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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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10 Exciting Fundraising Ideas for Sports Teams

Fundraiser Ideas

Sports teams often have to raise money for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason your team needs to raise money, here are 10 exciting fundraising ideas for sports teams: Fast Pitch Fundraiser – This is a great fundraiser for baseball teams. Organize your fundraiser at a time when lots of other teams will be in attendance, such as during a tournament. Goal Kick Fundraiser – This is similar to the fast pitch fundraiser but only for soccer teams.

The Best of Social Marketing in 2016

Social Marketing and Social Change

What are some of the best papers published in social marketing this past year? This list of 10 represent the best work I came across in journals outside of the social marketing journals - Journal of Social Marketing and Social Marketing Quarterly.

The Best Cause Marketing of 2011

Cause Related Marketing

Here in date order of the original post are my top eleven Best Cause Marketing Efforts of 2011. A matching number were donated to school children in South Africa. One of the best such efforts came from Budweiser, which asked men to forgo shaving to save water.

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Dunk Tank

Fundraiser Ideas

A dunk tank is a remarkably easy fundraiser , particularly when it comes to school fundraising. A dunk tank fundraiser is best executed not as a standalone event, but in addition to an outdoor community event, such as a town fair or a school’s field day. In a school setting, be sure to ask the principal, the vice principal, the gym teacher and well-liked teachers to participate. The captains of school sports teams might be good choices as well.

10 Engaging, Effective Team Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Team fundraising can help reduce the cost of participation for students and provide much needed funds for activities, equipment, trips and more. The right team fundraising ideas can be fun and educational for students as well as financially lucrative. Here are 10 of the best team fundraising ideas. Car wash fundraisers can provide your group with a chance to build team spirit in a fun, outdoor environment. Team nights at restaurants.

Do You Make Any of These 10 Fundraising Mistakes?

Fundraiser Ideas

Many fundraising teams make the mistake of not considering whom they are targeting when planning what they will sell. It’s best to advertise one to two weeks before to allow your population to schedule for it. Many fundraiser teams underestimate the number of volunteers they need. This can be devastating when the team can’t handle the multitude of guests at the event or reach as many potential buyers to sell products. Mistake #9: Not Training a Fundraising Team.

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Quien es Mas Creative, You or Your Team?

Cause Related Marketing

You’ve got a big pitch coming up, so it’s time to get the team together for a brainstorming session. A team of individuals. The people from the team working individually. Here, then, is a softball of a question: Who will come up with more innovative ideas?

Need a Good Day? Focus on Your Little Wins

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

According to research by Teresa Amabile from the Harvard Business School, your best work days likely include making progress – even if it is just a small win — on work you consider meaningful or important.

Money Can't Buy Love. But It Can Buy Happiness!

Cause Related Marketing

Professor Michael Norton at the Harvard Business School did a series of fun experiments that found that if you spend money right, it can indeed lead to happiness. This time they found that the ‘prosocial’ teams sold more stuff than the ‘personal’ spenders. Then is a sublime twist, they repeated the experiment with dodgeball teams. is dedicated to highlighting and dissecting the best and the worst cause-related marketing promotions and campaigns.

5 Ways to Stay Smart & Engaged

Getting Attention

She got me… The rain was pouring down this morning as our daughter, Charlotte, was getting ready to walk to school, so I caved and drove her. Because as I dropped her off to join the gaggle of noisy, drenched kids waiting outside the middle school, I started thinking.

Case Study: How can you make your letter appeal better?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Over the last several months, I’ve taught her team different things, and we’ve built a relationship. Draft 1 of the letter, page 1. If you’re like most people right now, you’re either sending your appeal letter or writing it furiously, to get it sent out ASAP.

Tough Decision Made In The Best Interest Of Constituents May Be A Good Solution In This Economy

Seeking Grant Money Today

So, sometimes extremely tough decisions are necessary and in the best interest of serving an organization's mission statement (and the benefiting constituency) at any time; during a rough economy, or not. The best decisions are about constiuents and the beneficiaries of our organizations' mission statements. This may be where the organization learns who is a team player and who is focused on the best for the organization's mission statement; and who is not.

3 Surefire Communication Strategies to Follow Your Events

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For example, if you hosted an auction to raise money for new school computers, post an update as soon as those computers are ready for students. This social media strategy works best if your nonprofit already has a developed social media presence. Kerri Moore.

Ask Mazarine: Best Answers on LinkedIn

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here are some questions where my answer got chosen as best answer: “Facebook – serious concerns regarding privacy, where would all the ‘facebook’ users go? Looking at grants received is probably the best bet at first. Would you focus on the environment, helping children, finding cures for diseases?&# – Krzysztof Kolczyk, Team Leader/Designer at Motorola. You’ve Got Answers!

Displaying Multiple Cause Marketing Allegiances

Cause Related Marketing

If you got a t-shirt from participating in a Team in Training race for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to pick on just one, you know what I'm talking about; it’s logo-soup spilled all over the back of your t-shirt.

How can you change the game? Gift Planning for Millenials Guest Post by Christina Attard

Wild Woman Fundraising

Traditional bequest donors often have a history of volunteerism and Millennials are the ultimate volunteers – the Ontario public education system even incorporates volunteer hours into the requirements for a high school diploma! This is an ambitious, team-playing, social generation.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lauren Lawson-Zilai

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

l look through Critical Mention, Google and Vocus alerts for any Goodwill Industries placements and alert GII leadership and local Goodwill staff about anything that might branch nationally or requires follow-up from our team. I send particular news articles to members of the team.

How We Created Our (First-Ever) Brand Identity

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The Team. Working closely with my boss (our president and CEO), I served as project manager—assembling the team, coordinating all input and review, translating between the designers and stakeholders, and making sure we finished on time and within budget. Cindy Olnick.

Do you have a ‘commendation mindset’?


It works well in the workplace, in the military, in schools, and on sports teams. >> 16 simple things your best donors want. Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ” I recently saw that quote and it got me thinking that there’s a lot of talk about donor-centricity and, perhaps, not enough talk about praise or commendation. Of course, donor-centricity includes praise and commendation.

Want to get a $1 million dollar donation? Here’s how:


Did you know that there’s a report about $1 million dollar+ giving developed by Coutts in association with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy ? But what I like best is the advice it provides. I bolded the parts I like best.

How Your Nonprofit Can Plan Ahead for #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

Double the Donation’s team has compiled advice from over 30 experts on how nonprofit organizations can plan for and implement a successful online fundraising campaign on #GivingTuesday. Summer School: Making #GivingTuesday Work for Your Nonprofit.

7 simple ways to engender fondness among your supporters for yourself and your nonprofit’s cause


If you work at a University and your donors love the football team, hopefully, you do too. Even if you didn’t graduate from the same school, wear their colors, put the team pin on your lapel and throw a bumper sticker on your car. They know that their recommendations and proposals will be appreciated, evaluated and taken seriously if their recipients feel that they are coming from someone who likes them and is looking out for their best interests.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Em Hall

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Our PR team is multilingual and they were recently able to place a PSA on several Spanish-language radio stations, a first for OHU. – During this time I’ll informally check in with my team, which consists of Paige, Troels (digital strategist) and D3 (IT manager). Em Hall.

Breast Cancer Awareness Cause Marketing? It’s Still Needed.

Cause Related Marketing

The elite athlete was a seven-year member of the US National Gymnastics team, a featured performer in the 2006 Touchstone gymnastics movie Stick It and an eight-time All American at the University of Utah. Both teams wore pink and 4,000 Power of Pink t-shirts were handed out to the crowd.

When Am I ‘On the Record’ With a Journalist?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When preparing a member of your nonprofit’s team for an interview, you invariably spend time coaching them on what to say and how to act when the camera is rolling or when the reporter is scribbling notes.

Nonprofit Writing Prompts for August

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This month’s metaphor is Sports — Teams, teaming up, scoring, winning, losing, competition, practice, game face, slam dunk, heavy hitting, goal, touchdown, three strikes, penalty, take aim, best shot, marathon, sore loser, gold medal, training.

Getting Ahead at Your Nonprofit or Mission-Driven Company

Cause Related Marketing

Those who were true believers in this company’s cause were considered idea leaders and influenced how other employees viewed their work,” said John Bingham, the lead author of the study and a professor of organizational leadership and strategy at BYU Marriott School of Management, but like yours truly, a alumnus of the University of Utah. “If is dedicated to highlighting and dissecting the best and the worst cause-related marketing promotions and campaigns.

How to Get Your Story Told in the Nonprofit Trade Press

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As a result, they are focused on finding stories that speak to a trend that is happening in the industry, a best practice that others can learn from, or something that challenges the status quo.

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Don't put off fundraising planning to the fall!

Fundraising Coach

It stirs up thoughts trips, outdoor activities, and school break. Even though we're no longer in school, we still let that "summer mentality" affect us. Because of our learned rhythm from our school years, this feels good. Summer.

[Special Edition] Komen Crumbles: Busted Nonprofit Brand

Getting Attention

Komen has acted imperiously and (much worse) carelessly against the best interests of its core stakeholders —women who benefit from its support of breast cancer screening and research—to please its major donors and nurture its political connections. Planned Parenthood’s PR team, well-schooled in dealing with pushback, is clearly stomping all over Komen, who was not ready for the backlash its received. Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Komen) has done it again.

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13 Best Practices For Client Presentations

Diva Marketing Blog

One of my favorite from the heart gigs is co-teaching a management consulting class at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. This class has been hands down the best experience I've had at Goizueta. 13 Best Practices For Client Presentations from Prof Skip Gunther 1. Be sure to put your presentation and report into proper context before jumping into findings, conclusions, recommendations – several of the teams missed an opportunity here.

Cabinet of Curiosities-Crowdsource solutions

Wild Woman Fundraising

Basically, how to crowd-source best practices and evaluation techniques. Mark Kramer from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. ">is So could we use the internet like a giant filing cabinet, but actually filled with useful best practices information, entered by our 1.9

The Top 10 Cheerleading Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Hosting a cheer clinic is one of the best cheerleading fundraising ideas. Have your school’s name embossed on the bracelet to encourage classmates to show school spirit while supporting your cheerleading squad. School spirit apparel. As a cheerleader your job is to promote school spirit. Foster school spirit with your fundraiser, too! Sell school spirit apparel for people to wear at games.

How to Hold a Successful Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

Be sure to select a cookie dough company that offers the varieties of cookies you think your potential customers will like best. Set up teams of fundraisers and offer a prize, such as a pizza party, for the team that sells the most cookie dough. Give weekly updates of each team’s sales, to encourage competition and increase the participants’ motivation to win. Cookie dough fundraising has become increasingly popular over the years.

The World Series of Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

Not quite ‘Dancing With the Stars’ numbers, but respectable given the two teams involved. The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes the MLB player who “best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.” Imagine if Chevy offered to match donations that TV viewers made via their cell phones to the ‘Roberto Clemente Memorial Education Fund’ to build schools in rural Latin America.

9 Tips From 3 Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The best way to shortcut some of that experimentation is to look at successful campaigns and gather what worked for them. This clarity allowed supporters, like this high school volleyball team to bring Well Aware’s story to their friends and family, which they did to great success.

The Top 4 Tips for Nonprofit Video Projects

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That is why I am passionate about helping nonprofits use film to their best advantage. The best starting point is a well-articulated purpose and strategy. The strategy was "to provide an engaging, revelatory, and inspirational look at Daniels Scholar graduates so as to inform and inspire high school students, employers, and communities on the opportunities offered by the scholarship program and the qualities exemplified by Daniels Scholars."

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