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Still-Time Summer Marketing Sizzlers

Getting Attention

Connect with Your Patrons, Donors, and other Supporters via THEIR Summer Habits and Passions. People leaving or arriving for the summer have different agendas and needs. If the recipient is “in town” for the summer, we explore why she’s interested in the nonprofit.

Summer Shifts in Communications? Please share here!

Getting Attention

Tone it summer—light and fun. Hey you! I’d love to know how you adapt your organization’s communications for summertime impact, for a blog post! Do you: Change timing. Shift topic, tone or language to make it more seasonally relevant.

6 Now-or-Never Summer Reboots

Getting Attention

Our daughter Charlotte is finishing up a blissful summer at a few different day and overnight camps. She finishes the summer inspired, energized and smarter than ever. But you and I are too old for summer camp (find me an adult camp, please!).

14 Can't-Miss Nonprofit Conferences This Summer


With the start of summer just around the corner, the nonprofit conference action for the year is just beginning to heat up! We took a look at our 2015 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar and put together a new list of the summer's most anticipated events - which ones are you attending?

Newsletter and Blog Post Ideas for Summer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Consider one of these five summer-inspired themes: 1) Summer Heat. Can you offer advice to your readers about anything related to summer heat? How can your readers integrate your issue into their summer vacation plans? 4) Summer Jobs.

How You’ll Get Inspired & Energized this Summer?

Getting Attention

Please tell me ( in the comments below ) what your summer camp looks like —i.e. how are you planning to use summer to get inspired, energized and even smarter? I’m seeking your ideas this time round!

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: What You Did This Summer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The Carnival is a round-up of posts from people working in the nonprofit sector around a theme, and ours is “what you did this summer.” Let’s take a look at what others did this summer. Jeremy Koch shares 3 Books he read this summer that all fundraisers should read.

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Summer Dream Becomes Fall Nightmare As RFP Surfaces

The Agitator

Somewhere out there on a beach, in a forest or on some mountain trail there’s a CFO, CEO or new VP for Development making mental notes on the agenda for the fall Board Meeting.

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Summer reading picks for changemakers and fundraisers

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Recently we asked some of our favorite fundraisers and social do-gooders to share their summer reading lists. The top pick for the summer appears to be Give and Take by Adam Grant. Amy Sample Ward , CEO of NTEN, shared her summer reading strategy: “Summer is a great time to read something totally different. ” Some more summer reading ideas: Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are by Carlin Flora.

5 Surprising Fundraising Books for Your Summer Reading

Fundraising Coach

Here are five fundraising “must-have” books that you should consider reading this summer. Here are the first five books I recommend you read this summer. Other Possibly Related posts: Summer Break Ideas. It’s July 2.

62 Books to put on Your Nonprofit Leaders Summer Reading List

Fundraising Coach

Some Surprising Fundraising Books for Your Summer Reading List. You can read more about why these books were listed at 5 Surprising Fundraising Books for Your Summer Reading. The post 62 Books to put on Your Nonprofit Leaders Summer Reading List appeared first on

Back to Action: End of Summer EveryAction Update


Can you believe summer’s almost over? If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to trade tank tops for awesome cardigans and cool lemonade for pumpkin lattes, but mostly, you’re ready to get back to doing good

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Five Things Cause Marketers Should Do This Summer

Selfish Giving

On Tuesday I wrote a post for on summer reading for fundraisers. But then I remembered that reading was just one of the things fundraisers – and cause marketers – should be doing this summer. Here are five more ideas for the dog days of summer.

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The 5 Hottest Nonprofit Conferences of Summer '16


School may be out for the summer, but the educational, professional, and networking offerings for nonprofits are just getting started. From our 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar , here are five hot summer events that are sure to bring the heat.

Reboot with These 6 Summer Camp Strategies

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

She’s in the middle of a blissful summer at a few different day and overnight camps. Charlotte finishes the summer inspired, energized, and smarter than ever. Finally, this summer I decided to follow her summer camp strategy lead and am doing something completely different from the everyday. My summer camp plan is to go to overnight camp. I’m on the board of a summer camp and spend a week volunteering there every year.

This Book Could Change Your Life: Great Summer Reads for Fundraisers

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

When I asked nonprofit experts in a range of fields, from fundraising to programs, to share their summer reading lists, I had no idea what to expect. With that potential in mind, consider these top picks for your end-of-summer reading list. Fundraiser Amy Eisenstein got a jump-start on her summer reading, finishing and enjoying Thrive even before the solstice. Whats heading your end-of-summer reading list, or what book tops the list of those youve already finished?

Roll out some testing to liven up those Summer months


But when Summer rolls around, virtually every organization we work with sees a big seasonal drop-off in their visitor traffic and conversions on their top donation pages. What can you do in the dead of summer to keep your testing program on track?

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Getting Attention During the Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kerri Karvetski has a ton of ideas on how to keep your online engagement strong during the summer – and every other season too! And she is sharing those ideas, as well as examples and proven tactics, during a BRAND NEW webinar THIS THURSDAY: From Summer to Spring: Creative Ideas for.

What Did You Do, Think, or Feel This Summer? Share in the Carnival!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Our theme is “What You Did (or Thought, or Felt) This Summer.” Talk about what you’ve learned this summer. Share anything else in the “What I Did This Summer” category.

Cause Marketing at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show

Cause Related Marketing

Starting today in my fair city is the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, the trade show of the $10.85 billion Outdoor Industry Association. About 25,000 vendors, exhibitors, attendees and the media are expected.

Good books to read this summer

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Are you looking for good reads? Some of my favorite bloggers have recommendations. Kate Olsen of Network for Good and the Companies for Good blog suggests a series of books on social good, good adventures and social media. If you’re interested in corporate social responsibility and cause marketing, I also recommend her feed of blogs on the topic. Seth Godin recommends these totally fun and mind-expanding books. And Nancy Schwartz weighs in on books that can change your life here.

Summer Reading


flickr/Spencer E. Holtaway. I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve really missed keeping up with the terrific blogs and books in the field that represent a nonprofit communications education all by themselves. Don’t let yourself make the same mistake.

No Kid Hungry connects kids to meals this Summer


Donordigital client No Kid Hungry conducts an annual campaign that spreads awareness about childhood hunger, helps connect kids with food, and raises needed funds during summer months when kids are more likely to be hungry.


A Challenge to Cause Marketers on the Eve of the Super Bowl

Cause Related Marketing

They are: Super Bowl… $336 million Summer Olympics…$176 million Fifa World Cup…$103 million NCAA Men’s Final Four…$90 million Winter Olympics…$82 million Rose Bowl…$72 million MLB World Series…$61 million Kentucky Derby…$59 million 9. NFL World Series Stand Up To Cancer NBA Forbes Magazine Winter Olympics Super Bowl Brett Keisel's Beard World Cup Summer Olympics

What's on Your Night Stand This Summer?

Marketing for Nonprofits

My frolleagues (friends and former colleagues) at Care2 compiled this great list of nonprofit reads for the summer. What are you reading this summer to help improve your fundraising and marketing mojo?

Guest Posting Part Deux: Max Gladwell and Mashable’s Summer of Good


This post is a collaboration between Mashable’s Summer of Social Good charitable fundraiser and Max Gladwell ’s “10 Ways&# series. You can follow the Summer of Social Good Charities: Oxfam America ( Twitter , Facebook , MySpace , Flickr , YouTube ). Mass publishing.

Guest Posting Part Deux: Max Gladwell and Mashable’s Summer of Good


This post is a collaboration between Mashable’s Summer of Social Good charitable fundraiser and Max Gladwell ’s “10 Ways&# series. You can follow the Summer of Social Good Charities: Oxfam America ( Twitter , Facebook , MySpace , Flickr , YouTube ). Mass publishing.

Cause Marketing Signs at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show

Cause Related Marketing

Yesterday at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was the Open Air demo. Today the indoor portion of the twice-annual show starts.

Get Your People Out of the Heat & Into Action

Getting Attention

We’re officially one month into summer, so don’t waste a moment in heating up your communications and results with season-specific approaches. To find the most effective ways to do so, I asked colleagues in the field what (if anything) they do differently to get summer giving and other participation sizzling, These superstars came back with this slew of great practices: Is Summer: Sizzling or Slow for Your Organization (and Your Role)? Slow down in summer?

Summer Break

Mission Paradox Blog

So here's the deal, it's time for me to disconnect from the grid for a while.    Blogging will resume the first week of July.    In the meanwhile, please do some combination of the following: 1.    Buy my e-Book.   Yeah, I said it.    It's a quality read.    Need another reason? 

75 Summer All-Access Passes for $75 - Get Yours While You Can!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

From right now until they are gone, I’m offering a special Summer All-Access Pass to Nonprofit Marketing Guide. Here it is: Get Your Summer All-Access Pass for $75. I hope you’ll join us this summer for some great training!

Mashable’s Summer of Social Good

A. Fine Blog

Tags: Social Media america's giving challenge Mashable Summer of Social Good The Case Foundation

Best of the Paradox Blog - Summer 2013

Mission Paradox Blog

As you may have noticed, blogging has been light lately.  Biggest reason is that I've been on the road (Lisbon, Porto, Dallas, etc.) and finishing up some client projects.   I'll blog more regularly soon, but in the meanwhile here's the best stuff I've done lately.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We’re hosting, and the theme is What You Did This Summer (Or Thought or Felt). I hope everyone had a great week. Let’s dive into some Mixed Links…’ Only a few days left to write a submission for this month’s Nonprofit Carnival Blog.

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An #NpComm Showdown on Repurposing Content: Girl Scouts versus Boy Scouts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Earlier this summer, I mentioned that we’ve been tracking the communications of pairs of national nonprofits working in the same space. This was demonstrated during the recent Summer Olympics when almost every Boy Scout-related source posted stories about swimmer Ryan Held.

Summertime Shifts: Keep Connecting Through Fireflies, Fireworks, and Family Vacations

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Summer is just different. And you’ve asked me how to connect in the context of sizzling summer distractions. Here are three ways to up your summer communications game: Change timing and/or frequency. More Summer Stuff. Reboot with These 6 Summer Camp Strategies.

18 Email Subject Line Strategies That Will Increase Your Open Rates

Wild Woman Fundraising

THIS summer, we’re going to- THIS FALL, look for- THIS WINTER, it’s all about… see what I mean? Here’s a super way to stay cool this summer, AND support HOPE Inc! Test 1: A) Subject: How is your summer going? C) Subject: You can get cool in a hot summer!

Five Tools for Your Social Media Intern

Social Media Bird Brain

But if you''ve made it known that your small nonprofit would like to entertain a few interns for the summer and/or fall, you''ve probably got a couple interviewed and ready to start. Via Unpaid Intern Summertime. and the interns are easy. Well, not really. And given that Social Media is a big deal that many small nonprofits can''t afford a full-time manager for, you''re probably thinking of. social communications strategy tools goals intern social media calendar face time Small nonprofit

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Who Belongs in the Nonprofit Smackdown?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We started this process today during a webinar, and will continue it through the summer. OK, I don’t really know what I am calling this thing. Smackdown. Match-Up. Head-to-Head. Compare & Contrast. Side-by-Side. Something along those lines.

On Thanksgiving, here’s how to be grateful

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

The DIY video was filmed and edited by Jonah Best, a summer 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program intern. In honor of the spirit of Thanksgiving gratitude, today and tomorrow I’m posting examples of great nonprofit thank-yous.