2019

Six Inclusive Stock Photography Sites Every Nonprofit Should Have Bookmarked

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You know you need great photography. But for whatever reason, you don’t have it in-house. Maybe you don’t have the skills or access to a professional. Or maybe you can’t photograph the real people you work with for whatever reason (privacy and safety being the main ones in the nonprofit world). So, you turn to stock photography. and find nothing that looks authentic. Or maybe it looks OK, but represents a very slim segment of the people you are communicating to and about.

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Are Your Messages Repeatable & Retweetable?

Getting Attention

G uest post by Sam Horn. Are you preparing an important communication? Whether it’s a report to your boss or board, [annual report, or donor thank-you campaign], its success depends a lot on whether people can remember what you said. Because if they can’t, all the hours (weeks?) you spent collecting your research, organizing your thoughts, and preparing your copy, video, or design just went down the drain.

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EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

EveryAction

Predictive Analytics Fundraising Product Fuels EveryAction’s Rise in Nonprofit Market. Washington, D.C., June 6, 2019 – EveryAction, a leading software provider for nonprofit fundraisers, announced today that it has acquired DonorTrends. The acquisition empowers EveryAction’s clients to raise more money and furthers EveryAction’s strategy of bringing innovation in revenue generation to its SaaS products. “We

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6 Nonprofit Email Marketing Resolutions for 2020

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofit email marketing continues to be a driving force of donations, advocacy, and participation actions for many nonprofits small and large. . This is despite the fact that most of us dread opening our inboxes in the morning and feel like we are drowning in email ! .

Top 10 Reasons Why Fundraisers Might Be Uncomfortable ‘Making The Ask’

iMarketSmart

Let me know what you think about my top 10 reasons why some fundraisers might be uncomfortable making the ask : 10. They are in the wrong job and should be doing something else; 9. They are poorly trained (or not trained at all) and, therefore, don’t know how and when to do it; 8. They don’t truly believe in their employer’s mission ; 7.

The murky waters of government employment and political neutrality

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

The Government of Canada has a generally well-written Values and Ethics Code , which public servants must abide by. With every passing year, a particular element of this Code has become increasingly challenging to explain with absolute clarity and even more challenging to enforce, save for the most obvious cases.

8 tips for promoting your charity event on social

CrowdRise

Have a charity event coming up? Whether you’ve started selling tickets, are just beginning to think about your theme, or your event is next week, it’s a good idea to get a good grasp on how you will promote your event. Social Social Fundraising

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How You Can Create a Better Nonprofit Newsletter

Ann Green

A newsletter can be a great way to engage with your donors, but the key word here is can. How often does that actually happen? Unfortunately, not very much because most donor newsletters can be used as a cure for insomnia. They’re too long and filled with boring articles that brag about how wonderful the organization is. It’s possible to create an engaging newsletter your donors will want to read. Here are a few ways to create a better nonprofit newsletter. Think about what your donors want.

The Ever-Changing Digital World: How to Feel Less “Arghh” and More “Ahh”

Mission Minded

Social and digital media have become vital components of most modern marketing strategies. They are cost-effective, easy to manage, and. The post The Ever-Changing Digital World: How to Feel Less “Arghh” and More “Ahh” appeared first on Mission Minded.

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Artificial Intelligence Is the Newest Shiny Object — Don’t Fall Prey

Fundraising Report Card

You tell me, is that what’s really holding back nonprofits from growth — their lack of machines to make decisions in place of their staff? The post Artificial Intelligence Is the Newest Shiny Object — Don’t Fall Prey appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer and Still Get Work Done

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I don’t know about you, but sitting at my desk all day is really hard right now. Like near impossible. Here are a few ways to stay motivated during the sweet summertime months when all of that work still needs to get done. Give more time to strategic thinking and professional development. Go sit outside with a pen and a notebook and think big thoughts under a shady tree. Or read a non-fiction book with your feet in the grass. Go in earlier, and LEAVE EARLIER.

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July 23 Free Webinar: Launch Team of Passionate Messengers

Getting Attention

Learn how to ask, train, and support your team in this free webinar on July 23. Register now. We all have an incredible resource right in front of us — our colleagues, board, donors, volunteers, and members. Just as you discuss your work and affiliations with your friends, family, and colleagues, these messengers share information on your organization’s focus and programs.

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EveryAction Acquires ActionKit

EveryAction

Innovative Talent and Digital Product Add to EveryAction’s Rapid Growth. Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019 – EveryAction, a leading provider of software serving over 15,000 nonprofits, announced today that it has acquired We Also Walk Dogs Inc., more commonly known by their product’s name, ActionKit. The acquisition follows EveryAction’s strategy of collecting the best people who create the best SaaS products, that provide the most value to nonprofits.

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How to Thank Facebook Donors (Even If You Don’t Have Their Contact Info)

J Campbell Social Marketing

Are you not using Facebook Fundraisers because you don’t know how to thank Facebook donors that come to you from the platform? Consider this: Mark Zuckerberg announced that more than $2 billion has been raised on Facebook for causes , with more than 45 million people making a donation on the platform. . Let’s think about this for a moment. .

Musical chairs, your donors, and fundraising?

iMarketSmart

I think fundraisers should recognize that donors are playing a lifelong game of musical chairs. The people you consider to be YOUR donors are circling around many other charities and, from time to time, they ‘sit’ with one that engages them properly and makes them feel good. Then, when the music starts playing again, they go around and around until they find another charity and take a seat there for a while.

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Misinformation vs. Disinformation vs. Mal-information

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Quite a bit of my consulting work lately has focused on helping clients counter false information spreading online. This sort of engagement can very quickly lead to rough and murky waters, especially if an organization does not arm itself with proper ongoing situational awareness tools in order to differentiate between the bad actors who are steering the narrative and the people unknowingly posting false information.

Webinar Recap: How nonprofits can raise more money through crowdfunding

CrowdRise

Crowdfunding is an incredible way to raise money for your cause and to get your network of supporters involved in your mission. That’s why we recently teamed up with Nonprofit Tech for Good to host a webinar all about the basics of crowdfunding

Book review - 10 Simple Fundraising Lessons

Fundraising Coach

One of the joys of being a speaker and executive coach is that people send me their books. I have such a long reading list, that I usually take a l-o-n-g time reading the ones that are sent to me. I'm glad I didn't wait to read Jim Eskin's. (It It definitely helped that he sent me the physical book.

How to Put Together a Communications Calendar

Ann Green

In my last few posts, I’ve emphasized the importance of keeping in touch with your donors throughout the year. Some nonprofit organizations are good at communicating with their donors, but many are not. Often the only times you hear from these organizations is when they’re asking for donations.

Does Your Board Have to Approve Your Brand?

Mission Minded

Branding — or rebranding — isn’t a quick nor simple process. If you’ve contributed to the deep thinking, investigation, articulation, The post Does Your Board Have to Approve Your Brand? appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Branding Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Design Nonprofit Messaging

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2 Ways You Can Become a Data-driven Nonprofit in 2019

Fundraising Report Card

Transitioning your organization into one that is fueled by numbers, metrics, and data-driven decisions is not impossible. Yes, organizations with larger endowments may have been able to bypass some of the challenges you face (budget, staff, etc.), but we can use their successes as a roadmap for implementing data-driven practices at the small or mid-size scale. The post 2 Ways You Can Become a Data-driven Nonprofit in 2019 appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

The Future of Social Media for Nonprofits? Here’s What I Think

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ve been doing a ton of research and thinking about social media strategies for nonprofits, especially those of you without dedicated social media staff, ahead of the two new webinars I am teaching in April: Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits that Won’t Waste Your Time. What is most likely to work regardless of the platform or future algorithm changes? The framework above is what I am recommending and what I’ll be teaching in the webinars.

Avoid this Communications Don’t – “Our Organization Needs Your Input”

Getting Attention

That’s the subject line of this morning’s email from our local Jewish Community Center (JCC), asking for my input on its member survey. My immediate response was to delete it because it’s all about the JCC’s needs and not about what us members need. At least that’s what the subject line conveys! Has your organization ever alienated its audiences doing something like this, something totally narcissistic ?

What We Learned About Digital Engagement from the 2019 M+R Benchmarks Report

EveryAction

Every year, nonprofit consultants M+R release their annual Benchmarks report , which provides an overview of digital trends in the sector. This year's report addressed issues such as email list growth and churn, the rise of monthly giving, and the impact of social media's peer-to-peer fundraising for nonprofits. If you haven't yet had time to dig into the full report, here are some of the top highlights that we think are important for nonprofits to know: 1. Online revenue growth has plateaued.

How to Raise Money On Instagram Using the Donation Sticker

J Campbell Social Marketing

It’s like Christmas – the Instagram Donation Sticker is finally here! Yes, it may seem like a shiny new object to chase around. But I have 3 reasons why fundraisers should at least pay attention: 1) People of all ages love Instagram, especially younger generations. Seen as a respite from the trolls of Twitter and the political fights of Facebook, Instagram has remained a relaxed, beautiful, carefully curated oasis.

It’s too bad that nonprofit leaders and board members thwart risk-taking

iMarketSmart

I think too many in the nonprofit sector fear failure. Unfortunately, that paralyzes people. It prevents them from making decisions and thwarts innovation. In most cases it isn’t the fundraisers fault. They want to take risks. But, unfortunately the leaders, the board or the media make fundraisers feel like they can’t. They always seem to be lurking, waiting for failure so they can jump in shouting, “How dare you waste money!” and that thwarts risk-taking which leads to innovation.

Basic Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) Tools To Help Fight Disinformation

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Over the past year, I’ve had a significant increase in the number of client requests for custom consulting and/or training help relating to combating the spread of disinformation. I thought I’d share some recent slides (edited to remove any client sensitive information of course), where I provide some useful tools for any newbies to the field of OSINT / SOCMINT. But first, what the heck am I talking about? Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive.

Why you’ll want to come see us at AFP ICON

CrowdRise

We’re heading to San Antonio. And not just for the tex-mex or a leisurely stroll along the River Walk. We’re coming to hit up the AFP ICON conference in a big way. We’re talking tee shirt giveaways, a candlelit dinner, and maybe even a selfie station

7 Donation Page Strategies That Actually Convert

Fundraising Coach

Over the past few years, charitable giving has evolved with online donations rising as its new star. If you’re not including a digital giving option by now, your organization is almost certainly missing out.

How to Get Ready for Your Year-End Appeal

Ann Green

Can you believe we’re already halfway through August? Like it or not, September will be here before you know it. Fall is a busy time for nonprofits, especially if you’re doing a year-end appeal. You don’t need to mourn the end of summer yet, but you should start planning for your year-end appeal. Many nonprofits rely on their year-end appeal for a good portion of their revenue so you want it to be successful. Use this checklist to help you get started.

Did You Meet Your Fundraising Goal?

Mission Minded

Did you meet your fundraising goal? If not, take a look at your brand. For many nonprofits, when your fiscal. The post Did You Meet Your Fundraising Goal? appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Fundraising Case Nonprofit Branding Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit Messaging brand branding fundraising key messages

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Soliciting Item Donations for Auctions: 5 Best Practices

Fundraising Report Card

This is a guest post from our friends OneCause. Running a charity auction involves tracking many moving parts. But, one of the most important elements of your event is the items you procure. Without a solid list of auction items, you’ll have a harder time hitting your fundraising goals.

7 Mistakes to Avoid with Email Newsletters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

With the advent of social media, it seems like you constantly hear cries of “Email is dead!” ” That isn’t exactly true based on a recent survey of small to medium business by SharpSpring and Ascend2. In that survey, most participants said email was the best way to get their communications out with 77% saying email was the most effective channel to drive marketing content to prospects. Social media and blogging were the next two important channels.)

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2 Weeks into 2019: Where are You Headed?

Getting Attention

This updated marketing plan template takes you from big-picture goals to the right methods, activities, required skills, and budget, and impact! Preview the plan template here. Eeesh! Those New Year’s resolutions—including the ones we set for marketing and fundraising work—are so hard to keep.

The State of Nonprofit Donor Retention (And What To Do About It)

EveryAction

As a general rule, retaining existing donors costs less than acquiring new ones. Current donors are a curated universe who have already demonstrated a belief in your organization’s mission, and willingness to take action toward it. As such, for most nonprofit organizations, pursuing strategies to reducing donor losses is the most affordable strategy for increasing net fundraising gains. Unfortunately, across the nonprofit sector, donor retention rates are low and getting worse.

?? Breaking News: Changes Coming to the Facebook Donate Button ??

J Campbell Social Marketing

Did you get an email from Facebook letting you know that the call-to-action button on your nonprofit Facebook Page is going to be changed and/or eliminated? Several of my clients and colleagues received this email and asked me what it means. Facebook is removing the ability for nonprofit Pages to use their “Donate” buttons to link to external websites. An external website means a website outside of Facebook – your online donation form, for example.

GUEST POST: A Great Idea… Connecting With Donors Through Photo Books

iMarketSmart

This is a first! I’ve never had anyone write a guest post for my blog. But when I saw what Daphne Powell was doing to grow relationships with her donors, I reached out to her to see if she might consider telling you her story. So, here goes… Introducing Daphne Powell and her magical use of photo books for donor stewardship. Hoooooorayyyyy Daphne! Connecting with donors through photo books. By Daphne Powell.

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