My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.
Oct30

My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re leaving money on the table. Aggressive fundraisers will send...

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Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts
Oct28

Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at the computer hoping inspiration — or a quick idea that I can...

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5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization)
Oct14

5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization)

We encourage telling stories about people, but a lot of you don’t deal directly with the actual people you want to help! As a nonprofit communications consultant and former communications director at TransForm, Marta Lindsey shares some tips on how you can still tell powerful stories even if you don’t have cute kids or puppies. ~Kivi Guest Post by Marta Lindsey We know stories are, in the words of Andy Goodman, our “single...

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Turn Your Year-End Campaign Into Year-Round Success [Video]

Year-end campaigns get a lot of attention (as they should), but what if I told you we have come up with a way to better engage your supporters and raise more money ALL year long? Let me explain… (Can’t see the video? Try this.) We are really excited about this new training as it brings everything I have been teaching about nonprofit marketing for the last 15 years together in one program. And I think it will take your...

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Your Favorite Fundraising Asks or Offers in Your Appeals?
Sep02

Your Favorite Fundraising Asks or Offers in Your Appeals?

I’m putting together a list of different kinds of fundraising asks or offers, as a prompt to get you thinking about new ways to talk to your donors about supporting your work. It’s part of a new training I’m putting together (more on that later). Here’s my list so far. I’ve given each category a name, followed by a very brief description of the overall message to the donor. What else would you add? The...

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Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer
Aug26

Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer

Would your nonprofit communications make your English Lit professor cringe? Good! You’re probably on the right track. Today, Laurel Dykema shares some habits she had to change once she started writing for the real world. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Confession: I had a lot of bad habits when I started in nonprofit writing. And most of them came from writing college papers! When I started as an intern at...

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