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Make Contact!

The Agitator

Here’s yet another study from the commercial world that delivers the refrain: Make contact with your customers! Yeah, the study was conducted by Harris Interactive for InContact, a vested interest provider of contact center software. But dismiss these findings, which I believe apply to donors, at your peril … More than a third (68%) of consumers said that companies who have no other means of contact other than a toll-free number seem outdated. [We

WARNING: You’re Prohibited From Contacting Donors After 1/1/17

The Agitator

“We regret to inform you that as of January 1, 2017 nonprofits will not be permitted to contact their donors without the express written consent of each donor.” Once you’ve picked yourself off the floor with the fear you can’t meet next year’s goal, exactly what action steps will you take to prepare for what the majority of fundraisers would consider a disaster of immense dimension?

The 4 Donor Groups You Need to Contact Before the End of Year

Fundraising Coach

As we've been approaching the end of year, my coaching clients are asking me to help them prioritize their major gift fundraising contacts. Individual contacts, not spray-and-pray! Photo courtesy of Willy D on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

How do you turn an accidental donor into an ally? Part 1

Wild Woman Fundraising

It’s called “Make your Contacts Count&# by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon. Hey, ever wondered how to get more donors for your cause? What have you done about that?

Pimping for Constant Contact

Cause Related Marketing

was invited to a local presentation on email marketing from Constant Contact, the Waltham, Massachusetts email marketing outfit whose target market is small businesses and nonprofits.They offer a cause-related marketing campaign called Care4Kids meant to. Tags: Constant Contact Email Marketing OK, not pimping really. More like a gentle noodge to nonprofits and the companies that love them that it’s time to start email marketing.I

To Build Trust, Make Sure Your Photos Make Eye Contact With Your Donors


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What’s The Best Cause Marketing Program for My Business?

Selfish Giving

Another example of keeping it simple is Care4Kids , a program Constant Contact , the company I use for my email newsletter (which you can sign up for in the top right!). It’s no coincidence that Constant Contact’s Care4Kids program is for charities that help kids.

Tips for an Effective Contact Us Page

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One of the hardest-working but most underrated pages of any nonprofit website is the "Contact Us" page. It hangs in the background, behind more glamorous pages, ready to offer the most basic but essential of information about an organization What makes an effective Contact Us page It should answer two key questions: How people can contact your nonprofit and why they should want to contact your nonprofit.

NonProfit Pulse Survey

Social Media Bird Brain

Thought you might be interested in the results of a survey ConstantContact did recently on nonprofits Here's the text: Constant Contact Nonprofit Pulse Survey: Attracting New Supporters Keeps Nonprofits Up at Night Majority of nonprofits see potential of social media marketing to help with engaging supporters WALTHAM, Mass. social communications Email Constant Contact website social media marketing Small nonprofit small business survey

Turning Contacts into Donors

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Non-donors don’t.) • Belief—Probably (but he needs to confirm this, which he can begin at Google or Dogpile for bios and community involvement and continue with further personal contact with the people). One of my clients met some people at an annual conference peripherally related to his organization’s cause. They hit it off. During the weekend, they talked a little about his work, and he believes they might be sympathetic.

How fast do you respond to your major and planned gift donors’ needs?


They know that: The odds of calling to contact a lead decrease by over 10 times in the 1st hour. After 20 hours every additional dial their salespeople make actually hurts your ability to make contact to qualify a lead. The odds of contacting a lead if called in 5 minutes versus 30 minutes drops 100 times. They make it a challenge to contact real people. The private sector knows all about responding to leads.

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The Downside of Personalized Emails

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You absolutely need to include contact information in your emails (and other forms of communication). But lots of times the only contact information you have is an email address. Contact your ESP if you are unsure how to find the default and change it.

3 major donor myths broken by Andrew Olsen


Myth #2: Your best donors will freak out if you contact them multiple times within a few months. Andrew Olsen knows a thing or two about direct marketing. On his blog , he debunks 3 major donor myths that pertain to marketing. You can find them below.

The 5 Things You Need In Your Nonprofit’s Online Newsroom

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Contact information. If you’re really serious about having her reach out with an inquiry, you should make it as easy as possible for her to do so by providing the name, e-mail address, and phone number of your media contact prominently on that page. Photo by Jurg Vollmer.

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Have you ever gone to a sales pitch disguised as workshop?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Constant Contact Sucks Workshops are Sales Pitches. And then I went to a conference in Philly and AGAIN Constant Contact was there with a purported workshop about social media, but ACTUALLY it was about how you should use their newsletter software. You know what I hate?

6 Overlooked Ingredients Your Year-End Emails Need

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Contact information. Linking to an effective contact page that answers how people can contact your nonprofit and why they should want to contact your nonprofit can help donors find the right way to get in touch if they have an important question. It''s also important that you put in an easy way for readers to opt-out of your nonprofit emails (and if you''re not sending from a email service provider like Constant Contact , be aware of CAN-SPAM laws ).

6 Time-Saving Scheduling Tools Recommended by Fellow Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Does it allow contacts to book directly on your calendar or request a booking time? Can you get your own customized booking URL to offer contacts? Share your availability and let contacts book straight into your calendar. Scheduling a meeting shouldn’t be hard.

Apps I Use for Cause Marketing

Selfish Giving

Constant Contact. Tags: Cause Tools analytics pro apps cause marketing constant contact dropbox evernote iphone read it later remember the milk wordpress app Anyone who knows me knows how important my iPhone is to me, especially now that I have the super-fast 4G!


Good News For A Friday

The Agitator

Just saw a brief analysis from Constant Contact of what gets emails opened. Constant Contact credits nonprofits with being better at segmenting based upon recipient behavior. And it turns out that, as an industry, the nonprofit sector generates the highest open rates, with an average of 29%. If your organization regularly beats 29%, this is a good news Friday!

Why fundraiser job titles suck and cost you a lot of money!


According to James, “This study tests the impact of various fundraiser job titles on others’ willingness to contact the fundraiser to engage in giving-related discussions.” My pal Dr. Russell James is at it again.

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How Does Your Nonprofit’s Donor Retention Rate Stack Up?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Although there may be room to increase retention rates, many organizations will need to focus on finding new contacts and developing strategies to convert them to donors. How do you collect their contact information? Heather Yandow.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Janis Walton

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

My contact said he would check with his contact who works within that organization. And the beauty of this contact is that they are interested in sustainable relief aid. I sent it to my contact. When he walked in the door, I was talking to my contact. Janis Walton.

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WHERE ARE MY PEOPLE? 6 Tools and Techniques for Finding Friends and Influencers on Facebook & Twitter

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This will help (not guarantee) that your page will be suggested to your contacts who are on Facebook in places like Recommended Pages. You can upload up contacts up to 5 times for a maximum of 7,000 contacts per day per page. You can upload a maximum of 5,000 contacts at a time.

5 questions to ask your planned giving marketing vendor


Contact us. How many highly qualified planned giving leads did you generate for my nonprofit last year? How many of those leads could also be major gift donors? Who among those leads has a donor advised fund or family foundation? Why do each of those leads care about my organization’s mission? In the minds of each of those leads, how does my organization rank compared to other charities? Are we their top choice for giving? Most, will get stuck on question one.

5 Strategies for Using Social Media for Media Relations

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

25 percent of journalists report that they use social media to make new contacts and 12 percent report that they have published stories based on information found on social media. During my days as a newspaper reporter and editor, I was always on the lookout for story ideas.

16 Content Ideas Your Major and Planned Gift Donors Will Love


Ways to advocate or contact a political figure. Infographics. Short, “self-contained” emails (with no hyperlinks) that include very brief updates. Short letters or online articles (2-3 paragraphs). Highly relevant and targeted medium length YouTube videos. Aim for 2 – 10 minutes ( Subscribe to our YouTube channel ). Brief emails with links to other articles (i.e. – “I thought you might like this…”). An annual report delivered via mail or email.

How Nonprofits Can Be #InstaAwesome on Instagram

J Campbell Social Marketing

It’s free, and it provides you with several useful tools that you don’t get with the personal account, including analytics and a Contact button. Instagram is a marketing powerhouse for brands, companies, and nonprofits alike.

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Fundraising Bravery

The Agitator

Regulatory efforts aimed at imposing an ‘opt in’ system requiring that nonprofits have the donor’s permission before contacting them. Sometimes Professor Adrian Sargeant can be a real pain in the ass. We should all be grateful.

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Why Ignoring GuideStar’s Profile Pages Damages Your PR Strategy

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

They also provide charities with opportunities to provide contact information, social media links, as well as details about their governance practices and diversity measures. As I’ve dug through GuideStar’s site to look at the profiles of many of my favorite nonprofits, I’ve found that the majority of them aren’t filled out with even the most cursory information, like contact information or social media links. Contact information.

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Successful Link Building Strategies for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Reach Out to Existing Community Partners: Contacting other websites to link to your nonprofits’ site can be a tedious venture, often not returning any results. Nonprofits should feel confident contacting websites with these domains, especially if there’s a direct relevance in mission.

Like You’re Talking to a Friend (Do It Differently: Part 2)

Getting Attention

Results to Date—It’s Working: Many donors have already contacted me to share their appreciation for our friendlier, more inclusive messaging. Welcome back to our new Do-It-Differently series , featuring fresh ideas from the field.

Media Relations: Too Valuable NOT to Use

Getting Attention

There are paid databases to find the contact information for journalists; however, there are several free tools available that can provide good results. Twitter or the website of the media outlet often has contact information for journalists.

Throwing UK Fundraising Under the Bus

The Agitator

In effect the new rules say that, for fundraising purposes, in the absence of written permission from the donor charities may no longer contact donors who are on the Telephone Preference Service list — even if the charity has an ongoing business relationship with that donor.

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Nonprofit Crisis Communications: Passover Case Study

Getting Attention

Regarding our own agency here in West Orange, please know that we are in constant contact with the West Orange Police and The Secure Community Network (SCN) (with full details on both).

10 Free Ways to Re-Purpose Your Nonprofit’s Stories

J Campbell Social Marketing

Email Series (Constant Contact, Mailchimp). Using email software like Constant Contact or Mailchimp, you can divide your story up into parts and send out a series of scheduled emails. Price : Mailchimp has a free plan; Constant Contact has discounted rates for nonprofits.

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What Cap’n Crunch Can Teach You About Fundraising

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

In a new study from Cornell Food and Brand Lab , researchers found that characters featured on kids’ cereal boxes make incidental eye contact with children and cereals aimed at adults make incidental eye contact with adult shoppers. Make eye contact.

How WE Do It! The Best Video Ever

Getting Attention

Taking an action engages us more in the cause and method of response, plus delivers our contact info to Make It Work for future campaigns. Watch it and weep, with laughter and recognition (if you’re a working parent, or overloaded in any other way). That’s definitely me! Is it you?

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The fundraising pyramid is dead.


True marketers would encourage the promotion of planned gifts to everyone that comes in contact with an organization. Many people don’t realize that fundraising is really just a subset of marketing. Therefore, fundraisers are marketers that raise funds.

10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

Contact local businesses to sponsor t-shirts for entrants and donate items for the goody bags runners receive on the day of the race. Contact local newspapers and radio stations to publicize your event. Contact your local automobile dealer and ask them to either donate the vehicle or donate a portion of the vehicle’s cost. When your charitable cause needs large amounts of money, charity fundraising events can be your best option.

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