A Few Great Thank You Videos

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This may have been the “Year of the Thank You Video” – lots of really great stuff arrived in my inbox in the last week. So much so that even the well-written Thanksgiving messages without videos seemed a little boring and dated to me.

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Strong Emotions Drive Online Video

The Agitator

It’s Friday, and online video watching normally spikes on Fridays. Maybe a good day to talk about online videos. Greenpeace recently held a ‘Digital Mobilisation Skillshare’ to explore the characteristics of most effective online videos.

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The Top 4 Tips for Nonprofit Video Projects

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The author readies for a video shoot. The strategy was "to provide an engaging, revelatory, and inspirational look at Daniels Scholar graduates so as to inform and inspire high school students, employers, and communities on the opportunities offered by the scholarship program and the qualities exemplified by Daniels Scholars." Check out these five tips for nonprofit video. The difference between film and video is art.

Virtual Reality and Nonprofit Marketing – A New Way to Engage Donors

J Campbell Social Marketing

Shown at its annual gala, then posted on YouTube360, Beginning takes viewers on an intimate, 360 tour of one of PoP’s schools in Ghana. The narrator tells viewers about PoP’s mission, which is building schools and creating educational opportunities in Ghana, Guatemala, Laos, and Nicaragua.

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What Going Back to Middle School Can Teach You About Donor Communication

Ann Green

You may be wondering how is middle school relevant to your donor communication when most of your donors are old enough to be parents or grandparents of middle school students? But keeping middle school students in mind can help you improve your donor communication.

Reclaim Back to School: Stay Energized, Relevant and Top of Your Game

Getting Attention

Back to school is one of the definers of fall as we know it—right up there with apples, the changing of the leaves and Halloween. So I urge you to reclaim back to school for yourself. Reclaim back to school as your own, starting today.

Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

TechSoup is currently running their annual Storymakers contest so today we have TechSoup’s Jim Lynch to share some tips on how to create short, but compelling videos you can use for fundraising, to say thank you or to share your mission. Even short videos can be emotionally charged.

Seth on Education

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Every once in a while I simply embed a single video as a blog post. It’s not because I’m lazy, but rather because I truly feel the video should get as much exposure as possible. Compliment Videos creativity education educational system school seth godin

Go Back-to-School with Online Marketing Experts

J Campbell Social Marketing

In celebration of the spirit of education and the back-to-school season, we are getting the band back together (Me, Jeannine O’Neil of JO Social Branding and Special Guest Speaker Heather Jackson of Constant Contact ). Are you ready to get schooled with your marketing?

10 Specific Ways to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Next Fundraising Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Catch the replay of the video on my Facebook Page by clicking here. Individuals who want to raise money on your behalf can also add the Facebook Donate button for your nonprofit to their Facebook Live videos.

How To Fill Out A Nonprofit Digital Storytelling Calendar

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Catch the replay of the video on my Facebook Page by clicking here. Sign up for Storytelling Summer School (it’s free!) Haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. .

How to Combat Common Nonprofit Digital Storytelling Challenges

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Catch the replay of the video on my Facebook Page by clicking here. Sign up for Storytelling Summer School (it’s free!) Haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. .

How to Tell Stories that Take People from Passive to Passionate

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Catch the replay of the video on my Facebook Page by clicking here. Sign up for Storytelling Summer School (it’s free!) Haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. .

5 Types of Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Share on Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Catch the replay of the video on my Facebook Page by clicking here. Sign up for Storytelling Summer School (it’s free!) Haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry!

Dunk Tank

Fundraiser Ideas

A dunk tank is a remarkably easy fundraiser , particularly when it comes to school fundraising. You can see an example of a successful dunk tank fundraiser in the video below. A dunk tank fundraiser is best executed not as a standalone event, but in addition to an outdoor community event, such as a town fair or a school’s field day. In a school setting, be sure to ask the principal, the vice principal, the gym teacher and well-liked teachers to participate.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

To see a great overview of how one organization, the Lourdes Catholic Church , prepares for their massive spaghetti dinner fundraiser, view the video below: Related posts: Creative Fundraising Ideas: Exotic Meat Barbecue.

How to Collect Stories About Your Nonprofit [WORKSHEET]

J Campbell Social Marketing

Last week’s lesson in Storytelling Summer School detailed the 5 types of stories you need to actively collect and share about your nonprofit and it’s impact. (If Are there any assets to accompany this story, like video or photos?

Going from Gotcha Videos to Aha Videos

A. Fine Blog

Yesterday, I read in my local paper that a local school district, East Ramapo, NY fired it’s law firm after one of it’s employee’s went on a profanity-riddled tirade against parents in the parking lot after a board meeting. I watched the video in astonishment.

Towards a More Hygienic Cause Marketing Campaign for Lysol

Cause Related Marketing

With the approaching start of the new school year Lysol brand of disinfectant has a cause marketing campaign that awards $25,000 in prizes to the school with the highest average attendance from November 1 to 30, 2011. You must register your school online in the contest at Lysol.com.

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But the change is real too-- Mother Tita as many often call her has built not just one, but two schools(!) Changeblogging: NP, activism, social change + SocialButterfly Video Athentikos Documentary Guatemala hope fighitng life changing experience Video Storytelling

What Does Your Organization Do? Draw It Out

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Illustrated videos are very popular right now with everyone from big corporations to small nonprofits. b) engaging all of the individuals and organizations that care about schools to work together—so we can collectively achieve stronger and faster results. Jessica Pullano.

Are you a nonprofiteer AND a good consumer?

Wild Woman Fundraising

If we are actively soliciting, say, Coke to come into our schools so that we will get more money, can we ask ourselves, “What is the ethical trade-off?&# Collaboration Cultivating donors Culture clash Fundraising Social Entrepreneur Video Game Web 2.0

Action Cascades Over Viral Videos

A. Fine Blog

You may not know the organization, but you almost certainly know their signature effort, the Kony 2012 video. The video is very long, 30 minutes, on an obscure topic and was an instant viral sensation. The video was an amazing piece of storytelling, alas, it was filled with half-truths. In Matterness, I discuss the need for organizations to shift their thinking from viral videos to action cascades. A viral video is a stand alone event.

Trivia Night Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

If you’ve never attended a trivia night, check out the video below (skip to 0:51) to see how one English pub in Los Angeles, California, successfully runs its trivia night. Lots of bars and pubs hold trivia nights.

Cause Marketing for 'One Lucky School'

Cause Related Marketing

Henkel’s, the German consumer packaged goods company whose brands in America include Right Guard and Purex, is back again with its Get Kids Fit campaign effort and “one lucky school will win $25,000 in fitness cash to improve youth fitness at their school.”

Mission Minded Wins National Marketing Awards

Mission Minded

Mission Minded won Gold and Silver Brilliance Awards this week for our work on Marin Academy’s Website and Drew School’s Admissions Video in a national competition hosted by InspirED School Marketers.

These 3 Stories Generated Results (Case Study)

Getting Attention

2) Fundraising: We recently launched Different but the Same , a short video highlighting a cross-cultural immersion program that connects international students from a local university and children in rural schools. In the near term, we plan to release videos highlighting our donors, grantee projects, and the foundation’s founding story. As a funder, we are supporting numerous videos that will help nonprofits share their stories as well.

How To Build Raving Fans, A Huge Email List & Facebook Ads That Work: Lessons from #AOC2014

J Campbell Social Marketing

She schooled us on subject lines and the importance of being succinct and interesting in our email communications (lest we get deleted immediately). YouTube is the #2 search engine in the world, so use it wisely and make sure your videos are optimized for the platform!

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

My kids just got out of school so I really need some Mixed Drinks.I For Instagram users, Buffer has Optimal Timing, Videos, and More: 10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Instagram Reach. John Haydon asks Why Is Video Content Missing From Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Strategy? Happy Friday!

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Can you teach a class at the School of Everything?

Wild Woman Fundraising

The School of Everything, what is it? Could you teach a class at The School of Everything ? What IS the School of Everything? School of Everything is here so you can organise your education however you please.&#. Are you already on the School of Everything?

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Repurpose Your Content for Consistent Storytelling

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Guest Video/Post by Mark Horvath, founder of Invisible People. I produced one show about their Christian school, which I thought was an amazing program that people would get behind. It may be an old post or an old video to you, but to someone else – it’s brand new.

Fundraising So Simple Only a Child Can Do It Well

The Agitator

The other day I stumbled across a company that raises big bucks in peer-to-peer fundraising for elementary schools in the US. They provide a fully automated peer-to-peer website where parents and kids can plug in videos and photos. The result is an easy-as-pie fundraising campaign for their school. Check out one of their pre-programmed, easily adaptable videos here.

Empathy for Sale

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

By now you've likely heard the story of Karen Klein, the school bus monitor from upstate New York, who was videotaped by a group of young boys who were bullying her to tears. One empathetic person who came across the video on YouTube decided to send Klein on "the vacation of a lifetime" and created an online campaign to raise $5,000 for that purpose. If your organization has a video you're proud of, you have until March 22 to enter for this year's awards.

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A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lizzie Chen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Lizzie Chen is the multimedia specialist at Southwest Key Programs and specializes in documentary photography and video production. She loves bringing the stories at Southwest Key Programs to life through videos and photos. Lizzie Chen.

5 Ways to Stay Smart & Engaged

Getting Attention

She got me… The rain was pouring down this morning as our daughter, Charlotte, was getting ready to walk to school, so I caved and drove her. Because as I dropped her off to join the gaggle of noisy, drenched kids waiting outside the middle school, I started thinking.

Our Town—Teens Mobilize & Message

Getting Attention

Watch the video here. “They are composing a list of issues to address with the school administration and are organizing a silent protest by wearing #iammorethanadistraction t-shirts. Even better, campaign your school board to stop “blaming and shaming” girls.

#INTERVIEW: Sherry Truhlar, President of Red Apple Auctions, Conducts Benefit Auctions for Nonprofit Organizations

Non Profit Marketing 360

I took a week of vacation from General Electric , where I was a global marketing manager, went out to auction school , and learned the chant. But I realized very quickly that only a small portion of school is devoted to learning the chant.

Your Next Nonprofit Marketing Job: Monday Matters

Getting Attention

Communications Specialist, School Improvement & Marketing Manager Southern Regional Education Board (Atlanta, GA). Digital Communications Project Manager & Director of Video Services See3 Communications (Chicago, IL). Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here. Communications Coordinator (PT) World Affairs Council of Oregon (Portland, OR). Communications Specialist The Health Trust (San Jose, CA).

Easy Fundraising: Convert Home VHS Videos to DVDs and/or Digitize Old Family Photos

Fundraiser Ideas

It would be great for a hospice, church , PTA or high school. This fundraiser can take one of two forms (or you can offer both services, of course): You can offer to transfer people’s family videos in VHS format to DVDs.

Scholarships and Stipends for American and Canadian Public or Private School 7th - 12th Graders Creating Different Arts or Writing (See below for kinds of arts and genres)

Seeking Grant Money Today

Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in one of twenty-eight categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. or Canada, or in an American school abroad. From The Foundation Center. [If