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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Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors
Sep17

Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

TechSoup is currently running their annual Storymakers contest so today we have TechSoup’s Jim Lynch to share some tips on how to create short, but compelling videos you can use for fundraising, to say thank you or to share your mission. ~Kivi Guest Post by Jim Lynch of TechSoup The heart of effective fundraising is telling a story that a donor can emotionally connect with. These days, one of the easiest ways to reach a donor...

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How to Make Online Donations Simple for Potential Donors
Sep10

How to Make Online Donations Simple for Potential Donors

A potential donor visits your website, but never makes a donation. It happens all the time, but have you done everything you can to prevent that? Abby Jarvis joins us today to share some tips on creating a simple online donation process.~Kivi Guest Post by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv The decision to donate to a charity is an emotional one. From the moment a donor decides to give to the second they make the payment, it’s important not to...

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