5 Story Starters You Can Steal
Jul30

5 Story Starters You Can Steal

When we get stuck for blog post ideas, it’s nice to have Laurel Dykema around to step in for us with her great posts. If you don’t have a Laurel in your life, try these story starters to get your ideas flowing. ~Kristina Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India A blinking cursor. A blank page. You have a new great story to write—about someone your nonprofit has helped. And a looming deadline. The only problem is … you...

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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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Being a Nonprofit’s Internal Journalist [Video Interview]

When I was in Austin last month, I had a chance to catch up with Sara Peralta, the communications manager for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Sara has a very interesting story to share about how she has transitioned from a more traditional “do everything” communications manager position to one where she is primarily a “brand journalist” or “internal journalist.” Watch this 10-minute interview...

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A Bequest Story: Tell a Story and Encourage Donors to Put Your Charity in Their Will
Sep26

A Bequest Story: Tell a Story and Encourage Donors to Put Your Charity in Their Will

What does your planned giving marketing look like? If you are like most nonprofits, then it is probably non-existent or a bit of a mess. Claire Meyerhoff shows how a good story might be just what you need to get your planned giving campaign going. (For more on asking for bequests, join us in January for Tom Ahern’s webinar, Marketing Bequests : The Delicate Art of Asking for the Final Gift.) ~Kivi Guest Post by Claire Meyerhoff...

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraising
Aug02

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraising

Hope you had a great week! Let’s have some Mixed Links… July’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival is up! Craig Linton, the Fundraising Detective, hosted the carnival and compiled some great tips on monthly giving programs. The August Nonprofit Blog Carnival will be hosted by yours truly and the theme will be how to play well with others in your organization. You can publish a post on that topic or you can guest blog for us and...

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8 Tips for Writing a Better Story
Jun19

8 Tips for Writing a Better Story

Last week we heard from Kathy Swayze on how to get stories from your staff and board. Today, Laurel Dykema of Mission India is back to share her tips on how to tell those stories once you get them. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India “A writer’s work is never done,” I say jokingly. But if you write for a nonprofit like me, you know that this statement isn’t so much a joke as it is a reality! You probably have a backlog...

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