How to Make Your Nonprofit Writing More Conversational

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It may be your style of writing. Many of the words we use in our writing would never come out of our mouths in everyday conversation. You need to write like you’re in a conversation as opposed to a lecture. You aren’t writing a research paper for Mrs. Frucci anymore.

Writing a Fabulous Case for Support

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Join us next Thursday and Friday for: Writing a Fabulous Case for Support. Why fear is such a powerful emotional trigger in case writing. The post Writing a Fabulous Case for Support appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog.

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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. Now tell that to my blog!” ” So for those of you who have struggling blogs either because no one is reading them or you can’t think of anything good to write about, here are a few ways to spruce up the place.

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Nonprofit Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Use these prompts taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles. (If If you want ideas every month, sign up for our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter.

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Nonprofit Writing Prompts for September

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

and haven’t quite figured out your content calendar for next month, then use these prompts for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles for next month taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter : On the Calendar. Blog Round Up.

Presenting 10 Imaginary Nonprofit Blogs

Wild Woman Fundraising

Welcome to my post about imaginary nonprofit blogs! Feel free to write your own imaginary blogs in the comments! I seem to write only about terrible nonprofits. Ridiculous and Insulting Fundraising ideas Blog: Solo Teabagging.

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Our Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are the Top 10 blog posts published in 2016, according to Google Analytics page views: 10. Wordy Phrases to Eliminate from Your Writing (And Alternatives) by Kristina Leroux. Drum roll, please!

Need Writing Ideas? Try These Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts (usually more) to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter. Source of the Month – other places to find writing inspiration.

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Why do staff at smaller charities seem to have more time to write heartfelt thank you notes?


LIKE THIS BLOG POST? The post Why do staff at smaller charities seem to have more time to write heartfelt thank you notes? Some charities send me amazing ‘thank you notes’ They are personal, relevant and heartfelt. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Newsletter and Blog Post Ideas for Summer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Need some new ideas for your newsletter, blog, or social media? Health organizations can write about ways to eat healthy or exercise while traveling. Consider one of these five summer-inspired themes: 1) Summer Heat. How does hot weather impact your services or your clients?

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End Your Writer’s Block with my Nonprofit Writing Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I try to blog everyday. Then, I also have to write articles for my weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to my All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. The Writing Prompts are absolutely tremendous!

50+ Ideas on What You Can Blog About

Wild Woman Fundraising

If you’re blogging and feeling stuck, you are not alone! Take it from someone who has blogged since 1999, blogging is HARD! In November 2009 I started to blog to market my book, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising. 100+ Blogging Ideas Worksheets.

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February’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Going Beyond Resolutions

J Campbell Social Marketing

This month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival gave nonprofit bloggers an opportunity to share posts address the importance of creating, implementing, and measuring SMART objectives in conjunction with big goals. What is a Nonprofit Blog Carnival?

This Blog is on Hiatus

Social Media Bird Brain

This is good timing, since I have begun to devote my energies to my fiction and creative nonfiction writing. I'm leaving the blog up for at least another year, since some people may still find a few of the posts relevant. With the abundance of very good social media advice and information available now, my own efforts seem superfluous. Robyn McIntyre PS: You can find some of my fiction on

Marketing Time Savers: Tools to Improve Your Writing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Even if you like to write like I do, it can still feel like it takes forever to produce something good. Below are five online writing tools we like and that were also recommended by friends. Is there a writing tool you use all the time?

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9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors


So, I decided to become a journalism major instead even though I wasn’t very good at writing. Anyway, in one of my first classes, the Professor told us to pick up The Elements of Style by Strunk and White — the timeless guide and companion for anyone who needs to write (that includes you). Here are 9 gems from it that might help you write better communications to benefit your donors. Your writing should not be designed to impress your donors.

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Need Some Blog Post or Newsletter Article Ideas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Blogging Content Curation Content Marketing Copywriting Creative Ideas E-Newsletters Ideas for Nonprofit Writers Nonprofit Communications Writing for the Web We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now.

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How to Blog Daily

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ve been blogging Monday – Friday (or darn close) for about 18 months now. Even if you don’t follow it exactly (and I rarely do), it helps you keep on track with the kinds of things you want your blog to be known for. Get help with the blog admin. The easiest posts to write are the ones that you are emotional about in some way, whether it’s excited, or impressed, or annoyed. When the mood strikes, scrap what’s scheduled and write it!

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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.

Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are a few writing prompts to get you thinking creatively about March topics. If you were on our Nonprofit Writing Prompts email list, you would have received these a month ago. Sign up for our free Nonprofit Writing Prompts. Love the daily blogging?

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Before You Reprint This Blog Post.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It means you may use our blog and other people’s writing for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. We’ve found several instances lately of other bloggers reprinting content from this site without permission.

#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?

Be A Writefully Happy Blogger

Social Media Bird Brain

Photo credit: Wikipedia) Last post was about titles for your blog posts or email subjects. Now let''s talk about what goes in those posts and emails - not the content, but how you write about it. As a recent Buffer blog post by Belle Beth Cooper. English: Illustration of the final chase of Moby-Dick. Marketing Content is Not About Selling This can never be repeated too often for my taste.

Why I Write - Blog Hop "Old Fashion" Meme

Diva Marketing Blog

When BBF Yvonne DiVita, author/founder of Lipsticking and BlogPaws , asked me to play along on an ''old fashion'' blog meme or blog hop, I immediately said yes. Blog memes were popular before blogs were social media. I write most everywhere. Why do I write.

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Do Thought Leaders Have to Write AND Speak?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When I talk to people about marketing for thought leadership, whether a nonprofit communications director trying to promote her boss as a thought leader or a consultant trying to promote herself that way, I often hear this question: Do you have to write AND speak to be a successful thought leader?

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

J Campbell Social Marketing

New Year’s resolutions are often lofty, mile-high, pie-in-the-sky statements, such as “I want to lose 50 pounds,” “I’m going to write a best-selling book,” and “I’m definitely starting my own dog walking business.” Happy February!

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My Process for Writing Every Day

Selfish Giving

One reader asks: "What's your process for writing every day? I rarely write more than one post a day. Sadly, I don't write in a Moleskin. I write on a MacBook Pro. ?? I start by digging into my "blog ideas" folder in Pocket. Then I start writing.

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

I just redesigned my blog!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Well, hopefully this blog makes you laugh, so you probably notice something funny a lot, but today it’s the whole blog! After my blog review by Cheryl and Susan at Aspiring Fempreneur , I realized that my old site had gotten a little… cluttered. blog design

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Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Handling Objections

A Small Change

I am hosting this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival featuring common objections. This is a quote that Jane Kuechle on her blog Kuechle Consulting heard many times when she worked for United Way. Each of the authors below has provided some great content for us.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival Wants to Know — What’s Your Dream?

Getting Attention

I have the honor of hosting the first Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2012. Pick any dream you have — for your cause, organization or the nonprofit sector — and write about it, and how you plan to make it real. Write a blog post or choose a recent post that fits the theme.

Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter to get them thinking about articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content for the following month.

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Is Writing Newsletters a Waste of Your Time?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Nonprofit newsletters were the subject of the latest Nonprofit Blog Carnival , a monthly collaboration in which bloggers on nonprofits choose a common topic and let fly. Photo credit: mtsofan.

Blogging Daily Starting Monday

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ve decided to start blogging daily (or darn close) as of January 3, 2010. For you, I hope this means even more opportunities to participate in your professional community through dialogue in the blog’s comments and other places the feed appears (e.g. I love writing.

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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.

Unlock Your Grant Writing Talent

Get Fully Funded

Today’s blog post is provided by my dear friend and grant writer extraordinaire, Charlaine Hood. The biggest tip about writing a grant is to get over your fear: of failure, of not getting it right, of not including enough…what ever your mind is telling you to hold you back from ever trying to write that B-I-G grant. This is great advice for writing grants. From here, what would you write?

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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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. What to Write About. Donor-centered writing that shares credit for an accomplishment with donors. Write a post on your own blog or an article on your website. Just write for your usual audience. The Carnival is a round-up of recent posts — like a “best of” — on a particular topic.

Write, write, write - Surf the Wave of Web 2.0

Get Fully Funded

If you want your message to get noticed, be sticky, passed along or retweeted, you have to write about it. AND just writing it isn’t enough, you have to find the forums to share what you have written. . . You and staff need to write good content often to get noticed. Plan on blogging variations of your message 2-3 times a week. So now you are writing – you need readers!

#HOWTO: Connect Your Facebook Page & Your WordPress Blog For Seamless Outreach

Non Profit Marketing 360

One of the great things about the WordPress blogging platform is indeed the plugin feature: most are free and open source. and encourage people on your organization’s Facebook page to subscribe to the blog with a click of a single button.