Development Fatigue

A Small Change

Are you experiencing “Development Fatigue”? Do you ever feel like you have been asking too much and just don’t have any more “development” left in you? We have to wear a lot of hats in the development world from motivator to advocate, solicitor to coach, and many more.

Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work— but this method does


Our cold-calling wasn’t working! Here’s how it works. We turned things around by developing an outreach methodology that involves trust building and value establishment. Then let me know how it works!

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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. It’s a huge change because the tools are working for you instead of you working for your tools.". What is EveryAction Development?

Your Professional Development Plan Is Up To You #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you’re expecting your organization to create your professional development plan, you are making a big mistake. Nonprofit communications work is constantly evolving, and that means the skills and experiences needed to be effective are changing just as fast. During this 60-minute webinar , Kivi will show you how to create a professional development plan that puts you on the path to success. Professional Development

How to Improve and Develop Process at Your Nonprofit


Developing process is tricky. How then can we take what is considered best practice in the for-profit space and make use of it at your development shop? Changing or developing process first requires an audit of the existing system. can work just as well.

5 Considerations for Your #NPCOMM Professional Development Plan

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Earlier today on Facebook Live ( watch the recording now ), I shared five considerations for creating a professional development plan in the nonprofit communications and marketing field. #1: The same goes for your professional development. You may LOVE doing other kinds of work. .

Development Work Like Pastoring

A Small Change

This is the essence of pastoral work, talking with someone about building life direction and leaving a legacy. I’m not sure he would share my theory that development work is like pastoring, but he had a story that I think still illustrates my point. I’m not making a claim that pastors are like development officers, only that there are some similarities in the way we work with people. We have a unique opportunity to partner with people in areas of their passion.

Work-Life Balance at #15NTC

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This morning, Stephanie Bowen, Leili Khalessi, Kerala Taylor and I led a session called Paradox but Possible: Hardcore on Work AND Life. Nonprofit Communications Professional Development Greetings from Texas, Y’all!

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Asana—Streamline the Work Behind Your Work (Nonprofit Blog Carnival)

Getting Attention

As nonprofit communicators, we all know what it’s like to try to find balance in our work despite competing priorities, multiple teams and never-ending deadlines. A process for every project : Creating our own templates in Asana enabled us to take the guesswork out of the work.

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6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer and Still Get Work Done

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are a few ways to stay motivated during the sweet summertime months when all of that work still needs to get done. Give more time to strategic thinking and professional development. The key here is to actually leave earlier rather than getting sucked into more work or meetings!

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Crying in Your Car After Work? You Have Two Options

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be really hard days when you feel like the least favorite person in your organization and break down as soon you leave work. It has some great process advice on how to work through the changes you need to make.

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How Web Developers Hurt Their Nonprofit Clients

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If your web development/design consultant is doing any of these things, they are hurting your organization’s ability to communicate effectively, which is the whole point of having a website. If you are a web developer who does these things, please stop working for nonprofit clients.

What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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.

Three Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue in Your #npcomm Work

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I make what feels like a million decisions in managing work and family, and it’s exhausting. There are so many different approaches, so many different “best practices” and not enough time or resources to work through them all.

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#DEVELOPMENT: Social-Networking Is Good, But Conversation-Building Is Better

Non Profit Marketing 360

Of course, ‘Liking’ your favorite nonprofit and (re)tweeting its activities can be a real help to advertise its good works. That kind of cross-pollination can work wonders for an organization that has a compelling idea and wants to share it in compelling ways.

#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? You could also buy a single Facebook ad that touches hearts and rake in thousands to support your organization’s good work. What does it cost?

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. Get various departments talking to each other and working together to accomplish organization-wide successes.

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#Development: Jumo And 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 Then follow their merger and development to see how their work can work for you and your organization.

Behavioral Economics and Policy Development

Social Marketing and Social Change

Much more work empirical work is needed to understand when and how the simplification of information improves decisions" (p.44). Behavioral economics has emerged as a major driver of regulatory policy around the world in the past five years.

8 posts that will help you develop a solid planned gift marketing strategy


Each post containing outstanding tips that will help you develop a solid planned gift marketing strategy. Share this post: The post 8 posts that will help you develop a solid planned gift marketing strategy appeared first on MarketSmart |.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

In case we are not here in 360 days, let’s get right to work. The Marketing Director at the time, George Wright, heard about the testing and thought the company could develop videos of the blenders taking on various non-food products.

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Bring Yourself to Work? James Porter Does

Getting Attention

Do you bring yourself—with your passions, personal history, and personality—to work, or do you check “the real you” at the front door? Here’s hoping you bring “all of you” to work. He describes the race, and the cause, then links his passion for his work (and participation in the race) with his experience of being marginalized as a gay boy growing up. Use this inspiring model as motivation to bring one more aspect of yourself to work today.

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The Work behind Your Work: Your Methods & Wants for Nonprofit Blog Carnival

Getting Attention

This is the work behind our work. . That’s the work behind our work. We focused on marketing work there but the discussion got so deep and passionate that I wanted to expand it to include all of you, across functions. Professional Development #14MARK #14NTC Allyson Kapin big duck Nonprofit Blog Carnival Sarah Durham

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Give a lunch for professional development

Fundraising Coach

I run into so many nonprofit leaders who don’t “have time” for professional development. Invest one lunch per week in professional development. If you work 50 weeks, that’s over one full 40-hour work week solely focused on reading and learning to be your best!

More Than Fund Development

A Small Change

Do you ever find that your work is more than just “fundraising”? With major gifts fundraising I spend a lot of my time interpreting the future direction of the organization and working with specific program leaders around what financial dollars would mean for their program development. As a development professional you have a unique perspective connecting community need and interest.

Work is a State of Mind, Not a Place

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A recent survey of business executives concluded that work isn’t really a place any longer — it’s a state of mind. Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications nptech Professional Development

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Working in Canada goes Mobile

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Essentially these are government services that I have discovered through my consulting work, which are not always well known, yet extremely valuable. It was initially developed for skilled immigrants looking to work in Canada, however once you try it out yourself you’ll realize that it’s useful for domestic audiences as well. There is also the very useful branded Working in Canada YouTube Channel with useful videos and enabled comments.

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Marketing Your Cause to Millennials—What Works

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Chapin Cole is a proud Millennial who works in nonprofit development in the California Bay Area. What has worked for you? She blogs here on getting successful yet stress-free as a nonprofit staffer. The Secret to Marketing to Millennials—There Isn’t One.

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Bring Yourself to Work? James Porter Does

Getting Attention

Do you bring yourself—with your passions, personal history, and personality—to work, or do you check “the real you” at the front door? Here’s hoping you bring “all of you” to work. He describes the race, and the cause, then links his passion for his work (and participation in the race) with his experience of being marginalized as a gay boy growing up. Use this inspiring model as motivation to bring one more aspect of yourself to work today.

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

#INTERVIEW: Christina Attard, Philanthropic Advisor, Blogger, and Development Director

Non Profit Marketing 360

As a philanthropic adviser, she helps both nonprofits with their development programming and individuals planning tax-smart donations. She has been a Gift Planning Officer at two Canadian universities and is currently the Development Director for a Christian diocese in Regina, Saskatchewan.

How MarketSmart Works With Partners


People often ask me, “How does MarketSmart work with partners (allies) to help nonprofits lower costs and increase revenues?” So, today I thought I’d explain how we work with consultants, consulting firms, direct marketing agencies, CRM software companies and others. An organization’s apps might include the following: Outsourced case for support development. We developed success stories, best practices, and benchmarks.

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Developing a Plan to Approach Companies

Fundraising Coach

At least you only have one person to research and one major relationship to develop. You can develop a worksheet or use the one in my book to help you determine the information you need to know: Who is the decision maker How accessible is this person? See if any of your staff members or board members work for or have relatives working for the company who might be able to get the “inside scoop” on the company’s interests.

13 Paths to Productivity & Satisfaction—Nonprofit Staff & Consultants

Getting Attention

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).

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

But sometimes changing media can short-circuit our storytelling instincts as we work our way through the technology yet allow the narrative to dissolve. In the nonprofit world, one of the great developments in media is video. Telling stories is one of the elemental qualities of humans.

You CAN Have It All

Getting Attention

But about halfway through the conference, I felt totally depleted… I was stressed by balancing my work responsibilities, things back home and the many choices I had before me in Austin. As yet another work email came in, I turned to fellow marketer Kerala Taylor ( Oregon Entrepreneurs Network ), and declared: I need to take our own advice, and do my best to be present here and now. If you’re a supervisor, set the tone of work/life balance for your team.

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3 Big Trends That Should Change the Way You Work Online

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Because of the way Facebook works, people expect you to understand them and to deliver customized, engaging content they want to see. How can you learn more about who’s in your community and give them content that feels like you developed it just for them?

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What Type of Communications Team Works Best at Your Nonprofit?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

How the communications strategy is developed, and how the workload is created and managed day to day, is very different in each model. That has major implications for the effectiveness of your communications work, depending on your goals.

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#Development: Postal Service Rates To Rise on 27 January

Non Profit Marketing 360

The USPS has proven to be an early adapter of technological and social change (being one of the first national institutions to encourage women to work at the turn of the 20th century and being the first service to use airplanes for distribution in 1918).

Hospital Corporate Development Summit

Selfish Giving

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Hospital Corporate Development Summit today in Chicago. I meant it in my presentation that I hope this is just the beginning of our conversation on hospital corporate development in general and cause marketing for hospitals in particular.

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. To me, a true development professional is defined by two things: a commitment to the profession, and an ethical and mission-based approach to fundraising.

Work Your Small (Case Study: Meals on Wheels)

Getting Attention

In 2013, I was the Director of Marketing for an international humanitarian development nonprofit. million marketing budget funding the work of three departments and 13 staff members. Now, just over two years later, I find myself at a much different organization— Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland—working in a much different way. I am working hard to develop a low-budget marketing program that engages each audience segment.

6 Now-or-Never Summer Reboots

Getting Attention

1) Seek a different point of view: Gillian Ream Gainsley , who works in Communications and Development at the Ypsilanti District Library (MI), takes a unique approach: “My Summer Camp plan is to go to overnight camp.

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