Annual Campaign Trilogy Part II: 6 Tips to Improve Fundraising Results

Yesterday Sean King gave us some steps to get started with a successful annual campaigns. Today we talk about getting better results from your fundraising. ~Kivi Guest Post by Sean King of YEA! Making the decision to use a wide variety of media means that you have a toolbox full of nuggets and information for your…

Nonprofit Annual Reports on YouTube and Pinterest

I’m updating my lists of examples of nonprofit annual report infographics and video annual reports as I prepare to teach a new webinar next week at CharityHowTo:  Advanced Annual Reports: Video Annual Reports and Infographics to Share Your Results with Donors. I’ll keep adding to the list as more come out in the next few…

Your Top 5 Challenges for 2014 [Early Survey Results]

We’ve heard from about 1,500 nonprofits so far via our Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey for 2014 — please add your voice now if you aren’t in that 1,500! We’ll close the survey on Tuesday, December 3. The preliminary survey results identify these top five challenges for nonprofit communications pros in 2014: 1. Lack of time to…

Little Known Ways to Gain Mobile Supporters

To help your nonprofit understand the benefits of having a mobile marketing strategy and how to implement one, we asked the good folks at The mGive Foundation to guest blog for us. Earlier, they let us know the top reasons to use mobile. Today Jenifer Snyder outlines several ways to starting building your mobile list.  ~Kivi Guest…

Giving, Impact, and Happiness

Thanksgiving is coming up, which means lots of nonprofit messaging around gratitude. But have you thought about whether your organization has a spirit of gratitude for others? In this guest post, Ross Johnston reflects on the power of sharing both gratitude and impact, and how that can change the results you get in fundraising 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…

Making Better Nonprofit Marketing Decisions

We cover a lot of topics during our six-month Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program: 1. Defining and Understanding Who You Are Communicating With – January 2. Refining Your Messaging and Calls to Action – February 3. Finding the Right Personality for Your Communications – March 4. Mapping Out Your Content Strategy and Calendar – April…

A Twice a Year Newsletter? Not a Good Idea

I hear something like this from nonprofits fairly often: “We used to do our print newsletter quarterly. Then we started doing email and social media too, and we got too busy (or the newsletter person left, or we had budget issues) so the print newsletter only went out three times last year. This year, I…

Worksheet: Your Core Topics List (and What to Do with It)

It’s Worksheet Wednesday! Today, let’s talk about your Core Topics List, which is next in the set of worksheets we are creating to help you implement the lessons in my new book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits (Amazon). Where’s the substance in your communications? What topics do you write most about, and what topics do you want to…

Top 5 Reasons to Use Mobile

To help your nonprofit understand the benefits of having a mobile marketing strategy and how to implement one, we asked the good folks at The mGive Foundation to guest blog for us. Today we start with the basics as Jenifer Snyder explains why you need to be thinking about mobile.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Jenifer Snyder, Esq.,  Executive…

Worksheet: Your Big Picture Communications Timeline

Every Wednesday for the rest of the year (or close), we’ll share another worksheet to help you implement the lessons in my new book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits (Amazon).  This week’s free worksheet is really the first step in getting everyone in your organization on the same page, and getting clear yourself about some of the major…