A warning about fall fundraising appeals

Fundraising Coach

Fall fundraising is hard enough. But listening to NPR's All Things Considered on my ride home this evening, I remembered how much more challenging political mailing will make your fundraising this fall. How are you re-engineering your fall fundraising letters? What ways are you testing to make your nonprofit's fall fundraising stand out? The post A warning about fall fundraising appeals appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.

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Don't put off fundraising planning to the fall!

Fundraising Coach

So we put of good fundraising tasks until the fall. This will make maximum use of the fall – the most generous donation time of the year. Take off the summer, start planning in the fall, and work all winter and spring to hit your goals. Summer.

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Summer Dream Becomes Fall Nightmare As RFP Surfaces

The Agitator

Somewhere out there on a beach, in a forest or on some mountain trail there’s a CFO, CEO or new VP for Development making mental notes on the agenda for the fall Board Meeting.

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Watch the fundraising objections fall to the floor

Fundraising Coach

As we started answering the objections, the objections started falling to the floor! There were so many dropping, it sounded like leaves dropping from a tree in the fall! And that’s when it hit us: the objections were - literally - falling away.

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Fall In Love with Your New Brand

Mission Minded

one day you fall in love. Blog Nonprofit Branding Nonprofit Design branding Fall in Love nonprofit marketingIt’s been said that the best romances start as friendships: You know each other, you know the way the other thinks, know which way he or she takes his coffee, and then—bam!—one It’s like that with a new brand strategy, too. You have to get to know it. You have […].

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Fall On Your Knees

The Agitator

We guarantee this experience will make you fall on your knees too. For our eighth Christmas, and into our ninth year, we invite you to share our favorite Agitator tradition … enjoy this unforgettable rendition of O Holy Night. As we’ve noted before, this performance makes Tom weep, as it takes him back to Midnight Mass and his Catholic grammar school choir days. But you must listen to the entire performance to feel its full power. No irreverence intended.

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3 ways to jumpstart year end giving by planning your fall fundraising now

Fundraising Coach

Here are 3 tips to help you jumpstart your fall fundraising. In the fall, you could simply use the same “call to action” in social media and drive people to a specifically themed donation page. Political junk mail can hurt your fall fundraising letters.

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Your Best Email Campaign Ever: 4 Steps to a Winning Strategy This Fall

Fundraising 123

VIEW THE PRESENTATION OUTLINE HERE >> You have a scary dollar amount floating above your head. It's a daunting fundraising goal that seems to be edging further from you every day. As the economy continues to ebb and flow (recession, not a recession, recession. it's like watching a tennis match!), you wonder how you're going to effectively reach out to your supporters and reach your numbers. Say hello to a cost-effective, personalized solution: Email marketing.

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Week of Freebies! On-Demand Webinar: How to Build a Donor Communications Plan That Will Make Them Fall in Love

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This free recorded webinar How to Build a Donor Communications Plan That Will Make Them Fall in Love will show you how you can create a donor communications plan that makes donors feel. Happy Holidays! We love our readers and think you deserve some goodies.

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The secret behind year-end fundraising fall appeals

Fundraising Coach

Fall is upon us and that means year-end giving is right around the corner. You need to do this in your three fall fundraising letters ! Other Possibly Related posts: 3 ways to jumpstart year end giving by planning your fall fundraising now.

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10 Shocking Scary Secrets of Working in Fundraising

Wild Woman Fundraising

So they tell the Development Director to push hard, and use the DD as the “fall guy.” ” (I WAS TOTALLY SET UP TO BE THE FALL GUY IN A LINE OF FALL GUYS!). Scary by Marco Mazzei from Flickr.

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Don’t Fall for Social Media Pickup Lines

Non Profit Marketing 360

Don’t fall for grandiose promises. Yes, there really are some people, and some agencies, who truly understand social media. There are an even larger number who don’t but pretend they do. Those are the ones to watch out for. As writer Nichole Kelly notes in the Social Media Explorer, the pretenders can often be spotted by their tell-tale pickup lines , such as: “If you don’t have a social media strategy, you’ll be left behind.&#.

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Political junk mail can hurt your fall fundraising letters

Fundraising Coach

If you’re like many nonprofits, you’ve sent a fall fundraising appeal this month and you plan on sending one towards the end of the year.

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The 5 smartest things you can do for your fundraising this fall

Wild Woman Fundraising

So, what are 5 smartest things you could be doing this fall with your fundraising program? Chart every single fall and winter fundraising event you have on the wall, and start delegating different tasks so the events go smoothly. You know what’s really frustrating?

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What Your Sponsors REALLY Want: August 9th

Wild Woman Fundraising

John Panarese, Executive Director, Animal Rescue League of Fall River, MA”. “We August 9th, 2012 3pm EDT OR September 6th, 3pm EDT. Are you worried about your next big event? Have you ever been at your wits end for finding sponsors? Are you afraid of what sponsors are thinking?

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Facebook Unveils Its New Fall Look

Non Profit Marketing 360

In August and September, Facebook announced changes in the features of both individual and organization pages. These changes are potentially far-reaching. Nonprofits using Facebook will need to re-think how they use it to engage their constituents.No one is better at seeing the long-range implications of social media on nonprofits than Beth Kanter. She has posted three provocative reviews of the new features, along with some sensible advice about keeping priorities in order.

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3-Step Communications to Re-engage Volunteers for Fall

Getting Attention

Every fall I feel like a kid going back to school. In late July, we begin asking volunteers to become project leaders for fall (which is critical for starting new projects). We pick a lead theme each month or season – in the fall, we’re all about education.

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Your Favorite Topics for Fall Webinars

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Thanks to the 154 nonprofits who completed our recent survey about what should go on the webinar schedule. Here are the top three webinars you selected. How to Create, Reuse, and Manage All of Your Content. This webinar has been scheduled for Thursday, November 4. Registration will open late August. Rethinking Your Newsletter Strategy. This webinar will be held Thursday, September 9. Registration will open in two weeks. Starting and Growing Word-of-Mouth Campaigns.

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Learn How to Increase Your Nonprofit Marketing Impact – Fall Seminar

Getting Attention

I’m partnering with my friend and colleague, Kivi Leroux Miller, to offer you a special opportunity to find the solutions to your 2011 marketing challenges: The Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop. Learn more here. Plan in a day—blueprint forever!

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Free Teleseminar on Fall Email Fundraising & More This Week

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Your Best Email Campaign Ever: 4 Steps to a Winning Strategy This Fall. During this free Nonprofit911 training call sponsored by Network for Good, I’ll be talking about what you can do this fall through your email communications to help set yourself up for bigger gifts in December.

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Please Join Me–Fall Nonprofit Marketing Plan Workshops

Getting Attention

I’m joining forces with my friend and colleague Kivi Leroux Miller to offer you a special opportunity to find the solutions to your 2011 marketing ch allenges: The Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop. Plan in a day — blueprint forever. Please join us for this intensive, limited-enrollment planning seminar for nonprofit communications and development staff members, board members and executive directors who do it all.

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NONPROFIT BRANDING: Fall Fundraising in PubRadio: Shifting Gears for a Hot Tip

NonProfit Branding

For this week’s blog post I had planned to write more about the importance of a graphic standards policy. But then Roger Gomoll at PRI sent along an interesting summary of a great John Sutton idea… which was tested and … Continue reading → BUYING: Production & Imprinting Info CONTEXT: Tricks, Tips & Taboos IMPLEMENTATION: Using Branding Products Effectively Public Radio Only Uncategorized

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Fall Theme: Stop Cancer HalloWeekend Annual Event

The Biddery Blog

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How I know the sky is falling

Donor Power Blog

We're screwed. We can't write out way out of a wet paper bag, and we couldn't focus on our audience if they were standing right in front of us. No wonder fundraising results were already dropping more than two years before the recession started. We just don't know how to raise funds! Here's how I know this awful news: a few days ago, I posted a piece titled The case of the forbidden word about the difference between formal and less-formal words.

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Fall Policy Conference Kicks Butt

Marketing for Nonprofits

Learning to connect advocacy with technology.

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FREE Fall Fundraising Success Guide for You!

Marketing for Nonprofits

My friends at Network for Good have created a new guide to help you glide through year-end fundraising called 25 Steps to Fall & Holiday Fundraising Success. You can download your FREE copy by signing up here. I particularly like their suggestions in Step 10 for building your online list. However, I would add another tactic - email append. An email append is the process of using a 3rd-party vendor ( like my company ) to add email addresses to your offline donor or member list.

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Must-read: Our free eBook on Fall Fundraising

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

season of the year: fall and holiday fundraising time. With all of that in mind, Network for Good (where I work) is happy to share our newest addition to our guide and ebook library: 25 Steps to Fall & Holiday Fundraising Success. We’re heading into the busiest (and possibly highest-stress!) You have daunting goals to reach and time seems to be ticking by at breakneck speed.

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5 Star Review: Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide

Wild Woman Fundraising

Today you might have read this 5 star review of my new book from Joanne Fritz at Nonprofit.About.com.

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What Fall Means to Me: Cause Marketing & iParty

Selfish Giving

Our fall cause marketing pinup program is one of our most successful because it involves one our best partners, iParty. This includes a bunch pop-up stores iParty opens just in the fall to meet the Halloween demand.

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Did you know that there’s no better time to ask for sponsorship than right now?

Wild Woman Fundraising

John Panarese, Executive Director, Animal Rescue League of Fall River, MA” “We are a grassroots organization doing our fifth fundraising event next year. There is literally no better time than now to start asking for sponsorships for next year.

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My Summer (Uh, I Mean Fall) Reading List

Marketing for Nonprofits

Here is my fall reading list. Who wants to read books about marketing on vacation anyway?) And you? What's on your nightstand?

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Nonprofits are Falling Behind Gov 2.0

A. Fine Blog

A few days ago, I tweeted my friend Marty to ask him about an article he had mentioned a while back on how the Department of Defense uses network structures to combat terrorism. I thought this would be a great example to get the attention of nonprofity folks: “Look, even the Dept. of Defense is [.].

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s never too early to plan your fall campaign. Plonk, Missoula, MT. It’s finally Friday! Let’s end the week strong with some fresh Mixed Links… Apparently, Facebook Is Now Letting Brands and Media Companies Create Their Own Groups Within Pages.

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50 More of the Best Nonprofit Twitter Accounts to Follow Right Now

EveryAction

That's why, just in time to revamp your timeline for the fall, we thought you could use 50 more social-savvy organizations to follow, fav, and RT. A while back, we shared a collection of awesome nonprofits that are doing Twitter right and the response was overwhelming.

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DON’T MISS THIS: 70 Email Subject Lines Ideas for Fundraising, Advocacy and Event Deadlines

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

falling short. Want your supporters to pay more attention to deadlines? Use one of these email subject lines: a race to the finish. across the finish line. almost over. are you in? are you missing out? can we count on you? can you make it by midnight. can’t be short. can’t wait.

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I'm Coming to Your City. Join Me for a 'Cup of Joe'

Selfish Giving

But I'm thinking of fall and busy planning my fall speaking/travel schedule. The dog days of summer are here! Do you live in or near one of these cities? Washington D.C.

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Five Tools for Your Social Media Intern

Social Media Bird Brain

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. Via Unpaid Intern Summertime. and the interns are easy. Well, not really. 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

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Nonprofit Storytelling Breaking Bad Style

Getting Attention

Distribution is everything—Even the most moving stories will fall flat if you don’t get them out there right. Whether you love, hate or have never seen Breaking Bad , there’s a lot to learn from its emotionally intense, can’t-stop-watching storytelling.

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A quick note on social media governance

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Here are some governance recommendations based on these “best practices”: Social media strategy should fall under the portfolio of marketing , communications or equivalent. Official social media engagement should fall under client services, customer service, or equivalent. There are some general best practices and trends that I’m noticing are emerging in modern “social” organizations.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Marc Pitman tells you Don’t Put Off Fundraising Planning to the Fall! Happy Friday, everyone!

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