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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Friday! My kids just got out of school so I really need some Mixed Drinks.I mean Links… Kivi is doing a free webinar for Bloomerang, June 1st, on What a Communications Plan Should Look Like.

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The conundrum of corporate gifts

Fundraising Coach

Last week, I was able to listen to a terrific discussion from business leaders about how their organizations make corporate gifts to charities. It's always good to hear the thought process of donors. But it sometimes raises more questions than it settles. Seeking corporate gifts?

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3 Ways to Stay Safe from Cyber Attack

Getting Attention

Yes, this has to matter to you. The current global cyber attack , built on ransomware, could wreck your communications impact and a lot more. If or when your organization gets hacked, it’ll bring all activity—including communications and fundraising—to an absolute standstill.

5 Clever Online Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Looking for ways to engage supporters online? Get inspired by these real nonprofit digital engagements! Ask An Artist To Illustrate. Take that hashtag contest to the next level. Invite an artist to illustrate your supporter’s thoughts submitted online. Make a Reading List. Summer’s coming.

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Are you a cold-hearted fundraiser or a warm-hearted facilitator?


The flow chart below makes me very uncomfortable. Here’s why: Science and experience have led me to realize that a donor’s objective is usually, first and foremost, to find meaning in their life through giving and to feel good knowing their legacy gift will make an impact.

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Three Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue in Your #npcomm Work

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

On more than a few occasions, I’ve told friends and family that the gift I most want on my birthday or Mother’s Day is to NOT be asked to make a decision. I make what feels like a million decisions in managing work and family, and it’s exhausting.

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Some people find me abrasive. Here’s why.


Recently I was told, “Greg, you are one strong cup of coffee.” ” I like that. Here’s why I am the way I am: 1. I believe life is very, very short. Both of my parents died in their 60’s. One of my best friends died last year at 54. I am 47. I think the fundraising sector needs to change, now! I don’t have time to wait. Today could be my last day. I have a tremendous sense of urgency. I believe I need to get things done now! I guess that makes me a bit abrasive.

No One Wants More Email

The Agitator

That’s just one of the basic premises of our new book Start Over explores. The problem with getting the manuscript off to the publisher is that new research findings keep coming in. So, another chapter or two have to be re-written. Let me explain.

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10 Tech Innovations That Will Revolutionize the Sector

J Campbell Social Marketing

The nonprofit technology landscape moves so quickly, it’s hard to keep up. Technology in the nonprofit space means more than simply posting on Facebook or getting set up with the best CRM.

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Ep215: Why Your Cause Should be Active on Instagram

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Jeremy McGilvrey , an entrepreneur, author and trainer who's amassed a massive audience on Instagram. Jeremy is here to share his advice on how causes can use the Internet's hottest property to recruit and engage supporters and to raise money.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Stacy Harbaugh

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Stacy Harbaugh. 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!

The most powerful motivators of major gifts and legacy gifts.


Remembrance. Honor. Memorialize. Pay tribute. Fairness. Right wrongs. Give back. Hormones. Oxytocin “the love hormone” Cortisol for focus. Brain. Neurons transmitting information. Mirror neurons support empathy. Religion. Find meaning. Satisfy dictates. Allay guilt. Social.

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Spotlight On Sustainers: Part 2

The Agitator

Today we focus on research-based best practices — not anecdotes and tribal wisdom — of what produces significant results in launching and growing sustainer programs.

How to Get People to Raise Money for Your Nonprofit on Facebook – Part 1

J Campbell Social Marketing

Social media fundraising is getting easier, thanks to some great new Facebook features designed specifically to make it easier for nonprofits to raise money on the social network.

The Kinds of Meetings Communications Directors Need

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Another day, another meeting. Or three, or five. When you literally have to schedule time on your calendar to think, that means you are in too many meetings. But meetings aren’t all bad. They are a great tool for collaboration when used well.

Do major and legacy gift fundraisers need ‘sales managers’?


The private sector has sales managers for their revenue generation teams. The nonprofit sector, not so much. Sales managers are responsible for: Meeting sales/revenue and profitability targets. Planning and budgeting. Hiring and firing. Training and coaching. Analyzing and evaluating people and data. Setting goals for others. Leading and motivating. Dealing with problems during crises. Taking the heat when things go wrong.

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Direct Mail … You Know You Like It!

The Agitator

OK, we’ve devoted most of this week to ‘alternative’ fundraising … peer-to-peer and email fundraising. Time to end the week with a simple reminder about old-fasioned direct mail. Who reading this post doesn’t enjoy receiving real mail?

Online Awareness Campaigns for Your Nonprofit – What Works and How to Do It!

J Campbell Social Marketing

To cut through the clutter and get your message heard on digital channels, especially social media, can seem like a Herculean feat.

Ep216: How Whirlpool is Cleaning Up a Major Attendance Problem in Schools

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Alison McArthur , Community Achieves Coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Schools about the The Whirlpool Care Counts laundry program.

What’s missing from most nonprofit mission statements?


Last week I wrote a post that ruffled some feathers. I do that from time to time. It’s probably because everything I think, write and create begins with the donor in mind — not the fundraiser. Sorry.

How To Organize For Miracles

The Agitator

“Craver, it’s perfectly fine to believe in miracles, but let me tell you, it sure helps to organize for them.”

How to Get People to Raise Money for Your Nonprofit Using Facebook

J Campbell Social Marketing

In last week’s post, 3 Facebook Features Designed to Help You Fundraise , I highlighted just three of the Facebook features that are making social media fundraising a little bit easier for your nonprofit.

Ep214: A Look Back at Our Favorite Shows From the Past 200 Episodes

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan I talk to.each other! Don't worry. We're sure you'll enjoy it because we're belatedly celebrating the show's 200th show with a look back at our favorite episodes of CauseTalk Radio. Here are the must-listen shows that Megan and I picked.

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How to Run a Great Text Giving Campaign

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Abby Jarvis. If you are thinking of starting a text giving campaign, Abby Jarvis of Qgiv is here today to share some tips on how to make it successful. Kristina. Guest Post by Abby Jarvis. Next time you’re at a restaurant or sporting event, take a look around.

An insider snapshot of what it’s like to work at MarketSmart


Recently one of my staff reminded me of this article written by Zach Shefska (one of our staff at MarketSmart). He wrote it back during Thanksgiving. But I thought I’d share it with my readers so they could get a glimpse into what it’s like to work here at MarketSmart. Zach was also featured on episode 130 of the Side Hustle School Podcast.

More On Peer-To-Peer Fundraising

The Agitator

At The Agitator , we pride ourselves on eclecticism and mixing it up. Therefore, when we publish two posts in a row on the same theme it constitutes a trend!

The modern day office-It goes with us everywhere.

Wild Woman Fundraising

I used to love bringing my computer everywhere! But now, the modern day office-It goes with us everywhere. Even on vacation. Even when we’re with our families. It has invaded every aspect of our lives, even when we’re on the toilet, we’re responding to texts and answering emails.

Don’t Be a Stranger

Ann Green

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard much lately from the nonprofits I support. There’s been a scattering of updates, e-newsletters, action alerts, and appeals. But mostly – silence. I know it’s quieter time, but that doesn’t mean you need to go AWOL. You should be communicating with your donors at least once a month. In fact, the period between campaigns is an excellent time to reach out. You don’t want to be a stranger.

When Am I ‘On the Record’ With a Journalist?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When preparing a member of your nonprofit’s team for an interview, you invariably spend time coaching them on what to say and how to act when the camera is rolling or when the reporter is scribbling notes.

Make Your Brand Values Active!

Mission Minded

Lukewarm, generic, uninspiring—these words should never describe your brand values. Yet, many nonprofit organizations continue to use solitary words as their values. It’s tempting to follow suit because, by definition, words like respect, transparent, and honest provide a solid foundation for your organization. Yet, solitary words as brand values often lack individuality and impact. They […]. The post Make Your Brand Values Active! appeared first on Mission Minded.

“I Asked A Simple Question Online This Week”

The Agitator

“I Asked a Simple Question Online” wrote Tom Ahern earlier this week. Here’s the question the master donor communicator asked: “Which charity is doing the most for Syrian refugees?” ” The answers were anything but simple. Here’s what he found out and he’s given The Agitator permission to reprint the whole sorry story verbatim from his original post. Revealed? Is there a fatal flaw in old-style charity rating systems?

Supercharge your Monthly Giving Interview with Kenita Pierce-Lewis

Wild Woman Fundraising

Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and today I am so proud and pleased to be interviewing Kenita Pierce-Lewis, the founder and the CEO of Hope, INC. That’s Helping Other People Be Empowered.

Don’t Be Part of the Noise – Make Your Email Messages Stand Out

Ann Green

Email is usually the primary mode of communication for nonprofits and there’s a reason for that. It’s fast, easy, relatively inexpensive, and almost everyone has an email address. You can quickly get a message out to a lot of people. But guess what? You’re not the one sending email.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s wind down with some Mixed Links… John Rampton shares 8 Tiny Changes to Make Your Life 10 Times More Enjoyable. Social media not getting the results you want? Try this Social Media Marketing Checklist: 16 Common Mistakes to Avoid.