Straight Talk on the Give Local Crash from a Nonprofit Tech CEO #GiveDayLessons
May24

Straight Talk on the Give Local Crash from a Nonprofit Tech CEO #GiveDayLessons

I’ve encouraged an open conversation about the long-term impact of this year’s Give Local America Day fiasco, including inviting guest commentary. Jay Love, CEO of Bloomerang, took me up on the offer with today’s post. ~Kivi Online days of giving like Giving Tuesday, Brackets for Good, and Give Local America  have become wonderful fundraising tools for nonprofits of every shape and size. For some small charities...

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The Heroes and Villains of the Give Local America Story #GiveDayLessons
May10

The Heroes and Villains of the Give Local America Story #GiveDayLessons

We talk a lot about storytelling in the nonprofit sector: how stories build through their first, second, and third acts and how all story arcs need beginnings, middles, and ends. When I do storytelling training, I compare the stories that nonprofits tell to a TV series. You have the short-lived, episodic stories that start and end all in one hour, each week. These are like the stories most nonprofits tell in their newsletters and...

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One Lesson from the #iGiveLocal “Give Local America” Fiasco
May04

One Lesson from the #iGiveLocal “Give Local America” Fiasco

Yesterday, May 3, was Give Local America Day. In many of the 50+ communities that participated, today — May 4 — is now also Give Local America Day. That’s because Kimbia’s giving platform crashed for most of yesterday, so they had to extend the campaign into today. Kimbia is going to have hell to pay on this one, but I’ll leave the skewering to others. Instead, this post is about lessons learned for...

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MUST READ: “Fundraising Bright Spots” Highlights Orgs That Are Beating the Odds in Individual Giving
Apr21

MUST READ: “Fundraising Bright Spots” Highlights Orgs That Are Beating the Odds in Individual Giving

“What if the answers to nonprofits’ fundraising challenges were already all around us?” – FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS Successful fundraising isn’t just about money. It’s about relationships. The orgs that understand this have happy, repeat donors. So who’s doing well with individual giving? FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS: Strategies and Inspiration From Social Change Organizations Raising Money From Individual Donors, sponsored by...

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7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 1
Apr20

7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 1

Last week, Abby Jarvis  finished her two-part series on marketing strategies to drive donors to your donation pages. Today, she starts another two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes on your donation forms. ~Kristina Guest Post by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv We all slip up from time to time. Whether it’s dropping a bowl of chips on the floor or accidentally wearing two different shoes to work, mistakes and blunders happen to even the...

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Drive Donors to Your Online Donation Page with These Six Marketing Strategies, Part 2
Apr12

Drive Donors to Your Online Donation Page with These Six Marketing Strategies, Part 2

Today, Abby Jarvis is back with 3 more ways to promote your online donation page. You can find the first 3 strategies here.  Be sure to tell us which one is your favorite in the comments below. ~Kristina Guest Post by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv Last week, we talked about the first 3 strategies for marketing your online donation page: 1. Segment Your Donors 2. Educate Your Supporters 3. Send Great Emails Today, we finish up with: 4. Be Smart...

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