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Motivate Colleagues to Spot & Gather 5-Star Stories

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Explain how their position on the front lines of your organization (that’s where you want to start), —as program staff or public-facing representatives such as receptionist, accounting, customer service, registration staff—gives them the unique opportunity to spot and gather the best stories.

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How a Small Nonprofit President Got a Big Spot in The New York Times’ Room for Debate

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s more difficult than ever for nonprofits to get media coverage. But it’s not impossible — especially if they are willing to do more than pepper news editors with press releases. As the communications manager for a small education nonprofit in Bethesda, Md.,

MUST READ: “Fundraising Bright Spots” Highlights Orgs That Are Beating the Odds in Individual Giving

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

” – FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS. FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS: Strategies and Inspiration From Social Change Organizations Raising Money From Individual Donors , sponsored by the Evelyn & Walter Hass, Jr. ” – FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS.

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The Six Envelope Hot Spots

The Agitator

Do you know the six outer envelope ‘hot spots’? The other elements of a direct mail package can be weak — or even fail — yet the package can succeed. The single exception of course is the envelope! An envelope that is opened is 100% successful; a mailing that is unopened is a 100% failure. Copywriting maven Denny Hatch riffs on the envelope here. P.S. Remember this dictum: All direct mail gets opened over the trash can!

The Sweet Spot of Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

While cause marketing can work when only two of the three circles intersect, there's a sweet spot when all three intersect. We use the diagram to find the sweet spot of cause marketing for our clients at Alden Keene.

End-of-Year Appeal Letter Procrastinators – Reserve Your Spot Now!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I have only 200 lines, and about 50 people have registered so far, so reserve your spot today before you leave the office! Santa’s elves help him meet his year-end goals. Need a little help meeting yours? Join us! Registration is free, with a $10 optional donation requested.

5 Spots Left in Online Fundraising Bootcamp E-Clinic Weds.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

There are five spots left in this Wednesday’s Online Fundraising Bootcamp - a special e-clinic limited to just 20 nonprofits. Want to join us? End-of-year fundraising season is upon us. Are you ready to raise as much as you can online? If not, don’t worry.

Spot the Next Great Nonprofit Tagline!

Getting Attention

Vote now (but once only) for the 2009 Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards. Voting will: Sharpen your understanding of what works and what doesn't communications-wise. Inform and inspire your organization's messaging. Give you the chance to register for the free 2009 Nonprofit Tagline Report , with 2,500 tagline examples. The 60 finalists were selected from over 1,700 tagline entries. Now it's *your* turn to choose the best. More than 3,000 of your peers have voted already.

Is Your Nonprofit Hitting the "She Spot?"

Marketing for Nonprofits

Tags: marketing to women online marketing frogloop Care2 The She Spot

Free Webinar: September 13th- New Research on how your nonprofit can succeed in 2017

Wild Woman Fundraising

Did you read the Bright Spots Report from the Haas Jr Fund and Compasspoint, or the Individual Donor Benchmark Report? We’ll look at some of the emerging lessons from the data, a few surprising findings, and the data that backs up the recent Bright Spots report findings.

Why should you be finding new donors now?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’m really excited that Stephanie Roth is going to be part of the webinar, because we will be able to talk a little bit more about the Bright Spots research that’s just been done, and particularly how some of the benchmark data really does back up the findings of that report.

17 Spots Left on My “Coolest-Hottest Friends” List!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I turned 40 this week and as part of the ongoing celebration, I am raising $500 for Positive Wellness Alliance through my online network. I want to give a BIG THANKS to those who have contributed so far: Via the Facebook Birthday Cause App for a total of $345: Alnisa Allgood. Nancy Schwartz. Jono Smith. Ginette Isenberg. Holly Ross. Rachel Wood-Pena. Katya Andresen. Sherri Wood. Bob Muller. “Thomas&#. Jay Hall. Joanne Goodwin Granese. Sam Beck.

2016 Individual Donor Benchmark Report: Interview with Heather Yandow

Wild Woman Fundraising

Welcome, everybody. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising, and today I have the pleasure and the privilege of interviewing Heather Yandow, who I interviewed last year about Third Space Studio’s Individual Donor Benchmark Report.

Links Corrected – Spot the Next Great Nonprofit Taglines — Vote for 2010 Nonprofit Tagline Award Winners

Getting Attention

Great Words Promoting Good Causes. Vote now for the winners of the 2010 Taggies — the 3rd Annual Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards.

Spot the Next Great Nonprofit Taglines — Vote for 2010 Nonprofit Tagline Award Winners

Getting Attention

Vote now for the winners of the 2010 Taggies — the Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards. These 70 tagline finalists have been carefully culled from the more than 2,700 taglines of four types from 1,700 nonprofit organizations in 13 different categories from health to civic benefit.

Last call for coaching: 2 spots left

Mission Paradox Blog

Two more arts marketing coaching spots are left, deadline for signing up is Friday.    Details live here

Trio of Online Marketing Webinars Coming in Feb. - Reserve Your Spot Now

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Looking for an online marketing crash course for your nonprofit? I have a trio of three webinars just for you. Online Marketing Basics: From Email to Social Media (Wednesday, February 11).

Optimizing Your Donation Pages to Increase Giving: A Bright Spot in a Tough Economy

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Download Donordigital's brand new report, Landing on Gold: Optimizing your donation landing pages to increase giving: a bright spot in a tough economy and find out what's working. Your e-mail and web copy may persuade people to "click to donate now." " But often only 20% — sometimes as few as 10% — of the people who land on a donation page actually complete the transaction.

Nonprofit Communicators, You Can Speak with Authority in 2017

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A $500 deposit holds your spot. “More confidence in my ideas and recommendations.” ” One of the biggest outcomes of our six-month Mentoring Program for Communications Directors is confidence.

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Find the bright spots: My favorite part of Switch

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

My favorite idea from the marvelous book Switch is bright spots. PLEASE take three minutes and be enlightened with this great advice

What do the best nonprofit websites look like?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Good news - there is a great article highlighting 31 one of them (thanks to my colleague Allison for spotting it). I often get asked for examples of beautiful nonprofit websites. Check out these inspiring examples here. I especially like the Kidzeum, a Network for Good customer

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Where are the Problem Spots on Your Website’s Home Page?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During yesterday’s webinar on “Successful Nonprofit Websites: How to Make Your Website Work for You,&# I asked participants to rank their own websites on 8 of the 10 criteria we discussed. About 30 people participated, mostly from small nonprofits, producing some interesting results from their own evaluations of their websites. 56% said that their website didn’t allow visitors to sign-up for email communication at all.

Blogher DC Hits the "She Spot"

Marketing for Nonprofits

Kudos to the whole team at Blogher who really hit the "she spot" yesterday at the DC Reach Out Tour. It's the brain child of Lisa Witter and Lisa Chen who just wrote this fantastic book - The She Spot | Why Woman are the Market for Changing the World - and How to Reach Them. If you're interested in learning more about why women are a nonprofit's best friend, check out Chapter 1 of The She Spot.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s time for some Mixed Links… The #NPBaton on Instagram still has a few spots open in October if you are interested in taking the baton. Credit: p/8H9NoQ. Happy Friday!

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Going Viral: A Small Nonprofit Gets National Attention

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

I set out to learn the answer from a Network for Good customer that has achieved the biggest exposure opportunity any business, organization, or individual could hope for: a commercial spot during the Super Bowl How does a small nonprofit go viral and capture attention on the national stage?

Look at what works, not what is broken: Positive deviance and bright spots

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

calling this approach “bright spots.&#. We need to switch from archaeological problem solving to bright-spot evangelizing. From SnakeCorp on Flickr. I had such a nice comment in my last post from Jim Lord. He spoke of the importance of focusing on peaks not valleys.

Editorial Calendar How-Tos for Nonprofits [FREE WEBINAR]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Get the full details and claim your spot now. Start off 2016 by bringing some order to your nonprofit’s communications chaos. We’ll show you how during our first training webinar of 2016. And it’s FREE TO EVERYONE! Join us for: Editorial Calendar How-Tos for Nonprofits.

Online giving: A lively spot in the lackluster economy

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

We just had a happy moment at my job. In a sign of the steady growth in online giving, even amid the recent recession, Network for Good has now processed over $300 million in online donations to more than 50,000 charities since we got started. This year, we’ve distributed money to 60% more charities than last year. The average Network for Good nonprofit is raising the same dollar amounts as in 2008, through more, smaller gifts.

How Long Does It Take? Track Your Time to Find Out!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Some people are religious about it ( like the team at Big Duck ); others (like me) tend to do more “spot checking” with careful tracking for only a few weeks here and there over the course of the year. How long should you spend working on an email newsletter?

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What I learned about the Texas Nonprofit Sector

Wild Woman Fundraising

Barry Silverberg, President, Barry Silverberg, President and CEO of TANO, (Texas Association for Nonprofit Organizations) knows a LOT! Here’s what we talked about yesterday at the Nonprofit Career Club in Austin. Statistics on Texas nonprofits.

35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters


Blogs (make sure you have a spot for comments). If you’re stuck wondering how to involve your supporters with your mission, look no further. Here are 35 ideas from a stream of my consciousness. Surveys. Quizzes. Invitations to join a board or committee. Games. Polls. Videos. Advocacy or activism opportunities. Podcasts. Testimonials. Online chat tools. Webinars. Streaming live events. Question and answer sessions. Tell your story opportunities. Infographics. Reports or eBooks.

Free Nonprofit Resource to Foster Connections and Knowledge Sharing

J Campbell Social Marketing

A promising nonprofit start-up founder can connect with an experienced leader who points out blind spots and encourages a drive toward success. In the nonprofit sector, professionals often feel that they need to take on everything by themselves.

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Hashtags Here

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Can you spot the hashtags in this tweet: Fillable Or Simple Button: Which Version Is Better For Getting Donations? In case you are brand spanking new to social media, hashtags are words or phrases with the hash symbol (#) in front of them.

Hidden Donor Frustration Experiences On Your Website

The Agitator

Unfortunately, few are paying serious attention to spotting and fixing what matters most: the invisible and frustrating traps that visitors and donors will encounter on that website.

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“Switch” the Way You Ask for Action – 11NTC

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

One of the easiest and best ways to direct the rider is to train ourselves to stop focusing on problems and to start finding the bright spots — what is working — and to focus on replicating those instead. Those are your bright spots.

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Fundraisers … Grade Your Website

The Agitator

My sweet spot is more in analyzing data and issues. I confess. I’m no techie. So when it comes to websites, I focus on content and engagement yields. I know little about what’s ‘behind the curtain’ I do know that I want my sites to be responsive-designed, to be fast loading, to reflect user-friendly best practices (especially when it comes to handling sign-ups and transactions), and be readily ‘findable’ by search engines.

Drive Action: Bring Me Up to Date (Case Study)

Getting Attention

That’s GlobalGiving’s sweet spot—connecting donors like yours (and you, and me) with causes that we may not find, know of and/or be able to easily donate to.

Donor Newsletter Tips to Bring in the Dough

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Registration is limited to just 12 nonprofits (4 spots are already filled) and is $449. Reserve your spot now ). Photo Credit: p/awjJJg. Does your donor newsletter cost more to send than it brings in?

5 Strategies for Using Social Media for Media Relations

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

And even if it doesn’t lead to an interview, it could lead to a spot in their news coverage. During my days as a newspaper reporter and editor, I was always on the lookout for story ideas. More often than not, these ideas didn’t come through news releases or pitches.

Marketing Fundraising Events: The Ultimate Checklist

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Promote mobile giving or text-to-give for on-the-spot donations. Kerri Moore. Holding a fundraising event soon? Use these tips from Kerri Moore, Director of Marketing at Booster to get the word out. And add your tips in the comment section below ~Kristina.