How to Do Your Own Nonprofit Communications Audit [Training]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Maybe you added an email newsletter to your print newsletter, and started paying more attention to your website. Now you are wondering whether to add Pinterest and Instagram — all the while maintaining your print communications and media relations.

Get Your Dream Job

Wild Woman Fundraising

Did you ever wish someone had taught you in high school how to interview, apply for jobs, and succeed in your first 90 days of a job? Mistakes that I cringe to think about now. And I want to keep you from making the mistakes I made. Consulting to gain experience.

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Launch Your Team of Year-End Fundraisers: Free Training Th Oct 6

Getting Attention

Join me to learn how to turn your board, staff, and loyal volunteers into a team of passionate and engaging messengers. In this live session, you’ll learn how to: Ask your staff, board, and loyal volunteers for their help as messengers.

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

Getting Attention

I had a completely different post planned today, but wanted to respond a.s.a.p. to the questions, worries and just totally-wrong communications I’ve seen going out since the bombings yesterday afternoon. Your cause and work is vital to making this a better world.

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

J Campbell Social Marketing

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? The answer to managing it all lies in one word – scheduling!

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. Prospects will think you’re just like every other nonprofit, and that’s death to us marketers and fundraisers.

How to Raise Your E-Newsletter Open Rate [Results from Our Experiment]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Trying to improve the open rates for your email newsletters? We tried two of these tactics in the last six months with our weekly email newsletter here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, and we’d like to share the results with you. The open rate slipped to about 15%.

How to Translate Your Program Into a Compelling Video

Getting Attention

She believes there is more good than bad in our world, and she’s driven to share the stories she’s heard that prove this. When an organization comes to me and says, “We want a video about our program,” I always cringe a little bit. Ask Questions that Lead to Storytelling.

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Leadership Training

Fundraising Coach

One of the joys of my work is getting to speak at conferences and inspire boards. Since, I''m often asked "When are you coming to my area?", This just happened, but here I was privileged to do the closing keynote for the conference. Do you want me to come to your area?

How to Solve Any Nonprofit Marketing Problem [New Video]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

So I’m sharing my no-fail, sure-fire way to get you closer to a solution, no matter the problem. (If If you’ve taken a lot of our training, you should recognize the method!). ( Please leave comments and questions below, and I’ll get right back to you!

Want to do political fundraising? Interview with Joe Garecht of The Fundraising Authority

Wild Woman Fundraising

Joe Garecht is a consultant, author and speaker that helps non-profits raise dramatically more money to fund their work. I chose to interview Joe because I was interested in his political fundraising background. However, when women do run, they win at equal rates to men.”

Finally revealed, a profile of the ideal major gift officer


Thanks to the Education Advisory Board , we now know what the ideal major gift officer looks like. Their Advancement Forum sought to understand what makes a top major gift officer tick. According to their study, the ideal MGO is a “Curious Chameleon.”

How to Perform the “You” Test for Donor-Centered Communications – Do You Pass?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You know that donor-centered communications are vital to getting and keeping your supporters. Here is how he does it in Microsoft Word. Then Replace All: After you select replace all, another dialogue box will tell you how many times it found the word “you.”

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How to Build An Army of Online Brand Ambassadors

J Campbell Social Marketing

On Tuesday I was pleased to present a webinar with Nonprofit Webinars (a service of 4Good) on the topic: How to Build An Army of Online Brand Ambassadors , part of their Tech Tuesdays series. The slides are here: How to Build An Army of Online Brand Ambassadors from Julia Campbell. People who want to spread the word about your cause, raising money and awareness are by far your greatest online asset – if they are identified, engaged and acknowledged correctly!

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Want to learn what makes an incredible year end appeal?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Do you have trouble getting people to open your nonprofit appeals? . Do you want to learn the tactics of successful appeal copywriting that will help people tear open your envelope and write you a big check? . Whether you are an old pro and just want some new tips, or you’re writing your appeal letter for the first time, you’ll find killer strategies and tried-and-true tactics in this e-course to take your appeal letter to the next level. Where to start?

How To Create "Now I Care Stories"

Diva Marketing Blog

In 2014, websites, blogs, social networks influence how we tell and pass along our stories. These three quotes have been attributed to both Plato and the Hopi American Indians. Quite obviously they were worlds apart separated by thousands of miles not to mention centuries of time.

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

This post is in response to the Compasspoint report, Underdeveloped: A national study of challenges facing nonprofit fundraising. Organizational systems are established to support donors. I’ve written how to hire a development director. THAT is how you learn.

A tale of two cities (in your appeal letter)

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve written about it before,(Check out my first post on how to write a story for your appeal letter here ) but today I want to ask you to think about another concept on how to write stories for your appeal letter. How could you do this?

How to Combat Common Nonprofit Digital Storytelling Challenges

J Campbell Social Marketing

Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. . In this week’s lesson, I give my solutions to the 6 most common challenges faced by nonprofits as they embark on their digital storytelling campaigns.

FundCoaches: A revolution in fundraising training

Fundraising Coach

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of ! Have you noticed how hard it is to find high quality, extremely practical, and affordable fundraising training? That inspired me to work to make it ridiculously easy for people to get fundraising training.

How to Set Nonprofit Marketing Goals that Build Your Impact & Satisfaction

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Learn How to. Take You Where You Want to Go! And worse, you don’t know where to start to fix it. You’re frustrated by how hard you’re working without generating the results you expect, and that your organization needs. Join Kivi and Me for this Free Webinar.

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How to pick a fundraising job that you will absolutely love! -with Abbi Haggerty

Wild Woman Fundraising

This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I am so pleased today to be interviewing Abbi L. She’s actually going to be speaking about her PhD research, which I’m just so excited about. So I’m going to let her introduce herself a little bit. MT: Amen to that.

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How to Choose the Right Online Communications Platforms for A Small Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

One of the most frequent problems I see recurring in small nonprofits is this: With all the online tools out there – websites, blogs, email software, social media sites, review sites – how can a small nonprofit know which ones to prioritize? You have to be honest with yourself here.

How to make a splash! Marketing Your Nonprofit Educational Programs

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve never told anyone about this before… I’m about to share a secret that can help keep your association in the black. What can you do to help your association succeed, and how can you get more people to take your fantastic educational programs?

How to Get People to Raise Money for Your Nonprofit Using Facebook

J Campbell Social Marketing

In last week’s post, 3 Facebook Features Designed to Help You Fundraise , I highlighted just three of the Facebook features that are making social media fundraising a little bit easier for your nonprofit. To read more, be sure to check out that post here.

Annual Report Makeover!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Want to see a drastic makeover that really paid off? We’ve got 5 people’s jobs, and we’re supposed to do them all in a mere 70 hour work week. I’m going to break it down for you, why one is better than the other. Way to take the ball and run with it!

Having trouble holding onto your fundraising staff? Here’s why.

Wild Woman Fundraising

If the $95 price tag puts you off, let me just tell you that this book is based on 30 years of research with over 2,000 people, and it’s got the facts and figures to make treating fundraising staff well seem like a REALLY GOOD IDEA. Do any of these sound familiar to you?

How to Work With a Social Media Consultant

J Campbell Social Marketing

You most likely don’t have the capacity to hire a full time person to run your social media. You may need a bit more individualized training and coaching – more than what you can get by passively watching webinars, reading e-books and attending conferences.

Nonprofit Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One

J Campbell Social Marketing

The topic will be Nonprofit Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One. A high quality blog has been proven to have a direct benefit on marketing and fundraising efforts – so why do so many nonprofits ignore this powerful tool?

How to Make Your Meetings Happy and Productive???3 Questions You Can Ask

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Dennis Fischman left a senior management position at a nonprofit organization to found Communicate! We hate going to meetings. Too often at meetings and conferences, were listening to people we dont know, talking about an agenda that doesnt matter to us. If only we could invite people to bring their whole humanity to the conference room. But how? See how happy and productive the rest of the meeting becomes!

How to Combat Donor Fatigue

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It bears repeating: the number-one reason people stop giving to a nonprofit is how they were treated by the nonprofit. What do you mean, 'how they were treated by the nonprofit'?" That is, nonprofits continued to come back to the donor with requests for more and more money they needed. Go on a "Charm Offensive" We recommend you find out how you've been treating these folks and go on a major charm offensive.

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Announcing the Fundraising Career Conference

Wild Woman Fundraising

Did you read Underdeveloped, the research report that rocked the nonprofit world to its core? We’ve got to saddle up and make these changes! Which is why I’m putting on a nonprofit career virtual conference from April 13th to April 15th. How much is it?

How to Use CRM + Donor Management Software to Talk to Anyone


Whether you're reporting to your board, supporting teams in different departments, or just trying to get through to a specific type of donor, we've broken down all the ways your CRM + donor software can help. Talking to your donors. Reporting to your board of directors.

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Upcoming Fundraising Coach Speaking and Trainings

Fundraising Coach

Here are the upcoming trainings and talks for November 2014 into January 2015. In addition to online events, I''ll be on all over the USA and in two other countries! Fundraising Training and Keynotes. I''ll be sharing how to apply major gift fundraising strategies to your auctions and special events! I''m thrilled to be part of this brand new conference concept. This isn''t your regular shuffling from seminar to seminar conference.

How to Plan For Fundraising Success in 2014

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever wanted to stop running around trying to do too many things at once? Are you wondering how to make a bigger impact in 2014? A fundraising plan can help you plan to succeed, by laying out your goals and working backwards. Have you just been thrown to the wolves, with no one to lead you? The people who train your team who pretend that the barriers of no training and not enough people to implement just don’t exist.

How to Tell Stories that Take People from Passive to Passionate

J Campbell Social Marketing

Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. . In this week’s lesson, I cover the nuts and bolts of crafting an effective story – one that will take your audience from passive to PASSIONATE!

How to Create a Story Series for Your Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

Great storytelling is the best way to capture the attention, as well as the hearts and minds, of your supporters. Using digital tools like your website, email newsletter, and social networks are vital in the quest to get your stories in front of a critical mass of people.

No-Charge Training: Move People to Act Now w/One-Page Plan (Feb 5 & On Demand)

Getting Attention

What’s the right way to connect with supporters, and motivate them to act? And how do I know if I’m doing the right things? But don’t leave it up to chance. Register now for this free training webinar on Feb 5 1-2 ET. Register now, seats are filling fast.

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How to strengthen your nonprofit from the inside out

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

An organization’s ability to accomplish its mission is only as strong as the organization’s infrastructure. As you fight to make the world a better place, how do you make sure you’re providing a nonprofit workplace that fosters fairness and complies with the necessary rules and regulations?

How to do a better board training (with Andy Robinson)

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently I had coffee with Andy Robinson , who has been training boards for over 35 years. I got the chance to ask Andy, board trainer extraordinaire of , my most burning questions about board training. So give them stuff to do.