Do You Need to Organize Your Images and Stories?

Short answer: YES! We get a lot of questions about how to organize stories and photos. What are communications directors using now? What do they love/hate about their current system (or lack thereof)? We then developed this e-book to answer your basic questions like: Do you need a banking system for stories and images? What…

Build a Toolkit Like This for Your Supporters to Use

If you are looking for marketing, fundraising, and communications inspiration outside the nonprofit sector, I suggest you look to political campaigns before looking at corporate ones. They usually start scrappy, focus on issues, and want to recruit individuals for small-donor donations, volunteering and advocacy. Sound familiar? Every time we have a presidential election in the…

CONFESSION: I Stink at Making Graphics. These Tools Make Me Look Like a Genius. 

Is it me, or can everyone under 30 write, manage, code, photograph, design, analyze, train, present and strategize? Me? I’m not so good with the graphics. I’m getting better, but infographics and photo manipulation aren’t second nature to me. Sometimes, they’re a struggle. But I need visuals to communicate, to tell the story I need to tell, to motivate donors…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators October 3, 2014

Let’s celebrate the end of the week with a round of Mixed Links… Givelify just released a new white paper called “Nonprofit Fundraising: Removing Roadblocks and Meeting Goals with Mobile Technology.” Aplos has started a funny new blog series on creative approaches to fundraising. Did you miss September’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival? It was published earlier this week…

How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]

Here’s yet another great example of how remaking your tired old traditional annual report into something more modern can reap great rewards . . . Paula Watson-Lakamp, Communications Manager at Poudre River Public Library District, shared how they pared down their 32-page (!!) annual report into an infographic that created more member engagement, especially on social…

Postcard Annual Report – Great Example of How It Can Work

It’s been several years now since I first suggested in my nonprofit annual reports webinars that a postcard was the perfect format for many a nonprofit annual report. I’m so excited to see the idea taking hold, and love hearing stories like this one from today’s guest blogger, Tim Smith, who volunteers his communications and…

Branding for Nonprofit Fundraising Events – Part 2: Out of the Box Event Ideas

Yesterday, Julia Reich of Stone Soup Creative gave us tips for organizing a successful, well-branded fundraising event.  Today, Julia shares some more ideas on throwing a unique event that will be sure to sure to make your occasion unforgettable. ~Kivi Guest Post by Julia Reich of Stone Soup Creative Charity supporters flock to witness or participate in fundraising…

Branding for Nonprofit Fundraising Events – Part 1: Party with a Purpose

This post is the first in a 2-part series on branding for nonprofit fundraising events by our favorite graphic designer, Julia Reich. Today, Julia discusses why events are a unique and critical component of a nonprofit’s brand. Part 2, which will be published tomorrow, covers out-of-the-box fundraising event ideas. ~Kivi Guest Post by Julia Reich…