January, 2017

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3 Realistic Social Media New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I apologize for the headline (and the macarons). I had to get you here and I knew “New Year’s Resolutions,” and sweets, might work. ManageFlitter.

3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

Getting Attention

Guest bloggers Beth Kanter & Aliza Sherman wrote The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit , a must read for communicators & fundraisers.

The Best of Social Marketing in 2016

Social Marketing and Social Change

What are some of the best papers published in social marketing this past year? Aaron et al. 2016). PLoS One ; Oct 18;11(10):e0162462. pone.0162462.

Introducing MarketSmart’s 2017 IN’s & OUT’s


Happy New Year everyone! Each year my IN’s & OUT’s usually get passed around and shared quite a bit. For others, they inspire!

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 [SLIDESHARE]

Selfish Giving

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 from Selfish Giving Welcome to my annual 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016. Never Miss a Post!

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The missing link in fundraising programs

Fundraising Coach

Whether your fiscal year starts now or is only part of the way through, January is a good time to evaluate your fundraising progress. To help you're planning, here's an email I sent our Fundraising Kick subscribers yesterday. Good morning, Kickers! Listening to a conversation between Stephen R. Covey and his son Stephen M.R. Person by person. Ask 4.

9 ways to be a more human fundraiser in 2017


As your supporters get bombarded with more and more messages from advertisers and competitors (other fundraisers) you’ll need to stand out. The best way to do that is to be more human, authentic and real. Here are nine ways to do just that this year: . Share personal stories with your donors. Be real. Be open, honest and transparent.

Ep196: Sarah Durham on How Branding + Fundraising = Brandraising

Selfish Giving

Sarah Durham, Big Duck. On the show, Megan, Sarah and I discuss: Speaking of brands: Where did Big Duck come from? Sarah's definition of "Branding".

The FACTS About Matching Gifts

The Agitator

In a year-end post,  Please Don’t Eat the Poinsettia , I noted that the field of fundraising is filled with lots of myths, aphorisms and the equivalent of ‘old wives tales’. Some are true, some are not, and many persist for which there’s little proof one way or the other. Cindy Courtier wrote to.

Sharing the MLK, Jr. Holiday in a Culturally Competent Way

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Working effectively cross-culturally is an especially important topic for people working in nonprofit communications. Go beyond the cliché! no BS).

The Gig Economy and the Nonprofit Sector

Wild Woman Fundraising

This month Yes Magazine published a happy go lucky article about the gig economy and how we should all LOVE IT because it gives us SO MUCH FLEXIBILITY!

10 Reasons Every Home Should Have an Essential Oil Diffuser

Non Profit Marketing 360

With a lot of artificial air fresheners with harmful chemicals these days, it is good to resort to something that falls into the natural side.

How to ensure that your letter signer will sign your fundraising letter even if he/she doesn’t like it


I’ll skip to the end and tell you how: Set some ground rules with whoever you ask to sign your fundraising letter. Because it looks weird (i.e.

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Ep197: Millennial Start-Up Love Your Melon is Putting a Cap on Pediatric Cancer

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Alex Meysman , national event director at Love Your Melon (LYM). LYM raised $2.5 million in 2016.

On Dr. King’s Birthday…

The Agitator

Today in the U.S. and many places around the globe we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Trump, who will be inaugurated in four days.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Did y’all have a good week? ChrisBrogan tells us to  Never Manage Time – Manage Priorities. Nonprofit Training. Have a great weekend! via GIPHY.

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Making a living without a job-An interview with Barbara Winter

Wild Woman Fundraising

Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. They have also said how incredible this book is. Do you think it’s a way for people to survive long term?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Year-End Fundraising – Part One

Ann Green

At the end of November, I made year- end donations to 25 organizations. Some organizations are doing a better job of communicating than others.

Does an “empathy gap” exist among your donors?


A lot of charities tout the fact that they take care of their own. Marines helping marines! Cancer patients helping cancer patients! And so on. But could doing so be a misguided marketing strategy? Research from a study published in December 2014 showed that compassion for distress actually became reduced among people who have “been there.”

Ep198: How One Nonprofit Raises Millions With the Gaming Industry

Selfish Giving

Dan was last on the show in November 2015. Since then, the endowment has expanded on its cause marketing and the Endowment's impact.

What A 5 Year-Old Can Teach You About Donor Retention

The Agitator

Irish fundraiser Simon Scriver produces a near-constant flow of bits and pieces on his Twitter feed (@ToastFundraiser). Or both.

Nonprofit Communicators, It’s Time to Level Up!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I recently contributed an article to the Communications Network’s biannual journal, Change Agent , called It’s Time to Level Up!

A Bountiful Reward For Giving Thanks

The Agitator

In November The Agitator reported on a creative alternative to #GivingTuesday called #ThanksGivingTuesday. Organized by Heather McGinness , VP of Advancement at Concordia College-New York , this all-stakeholder event is testament to the power of genuine gratitude, skillful communication, and a mighty respect for donors.

The Forgotten Skill Of Basic Respect

The Agitator

Surprising” because both reported the lousy, rude, awful, very bad treatment of donors. Frankly, I was under the belief, apparently mistaken, that virtually every fundraiser possessed the fundamental skill of decent manners and respect for donors. After all, there. Fundraising philosophy/profession Nonprofit management premium

Your Key Metrics In Minutes For A Stellar 2017

The Agitator

As the old meme goes: “What gets measured gets managed.” ” So, what are you measuring and managing for the coming year?

Get Ready For More Retention!

The Agitator

As much as you might hope for relief from the subject, count on The Agitator to talk more retention, retention, and more retention in 2017! And within retention, a critical sub-theme … donor (customer) service and experience. Consider this article … Is Customer Experience the Great Competitive Differentiator of Loyalty Marketers?

The Year For Acquisition

The Agitator

I’m writing this post with great trepidation. Because I want to float the idea that 2017 should be a year for unprecedented donor acquisition. But as Agitator readers well know, deep down Roger and I continue to believe that too many fundraisers and organizations inexplicably, indefensibly neglect donor retention.

Communications Staff Confidence is Up, But Satisfaction is Down

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We’ll release the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report on Tuesday, January 17 and I’m so excited to share it!

Let Us Hear All About Your Day!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Sadly, I am out of stories to share for our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator Series. Won’t you send in yours? Don’t be shy!

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Everyone ready to be back to work? Well, let’s commiserate with some Mixed Links… LAST DAY TO SAVE! Learn more and get your Pass now.

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The Year of the Awesome

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

OK technically it’s the Year of the Rooster, but for nonprofit communicators like you, 2017 could very well be THE YEAR OF THE AWESOME! Pay Once.

Nonprofit Comms Team Size, Budget and Salary [Infographic] #NPCOMM2017

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report is officially available! We have so much to share that we are doing three infographics. Here’s the first on team staffing, budgets, and salaries. We’ll share another next week. Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the survey and special thanks to those of you who submitted photos.

Share Your New Year’s Resolutions with Us!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s a new year with new possibilities! It’s also when we decide we’re going to do so much better than we did last year. In addition to personal resolutions, we want you to focus on some of your work resolutions as well. For less than $10 a week, we can help you navigate the ever-changing world of nonprofit communications.

What’s Your Attitude For 2017?

The Agitator

Of course Roger and I wish you all the best for 2017. Have a great year! But the festivities are over (unless you live in New Zealand, where we tend to chill out for the entire month of January). Time to get down to business. And I wonder what attitude you are bringing to your fundraising work in the new year. Optimistic? Grumpy?