The High Cost of Communications Chaos #CALMnotBUSY

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Many nonprofit communications directors feel like they work in a constant state of chaos. You likely feel overwhelmed and understaffed. Odds are you don’t have enough time to think or plan, so you just do, do, do. And the to-dos don’t stop coming.

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


I don’t like these titles and I think they cost nonprofits money! The post Why fundraiser job titles suck and cost you a lot of money! My pal Dr. Russell James is at it again. This time, he researched what fundraiser job titles inspire more engagement, connectivity, and giving.

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Do people prefer when others pay for a nonprofits’ administrative costs?


I know, I know… Dan Pallota thinks charities need a defense council to inform the public that administrative costs are a necessary part of a nonprofit structure. His call for a defense of administrative costs simply will never work. Fundraising Nonprofit nonprofit administrative costs

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The Hidden Cost Of Complexity

The Agitator

Given a choice, the harder something is to use the less people will use it. The more difficult something is to read the fewer people will read it. Most organizations don’t bother measuring the difficulty donors have in using their online donate pages.

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How To Measure Media Cost & Results When Promoting Your Nonprofit (TV, Newspaper, Billboards, Branding Products, etc.)

NonProfit Branding

And different costs. The Research: Many media – billboards, TV, newspapers, skywriters, etc – can promote your brand. Each has different impacts. Here’s a look at the research that compares expense and results. This is information you will want to keep for reference.) The Key Yardstick: Of three basic metrics, number of impressions is the [.].

How To Talk To Donors About Fundraising Costs And Ethics

The Agitator

So, here’s some Agitator advice on dealing with the question of fundraising costs and ethics. I have no idea how much traction the CNN story on the New York Attorney General’s settlement will get. Nor whether it will trigger any, many or no donor inquiries to your organization or your clients.

Acquisition: The ‘Less Cost Is Best’ Fallacy

The Agitator

If that’s the case, you should probably also skip this recent post — The ‘less cost is best’ fallacy — from fundraiser Ken Burnett. how you’re under-cutting your fundraising success by not spending enough ), dealing specifically with why you should not obsess on minimizing cost ratios. Ken gives six reasons why adhering to rigid cost ratios is wrong-headed, abbreviated a bit here … The question is wrong.

The Cost of Being Boring

Social Marketing and Social Change

That's the commentary attached to the message on this bottle by Hugh McLeod (aka @gapingvoid) -- Advertising is the cost of being boring. "This is for the guys who still think that the only way to market is through explaining product benefits and price advantages.

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Acquisition: Its Costs And ROI – Part 1

The Agitator

There’s no question in my mind that a great deal of the furor over the ‘high cost of fundraising’ on the part of the watchdog groups, the press, regulators and many nonprofits themselves stems from absolute ignorance. Ignorance about what “acquisition” is, how it should be measured, and when or whether its costs should be considered acceptable. P.S. Next, in Part 2 of Acquisition Costs and ROI we’ll deal in more detail with why this metric is so important.

How To Talk About Fundraising Costs

The Agitator

Like it or not, far too many folks judge a charity by its cost of fundraising and ‘overhead’ From regulators to the media, from charity watchdogs to far too many nonprofit boards — and even some fundraisers themselves — the false metric of ‘cost of fundraising’ has created a big mess of misunderstanding.

How You Should Really Be Thinking About Acquisition Costs

The Agitator

Here’s a brief excerpt from Retention Fundraising on the importance of building the cost of key retention efforts into your acquisition. Editor’s Note: The e-Book version of Retention Fundraising: the new art and science of keeping your donors for life is now available. You can click here to order either the e-Book or print versions.

Acquisition: Its Costs And ROI – Part 2

The Agitator

That’s why so many fundraisers and their consultants persist in using the meaningless, if not idiotic, measures of ‘cost of fundraising’ and ‘ROI’ rather than develop strategies and steer their programs based on the key metric of Lifetime Value.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: Cost, Impact and Use of Logo T-Shirts

NonProfit Branding

As long as it is of appropriate quality and carries an attractive imprint, a shirt with your logo is a walking billboard for your nonprofit. Here are the questions to ask yourself about logo shirts: Do T-shirts make economic sense … Continue reading → ACTION: Interacting with Products & Vendors BUYING: Production & Imprinting Info CONTEXT: Tricks, Tips & Taboos IMPLEMENTATION: Using Branding Products Effectively

3 simple ways fundraisers can improve their LinkedIn profiles to land more meetings and raise more money


Most fundraiser’s LinkedIn profiles are screwed up! They look like resumes, not invitations. After all, are you trying to raise money or are you looking for another job?

Flat Earth Fundraising: The High Cost Of Mistreating Suppliers

The Agitator

The cost of pitches [responding to RFP’s] is not just about cost to the agencies. Inevitably there’s a huge cost to the charity too … It shouldn’t be seen as an obligatory ritual.

Fundraising Data And The Cost Of Embalming An Elephant

The Agitator

Dearly Beloved, I grew up in the death business — flowers, funerals and the high cost of dying — and I’m sure glad those high-priced days are long gone. Low cost, bio-degradable ‘green’ caskets.

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How To Brand A Nonprofit With Low Cost & High Impact

NonProfit Branding

Logo-Mugs are among the most cost-effective. Later in this post we’ll report the cost comparisons with other media.). Even without unscrambling the results, the relationship between market impact and cost is surprising and persuasive. It also exaggerates the cost.

Should your donors be given a chance to “tip” your organization?


Related Posts: >> What fundraisers can learn from restaurants and waiters. >> Do people prefer when others pay for a nonprofits’ administrative costs? Are you confused by that headline?

Donor Service: Cost Center Or Profit Center?

The Agitator

Type A views workers who serve the public as a ‘cost center’ and does everything possible to hold down wages and benefits. The holiday shopping season, coupled with the current wave of renewed interest in raising the minimum wage and the plight of workers at places like Walmart, got me thinking about — what else? — donor retention.

New and Improved! The Authoritative Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Software

Non Profit Marketing 360

NTEN and Idealware, two trusted names in nonprofit technology, have jointly published A Consumer’s Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems. The report analyzes 29 systems that cost from the low three figures up to $4,000, and recommend best fits for different organizational needs. Now you have valuable help as you try to figure out the best donor management system for your organization.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: Promotional Media – Measuring Cost & Impact

NonProfit Branding

Start with cost and impact data for a product. You can measure the value your nonprofit receives from imprinted branding products. Stack them up against the same metrics from promotion in standard commercial media.

Where are you spending your marketing dollars?


If your organization has 10,000 active donors, it’s very likely they’ll be categorized as follows: A small number will generate 80-90 percent of the revenue. Mid-level donors will have a lot of potential for major giving.

Simply the simplest (and no-cost) way to market bequests.


The best part… asking your volunteers to consider a gift in their estate plan is easy and costs virtually nothing. Ask your volunteers to plan a gift! This is really very simple. More and more seniors are volunteering these days. In fact, Philanthropy News Digest found the following : Seniors are now volunteering at record levels. One in three volunteers is 55+.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: Cost, Impact and Use of Coffee Mugs

NonProfit Branding

Nonprofit Executives: do you know how much power Logo-Mugs have? Using mugs VisABILITY supplied, our public broadcasting clients raised $200,000,000 ($200 million!) since 1985! They’re equally powerful nonprofit branding tools.

6 easy and low cost ways to build better relationships with your donors using technology


These days it’s easier than ever to give your supporters this kind of service through the use of low-cost, high-productivity technologies. The post 6 easy and low cost ways to build better relationships with your donors using technology appeared first on MarketSmart

Tips to Improve and Lessen the Costs of Nonprofit Operations

Seeking Grant Money Today

What Is A Well Run Nonprofit Agency? I'll Tell You. How To Find General Operating Funds Nonprofit's Mission Statement, Program/Project Impact, and Your Field's Current Trends Creating Model Programs and Their Effect On Getting Grants Evaluation Methods - How Can A Nonprofit Use Them To Raise More Money More Often Be Strategic, Yes 'Strategic', When You Write the Grant Proposal Take That Nonprofit's Grant Writing to the Next Level Grant Writers, Commissions, Best Practice, and the "Why?"Of

An invitation I had to decline

Wild Woman Fundraising

Department of Education, between 2001 and 2011, the average total cost to attend a four-­?year I myself went to a private college that now costs $250,000 for 4 years of education. In the 1970s, this school cost barely $18,000 to graduate from.

7 reasons why wealth screening your donor list might be an incredibly foolish activity.


The investment is costly. Fundraising strategy best practices for fundraising best wealth screening tools charity blog donor search vs wealthengine donorsearch pricing how much does wealth screening cost major gift fundraising Philanthropy Strategy wealth screening companies wealth screening definition wealth screening vendorsBefore you send me angry responses to this headline, know these two things first: What I’ve written is NOT coming just from me.

Which Donor Database is Right for YOU?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently I helped a small, all volunteer run nonprofit orchestra choose their first database. It was done with some delays, but we got our data from various spreadsheets put into the online database, and we started using it.

Are you a wage slave at your nonprofit? Take this quiz!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you never gotten a cost-of-living wage increase? Are You a Wage Slave? Do you spend more each month paying down your debts than buying new things? Do you depend completely on your job for money? Do you have a giant school or credit card debt you’re paying down right now?

#ProAging: Telestroke/Telemedicine Tests Show Excellent Cost & Health Benefits

Non Profit Marketing 360

In a wonderful synthesis of health care needs, patient choice, cost effectiveness, and beneficial outcomes, a recent report from The Mayo Clinic ‘s ‘Telestroke’ program demonstrates the payoff of the pilot program.

#ProAging: Telestroke/Telemedicine Tests Show Excellent Cost & Health Benefits

Non Profit Marketing 360

In a wonderful synthesis of health care needs, patient choice, cost effectiveness, and beneficial outcomes, a recent report from The Mayo Clinic ‘s ‘Telestroke’ program demonstrates the payoff of the pilot program.

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

Uncategorized avoid constant contact at all costs aweber rocks bad email newsletter constantcontact bad constantcontact evil constantcontact is evil constantcontact sucks constantcontact worst email software ever workshop versus sales pitch worst email newsletter softwareYou know what I hate?

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VIDEO: Do you have lots of debt? Join the Jubilee!

Wild Woman Fundraising

We have a trillion dollars in student loan debt (more than credit cards) because college costs have risen 90% in the last 10 years. Now that the election’s over, we can start to focus on the more important things again, like what to do about people in so much debt in this country.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: The Most Expensive Way to Cut Cost

NonProfit Branding

You can cut costs, protect the brand and sleep at night! … Continue reading → CONTEXT: Tricks, Tips & Taboos PROTECTION: Guarding & Repairing Brands brand management brand protection cutting costs financial crisis nonprofit board nonprofit moraleAll nonprofit managers anguish over finding ways to reduce expenses during periods of economic hardship. It’s a real challenge to do this without damaging the brand. Nevertherless, it can be done.

Low Cost, High Impact? The Growing Potential of QR Codes


Now however, with budgets being stretched like Mr. Fantastic--the focus is even more so: “ low cost , low risk, and high impact.&# Tags: mobile barcode low cost technology Manor Texas Nielsen OxFam Project Red QR Code quick response RememberMe Smartphone Starbucks TOTeM

Text to Give Pricing & Costs

A Small Change

There are more variables beyond cost since different businesses offer different options in reporting and wrap around services. During the months of July, August and September you can take a “test drive&# for a low cost and without a long term contract. When considering which provider to use, it can be difficult to find their pricing information so I’ve aggregated it here.

What Should a Website Cost?

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There are relatively few well-defined models for specifying, costing and managing web site projects in a transparent fashion, let alone ones that engage all organizational stakeholders in the process. Cost overruns are the norm, and processes for dealing with the evolving feature definition of most sites are usually elusive at best.

Nonprofit Branding: The Expensive Way To Cut Costs

NonProfit Branding

CONCLUSION: This is the finding pops up in study after study - nothing can put your nonprofit mission in front of more people, more often, more positively and with less cost per impression, than high-quality imprinted products! [.]. RESEARCH: For years marketing, public relations and advertising firms have studied the effectiveness of all forms of advertising.

The Board Meeting Swipe File: Fundraising Costs and Investment

The Agitator

So, there’s no better time to offer up this Agitator Board Meeting Swipe File on Fundraising Costs and Investment in Fundraising. Here’s a brief compilation of resources and advice that may come in handy as you explain to your board, CEO and CFO the issues of ‘overhead’, ‘costs’, ‘investment’, ‘fundraiser pay’, and other frequently raised questions about the costs and returns in fundraising.