Holiday Suggestion: Praline Chocolate Chip Cookie

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I do a lot of baking with my kids this time of year, and last week I noticed that while we had made dozens and dozens of cookies, there wasn’t one that I personally LOVED. So I decided to make up a new recipe with some of my favorite ingredients.

10 Fun Fundraising Ideas to Excite Any Audience

Fundraiser Ideas

Coffee and chocolate tastings. You can take your cue from the continued popularity of wine and cheese tasting events by holding a coffee and chocolate tasting at a local mall or shopping area. For a small donation, you can provide a cup of coffee and a selection of small chocolates to please even the pickiest palate. One of the most effective ways to raise money for your cause or group is by organizing and hosting fundraising events that are designed to attract a crowd.

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Night of Chocolate Delights

The Biddery Blog

It's no coincendence that the sale of chocolate goes up during an economic downturn. "All But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Don't let your members forget about your cause, get them excited with a Chocolate themed event. Ask local bakers & culinary experts to participate in a friendly competition for your charity such as most unique chocolate dish. Making chocolate treats is not as difficult as it seems!

The Innie vs Outie in Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

That’s what I wondered when I saw this chocolate bar at Whole Foods. In an aisle of chocolate bars that were $6, $7, $8 and even $9, I bought the Whole Foods candy bar based mostly on price; it was less than $3. It was organic, dark chocolate and had almonds, three hot buttons for me.

Social Entrepreneuers Galactic Pizza and Endangered Species Chocolate

Cause Related Marketing

Tags: Galactic Pizza Endangered Species Chocolate

Ep213: This Company Has a Sweet Solution to the Bitter Problem of Child Slavery in West Africa

Selfish Giving

Sales Manager, Tony's Chocolonely , about their efforts to fight child slavery in the chocolate industry in West Africa. The founders had no experience making chocolate or working in West Africa. The importance of leading with great tasting chocolate and then the social impact.

A Valentine For Fundraisers

The Agitator

However, while we were eating our chocolates, Cupid delivered a thought-provoking message to our inbox in the form of an opinion piece from Jennifer and Peter Buffett, co-presidents of the NoVo Foundation, appearing in last week’s Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Ep204: How This Restaurant Turned a Dessert Into a $200k Cancer Fundraiser

Selfish Giving

To Joe's delight, Kevin and Mark describes the Triple Chocolate Hill , a double fudge brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter-caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Creating a Thank-You Video in a Day – How This Nonprofit Did It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Chocolate. Angela Crist. Last week Angela Crist, CEO of Findlay Hope House, reached out to me and Kivi about a thank you video they created after attending our recent webinar. It was so simple, yet so effective, we had to have her tell you the story! Kristina. Guest Post by Angela Crist.

Break the Rules! You’ll never look back

Getting Attention

Time with friends and family, way too much hot chocolate, comfy sweaters, relaxing on the couch, relaxing on the couch IN comfy sweaters…you get my point. ?. Wake up, girls and boys! It’s time to change our ways. Here’s the thing: I’m a rule follower, and I bet you are too.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Justyna Krygowska

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

to 10:00 a.m – After saying hi/bye to my husband who’s just getting home from work and patting my Chocolate Lab Mack on the head I’m out the door at about 8:30 a.m. Justyna Krygowska.

Ep218: This Snack Company is Helping Families Worldwide Put Meals First

Selfish Giving

MIF is the giving arm of Mondelez International , a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, featuring global Power Brands such as Oreo and Trident gum.

Nonprofit Fundraising Basics: Matching Gifts


What if every time you bought a chocolate chip cookie, the baker gave you two cookies for the price of one? Matching gifts are almost exactly like those chocolate chip cookies. New to matching gifts or interested in understanding the basics a bit more?

As Casselman Points Out; Social Enterprise Fundraising Is Not All Kittens, Chocolates, and Roses

Seeking Grant Money Today

Ben Casselman's "Why 'Social Enterprises' Rarely Works" (June 1, 2007; The Wall Street Journal Online, [link] ) summarizes what many of us non profit professionals whispered among ourselves, after our attempts; it is tough to operate a for profit business, when one is also running a non profit organization, too. His piece is located at: [link] The social enterprise paradigm is a newer concept in American non profit fundraising.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Needs to Be Made Remarkable Again

Cause Related Marketing

Tags: Stamp Out Hunger Word of Mouth Marketing Andy Sernovitz The Chocolate Problem Campbell's US Post Office

All the Rage: Fundraising on Fury and Revenge

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The not-so-significant other received a digital certificate with the roach’s name (with an option to add chocolates or a roach plush). Fundraising isn’t all lofty and inspiring. Lately, a lot of it is quite angry. And quite successful. via GIPHY.

[Guest Post] 4 Fundraising Questions for Your Board Chair

Fundraising Coach

He should have started with his chair and let the strategic engagement goodness flow down from that leadership partnership, and then circulate down and back up through the board like a gooey chocolate fountain. He doesn''t even like chocolate. I like John Fulwider.

Ep241: Nestle Nesquik Raises Funds for Movember with #QuikStache

Selfish Giving

Tell us about the “QuickStache” campaign this year: who are you targeting with your fun chocolate milk ‘staches?

Some Sweet Payback for Your Good Deeds

Cause Related Marketing

Instead, Anthon Berg the European chocolatier which operated The Generous Store, asked you to pledge to perform some specific good deed for a friend or loved one in return for which you got some of Berg’s chocolates.

Generosity Day – Get to the Heart of Valentines Day

Getting Attention

You already did whatever you’re doing in terms of hearts, chocolates and morning kisses. I heard about this fantastic opportunity first thing this morning and wanted to get it out to you asap. It’s an incredibly refreshing take on a stale “holiday.&#. Here’s what matters more-generosity, and changing our mindset on what that is, and simply practicing it.

How to Hold a Successful Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

Candy Fundraising Charity Fundraising Chocolate Fundraising Free Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Ideas for Kids High School Fundraising Ideas Non Profit Fundraising School Fundraising Sports FundraisingCookie dough fundraising has become increasingly popular over the years. People love cookies, making it an easy sell, and organizations can earn up to 80 percent profit on their sales.

Please take this Valentine’s Day pledge

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Instead of forging V-Day connections with one person via chocolate, candlelight and a card, let’s forge G-Day connections with as many people as possible – including complete strangers – by saying YES on February 14th to every opportunity to be nice, help out, or delight with generosity.

Word of Mouth Marketing Part II

Cause Related Marketing

Tags: Word of Mouth Marketing Andy Sernovitz The Chocolate Problem Ritz Carlton

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Michelle Scharlock

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Also, I will inevitably seek out chocolate around 3pm. Michelle Scharlock. 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. We want to hear from you too!

Punk Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

Tags: Simon Cowell Mark Simmons American Idol Adam Bahner Seth Godin Chocolate Rain Punk Marketing Tay Zonday Richard Laermer

What Does Your Big Sign Say?

The Agitator

And that’s when we start to look for ‘stand-ins’ His point is illustrated by this passage: “Roses, chocolates and greeting cards are a stand-in for actual human emotions, a stand-in for caring and respect and love. To my tastes, Seth Godin is at his best when he’s at his briefest. Here’s a post of his from the weekend that says something hugely important in a few lines. [I I could learn from that!] The post is titled: Measure what you care about.

Show ‘em you love ‘em

Fundraising Coach

But rather than chocolates, this year I thought we’d give whoopie pies.&#. I agree with whoopie pie purists who argue that the only true whoopie pie is one with chocolate outsides and a decadently sweet white inside. April is “volunteer appreciation&# month.

Cause Marketing Advertising From Ben & Jerry's

Cause Related Marketing

We see two hands prepare a cup of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie to house the Greyston Factory, along other Yonkers landmarks, before the hand rings the factory’s bell.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Genna Kasun

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Once a week, usually on a Wednesday (my busiest day), I hit up the local coffeeshop—Standing Stone Coffee Company—for my weekly indulgence: a small mocha latte with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Genna Kasun.

Using Bounceback Offers in Paper Icon Campaigns

Cause Related Marketing

Pancake Puppies, which usually sell for $2, almost cry out for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to accompany them, so Denny’s is betting that when I redeem the coupon that I’ll buy at least that and, more likely, think of the Pancake Puppies as a kind of appetizer for a larger meal.

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Cause Marketing or Corporate Philanthropy Program? It’s Not a Yes or No Question.

Cause Related Marketing

Cause marketing is like one of those 7-layer chocolate cakes. But even though it is made with wholesome ingredients like eggs, milk, flour and maybe dark chocolate, and even though you could certainly eat a slice of it as a meal, it’s not really a meal replacement for very many charities. If your company is an active corporate cause marketer, should it also be an active corporate donor? The short answer is yes.

Bringing Word of Mouth to Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

The book tackles his five Ts of word of mouth marketing and the challenge of The Chocolate Problem. Finally, word of mouth marketing faces what Sernovitz calls “The Chocolate Problem.” By which he means, no one ever called a friend and said, “Have you tried this thing called chocolate? How do you combat The Chocolate Problem? To fight The Chocolate Problem, you must keep coming up with new remarkable things. re•mark•a•ble adj 1.

Five Pieces of Unsolicited Cause Marketing Advice to Actor Hugh Jackman

Cause Related Marketing

It’s a great benefit to Africa’s small farmers to buy their chocolate and tea and coffee beans. Versatile action star and Broadway song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman has started a new ‘all-benefits company’ that he explicitly says was inspired by Newman’s Own.

Small Biz Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

Case in point is this wrapper at the left for a chocolate bar from the Big Island in Hawaii. The chocolate bar itself was a little thicker at one end than the other. I saw a job description the other day for one of the chief marketers at Macy’s, the giant retailer.

How Your Restaurant Waiter Can Teach You About Fundraising


It’s no accident that waiters bring you fortune cookies, mints, or chocolates when they deliver the check to your table. The theory of reciprocity is powerful. And nowhere is it displayed more dramatically than in restaurants every day. Think about it.

It’s Generosity Day: Show the Love! #generosityday

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

P.S. You may have heard some people knocking the flowers and chocolates when promoting G-Day, but that’s not me. Today is Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Generosity Day.

Was it Enough?

Marketing for Nonprofits

I loved his humor, his delight in talking to strangers, his love and hoarding of chocolate. Was it enough? This is the question that haunts me. Lying in his hospice bed, as he wandered through the haze of his 89 years of life, this is the question my grandfather posed - "Was it enough?"

Reporter Looking For Valentine's Day Cause-Related Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

Hey Everyone:I've become aware of a reporter that's looking for a sources on Valentine's Day chocolate gifts that engage in cause-related marketing practices.

Join Me in a Different Kind of Valentine’s Day this Year

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

I don’t mean craving food, though you may want a box of chocolates now that I raised the topic. Are you hungry? What I mean is, do you approach your work in a mode of devouring or consuming? Are you in the business of taking?

Roger Craver Quits!

The Agitator

Roger lost it (possibly hyper from too many chocolate eggs). “My Roger and I spent the Easter weekend in deep contemplation, reflecting over the state of humanity, the important things in life, and The Agitator too. And we had an epiphany.