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3 simple ways fundraisers can improve their LinkedIn profiles to land more meetings and raise more money


Most fundraiser’s LinkedIn profiles are screwed up! They look like resumes, not invitations. After all, are you trying to raise money or are you looking for another job?

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Brick & Spoon. Orange Beach, AL. Happy Friday! As you’re reading this, I am probably on a tennis court sweating my butt off!

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Free Resources for September

Wild Woman Fundraising

In the last three months I’ve been working hard to get you exclusive content that you won’t get anywhere else. I’ve rigorously interviewed some of the top nonprofit leaders in the field, hoping to get their advice for what we should do NOW- now that we have a lot to fight for.

How Will Hurricane Harvey Affect Year-End Giving?

The Agitator

In 2005 the devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita triggered $6.5 billion in donations and pledges from individual citizens, foundations, and corporations, according to the 2007 Giving USA report, an annual snapshot of American philanthropy.

10 Simple Ways Nonprofits Can Prepare for A Successful #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

#GivingTuesday , the international day of giving, is set for November 28th this year! Last year, the total amount donated on #GivingTuesday was $168 million, up from $116.7 million in 2015. GivingTuesday is certainly growing in popularity, but success on this special giving day comes with a caveat.

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Are Your Fundraising Proceeds Insured?

The Agitator

This morning I’m wondering how many nonprofits in Houston and Florida had their fundraising proceeds protected from the ravages of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by insurance. Frankly, until yesterday this wasn’t a question that would occur to me in a 100 years. But then I received a note from my friend Chuck Longfield , the Chief Scientist at Blackbaud.

Are you a BFF?

Fundraising Coach

I've been seeing a disturbing trend of late: a sharp rise in what I call are BFFs: blunt force fundraisers. Nonprofit leaders willfully skipping planning to jump straight to asking. As the author of Ask Without Fear!® ® , you know I am an advocate for asking.

Could your volunteers solve most of your fundraising problems?


Volunteerism is the gateway drug leading to major giving and legacy gifts. Proof can be found in the 2016 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. The study is based on a survey of U.S.

6 Time-Saving Scheduling Tools Recommended by Fellow Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Scheduling a meeting shouldn’t be hard. But all too often, it feels like: via GIPHY. The back-and-forth is enough to suck your soul dry. Thankfully, there are apps to improve the process.

How to Create a 90-Day Nonprofit Online Marketing Plan (Without Spending Hours On Social Media)

J Campbell Social Marketing

The term “online marketing” can send chills up the spine of even the most seasoned nonprofit professional.

The Importance Of A Donor’s Second Gift

The Agitator

Just how important is a donor’s second gift? Apparently, not very important judging from the scant — or non-existent — attention the subject receives at nonprofit board meetings, not to mention by most CEOs and far too many fundraisers.

Appeal Letter Writing 101

Ann Green

September is here and you know that means. Yes, it’s year-end appeal season – the time many nonprofits rely on to raise a good chunk of their revenue. While your donors will be receiving a multitude of appeal letters, many organizations seem to go on autopilot and send a generic, boring appeal. You can make yours stand out by giving some thought to it. Let’s get back to basics with a little appeal letter writing 101. Make a good first impression.

Are fundraising tricks and gimmicks worth doing?


An old book filled with timeless lessons. I was cleaning out a cabinet last weekend and I came across an old book I read long ago titled Strategic Selling.

Ep230: Lowe's Raises $1.5 Million with In-Store Fundraiser, Will Renovate 50 Boys & Girls Clubs

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to James Frison , Director, Community Relations for Lowe's , about Renovation Across the Nation , an annual $2.5

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6 Ideas to Freshen Up That Busted Blog of Yours

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last month I told you that no, blogging is not dead. But I know several of you read that and replied, “Gee, that’s really great, Kristina. Now tell that to my blog!”

Direct Mail And Hurricanes

The Agitator

With Hurricane Harvey barely in the rearview mirror and with Hurricane Irma churning through Florida, I’m sure every fundraiser who uses the U.S. Postal Service is wondering, “Should I mail or not mail?”

How Nonprofits Can Use LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

J Campbell Social Marketing

LinkedIn may not be the sexiest of the social media platforms, but it may be one of the most powerful for nonprofits. 51% of global NGOs use LinkedIn, according to the 2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report.

FINALLY REVEALED: Dr. Russell James’ secrets to conducting donor surveys


He’s back! And this time he’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects — donor surveys. Sure, I’ve got some experience in this area. MarketSmart has been conducting surveys on behalf of hundreds of nonprofits in 4 countries around the world.

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Why the Canadian Digital Service is a major milestone for Canada.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Over the course of the past two decades there have been numerous initiatives / movements relating to the Government of Canada and the digital space. I can see why it’s hard for people to get excited about yet another one.

How Nonprofit Leaders Should Use Twitter

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofit leaders should be using Twitter! Becoming a thought leader or just a good ED or CEO means listening to and connecting with your constituents regarding your core issues. And the best social media network to use for that is Twitter.

Ep232: PepsiCo’s Anti-Hunger Program Fuels Kids & Innovation

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Matt Smith , Director of PepsiCo’s Food for Good program a purpose-driven business initiative within PepsiCo that tackles child hunger by making healthy food more physically and financially accessible for low-income families.

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A Second Chance for Fundraisers

The Agitator

Relationship Fundraising is like teenage sex: Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it too.

The Donor Rubik’s Cube (Wants, Needs, and Interests) – Episode 9


Greg and Tim discuss donor wants, needs and interests on this episode of Engagement Fundraising. Learn how you as a fundraiser can identify what those are. The post The Donor Rubik’s Cube (Wants, Needs, and Interests) – Episode 9 appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |.

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Thank You 101

Ann Green

Many of you may be working on your year-end appeal, which is great, but have you given any thought to how you’ll thank your donors? Thanking your donors after an appeal (and throughout the year) is equally important, yet many organizations leave this as a last minute to-do item and it shows.

How Nonprofits Can Use Text Messaging

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Alexa Lemzy. Have you tried mobile fundraising or contacting your supporters via text? Alexa Lemzy shares some ways you can get started in today’s post. Kristina. Guest Post by Alexa Lemzy. Texting is one of the most effective ways to communicate to a large number of people.

Ep231: The North Face: 'Walls are Meant for Climbing'

Selfish Giving

Easy Does It!

The Agitator

Despite opposable thumbs and ‘highly developed’ brains we humans are far simpler than most folks want to believe. So, unfortunately, most of us tend to make things more complicated than necessary. Especially some fundraisers. In his post, Easy is better than hard Nick Ellinger of DonorVoice points out the importance of making human brains ‘happy’ And, it’s ‘easy things’ that make brains happy.

My New Engagement Fundraising Podcast: The reviews are in!


Whenever I do something new, I get a little nervous. “Will they like it? Will they “get” it? What if the New Jersey boy in me is too crass?”

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8 Reasons to Attend the Nonprofit Leadership Summit

Wild Woman Fundraising

In just a few short days, the Nonprofit Leadership Summit will Start. If you need 8 Reasons to buy the Nonprofit Leadership Summit ticket today, here they are! . Reason 1: Because you don’t have a consistent method for finding new donors (and unrestricted income) that works .

How @GlennEMartin of JustLeadershipUSA Tweets Like a Boss

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For my September NPMG Tweet Like a Boss webinar, I connected with Glenn E. Martin , President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA , about how he personally uses Twitter to advance his organization’s mission. JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the U.S.

How Texas Businesses are Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

Selfish Giving

Hurricane Harvey was a one-in-a-thousand-year rain event dumping nearly 25 trillion gallons of rainwater on the gulf coast. Most of the affected people were Texans, hearty and independent folk whose pride in their state leads them to take care of their own at a time like this.


Here Comes the DSCC Again … And Again … And Again … And …

The Agitator

About the only fundraising practice I thought disliked more than #GivingTuesday was getting messages in September, two months before the auspicious event, offering advice on how to get ready for #GivingTuesday. But then I got an ‘in your face’ reminder that there indeed was another fundraising purveyor who gives me even greater upset — the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Can Penelope Burk predict the future?


Do you know Penelope Burk? I first found out about Penelope Burk when I was running a marketing agency that solely helped private sector companies (not nonprofits) back in 2009.

Highlights from EveryAction's Inaugural User Summit


Last week, we had the honor of hosting our first ever User Summit in Washington D.C. Over 50 EveryAction partners - including Greenpeace USA , Equality Federation , and National Women's Law Center - joined us at our headquarters for an afternoon filled with panel discussions, product showcases, and ample networking opportunities. We kicked off the day with attendees sharing their current successes and challenges.