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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The Last Word on the #IceBucketChallenge [Video]

Now that we’ve all dumped ice water on our heads and the ALS Association has raised over $116 million dollars, it’s time to talk about why the Ice Bucket Challenge really worked.  Michael Hoffman at See3 invited Joe Waters of SelfishGiving and me to a live Google Hangout conversation about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Here’s the video:     What do you think? What are your lasting take-aways?...

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Reasons I Don’t Use Instagram [And Why They Are Silly]
Sep24

Reasons I Don’t Use Instagram [And Why They Are Silly]

I have had an Instagram account for over a year now. And I have posted exactly 3 pictures:   I like the idea of Instagram, I really do! Who doesn’t like looking at pictures? Still, there have been a few things holding me back from really embracing it. And most of those reasons are a result of not taking the time to get familiar with it. Perhaps they are the same reasons you haven’t gotten on board with Instagram...

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