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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Want Better Payoffs From Your Donor Communication? Start Customizing It
Dec10

Want Better Payoffs From Your Donor Communication? Start Customizing It

Last month we heard from Somya Qureshi from NonprofitNinja.org on the easiest place to get started with collecting data. Today she has some ideas on how to take that donor data and turn it into a communications startegy. ~Kivi In the last post, I talked about some of the basic metrics that nonprofit organizations could start measuring regularly in order to track donors to ensure that the donor base grows over a period of time. Now...

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Data! Data! Data! Where to Start?
Nov13

Data! Data! Data! Where to Start?

We love a data nerd whose also great at writing and fundraising strategy, so we are big fans of Somya Qureshi! Not sure where to start when digging into your fundraising database? Somya tells you where to begin.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Somya Qureshi at Nonprofit Ninja If you have already implemented donor-centric newsletters and built a strong communications calendar, but are still looking for that extra edge in nonprofit communications...

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My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.
Oct30

My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re leaving money on the table. Aggressive fundraisers will send...

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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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A Lesson on Listening… and Making More Money with Your Newsletter
Oct21

A Lesson on Listening… and Making More Money with Your Newsletter

One of my favorite parts of my job is coaching young communications directors. I love the enthusiasm and willingness to experiment that 20-somethings usually bring to this work. But part of the job — as you’ll see in our guest post today — is also giving them the cold, hard reality check that comes from having worked in this field for nearly as long as they have been alive. That part often does not go over so well ....

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