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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Did y’all have a good week? ChrisBrogan tells us to  Never Manage Time – Manage Priorities. Nonprofit Training. Have a great weekend! via GIPHY.

On Dr. King’s Birthday…

The Agitator

Today in the U.S. and many places around the globe we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Trump, who will be inaugurated in four days.

3 Realistic Social Media New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I apologize for the headline (and the macarons). I had to get you here and I knew “New Year’s Resolutions,” and sweets, might work. ManageFlitter.

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3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

Getting Attention

Guest bloggers Beth Kanter & Aliza Sherman wrote The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit , a must read for communicators & fundraisers.

EveryAction's 8 Most Useful Nonprofit Resources of 2016


No matter how you slice it, 2016 was a year to remember. The 2016 Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide. The 100 Best Nonprofit Websites of 2016.

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5 Steps to Consistent Communications (+ Instant Connection)

Getting Attention

Whether you’re all in on year-end fundraising or working in some 2017 prep, I bet you have some pretty ambitious goals to meet.

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The Best of Social Marketing in 2016

Social Marketing and Social Change

What are some of the best papers published in social marketing this past year? Aaron et al. 2016). PLoS One ; Oct 18;11(10):e0162462. pone.0162462.

Best of 2016: More Gold For The Lapsed Donor Mine

The Agitator

We sifted through our posts for a few of the ‘most-read’ of 2016. Can they be retrieved? Donor retention / loyalty / commitment premium

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Introducing MarketSmart’s 2017 IN’s & OUT’s


Happy New Year everyone! Each year my IN’s & OUT’s usually get passed around and shared quite a bit. For others, they inspire!

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Reserve Your Copy of the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Find out if 2016 was a good year for nonprofit communications and whether or not 2017 will be better. Request your copy now. Request your copy now.

1 Week into 2017: Where are You Headed?

Getting Attention

This practical, doable marketing plan template takes you from goals to benchmarks, work plan, action, and impact! . Eeesh!

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10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 [SLIDESHARE]

Selfish Giving

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 from Selfish Giving Welcome to my annual 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016. Never Miss a Post!

Year-End Benchmarking

The Agitator

Two weeks from now, you’ll be picking up the pieces, trying to figure out what went right … or wrong. Good news? If so, why?

9 ways to be a more human fundraiser in 2017


As your supporters get bombarded with more and more messages from advertisers and competitors (other fundraisers) you’ll need to stand out. The best way to do that is to be more human, authentic and real. Here are nine ways to do just that this year: . Share personal stories with your donors. Be real. Be open, honest and transparent.

Sharing the MLK, Jr. Holiday in a Culturally Competent Way

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Working effectively cross-culturally is an especially important topic for people working in nonprofit communications. Go beyond the cliché! no BS).

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Still Time: 5 Ways to Up Year-End Giving

Getting Attention

The clock is running out on year-end fundraising. Whether you’re exceeding expectations or are barely meeting the bare minimum, you can do even better. know what you’re thinking: “There’s so little time.” Talk about potential. These individuals are already part of your organization’s family to some degree. Feature tangible wins if you have them.

Stories From Smaller Nonprofits ~ Bags of Hope Project

Diva Marketing Blog

I am excited to bring back  Diva Marketing's Holiday For Small Nonprofits Series. one by one. . Bags of Hope Project. Diapers (Newborn to 5 years).

Make Me Smile, Not Smirk

The Agitator

Most of what I did receive turned me off … I’m now a dedicated year-end NON-giver.

How to ensure that your letter signer will sign your fundraising letter even if he/she doesn’t like it


I’ll skip to the end and tell you how: Set some ground rules with whoever you ask to sign your fundraising letter. Because it looks weird (i.e.

Our Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Drum roll, please! Here are the Top 10 blog posts published in 2016, according to Google Analytics page views: 10.  Cut the Glut!

3 Great Fundraising Webinars to Kick Off 2017!

Fundraising Coach

These three trainings will get your 2017 fundraising and goal setting off to a great start! Qualifies for 1.25 CFRE credits.) Qualifies for 1.25

What’s on Your Wish List?

Mission Minded

If you haven’t yet made your list of hopes and dreams for 2017, here’s some inspiration from your friends at Mission Minded. As you read our musings consider this: To us, your partnership, collaboration, and commitment to those you serve is what inspires us every day. We wish you and your communities joy and peace […].

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The FACTS About Matching Gifts

The Agitator

In a year-end post,  Please Don’t Eat the Poinsettia , I noted that the field of fundraising is filled with lots of myths, aphorisms and the equivalent of ‘old wives tales’. Some are true, some are not, and many persist for which there’s little proof one way or the other. Cindy Courtier wrote to.

The 6 most read parts of any major gift solicitation letter


I’m always a bit baffled when I see fundraising letters that fail to take into consideration the following. LIKE THIS BLOG POST?

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Week of Freebies! Day 2: Five Factors of Successful Nonprofit Communications

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where we show our readers some love with some FREE goodies. . Now on sale for only $499.

Ep196: Sarah Durham on How Branding + Fundraising = Brandraising

Selfish Giving

Sarah Durham, Big Duck. On the show, Megan, Sarah and I discuss: Speaking of brands: Where did Big Duck come from? Sarah's definition of "Branding".

Why You Need a Communications Calendar

Ann Green

I hope your year-end fundraising campaign is going well. This is not just a job for your marketing department. All departments need to work together.

The Importance Of Understanding Failure

The Agitator

An  Agitator reader emailed me asking: “Why do you think most fundraisers are so resistant to innovation and change?” A good question. An important question. attempted to answer that question three years ago when I first received it. believe the answer bears repeating today. But I couldn’t hit the ‘Send’ button.

Opportunities vs. Problems: Which will your donors support?


I’ll cut to the chase. People want to take advantage of opportunities more than they want to solve problems. Here’s how it works in fundraising. “Problem” messages: We need help. The water is dirty and undrinkable. Over 25,000 children are hungry. Too many homeless people are freezing. We are running dangerously low on blood.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – Looking Ahead to 2017

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Holidays, everyone! Learn more and get your Pass now. Have a blog? Try these  6 Things You Can Do in January to Make Your Blog Better in 2017.

Ep197: Millennial Start-Up Love Your Melon is Putting a Cap on Pediatric Cancer

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Alex Meysman , national event director at Love Your Melon (LYM). LYM raised $2.5 million in 2016.

The missing link in fundraising programs

Fundraising Coach

Whether your fiscal year starts now or is only part of the way through, January is a good time to evaluate your fundraising progress. To help you're planning, here's an email I sent our Fundraising Kick subscribers yesterday. Good morning, Kickers! Listening to a conversation between Stephen R. Covey and his son Stephen M.R. Person by person. Ask 4.

Does an “empathy gap” exist among your donors?


A lot of charities tout the fact that they take care of their own. Marines helping marines! Cancer patients helping cancer patients! And so on. But could doing so be a misguided marketing strategy? Research from a study published in December 2014 showed that compassion for distress actually became reduced among people who have “been there.”

Submit Your Photos for the 2017 Trends Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Jeanine Marlow, Director of Communications & Marketing at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, submitted several great photos for the Trends Report.