Charity Newsletters – Extraordinary Experiences … for the Rest of Us

Today we have more goodies from Tom Ahern on how to write more successful fundraising newsletters. Don’t forget he joins us next week for our new e-clinic Donor Newsletters That Raise More Money. We have just 8 seats left! ~Kivi Guest Post by Tom Ahern Simone Joyaux calls them “extraordinary experiences.” It’s a phrase she adopted…

Using Social Media in Fundraising

On Friday, I taught a workshop called Social Media: Your On-Ramp to Future Fundraising at the annual conference of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. I’m sharing the deck with you here. Social Media: Your On-Ramp to Future Fundraising from Kivi Leroux Miller While everyone wants to focus on peer-to-peer fundraising in social media, you…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators September 14, 2012

Happy Friday! It’s once again time for some delicious Mixed Links. Crisis Management and Communications Melissa Agnes has a new report on Social Media Crisis Planning For Non-Profit Organizations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy shares Why Livestrong Will Survive Lance Armstrong’s Struggles. I also recently did a presentation on nonprofit social media crisis communications for the Virginia…

Wonderful Response from the American Heart Association

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you what kind of communications I received from twenty different national nonprofits after giving year-end gifts in the last days of 2011. The results were very mixed, with about a 1/3 of the organizations doing what I would consider good online donor retention, 1/3 doing it inconsistently,…

The Nonprofit Newsletter: A Newcomer’s Perspective

Yesterday, I hosted the August edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival on nonprofit newsletter trends. Here’s another perspective to add to the mix, from the view of two young nonprofit professionals.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Antoinette Siu and Gillian Gurish of Wiser.org. In my many varied internship experiences over the past year, I have become quite friendly…

Nonprofit Newsletter Trends and Tips – Nonprofit Blog Carnival

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, where we are looking at trends in nonprofit newsletters. The seemingly simple newsletter, and our reactions to them, aren’t so simple after all as Jen Gonyer-Donohue points out in E-Newsletters: A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma. Shari at VolunteerMatch shares the email newsletter…

How Overhauling Our Print Newsletter Helped Us Become More Donor Centric

This Thursday I am hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival and this month’s theme is producing nonprofit newsletters in 2012 and beyond.  Rebekah Gienapp, executive director, Workers Interfaith Network, agreed to share her story here about how she overhauled her print newsletter.  ~ Kivi Guest Post by Rebekah Gienapp, Executive Director, Workers Interfaith Network Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) is…

Interesting Stats about Nonprofit Newsletters – and Winners!

Thanks to all of you who took our survey this month on nonprofit newsletters. I’ve shared some of the results already in posts on how social media is influencing newsletters and how often you should send email newsletters to supporters. Here are some other interesting stats from the survey, which was completed by 419 nonprofits.…

Here’s Why Online Fundraising Doesn’t Work

You may be wondering why online fundraising seems to work so great for a few organizations and really poorly for others. And you may have heard that online givers are flaky or fickle, which was reinforced by Blackbaud’s research that concluded that online-acquired donors are more valuable in the long-term than traditional mail-acquired donors, but only…