A list of some humongous bequests that should get your planned giving team psyched up for only 3 seconds!


1- It’s fun to think about the potential of your planned giving program. 2- It’s important to come back to earth with the realization that most planned gifts come from ordinary people— not the wealthy.

Pop Your All-Staff Team of Messengers: Nonprofit Blog Carnival

Getting Attention

I’m in love, with a marketing method that’s a game changer for communications, fundraising, and program staff members in organizations like yours— Launching an all-staff team of messengers. For this month’s carnival post, I’m eager to hear your questions and concerns, tips, and tools on popping your team of all-staff messengers, : What about this approach intrigues and attracts you? Are you planning it?

Team 26

Trending Sources

The 2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

Guide 111

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. Communications fundraising planning communications matching gifts year-end appealGuest Post by Adam Weinger.

Team 32

8 Step Guide to Planning the Perfect Nonprofit Fundraising Event

J Campbell Social Marketing

Have the Planning Committee Pick a Time, Date, and Venue. #4. Be sure to check out Booster’s Ultimate Guide to Planning a Fundraising Event. First of all, there are two main committees— the planning committee and the event (or host) committee. Planning Committee.

Guide 34

Don't put off fundraising planning to the fall!

Fundraising Coach

We'll start in late August" Over the last few weeks, I've been hearing clients put off significant coaching and planning projects saying, "We'll start in late August or early September." Change takes time - so build time in If you're planning on making "big changes," start now. Summer.

How Your Nonprofit Can Plan Ahead for #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

Don’t let your nonprofit be left behind – start planning for #GivingTuesday and year-end giving now. I was lucky enough to be featured, and here was my nugget of wisdom: The key to success in a #GivingTuesday campaign is planning ahead.

Breaking Down Silos: Integrating Marketing and Fundraising Departments #17NTCteam

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Check out our research on the difference types of communications teams and which are most effective. Does your organization’s strategic plan consider your roles and the priorities of your departments? Let us know how you work with other teams in your organization in the comments below.

Launching Your Nonprofit on Instagram – Plan Carefully or Wing It?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you’re totally new to the Instagram scene and are looking to gain quick momentum early on, one way of going about it is to tie your launch to an event or fundraiser.

Writing a strategic social media engagement plan

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I often get asked how I structure my actual written strategic social media engagement plans when working with a public sector or non-profit organization. This workbook however was always only meant to serve as a guide to help my workshop participants think strategically and create a framework for their soon to be developed plans. this affects the wording I use and the amount/length of phases I incorporate into the implementation plan).

11 Weeks to Go: Launch Your #GivingTuesday Team!

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

First up: Building your #GivingTuesday Team. Enthusiasm + Planning + Execution = Success! The most pivotal person on #GivingTuesday is the leader of your team – the Envoy of Enthusiasm. The Best December Ever.

Communications Directors, Step Up and Lead

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you are constantly sucking it up and doing things at the last minute because of poor planning on the part of your co-workers, you are reinforcing their bad behavior. CALM Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional Development

Make a Plan to Become a Thought Leader and Media Darling

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Then you need a plan to make it happen! During the six-week program , you and your team will develop a Thought Leadership Communications Plan. Registration is $600 which includes access for up to three members of your team.

6 Simple Steps for Successful Campaign Planning

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Whether you’re you looking to win support for an issue, impact policy, or inspire donors to take action and give, a campaign rarely succeeds without a solid, thoughtful plan. Inspired by the new guide, here are six key steps to putting your campaign plan together: 1.

Why You Need a Thank You Plan

Ann Green

You probably have a fundraising plan and maybe a donor relations plan, but it’s also important to have a thank you plan since you should spend just as much time thanking your donors as you do raising money. Here’s what you need to include in your thank you plan.

Creative Brief Boosts Support & Participation (Case Study)

Getting Attention

As you can imagine, the team’s dedication was a stark contrast to the tension and distress of the main news story. Today, I’d like to share one of the greatest challenges—Many smaller organizations, like mine, don’t have an explicit, documented […] Planning and Evaluation all-org marketing team creative brief Guy Arceneaux Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland media relations Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing

#SOCIALMEDIA: Online Communication Is A Team Sport

Non Profit Marketing 360

It takes a team, and everyone contributes something critical to the overall success. Whatever the extent of your staff, you need to structure a social-media team who are dedicated to listening, contributing, and monitoring your outreach both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Waiting for Consensus and Certainty Will Kill Your #NPCOMM Plan

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Patrick Lencioni wisely points out in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Amazon) that two of the greatest causes for lack of commitment to a project are the desire for consensus and the need for certainty. CALM Leadership Marketing Team

Planning Your Editorial Calendar This Year

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Effective communicators are also twice as likely to invest significant time into editorial planning as ineffective ones. It’s time to own your job and get a grip on your communications plan. Best of all, you can participate in the Accelerator as a team.

Simple Rules, Part I: How to Make Better and Faster #NpComm Decisions

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The three questions in my “Quick and Dirty” Marketing Plan are a great example of Stopping Rules. CALM Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy ProductivityIn their book, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (Amazon), Donald Sull and Kathleen M.

Rules 70

It’s Time for a Thank You Plan

Ann Green

This is why you need a thank you plan. You probably have a fundraising plan and maybe a donor relations plan, but a specific thank you plan is just as important. Creating a thank you plan will help you stay focused on gratitude all year round. . Here’s what you need to include in your thank you plan. Plan to make a good first impression with your thank you landing page. Plan to write a warm and personal automatic thank you email.

5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Too Much Strategic Planning. But if your organization is spending six months to create a two-year strategic plan, that’s way too much pie-in-the-sky pontificating and not enough doing of the work. Planning alone doesn’t change the world.

Let’s plan for your fundraising success in 2015!

Wild Woman Fundraising

When you plan your fundraising, you know what’s coming up, and you can achieve more, and have a less stressful job! A fundraising plan can help you plan to succeed , by laying out your goals and working backwards. Have you ever made a fundraising plan? Planning backwards.

Nov 11

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

She’s going to tell you about how to get Millennials to give planned gifts. Attard’s previous post, “ Secrets about planned giving that only your donors know.” If the planned giving ask is indeed for everyone, why not also for Millennials connected to your work?

What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Oh, and here’s a fourth, and the worst: a combination of these, with absolutely no communications strategy or plan in place. One integrated team of several people? Leadership Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications

Having a Book Club at Your Nonprofit

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When I first joined Peacehaven Community Farm in 2014, it was critical to me to pull together key players in the organization to discuss goals and plans for the year. Guest Bloggers Marketing TeamMelinda Billings.

Club 78

4 Ways to Save Your Sanity: Review & Approval 2.0

Getting Attention

I worked in close partnership with my client (Advancement Director for Marketing and Communications) to identify two staff and leadership teams to bring into the branding process at the get go. We also recruited them as team trainers (via our train the trainers program).

Fundraising Events: The 10-Step Guide to Planning Your Own

Fundraising Coach

To make the actual planning and execution of a fundraiser a little more smooth and manageable, I’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to planning and pulling off just about any fundraising event. Looking for a little more in-depth information about fundraising events and what you need to plan your own? What they do: The planning committee is largely responsible for the actual organizing of the fundraiser. From day one, they’re your go-to team.

Guide 26

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. Too often, we expect the executive director or department director to come up with a detailed plan. You can oversee the plan.

Best Way to Get Timely Input: Review & Approval 2.0

Getting Attention

I had the pleasure of working with Jen to develop a brand, website strategy, and marketing plan for Advocates—a human services agency providing a breadth of programs and services throughout Massachusetts. We worked hard to shape a participation process , with staff teams representing each department’s point of view, to springboard brand development. This brand team was brought into the process from the very beginning via two group working sessions.

Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap Starts with You

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

To plan for what are strategically the best new moves for your organization? Schedule an # NPCommFreeDay for yourself to get some of that planning done. Marketing Team Nonprofit Communications Professional Development

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.

[Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

Fundraising Coach

He''ll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan , so I''ve invited him to share a few tips here as well. And you can read about his upcoming webinar, and join the Academy, at: How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan.

Simple Rules, Part II: How to Get Better #NpComm Work Done Faster

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Think about rules around communications planning. CALM Marketing Team Nonprofit Marketing Strategy Publication ManagementYesterday I introduced you to some of the concepts from Donald Sull’s and Kathleen M.

Rules 47

Remember Your Own—Make Internal Communications Matter

Getting Attention

But it’s vital to keep your team (and others) in the loop. Seriously though – keeping your team, other colleagues, volunteers, and board members abreast of your activities pays off in the long run. Not only do you need a succession plan for yourself, but also the rest of your staff.

Ohio 50

How to Plan a New Website Without Your Head Exploding

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Planning a brand new website for the OEC overwhelms me when I think about it as a whole. First, our internal team created a plan for each stage of creating the website – research, outlining, writing, testing, launching. Jennifer Doron.

Ohio 31

Stop the Communications-Program Tug of War

Getting Attention

You share your email and social campaign plan to support the coming advocacy campaign with your program colleagues, and they are totally annoyed that you didn’t bring them into the planning process. 4 Steps to Moving Your Marketing and Fundraising Teams to a Productive Partnership.

Communications Is Everyone’s Job:Proof Point (Video)

Getting Attention

Then take the next steps to bring this strategy to life: 8 Steps to Building Your Team of Powerful Messengers. Strategy Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing nonprofit message team

Video 81

4 Easy Ways to Get Closer & Boost Action

Getting Attention

Next, invite prospective team members to participate. I recommend that you ask team members to help at most once or twice a month, asking for no more than 5 to 10 minutes of their time for each ask.

CRM 94

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Director of Web Services, Diane Greenhalgh provides leadership and strategic planning for PHA’s web properties and content marketing through e-channels. Diane Greenhalgh.