button was removed from the NANOE website on March 28th, 2017 during the Chronicle of Philanthropy investigation. Read that story here.