Sat.Jul 15, 2017 - Fri.Jul 21, 2017

NONPROFITS: 15 Instagram Tips, Tricks and Features You Don’t Want to Miss

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.” — Unknown. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. The photo social network Instagram is on its way to 1 billion users, alongside Facebook and WhatsApp.

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Finally revealed, a profile of the ideal major gift officer


Thanks to the Education Advisory Board , we now know what the ideal major gift officer looks like. Their Advancement Forum sought to understand what makes a top major gift officer tick. So they surveyed over 1,200 major gift officers at 89 colleges and universities in the U.S.A

Your Official #NN17 Local's Guide to Atlanta


We're just a few weeks away from one of the most highly-anticipated progressive conferences of the year and we're so excited to be headed down South to the front lines of social change. Considering our team is obsessed with weekend trips to Hotlanta, we thought we'd share some favorite local spots to eat, drink, party, and enjoy the sights while visiting for Netroots 2017. Check out the list below and make sure to read the travel tips at the end! Ebenezer Baptist Church & The King Center.

5 Types of Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Share on Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. .

How to Get Program Staff to Use Your Editorial Calendar

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You know how I feel about editorial calendars. They are the single most important tool for a communications director. So I get VERY excited when I hear a good nonprofit editorial calendar story. .

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Spruce Up Your Donation Pages (and Make More Money!)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You have less than 25 seconds to make a good impression on first-time visitors to your website. You can’t just add a “Donate” button to your nonprofit’s website and expect it to be successful. If your website needs help, then you’re in luck!

The more things change, the more they stay the same


I was wondering who might have created the first survey ever. . My search led me to Charles the Great, the “Father of Europe.” ” Apparently, in AD 771 , he created what might have been the first survey to help him understand his own kingdom.

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Nonprofit Leadership Roundup

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you wondering how to be a better nonprofit leader? A lot of us just get thrown into leadership, sometimes with no nonprofit background at all. There are so many different aspects to nonprofit leadership! Here’s one way to categorize it.

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Ep224: How Children's Miracle Network Raises 70% of its Revenues from Retailers

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Clark Sweat , Chief Revenue Officer at Children's Miracle Network (CMN), about CMN's incredible success with checkout charity. On the show, Megan, Clark and I discuss: Clark Sweat, Children's Miracle Network.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Shux Oyster Bar, Pensacola, FL. Good Friday afternoon, folks! Let’s end this week on a high note with some Mixed Links… M+R shares 10 Rules for a Brilliant Brainstorm with some help from Tina Fey. Now you can Ask a Question, Get an Answer in Google Analytics.

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REVEALED: Jerry Panas’ secrets of attracting wealthy supporters


In January, Inside Philanthropy interviewed legendary fundraiser Jerold Panas to discover his secrets of attracting wealthy supporters. Here’s his list: It isn’t about your organization or its needs. Rather, it’s about the donor and their needs. Go big or go home because big projects tap into donors’ dreams. Go in person to get the most generous contributions. Avoid dining with donors in restaurants; they make it hard for you to focus on them. The more the merrier.

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A Higher Calling

The Agitator

The other day Tom posed the question, Are You a Fundraising Professional? , and answered it by concluding that “If you see your role as facilitating a positive donor experience, then yes, you are.”

Get Noticed in an Instant with a Visual Story

Ann Green

We’re bombarded with information by the bucket loads these days. It’s easy for your messages to get lost in the endless sea of stuff. One great way to connect is by sharing visual stories. Some people respond better to visual stimuli, anyway. Here are a few ways to tell visual stories.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Dina Elenbaas

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Dina Elenbaas. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

It's not about scaring, but caring

Fundraising Coach

I recently blogged about a storytelling tip for nonprofit leaders that I learned from Kindra Hall. The tip is especially powerful in nonprofit fundraising. Kindra took the millenia old story structure - beginning, middle, end - and reframed it as normal, explosion, new normal.

Summer Doldrums Threat #1: Branding

The Agitator

Sooner or later someone in your organization, totally devoid of fundraising knowledge (likely a board member or the spouse of one), is going to come back from their summer break with a ‘brilliant idea’ In fact, over many summers, many ‘brilliant’ ideas have crossed The Agitator’s desks.

Voting Assumptions Gone Awry

A. Fine Blog

I have been advocating for making voting easier and more convenient for a long time. Give us more options of when and how to vote and, presumably, more people will vote. Two mechanisms for doing this have been the vote-by-mail (not male!) and early voting.

Frequency Of Giving

The Agitator

I was browsing through the interesting ‘dashboard’ on online giving compiled by Network for Good and published monthly by the Chronicle on Philanthropy. The latest update reported 20% more donors and 20.9% more donations in June 2017 over June 2016.

Are You A Fundraising Professional?

The Agitator

Be careful before you answer. It might be a trick question. I’m sure all Agitator readers regard themselves as ‘professional’, at least in the sense of making some ongoing, applied effort to be seriously competent — i.e. not regarded as a dilettante. But now consider this passage from a recent blog post by fundraiser extraordinaire, Giles Pegram CBE, writing in his role as vice chair of the UK’s Commission on the Donor Experience.

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“We’re Not Like This … Are We?”

The Agitator

Innovation and progress come not from working harder, but working smarter and taking an axe to the time wasters and the trivial. Most of all, stop focusing on the trivial. If I had a nickel for every hour I’ve witnessed trivial debates over orange vs. blue envelopes, or closed-face vs. window envelopes, I could buy Tom a fresh typewriter ribbon. In an earlier post, Wasting Time by Exalting the Trivial , I illustrated some all-to-common examples of wasted time and exalted triviality.

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Summer Doldrums Threat #1: Branding

The Agitator

Sooner or later someone in your organization, totally devoid of fundraising knowledge (likely a board member or the spouse of one), is going to come back from their summer break with a “brilliant idea.” ” In fact, over many summers many “brilliant” ideas have crossed The Agitator’s desks.