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5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Getting Attention

Every election season is a barrier to connection, with people overwhelmed by 24/7 messages from multiple campaigns via multiple channels.

Charity: Water versus and the Tide of Social Media Storytelling (#npcomm Showdown)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Earlier this summer, we started tracking the communications of pairs of national nonprofits working in the same space. Where do they diverge? VERSUS .

Thrive thru Year End: Together!

Getting Attention

Then there’s the biggest one—the pressure of unrealistic expectations (especially your own). know because I live it too. But he soon gave up.

How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But smart organizations are also planning ahead for another year-end tradition: increased coverage of charities during the holidays. Spotlight a Trend.

Donor Psychology: Do you know what really makes your supporters feel good?


Funny thing about fundraising is that it all boils down to this: Making sure that your supporters feel good! know, I know. Some people might be lonely.

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3 Things Successful Nonprofits Do NOW to Prepare for December Online Fundraising

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Source: p/8q7cDb. she said. TOO SOON. agreed, and we had a laugh about how I forbid holiday music until after Thanksgiving.

Are face-to-face meetings with donors overrated?


When I first got into professional sales at Washingtonian Magazine I was taught that the only way to really sell anything was to get face-to-face with a prospect. That was back in 1988 and I’d agree that, back then, it was true. Instead, I think you need to determine first which donors and/or prospects do want and need to meet with you.

Ep180: How Pencils of Promise Does the Most Good by Focusing on Impact

Selfish Giving

Leslie Engle Young, Pencils of Promise. On the show, Megan, Leslie and I discuss: How Leslie got involved with PoP - and she owes it all to Bob Dylan!

Protected: The Big Three: Meet Your Year-End Giving Goals

Mission Minded

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: The Big Three: Meet Your Year-End Giving Goals appeared first on Mission Minded.

Limited Seating Webinar: Tapping the Power of Behavioral Science

The Agitator

If you’re really serious about growing your organization, you must focus on answering this one question: Why do donors do what they do? While the art and science of medicine discovers that half its truisms are wrong every five years, the art and science of fundraising hasn’t troubled itself to challenge its truisms in decades.

An #NpComm Showdown on Repurposing Content: Girl Scouts versus Boy Scouts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Earlier this summer, I mentioned that we’ve been tracking the communications of pairs of national nonprofits working in the same space. VERSUS.  .

How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community


Here’s an old letter from my alma mater. Here’s why: It’s boring. It lacks emotion. It fails to tell a story. way too much).

Ep181: Omni Hotels Books Meals for Needy with "Say Goodnight to Hunger"

Selfish Giving

This action-triggered donation program feeds a family of four dinner for an entire week whenever guests book a stay directly at

6 Ways to Engage Nonprofit Volunteers [Infographic]

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest Post by Stephanie Pous. Nonprofit volunteers are the face of your organization. Challenge Them. Inspire With Your Cause. Stay Connected.

Because Of You

The Agitator

Communications Online fundraising and marketing premium

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How Does Your Nonprofit’s Donor Retention Rate Stack Up?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Heather Yandow. In today’s post,we dive into the Individual Donor Benchmark Report  by Third Space Studio and focus on donor retention numbers.

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“Dear donor, you rock! Here’s why…” Jeff Brooks’ powerful donor outreach formula


If you want to know how to communicate with your donors, I strongly recommend you listen to whatever Jeff Brooks says. Here it is: Dear Donor, .

In Between The Spaces.Of 9-11

Diva Marketing Blog

In between the spaces of silence and words and tears are memories. That 9-11 is personal. In between the spaces of silence and words and tears are stories. That 9-11 is people. . In between the spaces of silence and words and tears is inspiration. That 9-11 is the fortitude of the human spirit. . That 9-11 is what is in your   ♥. Ochman.

On #GivingTuesday, Thank, Don’t Ask

The Agitator

Earlier this week I took my traditional  pot shot at #GivingTuesday , suggesting one might better focus on real fundraising, like growing a monthly giving program. Somewhat to my surprise, those who commented seemed to share my skepticism. Communications Donor retention / loyalty / commitment premium

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Friday, friends! Join me for some Mixed Links… Next Friday, September 16th, Big Duck is hosting a free webinar – #ThanksObama!

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What to do with wealth screened data that’s “sitting on the shelf” unused


Wealth screening your data is a good idea! My firm doesn’t provide that service but there are plenty that can help you to determine who among your donors has the capacity to give more. But here’s what fundraisers tell me they felt once they got the wealth screened data: They felt that they got too much data. The data was overwhelming.

8 Step Guide to Planning the Perfect Nonprofit Fundraising Event

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Kerri Moore. Year over year, fundraising events have increased the revenue of nonprofits across the board— smaller nonprofits especially.

Last Chance to Join us for the Nonprofit Leadership Summit!

Wild Woman Fundraising

The journey to a more successful 2017 for your nonprofit begins in 24 hours! If you’ve never heard Andy speak — this is your chance.

The Fundraising Ethics Gap

The Agitator

As a kid I vividly remember Grandma Craver shaking her head, and sometimes her fist, at the radio as it blared forth the ravings of an on-air evangelist whom she particularly despised. She would turn away from the radio and sternly warn me, “Roger, just you remember.  Everyone who talks about heaven ain’t going there.” As I clicked.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kirsten McIlvenna

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kirsten McIlvenna. We want more stories! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a  typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. .

7 captivating ways to build trust so your fundraising efforts work better


Trust leads to commitment. Then it leads to retention, loyalty, major gifts and planned gifts. Here are 7 ways to build trust so your fundraising efforts work better: 1. Make sure your mission is clear so people will know what you do with their money. 2. When you make a promise, keep it! 5. Be great at customer service. LIKE THIS LIST?

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13 Tips to Double Your Digital Fundraising Donations

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest Post by Stephanie Pous. Adult Americans spend an average of  two hours  on their smartphones or desktops every day. Are they mobile-friendly?

Social Media with M+R: How to Measure the Metrics that Matter


Last week, I sat down with Amy Peyrot, Senior Consultant, Social Media Specialist, and resident mathlete at M+R , to discuss all things social media metrics. also tried out a lot of math jokes on her - check out the video to see how they landed, or read on for the highlights of our conversation. 64:29. About Wistia. message. Ready to start posting?

“There is obviously hope for us all …”

The Agitator

That’s the message of my favorite Tweet this week. It’s from @AdrianSargeant and attached to it is this marvelous piece of  correspondence.

How to Ask for a Bequest…And Get It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Why do organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? Identifying your best donors. Pacific).

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What to do about planned gift marketing when you don’t know what to do…


New subscribers to my blog get a survey asking them what topics they’d like to see me cover. . Planned giving is a new area for me. Staff.

Here’s why your donors are not coming back

Wild Woman Fundraising

Read part one of this interview with Ellen Bristol and learn how to start looking at your fundraising and measuring it in a different way. Intrigued?

22 Tips Combat Social Media Fears

Diva Marketing Blog

Social media marketing is a digital bridge that humanizes the brand online with offline benefits. However there was not a social icon to be found.

Another Nugget From The Lapsed Donor Mine

The Agitator

We’ve recently had some very informative Agitator posts and commentary from practitioners regarding best approaches to lapsed donors. I don’t want those insights to get lost in the summer doldrums.  Start here to review. When I was Dev Dir for a regional.