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Learn How to Measure Communications Effectiveness

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

STARTS TOMORROW! Measuring the effectiveness of your communications work can be confusing. But your work as a nonprofit communicator is essential to your nonprofit’s success. And it’s time for you to prove it by showing them what actually works (and what doesn’t). Join us tomorrow and learn how to prove how essential your work is during our next two-part webinar series: Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Communications Work.

Are you avoiding your donors?


Too often I’ve seen some ‘fundraisers’ do whatever they can to avoid actually talking to donors. “I can’t call ’em yet. I’m waiting for the wealth screening.'” ” “I really should send a letter to first.”

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Need Something Like Canva But for Video?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofits love Canva for creating quick, good-looking graphics. Don’t you wish there was something just as quick and easy for video? I know I do. Yes, I have video editing software, but sometimes it’s overkill and takes too long to work through.

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Share G.R.E.A.T. Stories to Advance Your Goals

Getting Attention

Best Buddies International. Like many of you, I’ve been working with storytelling for more than a decade now. And, like many of you, I know we need to do it better. We use too many over-simplified stories—black-and-white stories that don’t ring true.

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7 Tips to Make This Year Your Best #GivingTuesday Ever


#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Whether you’re still putting together your plan, or just double checking to make sure that everything is ready to go, here are seven tips to decrease your stress and increase your fundraising this year.

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Here’s your magic wand for our nonprofit future

Wild Woman Fundraising

Fun fact- I used to work for a psychic hotline. My psychic hotline name was… Maxine Future. Pretty funny, huh? In seriousness though, this interview will help you predict the future. Really. Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball to let you know what is going to happen?

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – October 12, 2018

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Before we get into the finest links of the land, it’s my birthday this weekend and we are celebrating by inviting all of you to become All-Access Pass Holders AND save $200 while you’re at it.

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GUIDE: Voter Registration Campaigns for Nonprofits


For nonprofits which engage in advocacy around civic engagement or political issues, voter registration drives are a great tool for activating your volunteer base, deepening relationships within your community, and increasing local democratic participation.

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My Simplest Explanation of How Engagement Fundraising Works


Engagement fundraising (a phrase I coined many years ago) is powerful. I’ve been talking about this for about 10 years (ever since I revamped my marketing agency to only work with nonprofits).

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Above the Turmoil

Wild Woman Fundraising

As we end the Nonprofit Leadership Summit this year, I am struck by how much our current time mirrors 1939. if history is indeed repeating itself, what can we say about the current times, and what does this mean for our tactics in the uncertain future?

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Ask the Expert: Starting and Hosting a Podcast

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Podcasts are growing and can be wonderful communications tools for nonprofits. Some causes are using podcasts to share advocacy information with members and supporters, others are repurposing educational and informational content to reach wider audiences.

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Digital Storytelling TODAY

J Campbell Social Marketing

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

5 Easy Ways Nonprofits Can Use Testing to Increase Digital Engagement


There’s no secret trick to instantly improving digital engagement for nonprofits. While it’s important to follow standard best practices, engagement rates depend highly on the preferences of one’s audience, which can vary greatly between nonprofits who serve a diverse array of communities and issues.

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How success and happiness relate to the raising of money


Everyone wants success and happiness in their lives. Sadly, too many people are misled or misdirected by the media and teachers about what success and happiness are really all about.

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This Nonprofit Leadership Summit was the best one yet! You can still get the recordings

Wild Woman Fundraising

The Nonprofit Leadership Summit is over-but if you’re bummed that you missed it, you can still get access to the recordings and the 25 CFRE credits. We have people still wanting the recordings even if they couldn’t be there in person.

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Let’s Get Wiser (and More Awesome) with Age

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s my birthday Sunday! While I am the one turning the big double-four, I want you awesome, hard-working people to have the goodies. And by goodies, I mean EVERYTHING you need to be a smart, amazing nonprofit communications professional for the next year: Practical ideas that work? CHECK!

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A Quick Guide to Using Technology Throughout the Donor Engagement Process

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest post by Amanda Peterson, Enlightened Digital. The way people communicate continues to evolve as technology advances. For nonprofits, this reliance on new technology may mean that it is becoming more and more challenging to maintain effective donor relationships.

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program


If you work at a nonprofit, you know what it feels like to have too much on your plate. You are eager to be as effective as possible, but you can’t do it all by yourself. A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Gift Officers Won’t Make Outbound Calls to Donors


The reasons why fundraisers won’t make outbound calls to donors is because they are: FEARFUL: They fear rejection. CONFUSED: They don’t know what to say. UNDISCIPLINED: They haven’t set aside time in their calendar. DISORGANIZED: They haven’t put a system in place for banging out the calls efficiently. DISTRACTED: Their leadership or colleagues distract them with less important concerns (like meetings to discuss making calls).

5 Unexpected Books for Your Nonprofit Reading List- to have your best year ever

Wild Woman Fundraising

What is it that will set you up for success in 2019? Is it answering another email? Is it connecting with a person “just to talk”? Or is it increasing your mindpower to help your staff take more initiative and be more successful?

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – October 5, 2018

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s October – my favorite month! Let’s kick back with our favorite pumpkin spiced beverages and peruse the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising.

How Will You Welcome Your New Donors?

Ann Green

One of your year-end fundraising goals may be to get new donors. That’s fine, but a better goal is to keep these donors. The retention rate for new donors is a dismal 23%. Put simply, over ¾’s of your new donors won’t donate again.

8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]


When your nonprofit needs a new vendor or consultant, the standard course of action is to send out a Request for Proposal (RFP) - indicating that your organization is interested in receiving information from vendors.

5 simple ways to boost your donate button


As the nonprofit world moves more and more online, organizations are embracing various functionality that not only help to enhance their supporter’s online experience with their cause, but also, their bottom line

Is Growing Good?

Wild Woman Fundraising

In our growth obsessed culture, which worships the tech giants and calls them geniuses for growing often beyond the bounds of what is healthy, or sustainable for the business, should our nonprofits seek to grow? When we raise more, we can do more. Growth is seen as a natural outcome of success in fundraising, but can we sustain the money necessary to continue new positions or programs? Often growth brings problems we are not ready for. Here’s an example.

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Hashtag Hijack: Nonprofits Take Advantage of the #PresidentialAlert

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you live in the United States, you probably received a notification yesterday from FEMA and President Trump. While the system is designed to warn us in case of a national emergency, considering the political climate of today the memes started QUICKLY.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Web Presence for Mobile Donors

Ann Green

By John Killoran . Developing your website and ensuring your donors have the ability to donate to your organization online was a great undertaking for you. You probably saw a spike in donations and donor engagement. But did you know there’s a way to make online giving even more effective?

GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising


It’s no secret that storytelling in the digital age is essential for nonprofits , but the efficacy of stories depends largely on how clearly and strategically they’re communicated to each unique segment of your audience, also sometimes known as a persona.

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Webinar Recap: The Social Guide to Modern Event Fundraising


Didn’t have a chance to catch our webinar The Social Guide to Modern Event Fundraising ? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered

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Come Together: How a Single Video Can Unite Your Organization

Mission Minded

If your school or organization operates on more than one campus a sound strategy is required to ensure you’re seen as a single organization, with a single mission, and a single brand. It can be tempting to talk about the advantages of each location, its unique offerings, or character.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Celeste Kaufman

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Celeste Kaufman. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

How to Stand out in the #GivingTuesday Crowd

Fundraising Report Card

To suggest that fundraising has become saturated would be an understatement. There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States alone, many with overlapping missions and visions. Nonetheless, each works tirelessly to secure your financial contribution. The post How to Stand out in the #GivingTuesday Crowd appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

Our EveryAction Hero: St. John's Hospital Foundation


John's Hospital Foundation has been working since 1999 to support St. John's Medical Center.

8 event fundraising questions answered


Events, whether they’re endurance-based, a-thons, or even dinners and galas, are often the cornerstone of nonprofit fundraising strategies. And for good reason. They’re a powerful way to bring supporters together for your cause.

Issue Revolution Study Reveals Top 5 Social Issues Americans Want Companies to Support [Sponsored]

Selfish Giving

As we head into the fourth quarter of 2018, one can’t help but to look back at what a year it was! Let’s reflect: It was only a little over a year ago that Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast inflicting a record-setting $125 billion in damage to the area.

3 Tips to NAIL Your Year End Board Report

Fundraising Report Card

Take these 3 motifs and apply them over the next few months. You can do this, your board will be appreciative, and your organization will grow stronger because of it. The post 3 Tips to NAIL Your Year End Board Report appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – September 28, 2018

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Auburn, AL. It’s “Ask a Stupid Question Day” so let me ask you this: Are you ready for the finest articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising? Of course you are!