Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work – but this method does


Our cold-calling wasn’t working! Here’s how it works. This will work for you too but you have to recognize that engagement calling involves a mandatory two-step process involving the following components: CALL #1. Then let me know how it works!

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6 not-so-conventional tips for working from home

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

It’s been quite interesting reading the influx of posts about people adapting to their new reality of working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a consultant running my own business, I’ve been working primarily from home for over a decade now.

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Don’t Feel Like Working? #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I worked out this morning, had a call, answered some emails, sent an email, stopped for lunch, took my dog for a walk, aaaand now I am crashing and don’t feel like doing the many other things on my to-do list for today. ” Break Your Work Into Smaller Steps.

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Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work— but this method does


Our cold-calling wasn’t working! Here’s how it works. This will work for you too but you have to recognize that engagement calling involves a mandatory two-step process involving the following components: CALL #1. Then let me know how it works! The post Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work— but this method does appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |.

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4 Steps to Work Through Collaboration Problems

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You are trying to change organizational culture and instill new work habits in people. And here are simple rules for how to get work done faster and more efficiently.

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Is Your Nonprofit Work Called Marketing, Communications, or Something Else?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As organizations grow, we also sometimes see battles about which executives or staff teams will control the various aspects of marketing and communications work, which also leads to parsing the definitions as the work is divided.

Work From Home Stuffing Envelopes – 100% Scam

Getting Attention

Work From Home Stuffing Envelopes, AKA: A Story of How You Got Screwed, Again. If you think you can sit at home on the couch and eat potato chips stuffing envelopes (with a glove on so you don’t get grease on the product), you are SADLY mistaken.

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How to Work From Home

Mission Minded

Is concern over the spread of Coronavirus leading you to work from home? The post How to Work From Home appeared first on Mission Minded. As more and more businesses choose to.

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Keeping Spirits High at Work #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You can’t feel satisfied with your work if you feel lost because you have no proper education. Share in the comments… The post Keeping Spirits High at Work #NPCOMMLIFE appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog. A positive workplace culture is so important to your overall well being – maybe even more so at nonprofits where a lot of you deal with difficult subjects for less compensation.

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Take Charge of Your Work and Jump Start Your Email Welcome Series This Month

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

March 18: How to Take Charge, Streamline, and Simplify How Your Communications Work Gets Done with Kivi Leroux Miller. 60-Minute Webinar] Learn how to set up an established workflow that will help you do your work more strategically, efficiently, and effectively.

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Work-Life Balance at #15NTC

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This morning, Stephanie Bowen, Leili Khalessi, Kerala Taylor and I led a session called Paradox but Possible: Hardcore on Work AND Life. After the session, we heard this statement from about 20 people who were NOT in it: “Oh, I wanted to go to that session, but I decided that would have been more for me personally, and I needed to go to a session for my work.” Greetings from Texas, Y’all!

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Finally, you can learn what words work to raise money!


Last year I worked with Dr. Russell James to present his findings in the ground-breaking webinar titled Words that Work (get the quick-read eBook here ). If you want to see the whole Words that Work webinar, you can check out the recording here. And, if you want to see the sequel, Words that Work 2 , go here. The post Finally, you can learn what words work to raise money!

What Worked for Us – A Quick Tip on Increasing Facebook Group Engagement

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

So, in 2012, we started a private Facebook Group as a way for our Pass Holders to connect with each other – to vent frustrations, share their work and experiences, and ask for help. Why do I think this works?

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Does Slacktivism Actually Work?


While social media has profoundly amplified the reach and influence of nonprofits, it’s also created a dilemma commonly referred to as “slacktivism.” ” This digital-age phenomenon describes the inaction of supporters beyond simple acts such as ‘liking’ a Facebook page or sharing a call-to-action. The efficacy of slacktivism has been a hotly debated issue.

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Give Us a Year and We’ll Change How You Work

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Either way you will need some help cutting through the noise so you can focus on what really works. These are in-depth 3-hour Zoom workshops with hands-on practice and time to work with fellow nonprofit communicators on the same project. Were you ready for 2020? I know I wasn’t!

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Asana—Streamline the Work Behind Your Work (Nonprofit Blog Carnival)

Getting Attention

As nonprofit communicators, we all know what it’s like to try to find balance in our work despite competing priorities, multiple teams and never-ending deadlines. Never have I felt so “at home” professionally than at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#14NTC) , where I attended a session on “The Work Behind The Work” with Sarah Durham (founder of Big Duck), Stephanie Bowen (most recently with KaBOOM) and Nancy Schwartz.

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Collaborating and Working Remotely: Advice from a Nonprofit Communications Director Who’s Done It For Years

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Anna Mullen and her colleagues at the National Farm to School Network have always worked remotely. You can also see her slides here , as well as a blog post that the staff wrote together: Our Top Tips fro 12+ Years of Remote Working.

New to This Work or Just Flat-Out Overwhelmed? Ground Yourself in These Nonprofit Comms Basics

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Some of you are being asked to do communications work for the first time. No matter what you are working on, there are a few really simple elements to this nonprofit communications work that you can always use to ground yourself and to create a strong foundation for your work.

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Working in Canada goes Mobile

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Essentially these are government services that I have discovered through my consulting work, which are not always well known, yet extremely valuable. It was initially developed for skilled immigrants looking to work in Canada, however once you try it out yourself you’ll realize that it’s useful for domestic audiences as well. There is also the very useful branded Working in Canada YouTube Channel with useful videos and enabled comments.

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How Nonprofits Can Benefit from Remote Work

Ann Green

However, it does take work to make your organization function in a digital world. However, a remote work environment can make this more challenging. Provide organizational laptops, if you are able to, and require that employees only work on these devices.

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What Will Your Team Gain From Working at Home?

Mission Minded

Mission Minded's remote work culture tips gained from working remotely since our founding in 2002. The post What Will Your Team Gain From Working at Home? appeared first on Mission Minded.

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Tell Us What Your Work Day Is Like

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tell us all about the day-to-day work that keeps your organization going. How It Works It’s extremely simple! The post Tell Us What Your Work Day Is Like appeared first on 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. What’s going on at your desk right now? Are you chugging coffee all day?

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What To Do When You Get Pulled into Other People’s Work

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But sometimes you find yourself in the opposite position: You get pulled into other people’s work, making it near impossible for you to spend time on your own big projects. Let’s tackle this situation using our Four Steps to Work Through Collaboration Problems.

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6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer and Still Get Work Done

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are a few ways to stay motivated during the sweet summertime months when all of that work still needs to get done. The key here is to actually leave earlier rather than getting sucked into more work or meetings! Bring fresh flowers into work with you (as long as you or your office mates are too allergic). The post 6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer and Still Get Work Done appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog.

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When You Work at a Nonprofit - A Case Study

Social Media Bird Brain

Don’t Over-Think It: A Case Study For Testing Ideas, From “When You Work At A Nonprofit”. when you work at a nonprofit small nonprofits ideas social media testing case study acceptance When you see the response to your proposeduse of a new social media tool: This came into my mailbox and I think it is so cool. At this point, I''ve got nothing to add that I think would make it any better. Read it.

What Wastes Your Time at Work? #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

According to their infographic, other co-workers and social media are the biggest distractions at work. Maximize “quiet hours” for work to be able to participate later. Carve out set times to turn off work and engage with others like coffee or lunch breaks.

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Spread the work around

Get Fully Funded

If you working on raising the money of your dreams, you should always be on the lookout for people who can help advance your cause. After all, you can’t do it yourself and many hands make light work. People don’t have to be Board members to serve on a committee for your organization, they just have to care about the work your nonprofit is doing, and be willing to give their time and talent. . Make sure they have the time and are willing to do some work.

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An insider snapshot of what it’s like to work at MarketSmart


But I thought I’d share it with my readers so they could get a glimpse into what it’s like to work here at MarketSmart. Here’s Zach’s article about working at MarketSmart. The post An insider snapshot of what it’s like to work at MarketSmart appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. Fundraising fundraising report card marketsmart marketsmart glassdoor philosophy podcast Side Hustle School work culture

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When Everything Is Going Great at Work #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The post When Everything Is Going Great at Work #NPCOMMLIFE appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog. While we know a lot of you are completely overwhelmed or stressed by your job, we also know a lot of you are out there kicking butt! Your campaigns get attention. Your advocates make change happen. Emails are being opened and checks are being mailed. You are on top of the world! So how do you handle that success?

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How MarketSmart Works With Partners


People often ask me, “How does MarketSmart work with partners (allies) to help nonprofits lower costs and increase revenues?” So, today I thought I’d explain how we work with consultants, consulting firms, direct marketing agencies, CRM software companies and others. Bottom line: Our friends, partners, and allies in the fundraising community work with us to use our platform and to learn to employ it. . Do you work for a CRM or other software company?

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Share Your Typical Day at Work (Whether You are Back in the Office or Still at Home)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

With a time period called “Wine O’Clock” and a running joke about getting dressed, it was a lighthearted look into how we were all adjusting to working at home. Just fill our the form below and send me a picture of you at work.

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Get Everyone on the Same Page at Work – Even Now [$20 Webinar Tomorrow]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You have big projects that need your attention, but you keep getting pulled into other people’s work. With everyone working at home, your boss or colleagues now communicate all day, every day, and even on weekends.

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Quote of the Week: Are We Ever Done Working?


So, as you wrap up your week, ask yourself: What am I working for? Are you working for retirement or are you working with a purpose? Clayton Christensen, over at the Harvard Business Review , offers some great insight into work, meaning and our purpose in life. When I was a Rhodes scholar, I was in a very demanding academic program, trying to cram an extra year’s worth of work into my time at Oxford. I was out at dinner tonight and overheard another table.

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Crying in Your Car After Work? You Have Two Options

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be really hard days when you feel like the least favorite person in your organization and break down as soon you leave work. If you are in this kind of situation, I recommend a book I am reading called Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. It has some great process advice on how to work through the changes you need to make. The post Crying in Your Car After Work?

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Marketing Your Cause to Millennials—What Works

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Chapin Cole is a proud Millennial who works in nonprofit development in the California Bay Area. What has worked for you? She blogs here on getting successful yet stress-free as a nonprofit staffer. The Secret to Marketing to Millennials—There Isn’t One. If I read another blog post about how to talk to Millennials, I’m going to scream. Yes, I’m a proud member of Generation Y, and I often talk about my experience in the context of my age, but I won’t be pigeonholed.

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Why I’m Working with Bloomerang

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

So it was sort of a big deal, at least in my own head, when I started talking to Jay Love , the CEO of Bloomerang , about working together. In late 2012, Jay decided to create a new kind of donor management and fundraising software, this one with best practices baked right into how it worked. Jay’s work with Tom led him to me. Much of what we talk about at Nonprofit Marketing Guide requires software to do well.

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Interdisciplinary Work

A Small Change

Pull in someone who works with your database to talk about how to segment your approach with different donors. We all work with donors in a different way using methods and techniques that illicit different responses and information. We all benefit from a diversified approach to our projects and donors. Last month I built the case that we are moving away from being solely advance practitioners into having a main area of experience and a hobby area.

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The Work behind Your Work: Your Methods & Wants for Nonprofit Blog Carnival

Getting Attention

This is the work behind our work. . That’s the work behind our work. We focused on marketing work there but the discussion got so deep and passionate that I wanted to expand it to include all of you, across functions.

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Work Your Small (Case Study: Meals on Wheels)

Getting Attention

million marketing budget funding the work of three departments and 13 staff members. Now, just over two years later, I find myself at a much different organization— Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland—working in a much different way. I am working hard to develop a low-budget marketing program that engages each audience segment. And my plans are based on what I know works in our region—community events, not multi-million dollar ad budgets.

3 things you can do when fundraising is no longer fun and you want a new job.


Some try it and go back to working for a nonprofit. Fundraising bored with job after 2 years bored with job after 6 months bored with my job need a change boring job making me depressed charity blog disinterested in work is work fun is work supposed to be fun my heart isn t in my job anymore my job is so boring i can't focus my job is so unfulfilling not enjoying my job anymore Philanthropy quitting your dream job should work be fun started new job bored work is not fun anymore

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4 Tips for Subject Lines That Work

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Subject lines are more important than you might think. On average, at least 100 emails flood your constituents'' inboxes every single day. That''s a lot of digital noise to shout over, which is why your email subject lines need as much TLC as the content inside. Here''s a simple, four-step makeover to help transform your subject lines from ho-hum to "Oh, wow!" " 1. State the Obvious. Don''t dance around the point of your email.

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Why your fundraising stories don't work

Fundraising Coach

But if you're working hard to create the best fundraising stories exclusively by talking to your staff, these data points and healthcare acronyms will dominate your talk. For libraries, most donors I've worked with aren't concerned about "literacy." I can think of two cases: You've tested "data point" stories and they work better for your organization than other stories. For example, if you're trying to move physicians to give to the hospital, quality awards might work.

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Bring Yourself to Work? James Porter Does

Getting Attention

Do you bring yourself—with your passions, personal history, and personality—to work, or do you check “the real you” at the front door? Here’s hoping you bring “all of you” to work. He describes the race, and the cause, then links his passion for his work (and participation in the race) with his experience of being marginalized as a gay boy growing up. Use this inspiring model as motivation to bring one more aspect of yourself to work today.

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