Communications Directors, Step Up and Lead

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It’s time for you to step up and lead, from right where you are. CALM Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional DevelopmentJust about every week, I talk to nonprofit communications directors who have “limiting beliefs” that are holding them back.

Nonprofit Marketing Team Roles and Tasks – Who Does What?

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I am working with two clients, ASPCApro and the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy , who are both looking at the best ways to staff what are essentially content marketing teams, even though the organizations don’t call them that.

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Your Take: All-Staff Marketing Team (Nonprofit Blog Carnival)

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Welcome to the Nonprofit Blog Carnival on Launching and Supporting Your All-Staff Team of Powerful Marketers— the best methods and tools to ask, train, support, and thank your colleagues to be effective insight gatherers and messengers. . Here’s how I train orgs like yours to Extend Your Reach with an All-Staff Messenger Team. All-Org Marketing Team

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What Type of Communications Team Works Best at Your Nonprofit?

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According to our research, 75% of nonprofit communications teams are organized in one of four ways, based on how the workload for the team is created. We’ve labeled these teams: Integrated. Should your team structure change as your organization grows?

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How Employee Matching Gifts Can Help Your Fundraising Team Succeed

Ann Green

Your organization probably holds amazing events that bring your donors together with each other and members of your team. Guest Post by Adam Weinger. Many of you are gearing up for your year-end fundraising campaign.

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6 Ways to Train All-Org Messengers

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Build your team’s skill and confidence by sharing concrete examples of situations that are ripe for an ask. Practice typically highlights problem areas so you can lead your messengers through them. All-Org Marketing TeamFlickr: Chip Griffin.

What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does

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2) It’s really an “internal agency” function that does work on demand for any combination of marketing, fundraising, and program staff leads, usually without much strategy. One integrated team of several people? Leadership Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications

Social Media Takeovers: 6 Nonprofits That Gave It Up for Good (PLUS: 6 Tips for Getting it Right)

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Consider daily countdown graphics to quickly and visually convey the lead up to your event. Fast hands get the job done and Team Olek is working non-stop for the Ball. Creative Ideas Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications nptech Online Marketing Social Networking

Having a Book Club at Your Nonprofit

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The questions throughout the chapters (Stop, Think, and Discuss) proved to be great conversation starters, leading to great dialogue on things to celebrate and how we might approach things differently. Guest Bloggers Marketing TeamMelinda Billings.

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Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap Starts with You

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Do yourself AND your nonprofit a favor, and lead the culture change within your organization. Let people know ahead of time when you will be out and when you will not be returning their emails, and let them LEARN to LEAD THEMSELVES.

Retreats – taking time to reflect with your team

Fundraising Coach

“Advance&# or “retreat,&# the fact still remains that time away with your team is a powerful tool in your fundraising tool kit. Retreats can lead to surprising discoveries that bring the team together too. But team retreats can be very successful done internally too.

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.

Why fundraisers should take some lessons from stockbrokers


Therefore, it’s important that you, your fundraising team and your entire organization think of yourselves as brokers, partners, educators, and facilitators— not fundraisers. Similarly, you, your team and your organization must offer your supporters valuable investment opportunities.

No Hard Choices = No Strategy and No Leadership

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As Harvard professor and leading expert on competitive strategy Michael Porter says, “Strategy 101 is about choices: You can’t be all things to all people. Hiring Consultants Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy leadership

4 Steps to Moving Your Marketing and Fundraising Teams to a Productive Partnership (Case Study)

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Do you have any advice as to implementing change from separate departments into one that lead to staff buy in as well as growing cooperation? Some of the staff are very concerned about someone from RG leading the department. They feel it will lead to RG issues trumping the “prophetic voice&# role of communications.

9 Tips for Creating an Editorial Calendar Chock Full of What Your Community Wants

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She serves as PHA’s main editor for all electronic communications, leads new web section design projects, mentors and trains staff to improve their e-communications and technical skills, and creates and executes organization-wide marketing plans for some of PHA’s major initiatives.

How to Streamline Your Review Process and Publish Faster

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You might ask another communications team member to proofread only for grammar and typos. Those questions, more than job title, will often lead you to your final decisionmaker. CALM Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Publication Management

Top 10 Things to Look For in New Board Members

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If you want to learn more, this Thursday Gail will join us for a Pass Holder webinar called 7 Steps to Enlist and Build Your Dream Team Board. If you really want to enlist a Dream Team Board, look for folks with these qualities. Is she a good team player? Gail Perry.

There’s power in exclusivity but are you using it?


Or, perhaps they might design a giving club hi-capacity supporters could join so they feel more part of a team.

There’s power in exclusivity but are you using it?


Or, perhaps they might design a giving club hi-capacity supporters could join so they feel more part of a team.

My Gift To You This Holiday Season


She and my team worked on many of these ideas together. You’re going to need it because you’ll learn why you should be conducting planned giving lead generation, gift closing and stewardship activities online and how you can do so cost-effectively.

Do you have a ‘commendation mindset’?


It works well in the workplace, in the military, in schools, and on sports teams. Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving strategy charity charity blog charity organizations donor stewardship tips donor-centricity fundraising tips for nonprofits healthcare fundraising higher education fundraising major gift marketing tips Philanthropy relationship fundraising top philanthropy blogsMark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

Making Your 2013 Marketing Goals More Clear

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Some lead the decisionmaking about how the nonprofit communicates with the outside world, and some follow the lead set by program or fundraising staff. Content Marketing Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy planning

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5 Ways to Make 2015 Filled with “Matterness”

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Keeping up your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise more may begin to slide as January soon becomes February, but there is something you can be fantastically successful at this year – leading fearlessly. Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Allison Fine.

The Rule of 7 vs. 3-to-1 fundraising


According to Jerold, Mary once admonished the fundraising team including Jerry saying, “Now, Jerry, one thing you must remember. Jerold Panas’ classic fundraising book Mega Gifts published in 1984 includes a story about a zoo’s board member named Mary G. Roebling.

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So You Want to Lead a Nonprofit? Part 2

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here’s part two of leading your nonprofit. Know that no matter how great you think you are, your team will decide if you succeed. Ability to take responsibility for your mistakes, and always praise the team, never toot your own horn. If you catch yourself falling into another rank, such as a gangster or a bully, apologize and empower your team to tell you when they notice you slipping. It’s not that much, to lead a nonprofit.

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

Non Profit Marketing 360

Fortunately, Dr. Kantarci has been discussing her team’s findings with numerous outlets, including Image via Wikipedia.

12 Tips on How to be a Good Nonprofit Leader: Shackleton Style!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Leaders make certain they develop some high performing teams to handle the most challenging situations. Leaders allow and encourage innovation from team members and truly empower them to take independent action. Leaders are willing to change their minds and allow team members to change theirs when a plan is not working, understanding that innovation is not always successful on the first attempt.

Need a Good Day? Focus on Your Little Wins

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Amabile calls this the “progress principle.” When she compared her research participants’ best and worst days (defined by their mood, specific emotions, and motivation levels), the best days were those where any progress on the work by either the individual or their team took place.

Imagine this.


You can empower yourself and your team to succeed. Imagine this. Since you’re reading this, I’m betting you are someone who cares deeply about helping supporters with capacity (wealthy people) realize their philanthropic dreams.

How can you change the game? Gift Planning for Millenials Guest Post by Christina Attard

Wild Woman Fundraising

” and “ Are you ready to lead a nonprofit? This is an ambitious, team-playing, social generation. Millennial donors (Photo by Karen Tremblay). I’m pleased to welcome Christina Attard again today as a guest blogger!

How to Recognize and Manage Different Work Styles

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It’s time, then, to start thinking about and promoting diversity in the work styles of your team members. NOTICE THE WORKFLOW STYLE OF YOUR TEAM MEMBERS . LEVERAGE THE WORK STYLE STRENGTHS OF YOUR TEAM MEMBERS . Why does this project matter to the team and the organization?

Let’s Do #NPCommLunch: Get Away from Your Desk!

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” She encourages you to lead the culture change within your organization and schedule some vacation days now. Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional Development productivity

Nonprofit Web Design 101: 5 Strategies for Beginners

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When picking an option, remember to consider you and your team’s knowledge of web design, as well as your budget. Your navigation enables donors to browse your site, find the information they need, and potentially lead them to your donation page. Jeff Gordy.

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Do major and legacy gift fundraisers need ‘sales managers’?


The private sector has sales managers for their revenue generation teams. Leading and motivating. Building and optimizing a company’s lead generation structure, lead cultivation scheme, and tactical “closing” system. The nonprofit sector, not so much. Sales managers are responsible for: Meeting sales/revenue and profitability targets. Planning and budgeting. Hiring and firing. Training and coaching. Analyzing and evaluating people and data.

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Why not create a donor appreciation department?


Imagine a team serving and supporting the fundraisers by helping them come up with creative yet efficient and effective ways to thank and engage donors. Does your organization really appreciate its supporters?

Social Media Is Not a Marketing Strategy


But just because you’ve opened the door doesn’t mean you’ve crossed the threshold into a new way of working, managing, and leading. Your marketing team might have the best handle on social media, but what about other departments in your organization? There, I said it.

Nonprofit Disaster Communications Done Right (Case Study)

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Leili and her communications team started sharing these resources for tornado victims even before the weather hit and are continuing to share guidance and support. Most importantly, the Red Rover team worked smart, hard and quickly to get out there in front of the weather.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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HubSpot and Piktochart put together a new free ebook How to Generate Leads with Infographics. Registration is $600 and includes up to 3 team members). I am bringing you Mixed Links brunch-style today because I am off to the beach soon for a long weekend!

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5 Steps to Powerhouse E-Newsletters (Case Study)

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Here are five ways the DCCK team shapes its e-news to strengthen supporter relationships. Leads with a single gripping photo and headline. Kudos to DC Central Kitchen’s communications and fundraising team.