How to Streamline Your Review Process and Publish Faster

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But a painful review and approval process can cripple your creative work, no matter how good it is. Creating a standard review and approval process – and having the authority or sheer force of will to hold people to it – can go a long way in avoiding these situations.

Credit Card Processing for a Fundraising Campaign

A Small Change

If your nonprofit is doing any kind of fundraising, there’s a good chance you may be considering processing donations and payments with credit and debit cards. DoJiggy Merchant Services (DMS) offers payment processing services for nonprofit organizations.

Please Share Your Storybanking and Photobanking Process

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

There has to be a better way. Our contributing writer Antionette Kerr is working on a new e-book on both storybanking and photobanking — how you collect, store and organize your stories and photos. She’s got some great how-tos and resources pulled together.

How to understand your donor’s consideration process so you generate more major gifts


Too often fundraisers, board members, and nonprofit leaders spend way too much time thinking and talking about their organization’s or their employee’s process for raising major gifts (including legacy gifts). And they don’t care about your internal, operational processes.

Creating an Editorial Process at CompassPoint

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Is your process for creating and distributing your nonprofit’s content (you know, the stuff you put in your newsletter, on your website, etc.) One important element of the new process has been the Editorial Calendar.

Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

NonProfit Branding

We’re starting a conversation about Strategic Planning. A highly regarded nonprofit exercise. Often a waste of time. Take it too seriously, make it too rigorous and strategic planning becomes a can of worms. With little long-term impact. And with much short-term disruption.

Nonprofit Payment Processing: The Ins and Outs

Fundraising Coach

In other words, they need a payment processing system, which simply refers to the digital behind-the-scenes steps that transfer a donor’s funds to a nonprofit’s account. How to implement payment processing. How to ensure security in payment processing.

A Quick Guide to Using Technology Throughout the Donor Engagement Process

J Campbell Social Marketing

The guide below demonstrates how technology can be utilized throughout the entire donor engagement process— from recruiting to retaining donors over time. . The post A Quick Guide to Using Technology Throughout the Donor Engagement Process appeared first on marketing for the modern nonprofit.

8 Tips for Your Nonprofit RFP Process Featuring a Free RFP Template


Time to start the RFP process to make sure you find the best vendor for your organization. While creating a Request for Proposals can be labor-intensive, time consuming, and stressful, we've put together some tips to make the whole process go a little smoother. Keeping these basic do's and don'ts in mind can yield great results + make the RFP process a lot simpler (and so can our No-Fuss Nonprofit RFP Template.). Is your fundraising schedule directly connected to the process?

Master the Nonprofit Message Development Process

Getting Attention

most critical marketing process necessary to. Imagine this: What if you mastered the message development process so you had a positioning statement, key messages and a sparkling tagline that connected with your supporters and energized your staff, board and volunteers?

My Process for Writing Every Day

Selfish Giving

One reader asks: "What's your process for writing every day? Let me explain the process first. Like most writers, I prefer reading to writing so this is really the best part of the whole process! Photo via Daniel Pape on Flickr.

How to Improve and Develop Process at Your Nonprofit

Fundraising Report Card

The post How to Improve and Develop Process at Your Nonprofit appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Unlike other business-focused resources though, I have great empathy and understanding for the unique circumstances and challenges nonprofit organizations face. How then can we take what is considered best practice in the for-profit space and make use of it at your development shop? Culture

Sharing Client Wisdom: Top Ten Survival Tactics for Year-End Processing

JCA Insights

Activity accelerates to breakneck volumes, prompting staff to suggest gift processing becomes a new X-Games event. And, the number one strategy to survive year-end processing? . Build integrations and faster processing customizations with JCA. Uncategorized advancement services gift officer gift processing pledge paymentsIt’s that time of year again. Donors respond with awe-inspiring transactional volume to our organizations’ missions before calendar year-end.

Feedback Week: What People Don’t Like about Your Online Giving Process

The Agitator

Yesterday, we covered the two most frequent donor feedback comments. Today, we’re going to talk about #3, #5, #9, and #12. Why jump around? Because they all have to do with online giving: I want more online giving options! Make it easier to donate online! Why doesn’t it save my info online?

Monthly Giving Part 3- The Great Recordkeeping and Payment Processing Barrier

The Agitator

There’s no question that solid recordkeeping and donor processing systems form an essential foundation for successful monthly giving programs.

3 Tests to Improve Your Website and Donation Process

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One of the easiest and most overlooked ways to improve your website and your donation process is by putting it through some basic testing. Task Testing Have your tester go through the process of making a donation on your website. This can expose any difficulties a potential donor may have or show you what the overly complex portions of your donation process are.

Take it or leave it

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve been sitting with a friend of mine who is looking for jobs, and it’s sad how much this process has gotten so mechanical and lowest common denominator. Are you applying for nonprofit jobs? How many do you apply to a week? this Nonprofit job. Take it? Or Leave It?

4 Ways to Save Your Sanity: Review & Approval 2.0

Getting Attention

How many of your communications projects go nowhere because the approval process is a landmine? There is a better way—be as strategic in your review and approval process, as you are with your marketing and fundraising work. 3) Explain Your Strategic, Creative, and Review Processes.

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5 Steps to Jumpstart Your Tagline Development Process

Getting Attention

Whether you are creating a first-time tagline or revitalizing an existing brand, here are five steps to jump start the process: Confirm that the tagline (or lack of one) is a problem. Decide if you need to take your audience research one step further or you’re ready to kickoff the tagline creation process with a brainstorming session. Developing a high-power tagline for your nonprofit can be a daunting task, especially with so many competing priorities.

13 stages of the consideration / evaluation process for making a planned gift


Now you can determine where each of your prospects are in the consideration and evaluation process. Prospective donor buys into your mission. Has a clear understanding of the future needs of your organization. Sees the organization as a good investment because you manage funds well. Willing to support the needs of the organization. Understands what a planned gift is and how it works. Realizes that they can make a planned gift. Is clearly asked for the gift.

The Cost of Fundraising Through Social Media

Social Media Bird Brain

abandoned donations donations Facebook FirstGiving Google Wallet NGOs nonprofits payment processing PayPal transactions Twitter youtubeThis week we have a guest post written by Rich McIver. Rich is the founder of Merchant Negotiators, where he also regularly writes on the subjects of merchant account services and how businesses and nonprofits can most effectively and efficiently use them.

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Jumping to another job? Where do you keep your brain?

Wild Woman Fundraising

So I started putting together a marketing process Google doc for them. Make an organizational memory for the processes that you do. Fundraising Rosetta Stone. Are you onto a new job? What happened to your old job?

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4 Ways to Save Your Sanity: Review & Approval 2.0

Getting Attention

How many of your communications projects go nowhere because the approval process is a landmine? There is a better way—be as strategic in your review and approval process, as you are with your marketing and fundraising work. 3) Explain Your Strategic, Creative, and Review Processes.

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INTERVIEW: Ellen Bristol Fundraising the SMART Way

Wild Woman Fundraising

They’re now just referred to as business process management principles. We take them through the donor scoring process, and it allows them to rank their current funders based on two things. Hey, everybody. Welcome.

Best Way to Get Timely Input: Review & Approval 2.0

Getting Attention

Here’s the inventive process Jen designed to solicit prompt input on Advocates brand development: Staff Members’ Perspectives & Priorities a Must-Have for Relevant Branding. 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. You guys are so smart!

Review 115 Web Site Re-design Process -- Strong Model for Your Org

Getting Attention

Here's how the NetSquared redesign process works. I'm continually on the prowl for strong nonprofit communications models to share with you since there's no better way to learn how to strengthen your own initiatives. And I have a great one for you today., the "online landing pad for social changemakers leveraging technology for social change" has been working hard on the redesign of its website.

11 tips to communicate better with nonprofit leaders

Wild Woman Fundraising

Let’s face it. Nobody is born saying, “You know what I really want to do? I want to be a nonprofit consultant! I am automatically good at this! Don’t need any training at all!”

7 simple steps to qualify your donors


Unsuccessful fundraisers don’t use the qualification process effectively. For instance, where are they in the consideration process? Either way, every offer should reflect each donor’s interests, passions, desires, needs and where they reside in the consideration process in order to ensure that you and your message will be truly relevant and accepted. No matter how you do it, monitoring your donors over time is integral to the qualification process.

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Marketing is a Process Not a Project

Marketing for Nonprofits

It's a process, not a project (my emphasis) - one that requires long-term perspective. A PROCESS is a "sustained phenomenon" that occurs over a long period of time, like a good marriage or parenting. I picked up Mastering Online Marketing by Mitch Meyerson at the library hoping to get new ideas for marketing my blog. The book is a little salesy and is definitely intended for a for-profit audience. That said I've been pleasantly surprised with much of the content.

10 fundraising interview questions to help you succeed in your career

Wild Woman Fundraising

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We Need Money For Our 501(c)(3) etc. Organization - What Is The Grant Seeking Process?

Seeking Grant Money Today

Maybe you're all ready to get to work, but you don't know what the process is. The grant seeking process is: 1. Commit to the process. Raising grants successfully requires a commitment to the process. Learn what the grant seeking process is, how to do it so that you'll be successful, learn about writing a grant proposal and its components (e.g. program budget), and invest in the process. This is a process and you've done everything that you can do.

7 major principles for major gift fundraising (including planned gifts)


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


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

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I am ignorant, aka Failures of 2012

Wild Woman Fundraising

Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth): Make the growth choice a dozen times a day. Learn from my failures!

Want To Fundraise Better? Put Processes Into Place.

Seeking Grant Money Today

The benefit of having created AND IMPLEMENTED a fundraising plan (also called a Development Plan) is not just that your organization's leadership has become active in planning your organization's fundraising future - it is a road map for what should get accomplished, by when, for what budgetary need, by whom. It is, in effect, a calendar; job description for each task; and it should help you get organized.

Want to be more effective in your fundraising? Get LEAN!

Wild Woman Fundraising

This is about utilizing Lean Manufacturing processes to get the fundraising tasks you need to do done in the shortest amount of time, always improving, and always looking for ways to do it more efficiently. Using Lean Processes in Your Fundraising Office. Do you have too much to do?

Why Journalism and Fundraising Make Good Bedfellows


Fundraising strategy appeal letters charitable giving consideration process copy writing tips fundraising tips planned giving copy writingI was a Journalism major. Actually, that was a huge accident. I really wanted to be a Business Major. My dad was an entrepreneur.

Mobile Glitch Proves Nonprofit a Winner

Social Media Bird Brain

The first three weekends of every October are given over to the visual arts as about 300 artists open their studios and share their processes with the public. glitch application mobile smart phone process Open Studios remedy OS Art Tour Small nonprofit Google Maps Here in Santa Cruz, it''s Open Studios Art Tour season.

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Guest Post: Christina Attard reveals the secrets about your planned giving program that only donors know…

Wild Woman Fundraising

All told, the process took just over a year and picking out and qualifying for the right insurance policy was not easy at all! What I learned: Fundraisers have to respect the estate planning process. What the heck is planned giving and why should you care?

Red Light Green Light or How to Make Change Happen


Change can be a stop-go process, and sometimes, you feel held at yellow for what seems never-ending. Or, thinking about the little ways we can influence a behavior, belief or attitude at any turn in the process–even if it’s our own.

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Got Your Copy of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media Yet?

Wild Woman Fundraising

This is me with the book, after two long years, publishing it and putting it in Powells Books in Portland, Oregon! If you got your copy, send me a picture (tweet it, email it, mail it, instagram, whatever you like) and I’ll add you to the site! Writing this book took a really long time.

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From Planning A Nonprofit's Grant Writing Work, to How Each Step of the Grant Raising Process Is Conducted According to Professional Best Practices (and Why).

Seeking Grant Money Today

How To Plan Out This Year's Grant Seeking What Information Goes Into A Grant Proposal?

Do you really have to ask for a gift?


Supporters want you to facilitate the process— not force it. Fundraising consideration process donor cultivation engagement fundraising fundraising tips and tricks fundraising tips for nonprofitsAt MarketSmart, we don’t close sales and we don’t close deals. . Rather, the deals close themselves because our clients sell themselves after we engage them properly. Furthermore, we don’t have sales people and we don’t pay anyone a commission.