Dinner Invitation

The Agitator

Back on 24 August I received my dinner invitation from ‘friend’ Hillary Clinton. Actually, of course, it was a pitch to offer up my contact info to go into a draw that might win me dinner with the candidate on the campaign trail … Friend — I’d like to get to know you, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than sitting down to dinner together.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is a classic fundraiser , but it is classic for a reason: It’s remarkably easy and it is a near sure-fire money-maker. For those who are unfamiliar with how to run a successful spaghetti dinner fundraiser, don’t worry, there’s not much to know.

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Facing Social Change at the Dinner Table

SocialButterfly

For me, social change can be as simple as the inspiration that sits across from you at the dinner table. My dad, Scott Rampy, is a free agent advocate, activist, and fundraiser working to end multiple sclerosis. He’s also humble.

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Invite Your Person(a) to Thanksgiving Dinner

Getting Attention

The past few weeks have been busy speaking- and webinar/seminar-wise, with a focus on the secret to messaging that connects — understanding the folks you hope to engage and motivate to act. That’s my rap of late: because it’s so important but so often overlooked. Knowing what matters to your network (a.k.a. target audiences), and how they live their lives, is your key to engaging and motivating them. But knowing your network is vital for reasons far beyond effective marketing.

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The dinner party we really should be having

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A couple of years ago, I was invited to an unusual dinner party. This was my introduction to the Jeffersonian Dinner. Ready to have that dinner party? (This is a post I wrote for LinkedIn and wanted to share!).

What “Wheel of Fortune” Can Teach You About Your Brand

Mission Minded

We didn’t spend every dinner in front of the TV, but when we did, I loved to solve the puzzle. I grew up watching the television show “Wheel of Fortune.” I loved Pat Sayjak. I loved filling in the blanks. Now that I look back on it, I think it’s possible those early word puzzle […]. Blog Nonprofit Branding

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sara Maldonado

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Upon my arrival, I mingle with other LA nonprofit workers and philanthropists at a silent auction and then head into the ballroom for dinner. After a lovely dinner and ceremony, I head home to give my fiancé a drive-by hello and head to bed to get some rest. Sara Maldonado.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Thomas Negron

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Time for another walk and dinner for Stella. After my dinner I clear out my in-box to zero and update my to-do list. Thomas Negron and Ruby.

What “Wheel of Fortune” Can Teach You About Your Brand

Mission Minded

We didn’t spend every dinner in front of the TV, but when we did, I loved to solve the puzzle. I grew up watching the television show “Wheel of Fortune.” I loved Pat Sayjak. I loved filling in the blanks. Now that I look back on it, I think it’s possible those early word puzzle […]. Blog Nonprofit Branding

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The Road to the Big Easy: EveryAction at #18NTC

EveryAction

Panel Praise: Raise More Money and Make it Home to Dinner on Time. As our team settles into post-conference life, we're looking back at a whirlwind of a week spent in beautiful New Orleans for one of our favorite nonprofit conferences: the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Here's a recap of all the fun! Booth Buzz. Fortunately, we snapped a picture of our booth before the crowds assembled.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sarah Tarnopolsky

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3:45 – 4:00 pm – An afternoon cup of tea and an energy ball, as I know I won’t eat dinner until late tonight. Then I eat dinner (leftovers from the night before), do the dishes (also left over from the night before), watch a little TV and head to bed to read. Sarah Tarnopolsky.

Second Chance Prom

Fundraiser Ideas

Charge a little more than people would usually pay to attend a fundraising dinner. This is a particularly fun fundraising idea. Not only does it have the potential to raise a lot of money for your organization, but it will be one event people will be talking about for years.

Monday Morning Motivation

Get Fully Funded

Recently, my daughter had a friend over for dinner. As we were setting the table and giggling, this young girl confessed that she was really nervous the first time she had dinner with us a week or so before. “Why?&# She said she had never had a “sit-down&# dinner before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Sometimes you just don’t know how you impact someone’s life. The work of your nonprofit is important. Don’t forget that.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Melanie Swiftney

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– We have a lot of community events over lunch and dinner that often make the day longer, but I typically leave the office at 5pm. I exercise before my husband gets home, then we eat dinner while watching a show on Netflix. Melanie Swiftney.

I Told You It Would Never End!

The Agitator

Exactly two weeks ago I ‘boasted’ of my invitation to have dinner with Hillary Clinton … all I had to do was provide some further info about myself.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – José Rodríguez

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– In the evening after dinner, I still spend some time reading and learning. José Rodríguez. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Angel Mills

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When I arrive home I prepare dinner, relax and I am usually in bed by 11 to do it all over again tomorrow. Angel Mills. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Nancy Valentine

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Once I’m home, I write that list down, then either start preparing dinner, or fill up a glass of water for my paint brushes. Nancy Valentine. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators!

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Amie Bennight

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Or a good conversation for dinner chat with husband. What’s for dinner? Amie Bennight. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Want to be featured in this series?

Still Time! Turn Colleagues into Powerful Year-End Fundraisers

Getting Attention

Define a clear and narrow goal for your team of messengers—It could be talking up your year-end campaign to friends and family over holiday dinners or urging their peeps to give the moment a last-minute leading gift comes in the door. We’re counting down to the year-end giving finish line. Are you banging your head against the wall yet? Joking aside, it may seem like your team’s hard work and limited resources aren’t enough. Yet you know how much you could bring in, if only….

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I Have No Idea What You’re Talking About [Nonprofit Jargon]

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And then take them out for dinner because they are a good friend for doing that. Every workplace has it. Every fandom has it. Every group of like-minded people has it. I am speaking of the dreaded JARGON, of course!

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Rachel Braver

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I eat lunch at my desk while checking my personal accounts and look up recipes for dinner. After 4:00 pm: I head out around 4 and do some grocery shopping and relax a bit before cooking dinner. Rachel Braver.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Carina Johnson

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Then it’s home for a good long walk or gym, then dinner, a movie, and bed! Carina Johnson. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Share your day with us!

Stop Fishing. Start Engaging.

iMarketSmart

You’d cold call a donor to set up a meeting at breakfast, lunch or dinner by saying, “I’d like to update you on…” this or that. Remember the old days?

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9 Great Fundraising Ideas for When Everything Else Hasn’t Worked

Fundraiser Ideas

Spaghetti Dinner – With donations from local grocery stores, money raised from a spaghetti dinner can be almost entirely profit for your group. Advertise your dinner heavily and have members presell tickets so you know how much to prepare before the event. Related posts: How to Plan a Great Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Fundraising is critical to your organization.

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What’s Your Ideal Week Like? Here’s Mine.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Some people also schedule lunch and dinner. Leadership and productivity guy Michael Hyatt talks about planning your ideal week so that you can schedule your actual work weeks in a way that hopefully approximates what you want your life to look like.

Business Sponsors Are Awesome

A Small Change

Verbal recognition during dinner and name and logo displayed during live auction. It’s just that simple.

35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters

iMarketSmart

Events (dinners, golf tournaments, 5k races, etc.). If you’re stuck wondering how to involve your supporters with your mission, look no further. Here are 35 ideas from a stream of my consciousness. Surveys. Quizzes. Invitations to join a board or committee. Games. Polls. Videos. Advocacy or activism opportunities. Podcasts. Testimonials. Online chat tools. Webinars. Streaming live events. Question and answer sessions. Tell your story opportunities. Infographics. Reports or eBooks.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Scarlett Bauman

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– I had two back to back webinars today so I had no choice but to eat my leftover salad from last night’s dinner at my desk during the webinars. Scarlett Bauman. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators!

Cause Marketing, Affinity, and Alignment

Cause Related Marketing

Last night at dinner, a long-time reader and a new friend asked: 'How important is alignment between cause and sponsor? What about CEO passion?Here's

Getting so psyched to go to London!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Speaking of which, at the Awards dinner on the night of July 6th, AFP has asked me to sit at their table! Have you heard of the National Fundraising Convention? The Institute of Fundraising in London is putting it on in July 2015. Oh happy day!

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Quote of the Week: Are We Ever Done Working?

SocialButterfly

I was out at dinner tonight and overheard another table. Working with a purpose–no matter what that purpose is–whether it be to put dinner on the table, to provide opportunity for your family to doing what you love, matters.

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Party for a Party’s Sake

A Small Change

But, is a reception, lunch, ground breaking ceremony, auction or dinner what you need? This post is part of a series on non-profit events. From time to time I will have guest authors write in on topics they have an expertise in.

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At your event, make sure the Ask is right.

A Small Change

Arguably, one of the biggest things to absolutely get right at your fundraising dinner, gala, or extravaganza, is the Ask.

Stop shaming your supporters!

iMarketSmart

It’s very lonely being a CEO so I like to get together for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with my pals so we can blow off steam and share fresh ideas. So I’m out having lunch with one of my fellow CEO buddies. I do that a lot.

Nonprofit Communications Confidential: Festivus Edition

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s skip the “Feats of Strength” and Festivus dinner, and head straight to the “Airing of Grievances.” Today is Festivus. ” Here are a few grievances you have shared with us about your work as a nonprofit communicator.

PR Pick-Up Lines: Starting a Relationship With Your Favorite Reporter

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You’re not going to try to sell him a story idea or get her to come to your annual dinner. When was the last time you reached out to a reporter without a story to pitch?

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True or False? A Quick Guide to Understanding Journalism Ethics

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Knowing the rules can also help you set the right expectations when you do something as simple as offer complimentary admission to reporters at your annual fundraising dinner. True or false: I can offer a reporter free admission to our annual dinner.

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It’s Time to Retire the Reception

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Fancy dinner. They can buy themselves dinner. Wine and cheese tasting. Reception. What do all these events have in common? They are generic. Any nonprofit can host these events. They are not special to your donors. They are not especially meaningful.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Menucha Saitowitz

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– I always bring lunch from home, though more often than not it’s leftovers from last night’s dinner or a salad I throw together on the spot. Menucha Saitowitz.