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Why asking for a degree in fundraising is a bad idea

Wild Woman Fundraising

In the last several years, I have seen a disturbing trend. It’s requiring degrees in a discipline that seems to require experience more than a degree to do well. For instance. Outreach. I have a friend who has 20+ years experience in outreach, but no college degree.

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Tell Us What Your Work Day Is Like

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

How is your day going so far? We would love to hear what your typical Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator looks like for our popular blog series. Tell us all about the day-to-day work that keeps your organization going. What’s going on at your desk right now? Are you chugging coffee all day?

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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?

A new web series on nonprofit leadership that we launched

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you tired of working really hard and getting the same results? Maybe it’s time to listen to the experts, and see what you can do differently to grow your fundraising revenue for the second half of 2019.

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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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?)

30 Quick Ways to Spice Up Your Nonprofit Social Media Accounts

J Campbell Social Marketing

Spring is here (well, maybe not in Boston but everywhere else)! With it comes new energy, fresh ideas, and the motivation to try new things – on your nonprofit social media accounts! .

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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.

Why major and legacy donors think your fundraising communications stink!

iMarketSmart

First, it is not all your fault. Well then, can we blame it on leadership? Leadership should share the burden of blame because fundraisers tend to feel a lot of pressure to do what’s always been done. In many cases they are driven (by leadership) to avoid trying anything new in case it doesn’t work.

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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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How to Rock Instagram without Photos

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

While Instagram is definitely a visual platform and photos are best, you can still manage a successful Instagram strategy without photography. Just take a look at the ACLU’s feed and stories.

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3 things to avoid in your fundraising job interview

Wild Woman Fundraising

This video talks about the 3 common mistakes people make in their fundraising job interview. If you do these, you’re not alone! But this can help. If you want more advice about how to get a fundraising job, Schedule a call to chat about what you are looking for right now: [link].

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Optimized Mobile Donations Now with Apple Pay

EveryAction

Mobile is an increasingly valuable medium for nonprofits. According to the M+R Benchmarks Reports , in 2018 mobile accounted for 48% of all traffic to nonprofit websites. Despite this increase in mobile traffic, up from 44% last year, mobile users accounted for just 30% of gifts, and 21% of revenue.

Why major and legacy donors think your fundraising sucks.

iMarketSmart

First, it is not all your fault. Well then, can we blame it on leadership? Leadership should share the burden of blame because fundraisers tend to feel a lot of pressure to do what’s always been done. In many cases they are driven (by leadership) to avoid trying anything new in case it doesn’t work.

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5 Visual Marketing Tips for Small Nonprofits

J Campbell Social Marketing

There is no doubt that visual marketing rules the social web. The visual marketing mantra of “Show, Don’t Tell” can be heard loud and clear via the most successful social media content.

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5 Hooks You Can Use to Get Your Story Told

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

What’s your hook? This question likely looms over you daily if your job is to pitch stories to the media or create content for your organization’s owned media channels.

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How to Ace Your Fundraising Job Interview

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here’s how to figure out what questions they will ask you in the fundraising job interview. And how to answer tricky questions! In this 9 minute video, you’ll learn: –How to answer the “Why did you leave your last position?” ” question.

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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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Now Available: Executive Summary (PDF) of My Webinar On ‘Fundraising Climate Change’

iMarketSmart

A few weeks ago I hosted a webinar about Fundraising Climate Change (a term I developed some time ago and included in my book titled Engagement Fundraising ).

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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Enough with the Pointless Nonprofit Storytelling

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

My favorite definition of a story comes from The Elements of Persuasion : “A story is a fact, wrapped in an emotion , that compels us to take an action that transforms our world.” Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman All of the five words I have in bold are essential to nonprofit storytelling success.

3 Steps to Fix Your Fundraising Career

Wild Woman Fundraising

The cure for the common fundraising career! Are you ready to rise? Let’s go! I want to help you rise in your career. But first, we have to figure out what’s holding you back. Are you aware of the systems that are acting all around you?

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

When you should NOT conduct face-to-face fundraising

iMarketSmart

Essentially, there are two types of face-to-face fundraising. When fundraising staff meet with highly qualified, major and or legacy gift donors and/or prospects; When part-time staff stand on street corners interrupting passersby asking them to give (I call this ‘street spam’).

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Don’t Ignore Your Donors This Summer

Ann Green

Summer is almost here, yea! This is often a quieter time for most nonprofits, but you don’t want to be too quiet and ignore your donors. In fact, this is a great time to do some relationship building.

Newsjacking: From Roadkill to Rock Stars

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During the wee hours of the morning of April 8 th , I received a call from Tom Harrison, director of the award-winning North Carolina Black Bear Festival and Bear-ology Museum. Tom and I met a few months earlier at my G.R.E.A.T. media relations presentation for NC ShowFest.

Nonprofit Academy Lifetime 2019 Membership Special!

Fundraising Coach

Leading and funding a nonprofit is surprisingly hard. You got into the work to do good. But others don't see it as quickly as you do. On top of that, nonprofit work can be isolating. As they rise, leaders find fewer and fewer people to confide. And fundraisers?

Social Media Stories That Succeed

Mission Minded

Stop me if you’ve heard this story, but Stories—as in the increasingly popular way to share content on social media—are. The post Social Media Stories That Succeed appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Digital Nonprofit Web

Why You Need Tech-Enabled Donor Discovery

iMarketSmart

For decades, fundraisers have sought a ‘magic box’ to identify the most ideal donor prospects for outreach, relationship-building, and solicitation. Of course they do. Who wouldn’t want one? With a ‘magic box’ a fundraiser could become much more efficient and effective.

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A Few Common Donor Communication Problems and How You Can Fix Them

Ann Green

Some nonprofits do a good job of communicating with their donors, but many do not and that’s a problem. Mediocre or poor donor communication will hinder your success. If you wonder why your retention rates are floundering that may be the reason.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Madeline Kronenberg

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Madeline Kronenberg Welcome to the 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.

Newsletter: 8-Point Framework for Working with Partners ; Lacoste Stores Go Crocodile-Free; Partnership Salaries by Region

Selfish Giving

I'm back from the Engage for Good Conference in Chicago! The conference was great, as usual. Congrats to David, Megan and the entire Engage for Good team. I moderated two session at the conference and attended several more. A few highlights.

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When it comes to your message, how much is enough?

Mission Minded

We counsel our clients to repeat, repeat, repeat: Get a good message and stick with it—in print, digital, and spoken. The post When it comes to your message, how much is enough? appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Messaging Storytelling

Engagement Calling Metrics for Lead Outreach Associates Tasked With Arranging Meetings With Major Donor & Legacy Donor Prospects

iMarketSmart

Engagement calling, not cold calling! About 1 1/2 years ago I introduced the concept of Engagement Calling as the best way to land appointments with highly qualified, major gift donor prospects (much better than cold calling). But back then I failed to provide metrics for managing the process.

What Fundraising and Strength Training Have in Common

Ann Green

About a year and a half ago I started doing strength training with a personal trainer. My initial assessment was humbling, to say the least, and at the beginning, there were several times I wondered “Why am I doing this?”. But I’ve benefited so much.

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Better Asks: Getting People to Give, Volunteer, and More

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last week Kivi shared some Conversion Copywriting Tips for Nonprofits including advice like “only include one call to action” and “emphasize the why and why now.” ” This week, we’ll dive into some more thoughts on making that ask.

Newsletter: Coca-Cola, L. L. Bean, Subaru Share Secrets for Partnership Success ; Smirnoff Toasts LGBTQ+ Community ??; Build an Engaged Audience with a Book Club

Selfish Giving

I moderated a great panel at the Engage for Good Conference with the National Park Foundation on how nonprofits can attract companies from a variety of industries. Kim Hirose from NPF recorded footage from the session and I have eight clips to share with you.