7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

One of the beautiful things about a short annual report (think 2-4 pager, infographic or video) is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time creating the thing. Here are the steps I recommend you follow as you create your short annual report this year. Annual Reports

5 best practices for delivering progress reports to your major gift and legacy supporters


Here are my 5 best practices for delivering fundraising progress reports: 1. Use charts and graphics, headlines and captions for your fundraising progress reports.

Another 4-Page Annual Report Success Story

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I have been preaching alternative annual report formats for quite a while now, but I know a lot of you are still either too nervous to make a change or can’t get approval from above. My boss and I listened to your webinar on Annual Reports. Share your annual reports with us!

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Annual Report Makeover!

Wild Woman Fundraising

A big shout-out to Emma Gray, new Executive Director at Marathon Education Partners, who took a Graphic Design Webinar with me and Danielle Bardgette, and went right back to work on Monday and changed her entire annual report and made it better! Why is this annual report better?

2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

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We’ve officially released the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and infographic. We’ll be sharing more details from the report on the blog in the coming weeks, but wanted you to get access to the goods right away. It’s here!

A Great Nonprofit Annual Report in a Fabulous Infographic

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We love showcasing what I like to call “New and Improved” annual reports from our readers. I think the time of the 40+ page annual report is over and we should focus on our donors and what they actually want. Established in 2008, we had never done an annual report.

Take Control of Your Data: 3 Must-Have Reporting Tools Every Nonprofit Should Have


Here are some key tools your nonprofit should have to meet your reporting needs: Customizable reports that allow you to get roll up data and detailed data. Depending on your CRM, you might have fully customizable reports where you build them from scratch or canned reports with all the columns and form fields ready for you to run. Ideally, your perfect reporting tool combines the two. Purely canned reports are inflexible and won’t always fit your reporting needs.

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6 best practices for delivering progress reports to your major gift and legacy supporters


Here are my 5 best practices for delivering fundraising progress reports: 1. Use charts and graphics, headlines and captions for your fundraising progress reports. Fundraising Major Giving Planned Giving donor retention fundraising reports fundraising tips major gift fundraising

24 amazing benchmark reports on fundraising all in one place


Anyway, I stumbled on this link that houses 24 benchmark reports on fundraising. Report: A Decade Of Million-Dollar Bequests. Report: 77 Bare-Knuckle Marketing Strategies. Fundraising charity charts fundraising reports graphs major giving Philanthropy Planned Giving

5 Things Reporters Really Want From PR Specialists

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Don’t frustrate the reporters you’re trying to reach. This week’s release of The Cision 2017 State of the Media Report provides some interesting insights into what today’s journalists are looking for from media relations professionals.

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How to Create a Better Annual Report

Ann Green

It’s annual report season, for better or for worse. You don’t have to do an annual report, but you do need to share accomplishments with your donors. You may opt to nix the annual report and send short progress reports a couple of times a year or monthly e-updates instead.

No Going Back for This Nonprofit After Switching to a Digital Annual Report

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Sick of me telling you to get rid of your long printed annual reports? As such, I wanted to incorporate a digital version of our annual report that aligned visually with the new website. No one ever asked what the load time is for a printed report!

How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]

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Here’s yet another great example of how remaking your tired old traditional annual report into something more modern can reap great rewards. annual report into an infographic that created more member engagement, especially on social media.

Make Your Annual Report Sing: 5 Ways to Choose and Use Stories

Getting Attention

Yet stories aren’t necessarily the first thing nonprofits think of when it comes to putting together an annual report. You have financials and organizational milestones to report; funders to update; donors to recognize.

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Nonprofit Annual Report on a Postcard

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On Monday, I asked if you could boil down your annual report to just six words. That’s more room, but still very short and readable, and one of the formats I advocate as the New and Improved Nonprofit Annual Report. Could a postcard annual report work for your organization?

A Nonprofit Annual Report on a Postcard

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During my recent webinar on new and improved nonprofit annual reports (recording available to All-Access Pass Holders ), I said that I would love to see a nonprofit do its annual report as an oversized postcard (think that big size popular with political candidates).

Reserve Your Copy of the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

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We totally revamped the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey this year, and it’s almost time for us to share the results in the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. We’ll release the report January 17th.

REPORT: Facebook Levels Off While Instagram Rises

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Be sure to dive deeper in the whole Pew Report here. Image source: https://flic.kr/p/7CdtRG. p/7CdtRG. Reading this on email? Be sure to click over to the post to see the graphics.). Nonprofits, it’s time to see other people (besides those on Facebook).

Creating a Short Annual Report for 2016 – Yes, You Can!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We just finished our free webinar on Go Short for Your 2016 Nonprofit Annual Report , and we’re excited about how many of the attendees are ready to take this step (and how many already have!). You CAN ditch the long report! Annual Reports

What's Wrong with "Ask > Thank > Report > Repeat"


One of the things they like to promote is their rule of thumb for effective fundraising: Ask > Thank > Report > Repeat. So, “Ask > Thank > Report > Repeat” is much better. My pal Steven Screen is one of the best fundraising copywriters in the U.S.

3 Steps to Video Annual Report Success: VolunteerMatch Case Study

Getting Attention

I dug into VolunteerMatch’s recent annual report in video format the minute it reached my inbox. It hit my sweet spot — I’m intrigued by innovative use of video and also by the challenge of reinventing nonprofit annual reports to be vibrant and meaningful.

Five Questions about Nonprofit Annual Reports

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Here are five common questions I get about nonprofit annual reports , along with my answers. When you do, you can also purchase the e-book, How to Write a Nonprofit Annual Report , at half-price. This will be our first annual report. How do we talk about it in the annual report?

14 Ways to Report Back to Your Donors

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What are your favorite ways to report back to your donors on the good work that has been accomplished thanks to their generosity? Report back in real-time (or close) with updated data on your website. “New and improved” annual reports. Video annual reports. Annual Reports Creative Ideas Fundraising Nonprofit Communications Publication Management Thank-You Letters

Your Print Nonprofit Annual Report Can Work Wonders (Case Study via Tom Ahern)

Getting Attention

Before you abandon your paper annual report completely, consider this true story. Each year, it publishes a well-designed, well-written annual report. “Last year, we mailed [just] 2,625 copies of the annual report.” All thanks to a printed annual report.

Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report: Drudgery or Opportunity?

Getting Attention

Yes (cue scary music): Annual Reports. With budget woes that have touched us all in some way, it’s hard not to think about the resources and energy that go into producing an annual report. And to wonder, as The Agitator did recently, “ Are Annual Reports Dinosaurs?

Annual Report How To: A Different Way to Present Your Print Report Online

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Annual reports – when they are done right – can be a great marketing tool showcasing your nonprofit. I cover nonprofit annual reports quite a bit, and thought I would share how this nonprofit went about creating both a print and online version of their annual report.

FREE New Webinar: Make Better Nonprofit Annual Reports Now! April 13th, 2013

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you creating your annual report right now? Do you want to improve on last year’s annual report? Nonprofit annual reports don’t have to be difficult, but so few of us ever get any real instruction on how to make a good one! Date: April 13, 2013.

Your Nonprofit Annual Report – Shorter and Faster

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

And our next Accelerator will help you knock out a HUGE to-do on your list: Your Nonprofit Annual Report. During this four-week Nonprofit Marketing Accelerator coaching program with Kivi Leroux Miller, you’ll create a short annual report that’s ready to distribute in early 2018.

Creating a Two-Page Nonprofit Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You know I am a fan of the “new and improved&# nonprofit annual report — which I define as anything that is shorter, clearer, and easier for donors to understand than traditional annual reports. Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) recently published a two-page annual report.

Why You Should “Go Short” With Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report

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Long annual reports just don’t make sense for most nonprofits now. People can’t focus on what they actually care about let alone on a long, boring annual report. Learn how during this free 60-minute On Demand Webinar: Go Short with Your 2016 Annual Report. Annual Reports

Submit Your Photos for the 2017 Trends Report

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Jeanine Marlow, Director of Communications & Marketing at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, submitted several great photos for the Trends Report. We are busy working on the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report , but we need your help with photos.

Time To Report

The Agitator

As we head into March, many fundraisers will be putting together some kind of quarterly report. Maybe it’s just for routine review up the staff chain of command. Maybe it’s higher profile … perhaps for the first Board meeting of the year.

Evolution of a Nonprofit Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You should all know by now that I love the shorter and more visual nonprofit annual reports as opposed to skimming through 20+ pages of boring financials. Hi there, Thought I’d give you a little report back on our transition to a much shorter annual report.

Download Dice’s Local Market Report on Charlotte

Mission Minded

According to a report by the Praxis Strategy Group (and reported by Forbes in March 2017), tech businesses in Charlotte created 62 percent more jobs in the last ten years, with robust 18 percent growth from 2014-16 (the fastest growth observed in the U.S.).

Nothing like a good report

A Small Change

As we continue our series on the tools a fundraiser should have, needs to refine, or better pick up if they haven’t in a while, it would be a grand miss to not highlight how effective crisp, consistent, and compelling reporting can be.

Not Your Grandparents’ Annual Report: New Ways to Connect with Readers

Getting Attention

Still not entirely convinced annual reports present opportunity over drudgery ? Many nonprofits are bridging print and digital content in creative ways that make their annual reports interactive, engaging and attention-grabbing.

When Reporters Are Looking for You: How to Respond to Journalists’ Queries

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Sometimes, you can get coverage by connecting with journalists when they are looking to find an expert as they report their own stories. But how can you make sure your organization gets the reporter’s call when she or he needs a source in your subject area?

The 2011 Nonprofit Communications Trend Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The 2011 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report is officially available! Thanks to the 780 nonprofits who completed the survey last month, making this report possible. Here’s one of the charts from the report, which shows how nonprofits ranked 14 different communications tools.

Week of Freebies! 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

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Happy Holidays! While this may be the last official day of the Week of Freebies here at the blog, we offer free downloads and resources from Nonprofit Marketing Guide all year long. Our annual Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey is our most popular download every year.

Giving USA Reports On 2016 Giving

The Agitator

Giving USA has released its annual study on giving, reporting that for 2016 all giving rose to $390.1 billion, or 1.4% over 2015 (inflation adjusted). That represents 2.1% of gross domestic product, slightly above the 1.9% average of the past 40 years.

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