Introducing the Tom Ahern Writing Academy for Fundraisers

We’ve been working with fundraising expert and all-around good guy Tom Ahern for a few years now.  Tom is legendary as a guidebook author, donor-centered copywriter, and speaker on the conference circuit. If we introduced you to Tom, you probably know him from our direct mail or donor newsletter e-clinics or from our marketing bequests…

Help! My Boss is a Visionary and Makes My Job Impossible

I’ve talked to more than a few communications directors who are stymied in their work by their “visionary” bosses. These communications directors are often in awe of the visionary’s big ideas, creativity, and insights. They really do admire them, and often wish they themselves could be so bold. But that’s where the love stops, and…

You’ve Made It When You Control Your Calendar

I’ve mentored a lot of younger-than-me nonprofit communications directors (I’m 45), and in between the marketing talks, we often chat about career development and how to be more focused, productive and happy in the job. When I look at my own job satisfaction working in this field — and what I think holds back a lot of…

Communications Director Mentoring Program – Accepting Applications

We’ve opened the application process for the July to December 2014 session of our Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program for Communications Directors. This will be the sixth “class” to go through the program. Helping you make good marketing decisions for your nonprofit is the primary goal of the Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program. I want…

Talk to the Angel in Your Donors – Not the Bookkeeper [FREE Webinar]

When you write your donor communications, are you speaking to your donor’s inner angel or to their inner bookkeeper? The inner angel is the part of your supporter who decides to give you a donation or to volunteer their time with you because you have touched them in some way, and that angel wants to…

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 –…

Take the Nonprofit Marketing Maturity Quiz Online

[UPDATED DECEMBER, 2018. PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE MORE FULLY DEVELOPED THE MARKETING MATURITY APPROACH. PLEASE REFER TO THIS POST FOR MORE!] In my work, I’ve found that nonprofits mature through three stages that reflect their attitudes and approaches to communications, marketing, and fundraising.  I describe these three phases in Content Marketing for Nonprofits (Amazon).  I created an…

Nonprofit Leadership | The Backcountry Guide Way

I used backpacking as the organizing metaphor in my book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits, so when Bo offered to write this post relating nonprofit leaders to backcountry guides, I thought it was perfect fit.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Bo Percival As someone who is passionate about the outdoors, I have long been engaged with backcountry…

Procrastination: Three Easy Outs When It Happens

So, I procrastinated on figuring out what I wanted to blog about today. Then Beth Kanter posted about methods of procrastination and how to stop.  It’s a great post – check it out. On the “Field Guide to Procrastination,” I am definitely the List Maker, the Sidetracker, and the Snacker (well, the Another Cup of…