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How Nonprofits Can Use Text Messaging

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Alexa Lemzy. Have you tried mobile fundraising or contacting your supporters via text? Alexa Lemzy shares some ways you can get started in today’s post. Kristina. Guest Post by Alexa Lemzy. Texting is one of the most effective ways to communicate to a large number of people.

3 simple ways fundraisers can improve their LinkedIn profiles to land more meetings and raise more money


Most fundraiser’s LinkedIn profiles are screwed up! They look like resumes, not invitations. After all, are you trying to raise money or are you looking for another job?

How Nonprofits Can Use LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

J Campbell Social Marketing

LinkedIn may not be the sexiest of the social media platforms, but it may be one of the most powerful for nonprofits. 51% of global NGOs use LinkedIn, according to the 2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report.

Highlights from EveryAction's Inaugural User Summit


Last week, we had the honor of hosting our first ever User Summit in Washington D.C. Over 50 EveryAction partners - including Greenpeace USA , Equality Federation , and National Women's Law Center - joined us at our headquarters for an afternoon filled with panel discussions, product showcases, and ample networking opportunities. We kicked off the day with attendees sharing their current successes and challenges.

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How @GlennEMartin of JustLeadershipUSA Tweets Like a Boss

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For my September NPMG Tweet Like a Boss webinar, I connected with Glenn E. Martin , President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA , about how he personally uses Twitter to advance his organization’s mission. JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the U.S.

Changing Mindsets is Hard! – Episode 11


On today’s episode we discuss our first user submitted question on cultivating relationships with donors and why it’s so hard to change the mindset at an organization that’s always done something a certain way. You can have your question discussed on the show by emailing

The Mediocre Borrow. Genius Steals.

The Agitator

Rarely does The Agitator fully reprint other blogs. But, in the midst of what seems an unending string of natural disasters and heartbreak, punctuated by Apple’s tsunami of product hype over its latest iPhone X, it’s time for some humor — and perspective. Time to steal.

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So Simple and Effective, You Gotta Do One!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I love, love, love, thank you videos. They are relatively easy to produce and so feel-good and effective. They are the perfect way to remind your supporters of the good work you are doing with their help, right before your major year-end campaigns. You can use them in lots of other ways too.

FINALLY REVEALED: Dr. Russell James’ secrets to conducting donor surveys


He’s back! And this time he’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects — donor surveys. Sure, I’ve got some experience in this area. MarketSmart has been conducting surveys on behalf of hundreds of nonprofits in 4 countries around the world.

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Are Your Fundraising Proceeds Insured?

The Agitator

This morning I’m wondering how many nonprofits in Houston and Florida had their fundraising proceeds protected from the ravages of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by insurance. Frankly, until yesterday this wasn’t a question that would occur to me in a 100 years. But then I received a note from my friend Chuck Longfield , the Chief Scientist at Blackbaud.

4 things you can do now for #GivingTuesday


#GivingTuesday will be here before you know it. In 67 days, to be exact. Now is a great time to start preparing for #GivingTuesday and the earlier you start preparing, the better you’ll be able to crush all your holiday goal. Fundraising

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Brick & Spoon. Orange Beach, AL. Happy Friday! As you’re reading this, I am probably on a tennis court sweating my butt off!

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Ep232: PepsiCo’s Anti-Hunger Program Fuels Kids & Innovation

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Matt Smith , Director of PepsiCo’s Food for Good program a purpose-driven business initiative within PepsiCo that tackles child hunger by making healthy food more physically and financially accessible for low-income families.

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Here Comes the DSCC Again … And Again … And Again … And …

The Agitator

About the only fundraising practice I thought disliked more than #GivingTuesday was getting messages in September, two months before the auspicious event, offering advice on how to get ready for #GivingTuesday. But then I got an ‘in your face’ reminder that there indeed was another fundraising purveyor who gives me even greater upset — the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

How NOT to Ask for a Bequest

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

So you’re talking to a nice couple who have been giving to your organization for years. You think they are a great candidate to ask for a bequest. Now what? Well here are a few things you probably shouldn’t say: “So… how was that last doctor’s visit?”

The Importance Of A Donor’s Second Gift

The Agitator

Just how important is a donor’s second gift? Apparently, not very important judging from the scant — or non-existent — attention the subject receives at nonprofit board meetings, not to mention by most CEOs and far too many fundraisers.

‘Disaster’ Is Just One Risk To Fundraising

The Agitator

I’ll admit to being blown away by Roger’s post yesterday, Are Your Fundraising Proceeds Insured? He was discussing the issue of whether nonprofits could insure against lost fundraising returns due to ‘business interruption’ — in this case, interruption due to hurricane damage. A concept I’ve never thought about. And the answer seems to be ‘Yes’, at least as demonstrated by the success of Houston Public Media after Hurricane Ike in 2008.