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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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


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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.

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.

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?

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?

10 fundraising interview questions to help you succeed in your career

Wild Woman Fundraising

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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.

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!

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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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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.

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.

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.


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.

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?

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.

How To Manage Your Small Nonprofit Website

Social Media Bird Brain

redesign process social media website Small nonprofit Social networkImage via City Learning Centre, Wolverhampton, UK One of your first acquisitions - maybe before you get your 501(c)(3) even - is a website. It's possible that some people may think that in these days of social media networks, a website is less important than before. BZZZ* Wrong. It's still the place people will go to find out more about your organization and its mission. Social networks are.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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!”

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.

7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 1

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It should make them want to stay and finish the donation process. This is the first thing supporters see when they land on the donation page, and it’s a perfect way to encourage them to continue with the donation process. Abby Jarvis.

5 Questions about Nonprofit CRM Tools You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask


For nonprofit pros, that means streamlining your processes, integrating your systems, and doing a better job communicating with your donors. A brand new year is here, and everyone is resolved to make improvements to the way they live, work, and even their nonprofit website !

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Where to Start in Your Pursuit of #CALMnotBUSY

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Or earlier in the work process (ie earlier planning?). While each person and organization will have their own quirks, there are some basic methods in this work that are universal, including tools like editorial calendars and work flow processes like repurposing and curating content.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Eisenhardt define simple rules as “shortcut strategies that save time and effort by focusing our attention and simplifying the way we process information.” Your content creation and review process should also include Stopping Rules.

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8 Tips and A Free Template for Your Nonprofit RFP


If you work in the nonprofit sector, you''re probably familiar with the RFP process + the fact that it can be a stressful, labor-intensive, time consuming, yet truly fundamental part of the job.

Protecting Donor Information: What’s Your Security IQ?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A key area for many nonprofits is the processing of donations that are received via the mail. So, what can nonprofits do to boost their security intelligence and ensure donor information remains secure throughout the entire donation processing lifecycle? Bill Sayre.

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.

A View From a Different Window - Curating Content

Social Media Bird Brain

In social media, content curation is slightly different: "Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a. Image via Art and museum curators are professionals at putting together exhibits. Basically, what a curator does is to show you the art the way she sees it: underlying themes, ideas, context, relationships.

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