My Professional Development Plan: Get Lost on Purpose

  In a field that is constantly changing and evolving, like nonprofit communications and marketing, it can be hard to create a professional development plan. Sure, there are bedrock concepts and skills that don’t change much, like the importance of target audiences and clear calls to action and evergreen skills like good copywriting and storytelling. …

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Debbie Gillum

Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Debbie Gillum lives and works in…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators February 16, 2018

Good afternoon, friends! It’s time to join me for the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising. It’s time for Mixed Links… For those needing some inspiration today, watch these Five TED Talks for Nonprofit Professionals. Need some help staying on track? Try some of these 16 Apps and…

3 Ways to Get Promoted from Coordinator to Director

Through our All-Access Pass training program and our Communications Director Mentoring Program, I meet many nonprofit communicators who are in coordinator or assistant positions and who want very much to be promoted to the manager or director level. We also work with communications directors who are working toward VP or C-Suite (“Chief of”) jobs. While…

Your Invitation into the Circle of Trust

On today’s #NPCOMM Chat Live, Antionette Kerr and I talked about creating a Judgement-Free Zone or Circle of Trust around cultural competency for nonprofit communications directors, or as we are calling it Inclusive Conversations. First of all, we need a better name for this concept that doesn’t conjure up fitness center commercials or Robert DeNiro…

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Cindy Olnick

Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Cindy Olnick is Director of…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators February 9, 2018

Hello, awesome nonprofit communicators out there!  Join me for the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising. It’s time for Mixed Links… It’s finally here! Kivi’s latest book CALM not BUSY: How to Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications for Great Results is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.…

Inclusive Conversations: Don’t Call Them That!

I had been asking around, researching, and interviewing nonprofit friends about inclusive language for the upcoming webinar Don’t Call Them That: Language that Divides, well before the most recent national controversy. Now it seems as though the international conversation (albeit embarrassing) has forced us to talk to each other about things said behind closed doors…

Your Editorial Calendar Should Accommodate the Important AND the Urgent

Editorial calendars work. Our research in this year’s and last year’s Trends Reports makes that clear. But I often hear from nonprofits who say their editorial calendars just don’t work. The urgent always overtakes the important, and the plan gets thrown out and never revisited to make way for all the other things that come…

Hot Topics in February: Facebook, Inclusive Messaging, Editorial Calendars and More

Here’s what’s happening at Nonprofit Marketing Guide this month: Online Training: Feb 6 and 8: Everything You Need to Know About Editorial Calendars in 2018 Learn how to create an editorial calendar and use it strategically in order to create more effective communications. Registration is $99 for Part 1 Only, $199 for Parts 1 and…