Extend Your Reach with a Staff Messenger Team

Getting Attention

Here are four compelling reasons—backed up by the kind of research findings nonprofit decision makers adore—to launch your team of staff messengers a.s.a.p.: I urge you to launch—ask, train, support, and thank— your team of passionate employee messengers.

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Nonprofit Marketing Team Roles and Tasks – Who Does What?

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I am working with two clients, ASPCApro and the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy , who are both looking at the best ways to staff what are essentially content marketing teams, even though the organizations don’t call them that. Developing Compelling Messages and Content.

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Launch Your Team of Year-End Fundraisers: Free Training Th Oct 6

Getting Attention

Join me to learn how to turn your board, staff, and loyal volunteers into a team of passionate and engaging messengers. They’ll develop confidence and skills while you’ll get more of the donations and donor loyalty you seek—without additional budget or hires.

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What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does

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There’s a great conversation happening about whether one person can be both the communications and the development director in the Nonprofit Communications Professionals Facebook Group. 3) It’s really a communications job, with development thrown in.

Developing a Modern Public Relations Strategy

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Today’s nonprofit communications teams should instead be thinking about how they can be speaking to the people they most want to reach — whether those people are reporters, potential donors, or activists. Develop personas for those people — and where are the best channels to reach them.

People First—4 Steps To Your All-Org Marketing Team

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Here are some examples of how all-org marketing teams work: The person who answers general calls directs callers on with warmth, interest and enthusiasm. Learn more about developing your all-org marketing team: 8 Ways to Build a Team of Effective Messengers.

7 Steps to Passionate Volunteer Messengers

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There’s a proven yet seldom-used method to boost success in both dimensions AND extend your organization’s reach and impact without adding budget or hires: Building your team of passionate volunteer messengers. Take these seven steps to launch your team of passionate volunteer messengers.

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Ep187: Evite, Pledgeling Team Up to Turn Birthday Parties Into Fundraisers for Charity

Selfish Giving

How the partnership between Pledgeling and Evite got started and how they developed Evite Donations.

What Skills Should a Communications Team Have?

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I’m a member of EARN’s first-ever communications team, and we’re thinking strategically about what roles and functions we’ll need to fill for the coming year. I was wondering if you’d be willing to share any insights or resources into how best to setup a communications team at a nonprofit. Right now, we’re two full-time people with a half-time Director (she shares her time with Development). Can you help me answer this question?

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready to be Super Relevant?

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EveryAction Development: Make Your Fundraising Tools Work For You


With EveryAction Development, we’ve made it truly simple to manage your donors in one, unified platform, giving you more time to focus on your organization’s mission, raise more money, and operate more efficiently. Recently, I caught up with Melissa Wyers, Executive Director of EveryAction, to chat all things EveryAction Development. What is EveryAction Development? EveryAction Development is what nonprofits have wanted but didn’t think was possible.

Communications Directors, Step Up and Lead

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Sometimes limited beliefs develop because of the organizational cultures that make you question yourself. CALM Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional Development

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Three Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue in Your #npcomm Work

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CALM Leadership Marketing Team Nonprofit Marketing Strategy Professional DevelopmentOn more than a few occasions, I’ve told friends and family that the gift I most want on my birthday or Mother’s Day is to NOT be asked to make a decision.

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5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

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Communications directors and development directors are not magicians or miracle workers, and yet many executive directors and boards seem to think they should be able to pull rabbits out of hats and turn water into wine.

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

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Build Your Message Team: Part 4—Grow Energy, Insights & Skills

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This is the last in a series of posts outlining the steps to building a team of effective messengers, following Part 1: Why & What, Part 2: Groundwork and Part 3: Skill Building. You should: Trumpet successes with specifics, in one-to-one and all-team communications.

#SOCIALMEDIA: Online Communication Is A Team Sport

Non Profit Marketing 360

It takes a team, and everyone contributes something critical to the overall success. Whatever the extent of your staff, you need to structure a social-media team who are dedicated to listening, contributing, and monitoring your outreach both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Finding Purpose: You and Your Nonprofit

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Maybe you can use this as a conversation starter, not only in your own professional/personal development, but in how your organization thinks of itself and communicates that out to the world. Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy Professional Development

Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap Starts with You

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Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional Development Do you struggle to find time in your workday to actually sit and think? To plan for what are strategically the best new moves for your organization?

Breaking Down Silos: Integrating Marketing and Fundraising Departments #17NTCteam

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Check out our research on the difference types of communications teams and which are most effective. Let us know how you work with other teams in your organization in the comments below. Marketing Team

How to Use a Street Team to Enhance Your Crowdfunding

Fundraising Coach

One thing I often talk about in my crowdfunding workshops is the importance of creating these campaign evangelists, or an online street team. And when you recruit people to be part of your online street team, one of the most important things is to manage expectations so that everyone is on the same page about what is needed and what can be done. Tell them upfront, “I want you to be a part of my team, and here’s what I need from you.”

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Want Staff Help with Communications? Start with Photography

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We highly encourage all staff to take ‘candids’ and forward them to the marketing team,” says Julie. “As As the marketing team has received and posted these photos, the staff have seen that their contributions are important and impactful which, in turn, continues to turn the wheel.”.

You’ve Just Been Promoted to Chief of Staff

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Something more like a Chief of Staff to your executive director or senior management team? Depending on your organizational structure, nonprofit marketers like us often serve as a central spoke between program staff, membership teams and the Executive Director. Leili Khalessi.

The Folk Dance of Nonprofit Organizational Development

Fundraising Coach

I am honored to be part of the 501 Mission Place team. The Folk Dance of Nonprofit Organizational Development. The nonprofit is the team’s life. I find it easier to think of organizational development as a folk dance. Highly developed pioneers can see their benefit.

What Should Nonprofit Leaders Expect from the Development Officer?

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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 question indicates that these leaders really do not understand development or the role of a development officer in their organization.

The Kinds of Meetings Communications Directors Need

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These meetings are about getting ideas, information, concerns, and insights out on the table and shared among team members. You hold these meetings to ensure that work is progressing in a timely way and that team members remain accountable. Professional Development Meetings.

Which Stupid Things Nonprofits Admit Most to Doing

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The Theory of Change Behind Nonprofit Marketing

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Content Marketing Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy Professional DevelopmentThe “ Theory of Change ” is a popular strategic planning model in the nonprofit world.

11 Weeks to Go: Launch Your #GivingTuesday Team!

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First up: Building your #GivingTuesday Team. The most pivotal person on #GivingTuesday is the leader of your team – the Envoy of Enthusiasm. Who is that passionate, committed, ORGANIZED, individual who can quarterback your #GivingTuesday team? The Best December Ever.

Social Media Takeovers: 6 Nonprofits That Gave It Up for Good (PLUS: 6 Tips for Getting it Right)

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Fast hands get the job done and Team Olek is working non-stop for the Ball. Scientists have yet to develop. Creative Ideas Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications nptech Online Marketing Social NetworkingImage Source: https://flic.kr/p/dzN6Vp. p/dzN6Vp.

Best Way to Get Timely Input: Review & Approval 2.0

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I had the pleasure of working with Jen to develop a brand, website strategy, and marketing plan for Advocates—a human services agency providing a breadth of programs and services throughout Massachusetts. Here’s the inventive process Jen designed to solicit prompt input on Advocates brand development: Staff Members’ Perspectives & Priorities a Must-Have for Relevant Branding. You guys are so smart!

4 Ways to Save Your Sanity: Review & Approval 2.0

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We diligently do our homework, developing buy-in from colleagues (by highlighting what’s in it for them) and sourcing practical insights on audience habits and wants. We explained what the brand development process would look like at a project kickoff meeting.

Creating a Culture Where Everyone is a Marketer

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Guest Post by Beth Ann Spiegel, Fund Development and Communications Associate of The Arc of Atlantic County. Develop your agenda for the meeting. Guest Bloggers Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional Development Your AdviceBeth Ann Spiegel.

Having a Book Club at Your Nonprofit

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Our group included staff from the following areas: volunteers, communications, development, and community engagement. Guest Bloggers Marketing TeamMelinda Billings. We’ve been talking about ways to include other staff members in your work.

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#Development: Jumo And Good.is Join To Create Largest Nonprofit Network

Non Profit Marketing 360

We have followed the development of the Jumo website and network over the last year or so, and that organization has recently announced a development ‘merger’ with Good.is Then follow their merger and development to see how their work can work for you and your organization.

No Hard Choices = No Strategy and No Leadership

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Was her own frustration about not being included as the strategy was developed clouding her judgement about the quality of the consultant’s work? Hiring Consultants Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy leadership This is not a strategy.

Freebies – The First 100 Days of Your Nonprofit Marketing Job

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Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional Development Publication ManagementHappy Holidays! We love our readers and think you deserve some goodies. This week, we are highlighting free downloads and resources from Nonprofit Marketing Guide that are all FREE.

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

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Ashlie Hutcherson, Associate Development Director at Almost Home , emailed me yesterday asking if I’d write a blog post on questions to ask during interviews with Development Director candidates. Let’s open this up to Communications Directors and Development Directors.

Simple Rules, Part II: How to Get Better #NpComm Work Done Faster

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Should the development staff and marketing staff let each other provide comments on anything that goes out to the public ahead of time? CALM Marketing Team Nonprofit Marketing Strategy Publication Management

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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. We took advantage of WordPress to build out our company site, for a handful of reasons: Fosters Collaboration: We wanted to build out our site with the intent of making it easy to collaborate, not just for our production team, but for everyone in the company. It’s an Open Source project with a very active community of supporters and developers.