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Photos to Fire Up Year-End & Protect Privacy

Getting Attention

Flickr: AFGE. Dear Nancy: Our last two year-end campaigns were centered around client stories, each powered by a photo or two. We got fantastic feedback on these stories and I planned to feature similar profiles this year.

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We’ll Keep Up With It All So You Don’t Have To

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I was recently emailing with someone who worked in a fast-paced, for-profit job for years but said she was finding that “nonprofit marketing has A LOT of moving parts.” ” Sound familiar?

4 Steps to Year-End Balance, Energy, & Focus (Beth Kanter)

Getting Attention

There’s no better gift than learning from a friend. And what a treat I had recently, learning self-care at work techniques from Beth Kanter , a fellow speaker at the JCamp 180 conference. We all know how pressured year-end is, especially on the fundraising side.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! These conferences range in size, location, and topic.

12 Ways to Add More Hygge to Your Office

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you are on Instagram or Pinterest at all, you can’t help but run into a lot of hygge-inspired photography. The photo at the top of this post isn’t mine, but the smaller ones below are.)

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My Failures of 2018- What’s in YOUR pot of foolishness?

Wild Woman Fundraising

What is in YOUR pot of foolishness? Recently i went to the Seattle art museum with my friend Vanessa Chase. This is a picture of one of my favorite exhibits, made with the active participation of people whose culture this is.

5 Digital Fundraising Trends for Nonprofits in 2019

J Campbell Social Marketing

Planning for 2019 is in full swing, so it’s time to assess current and upcoming trends in digital fundraising and how your nonprofit can leverage them for maximum impact. Before we begin, please note: This is not a TO DO list!

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2018's Best Giving Tuesday Campaigns


With Giving Tuesday behind us, it's time to highlight just a few of the organizations who ran stellar campaigns, activated supporters, and beat their fundraising goals. Successful fundraising campaigns come in many shapes and sizes, and not every tactic works for every organization's audience.

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The Secret Ingredient That Will Help Your Next Media Pitch Stand Out

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Volunteers can often be great spokespeople for nonprofits that are looking to tell their stories in the media. Creative Commons photo courtesy of DC Central Kitchen). Nonprofits face an uphill battle when they pitch stories to the media.

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10 most popular posts of 2018

Wild Woman Fundraising

If you’ve ever wondered what the most popular posts are in this fundraising blog- which is increasingly becoming a career blog, and a leadership blog, well, wonder no longer! I give you: The 10 most popular articles of 2018 plus ONE MORE.

My Most Popular Posts of 2018

J Campbell Social Marketing

I wrote over 60 blog posts this year, more than exceeding my goal of one per week. To subscribe to the blog and never miss a post, click here. Here are my most popular posts of 2018: Thanking Event Sponsors: 5 Ways to Thank Corporate Sponsors with Social Media (Without Posting Ugly Logos).

8 Annual Reports We Love


Annual Reports are a staple of nonprofit life, but are they worth it?

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Objectives for Your Nonprofit Communications Plan

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In previous posts, I’ve shared with you the twelve most common nonprofit marketing and communications goals and the twelve most common nonprofit marketing and communications strategies. Today let’s talk about the types of objectives you should have in your communications plan. Objectives are the SMART steps you take to achieve a strategy, and at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we prefer to define SMART as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resourced, and Time-Bound.

My 2018 Annual Report

Wild Woman Fundraising

Last week I talked about my mistakes. This week, I bring you my 2018 annual report. This is a chance for me to tell you what I’ve done this year that I’m proud of. And things I’m so grateful for! Favorite twitter jokes of 2018? I got you.

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Top 3 reasons why major gift or legacy gift officers don’t have enough face-to-face meetings with donors


I hear a lot of people complaining about gift officers not meeting with enough donors. Usually, these complaints come from people who don’t really do much face-to-face fundraising on their own. Instead, interestingly, they manage people who do.

How Can My Small Nonprofit Cut Through the Clutter and Reach More People?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Every Monday I will create a short video answering a question from a member of the Nonprofit Social Media Storytelling Group. We call it #MailbagMonday! Check back every Monday inside the Group to see if I answer your question! .

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance


The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) works to protect the rights and improve the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment and education. This year they're celebrating 30 years of serving the region. With programs ranging from education, sports, income generation and more, we’re proud to stand with such an incredible organization! Earlier this month I spoke with MECA’s Development Director, Deborah Agre, to talk about some recent campaigns as well as year-end strategy!

A nonprofit’s guide to bringing fundraising events online


We often talk about how the modern nonprofit is bringing an increasing number of events and fundraising efforts ‘online.’ But what does that all really mean? How do you take something that’s so tangible and experiential and get that same energy for the components you move online?

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3 simple steps to break your transactional, spray-and-pray fundraising addiction


Nonprofits tend to get addicted to transactions. Of course addictions are hard to break. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be broken at all.

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How to Address Common Digital Content Creation Challenges

J Campbell Social Marketing

Every Monday I will create a short video answering a question from a member of the Nonprofit Social Media Storytelling Group. We call it #MailbagMonday! Check back each Monday inside the Group to see if I answer your question! .

What Comes Next

Ann Green

I imagine most of you have sent out your year-end appeal. You may think your work is done for now, but it’s not. In fact, what comes next is even more important, especially if you want to keep your donors for a long time. Fundraising isn’t just about raising money.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – December 7, 2018

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

SpringHouse. Lake Martin, AL Who is ready for the weekend? And who is ready for the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising? This week I have social media inspiration, nonprofit blogs to read, email ROI, and ELMO.

Webinar Recap: 5 ways to get in front of your post-campaign planning


Didn’t get a chance to check out our webinar about post-campaign planning? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered

5 Simple Steps for Fundraising Success Thanks to Marc Pitman


A Welcome Discovery! I came across this terrific little book while I was home, nursing a really bad cold this past week. I bought it a long time ago but somehow failed to read it. Big mistake! It’s titled Ask Without Fear, written by Marc Pitman and it’s a dandy!

How to Create Your 2019 Digital Content Strategy

J Campbell Social Marketing

Welcome to the fifth episode of Nonprofit Social Media Nerds , where we discuss and demo social media tools, tech, tips, and tricks.

Some Observations From the Year-End Fundraising Season

Ann Green

We’re right in the thick of year-end fundraising season. If you have a campaign underway, I hope it’s going well for you, although it may be too early to tell. A good fundraising campaign is more than just sending out a bunch of appeals and hoping the donations come in.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – November 30, 2018

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Cosmos. Orange Beach, AL Happy Friday, friends! Once again I have found the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising to share you with good people.

How to modernize your next nonprofit capital campaign


In the past, financial hardships were an isolating and often insurmountable challenge, but with technology tools like GoFundMe, people can now tap into their community of friends and family to share their struggle and make real change in their personal life.

Exciting addition to the team!


On December 3rd , we shared an exciting announcement that nonprofit fundraising veteran, Dan Doyle is joining our Fundraising Report Card team!

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4 Ways to Retain More Online Donors With Your Thank You for Giving Redirect Page

J Campbell Social Marketing

On Twitter recently, Pamela Grow was asking around for some examples of stellar donor thank you redirect pages. The thank you redirect page, also called the confirmation page, is the page on your website where a donor is sent immediately after making an online donation.

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The Best Answer I’ve Ever Heard to “What Does Leadership Mean to You?”

Fundraising Report Card

“What does leadership mean to you?” Ever since we started hiring for four positions at once, I’ve been asking a lot of candidates this question. if you’re reading this, checkout our current open positions!) Well, I think it means not being afraid to roll up your sleeves every once in a while and doing … Continue reading "The Best Answer I’ve Ever Heard to “What Does Leadership Mean to You?”". The post The Best Answer I’ve Ever Heard to “What Does Leadership Mean to You?”

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December is HOT: Pass Sale, Annual Reports and Mentoring Opportunities

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here’s what’s happening at Nonprofit Marketing Guide this month: Online Training: Save $200 on the Annual All-Access Pass Get access to all of our training webinars, online courses, Private Facebook Group and more for 365 days! The All-Access Pass is on sale for $499.

Decent Humans: Caryn Henning at MDRT Foundation


Decent Humans is what we call the incredible community we witness on CrowdRise each and every day doing amazing things for good. And each month, we’re going to highlight a Decent Human in the nonprofit world that’s devoting their time and passion to giving back and making a difference.

Imagine: One extra call each day.


I simply love inspirational quotes. Here’s one I recently came across from Thomas Edison. He once said, “The successful person has a habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do.” ” That led me to think about calling donors.

Newsletter: Crush Your Goals with Influencers ; ‘Alexa, Donate to Toys for Tots’ ; The Insanity of the Teddy Bear Toss

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6 Simple Steps To Your Annual Fundraising Audit

Fundraising Report Card

Preparing for the end of year is stressful. Executing your end of your strategy can be even more challenging. We get it. No matter what, 2019 will be here before you know it, and the beginning of the calendar year is a great time to audit your annual fundraising performance. The post 6 Simple Steps To Your Annual Fundraising Audit appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – November 23, 2018

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US. I am so thankful for you, I have put together the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising.