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Developing a Modern Public Relations Strategy

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Today, I’d like to share some suggestions on how your organization can approach its media relations in a more engaging way. Peter Panepento.

What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here’s the original question: I’m seeing so many job ads lately for communications AND development managers/directors. Absolutely.

Why nonprofit budgets should be developed in alignment with strategies


Aligning your budgets with your strategies will help you: Compel both your leadership and staff to develop a long-term vision. Improve morale.

Distressing Disconnect—INSIDE Your Organization! (Part One)

Getting Attention

Take a look at these disconnects in goals and preferred tactics: 65% of communications staff, but just 44% of development staff, feel responsible for community engagement goals. Just 12% of communications staff, but 72% of development staff, feel directly responsible for fundraising goals. Surprising, distressing but all too true!

Firing Your Development Director? It’s not you, it’s me!

Wild Woman Fundraising

REVOLVING DOOR – Development directors are bouncing around and getting fired all the time. Firing Your Development Director?

Do You Need to Hire A Development Director?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Then you need to hire a Director of Development. Not a Development Coordinator. Not a Development Associate. A Development Director. If there is a sole development staff person, they are going to be filling the role of development director, whether they are called the development director or not.

Developing a Plan to Approach Companies

Fundraising Coach

Perhaps you already have a list of companies that could donate to your organization. You can make up a grid using the following questions: Does this foundation support our type of organization? At least you only have one person to research and one major relationship to develop. It could be an employee committee.

Your Chance to Develop a Compelling, Easy-to-Remember Tagline in Under Two Months

Getting Attention

I’ve helped organizations like yours to solve this problem dozens of times. Learn more now.

#Development: Make The Nonprofit Video – Don’t Sweat The ‘Viral’

Non Profit Marketing 360

Consultation and strategy are the foundation – Your organization must be invested not in polished production, but in long-term outreach.

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Simple Segmentation For Smaller Organizations

The Agitator

Fundraisers spend a lot of time developing the offer – writing (and rewriting, and rewriting, and rewriting) an appeal letter nine times, holding four meetings to decide on whether programs are accurately described, debating whether that cuddly polar bear premium is more compelling than a furry dolphin.

The Folk Dance of Nonprofit Organizational Development

Fundraising Coach

The Folk Dance of Nonprofit Organizational Development. But if left unchecked, both will kill an organization. by Marc A. Administrators.

#Development: Establishing Goals To Ensure Integrating Social Media In Your Organization’s Growth Plans

Non Profit Marketing 360

Steve and Dado's 4 Phases of developing a Social-Media Strategy. 56% of companies still block social media (InSites Consulting research).

Your Organization’s Story: In Five Minutes

Mission Minded

With your One Minute Message and your Two Minute Messages developed, you’re well prepared to give an arresting introduction and explain why your organization is needed. Used effectively, these messages give you a greater chance at keeping your listener interested. Now it’s time to paint a picture of the impact of your work.

How to Raise Money With Facebook – One Organization’s Success Story

J Campbell Social Marketing

Baldrick’s Foundation contacted me to highlight some of the great strides the organization has taken in the area of social media fundraising.

What Should Nonprofit Leaders Expect from the Development Officer?

Get Fully Funded

As a consultant to nonprofits, my blood just boils when I am asked by executive directors or board members, “So, we are thinking about hiring a development officer, how long it will take before this person is raising more money than the salary we pay them?” This is a huge area of concern for many organizations. The result?

#DEVELOPMENT: How Much Cash Is Required To Land A Donation?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Did the time and money spent developing a program or launching a campaign prove to be worth the support? What does it cost? not nonprofits ?

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#Development: Jumo And Join To Create Largest Nonprofit Network

Non Profit Marketing 360

Jumo was started by Chris Hugues , who cut his networking teeth developing Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg.

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What Does it Mean to Be a Development Professional?

A Small Change

As fundraisers, we often refer to ourselves as “development professionals” or “development pros.” I like this terminology, because at their best, fundraising staff members, consultants, and development directors are professionals. The True Development Pro. They don’t see this as a “job,” they see it as a “career.”

You can meet me at the Center for Nonprofit Organizations in February, March and April 2011!

Wild Woman Fundraising

I will be teaching four workshops in February, March and April at the Center for Nonprofit Organizations at 5930 Middle Fiskville Road in Austin!

Master the Nonprofit Message Development Process

Getting Attention

That will make all the difference for your organization in 2012. What if you were skilled at the . Register by December 31 to. Save $200.

Want to be more effective in your fundraising? Get LEAN!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Then come to my presentation at the Center for Nonprofit Organizations on March 8th from 9:30am to 12pm. Do you have too much to do? Digg this!

10 Shocking Scary Secrets of Working in Fundraising

Wild Woman Fundraising

The Development Director can raise a ton of money and the Executive Director can say, “I raised that money, goodbye.” He said, 0.

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Cause Marketing for Healthcare Organizations

Selfish Giving

NEAHP – Cause Marketing for Health Care Organizations. 8 Reasons Healthcare Organizations Should Do Cause Marketing. Point-of-Sale.

10 Twitter Tips for Nonprofit Organizations

Fundraising 123

" Simple and powerful, Twitter is a must for nonprofit organizations. Those nonprofits who are most successful at utilizing social networking Web sites like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace know from trial, error, and experience that a “marketing and development approach” on social networking sites does not work. Have personality.

Asking foundations to fund development staff is a waste?

Wild Woman Fundraising

It was that they were not given enough power within the organization to make a dent in the organizational structure, management, and communications.

#Development: How To Make A Video And Make It Grow Your Outreach

Non Profit Marketing 360

In the nonprofit world, one of the great developments in media is video. Telling stories is one of the elemental qualities of humans.

Your supporters want a polyamorous relationship with you and your organization


They will cozy up to other organizations (your competitors). At some point they might even make a plan to leave your organization in their will.

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WordPress as a flexible development platform


The tools available to web developers for building websites, web tools, apps, sitelets, widgets, etc. These tools do some of the heavy lifting for us, in order to connect via social media channels or to keep information better organized. It’s an Open Source project with a very active community of supporters and developers.

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The Role of the Executive Director in a Development Database

Fundraising Coach

As a database consultant and trainer to non-profits, I am often asked about what role an Executive Director should have in a development database.

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#COMMUNICATIONS: Is Your Organization Moving At The Speed Of Mobile?

Non Profit Marketing 360

And with those technological changes come changes of habit and expectation. Click to enlarge questions. Related articles.

5 Steps to Consistent Communications (+ Instant Connection)

Getting Attention

Consistency enables your people and prospects to recognize your organization’s communications in a flash.

Get Your Dream Job

Wild Woman Fundraising

Worked my way up in various nonprofits as a development assistant, development associate, development officer, and development director.

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Fundraising Careers: Kishshana Palmer Interview: Discover your strengths

Wild Woman Fundraising

For over ten years, she has been advising non-profits on donor/board development, internal fundraising operations and strategic planning. Crazy!

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3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

Getting Attention

the first women-owned, full-service Internet company; and Webgrrls International, the first Internet networking organization for women.

Just ONE Call to Action (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Use this example from one of our greatest cultural institutions as motivation to review your organization’s calls to action.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

She writes a column, “Unraveling Development,” for the Nonprofit Quarterly. MKC: I have difficulty maintaining one blog. Why do you have three?

5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Getting Attention

Identify the ways in which your organization’s work touches top-of-mind issues. We can’t fight it, but we can’t sit it out.

Best and Worst Job Interview Questions for Comm and Development Directors?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s open this up to Communications Directors and Development Directors. What do you think? And for fun, what are some of the worst?

Job opening: Development Director, Hospice of Southern Maine

Fundraising Coach

It is a tremendous organization doing incredibly important work. Today, I learned they’re looking for a development director. The Role of the Executive Director in a Development Database, Part 2. The Role of the Executive Director in a Development Database. FMI: [link]. (c) c) Marc A. Pitman,

25 OMG Nonprofit Communications Jobs: Moving Up Monday

Getting Attention

Development & Communications Associate Lillian’s List of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC). Please post your nonprofit marketing jobs here.