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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is a classic fundraiser , but it is classic for a reason: It’s remarkably easy and it is a near sure-fire money-maker. 

The dinner party we really should be having

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

couple of years ago, I was invited to an unusual dinner party. This was my introduction to the Jeffersonian Dinner.

Dinner Invitation

The Agitator

Back on 24 August I received my dinner invitation from ‘friend’ Hillary Clinton. Communications Online fundraising and marketing premium

Facing Social Change at the Dinner Table


My dad, Scott Rampy, is a free agent advocate, activist, and fundraiser working to end multiple sclerosis. He’s also humble. It’s personal.

Invite Your Person(a) to Thanksgiving Dinner

Getting Attention

The past few weeks have been busy speaking- and webinar/seminar-wise, with a focus on the secret to messaging that connects — understanding the folks you hope to engage and motivate to act. That’s my rap of late: because it’s so important but so often overlooked. Knowing what matters to your network (a.k.a. Subscribe today.

It’s Time to Retire the Reception

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Fancy dinner. They can buy themselves dinner. Wine and cheese tasting. Reception. What do all these events have in common?

10 Qualities You Need To Become A Stellar Nonprofit Storyteller

J Campbell Social Marketing

Are you telling the story in front of a group of 100 people, at an intimate dinner, or during a Twitter Q&A tweet chat? Remain skeptical.

5 Ways to Get the Media to Cover Your Next Event

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Is your environmental nonprofit hosting its annual dinner on the eve of a major climate change summit? It needs a news hook. How do you do that?

A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s face it, media relations isn’t near the top of the priority list at most nonprofits. Nor should it be. Create a Quarterly Calendar.

How to Get Your Story Told in the Nonprofit Trade Press

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For example, think about what makes your annual dinner unique. Have you embraced a different tactic? But you shouldn’t stop there.

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6 tips to help board members work a room

Fundraising Coach

Last night, I was asked for some tips to help my fellow board members with a fundraising dinner on Thursday. The dinner program will do that.

6 Ways to Train All-Org Messengers

Getting Attention

Flickr: Chip Griffin. Why not recruit folks already  connected with your organization to help as marketing and fundraising ambassadors? Win-win.

Stop shaming your supporters!


So I’m out having lunch with one of my fellow CEO buddies. I do that a lot. “Does shame work as a fundraising tactic?” “Wow!”

35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters


Events (dinners, golf tournaments, 5k races, etc.). If you’re stuck wondering how to involve your supporters with your mission, look no further. Here are 35 ideas from a stream of my consciousness. 1. Surveys. 2. Quizzes. 3. Invitations to join a board or committee. 4. Games. 5. Polls. 6. Videos. 7. Podcasts. 9. Testimonials. Webinars.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Amie Bennight

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Or a good conversation for dinner chat with husband. What’s for dinner? Amie Bennight. Want to be featured in this series? 

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Menucha Saitowitz

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

10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

Charity dinner. If you’re a 501(c)3 organization, many grocery stores will donate gift cards you can use to purchase supplies for your charity dinner. When your charitable cause needs large amounts of money, charity fundraising events can be your best option. Have walkers gather pledges per mile from their friends and family.

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10 Tips for Getting Your Op-Ed Placed

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As a result, a piece about why people should support your organization or attend your fundraising dinner isn’t likely to fly. Be Targeted.

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Business Sponsors Are Awesome

A Small Change

Verbal recognition during dinner and name and logo displayed during live auction. It’s just that simple. Capital & Major Donors

True or False? A Quick Guide to Understanding Journalism Ethics

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

True or false: I can offer a reporter free admission to our annual dinner. At the very highest level, the rules are simple. False. False. False.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristen Olsen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kristen Olsen. Share your day with us! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a  typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. . Coffee.

More Than Words: Why Visuals Are Critical in Pitching Your Story

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Peter Panepento. If you have been reading our blog the last year, you will probably recognize Peter Panepento. Welcome, Peter! Kristina. times.

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Is Your Event On-Brand?

Mission Minded

Yours might be a five-course fundraising dinner, or it might be a casual Christmas party at a colleague’s home.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristina Kelly

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

After dinner, I’ll open my laptop to monitor for any social media activities, trending hashtags, and reply to any unanswered emails.

How many ways can you say “thank you” to a donor?


Invite them to participate in an exclusive dinner, lunch or event that proves impact or provides other benefits (such as a sense of community). According to an article in the Journal of Economic Psychology saying thank you can actually have a negative effect on your relationship with a supporter. Can you help add to my list?  . Letters.

What’s Wrong with Storytelling for Fundraising


Little Susie didn’t get breakfast today and she won’t get dinner either because her mom is on drugs and her dad is in prison.). 4. Allowing

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

4 Ways to Use Social Media to Strengthen Donor Relationships

J Campbell Social Marketing

Once when I went out to a very nice dinner with my husband, the owner came over to our table and asked us how we liked the food.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kate Edgerton

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Want to be featured in this series?  Tell us what you do in a  typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Respond to anything urgent.

Lifus Interruptus!

The Agitator

They are busy living their lives, taking care of kids, watching TV, worrying about their jobs or retirement security or next date, cheering for their team, planning vacations, grocery shopping for tonight’s dinner. How often does your donor think about you?

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Erika Olson

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Kids are back, hubs rolls in, we figure out a dinner plan. Erika Olson. Please share too! Play fetch with the dogs for a few minutes.

Make ONE—and Only ONE—Call to Action (Case Study)

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Remember how frustrating that was? Or is it @metmuseum? Celebrate with a 145th anniversary cocktail, dessert, or menu. And it’s frustrating! It works!

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sara Maldonado

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Upon my arrival, I mingle with other LA nonprofit workers and philanthropists at a silent auction and then head into the ballroom for dinner.

Nonprofit Communications Confidential: Festivus Edition

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Let’s skip the “Feats of Strength” and Festivus dinner, and head straight to the “Airing of Grievances.”

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Carina Johnson

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Then it’s home for a good long walk or gym, then dinner, a movie, and bed! Carina Johnson. Share your day with us! – 10:00 a.m.

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5 reasons fundraisers won’t call their hot leads


They could be… [pick one… eating dinner, playing golf, sleeping, working, reading, meeting with another charity, etc.].” Here are 5 proven reasons why fundraisers won’t call their leads to ask for donations: Fear of rejection: This is the most common reason for call reluctance. It’s simple and basic. Tweet this!

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Janis Walton

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Dinner, rest, back to work at 7:00. Janis Walton. Share your day with us! Their emphasis is on sustainable development and job creation.

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Good fundraising practices I learned from my cat

Get Fully Funded

Missy knows what she wants and every afternoon, she waits in her usual spot for her dinner. Gotta go – Missy is ready for her dinner!

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Darya Minovi

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– Around noon, I’ll bust out my home-cooked meal (last night’s dinner) and eat it at my desk. Darya Minovi. Kristina.

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lizzie Chen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

After 5 pm, I stay here to do Zumba at work or head home to do yoga and cook dinner. Lizzie Chen. She is a passionate visual storyteller.