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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Slaying the Dragon of No
Feb16

Slaying the Dragon of No

Not getting buy-in for ideas you know can work from your higher ups is a major frustration among nonprofit marketers and fundraisers alike. How can you convince them to say “yes” to your new plans? Tom Ahern was gracious enough to let us reprint this article that originally appeared in his January newsletter. ~Kivi Guest Post by Tom Ahern It’s up to fundraisers to know how donor communications work best. Your boss...

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5 Strategies for 2015 to Make You a Rockstar Fundraiser!
Feb05

5 Strategies for 2015 to Make You a Rockstar Fundraiser!

Today Somya Qureshi is back with another guest post (read her past posts here), this time on easy ways to organize your fundraising work in a more strategic way. ~Kivi Guest Post by Somya Qureshi, CEO of Nonprofit Ninja The more conversations I have with fundraisers, the more I realize how important it is to think strategically about fund development, and not let the day-to-day operations get in the way! Always remember that you will...

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Horrible Conversation Starters when Asking for Bequests
Feb03

Horrible Conversation Starters when Asking for Bequests

So you’re talking to a nice couple in their 70s who have been giving to your organization for years. You think they are a great candidate to ask for a bequest. Now what? Well here are a few things you probably shouldn’t say: “So….how was that last doctor’s visit?” “Since your kids turned out to be really horrible people….” “Have you had that mole on your neck looked at...

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Marketing is Killing Fundraising. Seriously???
Jan20

Marketing is Killing Fundraising. Seriously???

  Some fundraising bloggers/consultants have discovered a terrifying new boogeyman – the work of nonprofit marketing directors! Hurry, get the pitchforks and the lighter fluid. We got us some branding hocus pocus witches to burn! Oh, haven’t you heard the hysteria? Yep, nonprofit marketing and branding are apparently killing fundraising. Killing it, they say! “Marketing takes your organization the WRONG WAY.”...

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Takeaways from #GivingTuesday: Lessons Learned on a Collaborative Project
Dec18

Takeaways from #GivingTuesday: Lessons Learned on a Collaborative Project

Sean King has been on our radar for about 3 years now – when he participated in our very first Mentoring Program and shared his organization’s wonderful video series.  He recently asked us for #GivingTuesday advice which we happily gave…under the condition he share the process and results with us! ~Kivi Guest Post by Sean King of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) Seven nonprofit arts organizations in Allentown, PA...

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