Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?
Apr17

Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group — despite their huge potential — is frequently absent because development professionals are often specialists...

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How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human
Apr16

How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human

We’ve been telling you for years that most nonprofits need to create less formal communications. But we know a lot of you are not being heard by your executive director or board members. Kate Snyder, who is the donor communications coordinator for South Hills Interfaith Ministries and also runs Kate Write Now, shared how baby steps may be in order to convince your boss to be more friendly. ~Kivi Guest Post by Kate Snyder...

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Email Segmenting: Is That Data Worth Gathering?
Apr15

Email Segmenting: Is That Data Worth Gathering?

I’m working with a client to figure out ways they *wish* they could segment their email list in the future, so they can start collecting the data to do so now. It’s a very interesting conversation. Like most visionary conversations, you end up with a long list of possibilities. Some are more demographic in nature (e.g. the kind or size of organization that the person on the mailing list works for) and others are related to...

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A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Beth Ritter Ruback
Apr14

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Beth Ritter Ruback

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Beth Ritter Ruback serves as Communications & Development Director for The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Iowa, whose programs range from immediate emotional support (specializing in suicide prevention and intervention) to emergency food to crisis financial assistance. The...

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The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study – Good News and Bad News #2014bench
Apr11

The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study – Good News and Bad News #2014bench

M+R and NTEN released The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study earlier this week. In its eighth year, the study analyzes the data that matters most to nonprofit online programs. Its goal is to set benchmarks that help nonprofits measure their online performance, track progress, and guide strategy to help create more effective fundraising and advocacy. The report is based on the study of 53 of the country’s leading (and large) nonprofits...

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Nonprofit Annual Report in an Infographic [Real-World Example]
Apr10

Nonprofit Annual Report in an Infographic [Real-World Example]

Annual reports don’t have to be long, boring documents with pages and pages of financial statements that no one wants to read (even if they did understand all the accounting jargon!). Your annual report should be a celebration of what your donors have helped you do. I have been pushing alternative formats for annual reports for years now, and am always excited when nonprofits share how they have mixed things up! ~Kivi Guest Post...

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