2018

Set Goals for What Matters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Goals are powerful, especially if you choose only a few. A laundry list is almost impossible to stay focused on. But if you choose two or three realistic, specific goals, and write them down, you are likely to achieve them. But first, make sure you set goals for what matters most.

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3 reasons why I use curse words (but only one that matters)

iMarketSmart

She told me others would say I was unprofessional. I was asked to lead a roundtable discussion at a conference recently. So I did. And afterward one of the attendees approached me as I got a cup of coffee in the sponsorship expo room.

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This ONE Thing Transforms Your Marketing & Fundraising

Getting Attention

Flickr: Robyn Anderson. The opportunity you have in front of you today is SO big, that it’ can seem overwhelming. …. You’ve decided to take another look at your engagement practices (Yea, yea, yea!), rather than just doing it.

Thanking Donors: 10 Ways To Show #DonorGratitude On A Shoestring Budget

J Campbell Social Marketing

No matter what time of year, it’s always the perfect time to show your donors some love. If you wait until year-end when thanking donors, or right before you are asking for another gift, it may be too late.

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How smart speakers and voice assistants are changing the game

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

It’s been six months now since I equipped my home with three Google Home Mini devices (one on each floor).

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Martin Luther King, Jr- January 15, 1929- April 4, 1968

The Agitator

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

Why is it So Hard to be Donor-Centered?

Ann Green

The term donor-centered is pretty self-explanatory. It means focusing on your donors’ needs and interests, acknowledging them in your letters and other communication, and taking into account that not all donors are the same. If it’s so obvious, then why are many nonprofits so bad at it?

20 nonprofit discounts we think you should know about

CrowdRise

We’ve scoured the web to find the best and most beneficial discounts for nonprofits. Because. well, who doesn’t love a good discount. Marketing News, Research & Trends

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Jenna Czaplewski

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Jenna Czaplewski. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

Top 7 Fundraising In’s and Out’s for 2018

iMarketSmart

OUT: Making donors feel bad , twisting their arms, telling them to give ’til it hurts and shaming them. IN: Making donors feel good , treating them like people (not ATM’s), partnering and giving them the value they want.

3 Facebook Engagement Wins – Part 1: Straight from the horses mouth

Getting Attention

Thanks to guest blogger Rachel Carnegliaa, a nonprofit marketer and graphic designer promoting parks, trails, and green spaces at the Austin Parks Foundation. . Hey, I have the inside scoop on Facebook, from Facebook (take it with a grain of salt, I guess), and I want to share it with you.

How Nonprofits Can Get More Social Media Engagement in 2018

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofits small and large dived into social media last year, and some found huge success – but many did not get the results that they expected. I hear these social media laments all the time from nonprofits: “Social media algorithms have killed our engagement this year.”. “It’s

Global internet statistics for 2018

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

It’s that time of year again when digital stats aggregators update their numbers and various annual summary reports come out based on research conducted in the previous calendar year. Here are a few general highlights I put together recently after going through various reports.

How to Attract and Keep More Monthly Donors

EveryAction

Monthly donor or sustainer programs are a relatively low-effort and high-impact way to increase donor retention and donor lifetime value, while also providing a steady and predictable stream of revenue that can help your nonprofit better budget and plan for the future.

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Astonishing! If you have more women of color presenting at a conference…

Wild Woman Fundraising

This year at the Fundraising Career Conference , we had 6 women of color presenting, out of 9 presenters in 11 sessions. . Heres’s what I found with this lineup of speakers, after 4 years of running this online conference.

Dirty Facts About Buy Research Papers Exposed

SocialButterfly

What Buy Research Papers Is – and What it Is Not. When choosing to purchase research papers no plagiarism, you are able to become. The greatest mistake you could make is to purchase research papers that aren’t original.

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How Donors Choose Among Nonprofits: The Role of Identity

The Agitator

There’s an old joke at the right that often feels like nonprofit marketing. While we do and should have ambitions of expanding the charitable giving pie, we also want to secure our own organization’s piece of said pie.

Monthly Giving Mistakes

Ann Green

Monthly giving is a great way to raise additional revenue and boost your retention rate. If you don’t have a monthly giving program, start one now. How to Create a Monthly Giving Program for Your Nonprofit. Many organizations do have a monthly or recurring giving option, which is great.

Upside Down Philanthropy – Foundation for the Future of Giving

Mission Minded

Mission Minded works with many outstanding foundations. The 3 featured below have turned foundation support upside down, so if you work for a foundation or seek support from them, this post is for you.

Facebook’s Latest News Feed Changes: What Nonprofits Can Do

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Another week, another change to Facebook. ( See Mark Zuckerberg’s post from January 11, 2018.). This one actually may make a big difference in how nonprofits use the networking site though. In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is changing what you see on your news feed.

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10 traits of terrible major and legacy gift fundraisers

iMarketSmart

Sadly, I’ve witnessed all of these but I truly believe #1 is the worst. Here are my top 10 traits of terrible fundraisers that drive major donors away: . Showing up late; 9. Failing to do something that was promised; 8. Talking about how great they are at raising money; 7.

How to Spot & Gather Strong Stories

Getting Attention

When you gather compelling stories—about beneficiaries, donors, or volunteers, or other players—to share in campaigns, thanks, and other communications, you gain a powerful complement to your data and anecdotal understanding of the people you want to engage. Together, these insights forge a shortcut to engaging hearts, minds, and wallets. But it can be tough to source the right stories.

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10 Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List

J Campbell Social Marketing

In the Internet Hierarchy of Needs (I just made that up), there are three main tools that you need to communicate with donors and reach new supporters. They are your website, your email list, and your social media platform(s).

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Time to stop pointing fingers at Facebook and take some responsibility ourselves.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

As a consultant involved in the digital space for quite some time now, I have carefully observed the evolution of Facebook since its first year of operation. Since that time Mark Zuckerberg has taken the heat on numerous occasions for a variety of privacy-related issues.

10 Organizations Leading The Way This Mental Health Awareness Month

EveryAction

Approximately 1 in 5 American adults experiences some sort of mental illness in any given year. Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness month to bring attention the ongoing need for proper support and health care services for those affected.

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It’s time to WOOP

Wild Woman Fundraising

Lately I’ve been helping people make plans. Communications plans. Fundraising plans. And a combo of both. Thanks to my contract with Oregon Metro, I got to teach people how to do communications plans last week.

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The New Bother About Penning Essays

SocialButterfly

You’re gonna be flanked by writing articles industry experts over the plan of arrangement positioning, and just after you choose to purchasing essay and pick and choose an designated journalist, important things may very well get far more inspiring.

What Ask String Works Best?

The Agitator

The life of a direct response fundraiser is filled with so many questions – far more questions than answers. Take the question, “How much should we ask for?”. Usually the question is answered with the conventional application of a formula based on previous giving. For example, 1.0X, 1.5X, 2.0X

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Why You Need a Good Donor Database

Ann Green

What type of donor database do you have, or do you even have one at all? If you’re using Excel instead of a database because it’s free, stop doing that. A spreadsheet is not a database. Your Worst Fundraising Enemy.

Decent Humans: Lauren Panasewicz at Range of Motion Project

CrowdRise

Decent Humans is what we call the incredible community we witness on CrowdRise each and every day doing amazing things for good. And each month, we’re going to highlight a Decent Human in the nonprofit world that’s devoting their time and passion to giving back and making a difference. We hope that by sharing their stories of aid, altruism, and passion, others will be inspired to make an even greater impact on the world we live in

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Is Your Content Too Wordy? Consider These 6 Alternative Formats

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofit leaders often complain about limited resources — and with good reason. After all, even the best-run nonprofits lack the money or the staff to accomplish everything they set out to do. But while money is tight, there’s one resource that is almost always in ample supply: words.

Top 3 ways to determine whether or not a so-called expert is worth listening to

iMarketSmart

Most people don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. On social media you’ll find a lot of people posting and making comments on posts. At conferences you’ll hear speakers babble on about stuff.

This ONE Thing Transforms Your Marketing & Fundraising

Getting Attention

Flickr: Robyn Anderson. The opportunity you have in front of you today is SO big, that it’ can seem overwhelming. …. You’ve decided to take another look at your engagement practices (Yea, yea, yea!), rather than just doing it.

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There Are Big Changes Coming to Facebook – What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

J Campbell Social Marketing

Facebook just announced another sweeping change to the News Feed. As many nonprofits know, organic (unpaid) reach and post engagement from Pages has gone down in recent months, with fewer and fewer people seeing Page posts.