Sat.May 05, 2018 - Fri.May 11, 2018

Crying in Your Car After Work? You Have Two Options

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Earlier today I interviewed an awesome nonprofit communications director about how she transformed the culture of communications at her organization.

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Planned Giving 101: What Nonprofits Need to Know


One of today’s biggest areas of growth for nonprofit fundraising is Planned Giving. It is estimated that over the next 25 years nearly $6 trillion will transfer to charitable organizations through bequests, trusts and other planned gifts.

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4 Simple Guidelines For Your Nonprofit Social Media Storytelling Strategy

J Campbell Social Marketing

Creating a vibrant, effective, and workable social media storytelling strategy can be daunting for many nonprofits, especially small and grassroots organizations with little to no staff capacity or tech savvy. It doesn’t have to be!

Are you playing games with your supporters?


Sadly some fundraisers think they’re playing a game. But if only one participant is playing, what’s the other one doing? Being played! At its core, fundraising is not about games. It’s about service. So step outside of yourself and your organization. Feel what it’s like to be a donor.

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Problems That Plague Nonprofit Content And How to Solve Them

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Stop Wasting Time with Bad Content. Does your content capture imagination? Does it spark emotions? Does it make people want to stand up and yell, “ YES! I WILL SUPPORT THIS GREAT CAUSE!

Dining With Donors

The Agitator

It had been years since I visited an all-night diner. So, the other night, road weary and longing for a cheeseburger and fries, I pulled into a real live, old-fashioned, aluminum clad diner and made my way to a booth with its own jukebox. Heaven. BUT… something was amiss. Out of place. Unfamiliar.

How to Drive Social Media Engagement with Your Nonprofit Storytelling [WEBINAR]

J Campbell Social Marketing

Today at noon ET I am giving a free webinar with DipJar , all about my favorite topic – social media engagement through nonprofit storytelling!

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Tara Collins

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tara Collins. Welcome to our 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. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

“Sorry, We’re Too Busy to Improve”

The Agitator

“No one is working 10-12 hours a day. Being busy is not working. Taking calls and meetings is a waste. Whenever someone tells me they’re actually working 12-14 hours a day [I ask] are you working or is your time filled with tiny blocks of b t ore are there large blocks of uninterrupted time?”.

How to Make Your Email Messages Stand Out

Ann Green

Email is often the primary way nonprofits communicate with their donors and there’s a reason for that. It’s fast, easy, relatively inexpensive, and almost everyone has an email address. You can quickly get a message out to a lot of people. Email, unlike social media, is something you can control.

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Is a day of reckoning coming for fundraisers and their employers?


Fundraisers like you are in a difficult spot. You’re constantly being asked to raise more money by your board of directors, but you don’t have the staff, resources, or tools to do it the right way. You’re probably overworked and underpaid. You may be patient, empathetic to your cause, and full of good intentions. You know you need to create relationships and speak to donors one-to-one, but all too often, the demands of the position force you or your marketing staff to communicate one-to-many.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s finally Friday! Let’s celebrate with the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising. It’s time for Mixed Links…. First things first, the FTC urges Twitter users to change passwords. Have you asked Does Social Media Impact SEO?

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Monthly Giving Part 4: Stewarding Monthly Donors

The Agitator

For reasons attributable only to sloth or ignorance far too many organizations sign up monthly donors then walk away. No thank you. No phone call. No newsletter. Nothing. And they wonder why these precious donors lapse. Really?

Ep264: This Household Products Company is Cleaning Up with Cause Marketing

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Mike Esposito , Director of U.S. Marketing at household cleaning tools brand O-Cedar about their involvement in Habitat for Humanity's Home is the Key cause marketing initiative that's now in its second year.

The Best Email Solicitation I Ever Read

Mission Minded

I wrote this post six years ago and it contains relevant information today. Whether you send emails to ask for financial support, volunteers, or to encourage action and engagement, apply the six lessons at the end of this post to ensure what you write is something people actually want to read. Jennie Winton At Mission […]. The post The Best Email Solicitation I Ever Read appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Fundraising

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Join Me for the Summer of CALM?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here’s my personal invitation to you and your communications team (if you have one): I’d love for you to join me for the Summer of CALM. Here’s how it works: You sign up your team and right away I’ll mail out three signed copies of the CALM not BUSY book.

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Lousy Boards, Lousy Bosses

The Agitator

Yesterday’s email yielded a field report from the circuit-riding Tom Ahern summarizing the dangers of lousy bosses and boards. . He had just previewed a new training session — Everyone’s a Critic– with an audience drawn from a few universities, the Girl Scouts, some hospital, social services, arts/museums and a hospice. Tom reports that “after two hours the group came to these conclusions: “FUNDRAISING is hard work…ALWAYS.”.

Newsletter: Cause Marketing for 'Boring' Industries ; Wendy's Loses Pigtails for a Cause ; Why is Tom's Shoes Struggling?

Selfish Giving

Are you attending the Engage for Good Conference in Chicago later this month? I hope you are because when it comes to cause marketing it's the biggest conference of the year!

The least scary blog about nonprofit data you’ll ever read


The D word. D-A-T-A. It’s that topic that’s at the top of everyone’s list these days but, let’s be honest, it can be a little bit intimidating. Fundraising Data

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A potpourri of updates

The Agitator

Here at The Agitator, we pride ourselves on well-reasoned, thoughtful posts that explore important themes in depth often over a week. This isn’t going to be one of those weeks. This is going to be a week of potpourri, using the popular Jeopardy definition of “doesn’t fit into any other category.”. So we’ll start with three updates on pieces that ran earlier this year. Item #1. In January, I talked about how Google was requiring nonprofits to have a click-through rate for Google Grant ads at 5%.

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Some decent things nonprofits have said about us


We love our nonprofits and, it turns out, they love us back. So, to give you a little idea why there’s so much love in the room, we’ve got a bunch of real quotes from real humans who work at real nonprofits about the real reasons they love CrowdRise by GoFundMe. For real. Product

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