How Can You Measure Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Success?
Sep18

How Can You Measure Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Success?

Ever feel like you are just sort of flailing around at work, trying every last “best practice” and hoping you are somehow reaching who you want to reach? Or maybe you are really confident in your marketing strategy, but just need to be able to prove it’s working to your boss? Measuring things like email subscribers and dollars raised are pretty straight-forward. But how do you measure things like ideas, writing, and...

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Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors
Sep17

Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

TechSoup is currently running their annual Storymakers contest so today we have TechSoup’s Jim Lynch to share some tips on how to create short, but compelling videos you can use for fundraising, to say thank you or to share your mission. ~Kivi Guest Post by Jim Lynch of TechSoup The heart of effective fundraising is telling a story that a donor can emotionally connect with. These days, one of the easiest ways to reach a donor...

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Nonprofit Communicators Photo-A-Day Challenge! #NPCommPix
Sep15

Nonprofit Communicators Photo-A-Day Challenge! #NPCommPix

If you spend much time at all on Instagram, you’ve seen those Photo-A-Day challenges. I thought it would be fun to create one especially for our community, so I teamed up with Dawn Crawford from BC/DC Ideas, a friend, Instagram junkie, and fellow geek and transplant to North Carolina, to create the Nonprofit Communicators Photo-A-Day Challenge, or #NPCommPix. The inaugural challenge will be this October 1- 31, 2014. We are...

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Book Yourself an #NpCommFreeDay or Two
Sep11

Book Yourself an #NpCommFreeDay or Two

I like this time of year. The air is cooling, and the kids are back in school. It just feels more calm. But before long, the holidays and year-end fundraising season will be upon us. That’s why it’s important to look at your calendar now, before the chaos, and block out some Nonprofit Communicator Free Days (#npcommfreeday) on your calendar for the rest of 2014. These are meeting-free days where you shut the door,...

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Your Favorite Engagement Asks?
Sep09

Your Favorite Engagement Asks?

Last week we talked about fundraising asks or offers to include in your appeals, and we got some great suggestions. Let’s try it again, this time with “engagement” asks. These can be used in their own campaigns to get your community more involved, or in tandem with a fundraising ask. Just like last week, here is my starter list. I’d love for you to share your additions in the comments! Sign a Pledge Ask people...

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