September, 2016

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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.

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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.

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.

A New Fundraising Classic

The Agitator

This morning the publisher officially released Data Driven Nonprofits , a book I believe will become a classic in our sector.

Have you written off someone as a lost cause? #followupfriday

Fundraising Coach

A coaching client just told me a powerful story of following up. For about six months, he was following up with three supporters. So did July.

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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.

Erode Your Way to Better Year-End Giving

The Agitator

This week The Agitator and DonorVoice will launch a three-part webinar series on the application of Behavioral Science research to fundraising. I. Communications Copywriting / creative Direct mail Donor acquisition Donor retention / loyalty / commitment DonorTrends / DonorVoice Fundraising analytics / data Innovation Research premium

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!

Is there too much fundraising on Facebook?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Or at least what the largest social media company in the world is thinking about. But the questions they presented me with gave me pause.

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.

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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).

No More Grumpy Fundraisers

The Agitator

Each day for the past 10 years Tom and I have pored over dozens of blogs, papers, presentations and speeches prepared by scores of fundraisers.

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

Strategic Communications for Nonprofits [WORKSHOP]

J Campbell Social Marketing

Do you feel that your nonprofit is spinning its wheels when it comes to communicating with supporters and potential donors? This workshop will help.

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.

How to Get Your Story Told in the Nonprofit Trade Press

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But they often overlook an important potential avenue for spreading the word about their work — the nonprofit trade press. Look at Your Data.

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35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters


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. Advocacy or activism opportunities. 8. Podcasts. 9. Testimonials. Online chat tools. Webinars.

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.

How to Filter Your Water Safely for your Water Dispensers?

Non Profit Marketing 360

By now many of us know that chemicals in tap water are bad for your health and some of them increase your risk of cancer. Home Water Dispenser

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.

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.

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.

“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, .

Because Of You

The Agitator

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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.

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.

Our Little Known Commonality (& why is this a secret?)

NonProfit Branding

Our Little Known Commonality – Perhaps fifteen years ago audience research funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting produced a an unexpected finding. It caused a strong reaction among PubRadio Insiders – disbelief, amusement, skepticism, initial rejection. The finding: the average […].

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!

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.

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

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?

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?

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?