2019

6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer and Still Get Work Done

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I don’t know about you, but sitting at my desk all day is really hard right now. Like near impossible. Here are a few ways to stay motivated during the sweet summertime months when all of that work still needs to get done. Give more time to strategic thinking and professional development.

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Are Your Messages Repeatable & Retweetable?

Getting Attention

G uest post by Sam Horn. Are you preparing an important communication? Whether it’s a report to your boss or board, [annual report, or donor thank-you campaign], its success depends a lot on whether people can remember what you said. Because if they can’t, all the hours (weeks?)

EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

EveryAction

Predictive Analytics Fundraising Product Fuels EveryAction’s Rise in Nonprofit Market. Washington, D.C., June 6, 2019 – EveryAction, a leading software provider for nonprofit fundraisers, announced today that it has acquired DonorTrends.

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The Essential Guide to Donor Retention in the Digital Age

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofits, we are failing our donors. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2018 Fourth Quarter Report found that charitable giving did in fact increase by a meager 1.6% in 2018. Cause for celebration? Hardly.

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Misinformation vs. Disinformation vs. Mal-information

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Quite a bit of my consulting work lately has focused on helping clients counter false information spreading online.

One Simple Tactic You Can Use to Be More Effective at Everything

iMarketSmart

I wish I didn’t have such a “clickbait” title. Even I’d think twice before reading a blog post that suggests it can make you more effective at everything… But, before you press the back button or open a new tab, please hear me out.

Creating a Thank You Plan Will Help You Stay Focused on Gratitude All Year Round

Ann Green

Have you seen the recent posts from the Agitator blog about thanking your donors? It’s worth reading, as are all Agitator posts. They cite a study where thank you calls didn’t result in an increase in donations. Thanks, But No Thanks.

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Why your fundraising stories don't work

Fundraising Coach

During my time as a leadership and fundraising coach, I've helped thousands of nonprofit leaders clarify their fundraising stories. Nearly all make the same mistake: they forget the audience - the donors. Take hospitals for instance.

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Romayne Levee Appointed as Mission Minded’s Director of Education Strategy

Mission Minded

If you’ve worked with Romayne Levee on a project you know she brings a dogged approach to ensuring Mission Minded clients. The post Romayne Levee Appointed as Mission Minded’s Director of Education Strategy appeared first on Mission Minded.

Artificial Intelligence Is the Newest Shiny Object — Don’t Fall Prey

Fundraising Report Card

You tell me, is that what’s really holding back nonprofits from growth — their lack of machines to make decisions in place of their staff? The post Artificial Intelligence Is the Newest Shiny Object — Don’t Fall Prey appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

15 Authentic Moments to Create on Social Media

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Successful social media strategies demand authenticity. But what does that actually look like when you are juggling a million different tasks, trying your best to stay strategic, and work in a boring office environment that’s not exactly photogenic?

July 23 Free Webinar: Launch Team of Passionate Messengers

Getting Attention

Learn how to ask, train, and support your team in this free webinar on July 23. Register now. We all have an incredible resource right in front of us — our colleagues, board, donors, volunteers, and members.

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What We Learned About Digital Engagement from the 2019 M+R Benchmarks Report

EveryAction

Every year, nonprofit consultants M+R release their annual Benchmarks report , which provides an overview of digital trends in the sector.

How to Get People to Share Your Nonprofit Video on Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

You’ve undoubtedly heard that to amplify your nonprofit marketing, you need a strategy to create and share great videos on your website and social media channels. Video is the best performing content type on social. Having videos on your website increases the time spent on the site by 71%.

The murky waters of government employment and political neutrality

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

The Government of Canada has a generally well-written Values and Ethics Code , which public servants must abide by.

3 Reasons Why You Should Market Charitable IRA Rollovers (And What They Are)

iMarketSmart

What would you do with $2.5 trillion? Retire? Buy a beach house? Travel the world? Develop a marketing strategy for Charitable IRA Rollovers? Probably not the latter). The options seem limitless, and, in fact, they most certainly are if you were to come across that much money!

Three Wise Investments That Can Help You Raise More Money

Ann Green

If you have a July 1 fiscal year start date, you’re most likely working on your budget for next year (at least you should be). Those of you who use the calendar year as your fiscal year will be working on yours later in the year.

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Major update to CrowdRise registration (and all the ways it will help you raise more money)

CrowdRise

Hi there. We’ve got some pretty big news and can’t wait to tell you about it. CrowdRise Updates Product

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How to effectively interact with donors

Fundraising Coach

So many fundraising problems can be solved by interacting with donors. Getting to know them. Asking about their interests. Learning their stories. I call it "seeing donors in their natural habitat.".

Apply Yourself: Listen in for Brand-Focused Inspiration

Mission Minded

You may already be a listener of Apply Yourself, a podcast from Tim McDonough of Finalsite. He’s passionate about interesting. The post Apply Yourself: Listen in for Brand-Focused Inspiration appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Independent Schools Nonprofit Branding

I'm Back

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

After four years of working as a "permanent" full-time Executive Director, launching a start-up nonprofit, and only taking a few short-term consulting gigs from existing clients, I am once again available for new opportunities. So, what have I been doing these four years? I took on the challenge of being the first Executive Director of Recovery Cafe San Jose. And, yes, there were many challenges and frustrations, but it was also one of the greatest experiences of my professional life.

Improving Your Open Rate: The From Line

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Half of the battle with successful email marketing is getting your emails opened, period. The decision to open an email is made in a split second (actually less than that).

2 Weeks into 2019: Where are You Headed?

Getting Attention

This updated marketing plan template takes you from big-picture goals to the right methods, activities, required skills, and budget, and impact! Preview the plan template here. Eeesh! Those New Year’s resolutions—including the ones we set for marketing and fundraising work—are so hard to keep.

EveryAction Acquires ActionKit

EveryAction

Innovative Talent and Digital Product Add to EveryAction’s Rapid Growth. Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019 – EveryAction, a leading provider of software serving over 15,000 nonprofits, announced today that it has acquired We Also Walk Dogs Inc., more commonly known by their product’s name, ActionKit.

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Fundraisers – You’re Missing the Point of Social Media Fundraising

J Campbell Social Marketing

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles, written by my fundraising heroes, that are a little bit grouchy on the subject of social media fundraising. I’m here to give you my side of the social media fundraising argument – because I know that it works.

Basic Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) Tools To Help Fight Disinformation

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Over the past year, I’ve had a significant increase in the number of client requests for custom consulting and/or training help relating to combating the spread of disinformation. I thought I’d share some recent slides (edited to remove any client sensitive information of course), where I provide some useful tools for any newbies to the field of OSINT / SOCMINT. But first, what the heck am I talking about? Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive.

Finally, the true cause of high fundraiser turnover!

iMarketSmart

Recently a lot of people have been writing about the high level of turnover among fundraisers in our field.

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Tell the Stories Your Donors Want to Hear

Ann Green

How often do you use stories when you communicate with your donors? Most likely, not enough. That’s a mistake because people respond better to stories. .

Nonprofit donor data hygiene: Why a clean up now means long-term benefits

CrowdRise

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3 steps for less stress in fundraising for the next six months

Fundraising Coach

Do you feel it? The airports and highways are filled with last minute vacation seekers. Back to school supplies are flying off shelves. The school buses are doing practice runs. It's almost the fall.

How to Call Out the President’s Racism When Your Organization’s Mission isn’t Specifically Tied to Social Justice

Mission Minded

Recently, a client approached me with a challenge: is there a way that our organization can call out the President. The post How to Call Out the President’s Racism When Your Organization’s Mission isn’t Specifically Tied to Social Justice appeared first on Mission Minded.

Newsletter: Warm Leads from Your Homepage; Bridgestone Raises $2.8M for BGCA ; Museum Launches ‘How to be an American’ Podcast

Selfish Giving

Everyone wants more hot leads (direct inquiries from potential partners). But what about warm leads (someone who shows interest in your organization)? Would you like more warm leads if I showed you two ways to get them??? Okay, here you go.

5 Creative Examples of Nonprofit Instagram Stories that Engage Supporters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Guest Post By John Haydon Instagram Stories create an extra layer of visibility for your nonprofit – whenever you want that visibility. Like Snapchat and Messenger Stories , Instagram Stories last for 24 hours. And like Snapchat, stories are told in a series of pictures and videos.

Avoid this Communications Don’t – “Our Organization Needs Your Input”

Getting Attention

That’s the subject line of this morning’s email from our local Jewish Community Center (JCC), asking for my input on its member survey. My immediate response was to delete it because it’s all about the JCC’s needs and not about what us members need. At least that’s what the subject line conveys! Has your organization ever alienated its audiences doing something like this, something totally narcissistic ?

The State of Nonprofit Donor Retention (And What To Do About It)

EveryAction

As a general rule, retaining existing donors costs less than acquiring new ones. Current donors are a curated universe who have already demonstrated a belief in your organization’s mission, and willingness to take action toward it.

How to Raise Money On Instagram Using the Donation Sticker

J Campbell Social Marketing

It’s like Christmas – the Instagram Donation Sticker is finally here! Yes, it may seem like a shiny new object to chase around. But I have 3 reasons why fundraisers should at least pay attention: 1) People of all ages love Instagram, especially younger generations.

Communicating change and tech disruption to citizens

Public Sector Marketing 2.0