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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Love Your Boss? Tell Us Why!
Feb02

Love Your Boss? Tell Us Why!

I’ll admit it. More often than not, I have conversations with communications directors who are struggling with their bosses for one reason or another. But, every now and then, someone will say, “I love my boss” or “I have the best boss” and I’ll be momentarily startled, just because it doesn’t happen that often. So, do you have a great boss? We want to hear about it! Why does your relationship...

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5 Ways to Make 2015 Filled with “Matterness”
Jan13

5 Ways to Make 2015 Filled with “Matterness”

Today Allison Fine joins us to talk about what she call “matterness” – making other people matter more in your work. For more on this, check out her latest book, Matterness: Fearless Leadership for a Social World. ~Kristina Guest Post by Allison Fine Keeping up your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise more may begin to slide as January soon becomes February, but there is something you can be...

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Agendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings
Dec16

Agendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings

In working with several clients over the last few years, I’ve started to see a pattern develop about what should be covered in nonprofit editorial meetings, and who should be in what meeting. Of course, every organization puts their own personal spin on it, and exactly who is in what meeting varies based on the size of the organization, how many layers of management are in between the executive director and the content creators,...

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Nonprofit Marketing Team Roles and Tasks – Who Does What?
Oct23

Nonprofit Marketing Team Roles and Tasks – Who Does What?

I am working with two clients, ASPCApro and the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy, who are both looking at the best ways to staff what are essentially content marketing teams, even though the organizations don’t call them that. They’ve both asked me for the list of all the roles and responsibilities that should be covered by a nonprofit marketing team that’s focusing heavily on a content –both as a strategy for...

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What Staff Want Board Members to Know
Oct09

What Staff Want Board Members to Know

Yesterday, I told you about a recent workshop with more than 200 nonprofit board and staff members, where we did an exercise for board members to share what they secretly wanted staff to know on yellow notes, and for staff to share what they wanted board members to know on pink notes. Board members said this; today we hear from staff.  Here are their top three messages: Learn what we really do. Ask questions. Meet the people we serve....

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