Successful Nonprofit Storytelling: Stay Humble

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Julie Brown, Program Director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act.

21 Stupid Things You Can Stop Doing [Infographic and Recording]

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Health Care Social Media Review #21: Social Media Taps Digital Health


This edition of the Health Care Social Media (HCSM) Review explores recent discussions and research on how social media collides with health promotion, prevention and wellness efforts.

Passion for the mission is a MUST!

Wild Woman Fundraising

picture by Other andrew on flickr. Have you ever read a nonprofit job description that included the words, “Passion for the mission”? Did it seem like the people writing the job description were just following some sort of rote nonprofit HR description, without ever bothering to think?

8 Tips for a Mobile-Friendly Nonprofit Website

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Nonprofits are now reporting that up to a third of their Web traffic is coming from mobile devices. The mobile Web is rapidly becoming a key way to communicate your message to donors; it’s important that your nonprofit website isn’t giving them a bad impression. . Photo Source: Big Stock Photo.

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Can a mobile app save lives? Yes it can.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Over the last year I have had the privilege of working with a fair amount of health organizations wishing to enter the digital realm.

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Revitalizing Fundraising

A Small Change

We work in a challenging profession. There is a lot about what we do that is exciting but a lot that can sometime feel overwhelming. My wife and I recently had a baby. I use to think I had some measure of selflessness in me.

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Facebook Finally Admits That You Do Have to Pay for Ads to Reach Your Fans

J Campbell Social Marketing

Everything I’ve been preaching about success in Facebook marketing has been a lie. I’ve stuck up for Facebook repeatedly over the years, despite the frustration it has elicited from nonprofit marketers with small budgets.

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SEO and PR - Working Together For You

Social Media Bird Brain

This is one of the best explanations of how to currently get higher up in Google search rankings. Why do you want to get higher up? Because most people don't look farther than the first page of search results.

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Free Tools: Visual Timelines


Tiki-toki. Facebook isn’t the only place you may want to use a visual timeline to tell the story of your organization’s evolution and accomplishments.

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How to Communicate In The Midst Of Tragedy: 9-Step Checklist

Getting Attention

Like you, my heart and head are heavy in the wake of yesterday’s bombings in Boston. Especially since I feel so helpless. I had a completely different post planned today, but wanted to respond a.s.a.p.

Should You Sync Your Facebook and Twitter Updates?

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Calling All Creative for Good Projects


How are you mixing art and science for good? The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on “The Future of Media” is leading an effort to celebrate and amplify “ Creative for Good ” projects.

Firing Your Development Director? It’s not you, it’s me!

Wild Woman Fundraising

picture by mb21 on Flickr. This post is in response to the Compasspoint report, Underdeveloped: A national study of challenges facing nonprofit fundraising. Key findings of the report? REVOLVING DOOR – Development directors are bouncing around and getting fired all the time.

3 Keys to Making Your Nonprofit Website Mobile Optimized

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If you''ve ever accessed the Internet from a smartphone, chances are good that you''ve had the unpleasant experience of trying to navigate a website full of tiny text and miniscule links.

The internet of things

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

To some of you, the phrase “internet of things” may be outdated (it was first used by Kevin Ashton in 1999) , to others it may be brand new.

Setting Expectations

A Small Change

Nonprofits constantly struggle developing the capacity to sustain and grow their work. I discussed a little bit of this struggle in one of my last posts Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: Donor Forced Cancellation of Capital Campaign!

NonProfit Branding

She reached for her checkbook before they could discuss an amount. Another true fundraising story. With three principles. And a surprise: Principle 1: Before engaging with a major gift prospect, estimate capacity.

What are the best and worst times to post on social media networks?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Everyone is looking to get increased engagement and interaction on their social media posts. We all know that consistently providing killer content and cultivating a dedicated audience (or tribe ) is the key to social media success. But what times are best to post to your audience?

Five Tools for Your Social Media Intern

Social Media Bird Brain

Via Unpaid Intern Summertime. and the interns are easy. Well, not really. But if you''ve made it known that your small nonprofit would like to entertain a few interns for the summer and/or fall, you''ve probably got a couple interviewed and ready to start. And given that Social Media is a big deal that many small nonprofits can''t afford a full-time manager for, you''re probably thinking of. social communications strategy tools goals intern social media calendar face time Small nonprofit

Social Media Strategy: Add Value

Non Profit Marketing 360

Photo credit: brody4. Social media hasn’t worked so well for many nonprofits – but that may be because those nonprofits still don’t grasp the First Law of Social Media: It’s Not About YOU. It’s about Facebook users and what you can do for them.

Communicate NOW on Govt. Shutdown Impact (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Dramatic and quickly-implemented changes like the United States government shutdown—even when known in advance to be a strong possibility—are challenging to respond to promptly and well.

Does Social Media Really Motivate Supporters? New Report

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Shades of Social Marketing


image courtesy of swamibu. What’s in a name? That which we call rose. By any other name would smell as sweet. “I really think that it is time to rename the movement.”

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Get more money with your year end appeal: Interview with Paul Bobnak of DMIQTV and Who’s Mailing What

Wild Woman Fundraising

Paul Bobnak interview 8/22/13. Tell us about yourself. How long have you been working in the direct mail industry? For the past 15 years I’ve been the archivist of Who’s Mailing What. My basic job which hasn’t changed much, every day I look at direct mail and email.

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Pump Up Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page with These 10 Tips

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At the Social Media for Nonprofits conference, Carie Lewis of the Humane Society of the United States shared how her organization''s Facebook strategy has raised about $200,000 per year.

Gamification: Silly fad or important trend for marketers?

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Almost two years ago now I wrote a blog post entitled “ Gamification can change behaviour. I have proof “ Since that time, I have become even more interested in this emerging trend and its potential applicability towards societal issues.

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Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry

A Small Change

Every community has a few established nonprofits that are raising big money and are super respected. Every community has hundreds of nonprofits just barely getting by. The established and successful nonprofits have robust annual programs that feed a developed major gifts program.

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Nonprofit Branding Video: I once asked a benefactor to keep her $5,000 check!

NonProfit Branding

You think rejecting the gift proves I am crazy. Right? But, after years of annual fund support I felt the woman deserved more from us. Then she gave more. This was a million dollar lesson. For me. And now for you.

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11 Ways Nonprofits Can Reach Donors on #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

#Giving Tuesday , a campaign that promotes a national day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable giving, set for Dec. 3 this year, offers nonprofits a great opportunity for to raise funds online – but they need to be prepared.

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How To Fund Your Nonprofit Video

Social Media Bird Brain

We''ve had two of three articles on why your small nonprofit should invest in creating a video. This week, I''m sharing an article by another video production company which addresses how you go about funding that video. It''s longer than I might usually post here, but there''s a lot of ground to cover in funding a video production. Our guest blogger John Scalleta is the co-owner of Motion Source. sponsorship crowdfunding video production funding auctioneering Small nonprofit

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#HOWTO: Have A Film Screening As A Fundraising Opportunity

Non Profit Marketing 360

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The Biggest Mistake Nonprofits Make With Video

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Annie Escobar is co-founder of ListenIn Pictures which produces compelling video stories for nonprofits. Creating engaging, sharable videos doesn’t seem to come naturally for most nonprofits and I think I know why.

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Donor List Kiss of Death: Mr. and Mrs.

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Call for Submissions: Health Care Social Media Review #41


How can we harness the power of visual storytelling in healthcare social media? 65% of the American population are visual learners. You may want to read that a second time. And should we be surprised?

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Are you stuck on the fundraising treadmill?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Image by melodramababs on Flickr. Have you ever had this happen to you? You are raising money like crazy. You raise $100,000. You raise $200,000. You raise $100,000 more with your event than the previous year. You raise tens of thousands more with the appeal than has ever been raised.

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3 Special Ways to Show Your Donors Some Love

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Sending thank you notes and providing tax receipts are important steps to building good donor relationships—but they''re just the beginning. Here are three ways you can go above and beyond with your donor appreciation. Say happy birthday!