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What to Do with All Those Good Ideas

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Too many ideas and not enough resources to implement them: It’s a perfect storm that can sink your communications strategy if you aren’t careful. Don’t just immediately start work on every bright idea that comes your way, no matter its source!

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Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We send them a month ahead so you’ll have time to think about the ideas and incorporate them into your editorial calendar. Copywriting Creative Ideas Nonprofit Communications

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Need Writing Ideas? Try These Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

These prompts help you come up with ideas for articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content. We send them a month ahead so you’ll have time to think about the ideas and incorporate them into your editorial calendar.

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Newsletter and Blog Post Ideas for Summer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Need some new ideas for your newsletter, blog, or social media? Enjoy the sun with a cool drink in hand and cook up some summer article ideas of your own. Ideas for Nonprofit WritersConsider one of these five summer-inspired themes: 1) Summer Heat.

Powerful Segmentation Ideas for Year-End Online Fundraising Campaigns

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Are all your email subscribers the same? Of course not! Some donate. Some volunteer. Some do both. And some have no CLUE how they got on your email list!

10 Excellent Club Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

By selecting club fundraising ideas that relate thematically to the activity or club being supported, club members can often achieve improved results, both in donations and in increased awareness of the club in the greater community. Here are ten club fundraising ideas that go beyond the same old bake sale or car wash routine. Related posts: The Top 22 Art Fundraising Ideas. Creative Fundraising Ideas: Cake Auction.

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The Top 9 Unique Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

The following nine unique fundraising ideas aren’t all huge moneymakers. Instead, I’ve presented a wide array of unique fundraising ideas in order to whet your appetite for atypical fundraising events. ” One of the absolute best unique fundraising ideas is to take a local celebrity “prisoner” for a day. No list of unique fundraising ideas would be complete without mentioning the impact social networking sites have had on charitable giving.

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Stay Focused at Work: 4 Ideas You Can Try

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Feel like you’d be more productive if you could just manage your own attention better and limit distractions? I’ve got a challenge for you. pick one of the four tactics below and use it every day for a week. Do not (repeat) do not try them all!

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Got another idea (especially one that WORKS)? 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.

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SHOW US YOUR LISTS! 8 Ideas for Nonprofit Twitter Lists 

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are 8 Twitter list ideas for nonprofits to try: 1. Every time I teach a Twitter class, I’m surprised at how many seasoned Twitter users DON’T use lists. A Twitter list is a curated group of Twitter users. It is an incredibly useful feature that makes Twitter much more manageable.

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Need Some Blog Post or Newsletter Article Ideas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Blogging Content Curation Content Marketing Copywriting Creative Ideas E-Newsletters Ideas for Nonprofit Writers Nonprofit Communications Writing for the Web We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now.

10 Exciting Fundraising Ideas for Sports Teams

Fundraiser Ideas

Whatever the reason your team needs to raise money, here are 10 exciting fundraising ideas for sports teams: Fast Pitch Fundraiser – This is a great fundraiser for baseball teams. Chuck-a-Puck – Number 3 in our carefully culled fundraising ideas for sports teams list is perfect for hockey teams. Flock of Flamingos – This is a fun fundraising idea for sports teams. White Elephant Raffle – Make your raffle more exciting with this fundraising idea for sports teams.

10 Simple Fundraising Ideas for Individuals

Fundraiser Ideas

Following are 10 simple fundraising ideas that you can implement: Door-to-door. Everyone likes home-baked goodies, which is why a bake sale is one of our simple fundraising ideas! Just because you’re an individual raising money, doesn’t mean you can’t ask groups for help, which is why this one made our list of simple fundraising ideas. Ask others to repost your information, to maximize the power of number nine on our list of simple fundraising ideas.

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10 Good Fundraising Ideas for the Novice Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

The following are 10 good fundraising ideas for the novice fundraiser. 50/50 Raffle – This is number one on our list of 10 good fundraising ideas for novice fundraisers for several reasons, but chief among them is its ease; the only material you really need to get this fundraiser going is a roll of raffle tickets. Ice Cream Social – Everyone loves ice cream, and it’s a good fundraising idea, especially for novices. The Top 10 Free Fundraising Ideas.

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50+ Ideas on What You Can Blog About

Wild Woman Fundraising

This excerpt below from my new book, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, gives you TONS of ideas for blogging, not just what to write about, but how to write to a specific kind of person, the person who is going to donate to you. 100+ Blogging Ideas Worksheets.

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Send Me Your Kooky, Quirky, and Off-Beat Ideas

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Which brings me to the title of today’s post, and why I want to hear about your kooky, quirky, and off-beat ideas for nonprofit marketing and fundraising. Looking for Posts with Kooky, Quirky, and Off-Beat Ideas.

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3 Ideas for Getting the Word Out to Your Donors About Online Fundraising Campaigns

J Campbell Social Marketing

Below, you’ll find three ideas for promoting online fundraising campaigns to donors. Rather than focusing on solely the beginning of the process, these ideas each address a phase of campaign communications: choosing and organizing your prospects, reaching out, and retaining the donors. #1:

Another Brilliant Marketing Idea You Can Steal

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Creative Ideas E-Newsletters Fundraising Nonprofit Communications Storytelling Charity: Water has done it again with a brilliant fundraising email posing as a newsletter (or newsletter posing as a fundraising email.).

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Creative Ideas for Nonprofit Writers for October and Beyond

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

While that may be true, “they” don’t mention how hard it is trying to come up with fresh ideas that resonate with your readers. We send the e-newsletter at the beginning of the month with ideas for the following month. “Content is King,” they say.

Donor Complaints: Why it’s a bad idea to get upset with donors when they complain


The post Donor Complaints: Why it’s a bad idea to get upset with donors when they complain appeared first on MarketSmart | . No one likes to hear complaints. . But when you work for a nonprofit or a private sector business, you need to welcome complaints.

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8 simple ideas to involve your donors and build deeper connections


The post 8 simple ideas to involve your donors and build deeper connections appeared first on MarketSmart | . Montgomery was a famous author in the early 1900’s. Her novels were internationally renowned. She once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ” This is so true. Involvement is one of the best ways to build seriously deep connections. It can mean the difference between no gift and the ultimate gift.

The Best Fundraising Ideas: What Makes Something an Excellent Fundraising Idea?

Fundraiser Ideas

Finding the best fundraising ideas can be challenging for administrators. The best fundraising ideas typically arise organically as part of the normal operations of the charity or nonprofit institution. Some of the best fundraising ideas are designed to work over a long period of time, rather than producing large donations immediately. Related posts: 10 Excellent Club Fundraising Ideas. The Top 22 Art Fundraising Ideas.

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Your tip of the day: Ideas in, ideas out

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Above all, it reminded me that the opposite of “garbage in, garbage out” is “ideas in, ideas, out.” “Ideas in” yield amazing ideas from you.

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16 Content Ideas Your Major and Planned Gift Donors Will Love


>> 5 Content Marketing Ideas that Inspire Action (With Examples). >> The post 16 Content Ideas Your Major and Planned Gift Donors Will Love appeared first on MarketSmart | . Infographics. Short, “self-contained” emails (with no hyperlinks) that include very brief updates. Short letters or online articles (2-3 paragraphs). Highly relevant and targeted medium length YouTube videos. Aim for 2 – 10 minutes ( Subscribe to our YouTube channel ).

15 ideas for virtual volunteers from the Virtual Volunteering Guidebook

Wild Woman Fundraising

Just to get an idea of who is already on board with the idea of virtual volunteers, and who would potentially welcome it. Then you can slowly start to introduce virtual volunteering ideas around the office. Do you have a hard time getting your volunteers to stay?

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20+ Kick-Ass Cause Marketing Ideas

Selfish Giving

Experiment with New Ideas Retailers Have a New Option. Focus on Individuals Forget Corporate Giving, Focus On Individuals Unselfish Giving: Help the Victims of the West Newton Car Crash Feed Your Brain to Discover New Ideas Check out my 4,000+ cause marketing pins on Pinterest!

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25 Social Engagement Ideas

Diva Marketing Blog

Taking our cue from social media crowd sourcing the smart participants created a list of 25 ideas that they agreed I could share with you. . 25 Social Engagement Ideas. Idea: a one word answer. Engagement : E motional involvement or commitment Merriam-Webster.

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38 Ideas For Your Pinterest Strategy

Diva Marketing Blog

As part of client work and creating workshops on Pinterest I develope a running list of ideas. Pinterest continues to fascinate me by it's simplicity and ease of use. However, if you peak behind the curtain it holds a similar sophistication to that of Twitter.

10 Safe and Fun Youth Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

The following are 10 safe and fun youth fundraising ideas your children can use to positively contribute to their favorite cause: Recycling. Kids can raise money and be environmentally responsible in the first on our list of youth fundraising ideas. Younger children will have a blast hosting a teddy bear picnic, for our seventh out of ten youth fundraising ideas. Face painting is a fun and easy fundraising idea for older youth.

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Do You Start with the Idea or the Communications Channel?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You have to have both the message/big ideas and the right communications channels for your communications to work. Great ideas or content without the proper communications channels won’t travel far beyond your desk.

Top 5 Innovative Fundraising Ideas

The Agitator

Today I’m shamelessly exploiting the hard work of Angie Moore, who recently reported 50 Innovative Fundraising Ideas she collected from readers of Fundraising Success. I’ve boiled her list down to my own Top 5. In no particular order, here goes. No actually, #1 deserves to be #1 … 1. “Normally, fundraising departments increase their financial goals marginally each year. I never do.

Read with Me: Making Ideas Happen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here is the first book selection: Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality ( Amazon link ) by Scott Belsky. Scott’s premise is that great ideas aren’t enough. Creative Ideas Nonprofit Communications Professional Development Read with Me

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EOY Hacks: 8 Online Fundraising Ideas to Save Money + Time


This time of year, the only thing nonprofit pros need more than fundraising ideas is more time and money to implement them. Last week, I had the ear of a brilliant nonprofit guru and jumped on the chance to ask her for some advice.

Finding Your Best Writing Ideas

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Copywriting Creative Ideas Nonprofit CommunicationsWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. We've Moved! Update your Reader Now.

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Low-Cost Fundraising: 6 Innovative Ideas

Ann Green

In this post, Kerri Moore of Booster has some low-cost fundraising ideas for you. Check out these six innovative ideas that focus on your nonprofit’s relationship with your donors: Brand t-shirts and products.

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Get More Nonprofit Social Media Exposure: A Simple Idea From #bbcon

J Campbell Social Marketing

I am especially fond of one small, yet very powerful idea that you can use to raise even more money at your next event – and get your nonprofit social media exposure to boot! The idea of Blackbaud’s Social Media Give Back campaign is brilliant, because even the smallest nonprofit can use it.

Best Ideas For Small Nonprofits

The Agitator

Fundraising Success has just finished a four-part series, distilled from a session at the 2012 Washington Nonprofit Conference, presenting 20 fundraising ideas considered valuable and usable for small nonprofits. So, of the twenty ideas here are my picks … #2. You need to work your way through four links if you want to review all twenty and the discussion and concrete examples illustrating them — here (1-5), here (6-10), here (11-15), and here (16-20).

Your Ideas, Examples, and Problems with Awareness Raising Campaigns

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Write a post about an awareness raising campaign you liked, ideas for how to do it, problems you’ve encountered, or whatever else you can come up with on the theme. Next month we’ll be hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, and our theme is Raising Awareness.

Winning Ideas And Idea Killers

The Agitator

From two marketers I read faithfully, Willis Turner and Seth Godin, here are some ideas on ideas. Big Three US auto manufacturers steadfastly resisted the idea of putting cup holders in their cars. Willis wrote 3 Deadly Fundraising Words You Probably Don’t Even Realize You’re Saying recently in Fundraising Success. He did a wonderful riff on how the (then!!) Eventually they showed up in Japanese cars.

Have a great fundraising idea? Prototype it.

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Since I imagine the readership of this blog has thousands of big fundraising ideas, I’m inviting you to participate! So how do you prototype fundraising ideas? Last week, The Jimmy Fund launched its “ Big Ideas Contest ,” a competition that encourages community involvement in the prototyping of new fundraising ideas on a large scale. What a great idea to engage both the business community and the public in a collective effort to help conquer cancer.