The Accidental Rebranding of Komen for the Cure

(Updates to this post can be found at the bottom.) Yesterday afternoon, and continuing into today, I believe we are witnessing the accidental rebranding of what is surely one of America’s biggest and most well-known, and even well-loved, nonprofit brands. Komen for the Cure, it seems, is no longer a breast cancer charity, but a…

Seven Ways Social Media Improves Accountability

Most nonprofits understand the potential power of social media to connect with both old and new supporters, advocates, and clients. But have you considered how social media like blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can be used to increase your organization’s accountability to and transparency with those same people? Social media can help you improve your…

Are You in the Joy Business? Maybe You Should Be

I have to admit that I am a little depressed thinking about the upcoming fall fundraising season. I’m expecting a lot of doom and gloom from nonprofits. I know it can work, but I’m really hoping that I will see more orgs taking Katya Andresen’s advice about how fundraising is really about giving people a…

Creative Fundraising: The Groundhog Day Campaign

I’m always urging you to give something new a try, and to mix it up a bit. Here’s a great example: A Groundhog Day campaign from House of Charity in Minneapolis. Melissa Musliner, House of Charity’s Marketing & Development Director, is a Nonprofit Marketing Guide All-Access Pass holder. “Many people give to the hungry and homeless…

Creating Content to Match Your Org’s Personality

On Wednesday, I suggested a few ways that nonprofits can show their personalities, following up on a post where I listed a bunch of different personality traits and asked you to select three to describe your nonprofit. Personality is important, because it’s essentially your brand — what you are known for and how people perceive…

Your Org’s Personality in Three Words?

When I ask staff at nonprofits to describe their organization’s public personality, I often get blank stares, or something like “Ummm . . . we don’t have one, so I guess, well, how about ‘boring?’” I admit, it’s a tough question, especially if you’ve never considered that an organization could even have a personality in…

Video Review of “Brandraising”

Here’s a video review of Sarah Durham’s new book, Brandraising: How Nonprofits Raise Visibility and Money Through Smart Communications.  Watch to learn how to get me to buy a copy for you! Kivi Reviews “Brandraising” by Sarah Durham from Kivi Leroux Miller on Vimeo. Kivi Leroux Miller of Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com reviews “Brandraising: How Nonprofits Raise…