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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MarketSmart + The Giving Institute

iMarketSmart

In case you couldn’t tell from the title of today’s blog post, we have some exciting news to share with you! MarketSmart is the newest member of The Giving Institute.

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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.

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

7 Mistakes to Avoid with Email Newsletters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

With the advent of social media, it seems like you constantly hear cries of “Email is dead!” ” That isn’t exactly true based on a recent survey of small to medium business by SharpSpring and Ascend2.

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%.

5 Online Year-End Fundraising Stats You Can Use to Help Craft Your Campaign

iMarketSmart

This guest post on year-end fundraising stats is from Nathan Hill at NextAfter. Every development professional understands the importance of year-end fundraising.

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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.

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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Webinar Recap: How nonprofits can raise more money through crowdfunding

CrowdRise

Crowdfunding is an incredible way to raise money for your cause and to get your network of supporters involved in your mission. That’s why we recently teamed up with Nonprofit Tech for Good to host a webinar all about the basics of crowdfunding

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[Guest Post] The Recipe for Nonprofit Committee Failure

Fundraising Coach

Today's guest post is from Kim Donahue. Kim is the resident governance expert at Boardable. In a fun tongue-in-cheek tone, she shares a perfect formula for making sure your board committees don't work! And she knows.

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.

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?

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.

5 Ways You Can Get Meetings with Major Donors (Even When They Won’t Answer their Phone)

iMarketSmart

I hear the following all the time when I ask fundraisers about their efforts to land meetings with major and legacy donors: “I tried calling, but they didn’t answer the phone,” they say. So what’s really happening here.

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.

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. .

Why you’ll want to come see us at AFP ICON

CrowdRise

We’re heading to San Antonio. And not just for the tex-mex or a leisurely stroll along the River Walk. We’re coming to hit up the AFP ICON conference in a big way. We’re talking tee shirt giveaways, a candlelit dinner, and maybe even a selfie station

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.".

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.

Follow These 7 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Media Relations ROI

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steve Bustin. Now more than ever, journalists need good PR people.

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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 ?

A New Landing Page, Just for Fundraisers

EveryAction

Fundraising professionals often have enormous workloads, so it's critical that they're able to quickly access top-line data about their various fundraising channels and easily accomplish related tasks.

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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.

3 Reasons You Should Be Thinking about QCDs (Backed By Data + A Free Guide)

iMarketSmart

How many decisions do you make each day? A quick google search yields our answer: somewhere near 35,000. That number may seem intimidating, “How can I make 35,000 decisions a day?” You might find yourself pondering.

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