How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human
Apr16

How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human

We’ve been telling you for years that most nonprofits need to create less formal communications. But we know a lot of you are not being heard by your executive director or board members. Kate Snyder, who is the donor communications coordinator for South Hills Interfaith Ministries and also runs Kate Write Now, shared how baby steps may be in order to convince your boss to be more friendly. ~Kivi Guest Post by Kate Snyder...

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Postcard Annual Report – Great Example of How It Can Work
Mar27

Postcard Annual Report – Great Example of How It Can Work

It’s been several years now since I first suggested in my nonprofit annual reports webinars that a postcard was the perfect format for many a nonprofit annual report. I’m so excited to see the idea taking hold, and love hearing stories like this one from today’s guest blogger, Tim Smith, who volunteers his communications and design skills with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.  (Yes, he did their rebranding and annual...

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I Don’t Care About Money … And Other Confessions Of A Nonprofit Writer
Mar19

I Don’t Care About Money … And Other Confessions Of A Nonprofit Writer

Laurel Dykema at Mission India has done some great guest posts for us, but this might be my favorite! Share your confessions below! ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Hello, my name is Laurel. I’m a nonprofit writer. And these are my confessions: #1: I don’t care about money. Now, don’t get me wrong, fundraising is what I do, but money is not what I really care about. What is really important to me is the work I’m a...

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Procrastination: Three Easy Outs When It Happens
Feb20

Procrastination: Three Easy Outs When It Happens

So, I procrastinated on figuring out what I wanted to blog about today. Then Beth Kanter posted about methods of procrastination and how to stop.  It’s a great post – check it out. On the “Field Guide to Procrastination,” I am definitely the List Maker, the Sidetracker, and the Snacker (well, the Another Cup of Tea Maker). On Beth’s list of five ways to avoid this fate, I use a hybrid of pomodoro, time...

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Top Ten Ideas for Raising Awareness
Feb19

Top Ten Ideas for Raising Awareness

We just finished presenting a new webinar on raising awareness, where I presented a bunch of different ways to go about it (Join us next week for an encore).  We polled participants, and here are the ten ideas, in order, that they thought could work best for them. Maybe some of these could work for you too? Host Educational Events. Invite people to attend an event where they can learn something really useful for their own lives, while...

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Read Contagious: Why Things Catch On [Book Review]
Feb18

Read Contagious: Why Things Catch On [Book Review]

As part of my preparation to teach a new webinar called How to Raise Awareness for Your Cause on a Budget, I read Jonah Berger’s  Contagious: Why Things Catch On. It’s a great book: quick read, full of clear examples, and easy steps to follow to put the ideas to work. On the book website, you can find a free “Crafting Contagious” Workbook and Reading Guide too. The heart of the book is the STEPPS framework: 1....

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