Creating a Thank-You Video in a Day – How This Nonprofit Did It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Angela Crist. Last week Angela Crist, CEO of Findlay Hope House, reached out to me and Kivi about a thank you video they created after attending our recent webinar. It was so simple, yet so effective, we had to have her tell you the story! Kristina. Guest Post by Angela Crist.

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How to Create a 90-Day Nonprofit Online Marketing Plan (Without Spending Hours On Social Media)

J Campbell Social Marketing

The term “online marketing” can send chills up the spine of even the most seasoned nonprofit professional.

Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work— but this method does


No one likes getting cold calls and you probably don’t like making them.

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3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

Getting Attention

Guest bloggers Beth Kanter & Aliza Sherman wrote The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit , a must read for communicators & fundraisers. If there is one thing we can agree on, it is that that last quarter of 2016 was especially stressful.

Why the Canadian Digital Service is a major milestone for Canada.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Over the course of the past two decades there have been numerous initiatives / movements relating to the Government of Canada and the digital space. I can see why it’s hard for people to get excited about yet another one.

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Trump Is Actually Making America Great Again

The Agitator

Here at Agitator Global HQ we never know what’s going to pop out of the morning mail bag. Yesterday’s trove ( it was “Not My President Day” see in the U.S.)

3 Realistic Social Media New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I apologize for the headline (and the macarons). I had to get you here and I knew “New Year’s Resolutions,” and sweets, might work. But here’s the thing – I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to make a change, now is as good a time as any.

7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

One of the beautiful things about a short annual report (think 2-4 pager, infographic or video) is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time creating the thing. But there is a catch. . . You have to spend more time planning it.

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Ep198: How One Nonprofit Raises Millions With the Gaming Industry

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Dan Goldenberg , Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment , which was founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. Dan was last on the show in November 2015.

How To Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools on #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

#GivingTuesday is less than one month away! On November 28th, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching up to $2 million in funds raised on Facebook for U.S-based based nonprofits. Also on #GivingTuesday, Facebook is waiving all fees for donations made on Facebook.

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There’s power in exclusivity but are you using it?


Unlike populist fundraisers (who treat everyone the same), engagement fundraisers aim to find and build relationships with “first class passengers”— people who are willing to “pay” more (with major and legacy gifts). .

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3 Ways to Stay Safe from Cyber Attack

Getting Attention

Yes, this has to matter to you. The current global cyber attack , built on ransomware, could wreck your communications impact and a lot more. If or when your organization gets hacked, it’ll bring all activity—including communications and fundraising—to an absolute standstill.

One week, two excellent events: #CbocSocial and #FWD50

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

This post features my key takeaways and notes from two events I attended earlier this month here in Ottawa. 1- Public Sector Social Media (#cbocsocial) – “ Where Canada’s social media leaders gather to discuss the most effective strategies for the most powerful media.”

New Email Study Reveals Nonprofit Spam Rates Soared in 2016


The state of nonprofit fundraising is undeniably digital, but aside from opens and clicks, do you really understand what's happening to your emails?

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10 Reasons Every Home Should Have an Essential Oil Diffuser

Non Profit Marketing 360

With a lot of artificial air fresheners with harmful chemicals these days, it is good to resort to something that falls into the natural side. The best essential oil diffusers have been gathering more and more attention lately because of their numerous advantages and benefits.

How to manage up in your fundraising job

Wild Woman Fundraising

MT: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I’m so happy to introduce Kishshana Palmer. Kishshana, hey. Thanks so much for being here. W hat’s your fundraising journey?

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5 Clever Online Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Looking for ways to engage supporters online? Get inspired by these real nonprofit digital engagements! Ask An Artist To Illustrate. Take that hashtag contest to the next level. Invite an artist to illustrate your supporter’s thoughts submitted online. Make a Reading List. Summer’s coming.

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10 Simple Ways Nonprofits Can Prepare for A Successful #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

#GivingTuesday , the international day of giving, is set for November 28th this year! Last year, the total amount donated on #GivingTuesday was $168 million, up from $116.7 million in 2015. GivingTuesday is certainly growing in popularity, but success on this special giving day comes with a caveat.

4 Smart Ways to Use Thank You Videos in Nonprofit Fundraising

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Joshua Clay. We Internet users have a voracious appetite for online video. Video is increasing in nearly every digital channel, from email to web pages to social networks. Done right, it drives clicks and conversions better than text alone.

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How Nonprofits Can Be #InstaAwesome on Instagram

J Campbell Social Marketing

Instagram is a marketing powerhouse for brands, companies, and nonprofits alike. If you want to target a younger demographic, Instagram could be for you, with 59% of online adults ages 18-29 active on the network.

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Three Steps to Getting Your Followers to Say “Yes!”

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Much of our work in nonprofit marketing and fundraising is about persuasion. How can we convince people to support our work with their time or money or to change their own behaviors? It all starts with asking for what we need in a clear, convincing way.

What’s missing from most nonprofit mission statements?


Last week I wrote a post that ruffled some feathers. I do that from time to time. It’s probably because everything I think, write and create begins with the donor in mind — not the fundraiser. Sorry.

Photos to Ignite Year-End & Protect Privacy (Ask Nancy)

Getting Attention

Flickr: Martha Coakley. Dear Nancy: I saw how stories about our clients—powered by a photo or two—fueled our last two year-end campaigns. They were highly successful and I planned to feature the same kind of profiles this year.

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New Facebook Features and Why They Matter

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Last week, Facebook held its annual F8 conference where Mark Zuckerberg and team typically set the direction for global digital technology. I mean that last part literally. What Facebook invests time and resources in tends to set the course for the entire digital ecosystem.

7 Nonprofit Campaigns We Can't #RESIST


Every successful campaign starts with a moment. Whether you're raising money to build a new school or curing a worldwide epidemic, a single moment drives the need for a campaign. This year, no moment has been more controversial than the rollout of the recent immigration ban.

How We Curate Content for Social Media (and Added More Followers)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Maggie Siemer. Curating content should really be a no-brainer. It provides valuable resources for your followers and you don’t have to create anything new.

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There are 6 types of workplace values-which one is yours?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Do you manage people at your nonprofit? How could you figure out people’s motivation to help them perform better in their roles? You should definitely come to the Nonprofit Leadership Summit , whether you’re currently a manager, OR you want to be one-AND.

How to Use Your Smartphone to Make a Donor Thank You Video  

J Campbell Social Marketing

Bloomerang found that for every 100 donors gained by nonprofits in 2016, 99 were lost due to attrition. That is an astounding number, and one that should be sending chills down the spine of every single development director!

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Measuring Your Communications Effectiveness: 3 Concepts to Keep in Mind

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Measuring the effectiveness of your nonprofit’s communications is a complicated puzzle. You have the effectiveness of specific channels like your website or Facebook page. Those depend on the effectiveness of the content you create. That depends on the effectiveness of your editorial calendar.

GREETINGS: 39 Ideas to Help You Rock Your Nonprofit Email Welcome Series

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Congratulations, you’ve got new email subscribers! Now what? Dump them in your normal communications stream without recognition or welcome? Welcome them – quickly, warmly, sincerely. The welcome email may be the single most important email you send.

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5 Key Decisions Your Nonprofit Needs to Make Before #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

Friendly reminder – #GivingTuesday 2017 is less than 100 days away! It’s tempting to see the astounding fundraising numbers from last year – 1,640,000 gifts made; 177 million raised in over 98 countries – and think that this day of giving will work for your nonprofit.

How to Create and Use a Nonprofit Social Media Calendar [with template]

J Campbell Social Marketing

As a nonprofit marketer, you wear many hats. Between answering emails, making phone calls to supporters, editing the annual appeal letter and coordinating fundraising events, who has time to maintain more than one social media site? You do have time. I promise.

Find your dream job with these 3 simple steps


If you don’t know where you are going, you will never get there. Here’s how to start with the end in mind so you can be resolute in finding the best fitting job for you and your dreams. First, dream.

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40k to 4 Million Views! Boost YOUR YouTube Video Views (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Guest blogger Mark Horvath founded and leads Invisible People who shares how to boost your YouTube views from meh to magnificent. BTW, Mark’s video version of this post features a extra tips not found here.

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