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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Over the seven years that we’ve done the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report , we’ve seen few significant differences between nonprofits with different missions. Engaging our community to keep people inspired by and active in our work.

What’s missing from most nonprofit mission statements?

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Take a look at the following mission statements and see if you can guess what’s missing. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a charity mission statement that includes their donors — the very people that provide the funding to fulfill each charity’s mission.

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Is your mission statement trying too hard?

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Can you recite your nonprofit's mission statement? Your nonprofit's mission is vital. When it does, it can transform your community. The center was struggling with funding, struggling to be heard in their community and, struggling with not enough talent on their board.

Millennials on a Mission: Idealism, Impact, Innovation

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

They believe in the power of technology to drive real community change. Editor’s note: I’m pleased to introduce Network for Good’s Chief Giving Officer, Jamie McDonald , as a contributor to The Nonprofit Marketing Blog.

Community First, Monetize Later

The Agitator

If you go in looking to engage, interact and build up a community of people who are interested in your mission/brand, then down the road you have a better chance of successfully running a fundraising campaign.” How will you help your community? What are the guidelines for your community manager? That’s the mantra recommended by social media strategist and blogger Ephraim Gopin in his recent Fundraising Success article, Attention!

A Real World Example Demonstrating Why Nonprofits' Mission Statements Are More Important Than The Almighty Dollar

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So, for this reason, I find great value in noting and following real world current events to both track what the community (at large) thinks or how it reacts to the situation (many times no one writes to the Editor when a paper mentions a local nonprofit's bookkeeper bilked the organization out of money). If we look at Jarvis' decision objectively, we need to refer to the National Park Service's mission statement (as stated on their website ), ".to

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Compelling Images for Nonprofits: When Babies and Puppies Aren’t in Your Mission

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So what kind of images can you use if your mission isn''t related to a smiling child or a playful puppy? The Arts Council of New Orleans never misses an opportunity to take pictures at community events showcasing the arts in their area. The verdict is in: Donors love puppies and babies.

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Community Leadership and Serving Your Nonprofit Mission

Social Media Bird Brain

Last week my time was completely eaten up by a event for a small nonprofit I volunteer for, which was why there was no new post. The event came together like a couple of rain-swollen rivers at a confluence. I was in charge of printed materials and signage and when I’ve done this stuff in the past, I generally have a few weeks to get it all together. This time, I pretty much got my marching

Can You Merchandise Your Mission?

Marketing for Nonprofits

I mentioned on Friday that one of the four trends in fundraising is to learn how to merchandise your mission. Again, finding discrete ways to merchandise your mission may bring new donors into the fold.

11 Elements of Fierce Loyalty to Keep Your Donors

Wild Woman Fundraising

Think about creating an online community for your nonprofit.You may say, well, we already have a website! But if you didn’t make that website with a community in mind, you don’t have a website that is necessarily good at nurturing community for your nonprofit.

Two easy – yet lasting – ways to advance your nonprofit’s mission

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

If you could make two simple phone calls or send two easy letters to advance your nonprofit’s mission, would you do it? To keep it from disappearing again, we each need to act now, to advance our missions and serve our communities into the future.

Mission-Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

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Mission-based thinking, a staple of contemporary, professional, nonprofit, best practices, is often discussed and explained but examples are more difficult to locate. In this two part post I will explain the critical importance of mission-based thinking in this post. Why Mission-Based Thinking Even Exists On the Radar Oregon Governor Kitzhaber signed a law this June that was the first in the United States. The work a nonprofit does on behalf of the communities of the U.S.

The Mission Statement and Why It's So Important

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I've heard nonprofit colleagues refer to mission statements, in general, as b.s. I'm not a 'pie in the sky' or 'starry eyed' idealist about mission statements. I happen to believe that a well thought out, investigated, and hashed out mission statement can both inform clients, volunteers, the board, and staff; and it can direct the organization's work, growth, planning, PR/marketing, and fundraising, etc. Your organization's real boss is the mission statement and its goal.

Is Your Nonprofit Organization Operating In Order to Close Upon Its Mission's Completion?

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Stephanie Strom wrote Mission accomplished, nonprofits close up shop for the New York Times , April 1, 2011. To quote, "A few nonprofit groups have recently announced plans to wind down, not over financial problems but because their missions are nearly finished. It might even seem odd to launch or be a leader of an organization that eventually may complete its mission and end its own work for just that reason. Nonprofits are in the business of getting out of business.

Deeper Dive into the Knight Foundation's Connected Citizens Report: Building Connections and Engaging Your Community

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The intent of our report Connected Citizens: The Power, Peril and Potential of Networks , was to explore the role of networks in community life and how loose networks of individuals are affecting social change. . This is also true among communities. At Front Porch Forum, their mission is to help neighbors connect by hosting a regional network of neighborhood forums. Another main goal of the report was to see how the roles communities might play out in the future.

More Mailbag: How do you tell a story about a community foundation?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

We are a community foundation operating in a low wealth area. We want to build endowments to support every area of charitable work in our community. That’s what I mean by the modular approach to a broad mission. Suppose they are big on community pride. Think of your community as the hero of your story - not your endowment or your foundation. I also read the words, “Building a charitable foundation for our community.&#

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Monthly Social Communications Round-Up

Social Media Bird Brain

social communications Kickstarter Mission Statement Philanthropy community social media Nonprofit Facebook Guy Stanford not-for-profits data gathering NPQ innovation nonprofit fundraisingThe King is Dead - or Is He? It's been said that Web 2.0 is over -that the future is all about cloud computing and mobile. That may be true, but that doesn't mean that social communications is going away. It just means that Silicon Valley and other like places will be less focused on it.

Rewriting an Appeal Letter : Cut out the Gangrene

Wild Woman Fundraising

————————————– Dear «Salutation»: Recently, our nation and communities participated in one of the most fundamental rights of a free society – voting. You understand the influence one vote can make on your community.

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Grants for Community Public Lands Organizations

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From The Foundation Center. [As As always, if you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post, for more information]. Deadline: January 13, 2012 National Environmental Education Foundation Offers Funding for Volunteer Groups Serving Public Lands The National Environmental Education Foundation , with funding from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.

Mission Paradox

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

I am a member of the Nonprofit Blog Exchange - a group of nonprofit bloggers who try to promote each other's work as resources for the nonprofit community online. Today I'd like to introduce you to the Mission Paradox Blog of Adam Thurman. The particular post I'd like to direct you to is one that all too many of us need a refresher on from time to time: Talking About Your Mission. His first hint is to "Translate your mission into a language everyone can understand."

#interview: Simone Joyaux, Nonprofit Consultant, Author, and Columnist

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I had no idea what they were, but I fell in love with the mission and in 2000, as a volunteer, I founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island , a social justice organization that fights for leveling the playing field for women and girls.

501 Mission Place: helping nonprofits do more with less

Fundraising Coach

501 Mission Place launches today! Here’s the story as it is on the site: 501 Mission Place – Who & Why We Are. Like so many of the organizations that we lead, 501 Mission Place started as a conversation between friends. Chris Brogan, president of Human Business Works, and childhood friend Rob Hatch, then Executive Director of Child Health Center, were talking about the challenges of being someone who lives, eats and breathes mission.

A Community's Confidence in A Nonprofit Is the Ultimate Key to An Organization's Future

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Organizations' leaders, in the very nature of their work, envision what could be better for the community, they imagine what could get done through the work of the agencies that they work for, and they imagine what could improve the world. but the person who works for a nonprofit and believes in the organization's mission and capabilities is actually working to 'make things better'. A nonprofit exists because its mission statement has a goal.

7 Signs Your Communications Strategy Isn’t Strategic

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

While you can certainly have communications goals in and of themselves, most of your communications work should be in service of larger mission-oriented or fundraising goals. Community engagement is a great goal, but it’s like saying you want to “be healthier.”

The Nonprofit That Understands That Without A Strong Relationship With It's Community, It Stumbles - Is the Nonprofit That Succeeds

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When anyone discusses nonprofit operations or nonprofit fundraising and says something to the effect of, 'nonprofits do not operate in a vacuum; they exist, grow, and succeed only by working with the communities that they serve' the key word in the concept is 'with'. Without a community's support, repeated support (actually), a nonprofit does not grow and succeed. Tags: best practices volunteers community how to fundraising

#ENVIRO: CBS/EcoMedia Partnership Expands To Bring Advertising To Green Nonprofits

Non Profit Marketing 360

According to the EcoMedia mission statement , “We’ve developed partnerships with cities across America, all of which have environmental projects in need of funding. And a press release from CBS on 29 March announced the addition of The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation , Waterkeeper Alliance , Forest Stewardship Council , Enterprise Community Partners , and Volunteers of America into the partnership.

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Mission Based Thinking Part Two of Two - Examples Of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

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Examples demonstrating how mission-based nonprofit operations best works when it is used effectively by a nonprofit''s staff and volunteers are difficult to come by. In this post I provide examples demonstrating how mission-based thinking can be used among all people operating a single nonprofit from executive leaders through the ranks to day to day staff or volunteers. The mission statement must be the first and guiding principle.

Susan G, Komen Organization's Experience Is the Devil In the Details (for Us and Not Just Komen)

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The mission statement, as Shakespeare might have written (sorry, William, for my liberties here) , is "the thing". In looking at Komen's situation we begin to understanding how nonprofits best operate effectively, efficiently, professionally ensuring their own longevity and thereby ensuring that their mission's goals get delivered to the beneficiaries of the organization's work. Mission drift , at a minimum, occurred. news mission statement mission drift

What’s on Your Wish List?

Mission Minded

If you haven’t yet made your list of hopes and dreams for 2017, here’s some inspiration from your friends at Mission Minded. We wish you and your communities joy and peace […]. appeared first on Mission Minded. As you read our musings consider this: To us, your partnership, collaboration, and commitment to those you serve is what inspires us every day. The post What’s on Your Wish List?

Fundraising, Grant Writing, Mission-Success, Community Building; It's All the Same

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Each nonprofit organization's goal or work is informed by their mission statement, and this requires funding. It was a legal non profit; that is run professionally maintaining a board, accounting records, offering its annual report, providing programs statistics, is successful at its mission's work, admits errors made, strives to learn from its errors and listens to its clients, donors, and constituents. You've demonstrated the need in our community that your group meets.

Elementary my dear: How to interview and find out if your boss is a bully

Wild Woman Fundraising

Fear or a dedication to the mission? Mission dedication is important, but it can’t keep you going forever. Your senior management needs to have emotional intelligence to keep your nonprofit running and fulfilling its mission.

Having a Book Club at Your Nonprofit

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We love what Melinda Billings at Peacehaven Community Farm came up with to bring key players in her organization together – a book club! Guest Post by Melinda Billings at Peacehaven Community Farm. Melinda Billings.

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4 Inspirational “Share Your Story” Pages That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A “Share Your Story” page gives you an ongoing (or short term) opportunity to collect inspirational stories that support your mission, move decision makers toward change, and motivate donors to give to your cause. Want to get your supporters pumped?

Transform Your Organization with Pro Bono Technology Resources – The Community Corps Product Spotlight

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NPower is a national nonprofit whose mission is to help thousands of other nonprofits improve their IT and communities they serve. Our new program, The Community Corps, is dedicated to connecting IT pro bono consultants to nonprofits. This is where The Community Corps come in. Nonprofits join the Community Corps by registering on our website. Get started with The Community Corps. IT is consistently cited at the #1 functional challenge for nonprofits.

Why Don’t You Run Your Business Like a Nonprofit?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Chuck argues that some of the most successful for-profit corporations today owe their standing to two values that come from the nonprofit world – being mission-driven and attending to community. Community Nonprofit Business Chuck English mission Nonprofit organizationLet’s give nonprofit consultant Chuck English a nice round of applause for the perfect comeback to one of the most annoying cliches plaguing the independent sector.

Why Don’t You Run Your Business Like a Nonprofit?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Chuck argues that some of the most successful for-profit corporations today owe their standing to two values that come from the nonprofit world – being mission-driven and attending to community. Community Nonprofit Business Chuck English mission Nonprofit organizationLet’s give nonprofit consultant Chuck English a nice round of applause for the perfect comeback to one of the most annoying cliches plaguing the independent sector.

The #1 Way to Generate More New Major Donors Fast

iMarketSmart

The single smartest, lowest-cost and fastest way to generate more new major donors is to ask your current major donors to introduce you to their friends, family members, and others who care about your mission.

Do You Need to Hire A Development Director?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Community management? But if your nonprofit treats them badly, it won’t matter how much they believe in the mission. People who do not explain their particular connection with your mission and exactly how they fit your qualifications? So don’t be impressed by letters after a person’s name … how enthusiastic are they about your mission? Well, let’s see. Do you want to make exponentially more money?

Want to Build Community Online? Become a Bridge Builder.

Marketing for Nonprofits

In her new book, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause , Kivi Leroux Miller asserts that in the "Connected Age" marketers have to learn to become community managers vs. mass marketers.

Free Nonprofit Resource to Foster Connections and Knowledge Sharing

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If you are in a small town, or an organization that does not often interact with community partners and others, it’s easy to begin to feel alone and overwhelmed. Stop “reinventing the wheel” create a larger sense of community, and together, make a bigger impact.