5 Ways to Harness the Awesome Fundraising Potential of #GivingTuesday
Oct16

5 Ways to Harness the Awesome Fundraising Potential of #GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, the Internet exploded with giving. Millions of Tweets, Facebook posts and photos on Instagram celebrated giving back. Donations spiked – technology provider Blackbaud processed a whopping $19.2 million in online donations, up 90 percent from the previous year. What was this seismic philanthropic event? Giving Tuesday. Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back, a...

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Not Too Late to Join the Instagram #NPCommPix Challenge
Oct15

Not Too Late to Join the Instagram #NPCommPix Challenge

We have had over 750 pictures tagged #NPCommPix since we began the Nonprofit Communications Photo-a-Day Challenge on Instagram October 1st. You can still join in on the fun! And, no, you don’t have to catch up on days you missed or anything like that. Just jump right in! Just check out the theme for the day (today’s is “surprise”), post your related picture, and use #npcommpix. Here are upcoming themes: October...

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5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization)
Oct14

5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization)

We encourage telling stories about people, but a lot of you don’t deal directly with the actual people you want to help! As a nonprofit communications consultant and former communications director at TransForm, Marta Lindsey shares some tips on how you can still tell powerful stories even if you don’t have cute kids or puppies. ~Kivi Guest Post by Marta Lindsey We know stories are, in the words of Andy Goodman, our “single...

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Fabiola Johnson
Oct13

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Fabiola Johnson

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.  Want to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Fabiola Johnson is the Social Media Specialist at Amor, an organization committed to serve alongside families in need by building homes through life-changing mission trip...

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Dos and Don’ts for Nonprofit Thank You Letters [FREE Download]
Oct10

Dos and Don’ts for Nonprofit Thank You Letters [FREE Download]

Sending a thank you letter to your donors is not just the polite thing to do. Nor should it just be a tax receipt. Nonprofit thank you letters need to be thought of as a very important, highly strategic piece of communication. With that in mind, we recently updated our nonprofit thank you letters resource page to include tips and advice based on your personal experience with writing thank you letters. Now when you visit the nonprofit...

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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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