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 —…

How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human

We’ve been telling you for years that most nonprofits need to create less formal communications. But we know a lot of you are not being heard by your executive director or board members. Kate Snyder, who is the donor communications coordinator for South Hills Interfaith Ministries and also runs Kate Write Now, shared how baby steps…

Email Segmenting: Is That Data Worth Gathering?

I’m working with a client to figure out ways they *wish* they could segment their email list in the future, so they can start collecting the data to do so now. It’s a very interesting conversation. Like most visionary conversations, you end up with a long list of possibilities. Some are more demographic in nature (e.g.…

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Beth Ritter Ruback

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. Beth Ritter Ruback serves as Communications & Development Director for The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Iowa, whose programs range from immediate emotional support (specializing in suicide…

Nonprofit Annual Report in an Infographic [Real-World Example]

Annual reports don’t have to be long, boring documents with pages and pages of financial statements that no one wants to read (even if they did understand all the accounting jargon!). Your annual report should be a celebration of what your donors have helped you do. I have been pushing alternative formats for annual reports…

Embracing Your Community’s Voice: The Art of Incorporating Your Community as Co-Producers of Content

Last week Diane Greenhalgh shared some tips on how to get your staff involved in creating content for you. Today she shares how to get your community of clients or supporters to help. ~Kivi Guest Post by Diane Greenhalgh of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association While there are certainly tactics for including constituent produced content in your editorial lineup, which…

Predicting Nonprofit Marketing Trends – Do We Agree?

Last week, I presented the lunch keynote at the AMA’s Cause Camp in Lincoln, NE.  Participants held up a colored index card to indicate their answer to each question posed in the deck. You can play along too.  Whenever you see the “Yes, No, Maybe” choices across the bottom of the slide, pick your answer…

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Betsy Dorsett

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. Betsy Dorsett, MA, works as the Manager of Communications and Interactive Media at the American Society on Aging (ASA), a national nonprofit association whose membership is made…

Talk to the Angel in Your Donors – Not the Bookkeeper [FREE Webinar]

When you write your donor communications, are you speaking to your donor’s inner angel or to their inner bookkeeper? The inner angel is the part of your supporter who decides to give you a donation or to volunteer their time with you because you have touched them in some way, and that angel wants to…

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.…

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…

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…