YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts
Mar03

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts

Do you break out in a sweat trying to write the first line of your email appeal or advocacy alert? And do you struggle with connecting ideas in your donor communications?  You’re not alone. Even professional copywriters struggle with these all-important lines. If the first thing you say is confusing or dense or boring, chances are very high that your reader will simply move on and never read the rest. And if your transitions are...

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Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April
Mar02

Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter to get them thinking about articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content for the following month. We send them a month ahead so you’ll have time to think about the ideas and incorporate them into your editorial calendar. The emails are usually broken down...

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What’s in Your Welcome Kit?
Feb18

What’s in Your Welcome Kit?

When someone new donates to your cause, do they get any kind of welcome kit beyond a receipt? How about e-newsletter subscribers? Do they get something special beyond a subscription confirmation? These “extras” are often called Welcome Kits and they can include several different kinds of items. What you include will depend on the kind of relationship you hope to establish with the person long-term. Here are a few...

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4 Ways To Make A Story Come Alive
Jan07

4 Ways To Make A Story Come Alive

Guest blogger extraordinaire Laurel Dykema is back with us to share how you can change up your storytelling technique. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India As nonprofit writers, we share stories about real people … their struggles, victories, and joys. But if you’re like me, sometimes the words you use to tell an amazing story can feel a little flat. Maybe it’s because you write so many stories that they all start...

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Social Media Awareness That Works: S’mores in the Outdoors
Oct22

Social Media Awareness That Works: S’mores in the Outdoors

I loved this post when I read it in Julia’s Stone Soup Creative newsletter — so much that I asked if we could share it with our readers. Maybe it’s the Girl Scout leader in me.  The following post originally appeared on the Stone Soup Creative blog by Julia Reich.~Kivi Guest Post by Julia Reich of Stone Soup Creative. If you know anything about me, you know that whenever I am not working, I am outdoors – hiking,...

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#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators
Oct03

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators

Let’s celebrate the end of the week with a round of Mixed Links… Givelify just released a new white paper called “Nonprofit Fundraising: Removing Roadblocks and Meeting Goals with Mobile Technology.” Aplos has started a funny new blog series on creative approaches to fundraising. Did you miss September’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival? It was published earlier this week by Joanne Fritz. The topic was Social Media for Good...

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