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Video Making for Fun and For (Non)Profits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

little back story: Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) is a non-profit musical youth organization that teaches life lessons through music. 

Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

A Small Change

It gives you a place to give a brief introduction to the organization (make sure your introduction is brief as the donor is there to see the non-profit not just hear about it). A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Here are a few things that I do on my tours that might help you as you give tours.

The 4 Best Examples of Non-Profit Video Storytelling - Guest Post

Social Media Bird Brain

When it comes to non-profits, it’s an impossibly effective medium for really. Here''s the second of three guest posts on the subject of storytelling for your nonprofit through videos. video storytelling video production Madeleine Hammond Skeleton Productions Small nonprofit

Translating skills from the for-profit world to non-profit

Get Fully Funded

Skills/concepts that translate: Marketing concepts are the same in for-profit as in non-profit.  It’s about identifying target audiences, key messages, and consistent communication. Lots of people take jobs in nonprofit fundraising and assume their sales or other corporate skills will transfer. 

Canada’s only Public Sector & Non-Profit Marketing Forum

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

For all of you newbies, the MARCOM Annual Forum is the only event in Canada that caters specifically to government, non-profit and association marketers and communicators. Let’s face it, the public and non-profit sectors often face unique marketing challenges , which naturally require unique solutions.

Are you hunting mice or antelopes? [Guest post from T.J. McGovern]


The following is a guest post thanks to my friend T.J. McGovern, Owner/Principal at McGovern Consulting Group  (McG). lioness cannot live on mice.

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


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Donation Usability: Increasing Online Giving to Non-Profits and Charities

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User research finds significant deficiencies in non-profit organizations' website content, which often fails to provide the info people need to make donation decisions. Non-profits would collect much more from their websites if only they'd clearly state what they are about and how they use donations. Indeed, it was 3.6

What makes a great Gift Officer great? 4 traits


Great Gift Officers have common traits. Here they are: Genuine curiosity. They ask donors questions and they truly care about the answers. Antennae.

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Are you being forced to measure something unmeasurable?

Wild Woman Fundraising

It’s cruel to expect nonprofit workers to work as hard as for profit workers with far fewer resources and absolutely no job security or any pay for performance bonuses. Let’s say that you are writing a grant. Why this is wrong. No, because, as I’ve written before, there’s too much noise in the system.

Welcome to Non Profit Silo-ville. Population You.

Sea Change Strategies

Non profits are organized in ways that don’t make sense to most external audiences. Still non profits stubbornly hold onto internal organizational chart silos that seep into everything organizations communicate externally. An operations team? My bet is on the latter choice.

Start Up Non Profit? Need Seed Money? Starting Fundraising? Here's help.Part 1 of 2

Seeking Grant Money Today

Getting a non profit off the ground is tough. If you aren't sure what a start up non profit is, read "Life Cycle of an Exempt Organization" on the IRS website. know that a founder finds a non profit, without a doubt, out of their passion for the issue that the organization serves. My advice? Is this you?

Should legacy gift notification forms die?


I once heard a story about a legacy gift that was about to be “closed” until the organization’s CFO fumbled the ball in the end zone.

February’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Going Beyond Resolutions

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofits ROI Strategy blogging Goals measurement Non-Profit Blog Carnival roi SMART objectivesLucky us – and lucky you!

What your donors hear Vs. What you tell them


Fundraising marketsmart non profit PhilanthropyI love this cartoon by Gary Larson ( Far Side ). . We already did that.”

Do you have bad boundaries?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. She knows so much about boundaries and she’s been teaching about them for a while now. MT: Right on. You know?

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19 reasons why nonprofit donor surveys are awesome


They give your supporters an opportunity to have a dialogue with you and your brand. They help you recognize how they might want to give.

The Top 22 Art Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Though generally publishes one comprehensive description of a fundraising idea at a time, we know that many people are looking for ways to integrate their passion for art with their fundraising efforts and thus we decided to post a long list of art fundraising ideas.  Custom postcards and stationary. 

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Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Going Beyond Resolutions (Call for Submissions)

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofits ROI blogging Goals measurement Non-Profit Blog Carnival roi SMART objectivesHappy February! Guest what – I know why.

The 4 Best Places to Find New Major Donors for Your Non-Profit

Wild Woman Fundraising

Yet almost all of those non-profits have trouble finding mega-donors. As the name implies, no fundraising is done at a non-ask event.

How MarketSmart Works With Partners


Digital Marketing Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving fundraising tools fundraising tools and techniques marketsmart non-profit management software nonprofit marketing toolsPeople often ask me, “How does MarketSmart work with partners (allies) to help nonprofits lower costs and increase revenues?”

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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. 

2 marketing Jedi Masters tell us why fundraising IS marketing/selling


Non-profits make change, and the way they do this is by letting us tell ourselves stories that nurture our best selves.” Embrace it.

Can non-profit organizations meet all the needs for-profit businesses currently meet?

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

I just came across an interesting blog post by Stephen Monrad with title of " Can non-profit organizations meet all the needs for-profit businesses currently meet? " His conclusion is that "If a non-profit organization wanted to produce toothbrushes, there is no reason in principle that it couldn't." I found it to be an interesting post.

My Gift To You This Holiday Season


A lot of people have asked me, “Can you really achieve planned gift marketing success online ?” ” I knew they were wrong.

Fundraising Events: Food Bank Scavenger Hunt

Fundraiser Ideas

Fundraising Websites: Create Non-Technical Websites for Your Organization and Events. You can decide whether or not they can purchase items. 

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Announcing Finalists for the 1st Non-Profit Film Festival


is hosting the 1st non-profit film festival July 31-August 2 at the University of Texas at Austin. Lights. Camera. flickr credit: evalin.

Announcing Finalists for the 1st Non-Profit Film Festival


is hosting the 1st non-profit film festival July 31-August 2 at the University of Texas at Austin. Lights. Camera. flickr credit: evalin.

Trivia Night Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

If your organization partners with the right bar or pub, you might be able to convince the owners to split the night’s profit with your organization.

10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

Charity Fundraising Church Fundraising Creative Fundraising Ideas Fun Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Events Fundraising Ideas for Kids Non Profit Fundraising School FundraisingWhen your charitable cause needs large amounts of money, charity fundraising events can be your best option. Charity 5K. Charity concert. Automobile raffle.

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50-50 Raffle

Fundraiser Ideas

There are plenty of events at which you could hold a 50-50 raffle to increase your fundraiser’s profits.  We’ve covered some specific ones before: A dunk tank fundraiser. This is a fundraising idea we should have covered a long time ago, as it is the perfect add-on to so many of the fundraising ideas we’ve covered so far. cake auction.

HELP! Please….


I really need your help. funded a study to help you. Together we created some questions we believe will help you and the sector tremendously. And more.

Dunk Tank

Fundraiser Ideas

A dunk tank is a remarkably easy fundraiser , particularly when it comes to school fundraising. For those who are unfamiliar, a dunk tank is a large tank of water with a plank or bench overtop for a person to sit. That person is dropped in the water when another person throws a ball and hits a target, causing the plank to separate into two pieces.

Do you have people from the community you help on your board?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve written before about how quotas for women on our boards can help change the face of management, and how naive aid to africa is misplaced.

12 More Interview Questions for your Fundraising job interview

Wild Woman Fundraising

And how to interview and find out if your boss is a bully , also good for non-fundraisers! LOL NO. But that’s about it. ” 3.

How can nonprofits monitor their online reputations?

Wild Woman Fundraising

What are your favorite tools and tactics for listening?&# AKA, “How can nonprofits monitor their online reputations?&# And well, it was my idea!

This is Habitat, B h!

Wild Woman Fundraising

“That’s nice,” I thought. “I wonder if the description fits anyone I know who is looking for work?” Hmmmmm. At will?

The Top 10 Free Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Charity Fundraising Church Fundraising College Fundraising Creative Fundraising Ideas Easy Fundraising Free Fundraising Ideas Fun Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Events Fundraising Ideas for Kids High School Fundraising Ideas Non Profit Fundraising PTA Fundraising Quick Fundraising Ideas School Fundraising Sports FundraisingRecycling.

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Non-profit Storytelling: 6 Tips for Interviews

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Ask any non-profit, and they'll tell you there's nothing better than a personal, heartfelt story to put a face on their cause. Be Prepared for Anything (and I mean anything) -Interviewing for non-profits is unique. Stories help donors feel engaged in the work-and see the difference they can make in a real person's life.

Reader Questions: Snow White and the 7 Faces of Philanthropy

Wild Woman Fundraising

Snow White by 12×07 on And we’re answering MORE fantastic reader questions today! This person we will call Queen B.