January, 2017

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3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

Getting Attention

Guest bloggers Beth Kanter & Aliza Sherman wrote The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit , a must read for communicators & fundraisers.

3 Realistic Social Media New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I apologize for the headline (and the macarons). I had to get you here and I knew “New Year’s Resolutions,” and sweets, might work. ManageFlitter.

I must sound like a broken record but here’s more nonprofit data that will inspire you to focus more on major donors


Similarly, donations increased +57% during the same period from people making $500,000 or more (the top 1%). So, what should you do? Should we fret?

The Best of Social Marketing in 2016

Social Marketing and Social Change

What are some of the best papers published in social marketing this past year? Aaron et al. 2016). PLoS One ; Oct 18;11(10):e0162462. pone.0162462.

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 [SLIDESHARE]

Selfish Giving

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 from Selfish Giving Welcome to my annual 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016. Never Miss a Post!

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Introducing MarketSmart’s 2017 IN’s & OUT’s


Happy New Year everyone! Each year my IN’s & OUT’s usually get passed around and shared quite a bit. For others, they inspire!

7 Year-End Fundraising Practices That Work All Year

Fundraising Coach

Year-end fundraising is a bountiful time in the life of the nonprofit. Speak your donors’ language. Communicate across multiple channels.

Radio For Small Business, Interview with Lee Kantor & Stone Payton Business RadioX

Diva Marketing Blog

H ow to get the word out about your company and products is a one of the biggest challenges facing many small business owners. Ask more why questions.

Make Me Smile, Not Smirk

The Agitator

Most of what I did receive turned me off … I’m now a dedicated year-end NON-giver.

6 Ways to Train All-Org Messengers

Getting Attention

Flickr: Chip Griffin. Why not recruit folks already connected with your organization to help as marketing and fundraising ambassadors? Win-win.

Reserve Your Copy of the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Find out if 2016 was a good year for nonprofit communications and whether or not 2017 will be better. Request your copy now. Request your copy now.

8 simple ideas to involve your donors and build deeper connections


Montgomery was a famous author in the early 1900’s. Her novels were internationally renowned. She once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ” This is so true. Involvement is one of the best ways to build seriously deep connections. There are millions of ways you can do this.

The missing link in fundraising programs

Fundraising Coach

Whether your fiscal year starts now or is only part of the way through, January is a good time to evaluate your fundraising progress. To help you're planning, here's an email I sent our Fundraising Kick subscribers yesterday. Good morning, Kickers! Listening to a conversation between Stephen R. Covey and his son Stephen M.R. Person by person. Ask 4.

Ep198: How One Nonprofit Raises Millions With the Gaming Industry

Selfish Giving

Dan was last on the show in November 2015. Since then, the endowment has expanded on its cause marketing and the Endowment's impact.

The Dangerous Dictum Of “Mail More, Make More”

The Agitator

I love home remedies and old folk tales. They have their place in the Farmer’s Almanac and on embroidered wall hangings, but they’re grossly over-used and too often accepted as ‘truth’ or ‘best practices’ in fundraising. It leads to the callous abuse of donors whose rising disaffection level is generally unheeded until it’s too late.

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How to Create a Better Annual Report

Ann Green

It’s annual report season, for better or for worse. Often it’s for worse since many of them are long, boring booklets that put your donors to sleep.

Is Community Engagement or Awareness Essential? Depends on Your Mission.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Will the way an arts organization approaches its communications work vary significantly from a social service agency?

9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors


I failed to get into business school. I hoped to be a business major at the University of Maryland in the 80’s. But my ability to read, comprehend and recapitulate the institution’s business lessons was not so good. I didn’t make the cut and failed to get even close to acceptance into the business school. Keep it simple.

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The Music that Moves the City: San Francisco Opera Announces 2017-18 Season

Mission Minded

Mission Minded is excited to share our design work in support of San Francisco Opera’s 2017-18 season. As Matthew Shilvock takes the helm as General Director, San Francisco Opera’s season campaign communicates the strong connection between the vitality of the arts and the vitality of San Francisco.

Ep199: How One Vermont Grocery Store Raised $300,000 for Charity

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Allison Weinhagen , Director of Community Engagement at City Market, a 16,000 sq. First Name *.

The FACTS About Matching Gifts

The Agitator

In a year-end post, Please Don’t Eat the Poinsettia , I noted that the field of fundraising is filled with lots of myths, aphorisms and the equivalent of ‘old wives tales’. Some are true, some are not, and many persist for which there’s little proof one way or the other. Cindy Courtier wrote to.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Year-End Fundraising – Part One

Ann Green

At the end of November, I made year- end donations to 25 organizations. Some organizations are doing a better job of communicating than others.

Nonprofit Communications in the Fake News Era

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Fake news isn’t actually new. ” It’s easy to see how nonprofits can get caught up in the fake news trap. Debunk it Quickly.

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9 ways to be a more human fundraiser in 2017


As your supporters get bombarded with more and more messages from advertisers and competitors (other fundraisers) you’ll need to stand out. The best way to do that is to be more human, authentic and real. Here are nine ways to do just that this year: . Share personal stories with your donors. Be real. Be open, honest and transparent.

13 Behaviors to start building trust at your organization

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here is the invisible thing that’s holding you back in your work. MT: So what if I’m a new executive director and I want my board to trust me?

Ep200: How Values & Culture Impact CSR Efforts

Selfish Giving

These efforts may not be effective for all consumers or in all countries. Download the Transcript. Download the Transcript - EP200. First Name.

On Dr. King’s Birthday…

The Agitator

Today in the U.S. and many places around the globe we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Trump, who will be inaugurated in four days.

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10 Reasons Every Home Should Have an Essential Oil Diffuser

Non Profit Marketing 360

With a lot of artificial air fresheners with harmful chemicals these days, it is good to resort to something that falls into the natural side.

Sharing the MLK, Jr. Holiday in a Culturally Competent Way

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Working effectively cross-culturally is an especially important topic for people working in nonprofit communications. Go beyond the cliché! no BS).

How to ensure that your letter signer will sign your fundraising letter even if he/she doesn’t like it


I’ll skip to the end and tell you how: Set some ground rules with whoever you ask to sign your fundraising letter. Because it looks weird (i.e.

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6 circles that will change your world

Wild Woman Fundraising

Read about the invisible thing that holds you back at your nonprofit. How would I start making this happen? We need to look at ourselves. Many don’t.

Ep196: Sarah Durham on How Branding + Fundraising = Brandraising

Selfish Giving

Sarah Durham, Big Duck. On the show, Megan, Sarah and I discuss: Speaking of brands: Where did Big Duck come from? Sarah's definition of "Branding".

A Bountiful Reward For Giving Thanks

The Agitator

In November The Agitator reported on a creative alternative to #GivingTuesday called #ThanksGivingTuesday. Organized by Heather McGinness , VP of Advancement at Concordia College-New York , this all-stakeholder event is testament to the power of genuine gratitude, skillful communication, and a mighty respect for donors.

How well do you utilize marketing in your social media and mHealth efforts?

Social Marketing and Social Change

How well do you utilize the 5Es? ".it If we fail to do all five, we are failing them and ourselves. And failure in our work is not an option.".