Want Staff Help with Communications? Start with Photography

Before social media, nonprofit communicators needed mostly text, and convincing non-communications staff to devote time and energy into writing was (and still is) a challenge. Now, communicators need visuals as much as they need text. With the proliferation of smartphones with good cameras, it’s easier than ever for everyone on staff, regardless of writing talents…

More Than Words: Why Visuals Are Critical in Pitching Your Story

If you have been reading our blog the last year, you will probably recognize Peter Panepento. Peter is the principal at Panepento Strategies, a full-service content, digital, and social strategy firm for nonprofits and socially-minded companies. He was formerly an assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy as well.  We are excited to announce…

November Photo Challenge for Nonprofit Communications Pros #NPCommPix

#NpCommPix is back in November!   We co-host this fun photo-a-day challenge with BC/DC Ideas and encourage anyone who works in nonprofit communications (nonprofit staff, volunteers, consultants, whoever!) to play along. We play mostly on Instagram and Twitter, but you can post wherever you’d like. Just let the word of the day inspire you, post…

50+ Nonprofit Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Right Now

Looking for some good examples of nonprofit Instagram accounts? Grab your phone and get inspired. ANIMAL RIGHTS Talia looks like she’s ready for her woolcut next month. That’s the real start of spring! A photo posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary (@catskill_animal_sanctuary) on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:06pm PDT ASPCA https://instagram.com/aspca Best Friends Animal Society https://instagram.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators November 14, 2014

Is it chilly where you are? It is here! Let’s wrap up  the week with some warm Mixed Links… Thanks to the almost 800 nonprofit professionals who have already taken our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey! If you haven’t taken it yet, please take a few minutes to share your predictions for 2015. Survey takers will…

Social Media Awareness That Works: S’mores in the Outdoors

I loved this post when I read it in Julia’s Stone Soup Creative newsletter — so much that I asked if we could share it with our readers. Maybe it’s the Girl Scout leader in me.  The following post originally appeared on the Stone Soup Creative blog by Julia Reich.~Kivi Guest Post by Julia Reich…

Reasons I Don’t Use Instagram [And Why They Are Silly]

I have had an Instagram account for over a year now. And I have posted exactly 3 pictures:   I like the idea of Instagram, I really do! Who doesn’t like looking at pictures? Still, there have been a few things holding me back from really embracing it. And most of those reasons are a result…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers May 30, 2014

TGIF! Let’s dive into some Mixed Links…  – Network for Good found that donors who set up a recurring gift gave an average of 42% more per year than those who only gave a one-time gift.  See their new infographic on Why Recurring Giving Matters. – The May Nonprofit Blog Carnival is up on Erik Anderson’s Donor Dreams Blog.…

Donor Centered + Great Storytelling = A Newsletter That Raises a Lot of Money [Interview]

Today we have a guest “interview” instead of a guest post. Pam Grow talked with Michelle Brinson of Nashville Rescue Mission about how her organization’s newsletter brings in $2 million a year. We loved her approach so much, we asked Pam and Michelle to allow us to share an abbreviated version with you. You can read the full…