Five Messages to Try When Raising Awareness

I’ve been writing and thinking a lot about “raising awareness” and what that really means for nonprofit communicators as I prepare to present How to Raise Awareness for Your Cause on a Budget, a brand-new webinar  for CharityHowTo. (Join us Feb 19 or Feb  26). One of the most common challenges that the “raise awareness” assignment presents…

My Awareness Has Been Raised. Now What?

Once you’ve done a bunch of work to “raise awareness” about your cause or your organization, then what? You don’t just want people to sit on the couch feeling all aware, right? The answer to the “now what?” question is one you should know before you even start your awareness raising activities. Where is all…

When They Want You to “Raise Awareness”

It is one of the most dreaded requests from a board of directors or management team to a nonprofit communications director: “Could you go raise some awareness? If we could raise awareness, all of our problems would be solved!” Really? And what does “raising awareness” really mean? Surely not a massive, multimedia advertising campaign like…

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…

When Fundraising is Your Marketing Goal – And Not

I’m really interested in how nonprofits approach marketing differently (especially content marketing) based on how closely aligned their goals are to fundraising for their organizations versus more community engagement or brand building goals. So, I decided to splice and dice some of the data from the 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, based on the top goals. I…

Fundraising Platforms: Is Three a Crowd?

Over the last month or two I’ve received lots of questions from communications and development directors about third-party fundraising applications like Jumo and Crowdrise. The same question came up this morning at the Nonprofit Marketing in 2011 workshop I did this morning for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. I’m personally taking a wait and see…