2016

Cut the Glut! Wordy Phrases to Eliminate from Your Writing (And Alternatives)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We’ve all read those mission statements or fundraising appeals that seem to have smart ideas, but when you take a closer look you realize they just have a lot of words. Shorter is nearly always better. Replace these wordy phrases with their concise alternatives. a majority of = most.

5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Getting Attention

Every election season is a barrier to connection, with people overwhelmed by 24/7 messages from multiple campaigns via multiple channels. But connecting this fall, with a presidential campaign as contentious and bizarre as the Clinton-Trump contest, is tougher than ever.

3 things every fundraiser needs to consider before they talk politics in front of their donors

iMarketSmart

I don’t have any data on this whatsoever but something tells me that a good number of fundraisers might lean left when it comes to politics. But what about your donors? Do they lean left or right? Do you know? Could you be alienating them by assuming that their politics align with yours?

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events. Today, we're excited to announce the all-new list for 2017! Bookmark it, share it, love it, and download it for Google or Outlook.

4 Surefire Ways To Use Social Media To Promote Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Candace Cody. You know that social media is an important component of social fundraising (or peer-to-peer fundraising), but sometimes it can be tricky to know where to start, or exactly what to do.

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The Ultimate Guide To How To Buy Best Baby Thermometer

Non Profit Marketing 360

A baby thermometer is one of the most important pieces of baby equipment that parents need to buy. In fact, many parents buy more than one.

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Getting Started with Mobile Fundraising: 5 Ways

Ann Green

By Eric Griego. Almost everyone has a mobile phone these days and that includes your donors. Imagine they’ll see your next fundraising email appeal on their phone and decide to donate right then.

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You Still Have Time to Try These 7 Giving Tuesday Tactics 

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Giving Tuesday is 12 days away. Are you ready? Whether you’re almost done with prep or seriously behind the eight ball, here are some flourishes and finishing touches you still have time to implement. Open Your Donation Form As Soon as Possible. If people want to give early, let them.

The Annual Report Donor List is a Stupid Waste of Time

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Could your annual report fit right in with this scene? It’s time to update your approach. If you’ve heard me on an annual reports webinar any time in the last decade, you’ve heard me say some version of this: It’s OK to go short and stop publishing the donor list. Seriously.

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Thrive thru Year End: Together!

Getting Attention

So many of you have reached out to me recently in total panic, asking for guidance because you’re stressed to the max by pressures of launches, giving day, and year end. Then there’s the biggest one—the pressure of unrealistic expectations (especially your own).

Why fundraiser job titles suck and cost you a lot of money!

iMarketSmart

My pal Dr. Russell James is at it again. This time, he researched what fundraiser job titles inspire more engagement, connectivity, and giving.

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5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising

EveryAction

EOY (or end-of-year) fundraising can be a critical time for nonprofits. The giving spirit is high, and donors want to know how they can contribute to the causes that they care about. Your organization needs to do more than simply ask your donors for contributions.

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5 Marketing Tips to Retain Your Mobile Donors

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by John Killoran. As the process for making mobile donations becomes more and more convenient, your nonprofit may see an uptick in the number of donors craving more interactions via their mobile phones.

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How to quickly identify popular hashtags for a specific event

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Ever since the early days of Twitter hashtag use, major events had organic hashtag communities form around them (essentially back channel discussions). Over the years, as the use of Twitter grew among brands and organizations, the use of top-down branded hashtags became increasingly common.

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I’m making my plan for 2017 right now. Want to join me?

Wild Woman Fundraising

What streams of income are you going to have coming in during 2017? Maybe you know you need to make a fundraising plan but you’re feeling overwhelmed. You’re not alone. Fundraising planning can feel daunting, especially when you have other, more urgent things to do. Year end emails.

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Serious Fundraisers Take Telemarketing Seriously

The Agitator

“If there ever there were a medium where nonprofits consistently get it wrong, it’s telemarketing.” That’s the way I began the post Ring! Telemarketing Mysteries and Case Studies two years ago.

Best Booklights For Bookaholics

Non Profit Marketing 360

Are you are a bookaholic and can’t leave most loved book even when the room gets dark at the midnight? Are you a workaholic or an enthusiastic author who frequently stays up late in the night to complete the work?

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The New Email Metric You Might Want to Try

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s talk about email engagement. Right now, I bet most of you are looking at your open rates and click-through rates, and maybe your click-to-open ratio. The email service providers spoon feed us those numbers, so they are easy to track.

A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Let’s face it, media relations isn’t near the top of the priority list at most nonprofits. Nor should it be. Nonprofits don’t exist to grab sexy headlines.

Getting Other People to Meet Your Deadlines

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s a common frustration for nonprofit communications directors who are trying to work collaboratively with staff: getting people to meet their deadlines. This is a hard first step, but one that’s essential: If you want someone to meet your deadlines, they have to believe it’s important to do so.

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3 Tools to Fuel Fundraising Ambassadors

Getting Attention

We all have an incredible fundraising resource right in front of us— our board member, colleague, and loyal volunteer ambassador s. But most of us look right past them, much less make it appealing or easy for them to participate and succeed!

Donor Complaints: Why it’s a bad idea to get upset with donors when they complain

iMarketSmart

No one likes to hear complaints. . But when you work for a nonprofit or a private sector business, you need to welcome complaints. Here’s why: Donor complaints are opportunities in disguise. Think about this: Only 4% of dissatisfied customers actually voice their complaints.

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2016 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study: Spam Still Costing Nonprofits Thousands

EveryAction

Today, EveryAction released the 2016 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study , an exploration into just how much spam is negatively impacting nonprofit online fundraising.

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What You Don’t Know About Visual Marketing On Facebook

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Rebecca Hill. Visuals are everything on social media. They catch the eye, pique interest, and hopefully, grab the user’s attention. . On Facebook, having a great visual can mean the difference between skyrocketing engagement and crickets. Facebook posts with images see 2.3

Death to “we are experiencing higher than normal call volume”.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Last week I finally found the time to dedicate an entire day to calling various home service providers and product brands with which I have been having issues with throughout the year. In most of the cases I had made a note to call as the issue arose, however other priorities kept creeping up. This was the day I was going to get it all done. I interacted with three companies and had three very different experiences.

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The Online Nonprofit Leadership Summit Rocked SO HARD!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Last week we did our incredible Nonprofit Leadership Summit, with 12 presentations over 3 days for nonprofits all over the world! We had people join us from Nigeria, from Costa Rica, all over Canada, all over the USA, and many other places. The quality of the attendees was just unbelievable.

This Blog is on Hiatus

Social Media Bird Brain

With the abundance of very good social media advice and information available now, my own efforts seem superfluous. This is good timing, since I have begun to devote my energies to my fiction and creative nonfiction writing. I'm leaving the blog up for at least another year, since some people may still find a few of the posts relevant. Robyn McIntyre PS: You can find some of my fiction on

Cracked Heels Problem- Best Heel Cream

Non Profit Marketing 360

This is all about the best foot cream for cracked heels and why it helps to cure them. Cracked heels are a very common complaint, and it is a thing which can cause lots of discomforts if steps are not taken to cure it or at least prevent it getting worse. What causes cracked heels? […].

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How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But smart organizations are also planning ahead for another year-end tradition: increased coverage of charities during the holidays.

How Can Nonprofits Communicate to Two Americas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s Kivi here. At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we are all about helping communications directors do the best job possible for their organizations and to do the work with purpose, enthusiasm, and integrity. We are also very much about being pragmatic and keeping it real.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sara Maldonado

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Sara Maldonado. Here’s 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 want more stories! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. .

Prep Today for #GivingTuesday 2017

Getting Attention

It’s #GivingTuesday 2016, the best day to do vital prep work for #GivingTuesday 2017.

8 Great Ways to End Emails or Letters

iMarketSmart

Cultivation starts and ends with great communication. Goodbyes are just as important as hellos. So here are some great ways to end emails you send to donors: 1. First name], I’m really counting on you!

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

In the past year, thousands of nonprofit pros took advantage of our definitive Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar, and we're so excited to share our brand new 2016 list!