November, 2016

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3 Surefire Communication Strategies to Follow Your Events

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kerri Moore. This summer, Kerri Moore gave us The Ultimate Checklist for marketing events. Kristina. Guest Post by Kerri Moore of Booster. Gift size.

Prep Today for #GivingTuesday 2017

Getting Attention

It’s #GivingTuesday 2016, the best day to do vital prep work for #GivingTuesday 2017. Save screenshots for future reference. Strive for it.

It was bound to happen sooner or later, here’s why and what to do…


It was bound to happen sooner or later. I know some folks have their gripes with donor-advised funds. I’ll save that stuff for another blog post.

Educating donors is not fundraising

Fundraising Coach

I've been hearing a well-meaning but fundraising killing myth while talking to many groups and training many boards over the last few months.

One Bucket Or Many?

The Agitator

But wait, as our pal Jeff Brooks at Future Fundraising Now recently blogged , maybe there is a useful enhancement of the image.

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7 Solid Reasons Why You Should Kill Your Printed Planned Giving Newsletter


I know, I know… you love your planned giving newsletter. And, as they say, once an object is in motion, it stays in motion. 200,000 each issue!!!

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Ep189: Dunkin' Rebrands Foundation to Bring More "Joy In Childhood"

Selfish Giving

The goal of the foundation is right in the name: to provide the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. They've raised $2.3

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

The Agitator

Who’s the fairest of them all? Ever wonder how your organization is doing compared to other nonprofits in your community?

Mission Minded Wins National Marketing Awards

Mission Minded

We feel so lucky to have had the chance to lead the rebranding efforts for these two extraordinary schools. Each project was a joy […].

The Annual Report Donor List is a Stupid Waste of Time

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Could your annual report fit right in with this scene? It’s time to update your approach. Seriously. ” So, let’s talk about this.

10 Steps to a Successful Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

J Campbell Social Marketing

Giving Common Webinar: 10 Steps to a Successful Nonprofit Social Media Strategy. More About the Webinar.

A Brilliant Stewardship Plan for Legacy Society Donors From Down Under


There’s brilliance down under! . A person can easily take you out of the Will as quickly as they put you in. 2 bequest newsletters. Visits.

Ep192: What Cause-Conscious Millennials Want from Their Employer

Selfish Giving

On the show, Megan, Alison and I discuss: Alison DaSilva, Cone Communications. Why Millennials are so important to companies. The Cone Olympics???


The Agitator

In the flood of #GivingTuesday emails washing over our in-boxes yesterday, one powerful message stood out.

How to Use a Street Team to Enhance Your Crowdfunding

Fundraising Coach

Crowdfunding is a term you hear thrown around in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds these days, but few people have really grasped—and put into practice—exactly what it is. The way I’d define crowdfunding is with these three words: online social fundraising. Accepting donations online is not really innovative anymore, to be honest. Follow up.

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How Can Nonprofits Communicate to Two Americas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s Kivi here. We are also very much about being pragmatic and keeping it real. which brings us to our recent presidential election.

4 Surefire Ways To Use Social Media To Promote Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Candace Cody. Instead, consider the basics of what you want your social media to do. What do you want them to know about you?

How to ask your board members for year-end gifts


I know this is important. But, honestly, I’m a major and planned gift marketer… not a fundraising consultant. So I found this article by Gail Perry to be very enlightening. In it, she explains how to tackle the delicate process of annual gift solicitation of board members. Below I outline her 7 points. Show them why they need to give.

Ep188: New Ad Campaign Shows Mortal Combat Sick Kids Wage Against Illness, Disease

Selfish Giving

This isn't your typical hospital ad campaign! On the show, Megan, Lori and I discuss: Lori Davison, SickKids Foundation. The background of SickKids.

Ordinary Fundraising Done Extraordinarily Well

The Agitator

In the New York Times Special Section on Giving — covering a wide range of topics from foundation trends, to teaching kids to give, and the ins and outs of automobile donations — there’s a piece that will be of special interest to Agitator readers. Asking for Money?

Developing a Plan to Approach Companies

Fundraising Coach

Perhaps you already have a list of companies that could donate to your organization. If not, we’ll be helping you with that in our December 6 webinar. Once you have that list, the next step is to determine who the real decision makers are in each company and how you can get in front of them to present your case. It could be an employee committee.

Good and Bad News: Communicators More Strategic, But Less Focused

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I just pulled some preliminary data from our 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey. That’s the good news! We’ll see.

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How to Better Engage Your Followers on Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Kiersten Bush. What prompts followers of your company to share content that you post on social media? Use the tips in this graphic.

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3 things every fundraiser needs to consider before they talk politics in front of their donors


I don’t have any data on this whatsoever but something tells me that a good number of fundraisers might lean left when it comes to politics.

Ep190: This Mattress Company Lets You Give Back While You Sleep

Selfish Giving

Never Miss a Show - Sign Up for Email Updates. On the show, Megan, David and I discuss: David Wolfe, Leesa Sleep. Which comes first? Watch This!

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All About Meeting Needs

The Agitator

Any decent salesperson knows (and practises) that successful selling involves meeting customers’ needs, not selling the product or service.

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Only 6 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference tickets left - #npstoryconf

Fundraising Coach

There are only 6 more tickets left for next week's Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in Chicago. I hope you won't miss out!

Find Your Frequent Email Readers Using Excel

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Back in September, I told you about our experiment to see who our most loyal newsletter readers were. OPTION #1: Use the Excel Template Heidi Built.

Top Nonprofit Twitter Accounts: 2016 Election Edition


There’s been a lot of talk about this year’s historic Presidential election, but behind the headlines, the real stories are about advocates fighting for change at all levels of government and across the entire country. Check out some of the best advocacy tweets below, follow their campaigns on Twitter, and make your voice heard on Election Day !

Who is more important… your donors or the beneficiaries of their gifts?


Organizations spend a lot of time and effort focusing on what they will do with the money they receive from donors. And, that makes plenty of sense.

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Ep191: This Austin Startup Helps Homeless with "Socks for Souls"

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Ryan Harmon , CEO & Co-founder of Press Cleaners. Never Miss a Show - Sign Up for Email Updates.

Stop Driving Your Donors Away

The Agitator

Do you really know what good donor service looks like?

My mistakes of 2016

Wild Woman Fundraising

Each year I talk about my mistakes! Here are my mistakes from 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , and 2014 and 2015. And 23 of my fundraising career mistakes, too !

Why You Should “Go Short” With Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

FREE On Demand Webinar. Long annual reports just don’t make sense for most nonprofits now. We are constantly jumping from one thing to the next.