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NONPROFITS: 15 Instagram Tips, Tricks and Features You Don’t Want to Miss

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.” — Unknown. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. The photo social network Instagram is on its way to 1 billion users, alongside Facebook and WhatsApp.

REVEALED: Jerry Panas’ secrets of attracting wealthy supporters

iMarketSmart

In January, Inside Philanthropy interviewed legendary fundraiser Jerold Panas to discover his secrets of attracting wealthy supporters. Here’s his list: It isn’t about your organization or its needs. Rather, it’s about the donor and their needs. Go big or go home because big projects tap into donors’ dreams. Go in person to get the most generous contributions. Avoid dining with donors in restaurants; they make it hard for you to focus on them. The more the merrier.

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How to Get Program Staff to Use Your Editorial Calendar

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You know how I feel about editorial calendars. They are the single most important tool for a communications director. So I get VERY excited when I hear a good nonprofit editorial calendar story. .

12 Ways One Nonprofit Kept A Donor Loyal And Engaged For 27 Years

The Agitator

Over the past 35 years I’ve written copy for and brainstormed with my dear friend Morris Dees, co-founder of The Southern Poverty Law Center. Few organizations have practiced donor-centered fundraising as well as SPLC. No detail involving a donor is seemingly too small.

Ep222: Cone Asks Consumers: "What Do You Want Companies To Stand Up For?"

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Alison DaSilva , Executive Vice President, Cone Communications , about their latest study, the Cone Communications 2017 CSR Study.

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Ep224: How Children's Miracle Network Raises 70% of its Revenues from Retailers

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Clark Sweat , Chief Revenue Officer at Children's Miracle Network (CMN), about CMN's incredible success with checkout charity. On the show, Megan, Clark and I discuss: Clark Sweat, Children's Miracle Network.

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How to Become a Stellar Nonprofit Storyteller

J Campbell Social Marketing

In my last post, I described some of the benefits of combining the powerful one-two punch of great stories and social media. To capitalize on those benefits, what qualities do you need to be an effective storyteller for your nonprofit?

FACEBOOK DUMP: Catch Up With 22 of the Latest Posts on Features, Fundraising, Ads and Engagement

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Billion. Monthly. Users. Facebook hit this momentous milestone late last month. If Facebook were a country, it would be the most populous nation on earth, far surpassing China’s population of 1.4 billion. Source: [link].

Finally revealed, a profile of the ideal major gift officer

iMarketSmart

Thanks to the Education Advisory Board , we now know what the ideal major gift officer looks like. Their Advancement Forum sought to understand what makes a top major gift officer tick. So they surveyed over 1,200 major gift officers at 89 colleges and universities in the U.S.A

Dear Donor: You Suck

The Agitator

Sometimes the behavior of folks who call themselves ‘fundraisers’ leaves me speechless. For this example, I’ll let Adrian Salmon ‘s first-hand report speak for all the real fundraisers who care about donors.

Nonprofit Payment Processing: The Ins and Outs

Fundraising Coach

Passion may be a key player in determining a nonprofit’s success, but without the necessary funds to make it happen, your nonprofit will only get so far in making a difference.

5 Types of Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Share on Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling Summer School is in session! Haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry! Sign up here and you will get access to all previous and future lessons. .

It Pays to Pay Attention to What You’re Sending

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Monica Turner. Today, Monica Turner reminds us if you run annual appeals (like the Mother’s Day appeal Monica discusses today), don’t just send the same thing year after year. Kristina. Guest Post by Monica Turner.

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Claire’s 9 ways to get the major donor visit

iMarketSmart

Getting a donor to see you might actually be the hardest part of your job. . In fact, some fundraisers feel that, once they get the meeting set, they are 80% of the way there! Thanks to Claire Axelrad, here’s some help. She’s provided 9 useful, proven strategies for getting the major donor visit on her blog. Here are my favorites (below) but you’ll want to check out her blog for the rest: Asking for advice. Offer alternatives for the timing of the meeting.

Ep223: How b.good is Building a Business Full of Social Good

Selfish Giving

“We’re Not Like This … Are We?”

The Agitator

Innovation and progress come not from working harder, but working smarter and taking an axe to the time wasters and the trivial. Most of all, stop focusing on the trivial. If I had a nickel for every hour I’ve witnessed trivial debates over orange vs. blue envelopes, or closed-face vs. window envelopes, I could buy Tom a fresh typewriter ribbon. In an earlier post, Wasting Time by Exalting the Trivial , I illustrated some all-to-common examples of wasted time and exalted triviality.

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One Free Way to Ramp Up Your Social Media Storytelling

J Campbell Social Marketing

Join me for a free 6-week training on social media storytelling, specifically designed for the busy nonprofit! Summer isn’t over yet – there is still time to ramp up your social media storytelling skills! . What is Storytelling Summer School ? .

Comms Department Like a Drive-Thru Window or Reservations Required?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As I shared earlier in the year, we did some research on nonprofit communications teams structures as part of our annual Trends Report. I’m also looking at how comms teams are treated within the different organizational cultures of nonprofits.

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Do major gift and planned gift staff need “sales managers”?

iMarketSmart

Sales managers? But we don’t sell anything! Actually, you do! You’re selling value. Any exchange of money occurs because a person sees value in giving away their hard-earned cash. The private sector usually has sales managers for their teams. The nonprofit sector usually doesn’t. Instead, they have Directors or CDO’s. But too many of them don’t know how to manage lead generation, cultivation, and tactical “closing” teams.

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It's not about scaring, but caring

Fundraising Coach

I recently blogged about a storytelling tip for nonprofit leaders that I learned from Kindra Hall. The tip is especially powerful in nonprofit fundraising. Kindra took the millenia old story structure - beginning, middle, end - and reframed it as normal, explosion, new normal.

Are You A Fundraising Professional?

The Agitator

Be careful before you answer. It might be a trick question. I’m sure all Agitator readers regard themselves as ‘professional’, at least in the sense of making some ongoing, applied effort to be seriously competent — i.e. not regarded as a dilettante. But now consider this passage from a recent blog post by fundraiser extraordinaire, Giles Pegram CBE, writing in his role as vice chair of the UK’s Commission on the Donor Experience.

How to Use Live-Streaming Video to Share Stories as They Happen

J Campbell Social Marketing

So what is “live-streaming video”? Live-streaming means filming a video as it happens and broadcasting it via social media. This may sound terrifying to the uninitiated but take note: Live-streaming video is the most popular form of video content on the web today.

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When Sponsor Promotion Consumes Your Communications Channels

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here’s a conundrum that’s come up in multiple conversations lately. I’d love to hear your perspective and advice, so please share what you think in the comments below (click to the blog if you are reading this via email).

Value

iMarketSmart

Too many nonprofits fail to inspire people to give because they don’t understand value. An exchange of money from supporters to nonprofits only occurs when a clear value proposition is presented helping them justify the expense. People will pay to feel good.

Are there other ways to fund your nonprofit?

Fundraising Coach

Have you ever been asked by a board member, "Isn't there some other way of funding our work rather than asking for money ?" Or have you thought that yourself? Well, NonprofitHub's CEO Randy Hawthorne says, "Yes!"

3 Truths And 1 Lie About Online And Offline Donors

The Agitator

Do you really understand the difference between online and offline donors? I sure hope so because there are lots of myths and tribal misinformation floating around out there.

Connect With Your Donors by Telling Stories

Ann Green

When your donors open your appeal letter or newsletter, do you bore them with a bunch of mind-numbing statistics, or do you share a story about how the Wilson family moved out of a shelter and into a home of their own? If you’re making a difference, you have stories to tell. Donors love stories.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

City Bar, Boston, MA. Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s end the week by sharing some Mixed Links… EXPIRES TODAY! Today is the last day to save $200 on our Annual All-Access Pass by using the promo code HOTSAVINGS.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

iMarketSmart

I was wondering who might have created the first survey ever. . My search led me to Charles the Great, the “Father of Europe.” ” Apparently, in AD 771 , he created what might have been the first survey to help him understand his own kingdom.

Interview with Jeff Schreifels-What to do in times of turmoil

Wild Woman Fundraising

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Schreifels, senior partner at the Veritus Group, a major gifts consulting firm, on what nonprofits are doing now in this time of economic uncertainty, and what we SHOULD be doing.

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Can You ‘Hatch’ A Multi-Channel Donor?

The Agitator

I hope you read Roger’s post Monday — 3 Truths And 1 Lie — comparing online and offline donors, and discussing some of the myths involved. And further, I hope you read the analysis by Steve MacLaughlin on which Roger relied. What their analysis confirms is that multi-channel donors — those giving both online and offline — are the most valuable donors of all. Which raises a sort of chicken or egg question — can a multi-channel donor be ‘hatched’?!

Get Noticed in an Instant with a Visual Story

Ann Green

We’re bombarded with information by the bucket loads these days. It’s easy for your messages to get lost in the endless sea of stuff. One great way to connect is by sharing visual stories. Some people respond better to visual stimuli, anyway. Here are a few ways to tell visual stories.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Shux Oyster Bar, Pensacola, FL. Good Friday afternoon, folks! Let’s end this week on a high note with some Mixed Links… M+R shares 10 Rules for a Brilliant Brainstorm with some help from Tina Fey. Now you can Ask a Question, Get an Answer in Google Analytics.

Your Official #NN17 Local's Guide to Atlanta

EveryAction

We're just a few weeks away from one of the most highly-anticipated progressive conferences of the year and we're so excited to be headed down South to the front lines of social change. Considering our team is obsessed with weekend trips to Hotlanta, we thought we'd share some favorite local spots to eat, drink, party, and enjoy the sights while visiting for Netroots 2017. Check out the list below and make sure to read the travel tips at the end! Ebenezer Baptist Church & The King Center.