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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What Board Members Want Staff to Know
Oct08

What Board Members Want Staff to Know

At a recent workshop with more than 200 nonprofit board and staff members, we did an exercise where board members shared what they secretly wanted staff to know on yellow notes, and staff shared what they wanted board members to know on pink notes. Today and tomorrow, I’ll share the most popular messages with you, starting today with what board members wish they could say to staff. Here are the top three messages I see board...

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Sample Calendars: How Often to Send Direct Mail and Email [Video and Download]
Oct07

Sample Calendars: How Often to Send Direct Mail and Email [Video and Download]

Watch this video to learn about the six new communications calendars I’ve created for you as part of our brand-new training, Creating a 12-Month Community Engagement and Fundraising Plan. I talk about the first part of the training, Calendars That Connect, which we’ll present on Monday, October 20, 2014. Then download one of the sample calendars for free.  The sample calendars tell you when to send direct mail and email...

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