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…

What Does Raise Awareness Really Mean Anyway? [FREE Webinar]

Executive directors and especially boards of directors love for you to “raise awareness” about your cause. But what does that really mean anyway? Surely not a massive, multimedia advertising campaign like corporate America would do, because you don’t have that kind of a budget. And surely not a door-to-door canvassing campaign like politicians do, because you don’t…

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.…

How to Use Hashtags to Promote Your Cause [Free Download]

Our social media and online campaigns adviser, Kerri Karvetski, has created a new download for you on how to harness the power of hashtags to promote your good cause on social media. In case you are brand new to social media, hashtags are words or phrases with the hash symbol (#) in front of them. The…

What is Crowdfunding and How Can It Work for My Nonprofit?

In last week’s Mixed Links, we shared an infographic on  Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, but thought we might need to expand a little bit about what crowdfunding is before you jump into those statistics. Crowdfunding is pretty much what it sounds like – getting a large group of people to give you money for a project.…

Is Social Media Really Effective for Your Org? It Should Be

Facebook changes too much. Twitter moves too fast. We don’t have cute pictures for Pinterest. LinkedIn is boring. Quit making excuses as to why you aren’t getting the results you want on your social media networks and learn how to engage your followers across all of your social networks. Social media can be effective –…

3 Questions BEFORE Plunging Your Nonprofit into a New Social Media Channel

Are you looking to branch out in social media beyond Facebook? Is it time for your nonprofit to see other networks? Kerri Karvetski shares three questions you need to ask yourself before going ahead.  You can learn more from Kerri about how to design social media campaigns later this month in Advanced Social Media Strategies: Running…

10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits

The beauty of Twitter is that it is simple, short and fast. When something happens in the world, more often than not, Twitter carries news of it first. From earthquakes to elections, mundane to momentous, Twitter tells us what’s going on and who’s saying what. It lets us take the pulse of humanity. But Twitter…

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…