Sat.Jan 13, 2018 - Fri.Jan 19, 2018

Facebook’s Latest News Feed Changes: What Nonprofits Can Do

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Another week, another change to Facebook. ( See Mark Zuckerberg’s post from January 11, 2018.). This one actually may make a big difference in how nonprofits use the networking site though. In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is changing what you see on your news feed.

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3 smart new metrics to measure your fundraising effectiveness


I’ll bet you make lots of calls. You set appointments, uncover needs, make presentations, write proposals and close gifts too, right? I did it too. Back in 1996, I was a young, energetic salesman working to help grow a small marketing agency in Silver Spring, Maryland. I made tons of cold calls and set plenty of appointments. Then I uncovered needs and, later, made presentations or wrote proposals. A percentage of the proposals would turn into sales.

Take Control of Your Data: 3 Must-Have Reporting Tools Every Nonprofit Should Have


A new year means new resolutions, and for nonprofits that often falls into the category of better fundraising practices. Enter our new series, “New Year, New Heights.” For the next few months, we’re taking an in-depth look at key features and tools that make for a successful development program. Follow along, email us your questions , and let us know what you’d like to hear about!

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How to Spot & Gather Strong Stories

Getting Attention

When you gather compelling stories—about beneficiaries, donors, or volunteers, or other players—to share in campaigns, thanks, and other communications, you gain a powerful complement to your data and anecdotal understanding of the people you want to engage. Together, these insights forge a shortcut to engaging hearts, minds, and wallets. But it can be tough to source the right stories.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Cortney Nichols

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Cortney Nichols. Welcome to our first installment for 2018 in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

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What to Do Now That Your Fundraising Campaign Is Over

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Gary Wohlfeill. You should use every event and campaign as a learning experience. Today’s post gives you some ideas what to do after it’s all over. Kristina. Guest Post by Gary Wohlfeill. Your event or campaign is officially over and it was incredible.

The Behavioral Science of Fundraising Metrics

The Agitator

You’ve heard us talk about applying behavioral science to help nudge donors in the right direction with topics like: Symmetrically structuring your symbolic gifts. The desire to complete sets and goals. What happens in your brain as you donate. Using the fresh start effect.

How to Become a Data-driven Nonprofit (in 3 Simple Steps)

Fundraising Report Card

The quest to become a data-driven nonprofit is not simple or easy. Use these three steps as guidelines. If you had a checklist for “becoming a data-driven organization,” these three steps would be on it. The post How to Become a Data-driven Nonprofit (in 3 Simple Steps) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

6 Ways to Engage Millennial Donors


Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation's largest living generation. They’re also getting more politically active, so it’s a smart move for organizations to engage with them, and if you haven’t been already, it’s not too late! We’ve rounded up six ways to reach out to millennial donors to help boost your fundraising efforts. Rethink mail asks. First, millennials move around, a lot.

Download the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report #NPCOMM2018

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Our Nonprofit Communications Trends Report has become the “go-to” source for what’s REALLY happening in the world of nonprofit communications and fundraising. And the 2018 edition is now available! Get your FREE copy now.

Ditch the Vanity Metrics. Take the Cannoli.

The Agitator

“What gets measured gets managed” – ( attributed to Peter Drucker, among others.). If vanity metrics were merely useless, we might abide them as just one of many wastes of time. But they are actively counterproductive, crowding out the useful and camouflaging the useless. Vanity metrics may make you feel good. They may be easy to measure. And some of them may feel like a victory. But they seldom bring you closer to your goals.

Friends Listen to Friends: How to Engage Millennials, Gen Z on Instagram [SPONSORED]

Selfish Giving

“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend.” - Mark Zuckerberg Influencer marketing is a billion-dollar industry on Instagram alone with spending set to double by 2019.

Engagement Fundraising in Action with Jeff Giannotto and Lizzie Weiland (Season 2, Episode 1)


Season 2 of the podcast kicks off with a special episode featuring Jeff Giannotto and Lizzie Weiland. This season is all about engagement fundraising in action. Learn about the power of surveys and hear some success stories about organizations that have implemented engagement fundraising. The post Engagement Fundraising in Action with Jeff Giannotto and Lizzie Weiland (Season 2, Episode 1) appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Good day, awesome people! Join me for the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising. It’s time for Mixed Links… First off, we just released our 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. You can download it for free here.

Are You Playing the Fundraising Lottery?

The Agitator

One of my favorite country music singer/songwriters is Brandy Clark.

Ep248: How the Best Nonprofits Position Themselves for Partnership Success

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Kathleen Janus , social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University , about a great, new book: Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference.

Now Available: Dr. Russell James’ Visual Planned Giving Textbook, Updated for the 2018 Tax Law


My friend, Dr. Russell James has just finished the newest edition to his groundbreaking textbook, Visual Planned Giving. This includes an in-depth analysis of the 2018 tax bill, and how he expects it to impact planned giving.

10 MORE Songs that are on every fundraiser’s playlist

Wild Woman Fundraising

OMG so I had these 10 songs in 2016 that people LOVED and I thought, well, let’s make another post like this with NEW SONGS! Yeah you can trust me! To help you GET DOWN! SO, here are 10 MORE songs that are on every fundraiser’s playlist! To start your year off right!

The Two Fundraising Metrics That Matter Most

The Agitator

Yesterday we identified those metrics you should eliminate with extreme prejudice. So it’s only fitting that we should talk about those metrics you’ll want to embrace and socialize in your organization – Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). First, I should mention that DonorTrends is offering Agitator readers a free test drive of their excellent Donor Dashboard here. This will quickly give you the vital fundraising metrics of your own organization.

Martin Luther King, Jr- January 15, 1929- April 4, 1968

The Agitator

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

What can we do to change our world in this exact moment?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever struggled to find words for something you experience? ME TOO. Maybe it’s a story you tell yourself and others, over and over again, and suddenly one day you realize you don’t need to tell that story anymore.

How to get your resume ready for a career change

Wild Woman Fundraising

Hi hi! Are you redoing your resume right now? Editing your C.V.? Looking to get paid more and go somewhere where you can learn and be nurtured to LEAD? WHAT FUN! Let’s work on it together. So first, don’t do the summary paragraph. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Tip 1: Broader Skills first. You’re definitely switching organizations, sometimes industries, and for sure titles, SO figure out what qualities you will need in your ideal role. These can be known as Broad Skills.