Social Media Takeovers: 6 Nonprofits That Gave It Up for Good (PLUS: 6 Tips for Getting it Right)
May21

Social Media Takeovers: 6 Nonprofits That Gave It Up for Good (PLUS: 6 Tips for Getting it Right)

Would you hand over the keys to your nonprofit’s Twitter or Instagram account to a volunteer, partner, artist or celebrity?  It’s called a social media takeover, and it’s been used by big brands and a variety of nonprofits with some fairly impressive results – such as big boosts in followers and engagement. It’s a tactic well suited for arts organizations and orgs with great visuals (think food porn), but any org can...

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Board Exercise: Communicating to Become a Favorite Cause
Apr13

Board Exercise: Communicating to Become a Favorite Cause

I recently contributed to the 10-Minute Board Exercises Series by the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship.  These exercises and worksheets are meant to be incorporated into your board meetings to get board members talking about important issues. My worksheet, Becoming Your Donor’s Favorite Cause, is about helping your board brainstorm ways to solidify your relationships with your current donors by making them feel more appreciated,...

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Let’s Do #NPCommLunch: Get Away from Your Desk!
Mar20

Let’s Do #NPCommLunch: Get Away from Your Desk!

After her work-life balance session at NTC, Kivi has been talking a lot recently about Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap and how you need to stop wearing unused vacation days as a badge of honor. As Kivi says, “Your brain needs a break in order to think strategically and to solve problems creatively.  If you think about it, time off is actually time on — it’s time for your brain to recover from your to-do list chaos...

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Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap Starts with You
Mar10

Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap Starts with You

Do you struggle to find time in your workday to actually sit and think? To plan for what are strategically the best new moves for your organization? Is it a badge of honor to NOT use vacation days, or to work late into the night, every night? To respond to emails as soon as they arrive in your inbox, at all times of day and night? I’ve been hearing stories like these for a long time in the nonprofit world, but as I mentioned...

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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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