June, 2019

6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer and Still Get Work Done

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I don’t know about you, but sitting at my desk all day is really hard right now. Like near impossible. Here are a few ways to stay motivated during the sweet summertime months when all of that work still needs to get done. Give more time to strategic thinking and professional development.

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EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

EveryAction

Predictive Analytics Fundraising Product Fuels EveryAction’s Rise in Nonprofit Market. Washington, D.C., June 6, 2019 – EveryAction, a leading software provider for nonprofit fundraisers, announced today that it has acquired DonorTrends.

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7 Ways to Create a Culture of Belonging

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’m reading this book called No Hard Feelings, and it’s all about embracing emotions at work. Let me explain to you how I screwed up with this. Long ago, I worked in an animal shelter. I was concerned that I didn’t fit in with my boss or colleagues.

How to Launch a Grassroots Micro-Influencer Campaign for Your Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

Do you hear the word “influencer” and think of a million dollar campaign? Not anymore! You already have micro-influencers in your online community just waiting to get more involved with your organization!

Creating a Thank You Plan Will Help You Stay Focused on Gratitude All Year Round

Ann Green

Have you seen the recent posts from the Agitator blog about thanking your donors? It’s worth reading, as are all Agitator posts. They cite a study where thank you calls didn’t result in an increase in donations. Thanks, But No Thanks.

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How to get your donors to respond to you WITHOUT asking them to respond to you

iMarketSmart

Does polite persistence really work any more? When I first got into sales, my uncle told me that polite persistence was the key to achieving results. He said that I needed to be gentle but tenacious. Like water dripping on a rock again and again until it finally wears away the stone.

Follow These 7 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Media Relations ROI

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steve Bustin. Now more than ever, journalists need good PR people.

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Get me Bodied! Making the case for embodied fundraising- Erica Busillo Adams

Wild Woman Fundraising

How we met. I had the great fortune of meeting Mazarine at AFP ICON in March (her trademark spear caught my eye!). But we didn’t meet in a conference session or at a workshop or even at a networking event.

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The Essential Guide to Donor Retention in the Digital Age

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofits, we are failing our donors. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2018 Fourth Quarter Report found that charitable giving did in fact increase by a meager 1.6% in 2018. Cause for celebration? Hardly.

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[Guest Post] Using your data to build real relationships

Fundraising Coach

Today's guest post is from Neon One's Tim Sarrantonio. He's a fundraiser, a database whiz, and regular conference speaker. A more complete bio comes after this article. You can see his most recent thoughts GIFs on Twitter @midwesttgs. How to use data to build authentic relationships with prospects.

Are you a dictatorial boss or a dynamic nonprofit leader?

iMarketSmart

I think too many nonprofit leaders don’t really know how to lead. Instead they just boss people around. Having a title means you have authority. But authority isn’t the same as leadership. In fact, too often people get into positions of authority only to become dictators, not leaders.

Enough with the Pointless Nonprofit Storytelling

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

My favorite definition of a story comes from The Elements of Persuasion : “A story is a fact, wrapped in an emotion , that compels us to take an action that transforms our world.” Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman All of the five words I have in bold are essential to nonprofit storytelling success.

Don’t Ignore Your Donors This Summer

Ann Green

Summer is almost here, yea! This is often a quieter time for most nonprofits, but you don’t want to be too quiet and ignore your donors. In fact, this is a great time to do some relationship building.

A new web series on nonprofit leadership that we launched

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you tired of working really hard and getting the same results? Maybe it’s time to listen to the experts, and see what you can do differently to grow your fundraising revenue for the second half of 2019.

Summer School: 6 Steps to a Stronger Brand

Mission Minded

School’s out for summer! That means beaches, barbeques, baseball, and… branding? Yes: branding. Now that hallways aren’t awash in students. The post Summer School: 6 Steps to a Stronger Brand appeared first on Mission Minded.

Are your donors missing the picture?

Fundraising Coach

When you send an email, are your donors missing the picture? Seriously. Many may not have images automatically open. So all you get it a weird blank space. And possibly some words. Those words are the "alt" text.

Giving increased.7% but you won’t hear anyone celebrating and that’s really too bad

iMarketSmart

Remember when the Lilly School predicted at least a $13 billion drop in giving due to the Trump Tax Cut (which would have taken us to $376 billion)? Instead, we saw a.7% rise in real dollars to $427.71 billion. They should have egg on their faces for their doomsday prediction.

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Is This an Email, a Meeting or an Instant Message?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We know that nonprofits rely on email and meetings for internal communications — in fact, they over-rely on them!

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A Few Common Donor Communication Problems and How You Can Fix Them

Ann Green

Some nonprofits do a good job of communicating with their donors, but many do not and that’s a problem. Mediocre or poor donor communication will hinder your success. If you wonder why your retention rates are floundering that may be the reason.

Why asking for a degree in fundraising is a bad idea

Wild Woman Fundraising

In the last several years, I have seen a disturbing trend. It’s requiring degrees in a discipline that seems to require experience more than a degree to do well. For instance. Outreach. I have a friend who has 20+ years experience in outreach, but no college degree.

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When it comes to your message, how much is enough?

Mission Minded

We counsel our clients to repeat, repeat, repeat: Get a good message and stick with it—in print, digital, and spoken. The post When it comes to your message, how much is enough? appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Messaging Storytelling

Newsletter: 8-Point Framework for Working with Partners ; Lacoste Stores Go Crocodile-Free; Partnership Salaries by Region

Selfish Giving

I'm back from the Engage for Good Conference in Chicago! The conference was great, as usual. Congrats to David, Megan and the entire Engage for Good team. I moderated two session at the conference and attended several more. A few highlights.

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Why major and legacy donors think your fundraising communications stink!

iMarketSmart

First, it is not all your fault. Well then, can we blame it on leadership? Leadership should share the burden of blame because fundraisers tend to feel a lot of pressure to do what’s always been done. In many cases they are driven (by leadership) to avoid trying anything new in case it doesn’t work.

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Newsjacking: From Roadkill to Rock Stars

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During the wee hours of the morning of April 8 th , I received a call from Tom Harrison, director of the award-winning North Carolina Black Bear Festival and Bear-ology Museum. Tom and I met a few months earlier at my G.R.E.A.T. media relations presentation for NC ShowFest.

What Fundraising and Strength Training Have in Common

Ann Green

About a year and a half ago I started doing strength training with a personal trainer. My initial assessment was humbling, to say the least, and at the beginning, there were several times I wondered “Why am I doing this?”. But I’ve benefited so much.

How to Ace Your Fundraising Job Interview

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here’s how to figure out what questions they will ask you in the fundraising job interview. And how to answer tricky questions! In this 9 minute video, you’ll learn: –How to answer the “Why did you leave your last position?” ” question.

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Use Your Summer to Strengthen Your Brand

Mission Minded

School’s out for summer! That means beaches, barbeques, baseball, and… branding? Yes: branding. Now that hallways aren’t awash in students. The post Use Your Summer to Strengthen Your Brand appeared first on Mission Minded.

Newsletter: Marketing that Gets Noticed ; 9 Ways to Avoid ‘Woke Washing’ ; Why Targeting Millennials May Not be Such a Great Idea After All

Selfish Giving

This week I've been noticing what I notice. First, it was these warming stripe graphics on Twitter with the hashtag #ShowYourStripes. I was like, "What the heck is this and why is everyone sharing it?"

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Why major and legacy donors think your fundraising sucks.

iMarketSmart

First, it is not all your fault. Well then, can we blame it on leadership? Leadership should share the burden of blame because fundraisers tend to feel a lot of pressure to do what’s always been done. In many cases they are driven (by leadership) to avoid trying anything new in case it doesn’t work.

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If I Were Launching a Social Media Strategy from Scratch.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If I were starting from scratch with social media, or revamping a social media strategy, here’s what I would focus on in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Facebook The majority of the content created for Facebook would be uploaded video and live streams. The majority of time spent on the platform would be in Groups. I would build an ad strategy around people who had watched videos or shown interest in events and create look-alike audiences for those people.

Goals for Internal Communications at Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

What are your internal communications goals? Not sure? It’s time to figure it out and create some, just like you create goals for external communications.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 28, 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Toups Meatery. New Orleans, LA It’s Friday! Before we get to the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising, I wanted to remind you about our Summer All-Access Pass Sale.

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When Our Strengths Turn On Us #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

One of the most popular job interview questions is “What are your top strengths?” ” It’s usually followed by “And what are your biggest weaknesses?” ” But sometimes they can be one in the same.

Making the Editing Process Smoother at Your Nonprofit

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If the process of getting copy edited and approved is a bit of a nightmare at your nonprofit — or it’s just not as simple and efficient as it should be, you aren’t alone!

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Pam Georgiana

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Pam Georgiana Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. Pam Georgiana, MBA is the Vice President of Engagement for Lutheran Social Services in Ohio.

Do Best Practices Guarantee Success?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When communications directors are lobbying their executive directors to approve their enrollment in our Communications Director Mentoring Program , we will occasionally get questions like this: Will participating in this program guarantee this, that or the other?

Save $200 During Our Summer All-Access Pass Sale

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You can get our Annual All-Access Pass for only $499. Sale ends July 3rd, 2019. We know many nonprofits are on a summer fiscal year, and you might need to use this year’s money in the next few days. you might have a new budget starting on July 1. you may just know a good deal when you see one.

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