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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Embracing Your Community’s Voice: The Art of Incorporating Your Community as Co-Producers of Content
Apr09

Embracing Your Community’s Voice: The Art of Incorporating Your Community as Co-Producers of Content

Last week Diane Greenhalgh shared some tips on how to get your staff involved in creating content for you. Today she shares how to get your community of clients or supporters to help. ~Kivi Guest Post by Diane Greenhalgh of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association While there are certainly tactics for including constituent produced content in your editorial lineup, which I share below, you must first take a look at how you think about...

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Shifting Your Comm Style from Frightening to Friendly – 3 Steps
Dec19

Shifting Your Comm Style from Frightening to Friendly – 3 Steps

I recently talked with a nonprofit communications director whose challenge for 2014 is to remake her organization’s communications voice, style, and tone from something that’s frankly a little frightening to something much more friendly. How does she know the current approach is frightening? Because the organization’s supporters and clients said so. The nonprofit asked for feedback on its website content, and heard...

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Donor Centered + Great Storytelling = A Newsletter That Raises a Lot of Money [Interview]
Dec10

Donor Centered + Great Storytelling = A Newsletter That Raises a Lot of Money [Interview]

Today we have a guest “interview” instead of a guest post. Pam Grow talked with Michelle Brinson of Nashville Rescue Mission about how her organization’s newsletter brings in $2 million a year. We loved her approach so much, we asked Pam and Michelle to allow us to share an abbreviated version with you. You can read the full interview on Pam Grow’s blog. ~Kivi Interview with Michelle Brinson by Pam Grow 1.   ...

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Giving, Impact, and Happiness
Oct28

Giving, Impact, and Happiness

Thanksgiving is coming up, which means lots of nonprofit messaging around gratitude. But have you thought about whether your organization has a spirit of gratitude for others? In this guest post, Ross Johnston reflects on the power of sharing both gratitude and impact, and how that can change the results you get in fundraising and in life.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Ross Johnston Happiness and Giving Study There was a study recently where...

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This Is How You Get Your Fans Engaged – Nonprofit Success Story
Sep17

This Is How You Get Your Fans Engaged – Nonprofit Success Story

I coached the fundraising staff at Children of the Nations for part of 2012 and 2013, and I am so excited about the creative ideas they have had to engage their fans and child sponsors. I asked Cassia Burke of Children of the Nations to share how they came up with a recent campaign that I think you might just want to “borrow” and customize in your own way.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Cassia Burke of Children of the Nations Last...

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