#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers September 5, 2014

Send me your favorite nonprofit marketing and fundraising posts! Just tweet the link using #MixedLinks (and if you have room mention @kristinaleroux), then I will see if it’s a good fit for #MixedLinks. (And give you full credit for the find, of course.) ~Kristina Last week, I linked to Debra Askanase’s post, An Unexpected Nonprofit Fundraising Story that discussed using Amazon…

No Going Back for This Nonprofit After Switching to a Digital Annual Report

Sick of me telling you to get rid of your long printed annual reports? Well, I’ll stop when you stop 😉 Here’s what Rod Ruff, Program and Engagement Manager of Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, told us about switching from a print annual report to an online version: For the first few months of this year I…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers August 29, 2014

Would love to hear what you’re publishing or reading! Just tweet the link using #MixedLinks (and if you have room mention @kristinaleroux), then I will take a look. And give you full credit for the find, of course. ~Kristina First off, we hosted this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival on raising awareness. (You can also find a round-up of #IceBucketChallenge…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators August 22, 2014

Help me out! Have you read an article you think would be great for Mixed Links? Let me know! Just tweet the link using #MixedLinks (and if you have room mention @kristinaleroux), then I will take a look. And give you full credit for the find, of course. ~Kristina Next week is the last week to submit your posts for…

Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge

It’s the question that thousands of nonprofit communications and development staff will be asked over the next several weeks: What’s our version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Of course, the real questions behind that are “How come we aren’t raising a bazillion dollars online?” and “Why can’t we get our supporters to make videos…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers August 8, 2014

Help! Have you read an article you think would be great for Mixed Links? Let me know! Just tweet the link using #MixedLinks (and if you have room mention @kristinaleroux), then I will take a look. And give you full credit for the find, of course. ~Kristina -A few weeks ago, we told you about our friend Erica Mills’…

Return to Spray and Pray?

Just about every nonprofit marketing consultant I know, yours truly included, ridicules the idea of “spray and pray” marketing, where you throw out as much stuff as you can at “the general public” and hope that some of it hits the right people.  Nonprofits can’t afford to be that wasteful of their time and money.…

Your Ideas, Examples, and Problems with Awareness Raising Campaigns

Next month we’ll be hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, and our theme is Raising Awareness. You may know that I am not the biggest fan of “awareness raising” as a goal in and of itself.  Unless you have some clue about how you plan to connect the dots between the raised awareness and your ultimate…

5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

Communications directors and development directors are not magicians or miracle workers, and yet many executive directors and boards seem to think they should be able to pull rabbits out of hats and turn water into wine. Too often, when I coach communications directors through their daily challenges, I find that their jobs are being made…