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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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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!).

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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10 Qualities You Need To Become A Stellar Nonprofit Storyteller

J Campbell Social Marketing

Are you telling the story in front of a group of 100 people, at an intimate dinner, or during a Twitter Q&A tweet chat? Storytelling is not only a fantastic way to relate to other humans on a personal level, it is also a fantastic marketing and fundraising tool for nonprofits.

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5 Ways to Get the Media to Cover Your Next Event

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofits spend countless hours — and considerable money — to stage gala dinners, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, and other events that aim to draw attention to their work and rally their supporters to give to their organizations.

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A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For the campaign focused on your annual dinner, you might decide that an interview with your guest speaker on a morning radio show two weeks before the event will help drive attendance and donations.

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How to Get Your Story Told in the Nonprofit Trade Press

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During my time at The Chronicle of Philanthropy , I received thousands of releases from organizations about annual dinners, fundraising events, and award recipients. For example, think about what makes your annual dinner unique.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kallie Rollenhagen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– I do a quick workout at home (still recovering from knee surgery, so no running yet, just weights), then make dinner around 5 pm. Kallie Rollenhagen.

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6 tips to help board members work a room

Fundraising Coach

Last night, I was asked for some tips to help my fellow board members with a fundraising dinner on Thursday. “What do you do when you’re not at an anti-trafficking dinner?” The dinner program will do that.

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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.

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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?

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10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

Charity dinner. If you’re a 501(c)3 organization, many grocery stores will donate gift cards you can use to purchase supplies for your charity dinner. When your charitable cause needs large amounts of money, charity fundraising events can be your best option. The huge funds generated by these events can be used for a single project or the ongoing operations of your charitable organization.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Menucha Saitowitz

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– 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.

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6 Ways to Train All-Org Messengers

Getting Attention

Flickr: Chip Griffin. The pressure is on to connect and mobilize your people as the world in which we work grows increasingly complex, crowded, and uncertain. Why not recruit folks already connected with your organization to help as marketing and fundraising ambassadors?

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Business Sponsors Are Awesome

A Small Change

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

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10 Tips for Getting Your Op-Ed Placed

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As a result, a piece about why people should support your organization or attend your fundraising dinner isn’t likely to fly. A well-placed op-ed can help your nonprofit call attention to an important issue or change minds about a controversial topic.

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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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More Than Words: Why Visuals Are Critical in Pitching Your Story

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Peter Panepento. If you have been reading our blog the last year, you will probably recognize Peter Panepento. Peter is the principal at Panepento Strategies , a full-service content, digital, and social strategy firm for nonprofits and socially-minded companies.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristen Olsen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

4:30 pm: Fill out my timesheet, reorganize my desk, and head home to make dinner and get ready for the gym. Kristen Olsen. 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.

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Is Your Event On-Brand?

Mission Minded

Yours might be a five-course fundraising dinner, or it might be a casual Christmas party at a colleague’s home. This time of year, nonprofit organizations often celebrate their important work (and their coworkers) with parties or other special events.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristina Kelly

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

After dinner, I’ll open my laptop to monitor for any social media activities, trending hashtags, and reply to any unanswered emails. Kristina Kelly.

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How many ways can you say “thank you” to a donor?

iMarketSmart

Invite them to participate in an exclusive dinner, lunch or event that proves impact or provides other benefits (such as a sense of community). According to an article in the Journal of Economic Psychology saying thank you can actually have a negative effect on your relationship with a supporter. The researcher notes that gifts, in particular, “reduce feelings of altruism ” causing your expression of gratitude to backfire in your face.

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What’s Wrong with Storytelling for Fundraising

iMarketSmart

Little Susie didn’t get breakfast today and she won’t get dinner either because her mom is on drugs and her dad is in prison.). I get it! I get it! Tell stories! There’s been a lot of talk about storytelling for fundraising recently.

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Lifus Interruptus!

The Agitator

They are busy living their lives, taking care of kids, watching TV, worrying about their jobs or retirement security or next date, cheering for their team, planning vacations, grocery shopping for tonight’s dinner. How often does your donor think about you? Don’t kid yourselves folks, most of your donors never think about your organization spontaneously!

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Ep181: Omni Hotels Books Meals for Needy with "Say Goodnight to Hunger"

Selfish Giving

This action-triggered donation program feeds a family of four dinner for an entire week whenever guests book a stay directly at OmniHotels.com.

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4 Ways to Use Social Media to Strengthen Donor Relationships

J Campbell Social Marketing

Once when I went out to a very nice dinner with my husband, the owner came over to our table and asked us how we liked the food. Donor retention (how many donors continue to give to your organization after their first gift) is at an all-time low. It’s abysmal and worrisome.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kate Edgerton

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ll leave work at around 5 pm to make myself some dinner and go for a quick run in preparation for a fundraiser 5k I’m participating in next month.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Erika Olson

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kids are back, hubs rolls in, we figure out a dinner plan. Erika Olson. 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. Please share too!

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Make ONE—and Only ONE—Call to Action (Case Study)

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Remember when you were 15 and your mother would tell you to clean up your room, call your grandmother, and come down to dinner all within the same five minutes?

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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.

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Good fundraising practices I learned from my cat

Get Fully Funded

Missy knows what she wants and every afternoon, she waits in her usual spot for her dinner. Gotta go – Missy is ready for her dinner! Missy is one of four cats that live here with us. We adopted her from a local shelter about 10 years ago and she’s a sweetie.

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5 reasons fundraisers won’t call their hot leads

iMarketSmart

They could be… [pick one… eating dinner, playing golf, sleeping, working, reading, meeting with another charity, etc.].” Here are 5 proven reasons why fundraisers won’t call their leads to ask for donations: Fear of rejection: This is the most common reason for call reluctance. It’s simple and basic. No one likes to be rejected but it is part of your job. Just reach out. Nine out of ten times, your hot lead will be glad you did.

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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.

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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!

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Darya Minovi

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– Around noon, I’ll bust out my home-cooked meal (last night’s dinner) and eat it at my desk. Darya Minovi. 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.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Janis Walton

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Dinner, rest, back to work at 7:00. Janis Walton. 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!

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