13 Paths to Productivity & Satisfaction—Nonprofit Staff & Consultants

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Welcome to the Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up on The Work Behind the Work —the methods and tools you use to stay focused, productive and happy on the job (or the barriers that keep you from getting there). Register here to get updates on the monthly Nonprofit Blog Carnival in your inbox.

Considering Consulting to Nonprofits? Advice from the Pros

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Guest bloggers, Julia Reich, a designer and brand strategist at Stone Soup Creative and Marlene Oliveira, a copywriter and communications consultant at moflow and founder of the Nonprofit MarCommunity recap their #15NTC session on nonprofit consulting.

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Why You Should Hire a Fundraising Consultant – Episode 15


On today’s episode we discuss fundraising consultants and why you as a fundraiser should consider hiring one. Check out the How I Built My Fundraising Consultancy Podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Play , Stitcher and other podcast directories.

A response to “Bad Nonprofit Consultants” from Inside Philanthropy

Wild Woman Fundraising

Todd Cohen, editor of the Philanthropy Journal, wrote a blog post on how bad nonprofit consultants can be. Many who could not cut it as nonprofit professionals turn to consulting because they spot easy prey in nonprofits desperate for strategic advice.”

How can you become a successful fundraising consultant?

Wild Woman Fundraising

She has written so many books about fundraising, and she’s also been consulting for a really long time. So today we’re going to be talking about how to become a fundraising consultant and also hiring your first fundraising professional. But then I met another consultant.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

Simone Joyaux is an internationally recognized consultant to the nonprofit sector on fund development, board development, and strategic planning and management. She writes a column, “Unraveling Development,” for the Nonprofit Quarterly.

How to Work With a Social Media Consultant

J Campbell Social Marketing

If you are a nonprofit professional at a small organization, chances are you are resource-constrained. This situation may call for a social media consultant to help you build your online communities, create great content and manage your time effectively.

Do you want to be a nonprofit consultant? Read this interview with Desiree Adaway

Wild Woman Fundraising

She has served in senior-level roles in the nonprofit and grant management sectors for such renowned organizations as Habitat for Humanity International, and Rotary International. What is your background in nonprofits? What drew you to nonprofit work?

New Site for Freelancers and Consultants: GetNonprofitClients.com

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Freelancers and consultants who specialize in serving nonprofit clients are a small part of our Nonprofit Marketing Guide community, but one that I enjoy working with. If you are a freelancer or consultant serving nonprofits (or want to be), I hope you’ll join us!

Coaching Consultants on Getting More Nonprofit Clients

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

My first professional love is working with nonprofits on their communications and marketing — training, advising, and coaching them — I think of it as the sweet life. That’s why I founded a side project called Get Nonprofit Clients about a year ago.

5 Easy Steps: A Guide to Hiring a Fundraising Consultant

Fundraising Coach

Hiring a fundraising consultant, while incredibly important, can be tricky. With so many firms and so many service packages, how can you tell which is the right choice for your nonprofit? To get started, you can check out lists like Double the Donation’s 12 Top Fundraising Consultants.

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Seeking WordPress Consultant or Firm— Is it you?

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Small nonprofit marketing firm (that’s us!) seeks WordPress expert or small firm for ongoing maintenance of two main (and a few mini-) websites and email client (Emma, for now), and for special development projects. Role is virtual, so you can be anywhere in U.S.

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10 Dumbest Words Used By Fundraising Consultants

The Agitator

Specifically, I’m singling out those fundraising, branding and communications consultants whose misuse of words and aversion to simplicity and clarity only serve to muddy the waters with their confusion. I’m not raising all this to poke fun at the consulting community.

Nonprofits and Consultants: Best and Worst Experiences?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you work for a nonprofit, what are your best and worst experiences working with consultants and freelancers? If you are a consultant or freelancer, what are your best and worst experiences working with nonprofit clients? Hiring Consultants Nonprofit Communications

How Web Developers Hurt Their Nonprofit Clients

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ve run into more than the usual number of nonprofits who have crappy websites built by consultants lately. When I’ve questioned the nonprofit communications staff about these websites, the answer is always “The website consultant did it that way.&#.

No Hard Choices = No Strategy and No Leadership

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Just the other day a nonprofit communications director showed me her brand-new marketing strategy. Her organization’s leaders, the executive director and a committee of board members, had commissioned the strategy from a consultant. This is not a strategy.

5 Translation Mistakes to Avoid in Your Multilingual Nonprofit Communications

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Repurpose your nonprofit content and grow your client base with translations. Nonprofit leaders have always been sensitive to the needs of their multilingual communities. Content Marketing Guest Bloggers Hiring Consultants Nonprofit Communications Publication Management translation

21 Stupid Things You Can Stop Doing [Infographic and Recording]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Content Marketing Fundraising Hiring Consultants Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy Online Marketing Professional Development Trends npcommstupid We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now.

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Top 10 Sources: Nonprofit Communications Jobs

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There are so many compelling job opportunities for us nonprofit communicators. Looking for a new job in nonprofit marketing and communications? Then, turn to these top sources: Charity Village Jobs : The epicenter for nonprofit jobs in Canada.

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Productive Partnering with Your Communications Firm (or Nonprofit Client)

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I was thrilled to sit in on this session at the recent Communications Network conference , and even more pleased to see that participation was evenly split between communications consultants/firms and the foundation staff members who hire them. Consultant/Firm Bill of Rights.

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This is what's wrong with your nonprofit digital strategy


I’ve read and written hundreds of nonprofit digital strategy documents. As a former consultant for the nonprofit space, “I need to create a digital strategy” was something that I heard almost daily. nonprofit strategy

Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—Movin’ Up Monday

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Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here. Digital Marketing Consultant and Digital Marketing Producer , Beacon Fire (Arlington, VA). Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—June 9, 2014. Communications Counselor , Full Court Communications (Oakland, CA).

Free webinar: speed consulting for better year-end sites

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Have you ever wondered what should – or shouldn’t – be on your nonprofit website? Join Network for Good’s Nonprofit Team as they give homepage tips and tricks! 60 second critiques of actual nonprofit websites (submit yours in the registration form!). Question and answer period to address any nonprofit website issues. As we enter into year-end fundraising season, now’s the time to make sure your website is in tip-top shape.

You Might Need New Tech More than New Staff

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Accidental Techies Advocacy Content Marketing Fundraising Hiring Consultants Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy nptech Online Tools TrendsWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now.

Social Media 101 for Nonprofit Consultants

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

On a professional level, I got involved with nonprofit online discussions as a member of HandsNet around 1996. I hope to continue to learn and fascinated by social media, and I hope to continue to bring that experience and enthusiasm to my colleagues and clients in the nonprofit sector. Oh, and if you'd like a copy of my powerpoint slides from yesterday's presentation, just send me an email (contact info in the "about the consultant" section of this blog).

3 Steps to Funding Nonprofit Marketing

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We’ve all seen them: social media pages or websites for grassroots nonprofit agencies that appear to have been designed by a student or a well-intentioned volunteer. More often than not, the lack of investment in nonprofit marketing is fueled by a lack of resources: financial and talent. Nonprofit agency directors are so busy serving people that they can’t find the time or money to invest in quality marketing and storytelling initiatives.

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Why I’m Working with Bloomerang

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Much of what we talk about at Nonprofit Marketing Guide requires software to do well. I rarely, if ever, recommend one company without listing off their competitors, and suggesting you do homework via organizations like Idealware , the Nonprofit Technology Network , and TechSoup. Jay is a nonprofit software veteran who founded eTapestry and later sold it to Blackbaud. You’ll have to join us for the Ahern Academy at Nonprofit Marketing Guide for that.).

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Fundraising Careers: Kishshana Palmer Interview: Discover your strengths

Wild Woman Fundraising

Kishshana Palmer is an experienced non-profit executive, consultant and Certified Fundraising Executive (CRFE), a designation held by only 4,000 professional fundraisers. That’s one of the most wasteful things that a nonprofit can do is have that churn in their fundraiser.

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Your Next Nonprofit Marketing Job: Monday Matters

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Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here. Events Director/Consultant & External Relations Associate END Fund (New York, NY). Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—October 13, 2014. Communications Coordinator (PT) World Affairs Council of Oregon (Portland, OR). Communications Specialist The Health Trust (San Jose, CA). Communications Specialist, School Improvement & Marketing Manager Southern Regional Education Board (Atlanta, GA).

22 Terrific Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Monday Matters

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Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here. Communications Coordinator The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (Portland, OR). Director of Digital Marketing & Regional Marketing Consultant Citizen Schools. Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—October 6, 2014. Louis, MO) Deputy […] Jobs and Hiring branding fundraising hiring internship message development Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing nonprofit marketing jobs

How to organize your fundraising job search like a pro with Phil Gerard

Wild Woman Fundraising

So that said, what work do you find most fulfilling with your consulting? So those are two examples of many fulfilling moments in my consulting life. I love that you both love working with job seekers as well as universities and hospitals and bigger nonprofits like that, too.

New Year, New Nonprofit Marketing Job: Movin’ Up Monday

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Please post your nonprofit marketing position here for full-time or part-time staff, consulting or internship opportunities. Marketing and Communications Manager , Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits (New York, NY). Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—December 23, 2013.

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INTERVIEW: Lisa Taylor of Challenge Factory Talks Your Career Transition

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you in the corporate world looking to transition into the nonprofit world for greater meaning in your work? Because she really cares about what makes us nonprofit professionals tick! we have a lot of thought leadership around head offices of nonprofits and social service programs.

Nonprofit Media Relations—Not JUST Relationships

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Instead, I think these three traits are more vital than relationships and yield better results—look for them in your media relations staffer or consultant: Knowledge of what journalists want—a good story.

The 5 Questions Nonprofits Always Ask Me About Fundraising Emails

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I love writing email appeals — diving deep into an issue, learning about the inspiring work that nonprofits do, and weaving words that inspire generosity. When I teach others how to write email appeals — through webinars, trainings and consulting work — I get peppered with questions.

Media Benchmarks For Nonprofits

The Agitator

In a thoughtful gift to the sector, M+R , the media and fundraising consultancy, has just released the inaugural edition of 2016 Mediamarks Study. Communications Media usage / trends Nonprofit management Research premium“How many media hits should we getting?”

Fantastic Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—Movin’ Up Monday

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Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here. Communications Associate and Marketing & Design Consultant , The Friends Committee on National Legislation (Washington, DC). Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—May 24, 2014. Register here for jobs + nonprofit marketing templates, tools & tips— Getting Attention blog & e-news.

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Successful Nonprofit Storytelling: Stay Humble

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As a program officer preparing a presentation for our board, I search for one answer: “What is the common thread in the successful video nonprofit storytelling projects this board has funded?” Is it the creative consultant or firm?

Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Movin’ Up Tuesday!

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Please post your nonprofit marketing position here for full-time or part-time staff, consulting or internship opportunities. Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—August 12, 2013.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


In the past year, thousands of nonprofit pros took advantage of our definitive Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar, and we're so excited to share our brand new 2016 list! Nonprofit technology, and more! 2015 - 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar. Nonprofit FundCon.