One Lesson from the #iGiveLocal “Give Local America” Fiasco

Yesterday, May 3, was Give Local America Day. In many of the 50+ communities that participated, today — May 4 — is now also Give Local America Day. That’s because Kimbia’s giving platform crashed for most of yesterday, so they had to extend the campaign into today. Kimbia is going to have hell to pay…

Highlights from the 2016 M+R Benchmarks Study: Focus on the Big Trends

Last week, the 2016 M+R Benchmarks Study was released with an emphasis on what’s changed since 2006 when this study was first released. Here are five key facts from this year’s study that would have been unthinkable just ten years ago: Overall, 13% of online gifts were made from mobile devices – a number that…

MUST READ: “Fundraising Bright Spots” Highlights Orgs That Are Beating the Odds in Individual Giving

“What if the answers to nonprofits’ fundraising challenges were already all around us?” – FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS Successful fundraising isn’t just about money. It’s about relationships. The orgs that understand this have happy, repeat donors. So who’s doing well with individual giving? FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS: Strategies and Inspiration From Social Change Organizations Raising Money From Individual…

NPCOMM: Behind the Scenes [2 NEW Webinars]

Ever wonder how they did it? Those nonprofits who took bad news and turned it into triumph or other organizations who created a seemingly simple campaign that went viral? NEW EXCLUSIVE FEATURE IN OUR TRAINING WEBINAR SERIES!  April 21st and 28th, 2016 Join us for our latest feature in our training webinar series – NPCOMM:…

What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does

There’s a great conversation happening about whether one person can be both the communications and the development director in the Nonprofit Communications Professionals Facebook Group.   Here’s the original question: I’m seeing so many job ads lately for communications AND development managers/directors. I thought orgs were finally wising up and realizing that they’re generally not…

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lisa Sherrill

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. We need more stories! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro.  Lisa Sherrill is the Communications Director of the Food…

5 Super Useful Digital Advocacy Tools & Resources for Nonprofits

Looking for ways to unite and engage your supporters online for your cause? Sure, you have your website, email list and social channels urging supporters to take action. But what else can they do to build momentum, sway decision-makers and raise awareness for change? Lots! Here are 5 tools and resources you should consider to…

Drive Donors to your Online Donation Page with These Six Marketing Strategies, Part 1

Today we have part 1 in a two-part series by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv on how to promote your online donation page. Read the first three marketing strategies below, then join us next week for the final three. ~Kristina  Guest Post by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv So you’ve got a beautiful online donation page up…

Why Ignoring GuideStar’s Profile Pages Damages Your PR Strategy

Effective media relations isn’t always about proactively pitching your organization’s story to reporters and editors. It’s also about making sure you are curating the right information in the places where reporters hang out to gather information. Recently, we explored why it’s important to create a reporter-friendly online newsroom on your organization’s website to help ensure…