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July 23 Free Webinar: Launch Team of Passionate Messengers

Getting Attention

Learn how to ask, train, and support your team in this free webinar on July 23. Register now. We all have an incredible resource right in front of us — our colleagues, board, donors, volunteers, and members.

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How to Get People to Share Your Nonprofit Video on Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

You’ve undoubtedly heard that to amplify your nonprofit marketing, you need a strategy to create and share great videos on your website and social media channels. Video is the best performing content type on social. Having videos on your website increases the time spent on the site by 71%.

6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer and Still Get Work Done

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I don’t know about you, but sitting at my desk all day is really hard right now. Like near impossible. Here are a few ways to stay motivated during the sweet summertime months when all of that work still needs to get done. Give more time to strategic thinking and professional development.

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5 open ended questions to get you closer to a gift

Wild Woman Fundraising

What is this groovy book? It’s called Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss. My friend Aaron Levine (of podcast fame) recommended this book recently and I’m SO glad he did.

Creating a Thank You Plan Will Help You Stay Focused on Gratitude All Year Round

Ann Green

Have you seen the recent posts from the Agitator blog about thanking your donors? It’s worth reading, as are all Agitator posts. They cite a study where thank you calls didn’t result in an increase in donations. Thanks, But No Thanks.

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Follow These 7 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Media Relations ROI

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steve Bustin. Now more than ever, journalists need good PR people.

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7 Ways to Create a Culture of Belonging

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’m reading this book called No Hard Feelings, and it’s all about embracing emotions at work. Let me explain to you how I screwed up with this. Long ago, I worked in an animal shelter. I was concerned that I didn’t fit in with my boss or colleagues.

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5 Social Media Survival Strategies for the Small Shop Fundraiser

J Campbell Social Marketing

Are you spending your days creating content for every social media imaginable — and getting very little in return? I was invited to give a presentation on Pamela Grow’s Motivate Monday webinar this week, and the topic was Social Media Survival Strategies for the Small Shop Fundraiser.

Tell the Stories Your Donors Want to Hear

Ann Green

How often do you use stories when you communicate with your donors? Most likely, not enough. That’s a mistake because people respond better to stories. .

Is This an Email, a Meeting or an Instant Message?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We know that nonprofits rely on email and meetings for internal communications — in fact, they over-rely on them!

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NAMEIT! Podcast: Why women have a harder time getting nonprofit leadership roles

Wild Woman Fundraising

In this interview with Aaron Levine, who has a master’s in sociology from Portland State University, we discuss what hegemonic masculinity is- and how it manifests in our nonprofits. Listen here! link]. Show 1: Introduction, Gender Structure and the Workplace.

A digest of last year’s best blog posts (titled ‘The Best Of SmartIdeas’) is now available… for FREE.


If you’ve ever hoped for a digest of my best posts, today is your lucky day! Each year, my staff review the data to determine which posts were viewed and shared the most. Then they pull the copy from the most popular articles to create a brief, easy-to-read digest. You can get it now, for free.

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How to Launch a Grassroots Micro-Influencer Campaign for Your Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

Do you hear the word “influencer” and think of a million dollar campaign? Not anymore! You already have micro-influencers in your online community just waiting to get more involved with your organization!

[Guest Post] Using your data to build real relationships

Fundraising Coach

Today's guest post is from Neon One's Tim Sarrantonio. He's a fundraiser, a database whiz, and regular conference speaker. A more complete bio comes after this article. You can see his most recent thoughts GIFs on Twitter @midwesttgs. How to use data to build authentic relationships with prospects.

You Need an Email Welcome Series

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Whether they are signing up for an email newsletter or donating to your cause, it’s important to make new supporters feel all warm and fuzzy about getting involved with your organization. An email welcome series is a great way to start building relationships that can last.

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Get me Bodied! Making the case for embodied fundraising- Erica Busillo Adams

Wild Woman Fundraising

How we met. I had the great fortune of meeting Mazarine at AFP ICON in March (her trademark spear caught my eye!). But we didn’t meet in a conference session or at a workshop or even at a networking event.

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Here’s what’s missing from moves management.


Something about the term moves management has always made me feel uneasy. When I first heard the phrase I figured it was all about managing the moves fundraisers make to get donors to move forward in the decision-making process, and I was right.

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3 Quick Tips on Creating Social Media Video that Stands Out

J Campbell Social Marketing

Social media video continues its dominance over all other social media content, solidifying its role as a critical and crucial element in any nonprofit digital marketing plan. . In case you (or your supervisor or Board members) are not convinced: .

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Entice Your Donors With Visual Stories

Ann Green

In these days of information overload, it can be hard to get your donors’ attention. In my last post, I wrote about the importance of telling stories. Written stories are great, but since donors get so many messages from different sources they may not want to read another word. .

Time Saver: Online Press Conferences & Media Events

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Technology is challenging the way people gather for meetings. That’s why online press conferences and media events are a growing trend in the busy news world.

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Why asking for a degree in fundraising is a bad idea

Wild Woman Fundraising

In the last several years, I have seen a disturbing trend. It’s requiring degrees in a discipline that seems to require experience more than a degree to do well. For instance. Outreach. I have a friend who has 20+ years experience in outreach, but no college degree.

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How to get your donors to respond to you WITHOUT asking them to respond to you


Does polite persistence really work any more? When I first got into sales, my uncle told me that polite persistence was the key to achieving results. He said that I needed to be gentle but tenacious. Like water dripping on a rock again and again until it finally wears away the stone.

Are your donors missing the picture?

Fundraising Coach

When you send an email, are your donors missing the picture? Seriously. Many may not have images automatically open. So all you get it a weird blank space. And possibly some words. Those words are the "alt" text.

How to Stay on Track for the Rest of the Year

Ann Green

Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year? I hope your fundraising and communications are going well so far. If not, you’re not alone. According to the 2019 Giving USA report, overall giving is down 1.7%. 5 Key Takeaways from the 2019 Giving USA Report.

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Goals for Internal Communications at Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

What are your internal communications goals? Not sure? It’s time to figure it out and create some, just like you create goals for external communications.

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How to take the next step in your fundraising career

Wild Woman Fundraising

What’s the next step for you in your fundraising career? How can you figure out where you want to go? I help people with this question all the time.

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Are you a dictatorial boss or a dynamic nonprofit leader?


I think too many nonprofit leaders don’t really know how to lead. Instead they just boss people around. Having a title means you have authority. But authority isn’t the same as leadership. In fact, too often people get into positions of authority only to become dictators, not leaders.

What Nonprofit leaders need to know about the brain

Fundraising Coach

Nonprofit work is stressful. So often we go about our work without realizing the effects of that ongoing stress on our brains. But Jessica Sharp does. The founder of Sharp Brain Consulting , Jessica helps leaders and the people they serve.

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Did You Meet Your Fundraising Goal?

Mission Minded

Did you meet your fundraising goal? If not, take a look at your brand. For many nonprofits, when your fiscal. The post Did You Meet Your Fundraising Goal? appeared first on Mission Minded.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 28, 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Toups Meatery. New Orleans, LA It’s Friday! Before we get to the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising, I wanted to remind you about our Summer All-Access Pass Sale.

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Newsletter: Should Partners Make a Minimum Commitment? ; GameStop Salutes ‘The Brave’ with POS Fundraiser ; ACLU is Rocking Instagram Without Photos

Selfish Giving

Newsletter reader Trish Conklin , Director of Corporate Sponsorships at One Warm Coat , had a great idea for a survey question: Does your nonprofit require corporate partners to make a minimum revenue commitment?

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Giving increased.7% but you won’t hear anyone celebrating and that’s really too bad


Remember when the Lilly School predicted at least a $13 billion drop in giving due to the Trump Tax Cut (which would have taken us to $376 billion)? Instead, we saw a.7% rise in real dollars to $427.71 billion. They should have egg on their faces for their doomsday prediction.

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Giving headlines should grab your attention, but not for the reasons you think

Fundraising Coach

Private coaching clients have been emailing me the doom and gloom articles on the latest Giving USA report. Giving was up about $3 billion but when adjusted for inflation, giving was down in 2018. This should grab our attention. But not for the reasons you think.

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What Fundraising and Strength Training Have in Common

Ann Green

About a year and a half ago I started doing strength training with a personal trainer. My initial assessment was humbling, to say the least, and at the beginning, there were several times I wondered “Why am I doing this?”. But I’ve benefited so much.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – July 5, 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For those of you actually at work today, welcome! I, too, am not taking a long weekend after the holiday so I can bring you the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising.

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Newsletter: Why Companies Can't Aid Migrants at the Border ; ALDI Asks Shoppers to ‘Pay Your Quarter Forward’; Tito’s Vodka Gives Employees ‘Joy Budget’ to Support Causes

Selfish Giving

We got a great response to our new survey question on nonprofits that require or request a minimum revenue commitment from corporate partners.

Why major and legacy donors think your fundraising communications stink!


First, it is not all your fault. Well then, can we blame it on leadership? Leadership should share the burden of blame because fundraisers tend to feel a lot of pressure to do what’s always been done. In many cases they are driven (by leadership) to avoid trying anything new in case it doesn’t work.

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