What is Crowdfunding and How Can It Work for My Nonprofit?

In last week’s Mixed Links, we shared an infographic on  Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, but thought we might need to expand a little bit about what crowdfunding is before you jump into those statistics. Crowdfunding is pretty much what it sounds like – getting a large group of people to give you money for a project.…

Email Frequency Up and Direct Mail Down? Nope.

I bet the conventional wisdom about how often nonprofits send email and direct mail to their supporters is this: nonprofits are sending direct mail less frequently over the last four years and sending email more frequently. But that’s not what our data says. At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we’ve surveyed thousands of nonprofits for each of…

Postcard Annual Report – Great Example of How It Can Work

It’s been several years now since I first suggested in my nonprofit annual reports webinars that a postcard was the perfect format for many a nonprofit annual report. I’m so excited to see the idea taking hold, and love hearing stories like this one from today’s guest blogger, Tim Smith, who volunteers his communications and…

Kick-Start Yourself with a Communications Grid

We always hear from nonprofits asking how other organizations organize their content. We’ve talked about Big Picture Communications Timelines and Editorial Calendars, but there are lots of great hybrids in between.  Former Mentoring Program participant Carol Goglia, Director of Marketing and Communications at Communities Foundation of Texas, was kind enough to share her communications grid with us,…

Prospect Research: A Breach of Privacy, or a Best Practice?

Learning about a prospective major donor is important to cultivating that relationship. But many fundraisers feel researching prospects in the Internet Age is too creepy. Author, speaker, coach and fundraising consultant, Amy Eisenstein, shows you how to get the info you need without becoming a creeper.  Amy also has a special offer for our readers –…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators February 28, 2014

This Friday could not come soon enough. I really need some Mixed Drinks – I mean Mixed Links… Capital campaign experts Andrea Kihlstedt and Gail Perry are presenting a free webinar on March 3rd called How to Hire the Right Capital Campaign Consultant for Your Campaign. Voting begins today for the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. This year’s…

3 Online Fundraising Reports You Should Read Right Now

The state of online giving is GREAT! The state of online giving STINKS. 🙁 Wait, what? First the good:  Online giving was up 13.5% in 2013! Now the bad:  84% of nonprofit emails analyzed over the course of nine months last year were not not optimized for mobile viewing. A trio of separate fundraising reports released in…

How Often Should We Send Email and Direct Mail?

It just may be the most frequent “Are we normal??” question we get. How often should we send email? Or direct mail? Your answer depends on your organization, but based on our 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we can tell you what most other organizations are doing. The chart below shows the most popular communications…

How Are You Segmenting Your Email List?

Coming up with a real strategy for how to segment your email list is one of the changes I recommend nonprofits make in 2014. I’m working with a favorite client this month on making some of those strategic decisions about how they can build out the records in their email list so they can segment…