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First Returns Indicate Record-Shattering #GivingTuesday 2016 Results

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

First thing’s first – if you participated, how was YOUR #GivingTueday ? Next, WHOA. Now, the results! Updated at 6pm, Nov. Giving Tuesday. Razoo.

Take 10 Minutes: Get Data to Do Comms Right

Getting Attention

Please  take 10 minutes right now to respond to the  2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey. Deadline is tomorrow, December 2! 

You Still Have Time to Try These 7 Giving Tuesday Tactics 

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Giving Tuesday is 12 days away. Are you ready? Open Your Donation Form As Soon as Possible. If people want to give early, let them. https://t.co/Q5XLGekGdY

Prep Today for #GivingTuesday 2017

Getting Attention

It’s  #GivingTuesday 2016, the best day to do vital prep work for #GivingTuesday 2017. Save screenshots for future reference. Strive for it.

7 Solid Reasons Why You Should Kill Your Printed Planned Giving Newsletter

iMarketSmart

I know, I know… you love your planned giving newsletter. And, as they say, once an object is in motion, it stays in motion. 200,000 each issue!!!

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It was bound to happen sooner or later, here’s why and what to do…

iMarketSmart

It was bound to happen sooner or later. know some folks have their gripes with donor-advised funds. I’ll save that stuff for another blog post.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

The Agitator

Who’s the fairest of them all? Ever wonder how your organization is doing compared to other nonprofits in your community?

Ep189: Dunkin' Rebrands Foundation to Bring More "Joy In Childhood"

Selfish Giving

The goal of the foundation is right in the name: to provide the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. They've raised $2.3

Heartfelt, Relevant Messages Build Bridges (Case Study: StoryCorps)

Getting Attention

This morning’s election news dug into the divide that’s fracturing the U.S. But it was distressing, especially as I contemplate where we go from here.

A Brilliant Stewardship Plan for Legacy Society Donors From Down Under

iMarketSmart

There’s brilliance down under!  . person can easily take you out of the Will as quickly as they put you in. bequest newsletters. Visits.

Ordinary Fundraising Done Extraordinarily Well

The Agitator

In the New York Times Special Section on Giving  — covering a wide range of topics from foundation trends, to teaching kids to give, and the ins and outs of automobile donations — there’s a piece that will be of special interest to Agitator readers. Asking for Money?

10 Steps to a Successful Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

J Campbell Social Marketing

Giving Common Webinar: 10 Steps to a Successful Nonprofit Social Media Strategy. More About the Webinar.

How Can Nonprofits Communicate to Two Americas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s Kivi here. We are also very much about being pragmatic and keeping it real. which brings us to our recent presidential election.

Ep192: What Cause-Conscious Millennials Want from Their Employer

Selfish Giving

On the show, Megan, Alison and I discuss: Alison DaSilva, Cone Communications. Why Millennials are so important to companies. The Cone Olympics???

How to ask your board members for year-end gifts

iMarketSmart

I know this is important. But, honestly, I’m a major and planned gift marketer… not a fundraising consultant. So I found this article by Gail Perry to be very enlightening. In it, she explains how to tackle the delicate process of annual gift solicitation of board members. Below I outline her 7 points. Show them why they need to give.

One Bucket Or Many?

The Agitator

But wait, as our pal Jeff Brooks at Future Fundraising Now recently blogged , maybe there is a useful enhancement of the image.

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Educating donors is not fundraising

Fundraising Coach

I've been hearing a well-meaning but fundraising killing myth while talking to many groups and training many boards over the last few months.

Good and Bad News: Communicators More Strategic, But Less Focused

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I just pulled some preliminary data from our  2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report  Survey. That’s the good news! We’ll see.

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5 Marketing Tips to Retain Your Mobile Donors

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by John Killoran. Start texting your donors. Use a multi-channel communications approach. Send thank-you notes through mobile channels.

3 things every fundraiser needs to consider before they talk politics in front of their donors

iMarketSmart

I don’t have any data on this whatsoever but something tells me that a good number of fundraisers might lean left when it comes to politics.

Losing Donors In The Sea of Sameness

The Agitator

When will some fundraisers wake up to the fact that the tragedy of donor flight is largely self-inflicted. Either post.

How to Use a Street Team to Enhance Your Crowdfunding

Fundraising Coach

Crowdfunding is a term you hear thrown around in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds these days, but few people have really grasped—and put into practice—exactly what it is. The way I’d define crowdfunding is with these three words: online social fundraising. Accepting donations online is not really innovative anymore, to be honest. Follow up.

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The Annual Report Donor List is a Stupid Waste of Time

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Could your annual report fit right in with this scene? It’s time to update your approach. Seriously. ” So, let’s talk about this.

Ep188: New Ad Campaign Shows Mortal Combat Sick Kids Wage Against Illness, Disease

Selfish Giving

This isn't your typical hospital ad campaign! On the show, Megan, Lori and I discuss: Lori Davison, SickKids Foundation. The background of SickKids.

Who is more important… your donors or the beneficiaries of their gifts?

iMarketSmart

Organizations spend a lot of time and effort focusing on  what they will do with the money they receive from donors. And, that makes plenty of sense.

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7 Conversion-Killing Words

The Agitator

Most of the time you read advice about words that are good to use in fundraising … like ‘you’ But here’s a fascinating article on seven words to avoid on your website conversion pages. And guess what, ‘you’ — actually ‘your’ — is one of them!

Developing a Plan to Approach Companies

Fundraising Coach

Perhaps you already have a list of companies that could donate to your organization. If not, we’ll be helping you with that in our December 6 webinar. Once you have that list, the next step is to determine who the real decision makers are in each company and how you can get in front of them to present your case. It could be an employee committee.

Why You Should “Go Short” With Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

FREE On Demand Webinar. Long annual reports just don’t make sense for most nonprofits now. We are constantly jumping from one thing to the next.

4 Surefire Ways To Use Social Media To Promote Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Candace Cody. Instead, consider the basics of what you want your social media to do. What do you want them to know about you? https://t.co/bVevZlPRGn.

What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank

iMarketSmart

watch it with my kids! You’ll definitely want to read her details , but the bullet-points from her post are below. Keep it simple.

Which Fundraising Stat Impresses You Most?

The Agitator

In his Friday post , Roger asked: How many donors must we lose before we learn? The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported  that initial results from #GivingTuesday show terrific growth. As they put it, the initial “haul” of #GivingTuesday looks to be $168 million, up from the estimated $117 million last year. And it’s.

Only 6 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference tickets left - #npstoryconf

Fundraising Coach

There are only 6 more tickets left for next week's Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in Chicago. hope you won't miss out!

Creating a Short Annual Report for 2016 – Yes, You Can!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Almost 2,200 people registered for this webinar and about 700 participated in this poll. That is such great progress! Postcards. Infographics.

How to Better Engage Your Followers on Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Kiersten Bush. What prompts followers of your company to share content that you post on social media? Use the tips in this graphic.

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