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What does an LGBTQ nonprofit organization do?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Since I didn’t know a lot about various LGBTQ organizations, I pointed him to the now sadly defunct Planet Out (which now redirects to ), where I thought he might be able to find more people in the community. An FtoM organization is not a choir.

Consider What Went Wrong … Then Fall On Your Knees

The Agitator

But maybe — over some spiked punch at the office Christmas party — you are contemplating and chatting about your year’s performance — yours individually and your organization’s. With all your online solicitation programs firing away like an AK-47 on auto-pilot until January 1, I don’t think fundraisers are doing much heavy lifting today or tomorrow … unless it’s setting big presents under the Xmas tree.

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. As with anything you read about fundraising, you need to test this for your organization. When they see your communications, it will be tied to a story you’ve been telling them all fall! (c)

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10 Shocking Scary Secrets of Working in Fundraising

Wild Woman Fundraising

Nonprofit organizations are PATHOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTS that allow all pressure to be put on the Development Director, who is expected to overcome all organizational issues and raise millions in the first month. ” (I WAS TOTALLY SET UP TO BE THE FALL GUY IN A LINE OF FALL GUYS!).

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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. Make it organized.

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.

13 Behaviors to start building trust at your organization

Wild Woman Fundraising

But one thing that I think is really important with executive directors is executive directors that care too much about the organization are too willing to fall on the sword for things that aren’t their fault. That’s killing our organization.

Learn How to Increase Your Nonprofit Marketing Impact – Fall Seminar

Getting Attention

You’ll leave with a focused, practical marketing plan that will work for your organization—one that you are fully capable of implementing.

#FUNDRAISING: Maximizing Your Organization’s Return on Fundraising Events

Non Profit Marketing 360

Given how much time, energy and effort tends to go into organizing fundraising events, I thought we might start with one question: Just what is a “fundraising” event? We are pleased to welcome back Susan Emfinger of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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. I’ll spend the first hour going over the must-knows and must-dos for a successful online fundraising campaign, followed by on-the-spot makeovers for three organizations.

The Top 22 Art Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Creating custom postcards and stationary with student art would make a great fall fundraiser, as many parents would love to transform their child’s art into attractive holiday cards that they can send to family and friends. Paint a Van: We have seen this work very well as a creative church fundraiser , but it could be an excellent fundraiser for other organizations as well (particularly in an elementary school setting).

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Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


There's a long fight ahead, but for issues that stir you, one simple, positive thing you can do today is give - your time, money, voice, or attention - because so many organizations need your urgent support. No matter how much you give or to whom, the important thing is to support those organizations whose tireless work is striving for a world you want to live in. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

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


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. Check out these examples + learn how to pump up your organization's IRL impact one tweet at a time.

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Grants for People, Organizations, & Agencies Working To Create Sustainable Fisheries In the United States

Seeking Grant Money Today

All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding employees of the federal government) working on projects designed to ensure sustainable U.S. The majority of awards under the program will fall in the range of $50,000 to $200,000. From The Foundation Center. [If If you are interested in more information on this grant opportunity, click "Link To Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post].

A quick note on social media governance

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

There are some general best practices and trends that I’m noticing are emerging in modern “social” organizations. 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. Social media content should come from the various content experts in the organization.

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. While email addresses gathered organically usually perform better than appended email addresses, the low cost of email appending is a great way to jumpstart your list.

5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Getting Attention

But connecting this fall, with a presidential campaign as contentious and bizarre as the Clinton-Trump contest, is tougher than ever. Identify the ways in which your organization’s work touches top-of-mind issues.

Want to Achieve Something Great? Remember WHY Your Organization Exists in the First Place.

Marketing for Nonprofits

Don't fall into the political trap of getting stuck on winning for its' own sake. This will surely help you, your colleagues and your organization to reach the moon. Thomas Friedman had a very compelling editorial in the New York Times on Sunday called, It's Still Halftime in America. Here is the introduction. "I

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.

My Summer (Uh, I Mean Fall) Reading List

Marketing for Nonprofits

Here is my fall reading list. Here Come's Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations - Clay Shirky's classic provides some great examples of how regular folks (like you and I) are using online tools to come together and change the world.

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. Here are four things you can be doing now to help your organization get a leg up on getting its story told during the holidays: 1.

Susan G, Komen Organization's Experience Is the Devil In the Details (for Us and Not Just Komen)

Seeking Grant Money Today

When a nonprofit that has not taken any political stands before is perceived as having done so by the public (and that public is either for or not in agreement about that particular political stance) harm has indeed been done to the organization's brand (and its ability to raise all kinds of support). The number one way to get an organization back on track is for any one (or more) of the nonprofit's leaders to simply recognize and acknowledge the mission drift has happened.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristen Olsen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kristen Olsen is the Communications Manager for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life after brain injury, and offering the promise of a better tomorrow. Kristen Olsen.

How to Establish Thought Leadership within Your Nonprofit

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If your nonprofit wants to gain notoriety, broaden awareness of your work, establish the credibility of your organization, and attract more supporters and donors, the secret sauce is right inside your organization. Leverage your organization’s partnerships to increase PR bandwidth.

Use Audience Personas to Connect & Convert (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Many nonprofits fall into the trap of believing that their audience is the general public, when the truth is that your supporters are much more nuanced than that. An excellent way to narrow in on your organization’s audience is to develop audience personas.

It’s Today! Google Test Your Website

Getting Attention

Others (like Getting , for now) will be penalized in rankings which will cause organic search traffic. Here’s how to keep your website traffic coming in through Google: For most organizations, between 30% and 50% of website traffic comes from mobile devices.

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6 Now-or-Never Summer Reboots

Getting Attention

Instead, I set out an a discovery mission—asking fellow nonprofit staffers and consultants how they reboot to tee up for a great fall and forward. But, I do communications for a youth organization, so it’s a great way to take a deep dive into how kids talk and think and feel.

Our Free Resources on Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising

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Free Recorded Webinars: How to Build a Donor Communications Plan That Will Make Them Fall in Love. I work for an organization that has small budget and there is nothing set aside for professional education and growth.

The O2 Sabbatical Award: Elevating leaders, lifting organizations

Mission Minded

What happens to a stellar nonprofit organization when its equally stellar executive director takes a three-month leave of absence? Fall apart?” you say? Wrong. It gets stronger. O2 Initiatives, a new Bay Area-based philanthropic partnership and a Mission Minded client, knows how and why this works — and they’ve launched a new grant program to […]. Blog News

5 Strategies for 2015 to Make You a Rockstar Fundraiser!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Today Somya Qureshi is back with another guest post ( read her past posts here ), this time on easy ways to organize your fundraising work in a more strategic way. They could be individuals, or businesses, or religious organizations, or any other constituents that support you.

Woulda Coulda Shoulda #GivingTuesday

Getting Attention

Would you have generated donations your organizations wouldn’t have gotten otherwise if you had participated in this year’s #GivingTuesday ? Next, ink a #Giving Tuesday planning date into your early summer calendar, ideally as part of your fall and year-end campaign planning. Then tackle these right-now #GivingTuesday 2015 to dos: Review other organizations’ 2014 #GivingTuesday emails.

6 Ways to Get More Online Monthly Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Before engaging in the 6 tactics below, you should organize your monthly giving program: Name it. Monthly donors will not magically fall from the sky onto your monthly giving donation page. Photo Credit: p/aVmeYp.

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#SM4NP: How Is Facebook’s Timeline Doing In Drawing New Traffic?

Non Profit Marketing 360

especially when Timeline was rolled out to a subset of organizations and companies on FB ? Community Managers can tell when a pinned post is starting to lose steam by the fall off of interactions. We all like to be liked.

3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

Getting Attention

These differ from your Circadian Rhythms that rise and fall with light and dark, and dictate your sleep cycles. “I the first women-owned, full-service Internet company; and Webgrrls International, the first Internet networking organization for women.

Is Your Organization a Survivor, Freezer, of Self-Destructor?


As I listened to Mr. Sherwood, it occurred to me, that in times of crises of their own, organizations can also be divided into the survivors, freezers, and self-destructors categories , and I would imagine they break out across a similar 10-80-10% ration. Take the financial crisis for example: there are the survivors, the organizations that "hugged the monster", reaccessed and moved quickly to do whatever was needed to ensure the organization, at its core survived.

You In? Mother’s Day Marketing

Getting Attention

There’s no better way for your organization to get your supporters’ and prospects’ attention (media attention, too) than hooking into what’s top of mind. It’s a wonderful concept clearly tied to the organization’s mission and impact and affordable.

How Much Time Does Social Media Marketing Really Take?

J Campbell Social Marketing

This person might already be a volunteer, or may be part-time, struggling to finish all the other tasks required of them – writing grants, communicating with donors, organizing events and coordinating volunteers (just to name a few). What is working and what is falling flat?

3 Steps to Revive Your Email List

Getting Attention

She has worked for advocacy organizations since 1996. . It’s a common problem, for nonprofit organizations and beyond, and one that’s crucial to address. One change I’d like to make is adding an email to the series to re-engage people before they fall into the inactive pool. Guest blogger Karla Capers specializes in using the internet to raise visibility for progressive issues and engage people more deeply in campaigns.

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The Secrets Behind Smart and Successful Nonprofit Marketing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Help others in your organization see the big picture and how their parts fit into it. Then people fall short, and we blame them personally. “I’m just too busy!” ” you scream to yourself.

How To Tell Your Strength Story: Nonprofit Storytelling #5 1/2

Getting Attention

This is the last in my six types of stories your organization has to tell series on how to find, shape and share your strength story. Instead, dig deep to articulate your organization’s greatest strengths. Nonprofit Storytelling #1-9.