Is Blogging Dead?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

BLOGGING IS DEAD – the headline screamed. It was on a blog, of course. And just about every other thing you read about blogging being dead will be on someone’s blog. Yes, blogging has changed a lot since social media came along. Blogging

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Do you really need to buy a planned giving website?


You don’t need to buy a planned giving website. So, you don’t need a complex website to offer sophisticated giving options to your supporters and volunteers when most of that content will appeal to just 0.5% I prefer not to call them websites. LIKE THIS BLOG POST?

You HAVE Your Killer App: Your Website

Getting Attention

Way back when , when social media was new-ish (let’s say 2007), I used this classic baseball analogy to illustrate how social media fit into the communications universe. 1) Website as home base, with email as pitcher (no hits without the pitcher).

Before and After – This Website Redesign Lowered Bounce Rates Significantly

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Your bounce rate is the percentage of visitors to your website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. It means you need to redesign your website! If our website was better…” My first year at Iona Senior Services, I heard this phrase more times than I can count.

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3 tips to dramatically increase website donations

Wild Woman Fundraising

When they come to your website, how can you help them take the leap and give to you? When I saw how they were putting the stories of each person they helped on their website, I knew that the multi-social service nonprofit I worked for should also make “modules&# of each program.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival!

Get Fully Funded

Here’s the April edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival. Joanne Fritz has a great post about optimizing your website called “What Online Donors Want to See On Your Website.&#. This month’s theme was Raising Money Online. .

Nonprofit Blog Carnival Coming!

Get Fully Funded

I’m hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival on April 30 right here on the Get Fully Funded Blog. If you aren’t familiar with the Carnival, it’s a highlight of blogs written for and by nonprofits. Be sure to include the link to your blog post.

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Make Blogging a Part of Your Social Media Strategy

J Campbell Social Marketing

In this presentation, called Make Blogging a Part of Your Social Media Strategy, I show how smaller nonprofits can get on board with blogging and create a dynamic outlet that grows their supporters and helps them accomplish their goals.

Website Design: What’s In, What’s Out

Non Profit Marketing 360

Branded Out Loud, a blog about communications design, offers its list of what’s cool and what’s yesterday’s news on nonprofit websites, with plenty of visuals to make the point. Nonprofit design Graphic design Information Graphic website

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Oh My! New Website! What do you think?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I LOVE encaustic and I have a whole blog where I talk about it, so if you are intrigued, head over there ! And one of the best parts about this website? So this is my new website for, I think it is just GORGEOUS, hope you do too!

Nonprofit Blog Carnival

A Small Change

I am hosting this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival ( last month’s carnival ). Matt with Matt’s Fundraising Blog started a great conversation on his blog about choosing your CEO and what to look for, Don’t Be Afraid to Tell Me What You Want.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Going Beyond Resolutions (Call for Submissions)

J Campbell Social Marketing

I am very excited to be hosting the February 2016 Nonprofit Blog Carnival ! The Nonprofit Blog Carnival needs your posts and insight on choosing goals and objectives for 2016. Here’s how to submit: Write a blog post, or even choose a recent post that fits the theme.

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Six Different Kinds of Nonprofit Blogs

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I first published these six categories of nonprofit blogs way back in 2008. As I said back then, I certainly think you can mix and match blog types, and I bet most successful blogs do. But I also think that it’s helpful to have one primary direction in mind and to categorize nonprofit blogs based on what your organization hopes to achieve by blogging and how you want your nonprofit to be perceived by your blog’s readers. The News Blog. Blogging

How to get tons more traffic for your nonprofit blog

Wild Woman Fundraising

When I first started blogging to build an audience for my book, I read Yaro Starak’s blog. He said that the way he got tons of website visitors and built up his traffic was by commenting on 10 blogs per night.

Single biggest mistake made in nonprofit blogging

Get Fully Funded

and will be speaking on Tuesday about fundraising with blogs. I’ve been looking for good examples of nonprofit blogs to share in my presentation and along the way, I’ve noticed something that I want to share with you. I’ve seen lots of different blogs representing a variety of organizations, but I’ve seen something conspicuously absent from many – an easily-seen “Donate Now&# button. Hello from sunny Baltimore!

#COMMUNICATIONS: The Number One Way To Gain Site Or Blog Readership Is…

Non Profit Marketing 360

If you are a blog writer, you want pretty much the same, though gifts might also/instead mean advertising dollars because so many people come to your site. And, of course, no reason a nonprofit can’t have a blog that carries those ambitions for the blog and the site that hosts it.

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This blog is moving

Get Fully Funded

My new website is finally all done and we’re moving the blog there. You can now find ALL the great articles for fully funding your nonprofit at Congrats to Jeni from WordPlayers for winning the Kindle last week

Blogs vs. Facebook for Nonprofits


Over the past few months, I’ve helped a couple nonprofit clients who are ready to move into social media decide whether to go with a blog or Facebook. (I’ll If you truly don’t have the staff time to blog at least once a week or make a Facebook update twice a week, you shouldn’t be considering either medium. With limited funds and staff time—where do each of these nonprofits begin branching out to more social media: a blog or Facebook?

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Sharing Progress and Communicating Accomplishments

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Welcome to the August edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival! The Foundation Center shared their annual report interactive website. We recently shared Getting the Media Interested in a Milestone with Dallas CASA on our blog. Nonprofit Blog Carnival Nonprofit CommunicationsWe’re glad you’re here. Our topic for this month’s roundup is how you share progress and communicate accomplishments to your supporters. Annual Reports.

Where are the great nonprofit blogs?

Get Fully Funded

I’m on the hunt for great nonprofit blogs and I need your help! I’m presenting a session at the Association of Fundraising Professionals international conference next week called “Blogging for Dollars&# and I’m looking for a few really good examples of nonprofit blogs to share. Specifically, I’m looking for local or regional nonprofits with blogs – not national or international organizations.

Nonprofit Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One

J Campbell Social Marketing

The topic will be Nonprofit Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One. Larger nonprofits have been early adopters of blogging, seeing the benefits in increased website traffic, email sign ups and online donations.

Blog Posts Needed: Sharing Progress, Communicating Accomplishments

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In August, we here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide will be hosting the latest edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival. Write a post on your own blog or an article on your website. The Carnival is a round-up of recent posts — like a “best of” — on a particular topic. For example, this month Joanne Fritz at compiled 18 posts all about year-end fundraising.

#COMMUNCATIONS: Blog Loud & Proud & As Often As Content Warrants

Non Profit Marketing 360

And blogging definitely started that way: Could I draw readers? With so many great blogs out there, wouldn’t it be easier not to jump into the ring? The blog, though, should be just one weapon in the arsenal. But how does one get the blog going?

#SOCIALMEDIA: Facebook & WordPress Join Forces To Connect Blogging With Timeline

Non Profit Marketing 360

If your organization had a blog running the WordPress platform (as does MKCREATIVEmedia), you could install a plugin that auto-tweets your posts. You also get the ubiquitous ‘Like’ button on your WP blog posts. Click to enlarge.

#PRESSRELEASE: The Knowledge Fountain Launches Online Learning Website (Live Instructors) Aimed at Nonprofits

Non Profit Marketing 360

For more information about The Knowledge Fountain online learning center, visit the website at or email the co-founders.

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A Sample Government Blogging Policy

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Due to the Treasury Board’s current focus on internal social media initiatives, I have recently received an influx of requests to help public servants develop external social media engagement guidelines, particularly ones to do with blogging. Assuming you already have a “strategy&# in place and proper resources to manage a blog, the following is a simple list of 12 guidelines originally developed by IBM and adapted by me to suit the federal government.

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#HOWTO: Get Your Nonprofit’s Tumblr Blog Up, Published, & Read

Non Profit Marketing 360

As we introduced last week, Tumblr offers the opportunity to have a fabulous and well-connected online presence without needing to learn the tricky coding behind a traditional blog or website.

Inspiration from 3 Nonprofits That Transformed Their Websites

Mission Minded

This fall, Mission Minded helped three of our clients—Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Global Glimpse, and NNOHA—launch brand new websites. More than ever before, these organizations’ websites convey who they are with intuitive design and precise copy.

Interview: Jason Dick, Owner of “A Small Change” Fundraising Blog

Non Profit Marketing 360

A Small Change” is a blog about fundraising. He started his blog four years ago. The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the MKCREATIVE blog. NPM360: Do you blog while holding down a full-time job?

Creating Website Content: What Do Your Visitors Really Want?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I originally wrote this article as a guest post on the Nonprofit Technology Network’s blog , but just realized I hadn’t shared it with you, so here it is! Your website is out there for all to see. So how can you create website content that all kinds of potential visitors will find interesting and engaging? To keep it simple, let’s group your website visitors into three categories: Strangers: People who know nothing about you.

Managing Content on the National Wildlife Federation’s Website

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Ever wonder how national nonprofits with hundreds of staff manage all that content on their websites? Kristin has agreed to do a series of blog posts for us later this spring, as NWF more fully develops its “governance&# structure for managing the website.

How Does Your Nonprofit Compare In the Blogging Economy?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Ignitespot, a small business accounting firm, has put together a fantastic infographic on the “blogconomy” – the international obsession with blogging that has spurred the economy. million people blog on blogging sites.

7 Places You Can Get a Free Fundraising Website

Fundraiser Ideas

One of these resources is a free fundraising website platform. The following are seven of my favorite free fundraising websites. #1: This free fundraising website, , is super easy. Once your site is up, you can blog to let your donators know how your fundraiser is going, and what your organization is doing. is a free fundraising website platform that is similar to The creation of the website is point and click.

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Nonprofit Newsletter Trends and Tips – Nonprofit Blog Carnival

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival , where we are looking at trends in nonprofit newsletters. What about Websites? They want to hear about your blog posts with tips, guidelines, and examples for creating (and maintaining) a great nonprofit website.

#INTERVIEW: Joanne Fritz, The Website Guide on Nonprofit Charitable Organizations

Non Profit Marketing 360

The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the MKCREATIVE blog. NPM360: Is a blog or something else? Each of us has a mini-website that includes a blog.

Nonprofit Blogs: 5 Reasons You Do & Don’t Need One

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Thursday’s Webinar: Blogging for Nonprofits: Tips, Traps and Tales. Does your nonprofit need a blog? But to help you think through this question, here are my top five reasons why a nonprofit should have a blog and my top five reasons why a nonprofit shouldn’t.

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10 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit Website

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Here are just a few tips on making your website more effective: 1. Include social sharing links on every page of your nonprofit website. Look at your website from the visitor''s perspective. If you were a first-time visitor to your website, would you understand the mission of your organization? Connect to your blog. An organization''s blog is an effective way to share your latest news and online engagement. Read See3 blogs here.)

Mind gone blank? 12 ideas to get you thinking about blog content

Get Fully Funded

Have you started a blog for your nonprofit organization and then got stuck trying to come up with content? Ask questions in blog posts and invite readers to comment. Once you get in the habit of writing these short blog posts, it will become easier and you’ll get ideas for content in lots of places. I have several clients who are telling part of a story in their print newsletter, then telling the rest of the story on their blog along with photos or video.

Why Aren't More Nonprofits Using Pop-Ups on Their Websites?

Selfish Giving

Source: SumoMe If you are a new visitor to my website you probably saw my "welcome mat" that drops down and asks you to join my email newsletter list. (I That's why you are thinking, "Why would I want a welcome mat or pop-up on my website. But that's another blog post ??.)

#Interview: Nedra Kline Weinreich, Social Marketer, Author, and Owner of the “Spare Change” Blog

Non Profit Marketing 360

Her book Hands-On Social Marketing: A Step-by-Step Guide is considered a classic, and she blogs about social marketing issues at the Spare Change blog. The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the NPM360 blog.