How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]
Jul10

How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]

Here’s yet another great example of how remaking your tired old traditional annual report into something more modern can reap great rewards . . . Paula Watson-Lakamp, Communications Manager at Poudre River Public Library District, shared how they pared down their 32-page (!!) annual report into an infographic that created more member engagement, especially on social media. They were able to go from 32 pages to this: Then, as...

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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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Donor Centered + Great Storytelling = A Newsletter That Raises a Lot of Money [Interview]
Dec10

Donor Centered + Great Storytelling = A Newsletter That Raises a Lot of Money [Interview]

Today we have a guest “interview” instead of a guest post. Pam Grow talked with Michelle Brinson of Nashville Rescue Mission about how her organization’s newsletter brings in $2 million a year. We loved her approach so much, we asked Pam and Michelle to allow us to share an abbreviated version with you. You can read the full interview on Pam Grow’s blog. ~Kivi Interview with Michelle Brinson by Pam Grow 1.   ...

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Branding for Nonprofit Fundraising Events – Part 2: Out of the Box Event Ideas
Oct25

Branding for Nonprofit Fundraising Events – Part 2: Out of the Box Event Ideas

Yesterday, Julia Reich of Stone Soup Creative gave us tips for organizing a successful, well-branded fundraising event.  Today, Julia shares some more ideas on throwing a unique event that will be sure to sure to make your occasion unforgettable. ~Kivi Guest Post by Julia Reich of Stone Soup Creative Charity supporters flock to witness or participate in fundraising events held by organizations whose missions they support and feel...

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Branding for Nonprofit Fundraising Events – Part 1: Party with a Purpose
Oct24

Branding for Nonprofit Fundraising Events – Part 1: Party with a Purpose

This post is the first in a 2-part series on branding for nonprofit fundraising events by our favorite graphic designer, Julia Reich. Today, Julia discusses why events are a unique and critical component of a nonprofit’s brand. Part 2, which will be published tomorrow, covers out-of-the-box fundraising event ideas. ~Kivi Guest Post by Julia Reich of Stone Soup Creative Party with a Purpose It’s likely that your school, church,...

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Amateur Hour in Nonprofit Communications
Sep24

Amateur Hour in Nonprofit Communications

In my book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits, I devoted a whole section to different communications channels. For each channel, we list not only “Seven Ways to Make Your Content Work Here,” but also “Seven Mistakes to Avoid.” We know trying to run a small nonprofit is hard and you have a million different things to think about. But there are a few things you can do to avoid looking unprofessional that...

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