My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re…

Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at…

5 Ways to Harness the Awesome Fundraising Potential of #GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, the Internet exploded with giving. Millions of Tweets, Facebook posts and photos on Instagram celebrated giving back. Donations spiked – technology provider Blackbaud processed a whopping $19.2 million in online donations, up 90 percent from the previous year. What was this seismic philanthropic event? Giving Tuesday. Founded in 2012, Giving…

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…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators October 3, 2014

Let’s celebrate the end of the week with a round of Mixed Links… Givelify just released a new white paper called “Nonprofit Fundraising: Removing Roadblocks and Meeting Goals with Mobile Technology.” Aplos has started a funny new blog series on creative approaches to fundraising. Did you miss September’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival? It was published earlier this week…

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…

Turn Your Year-End Campaign Into Year-Round Success [Video]

Year-end campaigns get a lot of attention (as they should), but what if I told you we have come up with a way to better engage your supporters and raise more money ALL year long? Let me explain… (Can’t see the video? Try this.) We are really excited about this new training as it brings everything I have been…

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…