September, 2017

Measuring Your Communications Effectiveness: 3 Concepts to Keep in Mind

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Measuring the effectiveness of your nonprofit’s communications is a complicated puzzle. You have the effectiveness of specific channels like your website or Facebook page. Those depend on the effectiveness of the content you create. That depends on the effectiveness of your editorial calendar.

Why the Canadian Digital Service is a major milestone for Canada.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Over the course of the past two decades there have been numerous initiatives / movements relating to the Government of Canada and the digital space. I can see why it’s hard for people to get excited about yet another one.

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How to Create a 90-Day Nonprofit Online Marketing Plan (Without Spending Hours On Social Media)

J Campbell Social Marketing

The term “online marketing” can send chills up the spine of even the most seasoned nonprofit professional.

3 simple ways fundraisers can improve their LinkedIn profiles to land more meetings and raise more money

iMarketSmart

Most fundraiser’s LinkedIn profiles are screwed up! They look like resumes, not invitations. After all, are you trying to raise money or are you looking for another job?

7 Nonprofits Fighting for Immigrant Rights

EveryAction

There are nearly 800,000 people protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA paved the way for these children of immigrants to obtain work authorization and relief from deportation, enabling them to go on to universities and build careers and families. With the announcement of DACA’s repeal, the program has stopped accepting new applications. For those currently in the program, their work permits and legal status will begin expiring March 2018.

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10 Simple Ways Nonprofits Can Prepare for A Successful #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

#GivingTuesday , the international day of giving, is set for November 28th this year! Last year, the total amount donated on #GivingTuesday was $168 million, up from $116.7 million in 2015. GivingTuesday is certainly growing in popularity, but success on this special giving day comes with a caveat.

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Could your volunteers solve most of your fundraising problems?

iMarketSmart

Volunteerism is the gateway drug leading to major giving and legacy gifts. Proof can be found in the 2016 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. The study is based on a survey of U.S.

Storytelling In The Digital Age

The Agitator

Even though Tom persuaded me to give up working with cave art and stone tablets when we ‘modernized’ the Agitator offices, we’ve never lost interest in the power and importance of storytelling.

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Free Resources for September

Wild Woman Fundraising

In the last three months I’ve been working hard to get you exclusive content that you won’t get anywhere else. I’ve rigorously interviewed some of the top nonprofit leaders in the field, hoping to get their advice for what we should do NOW- now that we have a lot to fight for.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lisa Northrop

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Lisa Northrop. Welcome to 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. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

Highlights from EveryAction's Inaugural User Summit

EveryAction

Last week, we had the honor of hosting our first ever User Summit in Washington D.C. Over 50 EveryAction partners - including Greenpeace USA , Equality Federation , and National Women's Law Center - joined us at our headquarters for an afternoon filled with panel discussions, product showcases, and ample networking opportunities. We kicked off the day with attendees sharing their current successes and challenges.

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How Nonprofits Can Use LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

J Campbell Social Marketing

LinkedIn may not be the sexiest of the social media platforms, but it may be one of the most powerful for nonprofits. 51% of global NGOs use LinkedIn, according to the 2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report.

Donor Advised Funds – Episode 12

iMarketSmart

On today’s episode we discuss donor advised funds. What they are and how your organization can take advantage of them. Related Posts: >>It’s time for the nonprofit sector to stop whining about donor advised funds. >>6 6 ways you should suggest your donors use their donor advised funds.

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How Will Hurricane Harvey Affect Year-End Giving?

The Agitator

In 2005 the devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita triggered $6.5 billion in donations and pledges from individual citizens, foundations, and corporations, according to the 2007 Giving USA report, an annual snapshot of American philanthropy.

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Nonprofit Leadership Summit -What a RIDE!

Wild Woman Fundraising

We had so many good comments during the Nonprofit Leadership Summit. People said: “A great summit! Very high quality!! I’ve been telling my colleagues who couldn’t join all about it!” ” -Lisa Allen, Edmonton, AB.

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6 Ideas to Freshen Up That Busted Blog of Yours

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last month I told you that no, blogging is not dead. But I know several of you read that and replied, “Gee, that’s really great, Kristina. Now tell that to my blog!”

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Are you a BFF?

Fundraising Coach

I've been seeing a disturbing trend of late: a sharp rise in what I call are BFFs: blunt force fundraisers. Nonprofit leaders willfully skipping planning to jump straight to asking. As the author of Ask Without Fear!® ® , you know I am an advocate for asking.

Battle-Tested Tools to Rock Your Digital Storytelling

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. .

Are fundraising tricks and gimmicks worth doing?

iMarketSmart

An old book filled with timeless lessons. I was cleaning out a cabinet last weekend and I came across an old book I read long ago titled Strategic Selling.

Direct Mail And Hurricanes

The Agitator

With Hurricane Harvey barely in the rearview mirror and with Hurricane Irma churning through Florida, I’m sure every fundraiser who uses the U.S. Postal Service is wondering, “Should I mail or not mail?”

Thank You 101

Ann Green

Many of you may be working on your year-end appeal, which is great, but have you given any thought to how you’ll thank your donors? Thanking your donors after an appeal (and throughout the year) is equally important, yet many organizations leave this as a last minute to-do item and it shows.

Staring at an Empty Page? Try These Nonprofit Writing Prompts for October

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Haven’t quite filled in your content calendar for next month? Use these prompts taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles. (If

More or Better Corporate Partnerships? How National Park Foundation Addressed a "Good Problem" [SPONSORED]

Selfish Giving

Heading into the new year, Stefanie Mathew , Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at the National Park Foundation (NPF) , knew the nonprofit had a strong wind at its back.

7 Ways to Beat Overwhelm and Get Things Done

J Campbell Social Marketing

You wake up in the morning dreading tackling your ever-expanding To Do list. At the end of the week, you feel like you worked so hard and you are so tired – but you didn’t really accomplish anything.

How big is the average major gift?

iMarketSmart

“What’s your average?” ” I found myself asking that question in meetings with clients all the time. What surprised me was that most didn’t know the answer. Most businesses know their numbers. Nonprofits usually know their overall average donation size.

Putting Your Emails In Context

The Agitator

It’s tempting to think fanatize that our donors and donor prospects are hovering over their favorite digital device, eagerly awaiting each and every one of our fundraising messages … and of course ignoring all that other ‘clutter’ sent by others.

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Appeal Letter Writing 101

Ann Green

September is here and you know that means. Yes, it’s year-end appeal season – the time many nonprofits rely on to raise a good chunk of their revenue. While your donors will be receiving a multitude of appeal letters, many organizations seem to go on autopilot and send a generic, boring appeal. You can make yours stand out by giving some thought to it. Let’s get back to basics with a little appeal letter writing 101. Make a good first impression.

How Nonprofits Can Use Text Messaging

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Alexa Lemzy. Have you tried mobile fundraising or contacting your supporters via text? Alexa Lemzy shares some ways you can get started in today’s post. Kristina. Guest Post by Alexa Lemzy. Texting is one of the most effective ways to communicate to a large number of people.

Ep233: 'Tide Loads of Hope' Is Helping Texas & Florida Clean Up After Hurricanes

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Anne Candido , Fabric Care Communications, Procter & Gamble about bringing relief to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma with P&G product kits and Tide Loads of Hope laundry services.

The most powerful features for your holiday campaign

CrowdRise

With the holidays right around the corner, is your organization set up to have your most successful holiday giving campaign ever? As a result of CrowdRise joining GoFundMe earlier this year, we’re able to offer new features, optimizations, and a little cold hard cash certain to increase your donation volume and campaign reach this holiday season. And we couldn’t be more excited about it all.

Changing Mindsets is Hard! – Episode 11

iMarketSmart

On today’s episode we discuss our first user submitted question on cultivating relationships with donors and why it’s so hard to change the mindset at an organization that’s always done something a certain way. You can have your question discussed on the show by emailing tim@imarketsmart.com.

A Second Chance for Fundraisers

The Agitator

Relationship Fundraising is like teenage sex: Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it too.

Advice for New Communications Directors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We recently asked you to share your advice for new communications directors, and we heard from 25 of you. That’s a great start, but we’d love to hear even more! Share your advice here. Here are just a few of the great nuggets of wisdom so far. . .

How @GlennEMartin of JustLeadershipUSA Tweets Like a Boss

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For my September NPMG Tweet Like a Boss webinar, I connected with Glenn E. Martin , President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA , about how he personally uses Twitter to advance his organization’s mission. JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the U.S.