6 Proven Community Engagement Asks

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

An engagement ask is simply another way, besides donating, that people can confirm that they share your values and want to participate in your good work. Today I am sharing sample “asks” or “appeals” that will work for community engagement.

6 not-so-conventional tips for working from home

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

It’s been quite interesting reading the influx of posts about people adapting to their new reality of working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a consultant running my own business, I’ve been working primarily from home for over a decade now.

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6 MORE Proven Community Engagement Asks

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last week I shared some ways you can ask your community to show their support that don’t involve donating. Today, I am back – along with our favorite fake organization – The Center for Wayward Squirrels – to show you six more ways to make a community engagement ask.

Designing for Community Change


Pilloton founded Project H Design , a non-profit design firm where they apply the design process to catalyze communities and public education from within. However, the picture in Bertie County is becoming more vibrant thanks to Pilloton and others working to change the system--the environment.

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How to Communicate with Your Donors, Members, and Online Community Right Now – #NPCOVID19

J Campbell Social Marketing

These are your community members, your donors, the people who make your work possible. The post How to Communicate with Your Donors, Members, and Online Community Right Now – #NPCOVID19 appeared first on marketing for the modern nonprofit.

How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community


Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people. Dear University of Maryland community: In late 2006, the University of Maryland publicly launched the $1 billion Great Expectations campaign.

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Is Community Engagement or Awareness Essential? Depends on Your Mission.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Will the way an arts organization approaches its communications work vary significantly from a social service agency? Engaging our community to keep people inspired by and active in our work. “Engaging our community” is the #1 nonprofit communications goal overall.

“Open Community” and Nonprofit Marketing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’m taking part in the virtual book tour that Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer are doing to explore concepts from Open Community: a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. Kivi: What the heck is an “Open Community?”. Is it working?

Tell Us What Your Work Day Is Like

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tell us all about the day-to-day work that keeps your organization going. How It Works It’s extremely simple! The post Tell Us What Your Work Day Is Like appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog. How is your day going so far?

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SEO and PR - Working Together For You

Social Media Bird Brain

Normally, this wouldn't matter to much to a small nonprofit, but Google (and now Facebook) are working on more social versions of search, which means that search results are now more. This is one of the best explanations of how to currently get higher up in Google search rankings.

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The Rabbit Hole and Community Engagement

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Since I began working as the communications associate for The Arc six years ago, my Alice in Wonderland dilemma has been our annual Step Up for The Arc Walk. Beth Ann Spiegel.

Why your fundraising stories don't work

Fundraising Coach

And you'll usually hear the happiness they experience knowing such a good hospital is in their community. But if you're working hard to create the best fundraising stories exclusively by talking to your staff, these data points and healthcare acronyms will dominate your talk.

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Tourists, Travelers, and Snowbirds: Empowering Community Leaders to Navigate Broadband

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I was missing an important opportunity to serve our true constituency on Twitter – adults working to implement effective sexuality education. I wanted all my work to boost APPCNC’s brand.

Nonprofit Fundraising: 5 Ways to Expand Community Engagement

Ann Green

However, without crafting and enacting successful fundraisers, nonprofit organizations would not be able to continue their charitable work. Bring your nonprofit’s fundraising success to new heights by focusing on these 5 ways to expand community engagement: Donor Communication.

Spread the work around

Get Fully Funded

If you working on raising the money of your dreams, you should always be on the lookout for people who can help advance your cause. After all, you can’t do it yourself and many hands make light work. People don’t have to be Board members to serve on a committee for your organization, they just have to care about the work your nonprofit is doing, and be willing to give their time and talent. . Make sure they have the time and are willing to do some work.

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How MarketSmart Works With Partners


People often ask me, “How does MarketSmart work with partners (allies) to help nonprofits lower costs and increase revenues?” So, today I thought I’d explain how we work with consultants, consulting firms, direct marketing agencies, CRM software companies and others. Bottom line: Our friends, partners, and allies in the fundraising community work with us to use our platform and to learn to employ it. . Do you work for a CRM or other software company?

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9 Tips for Creating an Editorial Calendar Chock Full of What Your Community Wants

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

On this blog and in her webinars and book, Kivi talks about how you should try to become your community’s favorite nonprofit because research has shown that people give two-thirds of their charitable donations each year to one favorite charity. Don’t forget to interact with your community.

#SocialNetwork: Senior Living Communities See ROI On Social Media

Non Profit Marketing 360

The common-sense approach to developing a social-media strategy is to build it along the lines of what has worked with traditional outreach (mail, email, face-time at conferences and trade shows…).

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Blending Marketing and Fundraising into Community Engagement Teams

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Layla Fry, director of communications for Southwest Key Programs , emailed me this question: “My organization is interested in merging the now separate functions of fundraising and communications into a ‘Community Engagement Team’ as you recommended in your book.

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Work Your Small (Case Study: Meals on Wheels)

Getting Attention

million marketing budget funding the work of three departments and 13 staff members. Now, just over two years later, I find myself at a much different organization— Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland—working in a much different way. Our volunteers, donors, and clients are linked in multiple ways—via family, business, and community. I am working hard to develop a low-budget marketing program that engages each audience segment.

Outside Magazine's 'Best Places to Work' and Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

The electrons were barely dry on yesterday’s post about cause marketing and Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list when I got an email from a friend in the outdoor business. Indeed Outside magazine also publishes an annual list of the ’ 50 Best Places to Work.’

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#ENVIRO: Spring Is The Time To Build Rain Barrels & Community Gardens

Non Profit Marketing 360

A community garden in Montreal, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia). But with spring comes new buds, rebirth, baseball, and the opportunity to establish that community garden that you and your neighbors have been talking about all winter. Does your community have a garden?

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Bring Yourself to Work? James Porter Does

Getting Attention

Do you bring yourself—with your passions, personal history, and personality—to work, or do you check “the real you” at the front door? Here’s hoping you bring “all of you” to work. He describes the race, and the cause, then links his passion for his work (and participation in the race) with his experience of being marginalized as a gay boy growing up. Use this inspiring model as motivation to bring one more aspect of yourself to work today.

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Join an Interactive Community?

A Small Change

Who would get excited about all of us together starting an online community where we promote each other’s online fundraising? Here are a couple of ideas that I’m thinking we could offer if together we decided to create this community. This idea will not work unless I get a flood of responses from all of you. Ok, so I’m getting excited about a new idea.

The science behind why social fundraising works


When embraced, social fundraising can be an incredibly successful way for nonprofits to engage, empower, and activate their community of supporters.

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3 Big Trends That Should Change the Way You Work Online

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Because of the way Facebook works, people expect you to understand them and to deliver customized, engaging content they want to see. How can you learn more about who’s in your community and give them content that feels like you developed it just for them?

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Bring Yourself to Work? James Porter Does

Getting Attention

Do you bring yourself—with your passions, personal history, and personality—to work, or do you check “the real you” at the front door? Here’s hoping you bring “all of you” to work. He describes the race, and the cause, then links his passion for his work (and participation in the race) with his experience of being marginalized as a gay boy growing up. Use this inspiring model as motivation to bring one more aspect of yourself to work today.

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Hang with Amazing Nonprofit Marketers and Do Awesome Work

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We’ve created a community of nonprofit communicators who are working on the same issues and dealing with the same struggles as you. Fellow Pass Holder, Rachel Braver agrees: The sanity check from having a community that is working through the same challenges is nice.

#INTERVIEW with Lori Jacobwith, Communications & Fundraising Coach, & Founder of the Ignited Online Fundraising Community

Non Profit Marketing 360

She founded the Ignited Online Fundraising Community and is author of the forthcoming book, Withism’s from Lori: Boldness, Clarity and Wisdom for Fundraising Professionals Making a Difference. NPM360: I’m particularly interested in your online fundraising community.

A resource for community organizers

Get Fully Funded

If you’re trying to organization and mobilize people to get things done in your community, I’ve got a couple of resources for you. Here are two documents from the Center for Community Change. . “Funding Community Organizing: Social Change Through Civic Participation&#. “Untapped: How Community Organizers Can Develop and Deepen Relationships with Major Donors and Raise Big Money&#.

How to Work With a Social Media Consultant

J Campbell Social Marketing

This situation may call for a social media consultant to help you build your online communities, create great content and manage your time effectively. Despite your best intentions and great ideas, perhaps you do not know how to begin to work with a consultant or what to expect.

Working with Bosses and Volunteers

Get Fully Funded

How to Work With Bosses and Volunteers to Raise More Money. I spoke to them about working with bosses and volunteers in fundraising, especially when you don’t like your boss or volunteer. I remember working as a Development Director and not liking my boss much.

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#HOWTO: Tumblr & RSS Feeds – How Do They Work Together?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Thus far in this series we have focused on the Tumblr side of things, but today it might be of greater value to focus on RSS, what it is and how it can be used as a means to keep your audiences fully up-to-date with your work.

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Designing Community Campaigns For Weight Loss

Social Marketing and Social Change

Developing community and statewide initiatives to combat obesity has been described “as American as second helpings of apple pie” ( Levitz & McKay, 2013 ). I believe that these community and state efforts need better marketing of weight management.

Building Fiercely Loyal Communities

A. Fine Blog

I love the idea of communities as being both fierce and loyal. Sarah has years of experience building communities on land and online. Her book provides a very simple rubric for the DNA of successful communities. Advanced evolution of the community.

Webinar on Community-Based Prevention Marketing

Social Marketing and Social Change

Can social marketing be used in community settings? Involve real people from the community? Community-Based Prevention Marketing (CBPM): Evolution from Programming to Policy Development to Systems Change" is based on over 15 years of work developing and testing CBPM.

Storytelling Works: Capturing Success Stories and Sharing Them

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This guest post by Allison Monnell demonstrates not only the power of storytelling in nonprofit communications, but just how beneficial it can be to your nonprofit when you integrate a culture of story sharing into your everyday work, as the Chemung ARC has done with its Stringer Success Stories.

Making It Work – Nonprofits and Pro Bono Creative

Getting Attention

Welcome back to guest blogger, Susie Bowie, Communications Manager at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County … There’s an unexpected stranger standing at the intersection between nonprofit organizations and creative agencies offering “free” website, advertising or marketing services.

Why Social Fundraising Works

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

So, why does social fundraising work so well? Giving is how we relate and give back to our community and how we seek to improve the world for our fellow man. How does tapping into the power of relationships transform a simple ask into a more effective, inspiring call to action?

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Why the #IceBucketChallenge works

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

This provides a common experience and goal, which helps build momentum and community. Are your social networks full of friends being doused in icy water? You’ve witnessed the #IceBucketChallenge.

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Stop Working So Hard: Integrate Your E-News and Social Media Strategies

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If your nonprofit is still doing an e-newsletter over here and doing social media over there , as if they were two totally different projects, you are working way too hard.

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How to Make a Stat Work in Marketing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

While there is some criticism of the ads in the autism community , I think they do a good job of conveying how common autism is. Where have you seen statistics and other cold hard facts work in nonprofit marketing?

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Apps for Democracy “Community Edition”

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

crowd sourcing initiative that I always use in my presentations, has just launched a new initiative called Apps for Democracy “Community Edition&#. Citizens get to submit their community improvement ideas in real-time and vote using this insights portal. Why do I think this initiative will work? Apps For Democracy Community Edition from Peter Corbett on Vimeo.