How Social Media and Fundraising Fit Together

You’ve probably been cautioned to avoid using social media as a fundraising tool and to focus instead on donor “engagement” – which will someday lead to fundraising opportunities. But when? What about all of those nonprofits using social media to raise money right now? Can you create a social media strategy that does both? I…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers August 10, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Join me for some Mixed Links . . . Constant Contact released results from their 2012 Nonprofit Pulse Survey. The survey findings are consistent with what we found in our own Nonprofit Communications Trends Report: nonprofits are concerned about finding and connecting with supporters, and are excited about the role of social media…

Creating a Listening Tab in Hootsuite

Social media is ALL about listening, but trying to hear your name being called amid the noise can be difficult. The popular social media app Hootsuite can help. The following video shows you how you can hear if people are tweeting about you (even if they don’t know your Twitter handle), your cause or anything…

The Nonprofit Newsletter – Still All That?

When I first started working in nonprofit communications, the job was really all about the newsletter. The nonprofit newsletter, first in print and then in email, was the mainstay of communications between the nonprofit and its supporters. More than any other piece of communications, the newsletter consumed a lot of staff time and energy, not…

Evolution of a Nonprofit Annual Report

You should all know by now that I love the shorter and more visual nonprofit annual reports as opposed to skimming through 20+ pages of boring financials. I recently received an email from Katie Bryan, communications director at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement on how their annual report has changed over the years based on the training she’s taken…

How Nonprofits Can Use Facebook Groups

As the community engagement manager at Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com, I have set up a lot of Facebook Groups, and unlike some other changes Facebook has made that people find annoying, the latest updates have made Groups even more functional. Facebook Groups have become our go-to way to communicate and work with our training participants. We…