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9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors


I failed to get into business school. I hoped to be a business major at the University of Maryland in the 80’s. But my ability to read, comprehend and recapitulate the institution’s business lessons was not so good. I didn’t make the cut and failed to get even close to acceptance into the business school. So, I decided to become a journalism major instead even though I wasn’t very good at writing. My dream was to have my own ad agency some day.

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How Your Nonprofit Should Communicate to a Divided America

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Next week, we are hosting a brand new webinar on a very important topic: How Your Nonprofit Should Communicate to a Divided America. featuring Peter Panepento. Thursday, January 26, 2017. 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific). Registration is $50 or free with an All-Access Pass.

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7 Year-End Fundraising Practices That Work All Year

Fundraising Coach

Year-end fundraising is a bountiful time in the life of the nonprofit. Giving Tuesday and holiday-themed asks are just the beginning of the strategies that nonprofits employ for the end-of-year season. But many of these practices are too beneficial to reserve for the end of the year alone.

Is Social Media Working For Fundraisers?

The Agitator

I know, I know … what an impossibly broad question. What I’m really fishing for is some great fundraising success stories … examples of where use of social media has yielded real, measurable dollars. I’m moved to ask because of the question posed yesterday by Cindy Courtier’s Comment to my post on retention. She asked simply: “As donor retention rates fall, I wondering if anyone has done any research correlating retention and presence on social media.

I must sound like a broken record but here’s more nonprofit data that will inspire you to focus more on major donors


The left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies crunched the data from Giving USA Foundation’s annual philanthropic survey to figure out who was giving what.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Year-End Fundraising – Part Two

Ann Green

In my last post, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Year-End Fundraising – Part One , I gave examples of how organizations thanked me, welcomed me as a new donor, and recognized my monthly gifts after I gave my year-end donations.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s just get right to the Mixed Links, shall we… For those of you who are Not Sure What to Post on Social Media? 10 Content Ideas That Work. And to keep on track with your social networks, here is Your Complete Social Media Checklist.

Feb 26

Get Ready For More Retention!

The Agitator

As much as you might hope for relief from the subject, count on The Agitator to talk more retention, retention, and more retention in 2017! And within retention, a critical sub-theme … donor (customer) service and experience. Consider this article … Is Customer Experience the Great Competitive Differentiator of Loyalty Marketers?

Thoughts On Inauguration Day

The Agitator

This is a day of fear … of anticipation … of celebration … joy and despair. In a divided nation and a divided world these disparate emotions are running wild all over the place. Down the hall in my tiny corner of the globe my neighbors are hanging flags and breaking open champagne to celebrate the Inauguration of President Trump.

Nonprofit Comms Team Size, Budget and Salary [Infographic] #NPCOMM2017

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report is officially available! We have so much to share that we are doing three infographics. Here’s the first on team staffing, budgets, and salaries. We’ll share another next week. Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the survey and special thanks to those of you who submitted photos. The engagement team at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is rocking the report cover and our first infographic.

“All You Need Is Love”

The Agitator

“All you need is love, da…da…da-da…da. All you need is love, da da da-da da. All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.” ” The Beatles say so (and raised more money than most of us). Agents of Good says so. And Jeff Brooks says so. So it must be so. So let the donor love flow! Says Agents of Good: “We are calling for a #DonorLove revolution.