November, 2019

Six Inclusive Stock Photography Sites Every Nonprofit Should Have Bookmarked

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You know you need great photography. But for whatever reason, you don’t have it in-house. Maybe you don’t have the skills or access to a professional.

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What Nonprofits Need To Know About Facebook’s #GivingTuesday Announcement

J Campbell Social Marketing

Cue the bells, throw the confetti, ring the alarms! Facebook announced that for GivingTuesday this year (December 3) it will be matching up to $7 million USD in donations made on the platform that day.

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5 Online Year-End Fundraising Stats You Can Use to Help Craft Your Campaign


This guest post on year-end fundraising stats is from Nathan Hill at NextAfter. Every development professional understands the importance of year-end fundraising.

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Get over your discomfort and politely ask for money

Fundraising Coach

I recently tweeted "your discomfort with asking is getting in the way of a donor's joy in giving. So get out of the way!" ( Click here to tweet that. ). Since then, I've been getting a lot of questions about how to get over the discomfort! How to politely ask for money.

Seven Secrets to Creating Compelling Digital Content

Mission Minded

It’s the new reality; your nonprofit, foundation, or independent school needs a blog, or a social media presence — or. The post Seven Secrets to Creating Compelling Digital Content appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Digital Nonprofit Communications Social Media Storytelling Videos

Be Thankful for Your Donors

Ann Green

Thanksgiving is coming up and it’s a time of the year in the U.S. when we show gratitude to the special people in our lives. Your donors are special people and they deserve to be showered with gratitude. This doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should.

6 MORE Proven Fundraising Asks

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last week we shared some our favorite fundraising asks , and today we are back with a few more classics that work. To recap the first six: The Match Sponsor/Adopt The Menu Fighting Evil The Single Story The Emergency.

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5 Ways You Can Get Meetings with Major Donors (Even When They Won’t Answer their Phone)


I hear the following all the time when I ask fundraisers about their efforts to land meetings with major and legacy donors: “I tried calling, but they didn’t answer the phone,” they say. So what’s really happening here.

7 Strategies to Power Your Year-End Fundraising

Fundraising Coach

The final two months of the year are a vital time for nonprofits to reach their fundraising goals. .

Trustee Table: Listen in for an Inspired Approach to Strategic Planning

Mission Minded

If you’re already a listener of The Trustee Table, a podcast from NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), you know that. The post Trustee Table: Listen in for an Inspired Approach to Strategic Planning appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Independent Schools

Navigating the #GivingTuesday Waters

Ann Green

I imagine most of you are familiar with #GivingTuesday, the annual giving day that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year it will be on December 3. Perhaps you’ve participated in the past and it’s been successful, or maybe it wasn’t.

Three Simple Steps to Using Original Photos

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We get lot of question about the best ways to use photos especially of clients. Today, Holly Bodner joins us to share some tips on using your own photos. Kristina. Holly Bodner. Guest Post by Holly Bodner.

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Fundraisers: Stop Blaming Facebook For Donors Not Wanting to Hear From You

J Campbell Social Marketing

It’s year-end giving season, and GivingTuesday is fast approaching. . Nonprofits of all sizes are in a frenzy about the Facebook $7M match ( more on that here ) and whether or not they should use Facebook charitable giving tools. .

3 Reasons You Should Be Thinking about QCDs (Backed By Data + A Free Guide)


How many decisions do you make each day? A quick google search yields our answer: somewhere near 35,000. That number may seem intimidating, “How can I make 35,000 decisions a day?” You might find yourself pondering.

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Promoting Your GivingTuesday Campaign: 6 Ideas to Help Amplify Your Results Before Kickoff

Fundraising Report Card

Guest post by Candace Cody from CauseVox. If you’ve ever run a GivingTuesday campaign before, then you know that there’s a whole lot more involved than merely setting up an online fundraising website for one day.

Look Behind the Brand: San Francisco Village

Mission Minded

Mission Minded strategist, Rosie Powers, led the creation of a communications campaign to help San Francisco Village reach new members. The post Look Behind the Brand: San Francisco Village appeared first on Mission Minded.

Newsletter: Will a Nonprofit’s Bet on Death be a Boon for Partnerships? ; How Brands Gave Thanks on Veterans Day ; Why Your Nonprofit Needs an Explainer Video

Selfish Giving

Marie Curie , a UK-based nonprofit that runs hospices and supports people living with terminal illness, has launched Talkabout , a microsite to get people talking about everyone's favorite topic: dying and death.

Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for December 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

These writing ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter. You can use them for social media, blog posts, newsletter articles, and more. If you would like these ideas sent to your inbox a month in advance, sign up for our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts.

10 Ways to Improve Donor Retention with Social Media [Webinar Replay]

J Campbell Social Marketing

No matter what time of year, it’s always the perfect time to show your donors some love! If you wait until year-end to communicate with and thank your donors, it may be too late.

What Does Thanksgiving Have to Do with Fundraising? A Surprising Amount.


“You can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”. I wasn’t frustrated. If anything, I was disappointed. How could I forget that quote?” I thought to myself. I was sitting in our CEO’s office.

6 Steps To The Google Ad Grants


Archives. by Zoe Allen. Learn six easy steps to access the Google Ad Grant with our easy-to-understand infographic. 10,000 a month of free advertising? Google offers $10,000 in free advertising credit every month to nonprofits all over the globe to help them spread the message about their missions.

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6 Ways to Utilize Your Foundation’s Year-End Communications Budget

Mission Minded

The end of the year is approaching and, for foundations and others, that means it’s time to consider how you. The post 6 Ways to Utilize Your Foundation’s Year-End Communications Budget appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Foundations

Newsletter: You Should Adopt This Creepy Phone Tactic from Wayfair ; Sales of Mr. Rogers’ Iconic Sweater Support Namesake’s Charity ; The Best Charity CEO on Twitter

Selfish Giving

I've written before on how to turn your homepage into a lead-generating machine. You'll need an email pop-up and a service that pings you when a company visits your site (e.g. Leadfeeder, VisitorTrack, Leadberry ). The next step is to take a page from Wayfair's playbook.

Mornings and Your Mental Health #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As someone who is not a fan of mornings, most posts about making the most of them leave me rolling my eyes. I don’t care how many articles I read about how the most successful people get up early – I WILL NEVER BE A MORNING PERSON. (By

How to Use Social Media to Maximize Your #GivingTuesday Campaigns

J Campbell Social Marketing

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner! Wondering how to use social media to best stand out? Your campaign has 24 hours to make the most of this global movement to promote generosity. Giving Tuesday success depends on a great promotions plan – and that includes social media.

Guidelines for Third-Party Fundraisers

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Some very nice person wants to hold a fundraiser for you. GREAT! She wants you to create all the communications for it, including flyers, invitations, posts on social media, etc. UMM, NOT GREAT.

Stand Out from the Crowd with a Welcome Series

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We have only had a little over 300 people take our 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey , but if these (very) preliminary results hold, then a majority of nonprofit organizations are not sending a welcome series to new subscribers. (By

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Launching Campaigns a Week or More Ahead of Giving Tuesday

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’m writing this on Tuesday, November 26, which is one week before Giving Tuesday 2019. I’m getting lots of “Save the Date” email messages from nonprofits. Some of them include soft asks about giving now, ahead of Tuesday.

What Does 2020 Hold for Nonprofit Communications?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

How will you use social media in 2020? Will you share uplifting stories, ask for donations or inform followers about your programs? Do you use Facebook Groups? Instagram Stories? Streaming video? What about your email marketing plans for next year? How often do you send your email newsletter?

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – November 15, 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Hello, Friends! It’s cold and rainy here, but I have the hottest articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. This week we talk about Instagram likes disappearing, year-end fundraising tips, ghostwriting, inclusive stock photography and more.

The Difference Between Assertive and Aggressive

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kivi has shared a few posts in recent weeks on how you can stop being a doormat at your organization. It’s a common problem especially for nonprofit communications staff since so many things can be considered “communications.”

3 Email List Building Pop-Ups for Your Website

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During Tuesday’s webinar , we’ll be sharing a ton of great nonprofit examples from our Inspiration Files. Here’s a little preview of some of the website lightboxes or pop-ups we’ve seen and loved recently. These are specifically for building your email list.

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We Are Running an Email Re-Engagement Campaign and People Have Feelings

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s an email marketing best practice to keep a healthy mailing list. And that’s not just one of those shiny new things “marketing gurus” tell you to do that don’t really matter in the long run – having an outdated email list will affect your email deliverability.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – November 8, 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Did you have a good week? Let’s wrap it up with the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. This week we have trends for 2020, a new Twitter feature, free webinars, and icebreakers for introverts. It’s time for Mixed Links….

Should You Stop Sending Email to Complainers?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We recently sent our entire email list through a scrubbing process. It was the first time we’d ever done that, so I was a little anxious about what we’d find. We’ve been good about removing hard bounces and anyone who complains by hitting the spam button.

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How to Promote Your #GivingTuesday Campaign To Get More Buzz

J Campbell Social Marketing

Do you want to raise more money and connect with more supporters this year on the global day of giving, #GivingTuesday? This year #GivingTuesday is December 3, and it’s never too early to start planning for a successful campaign!

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – November 1, 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Ward 8 – Boston, MA. Happy November, Friends! Let’s warm up with the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. We have some goodies left over from Halloween, email marketing and LinkedIn news, and how not to pitch a guest post.