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…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators March 28, 2014

Kivi and I just got back from a family vacation to the Mouse House (Disney World for you uninitiated). I think I need a vacation from my vacation, so let’s wrap up the week with some Mixed Links… Craig Newmark has released an infographic that Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code. Blackbaud has also…

Kick-Start Yourself with a Communications Grid

We always hear from nonprofits asking how other organizations organize their content. We’ve talked about Big Picture Communications Timelines and Editorial Calendars, but there are lots of great hybrids in between.  Former Mentoring Program participant Carol Goglia, Director of Marketing and Communications at Communities Foundation of Texas, was kind enough to share her communications grid with us,…

I Don’t Care About Money … And Other Confessions Of A Nonprofit Writer

Laurel Dykema at Mission India has done some great guest posts for us, but this might be my favorite! Share your confessions below! ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Hello, my name is Laurel. I’m a nonprofit writer. And these are my confessions: #1: I don’t care about money. Now, don’t get me…

Procrastination: Three Easy Outs When It Happens

So, I procrastinated on figuring out what I wanted to blog about today. Then Beth Kanter posted about methods of procrastination and how to stop.  It’s a great post – check it out. On the “Field Guide to Procrastination,” I am definitely the List Maker, the Sidetracker, and the Snacker (well, the Another Cup of…

10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits

The beauty of Twitter is that it is simple, short and fast. When something happens in the world, more often than not, Twitter carries news of it first. From earthquakes to elections, mundane to momentous, Twitter tells us what’s going on and who’s saying what. It lets us take the pulse of humanity. But Twitter…

Need Some Blog Post or Newsletter Article Ideas?

As content creators, we all know how hard it is trying to come up with fresh ideas that will be interesting to your readers. Inspiration can be hard to come by some days, but that’s where our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts come in. Every month we send out a free e-newsletter designed specifically to help you come…

How to Get Better Stories from Your Staff and Board

Earlier this month, I wrote a post on ways to get your board involved with your communications and marketing. Kathy Swayze, who recently led a storytelling webinar for us, shares some more ideas on getting your board (and staff members) to capture better stories for your organization. ~Kivi  Guest Post by Kathy Swayze, Impact Communications Do…

Curate Like Costco to Tackle Information Overload and Market Your Mission #13NTC

Sadly, we couldn’t make it to every session at Nonprofit Technology Conference, but luckily we have some great friends who were willing to write about the ones they attended. We met Sonja Barisic, director of marketing and communications of St. Mary’s Home, our first night there after showing up extremely late to the Blackbaud Reception. She graciously…

Let’s Hear Your Stories from Interviewing Donors, Volunteers and Clients

Kristina and I were looking over our Google Analytics a couple of weeks ago, and noticed that one relatively old article on our site consistently gets a lot of traffic, month in and month out: Interview Questions to Help You Write Great Donor, Volunteer and Client Profiles for Your Newsletters. So we thought we should update…

How ASPCApro Manages Content Creation

ASPCApro’s blog is one of my favorite nonprofit examples because it’s so friendly, useful, and timely. That’s why I was really excited to talk with Pune Dracker (rhymes with Moonraker), Director of Content and Editorial Services (she manages the blog and social media), and Valerie Sheppard, Director of E-Learning (she manages the e-newsletter) for ASPCA…