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2 Data-Powered Steps to Boost Donations

Getting Attention

Guest blogger Heather Yandow brings more than a decade of experience as an outreach coordinator, coalition leader, project manager, and fundraiser to Third Space Studio’s clients. The latest Individual Donor Benchmark Report is now available with groundbreaking findings to support small nonprofits with their fundraising efforts. work plan.

Want People to Share Your Story? Stop Making It So Hard! Do This Instead.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We chatted about how he became a big fan of Twitter, and then he asked me to look at this section on his website called Share Our Story. Gabe himself.

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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.

How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But smart organizations are also planning ahead for another year-end tradition: increased coverage of charities during the holidays. Spotlight a Trend.

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.

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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.

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6 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Quickly Get More Facebook Engagement

J Campbell Social Marketing

However, as with all changes to the Facebook News Feed, I encourage you to breathe and do not panic. know I harp on this a lot, but it’s important.

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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

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kirsten McIlvenna

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kirsten McIlvenna. We want more stories! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a  typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. .

“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, .

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

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.

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 Ask for a Bequest…And Get It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Why do organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? Identifying your best donors. Pacific).

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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.

The Fundraising Ethics Gap

The Agitator

As a kid I vividly remember Grandma Craver shaking her head, and sometimes her fist, at the radio as it blared forth the ravings of an on-air evangelist whom she particularly despised. She would turn away from the radio and sternly warn me, “Roger, just you remember.  Everyone who talks about heaven ain’t going there.” As I clicked.

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.

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

Are You Pretending That People Really Want Your E-Newsletter?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This week’s cartoon from Marketoonist made me laugh out loud. You know why. Here are three I like. Newsletters

7 captivating ways to build trust so your fundraising efforts work better


Trust leads to commitment. Then it leads to retention, loyalty, major gifts and planned gifts. Here are 7 ways to build trust so your fundraising efforts work better: 1. Make sure your mission is clear so people will know what you do with their money. 2. When you make a promise, keep it! 5. Be great at customer service. LIKE THIS LIST?

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“There is obviously hope for us all …”

The Agitator

That’s the message of my favorite Tweet this week. It’s from @AdrianSargeant and attached to it is this marvelous piece of  correspondence.

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.

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.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Erika Olson

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Erika Olson. Please share too! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a  typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. . 30-9:00 PM: YOGA.

A “wild woman” interviewed me


Ever want to hear the voice of SmartIdeas (Greg Warner)? Here’s your chance. Mazarine Trez of Wildwoman Fundraising interviewed me some time ago.

Starting Over #11: Knowing WHAT And WITH WHAT To Communicate

The Agitator

A key driver of donor commitment and loyalty is the donor’s perception of just how effective your organization is in achieving its mission.

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.

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?

What to do about planned gift marketing when you don’t know what to do…


New subscribers to my blog get a survey asking them what topics they’d like to see me cover. . Planned giving is a new area for me. Staff.

Unethical Fundraising … Or Just Dumb?

The Agitator

Yesterday Roger wrote an eloquent plea for fundraisers to get serious about ethical issues in the business of fundraising … The Fundraising Ethics Gap. assume he meant to exclude political fundraising, which seems to know no bounds whatsoever.

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?

INTERVIEW: Ellen Bristol Fundraising the SMART Way

Wild Woman Fundraising

Hey, everybody. Welcome. Thank you so much for being here, Ellen. EB: Oh, it’s such a pleasure and I’m another wild woman. MT: Thank you, Ellen.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

How was your week? It’s an American Thing. If you do email marketing, you should check out  The State of Email List Growth in 2016. Mixed Links