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.

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10 Organizations Leading The Way This Mental Health Awareness Month

EveryAction

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. Approximately 1 in 5 American adults experiences some sort of mental illness in any given year.

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5 reasons fundraisers won’t call their hot leads

iMarketSmart

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

iMarketSmart

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.

5 thoughts that might lead your supporters to feel donor remorse

iMarketSmart

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

iMarketSmart

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.

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?

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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.

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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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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: https://flic.kr/p/oQdBuA. p/oQdBuA.

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9 content offers that work well to generate planned giving leads

iMarketSmart

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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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.

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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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#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.

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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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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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So you want to lead a nonprofit? Part 1

Wild Woman Fundraising

So you want to lead a nonprofit. Maybe you’ve run programs, and you feel confident that you can lead a nonprofit now. Anyone can lead a nonprofit, but what does it take to lead a nonprofit well? Stay tuned for part two of leading a nonprofit on Monday!

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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. 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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So You Want to Lead a Nonprofit? Part 2

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here’s part two of leading your nonprofit. It’s not that much, to lead a nonprofit. Either lead a nonprofit, or run for office. What does it take? Curiosity. Ask yourself what you don’t know about your organization. Sit in on programs. Learn the stories, meet the people, ask them questions on how you can help them. Learn how to fundraise better from your staff, and from workshops. Get curious about everything.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

Image via Wikipedia.

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A harsh reality most fundraisers don’t want to face

iMarketSmart

What donors value is often their time without you and not their time with you. That’s right. I said it. And I know it’s hard to take. Sadly, as time goes on, the value your donors place on their time will only grow since the more money people have, the less time they have. Tweet this!

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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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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What’s your fundraising asking style?

iMarketSmart

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6 major donor expectations you simply cannot ignore

iMarketSmart

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.

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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How can we empower women to lead nonprofits?

Wild Woman Fundraising

A recent New York Times Article talked about women leading boards in Norway. What would empower you to lead as a fundraiser, and as a nonprofit executive? Perhaps the question should be, how can we empower women currently inside nonprofit organizations to lead them? If what Nicolas Kristof of the New York Times says is true, and the economic fate of the world lies in helping empower women, then I wonder if there are any NGOs working on empowering women to lead nonprofits.

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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.

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Daring to Lead 2006

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and The Meyer Foundation have just released a new report, "Daring to Lead 2006," exploring the leading causes of nonprofit executive burnout; in particular, widespread frustration with boards of directors and funders, and dissatisfaction with their pay. We've heard much of this before - this report is a follow-up to their 2001 Daring to Lead - but the numbers are updated, and some of the recommendationsn are fresh.

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The 6 most read parts of any major gift solicitation letter

iMarketSmart

Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving cultivation for major gifts fundraising copywriting lead generation for major gifts major donor proposals Nonprofit Marketing Blog nonprofit marketing tips Professor Siegfried Vogele

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Groupthink sucks (here’s how to avoid it)

iMarketSmart

Fundraising Lead Generation strategy fundraising marketing tips Groupthink lead generation for major gifts Lead generation for planned giving nonprofit blogs PhilanthropyRemember Candid Camera? In this old episode, they set out to prove how easy it is to get someone to conform.

What do you really think about DONOR SCORING?

iMarketSmart

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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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12 Fundraising Questions Major and Planned Gift Officers Should Be Asking

iMarketSmart

>> 12 Questions that Lead to a Better Fundraising Story. >> Everyone says the number one reason why people give is because they were asked.

What are the Values You Choose to Lead By?

Marketing for Nonprofits

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100 hours: Turning media spikes into leads (Alia and Mark)

Sea Change Strategies

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.

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