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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Seth J. Katzen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Seth J. Katzen. 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!

10 Free Ways to Re-Purpose Your Nonprofit’s Stories

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling is critical to achieve success on social media, where the goal is to grab attention and pique interest. Without some sort of visual element to your storytelling, it will likely fall flat and get ignored.

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EveryAction Development: Make Your Fundraising Tools Work For You


It’s no secret EveryAction’s best-in-class tools have been proven to help thousands of nonprofits raise more money while saving time on day-to-day operations. With EveryAction Development, we’ve made it truly simple to manage your donors in one, unified platform, giving you more time to focus on your organization’s mission, raise more money, and operate more efficiently. Recently, I caught up with Melissa Wyers, Executive Director of EveryAction, to chat all things EveryAction Development.

When it comes to “moves management,” are you concerned too?


First, what are we really talking about when we say moves management ? Wikipedia says , “moves are the actions an organization takes to bring in donors, establish relationships, and renew contributions.” ” So, moves are what the fundraiser does. Moves are activities. I get it! Fundraisers achieve their goals if they develop plans for their activities. Moves management in fundraising is the development of plans and activities to raise money.

How Nonprofit Communicators Can Measure Awareness

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s my least favorite goal for nonprofit communicators: Brand Awareness. Because it’s vague and hard to measure, and therefore hard to know what will really work best to increase it.

3 Engagement Crushing Mistakes Nonprofits Are Making On Social Media – And What To Do Instead

J Campbell Social Marketing

Facebook and Instagram went down on Wednesday and people lost their minds. They were worried they couldn’t get the latest updates from friends and family members, but also they lost their major source of news, information, and community. Sound scary? It’s just reality!

Build Beautiful Charts & Graphs with Data Visualization on EveryAction


Whether its for a board meeting or a conference, nonprofit professionals often spend hours of time trying to figure out ways to present their data in an easily understandable way. Often, this results in either hiring a graphic designer, assigning herculean design tasks to interns(!), or relying on (pretty ugly) charts with data estimates made in Excel or Powerpoint.

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Free #GivingTuesday Tips, Ideas, and Resources

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

#GivingTuesday is only 47 days away so I thought I would compile a list of blog posts, articles, and other resources out there to help you make it a successful day. You don’t think #GivingTuesday is worth it?

King Arthur and Nonprofit Appeal Letter Stories

Wild Woman Fundraising

Read the first part of this post here. According to Robert McKee, there are 4 Primary techniques for Progression. Social progression -Widen the impact of character actions into society. Personal progression -Dark personal secrets.

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Download And Read Before Fundraising Implodes

The Agitator

Over the past week, we renewed our exploration of what’s wrong with nonprofit fundraising. Here and here we dealt mainly with how fundraisers are viewed and treated by their organizations and by each other. Of course, that’s only a small part of the story — some of the symptoms.

End of Year Is Here: Where to Focus Your Attention Right Now


Well, that was quick, it’s already October (Friday, October the 13th to be exact). Where did 2017 go? As with every year, time seems to move by quicker and quicker. With the end of year among us, today’s blog post will focus on helping you recapture soon-to-be lapsed donors.

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It’s My Party and I’ll Save You Money If I Want To

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Ok, that doesn’t really roll off the tongue, does it? But it is my birthday this Saturday. And to celebrate I am chopping $200 off the price of our Annual All-Access Pass. Today and tomorrow only, you can get our Annual All-Access Training Pass for only $499.

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3 reasons why you should try social fundraising this holiday season


#GivingTuesday and the holiday season. We all know that this is the biggest time of the year for those in the giving space. Not only that, but we also happen to think that it’s the best time to try out social fundraising for yourself to see just how powerful it can be. Fundraising Marketing

The Las Vegas Massacre And Fundraising

The Agitator

“All I’ve Seen is a Bed and a Doctor Bill” — Loretta Lynn “Your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore” — John Prine Stick with me. This musical tour really is about fundraising.

Will you be at Blackbaud’s BBCON next week? I will!


NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO MEET-UP WITH ME AT BBCON, SCROLL DOWN. Lawrence Henze, Greg Ring and me. At 9 am next Thursday (October 19th), I’ll be speaking with Lawrence Henze (Principle Consultant, Target Analytics) and Greg Ring (Co-Founder, Fulcrum Philanthropy Systems).

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Cane and Table. New Orleans, LA. Good afternoon, friends! Join me for this week’s round of Mixed Links… First off, my birthday is tomorrow and we’re celebrating with a Flash Sale! Save $200 on our All-Access Training Pass. Offer expires tonight at midnight ET.

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How About a Relationship Building Day?

Ann Green

By now you’ve all heard about GivingTuesday, the annual giving day that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We’re saturated with information about participating. Perhaps you’ve participated in the past and it’s been successful or maybe it wasn’t. Perhaps you’re thinking about participating for the first time. My problem with GivingTuesday and any giving days, for that matter, is they focus too much on getting donations. Many of these donors are first-time donors who don’t give again.

Year-End Upgrading In Minutes

The Agitator

There’s no better time than the year-end giving period to significantly upgrade your donors. By ‘upgrade’ I of course mean increase average gift … increase the average gifts of what you might consider ‘low dollar’ donors … increase the number of donors entering the mid-level or mid-value tier … and increase the number of folks moving up to major donor ranks.

Ep235: This Beauty Brand is Empowering Girls with Every Brow Wax

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Annie Ford Danielson , Global Beauty Authority at Benefit Cosmetics about the Bold is Beautiful Project, which has raised $11 million waxing women's (and men's) brows in 17 countries.

Are You Afraid To Reveal It?

The Agitator

I was drawn to a Fast Company article titled What Do People Want When They Give To Nonprofits? I would have thought the answer was pretty easy. Feelings like self-validation, relief (from anger, frustration, fear, etc), recognition, efficacy and connection came to mind. But the article left me disappointed, wandering into areas like “gamifying” donor engagement and using goal progress bars to encourage giving. Tactics and tools, not feeling states.

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Are You The Gardener Or The Fundraiser?

The Agitator

In Are You an ATM or a Fundraiser? I raised the issue of how ‘disrespect’ — for the profession, for each other, and for the donor — is contributing to a bleak future for our sector. Claire Axelrad was among Agitator readers who added to the ‘what’s wrong’ list. “ The lack of a philanthropy culture stems directly from the TOP. From leaders who view money as ‘filthy lucre’ and fundraisers as ‘money grubbers.’

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