December, 2016

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A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s face it, media relations isn’t near the top of the priority list at most nonprofits. Nor should it be. Create a Quarterly Calendar.

5 Steps to Consistent Communications (+ Instant Connection)

Getting Attention

Whether you’re all in on year-end fundraising or working in some 2017 prep, I bet you have some pretty ambitious goals to meet.

5 pieces of advice for nonprofit communicators who want to rock their marketing in 2017

J Campbell Social Marketing

This past year was certainly an explosive one for digital marketing and online fundraising. I call it the Cult of Free. Yes, I said it – entitled.

EveryAction's 8 Most Useful Nonprofit Resources of 2016


No matter how you slice it, 2016 was a year to remember. The 2016 Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide. The 100 Best Nonprofit Websites of 2016.

8 Great Ways to End Emails or Letters


Cultivation starts and ends with great communication. Goodbyes are just as important as hellos. First name], I’m really counting on you! Whew!

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Best of 2016: More Gold For The Lapsed Donor Mine

The Agitator

We sifted through our posts for a few of the ‘most-read’ of 2016. Can they be retrieved? Donor retention / loyalty / commitment premium

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Stories From Smaller Nonprofits ~ Bags of Hope Project

Diva Marketing Blog

I am excited to bring back Diva Marketing's Holiday For Small Nonprofits Series. one by one. . Bags of Hope Project. Diapers (Newborn to 5 years).

Here’s one great legacy giving promotion


I love this legacy giving promotion. It’s actually a placeholder for your beer!

3 Great Fundraising Webinars to Kick Off 2017!

Fundraising Coach

These three trainings will get your 2017 fundraising and goal setting off to a great start! Qualifies for 1.25 CFRE credits.) Qualifies for 1.25

First Returns Indicate Record-Shattering #GivingTuesday 2016 Results

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

First thing’s first – if you participated, how was YOUR #GivingTueday ? Next, WHOA. Now, the results! Updated at 6pm, Nov. Giving Tuesday. Razoo.

Take 10 Minutes: Get Data to Do Comms Right

Getting Attention

Please take 10 minutes right now to respond to the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey. Deadline is tomorrow, December 2!

Losing Donors In The Sea of Sameness

The Agitator

When will some fundraisers wake up to the fact that the tragedy of donor flight is largely self-inflicted. Either post.

Ep193: Virgin America's 'Operation Chihuahua' Airlifts Dogs to Forever Homes

Selfish Giving

On the show, Megan, Abby and I discuss: Abby Lunardini, Virgin America. How Virgin American went to the dogs! Joe tests Abby's knowledge of Chihuahuas!

The 6 most read parts of any major gift solicitation letter


I’m always a bit baffled when I see fundraising letters that fail to take into consideration the following. LIKE THIS BLOG POST?

What’s on Your Wish List?

Mission Minded

If you haven’t yet made your list of hopes and dreams for 2017, here’s some inspiration from your friends at Mission Minded. As you read our musings consider this: To us, your partnership, collaboration, and commitment to those you serve is what inspires us every day. We wish you and your communities joy and peace […].

What’s Essential to Good Nonprofit Communications in 2017?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Little black dresses and pumps. Blue jeans and flats. Cargo shorts and tennis shoes. How to update your community with newsletters and social media.

Still Time: 5 Ways to Up Year-End Giving

Getting Attention

The clock is running out on year-end fundraising. Whether you’re exceeding expectations or are barely meeting the bare minimum, you can do even better. I know what you’re thinking: “There’s so little time.” But I want to share five doable adjustments you can make right now to increase year-end donations. Talk about potential. auto responder).

Are e-News Subscribers Worth The Effort?

The Agitator

Following the U.S. elections, I received tons of emails from groups urging me to subscribe to their action updates, bulletins, latest news, etc. I did.

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5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising


EOY (or end-of-year) fundraising can be a critical time for nonprofits. Building a deeper fundraising strategy can help you: Raise more funds.

A list of some humongous bequests that should get your planned giving team psyched up for only 3 seconds!


I give you permission to read this list but only if you’ll count to three afterward. Let it sink in. Then DELETE IT! Forget about it.

The most important words of your email?

Fundraising Coach

It can be challenging to make your own nonprofit's emails standout! The email subject line. Fortunately, there's help.

Our Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Drum roll, please! Here are the Top 10 blog posts published in 2016, according to Google Analytics page views: 10. Cut the Glut! Thanks for reading!

5 Marketing Tips to Retain Your Mobile Donors

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by John Killoran. Start texting your donors. Use a multi-channel communications approach. Send thank-you notes through mobile channels.

Year-End Benchmarking

The Agitator

Two weeks from now, you’ll be picking up the pieces, trying to figure out what went right … or wrong. Good news? If so, why?

Why You Need a Communications Calendar

Ann Green

I hope your year-end fundraising campaign is going well. This is not just a job for your marketing department. All departments need to work together.

Opportunities vs. Problems: Which will your donors support?


I’ll cut to the chase. People want to take advantage of opportunities more than they want to solve problems. Here’s how it works in fundraising. “Problem” messages: We need help. The water is dirty and undrinkable. Over 25,000 children are hungry. Too many homeless people are freezing. We are running dangerously low on blood.

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Ep195: Why Cause Marketing Forum is Rebranding to Engage for Good

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to David Hessekiel , the founder and president of Cause Marketing Forum Inc. The future of cause.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Little chilly here. Let’s warm up with some Mixed Links… We’ve started our yearly Annual All-Access Pass Sale ! Nonprofit Training.

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What You Don’t Know About Visual Marketing On Facebook

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Rebecca Hill. Visuals are everything on social media. Facebook posts with images see 2.3 X more engagement than those without images.

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Show Me Your Budget

The Agitator

As we near the end of 2016 some folks will be checking the rear-view mirror to determine how they did and whether they met their goals.

Stories From Smaller Nonprofits ~ Dotted Line Divas

Diva Marketing Blog

However, what often gets lost in the crowded NPO space are the smaller nonprofits whose work is critically important. Really! About Dotted Line Divas.

3 ways to use direct mail effectively in the age of social media


Although direct mail requires printing and postage, we still include it in our marketing plans because it can be effective if you do it right. Don’t discount the traditional methods. MarketSmart has generated millions of dollars for clients with direct mail. Combine online and offline channels. Be relevant and timely. It’s all about THEM.

How to Use the Different Kinds of Heated Hair Rollers

Non Profit Marketing 360

Your tresses can instantly transform to wavy, trendy beach wisps, and curly and simply to add body to your straight hair. inches. Caruso Hair Setter.

Week of Freebies! Day 2: Five Factors of Successful Nonprofit Communications

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where we show our readers some love with some FREE goodies. . Now on sale for only $499.

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