Trending Sources

The secret behind year-end fundraising fall appeals

Fundraising Coach

Fall is upon us and that means year-end giving is right around the corner. You need to do this in your three fall fundraising letters !

Aug 15

Political junk mail can hurt your fall fundraising letters

Fundraising Coach

If you’re like many nonprofits, you’ve sent a fall fundraising appeal this month and you plan on sending one towards the end of the year.

NPR 11

10 Shocking Scary Secrets of Working in Fundraising

Wild Woman Fundraising

What I have to say… may shock you, but read on! So they tell the Development Director to push hard, and use the DD as the “fall guy.”

Work 52

It may be fundraising season, but we don’t have to name it that

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

The crunch of falling leaves under your feet. The number one cliché we need to banish this Fall is the “it’s fundraising season” or “it’s that time again” appeal. I’m amazed by how many of these I get. You can call your campaign the “fall appeal” inside your office, but don’t lead your messages with it.

3-Step Communications to Re-engage Volunteers for Fall

Getting Attention

The volunteers you turn away may never come back. 2. What are your Fall strategies for re-engaging volunteers and other supporters?

Location, Location, Location - Should Your Small NP Play Ball with Foursquare?

Social Media Bird Brain

On Twitter, at least 1 in 20 posts that fly by me may be a check-in. Okay, you may be wondering what the heck an LBS is. Image by stevegarfield via FlickrFoursquare and Gowalla are the LBS talk of the social media global village. Location Based Service.

Did you know that there’s no better time to ask for sponsorship than right now?

Wild Woman Fundraising

There’s also a recorded webinar that may take a little more time. How will you take advantage of this opportunity? What are people saying?

Woulda Coulda Shoulda #GivingTuesday

Getting Attention

Next, ink a #Giving Tuesday planning date into your early summer calendar, ideally as part of your fall and year-end campaign planning. Again, keep in mind though that although these examples may have been winners for the organizations behind them (or not), they may not necessarily work for your people.

3 Steps to Revive Your Email List

Getting Attention

One change I’d like to make is adding an email to the series to re-engage people before  they fall into the inactive pool. Guest blogger Karla Capers specializes in using the internet to raise visibility for progressive issues and engage people more deeply in campaigns. She has worked for advocacy organizations since 1996. .

List 79

Will Your Nonprofit Lose Charity Status on May 15?

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

It may be April, but this is no Fool's joke. While smaller groups may still not required to file on an annual basis, a provision of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 included a requirement that the Internal Revenue Service revoke the nonprofit status of organizations that fail to file for three years in a row. until now.

How Much Time Does Social Media Marketing Really Take?

J Campbell Social Marketing

What is working and what is falling flat? I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the nonprofit sector. Social media is free. Right? WRONG. Tweet.

You In? Mother’s Day Marketing

Getting Attention

Oxfam America even extends the opportunity to May 18, in case Mother’s Day slackers miss the day of! Take It Forward. Honor your mother.

The 3 Worst Mistakes a Nonprofit Can Make When Trying to Acknowledge Online Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We often talk about how your thank yous may be the most important communication you send. Gretchen Barry. Kristina. Mistake #1: Taking Too Long.

Nevada 116

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Marketer: Marketing Success from the Inside Out

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Set a sleep schedule and stick to it, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t fall asleep immediately. Kristina. Take Care of the Basics.

4 Tips for Subject Lines That Work

Fundraising 123

" If you make readers think too hard, they may just opt to delete without reading and move on to their next message. For newsletters, highlight the key piece of content you''re sending—a subject line like "Fall 2013 Newsletter" is easy to gloss over in a busy inbox. After: Join Long Island Pet Rescue''s Fall Frolic. 2.

Spam 46

How to Translate Your Program Into a Compelling Video

Getting Attention

Many non-profits fall into what I call “The Program Trap.” Their videos focus too much on  what  they do, instead of  why   they do it.

Video 102

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristina Kelly

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s also a great time to check in with my Director of Marketing for any updates that may impact social media. 2:00 p.m. Kristina Kelly.

Get Your People Out of the Heat & Into Action

Getting Attention

We Plan, Invent, and Prep for a Fast-Paced Fall. One organization working to support those who are homeless puts on a Save Our Homes Walk in May, a Taste of the City event in June, a barbecue in July, and a golf tournament in September. The Jury’s Still Out. Some Slowdown! Invent. Megan Keane, Membership Director,  NTEN. Downtime?

How to Communicate In The Midst Of Tragedy: 9-Step Checklist

Getting Attention

And although it may seem easiest to go dark right now, please don’t. That may be Thursday, but may be next week. That’s your cue.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Each fall since 2008 MNN has hosted an annual conference and expo. Apr 30 - May 2. May 2 - 3. May 3. May 3 - 5.

Grants for Soccer Programs in Underprivileged Communities of 50k+ Nonprofits, Schools, Municipalities, Colleges, Universities, or Tribes May Apply

Seeking Grant Money Today

This grant type does not include upgrading an existing field with a synthetic grass surface; these fall within the parameters of the Footprint Fields (Synthetic Field) Grant type. From The Foundation Center. [If you would like more information about this grant opportunity click "Contact: Link to RFP" at the end of this post].

Greg Got Schooled by Greg


It’s time for me to fall on my sword. Others have a different favorite charity(ies) in mind, and yours may not make the cut off.

Want to drive online giving? Send a letter

Fundraising Coach

Review your fall fundraising letters. As you prepare to send out your fall fundraising letters, make sure they: clearly state the link for donors to make a gift online. You may think you have an easy online giving form. Studies continue to show that online giving is the fastest growing fundraising channel. times!

Change Is Hard—How To Get Through It

Getting Attention

Timed the transition to fall in a month when I’m not on the road. This week has been a tough one for me. Backed up everything. Thanks!

Don’t waste time trying to copy the #icebucketchallenge

Fundraising Coach

And reaching donors with appeals 2-4 times this fall. Every week, I send a fundraising coaching email to nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors.

4 things to check as you begin 2016

Fundraising Coach

But just like our cars need routine maintenance or they'll fall apart, so do our fundraising systems. I'd go with PHP.

Are You Ready for Your Year-End Appeal?

Ann Green

You may think fall is a long way off. Fall is a busy time, especially if you’re doing a year-end appeal. Do you have a plan?

Plan 20

Six Ways Social Media Has Affected Nonprofit Newsletters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The responses, some of which I’m quoting below, fall into these six major categories. ” “It’s been a game changer.

Great “behind-the-scenes” progress in 2013, now let’s get creative!

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Understanding that social media engagement does not fall under any “single” branch in an organization. ″ (i.e. Period.

Making Your 2013 Marketing Goals More Clear

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you fall in this last group, those who say they are doing it all, you have the most to gain by narrowing your goals. Acquiring new donors.

Goal 43

4 Steps to Stronger Relationships by Sharing a Laugh

Getting Attention

Without knowing your common ground, you’re treading on dangerous ground and may offend. 2) Keep your humor brief and use only periodically.

Three Stages of Nonprofit Marketing Maturity

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Therefore, should the organization fall into a financial crisis, communications is the first to be cut. Stage I: Doing. Stage II: Questioning.

How your nonprofit got into its fundraising mess

Fundraising Coach

It's as though people think that money will just fall from the sky. Photo by RachePhotos on Flickr. Used with permission.

Better Cause Marketing with SEO

Selfish Giving

Lately, I’ve been trying to read as much as possible on SEO and I’ve found a great teacher in  Jason Falls. But first: what is SEO?

The New HIPAA Rules and What They Mean to Fundraisers

JCA Insights

The HHS will review violations and impose penalties on offending organizations, even if the violation falls under the “did not know” category. Each

Op Ed Writing Made Easy: Ideas for a Basic Structure

Getting Attention

You may recognize the first format, the five paragraph essay, from high school: Introduction ending with your main point. Conclusion.

Your Year-End Appeal Checklist

Ann Green

Fall is a busy time, especially if you’re doing a year-end appeal. This summer is flying by and September will be here before you know it. Fall

Making People Cry Isn’t a Good Nonprofit Mobile Strategy

Selfish Giving

But here’s the rub: emotion and smartphones may not be a good mix. Nonprofits may want two mobile strategies. Get their attention.

How ASPCApro Manages Content Creation

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

And if you can have some “evergreen” content in the can, ready to go if something falls through at the last minute, you’re so golden.&#.

Death of movie rentals + Rise of cross-platform mobile messaging

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

fall of over 15% over the last few years). Messages don’t fall under the “texting/SMS” category on your phone bill.

SMS 34