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Don’t Feel Like Working? #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I worked out this morning, had a call, answered some emails, sent an email, stopped for lunch, took my dog for a walk, aaaand now I am crashing and don’t feel like doing the many other things on my to-do list for today.

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10+ Ideas for a Nonprofit Social Media Intern

J Campbell Social Marketing

During the last live session of Social Media for Social Good Academy, there was a lot of discussion around work study students and social media interns. . What kinds of projects should they work on? How to make the work meaningful?

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Do Your Nonprofit’s PR Efforts Include Diverse Audiences?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Flickr Creative Commons photo. When I advise nonprofits on how to build effective media relations strategies on a modest budget, I preach the importance of being focused.

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What You Can Do About “The Social Dilemma”

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

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The worst way to start a conversation with a donor.


“Did you get the [information, brochure, or letter] I sent?” ” Has anyone really had great success starting an outreach call with this question?

Your Nonprofit Website: The Importance of User Experience

Ann Green

User experience is one of the core components of a long-lasting and valuable nonprofit website. Learn more about its importance to help your organization. By Anne Stefanyk. Life is naturally full of both good and bad experiences.

[Guest Posts] 10 Tips for Creating a Highly Effective Planned Giving Appeal

Fundraising Coach

Today's guest post is from planned giving expert Tony Martignetti. Tony is the host of Nonprofit Radio and the creator of the Planned Giving Accelerator. Both as staff and as a consultant, he's helped nonprofits raise over $100 million. You can follow him on Twitter @TonyMartignetti.

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Secrets to a Successful Nonprofit Merger: 3 Reasons Brand is Essential

Mission Minded

When it comes the success of a nonprofit merger, the importance of establishing a strong brand for the new entity cannot be understated. The post Secrets to a Successful Nonprofit Merger: 3 Reasons Brand is Essential appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Branding Nonprofit Communications

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How to Give Your Donors a More Personal Online Thank You Experience

Ann Green

Many people donate online now. There’s a good reason for this. It’s usually fast and easy, or at least it should be. You may be opting for an online only year-end campaign this fall, although I do recommend mailing an appeal letter if you can.

How To Market Your Planned Giving Program

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tony Martignetti. Today Tony Martignetti joins us to talk about marketing your bequests program. Kristina. Guest Post by Tony Martignetti. Many nonprofit communicators shy away from spending much time marketing Planned Giving at their organizations.

Leadership and Fundraising in a Pandemic

Fundraising Coach

This week, I was honored to be the guest on Eliz Greene and Thom Singer's show, The Webinar Talk Show. We talked about leadership, fundraising, events, and sales in a pandemic. I loved Eliz's story about a fundraising appeal that wowed her.

Newsletter: 7-Steps to Deliver a ?????????? Partnership Experience; A Framework for Speaking Up on Social Issues ; For Some the New MDA Telethon is Unwelcome News

Selfish Giving

Three things this week. What's in a name? A big thank you ??to to everyone who's written back over the past week to share how they want to be addressed in the salutation of this newsletter. It's nice to be on a first name basis with more of you! Access to paywalled articles.

Launching Your Brand Digitally: 5 Tips for Success

Mission Minded

A detailed digital brand launch plan will help you communicate more effectively with your current supporters and reach new audiences sooner. The post Launching Your Brand Digitally: 5 Tips for Success appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Digital Nonprofit Branding Nonprofit Web

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Segmenting Your Donors is More Important Than Ever

Ann Green

A few weeks ago I mentioned one of the themes for your fundraising and communications this year should be this is more important than ever. I don’t need to remind you we’re not living in normal times.

Is Email More Inspiring Than Social Media?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

According to the newly released 2020 Global Trends in Giving Report , it is! This surprised me as our Nonprofit Communications Trends Surveys usually has nonprofit communicators ranking social media as more important than email. Maybe it’s time for that mindset to switch?

How NOT to write a fundraising letter

Fundraising Coach

Have you ever written a fundraising letter? A fundraising letter you felt really proud about? One that presented your nonprofit in an amazing light. That showed how good you were working in your cause. One that was sure to convince donors to give to you? I have too.

Newsletter: Coors Seltzer Launches Volunteer Program for Clean Rivers ; How to Bypass Gatekeepers & Reach Decision Makers ; Nonprofit Marketing Lessons From a Tiny Newsletter

Selfish Giving

I have a simple request this week. Hop over to your inbox and look at the salutation at the top of the email newsletter I send you ever week. Does it include your first name? Am I spelling your name correctly? Do you prefer I call you by something else?

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The Why and How of Your Next Strategic Plan

Mission Minded

Strategic planning is the process—and result—of focusing the intelligence of your staff and leadership on making your organization’s optimal future a reality. The post The Why and How of Your Next Strategic Plan appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Communications Strategic Planning

Get Ready to Pour on the Gratitude

Ann Green

You may have started working on your year-end appeal. Just as important, if not more important, is planning how you’ll thank your donors. . Some of the themes of 2020 should be – this is more important than ever and planning ahead. Many organizations leave thanking their donors as a last-minute to-do item and it shows. You can’t do that this year, as well as in future years. You may have a harder time getting donations right now.

What’s Going on at Your Desk Right Now?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Are you on a Zoom call? Answering emails? Crossing another task off your to-do list? Eating lunch at your desk?

How to Create A Content Curation Strategy for Your Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

The most effective and efficient nonprofit social media managers know that hand-crafting every piece of social media content from scratch is not practical, nor is it realistic.

Newsletter: Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Sponsorships ; Special Olympics Asks Brands to ‘Put Your Ad Here’ ; Bicycle Company Offers Reparation Pricing

Selfish Giving

We had so much fun at the Learning Club last week! We talked about personal branding and social impact career growth. 40+ people joined us. I especially want to thank our special guest, Lisa Anastasi from the USO.

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3 Ways Your Next School Strategic Plan Can Break the Mold

Mission Minded

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to strategic planning. To inspire your community to action, you need an inspired strategic plan! The post 3 Ways Your Next School Strategic Plan Can Break the Mold appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Independent Schools Strategic Planning

A Quick Guide to Google My Business for Startups and SMEs


A Quick Guide to Google My Business for Startups and SMEs. by Angharad Miller. Are you an SME or start-up business looking to find out more about Google My Business? You’re in the right place. Google My Business: A Great Opportunity for Your Small Business or Startup.

Nonprofit Brand and Style Guide [Video Tour]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A nonprofit brand and style guide is right up there with an editorial calendar as a top tool for nonprofit communications pros. Here are some of the core elements you might include in yours: Brand Guidelines (colors, fonts, logo use, etc.)

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A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Tricia Maddrey Baker

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tricia Maddrey Baker. Here is the latest submission for our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator. Tricia Maddrey Baker is still working at home. Let’s see how she is adapting.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – October 16, 2020

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Bow and Arrow. Auburn, AL. Capping off my birthday week with the most helpful articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising.

Jump Start Your Style Guide and Creative Brief

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we’ve been exploring new ways to provide training and coaching, in addition to our training webinars and Communications Director Mentoring Program.

Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for October 2020

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Need some ideas for social media updates, blog posts, newsletter articles, or other content for October? Today’s post will help. These ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter*.

The Words I Removed from My Book

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I just completed revising “The Nonprofit Marketing Guide” and the new edition will be out in Spring 2021. I made several updates to word choices and language — the book is 10 years old and our language has certainly evolved!

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Rebecca Barrack

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Rebecca Barrack. Here is the latest submission for our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator series. This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. Rebecca Barrack works mostly at home with some time in the office. Let’s see how she does it.

Some Questions to Ask Yourself When Your Workload is Too Overwhelming

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Through the Nonprofit Communications Director Mentoring Program , I talk to a lot of communications directors who feel overwhelmed. I thought it might be helpful to you for me to share some of the questions I ask when I am coaching them.

The 23 CALMing Actions to Go from BUSY to CALM

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

CALM not BUSY is the framework we created to help you understand how to manage your nonprofit’s communications work for maximum effectiveness. You should work on being more Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical (CALM) and less Bogus, Unrealistic, Sidestepping, and Yoked (BUSY).

What Managing Expectations Can Look Like

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A lot of the conversations I am having with nonprofit communications directors can be lumped under the category of “managing expectations.” ” That includes expectations from your boss and coworkers about what you do — or could do — as the communications lead.

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What’s Your Comms Plan for Election Week?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As Kristina and I were planning out our fall training schedule and editorial calendar, we moved everything important off of the week of November 2 – 6, 2020.

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Can’t Stop for an Hour? Enroll in These Shorter Online Courses Instead

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We know there are A LOT of webinars being offered right now including ours. Even before COVID happened we already knew how busy you were so we have always had training available 24/7.

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What We’ve Got Cooking This October: A Writing Workshop, Better Thank You Notes, and Pumpkin Muffins

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

What? I felt like I had to include an actual recipe with that title. Here’s what’s happening this month at Nonprofit Marketing Guide…. Online Training: October 6: The Seven Styles of Nonprofit Writing MASTER CLASS with Kivi Leroux Miller.