Three Musts Before Measuring Your Marketing Really Matters
Sep30

Three Musts Before Measuring Your Marketing Really Matters

On Wednesday, October  2nd, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific), I’m teaching a brand-new webinar called How to Measure Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Success.  I’ve had requests for this topic for a couple of years, and finally got around to producing the webinar, so I hope you’ll join me! We will talk about what numbers to pay attention to related to your website, email, social media, direct mail, etc. But...

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The Last Word on the #IceBucketChallenge [Video]

Now that we’ve all dumped ice water on our heads and the ALS Association has raised over $116 million dollars, it’s time to talk about why the Ice Bucket Challenge really worked.  Michael Hoffman at See3 invited Joe Waters of SelfishGiving and me to a live Google Hangout conversation about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Here’s the video:     What do you think? What are your lasting take-aways?...

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Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors
Sep17

Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

TechSoup is currently running their annual Storymakers contest so today we have TechSoup’s Jim Lynch to share some tips on how to create short, but compelling videos you can use for fundraising, to say thank you or to share your mission. ~Kivi Guest Post by Jim Lynch of TechSoup The heart of effective fundraising is telling a story that a donor can emotionally connect with. These days, one of the easiest ways to reach a donor...

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Your Favorite Engagement Asks?
Sep09

Your Favorite Engagement Asks?

Last week we talked about fundraising asks or offers to include in your appeals, and we got some great suggestions. Let’s try it again, this time with “engagement” asks. These can be used in their own campaigns to get your community more involved, or in tandem with a fundraising ask. Just like last week, here is my starter list. I’d love for you to share your additions in the comments! Sign a Pledge Ask people...

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No Going Back for This Nonprofit After Switching to a Digital Annual Report
Sep04

No Going Back for This Nonprofit After Switching to a Digital Annual Report

Sick of me telling you to get rid of your long printed annual reports? Well, I’ll stop when you stop Here’s what Rod Ruff, Program and Engagement Manager of Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, told us about switching from a print annual report to an online version: For the first few months of this year I had been working on re-launching our website with a new platform and design. As such, I wanted to incorporate a digital version...

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Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge
Aug21

Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge

It’s the question that thousands of nonprofit communications and development staff will be asked over the next several weeks: What’s our version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Of course, the real questions behind that are “How come we aren’t raising a bazillion dollars online?” and “Why can’t we get our supporters to make videos of themselves about our cause and share them with their...

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