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7 steps to decline donations you can’t accept


She was really ticked off because they wouldn’t accept her gift. One of my customers got the following response to a survey request: “Why on earth would I respond to this survey when the gift of property I offered to the university was declined (which I sold within the year for $150,000.00). In my opinion your refusal speaks to the shortsightedness and ineptness of those who review such proposed gifts.” ” Wow!

Download And Read Before Fundraising Implodes

The Agitator

Over the past week, we renewed our exploration of what’s wrong with nonprofit fundraising. Here and here we dealt mainly with how fundraisers are viewed and treated by their organizations and by each other. Of course, that’s only a small part of the story — some of the symptoms.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Seth J. Katzen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Seth J. Katzen. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

There Are Only Three Ways to Raise More Money


Every nonprofit organization needs more of two things: time and money. Okay, every organization (nonprofit or for-profit) could use more of those two resources.

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10 Free Ways to Re-Purpose Your Nonprofit’s Stories

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling is critical to achieve success on social media, where the goal is to grab attention and pique interest. Without some sort of visual element to your storytelling, it will likely fall flat and get ignored.

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Are You Afraid To Reveal It?

The Agitator

I was drawn to a Fast Company article titled What Do People Want When They Give To Nonprofits? I would have thought the answer was pretty easy. Feelings like self-validation, relief (from anger, frustration, fear, etc), recognition, efficacy and connection came to mind. But the article left me disappointed, wandering into areas like “gamifying” donor engagement and using goal progress bars to encourage giving. Tactics and tools, not feeling states.

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7 Ways to Beat Overwhelm and Get Things Done

J Campbell Social Marketing

You wake up in the morning dreading tackling your ever-expanding To Do list. At the end of the week, you feel like you worked so hard and you are so tired – but you didn’t really accomplish anything.

Recruiting Corporate Partners with a Small Team: The Edge This Nonprofit Has That You Don't [SPONSORED]

Selfish Giving

For nearly two decades Operation Warm has had a simple mission: to provide children in need with the gift of brand new winter coats. The nonprofit works directly with manufacturers to create their own line of warm, colorful winter coats made just for kids.

Tips for Silent Videos (Or When People Turn Off Your Sound)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

On Thursday, I’m presenting a webinar on how to create a great thank you video for your supporters. We’ll talk about the best scripts and soundtracks for these kinds of videos, but what about when you post them on social media and your supporters see it with the sound off?

Is donor qualification more important than donor identification?


Identification. If you are a major or legacy gift fundraiser, you’re probably responsible for a group of donors on your caseload or portfolio.

Storytelling In The Digital Age

The Agitator

Even though Tom persuaded me to give up working with cave art and stone tablets when we ‘modernized’ the Agitator offices, we’ve never lost interest in the power and importance of storytelling.

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3 Engagement Crushing Mistakes Nonprofits Are Making On Social Media – And What To Do Instead

J Campbell Social Marketing

Facebook and Instagram went down on Wednesday and people lost their minds. They were worried they couldn’t get the latest updates from friends and family members, but also they lost their major source of news, information, and community. Sound scary? It’s just reality!

EveryAction Development: Make Your Fundraising Tools Work For You


It’s no secret EveryAction’s best-in-class tools have been proven to help thousands of nonprofits raise more money while saving time on day-to-day operations. With EveryAction Development, we’ve made it truly simple to manage your donors in one, unified platform, giving you more time to focus on your organization’s mission, raise more money, and operate more efficiently. Recently, I caught up with Melissa Wyers, Executive Director of EveryAction, to chat all things EveryAction Development.

Advice for New Communications Directors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We recently asked you to share your advice for new communications directors, and we heard from 25 of you. That’s a great start, but we’d love to hear even more! Share your advice here. Here are just a few of the great nuggets of wisdom so far. . .

Will you be at Blackbaud’s BBCON next week? I will!


NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO MEET-UP WITH ME AT BBCON, SCROLL DOWN. Lawrence Henze, Greg Ring and me. At 9 am next Thursday (October 19th), I’ll be speaking with Lawrence Henze (Principle Consultant, Target Analytics) and Greg Ring (Co-Founder, Fulcrum Philanthropy Systems).

Are You The Gardener Or The Fundraiser?

The Agitator

In Are You an ATM or a Fundraiser? I raised the issue of how ‘disrespect’ — for the profession, for each other, and for the donor — is contributing to a bleak future for our sector. Claire Axelrad was among Agitator readers who added to the ‘what’s wrong’ list. “ The lack of a philanthropy culture stems directly from the TOP. From leaders who view money as ‘filthy lucre’ and fundraisers as ‘money grubbers.’

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8 Tips for a Profitable Nonprofit #GivingTuesday Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

Hard to believe but #GivingTuesday is only a little over one month away! Is this powerhouse giving day right for your nonprofit? Participation numbers and dollars raised skyrocketed last year, and are sure to increase even more in 2017.

Ep235: This Beauty Brand is Empowering Girls with Every Brow Wax

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Annie Ford Danielson , Global Beauty Authority at Benefit Cosmetics about the Bold is Beautiful Project, which has raised $11 million waxing women's (and men's) brows in 17 countries.

Free #GivingTuesday Tips, Ideas, and Resources

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

#GivingTuesday is only 47 days away so I thought I would compile a list of blog posts, articles, and other resources out there to help you make it a successful day. You don’t think #GivingTuesday is worth it?

2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study – Episode 13


On today’s episode we discuss the 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study. This study is the first of its kind by focusing on major gifts. You can download the report at [link]. The post 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study – Episode 13 appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |.

Are You an ATM or a Fundraiser?

The Agitator

We don’t pay nearly enough attention to the issue of disrespect and the horrible price our sector pays for ignoring it or shrugging it off with a “well, that’s the way it is.” Disrespect runs rampant in the nonprofit world.

Paul De Gregorio Interview

Wild Woman Fundraising

Today we’re chatting with Paul De Gregorio about what is called integrated fundraising campaigns.

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Ep234: Brooks, REI Team Up to Support National Parks with Limited Edition Shoes

Selfish Giving

How Nonprofit Communicators Can Measure Awareness

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s my least favorite goal for nonprofit communicators: Brand Awareness. Because it’s vague and hard to measure, and therefore hard to know what will really work best to increase it.

Say ‘Yes’ To These 5 Activities

The Agitator

A reader’s comment to my post Storytelling In The Digital Age got me thinking about the things fundraisers say ‘Yes’ to and those that trigger a ‘No’ In this case, the reader commented, “Would like to get Julia’s book, but Amazon’s $38.73 price is out of my nonprofit range.” I’m sure Joe is sincere and his organization, like so many, may not even have a budget for books, and training sessions.

King Arthur and Nonprofit Appeal Letter Stories

Wild Woman Fundraising

Read the first part of this post here. According to Robert McKee, there are 4 Primary techniques for Progression. Social progression -Widen the impact of character actions into society. Personal progression -Dark personal secrets.

Build Beautiful Charts & Graphs with Data Visualization on EveryAction


Whether its for a board meeting or a conference, nonprofit professionals often spend hours of time trying to figure out ways to present their data in an easily understandable way. Often, this results in either hiring a graphic designer, assigning herculean design tasks to interns(!), or relying on (pretty ugly) charts with data estimates made in Excel or Powerpoint.

Should We Release a Statement? How to Decide

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When should your nonprofit release a statement to the news media? Charities have been asking this question with increased frequency in light of a dizzying array of controversial news items that have a clear connection to the nonprofit world.

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Does Ask, Ask, and Ask Again Really Work?


Doing the same thing wrong over and over doesn’t improve results. I noticed a comment on a LinkedIn post recently that said, “Ask, ask, and ask again.” ” All the rest is commentary. Here was my response: “I think I have to respectfully disagree. Asking at the wrong time only angers major donors. Asking over and over angers donors. Asking without providing value angers donors.

Is Digital Damaging Your Retention Rate?

The Agitator

On their face, three topics covered by The Agitator over recent days seem quite different — the rise of marketing pros in nonprofits … #Giving Tuesday … and email ad nauseam. A comment by Claire Axelrod to Tom’s post Yikes…Fundraisers Make Way for Marketers!

Ideas for your appeal letter from STORY by Robert McKee

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently I’ve been re-reading Robert McKee’s Story. If you haven’t yet read this book, and you are tasked with communications for your nonprofit, then I would definitely get it from the library at the very least. After I accrued some terrible library fines, I bought my own copy. Why should you tell a story? My friend Vanessa Chase, author of The Storytelling Nonprofit , can give you LOTS of reasons to tell a story.

Give Your New Donors a Warm Welcome

Ann Green

After you send your year-end appeal, you’ll most likely gain some brand new donors, which is good news. The bad news is over 70% of these first-time donors won’t make a second gift. Don’t let that happen to you. Nonprofit organizations don’t spend enough time trying to keep their current donors.

Staring at an Empty Page? Try These Nonprofit Writing Prompts for October

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Haven’t quite filled in your content calendar for next month? Use these prompts taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles. (If

Why QUALIFYING donors might be the silver bullet you’ve been looking for


First, there’s a lot of talk about donor retention these days. . Don’t get me wrong. I believe it’s critically important to retain donors with awesome stewardship. But sometimes I wonder, should we retain every single donor? After all, stewardship costs money and aren’t some donors more valuable than others?