Our Top Ten Blog Posts of 2014

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report [Infographic] (Watch for the 2015 version in early January!). Here are the top ten blog posts we published so far this year, according to unique page views in Google Analytics.

Priority 2014: Recommit to Your Privacy Policy

Getting Attention

As I combed the infinite number of 2014 marketing recommendations shared in recent weeks, I was surprised to see this one— review, revise and recommit to your privacy policy. Relationship Building 2014 prediction nonprofit branding Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing privacy policy

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10 Nonprofit Social Media Resolutions for 2014 (part 1)

J Campbell Social Marketing

With technology changing so rapidly and social media moving so quickly, how will you know what to prioritize in 2014? Here are my top 10 nonprofit social media resolutions for 2014: 1) Eliminate silos. It’s not too late to create resolutions for the New Year!

10 Nonprofit Social Media Resolutions for 2014 (part 2 of 2)

J Campbell Social Marketing

With technology changing so rapidly and social media moving so quickly, how will you know what to prioritize in 2014? Here are the last 5 of my top 10 nonprofit social media resolutions for 2014 (the first 5 are here ): 6) Less is more. Part 1 of this two-part series is here.

Forecast Of 2014 Giving

The Agitator

This week the Atlas of Giving released their most recent month-by-month giving forecast for 2014. I talked to Rob Mitchell, Atlas’ CEO, to get his take on 2014 results to date and his insights on what.

3 Things To Do Instead of Facebook Marketing in 2014

J Campbell Social Marketing

Here are 3 things that your organization can focus on in 2014 instead of Facebook. It also includes time to actively promote your organization’s blog – make sure to include that in your marketing plans for 2014. What are you nonprofit’s marketing plans for 2014?

The Secret to Raising More in 2014

Fundraising Coach

Every week, I have a conversation like this with a nonprofit leader: Nonprofit Leader: "We need to find new donors." (As As though there''s a magic bullet, a secret place to find new donors.). Me: "Why do you want to find new donors?".

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T Your Way to Donor Retention

Getting Attention

Donor retention is an absolute priority (again) for 2014. Fundraising: Innovations & Research 2014 priority Blackbaud donor retention Frank Barry fundraising Yet the path to donor retention success remains elusive for so many organizations. How about yours?

Our Top 10 Posts from 2014

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Here at Network for Good, we’re reflecting on 2014 and planning for the upcoming year. But before we dive into 2015, we want to share with you our top blog posts from 2014.

Nonprofits – Get Out The Vote!

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofits Election 2014 Gloria Steinem Lena Dunham Vote As nonprofit professionals and those who work in the sector, it is our obligation to vote and to get our constituents to vote today. You know that you vote easily on other, trivial matters – American Idol ring a bell?

Nonprofits, are you still doubting the power of social media?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Infographics Social Media Infographic social media Social Media 2014 Statistics Still doubting the power of social media? Check out this neat interactive infographic from Digital Insights.

Nonprofit Thank You Videos – Binge Watch Here!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ve started my 2014 Playlist of Nonprofit Thank You Videos. I am so excited about next week, not only because it’s Thanksgiving, but because this is when we see a huge wave of nonprofit thank you videos being released. And I LOVE THESE THINGS.

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Most Important Social Media Sites to Nonprofits in 2015

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In the 2014 report, nonprofits predicted Instagram would be the social network they would add next to their repertoire, and they appear to have followed through in this 2015 data.

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Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In my Nonprofit Technology News Celebrity Forecasts for 2014 , one of the most cited themes among charity leaders was the importance of multi-channel fundraising. TechSoup Storymakers 2014 Contest. The contest deadline is September 26, 2014 , so get shooting! Jim Lynch.

The 5 Best Nonprofit Digital Stories from TechSoup’s Storymakers Contest

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of TechSoup’s Storymakers 2014 contest and to share some words on their behalf. Alexandra Ale Bezdikian. TechSoup’s annual Storymakers contest had some great entries this year.

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7 Ways to Make 2014 the Year of the Donor

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

You can improve the odds of keeping more of your supporters by declaring 2014 the Year of the Donor. How will you make 2014 the Year of the Donor? The good news is that giving continues to grow. The bad news is that donor retention rates aren’t what they should be.

5 Cold Calling Tips to Meet Your Fundraising Goals


The fundraising call has always been a staple of donor outreach. However, changes + advancements in the ways you communicate with your audience means adjusting your approach to the dreaded cold call.

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Give in the Moment: Our Favorite #UNselfies of #GivingTuesday (so far)


At last, #GivingTuesday is upon us! In case you don''t know, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is dedicated to giving back after all of the indulgences of the days before.

Why Donation Pages for Nonprofits Usually Suck


Right now, thousands of donors are being scared, confused, bored, or straight up turned away from donating online

Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015


Believe it or not, it''s already time to start planning for the wealth of marketing, education, and networking opportunities for nonprofits in 2015. nonprofit conferences

50 Best Nonprofit Twitter Accounts to Follow


A frequent assumption is that social media runs itself, but the “build it and they will come” model won’t yield the engagement or impact that you’re looking for.

Best Halloween costumes ever? We dressed up as our favorite nonprofits.


You have just a few hours before your end-of-the-day office costume contest and evening Halloween festivities, but have no idea what to be. Well, we have your back. For the ultimate procrastinator, we''ve got 6 nonprofit costume ideas that you can do with (almost) no planning at all

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12 Nonprofit Donation Pages That Don’t Suck


In our last post, we explained why donation pages on nonprofit websites are repelling potential donors.

This is what's wrong with your nonprofit digital strategy


I’ve read and written hundreds of nonprofit digital strategy documents. As a former consultant for the nonprofit space, “I need to create a digital strategy” was something that I heard almost daily. The problem is that you don’t need a digital strategy. You need a strategy.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lindsay Nichols

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I then had a team meeting with the head of our community foundation program, DonorEdge, and my boss and one of my employees to discuss how we could maximize the social media engagement and blog coverage of the 2014 DonorEdge Learning Community Annual Meeting that had recently taken place.

Blocking Access to Social Media is now “Against Policy”

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

To the Canadian federal “govies” out there that may have missed the memo, a crucial policy instrument called PANDU took effect exactly one year ago (excluding section 6.1.3 , which kicked-in 7 months later). What is PANDU? PANDU stands for Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Nancy Levesque

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In 2014 we partnered with the U.S. Nancy Levesque. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. . Want to be featured in this series?

7 PAC Reporting Errors Your Filing Software Should Help You Avoid


Whether you''ve been filing reports for years or managing your first PAC, you understand the crucial role that filing software plays in making sure the numbers always come out right.

What Board Members Want Staff to Know

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At a recent workshop with more than 200 nonprofit board and staff members, we did an exercise where board members shared what they secretly wanted staff to know on yellow notes, and staff shared what they wanted board members to know on pink notes.

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Sample Calendars: How Often to Send Direct Mail and Email [Video and Download]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I talk about the first part of the training, Calendars That Connect , which we’ll present on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s the question that thousands of nonprofit communications and development staff will be asked over the next several weeks: What’s our version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ?

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Want Better Payoffs From Your Donor Communication? Start Customizing It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Somya Qureshi. Last month we heard from Somya Qureshi from NonprofitNinja.org on the easiest place to get started with collecting data. Today she has some ideas on how to take that donor data and turn it into a communications startegy.

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5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Communications directors and development directors are not magicians or miracle workers, and yet many executive directors and boards seem to think they should be able to pull rabbits out of hats and turn water into wine.

MAKE ME A MATCH: 48 Ways to Ask for a Matching Gift in an Email Fundraising Appeal

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Photo Credit: https://flic.kr/p/aPY4K8. p/aPY4K8. Stuck trying to find new ways to describe your matching gift campaign? Never fear! Use these matching gift phrases in all the right places: Subject line. Preheader. Header. Calls-to-action (be sure to include at least 2 in each email). Sidebars.

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How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here’s yet another great example of how remaking your tired old traditional annual report into something more modern can reap great rewards. Paula Watson-Lakamp, Communications Manager at Poudre River Public Library District , shared how they pared down their 32-page (!!)

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Year-End Fundraising Decisions to Make Now

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’m coaching a fundraising team at a national nonprofit that wants to revamp its annual communications calendar. As part of that process, we are looking at their editorial calendar for their year-end fundraising campaign, which will include direct mail, email, and social media.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Genna Kasun

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Genna Kasun. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Want to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro.

The 7 Deadly Social Media Sins

Social Media Bird Brain

Digiday, which is one of the places I go for social media wisdom, has a great breakdown of the 7 Deadly Sins of social media that may be committed by commercial brands. As often happens, I think it applies to NGOs just as well.

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Danielle Gates

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Danielle Gates. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Danielle Gates is the communications assistant for the marketing and communications department at RedRover.

When your employees go too far on social media…

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I recently did some work for a client that involved looking into recent Canadian legal cases dealing with employees that have been either fired or reprimanded for their conduct on social media platforms.

How to Find a Nonprofit Job After Election Day


The end of the campaign trail is in sight and while it’s hard to think much about anything besides GOTV stats and your campaign team’s eventual glory on November 4th, you can’t help but think: What’s next?

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Your Favorite Fundraising Asks or Offers in Your Appeals?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’m putting together a list of different kinds of fundraising asks or offers, as a prompt to get you thinking about new ways to talk to your donors about supporting your work. It’s part of a new training I’m putting together (more on that later). Here’s my list so far.

So Excited About The Wordifier – And You Should Be Too

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I am sure you are wondering just what The Wordifier is. Oh it’s no big deal really - it just might be one of the coolest communications tools out there. That’s all.

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