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A Few Great Thank You Videos

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This may have been the “Year of the Thank You Video” – lots of really great stuff arrived in my inbox in the last week.

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Strong Emotions Drive Online Video

The Agitator

It’s Friday, and online video watching normally spikes on Fridays. Maybe a good day to talk about online videos.

The Top 4 Tips for Nonprofit Video Projects

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The author readies for a video shoot. The strategy was "to provide an engaging, revelatory, and inspirational look at Daniels Scholar graduates so as to inform and inspire high school students, employers, and communities on the opportunities offered by the scholarship program and the qualities exemplified by Daniels Scholars."

What Going Back to Middle School Can Teach You About Donor Communication

Ann Green

But keeping middle school students in mind can help you improve your donor communication.  Middle school students have short attention spans.

VIDEO: Do you have lots of debt? Join the Jubilee!

Wild Woman Fundraising

VIDEO: Do you have lots of debt? If you have debt and understand the pain of this situation, you can help others with debt. Which is a bummer.

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Go Back-to-School with Online Marketing Experts

J Campbell Social Marketing

Are you ready to get schooled with your marketing? Register How to re-purpose your live video in other places. Space is limited.

Virtual Reality and Nonprofit Marketing – A New Way to Engage Donors

J Campbell Social Marketing

Shown at its annual gala, then posted on YouTube360, Beginning  takes viewers on an intimate, 360 tour of one of PoP’s schools in Ghana.

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Going from Gotcha Videos to Aha Videos

A. Fine Blog

The video was uploaded, went viral, and you know the rest. watched the video in astonishment. wondered why and then I began to worry.

Towards a More Hygienic Cause Marketing Campaign for Lysol

Cause Related Marketing

If you’re like me it took me a couple of beats to understand what school attendance has to do with Lysol. The schools would just do it.

Action Cascades Over Viral Videos

A. Fine Blog

You may not know the organization, but you almost certainly know their signature effort, the Kony 2012 video. The video is very long, 30  minutes, on an obscure topic and was an instant viral sensation. The video was an amazing piece of storytelling, alas, it was filled with half-truths. viral video is a stand alone event.

Cause Marketing for 'One Lucky School'

Cause Related Marketing

You read that right, the total payout is $25,000 and it all goes to one school. No wonder Henkel characterizes the winner as “one lucky school.”

What Does Your Organization Do? Draw It Out

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Illustrated videos are very popular right now with everyone from big corporations to small nonprofits. Jessica Pullano.

Hope is Rising


If we are afraid to respond--who will? To call these individuals unsung heroes--is an understatement.

Are you a nonprofiteer AND a good consumer?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Collaboration Cultivating donors Culture clash Fundraising Social Entrepreneur Video Game Web 2.0 So what is the solution? Limited edition!”

These 3 Stories Generated Results (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Our community foundation funds this program, and we were thrilled when an individual who had seen the video was motivated to partially fund the program for three additional years by issuing a challenge grant to encourage other funders to join in his support of the program. We’re thrilled. Share your experiences here. Subscribe today.

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. 

Repurpose Your Content for Consistent Storytelling

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Guest Video/Post by Mark Horvath, founder of Invisible People. Turn a blog post into a video. Turn that video into a keynote speech!

How To Build Raving Fans, A Huge Email List & Facebook Ads That Work: Lessons from #AOC2014

J Campbell Social Marketing

She schooled us on subject lines and the importance of being succinct and interesting in our email communications (lest we get deleted immediately).

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Can you teach a class at the School of Everything?

Wild Woman Fundraising

The School of Everything, what is it? Could you teach a class at The School of Everything ? What IS the School of Everything?

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Fundraising So Simple Only a Child Can Do It Well

The Agitator

The other day I stumbled across a company that raises big bucks in peer-to-peer fundraising for elementary schools in the US. They provide a fully automated peer-to-peer website where parents and kids can plug in videos and photos. The result is an easy-as-pie fundraising campaign for their school.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Lizzie Chen is the multimedia specialist at Southwest Key Programs and specializes in documentary photography and video production. Lizzie Chen.

Empathy for Sale

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

By now you've likely heard the story of Karen Klein, the school bus monitor from upstate New York, who was videotaped by a group of young boys who were bullying her to tears. Video is a great way for your organization to share your stories, and the DoGooder Video Awards each year recognize great achievement in nonprofit video storytelling.

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5 Ways to Stay Smart & Engaged

Getting Attention

She got me… The rain was pouring down this morning as our daughter, Charlotte, was getting ready to walk to school, so I caved and drove her.

Dunk Tank

Fundraiser Ideas

A dunk tank is a remarkably easy fundraiser , particularly when it comes to school fundraising. You can see an example of a successful dunk tank fundraiser in the video below. dunk tank fundraiser is best executed not as a standalone event, but in addition to an outdoor community event, such as a town fair or a school’s field day.


Your Next Nonprofit Marketing Job: Monday Matters

Getting Attention

Communications Specialist, School Improvement & Marketing Manager Southern Regional Education Board (Atlanta, GA). Digital Communications Project Manager & Director of Video Services  See3 Communications (Chicago, IL). Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here. Paul, MN). Recent Opportunities.

Our Town—Teens Mobilize & Message

Getting Attention

Watch the video here. Even better, campaign your school board to stop “blaming and shaming” girls. Thanks! Advocacy

#INTERVIEW: Sherry Truhlar, President of Red Apple Auctions, Conducts Benefit Auctions for Nonprofit Organizations

Non Profit Marketing 360

took a week of vacation from General Electric , where I was a global marketing manager, went out to auction school , and learned the chant.

Easy Fundraising: Convert Home VHS Videos to DVDs and/or Digitize Old Family Photos

Fundraiser Ideas

That said, there are far cheaper ways to convert VHS tapes to DVDs, two of which are demonstrated in the videos at the end of this post.

Scholarships and Stipends for American and Canadian Public or Private School 7th - 12th Graders Creating Different Arts or Writing (See below for kinds of arts and genres)

Seeking Grant Money Today

Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in one of twenty-eight categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction. or Canada, or in an American school abroad. Contact: Link to Complete RFP.

Online Video Inspiration from Tufts

The Agitator

The NY Times had an interesting article yesterday on how Tufts University was inviting applicants for admission to submit YouTube videos as part of their applications. Some videos have made their student-producers into minor stars. Here’s the most-viewed video so far. Great idea! wonder if this guarantees her admission!

Next? Nonprofit Communications Jobs

Getting Attention

Director of Marketing and Communications Baker Demonstration School (Wilmette, IL). Youth Marketing Video Producer PETA (Los Angeles, CA).

#ProAging: Telestroke/Telemedicine Tests Show Excellent Cost & Health Benefits

Non Profit Marketing 360

For a demonstration of the technology, please watch the video below (about 8 minutes). Click here to view the embedded video.

#ProAging: Telestroke/Telemedicine Tests Show Excellent Cost & Health Benefits

Non Profit Marketing 360

For a demonstration of the technology, please watch the video below (about 8 minutes). Click here to view the embedded video.

Grants for American School Libraries Looking to Update, Extend, and Diversify Their Collections

Seeking Grant Money Today

Deadline: December 31, 2009 Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Accepting Applications From School Libraries In order to promote a love of reading, the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries works to provide books to the school libraries and students that most need them. From The Foundation Center.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

link] “ *This link leads back to a video on why someone should join the Girl Scouts. Where are the  organizations’ strategies in sync?

Do you have a ‘commendation mindset’?


It works well in the workplace, in the military, in schools, and on sports teams. Related Posts: >> How to make great thank-you videos. >> 16 simple things your best donors want. Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” It also involves big things and little things. And so on.

Cool Ideas for Class Items for a School Auction

The Biddery Blog

If your school has a fundraising event with an auction, you may already ask classes to provide something to be auctioned.

Make Your Annual Report Sing: 5 Ways to Choose and Use Stories

Getting Attention

She provides writing and editing services to universities, health systems and other nonprofits. It’s intuitive in many respects to tell a story.

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Get Your People Out of the Heat & Into Action

Getting Attention

We spend those months doing thank you postcards, creating a year in review video, and teasing larger upcoming projects. We shift pretty heavily, since libraries fill up as the schools empty out and we have a TON of summer programming. The Jury’s Still Out. Some Slowdown! We Plan, Invent, and Prep for a Fast-Paced Fall. Invent. Events.

Quirky, Kooky, and Off-Beat Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

NOAH did a great job covering the event in real time on their Facebook page with staff  video updates. It’s time to get creative, people.

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