Help! My Boss is a Visionary and Makes My Job Impossible

I’ve talked to more than a few communications directors who are stymied in their work by their “visionary” bosses. These communications directors are often in awe of the visionary’s big ideas, creativity, and insights. They really do admire them, and often wish they themselves could be so bold. But that’s where the love stops, and…

You’ve Made It When You Control Your Calendar

I’ve mentored a lot of younger-than-me nonprofit communications directors (I’m 45), and in between the marketing talks, we often chat about career development and how to be more focused, productive and happy in the job. When I look at my own job satisfaction working in this field — and what I think holds back a lot of…

Using Content Marketing to Engage Volunteers

VolunteerMatch recently ran a very nice four-part series on using content marketing to engage your volunteers and manage your volunteer programs, using my book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits, as a starting point. They called it “Winning People Over to Your Cause.” Here are the posts . . . Part One: Welcome Change Part Two: Get…

Celebrating Your Nonprofit’s Milestone Anniversary

I’ll admit that I am not into super big anniversary celebrations. Today my husband and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary and we just returned from a nice hike with the kids, and will have a nice dinner at home. That’s good enough for me. And for most nonprofit anniversaries, I think the low-key…

Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group —…

6 Steps to Building an Engaged Staff Writing Team

I have talked before about how your entire staff should be part of your marketing team no matter their job description. Diane Greenhalgh, director of web services of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, was featured in my book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits, and recently appeared as a panelist for one of our book club discussion webinars. She shares how…

Your Nonprofit’s Newsletter: You Are Not the Target Audience

I’ve started guest blogging for BoardAssist, which offers great advice to board members about how they can be more effective, and to nonprofit staff about working with boards. I’m reprinting my first post here from the BoardAssist blog, which is directed towards board members themselves, but I hope it will be a helpful read to…

Take the Nonprofit Marketing Maturity Quiz Online

[UPDATED DECEMBER, 2018. PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE MORE FULLY DEVELOPED THE MARKETING MATURITY APPROACH. PLEASE REFER TO THIS POST FOR MORE!] In my work, I’ve found that nonprofits mature through three stages that reflect their attitudes and approaches to communications, marketing, and fundraising.  I describe these three phases in Content Marketing for Nonprofits (Amazon).  I created an…

Nonprofit Leadership | The Backcountry Guide Way

I used backpacking as the organizing metaphor in my book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits, so when Bo offered to write this post relating nonprofit leaders to backcountry guides, I thought it was perfect fit.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Bo Percival As someone who is passionate about the outdoors, I have long been engaged with backcountry…

Which is Most Effective: Print, Email, or In-Person?

When we were putting together the questions for the survey for the 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, one of top suggested questions was, “What one type of content do you think is most effective for your organization, regardless of the amount of time you spend producing it?” We provided a list to pick from and…