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Online Fundraising Success When Surrounded by Skeptics

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When we were helping Jen Newmeyer brainstorm the title for her new book, as soon as one of us said, “ The Insider’s Guide to Online Fundraising: Finding Success When Surrounded by Skeptics, ” we knew we had it.

Donor-advised Funds Are Misunderstood, Bound to Be Regulated, and Not Going Anywhere

iMarketSmart

“Have you read this one?”. “Zach, hold on I didn’t even finish the other articles you sent me yet.” ” I guess I was being a bit overwhelming. Okay, yeah, I’m sorry. It’s just there is SO much out there on DAFs right now. It’s hard to keep up.”.

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How to Write a Collaborative Communications Strategy

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When Cathy White shared with our Mentoring Program participants the collaborative process she went through to create her communications strategy, I knew other communications directors would be interested in hearing about it too. Cathy White. Guest Post by Cathy White.

Here’s what I learned about leadership in 2019. I hope it helps you!

iMarketSmart

Leadership is NOT about ‘managing’ people, bossing them around, or being a tyrant and it ISN’T about showing people how great YOU are either. Instead, it’s about helping coachable people that have passion and character become great.

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How to Address Negative Online Comments About Your Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

Addressing negative online comments about your nonprofit – something that every single nonprofit social media manager has had to deal with at one point or another. .

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Book review - 10 Simple Fundraising Lessons

Fundraising Coach

One of the joys of being a speaker and executive coach is that people send me their books. I have such a long reading list, that I usually take a l-o-n-g time reading the ones that are sent to me. I'm glad I didn't wait to read Jim Eskin's. (It It definitely helped that he sent me the physical book.

How to Put Together a Communications Calendar

Ann Green

In my last few posts, I’ve emphasized the importance of keeping in touch with your donors throughout the year. Some nonprofit organizations are good at communicating with their donors, but many are not. Often the only times you hear from these organizations is when they’re asking for donations.

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5 Habits of Successful Nonprofit Social Media Managers in 2020

J Campbell Social Marketing

In the world of nonprofit social media, the landscape is changing so rapidly, and it’s becoming harder and harder to build community in our hyper-connected world. .

7 Donation Page Strategies That Actually Convert

Fundraising Coach

Over the past few years, charitable giving has evolved with online donations rising as its new star. If you’re not including a digital giving option by now, your organization is almost certainly missing out.

Donor Relationships: 5 Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Ann Green

by Steven Shattuck. Donor relationship development is vital for your nonprofit’s retention rate and revenue consistency. Overcome the challenges of relationship building.

MarketSmart’s “How-to” Guide for Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs)

iMarketSmart

Click here for the free comprehensive guide for donor-advised funds. Trends come and go, but donor-advised funds are forever. I’m not quite sure that’s the quote, but I think it goes something like that.

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6 Nonprofit Email Marketing Resolutions for 2020

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofit email marketing continues to be a driving force of donations, advocacy, and participation actions for many nonprofits small and large. . This is despite the fact that most of us dread opening our inboxes in the morning and feel like we are drowning in email ! .

[Guest Post] Expanding Your Money Mindset

Fundraising Coach

Changing the way you think about money is a vital key to becoming successful at fundraising. In this guest post, Andrea Waltz points out an important area for us to address. Andrea is the author of "Go for No!

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The Ever-Changing Digital World: How to Feel Less “Arghh” and More “Ahh”

Mission Minded

Social and digital media have become vital components of most modern marketing strategies. They are cost-effective, easy to manage, and. The post The Ever-Changing Digital World: How to Feel Less “Arghh” and More “Ahh” appeared first on Mission Minded.

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The Nonprofit Email Apocalypse is Coming

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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Looking at the New Year with 20/20 Vision

Ann Green

Happy New Year, everyone! Wow, it’s 2020, and I couldn’t resist the 20/20 pun. Not only are we entering a new year, we’re also entering a new decade. Many people use the New Year to make changes and improvements in their lives. You can do the same for your nonprofit organization. .

How to Crush Your Nonprofit Marketing Goals in 2020

J Campbell Social Marketing

I LOVE goal-setting – and then making an action plan to CRUSH my goals – and the New Year is one of the best times to do it! Getting out brightly colored markers and a new calendar makes me happy, just as when I got my back-to-school supplies as a child! Post-its etc. .

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A surprising way to better fundraising

Fundraising Coach

Improving fundraising is a never-ending quest for nonprofit leaders. But recent research shows a startling discovery on how to make your fundraising better.

Soliciting Item Donations for Auctions: 5 Best Practices

Fundraising Report Card

This is a guest post from our friends OneCause. Running a charity auction involves tracking many moving parts. But, one of the most important elements of your event is the items you procure. Without a solid list of auction items, you’ll have a harder time hitting your fundraising goals.

Let’s Hear Those 2020 Resolutions for Your Workplace!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A new year can hold so many new possibilities! Yes, it’s just another day on your calendar really, but January 1st can be a symbolic reset button that allows us to be so much better in the upcoming year. Or maybe you crushed 2019 and just want to maintain your awesomeness.

Make Your New Donors Feel Welcome

Ann Green

As your year-end donations come in, you may notice you have some new donors. Don’t jump for joy yet, the likelihood these donors will stick with you continues to drop. . You’ve focused a lot of time and energy on acquiring your new donors. Now you need to work on keeping them for a long time.

GivingTuesday 2019 Wrap Up – How to Follow Up After Your #GivingTuesday Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

The final numbers are still being calculated, but GivingTuesday 2019 is shaping up to be a huge success! . CEO Asha Curran reported on Twitter: The numbers are in. 511M was donated online on #GivingTuesday yesterday–a 28% increase from 2018. Projected online + offline donations: $1.95B.

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5 Ways to Keep Motivation After the Year-End Giving Season

Fundraising Coach

There’s no denying that year-end giving is a powerful force. After all, some reports suggest as much as one-third of all annual giving occurs in December alone! However, once the final numbers are calculated and the year-end campaigns end, what happens then?

Show Me What You’re Talking About: The Power of Visual Language

Mission Minded

Recently, I attended a forum on education. I rose early, drove to the elegant downtown ballroom, poured myself a coffee. The post Show Me What You’re Talking About: The Power of Visual Language appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Copywriting Nonprofit Messaging Nonprofit Training Storytelling

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No Wonder Defining Comms Success is So Hard!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I am deep into the data analysis for the 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report , which we’ll release next week. For the first time ever, we surveyed nonprofit communications staff on objectives for their work. We asked them to pick their top 3 of 12 choices.

Newsletter: Brands Supporting the Fight Against Australia Wildfires ; How to Develop Guidelines for Corporate Partnerships ; Your 2020 Marketing Strategy is Fearless Alienation

Selfish Giving

Thanks for the great start to 2020. After taking two weeks off, I was wondering if you folks would remember me. You did!?? Open Rate is the percentage of people who opened my newsletter. Most newsletters are lucky to get 15 to 20%! My highest open rate last year was almost 60%.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – January 10, 2020

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The Little Duck Diner. Savannah, GA. We made it through the first full week of 2020! How’s everyone doing so far? Let’s wind it down with the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. It’s time for Mixed Links….

Creating a Unique Value Proposition for Your Nonprofit (Part 2)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Yesterday and today, we welcome guest blogger Sean Kosofsky to explain an important marketing concept for all nonprofits to understand: Your Unique Value Proposition (UVP). What is it and how do you get one? Read on! Guest Post by Sean Kosofsky.

Creating a Unique Value Proposition for Your Nonprofit (Part 1)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Today and tomorrow, we welcome guest blogger Sean Kosofsky to explain an important marketing concept for all nonprofits to understand: Your Unique Value Proposition (UVP). What is it and how do you get one? Read on! Guest Post by Sean Kosofsky. Sean Kosofsky.

The Skills Nonprofit Communicators Want to Build

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey is officially closed. Getting lost in the data crosstabs will begin soon!

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Unsuccessful #GivingTuesday? 3 Reasons Why You May Not Have Hit Your Goals

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofits raised nearly $2 billion on GivingTuesday in 2019. And yet, we hear a lot of complaints every year about how it doesn’t work. If you aren’t getting the return you want, Julia Campbell joins us today to encourage you to assess your approach to Giving Tuesday.

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Week of Freebies, Day 4: The 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s the last day of our Week of Freebies! Let’s look forward to next year with: The 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report.

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This Thank You Email Gave Me the Warm and Fuzzies

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

One day last month, I may or may not have been avoiding work and was down one of those Wikipedia rabbit holes I so often find myself.

Week of Freebies, Day 1: Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for Every Month

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Happy Holidays to our awesome readers! Let’s kick off this week of free stuff with: Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts. Let’s take some of the grief out of nonprofit writing and smash through your writer’s block!

Download Your 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s here ! The 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report has both good news and bad news to share, compiled from the answers of 625 nonprofit communications professionals who took our annual survey in November 2019. It’s free to download.

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Our Top Blog Posts of 2019

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Most Comms Directors Feel Valued and Respected. If You Don’t, Get Out.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I spend a decent amount of time online where nonprofit communications staff congregate, including several Facebook Groups.