Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer
Aug26

Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer

Would your nonprofit communications make your English Lit professor cringe? Good! You’re probably on the right track. Today, Laurel Dykema shares some habits she had to change once she started writing for the real world. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Confession: I had a lot of bad habits when I started in nonprofit writing. And most of them came from writing college papers! When I started as an intern at...

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Pro Tip – Check How Easy Your Text Is to Read in Word
Jun27

Pro Tip – Check How Easy Your Text Is to Read in Word

Here’s a quick tip for you today on using Microsoft Word to check how easy it is for your supporters to read your communications. Word has the ability to let you know your Flesch Reading Ease score and your Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. You just have to turn it on! Wait, what? The Flesch Reading Ease score and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level are readability tests that let you know if your copy is easy to read or not. If you are...

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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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Marketing Matching Gift Programs to Your Donors
Mar06

Marketing Matching Gift Programs to Your Donors

If your nonprofit has corporate matching gift programs, make sure donors employed at those businesses know about it. Adam Weinger of Double the Donation is back with some ideas on how to help your donors check with their employers to see if their employer will match their gift. ~Kivi “Congratulations! You’ve just received a donation from Joe Schmoe!” This is undoubtedly a fundraising professional’s favorite thing to read. Let’s...

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Preparing Your Website for a Successful Content Marketing Strategy
Dec17

Preparing Your Website for a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

A good content marketing strategy, like any communications strategy, involves integrating all of your communications channels. Joe Ventura, senior communications manager at Reading Partners, shares how his organization got their website ready to handle the increase in visits their content marketing strategy produced. ~ Kivi Guest Post by Joe Ventura of Reading Partners Nonprofit marketing, communications, and development professionals...

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Want to Write Faster AND More Effectively? [FREE Webinar]
Nov05

Want to Write Faster AND More Effectively? [FREE Webinar]

One of the biggest challenges for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers is producing all of the content you need to do your job well. Everywhere you look on your to-do list is something new that you need to write – direct mail, emails, newsletters, your website, social media, blog posts, advertising, proposals . . . it goes on and on, and never stops! But the good news is that there are many ways to write more quickly, and we want...

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