Communications Directors, Step Up and Lead

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s time for you to step up and lead, from right where you are. Just about every week, I talk to nonprofit communications directors who have “limiting beliefs” that are holding them back. Limiting beliefs are ideas or assumptions that you have about yourself, your situation, or others that limit your ability to succeed. But limiting beliefs are just that: beliefs. They are not indisputable facts, and they are often flat-out wrong.

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Who's leading the army?

Fundraising Coach

SUB: Who’s leading the army? First, he showed a picture of a soldier leading an army. He said that nonprofits tend to think of donors this way: the nonprofit is out in front (like the lead soldier) leading an army of committed donors, willing to sacrifice for the nonprofit’s cause. He then showed a reversed image: a soldier leading the same army in a different direction. As you prepare your mailings, ask yourself who you see leading the army you picture.

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When Not To Lead

The Nonprofit Consultant

To be a successful blogger we are told, "Be authoritative! Demonstrate your expertise!" But the truth is, all any of us can ever do is to write from our limited experience, share the lessons we have learned, and hope it helps somebody in their own journey. In the end, we are all in a constant process of learning. Even the so-called experts and teachers - if they're good at what they do - are still learning.

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5 reasons fundraisers won’t call their hot leads


Here are 5 proven reasons why fundraisers won’t call their leads to ask for donations: Fear of rejection: This is the most common reason for call reluctance. Nine out of ten times, your hot lead will be glad you did. But if you offer your hot leads value when you reach out to them, they’ll be glad you interrupted whatever they were doing. Be real with your hot leads.

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5 thoughts that might lead your supporters to feel donor remorse


The post 5 thoughts that might lead your supporters to feel donor remorse appeared first on MarketSmart | . Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving asking for donations charity blog donor acquisition donor cultivation donor remorse fundraising tips major givingHere are some of the thoughts crossing your donors’ minds while you’re asking them to support your cause: Will they say thank you or just take my money and run?

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


Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. DRUM has mobilized and built the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives- from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice. The last few days have been equal parts terrifying, challenging, and complicated.

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Market Like a Ballroom Dancer— They Lead, You Follow

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

She’ll be leading webinars, providing coaching, and writing blog posts for us among other things. Follow these leads: 1) Trend: Political divide —Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines—and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive—than at any point in the last two decades. Get out there and market like a ballroom dancer—they lead, you follow.

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What’s a Lead

A Small Change

Sometimes the difference between a lead and everyone else is just a frame of mind. Unless you have a specific contrary reason, everyone connected to your organization should be considered a lead. Staff, volunteers, big donors, little donors, board members, and alumni all are leads. It is important that you frame your message in an appropriate way to each of these groups but they are all still leads.

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Six Points for Good Content Leading to Engagement

Social Media Bird Brain

Engagement comes from content. And the most often given advice about content? Make it good. But what, exactly does that mean? What is good content? Relevancy, Timeliness Informative, Funny, or Touching Presentation Visual/Audial Inviting Comment or Elaboration Relevancy, Timeliness Via Media Republic/Global Voices What you''re posting about has to be something meaningful to your audience.

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10 Organizations Leading The Way This Mental Health Awareness Month


Their vision is to become a national leader in the sphere of youth and family behavioral health, and in many areas they are already leading the way. The Village Network considers itself a not-for-profit with a for-profit mentality, in the sense that they use sound business principles such as research-based leadership to build a forward-thinking and constantly developing model for helping youth rise above adverse childhood experiences to lead healthy and positive lives.

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The Problem with Having Too Many Planned Giving Leads


But I’ve heard people tell me they’d rather have less, more qualified leads (ready to make a legacy giving decision and take action). I disagree because you never know which leads are qualified or not. So you need to generate lots of attention and interest (leads) and cultivate them forever with solid, donor-centric “drip” marketing. Widen the funnel… more leads is better. It’s a good problem to have.

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Rhode Island Lead Paint Law

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Attorneys, who advance a cause based purely upon rationally based argument knowing full well that the rhode island lead paint law be charged with a Rhode Island for one year filing. From the rhode island lead paint law a criminal case. It is extremely important because the rhode island lead paint law of child support. The Family Court determines equitable division of the rhode island lead paint law and public buildings. Island Law Lead Paint Rhode

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Op Eds: Writing Leads that Grab Readers by the Lapels

Getting Attention

That’s why the lead or opening paragraph of your next opinion editorial is so important. Tie your lead to an event that is already in the news. That’s the test of whether a lead works. Guest bloggerMargot Friedman, principal of Dupont Circle Communications, conducts trainings on writing and placing opinion editorials. Please like Op Ed Talk with Margot on Facebook to share op-ed tips and strategies. Remember those posters in your high school hallway that said, “SEX!

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YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Save this blog post and steal these phrases for your leads and transitions. Leads. I know this isn’t pleasant… Did we leave a favorite lead or transition of yours off the list? Photo Credit: p/oQdBuA. Do you break out in a sweat trying to write the first line of your email appeal or advocacy alert? And do you struggle with connecting ideas in your donor communications? . You’re not alone.

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Here’s a job description for a major gift or legacy gift lead outreach associate


Let’s get started with the job description stuff noting that it is wise to invest in an entry-level lead outreach associate to open up lines of communication and dialogue. Here is the type of person you’ll want to find along with a loose job description: Job description: Lead Outreach Associate. The main task of a Lead Outreach Associate is to call and email potential donors who have shown interest in making a gift.

You’ve got leads (identified major donor prospects) but are they ‘outreach-ready’?


Qualified supporters in cultivation – Once you have qualified your leads and collected great information about them, their interests and their desires, next you’ll need to prioritize them for outreach (unless you have the staff and free time to call all of your qualified leads). Highly-qualified outreach-ready leads. In the private sector they are called ‘ sales-ready leads ‘ Of course, fundraisers are not salespeople.

9 content offers that work well to generate planned giving leads


In order to generate highly-qualified leads for planned gifts, you’ve got to offer something to your prospects. Here are some titles for free reports that we have found generate leads effectively: How to make a gift that costs nothing now. Content marketing Fundraising lead generation marketing Planned Giving Planned giving Planned Giving Marketing strategy

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12 Questions that Lead to a Better Fundraising Story

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Starting February 18, Michael is leading a 4-week telecourse on storytelling for change, an affordable hands-on program for nonprofits seeking to craft a bigger story. Who Do You Truly Represent? It's easy to tell the story of the clients you serve -- especially in 2010, if you have a flip video camera, a social media platform and a few juicy questions to ask. Unfortunately, it's much harder to tell a story with which your donors can identify.

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How Long to Hold a Lead

A Small Change

I wrote earlier this week about “ What’s a Lead ” and today I’m going to talk about responding to these leads. When you come back from an event you attended, what do you do with your leads? Related posts: What’s a Lead Getting a Hold of People Event Invitation Mistakes Drowning in Agendas Who Likes Meetings? Does it take months before any of these people ever hear from you again? I’ve found that people have very short-term memory when you first meet them.

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Smart Cause Marketing from a Leading MMA Company

Cause Related Marketing

Torque MMA , a supplier of apparel and mats to the mixed martial arts community, has developed a three-part cause marketing promotion that may be exactly what the doctor ordered for cause marketers everywhere. In the past, I’ve been critical of cause marketing efforts that front-load all their promotional efforts.

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More Online Leads From Video

The Agitator

Rich Brooks at Flyte New Media pitches 15 Ways Video Helps You Generate More Online Leads. Yes, it’s a pitch, but the advice holds water. Video improves your search engine visibility. Google and Bing like video. YouTube is the number two search engine in the world. Nuf said. Over one billion people watch a YouTube video each month. Video is the most engaging online medium. Video will help you increase your online conversions. It’s not just about attention, after all.

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The First 100 Hours - Turning Media Spikes into Fundraising Leads

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you are wondering how the leading nonprofits in U.S. Online coverage leads to more traffic to your site than more traditional PR. In other words, many marketers think the outbound campaign is doing the heavy lifting, and the landing page exists simply as a passive collection cup for all the sales or leads generated by the campaign. Many organizations fail to maximize the 100 hours of PR opportunity in converting traffic to leads.

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Leading the Unwilling - Your Nonprofit and Connected Volunteers

Social Media Bird Brain

Image by ydhsu via FlickrNonprofits always need volunteers to help out. Small nonprofits really need them. Although it would be nice if they always turned up when you needed them, knowing your mission and objectives, we all know they don’t. Sometimes they come from high-schools which give extra credit for volunteer work or may even require it as part of a particular curriculum, and sometimes they.

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Newsletter: Join Me at Corporate Partnerships Everywhere ; Five Video Ideas to Generate Partnership Leads ; Is Clubhouse a Gold Mine for Nonprofits?

Selfish Giving

Five underused video ideas to generate partnership leads. Three things this week. Dan Cohen of Cause Partners did a wicked awesome job last week laying down the knowledge on selling corporate partnerships. This is a Cause Docs clinic you either don't want to miss or should listen to again!

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Your Brand is a Shortcut. Where Does it Lead?

Mission Minded

Strong brands lead to desired interactions. Here’s why brand should matter to you: your organization’s brand offers your target audiences a shortcut for: (1) understanding who you are and what value they might derive from engaging with you, and then (2) acting accordingly. They quickly attract the audiences who align with their values, appreciate what […].

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#Aging: Small Ailments, Left Unchecked, Can Lead To Big Concerns

Non Profit Marketing 360

Most (post-)industrial western societies tend to see aging as a decline from the creativity and energy of young adulthood. The experiences and wisdom of longer life tend to be downplayed against the physical changes wrought by age. But older people tend to know better: they want the young to appreciate that the teens and early twenties are the difficult years, whereas the engaged peace of being over 50 is really where the action is.

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Newsletter: Warm Leads from Your Homepage; Bridgestone Raises $2.8M for BGCA ; Museum Launches ‘How to be an American’ Podcast

Selfish Giving

Everyone wants more hot leads (direct inquiries from potential partners). But what about warm leads (someone who shows interest in your organization)? Would you like more warm leads if I showed you two ways to get them??? For the leads. If a company visits these pages they are signaling interest and could be a great lead for you. Okay, here you go. First, every nonprofit should have an email pop-up on its homepage.

Generating Leads By Combining Identity and Programmatic Outreach

The Agitator

They were able to combine mission outreach – helping people with a greater likelihood of hangnails manage their risk and get diagnosed – with their development efforts using an online lead generation campaign. The natural assumption is that most donors to the American Hangnail Society either have hangnails or care about someone who does. Yes, as you can tell, we are anonymizing a disease-focused charity. There is not, to my knowledge, an American Hangnail Society (AHS). (Yet;

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Newsletter: Generate Leads with Thought Leadership ; KFC, Pringles Lose Their 'Staches for Movember ; #SavetheNight Aims to Save Last 15 Lesbian Bars in U.S.

Selfish Giving

Good news. No nonprofit is too small for a corporate partnership! Yay.right? Now the bad news. Small nonprofits should not actively focus on corporate partnerships.

Why sometimes we should follow, not lead

Sea Change Strategies

In this three-minute video Derek Siver dissects one of the funniest videos on the Internet and convincingly makes the case that becoming a “first follower” is an underestimated form of leadership. He says, “The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” ” I don’t know about you, but this idea of the risk that first followers take really stuck with me.

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Newsletter: This Chain of Fabric Stores Takes Lead on Mask Policy ; Five Sources of Thought Leadership Content ; What Deaf People Can Teach You About Virtual Communication

Selfish Giving

This chain of fabric stores is taking the lead on masks and is willing to lose customers over the issue. I'm taking a few days off this week so I'm keeping this week's newsletter shorter than usual. Happy August ???and and see you next week! ?? Partnership Notes 1.

3 Ways to Build Up Excitement Leading Up to #GivingTuesday and Year-End Giving

J Campbell Social Marketing

2) Share behind-the-scenes content leading up to #GivingTuesday. People are willing and able to impulse buy items directly from Pinterest – so that leads me to believe that they would be comfortable making impulse donations as well! Here are a few ways to use Pinterest to lead up to Giving Tuesday: Create a unique Pinterest board showcasing the various donation levels of your Giving Tuesday campaign – what does a $10 donation get, $25, $100?

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#Aging: Advancements In Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Can Lead To Advancements In Treatment

Non Profit Marketing 360

Image via Wikipedia. Dr. Kejal Kantarci, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and her team of chemists and brain surgeons have recently published findings of their work that might be the clue to screening those likely to develop some form of dementia – as much as twenty years before visible signs appear. The report came out this week in the e-journal , and can only be accessed through a subscription.

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Priorities for Health: Leading Health Indicators for 2020

Social Marketing and Social Change

The US Institute of Medicine (IOM) has again tackled the difficult problem of turning a cacophony of priorities and objectives for improving Americans' health that is Healthy People 2020 into something that, as they put it in their Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 Letter Report this week: ".should Hopefully this list of Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) will survive longer than the ones created for Healthy People 2010.

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A harsh reality most fundraisers don’t want to face


Fundraising Lead Generation best practices for fundraising best practices for planned giving fundraising blog fundraising tips highly qualified leads lead generation for major gifts Lead generation for planned giving legacy gift marketing major gift cultivation major gift fundraising nonprofit lead generation philanthropy blog solve problemsWhat donors value is often their time without you and not their time with you. That’s right. I said it.

Be a Heretic. Choose a Cause You Love. Lead.

Marketing for Nonprofits

Now, GO FORTH and LEAD! Here is another inspiring TED talk for you. I LOVE Seth Godin's humor and his call to DO SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD. I am trying to do this at The Global Fund for Children because I truly believe that ALL children deserve the right to be safe, healthy, happy, and productive, regardless of where they are born. Don't you? According to Godin, there are 4 things you need to do if you truly want to do make a difference in this life.

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Emotion must lead, reason must follow

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Emotion must lead, reason must follow. Are you about to start a conversation with a statistic? Because that’s how you commune with the human brain. Emotion first, reason second. Heart, then facts. Please, REMEMBER THIS. Whatever your cause, whoever your audience, you must start every conversation with the emotional heart of your cause, not the facts of its scope or scale in the world.

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Newsletter: 150 CSR Execs on 2019 Trends; ‘Rise & Shrine’ Blend Supports Hospital ??; Best TOF Lead Gen Tactics

Selfish Giving

Which tactics are most effective in generating leads for corporate partnerships pros??? Two things today. First, thanks to everyone for helping the Selfish Giving newsletter recently achieve three new highs. Last week's newsletter had a 52.6 percent open rate ! Most newsletters are lucky if they get a 20 percent open rate.) Yet another new high happened two weeks ago on February 6th when the newsletter had 1,009 clickthroughs on articles.

Walk-a-thon software leads to fundraising success in down economy

Blue Sky Collaborative

It is very difficult to raise money right now. Sponsorships and grants are down. Major donor prospects have dried up. Fortunately we have good news to share. Our clients who are using SWEET Fundraising Software for their walkathons and pledge.

What’s your fundraising asking style?


Fundraising Lead Generation asking for donations charity blog engagement fundraising fundraising asking styles fundraising strategy fundraising tips major donor fundraising nonprofit lead gen nonprofit lead generation nonprofit marketing planned gift marketing ways to ask for a donationAccording to Brian Saber, “Your ‘Asking Style’ is based on your personality and unique set of strengths in fundraising.”

Get Sponsored By Following the Lead of OK-GO and Others

Cause Related Marketing

The youngest person ever to attempt a solo crossing trip to the South Pole on snowshoes, the bass player for Kanye West’s touring band, Tony Stewart’s left side tire changer, a participant at a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event and OK-GO all share something in common; they want to be or are being sponsored. Each of these examples offers lessons for a charity that wants their cause marketing to get sponsored, too.

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Leading by following

Mission Paradox Blog

In the business world they call it second mover advantage. Some organization (the first mover) brings a new product, or new idea to the market.    Another organization watches the move, learns from it and then copies it (the second move). It's called an advantage because the second person can learn from the mistakes the first guy made, copy what they did right and then execute. How do you get this advantage? Learn from other people.

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6 major donor expectations you simply cannot ignore


Lead Generation Major Giving cultivation for major gifts lead generation for major gifts major donor proposals major gift cultivation major gift officer performance evaluationDialogue. Major donors expect to be able to have a dialogue with an organization and its staff. Permission. Major donors expect to maintain power over whether or not they grant permission for dialogue to happen. Convenience. Major donors expect their engagements to be convenient for them. Focus.