I Don’t Care About Money … And Other Confessions Of A Nonprofit Writer

Laurel Dykema at Mission India has done some great guest posts for us, but this might be my favorite! Share your confessions below! ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Hello, my name is Laurel. I’m a nonprofit writer. And these are my confessions: #1: I don’t care about money. Now, don’t get me…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators February 28, 2014

This Friday could not come soon enough. I really need some Mixed Drinks – I mean Mixed Links… Capital campaign experts Andrea Kihlstedt and Gail Perry are presenting a free webinar on March 3rd called How to Hire the Right Capital Campaign Consultant for Your Campaign. Voting begins today for the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. This year’s…

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…

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…

Get Ready For February: Valentine’s Day Campaign Planning & Ideas for Nonprofits

Kerri Karvetski, in her new role as our Nonprofit Marketing Guide social media and online campaign adviser, helps you get ready for what could be your next big engagement campaign: Valentine’s Day! ~Kivi The all-consuming year-end season is behind us. Breather’s over! Your supporters are back in the swing of things and you should be,…

Marketing Morsels and Other Tips for 2014

On Wednesday, I’m hosting a free webinar on 7 Changes to Make in 2014. You can register below or here if you don’t see the form. One of the seven changes is to Create More Marketing Morsels. The majority of people who see your communications will pay attention to only the tastiest little bits of…

Stop Writer’s Block Every Month [+ Giveaway]

Our year-end giveaways continue today! Read on to find out how you can win.  Let’s take some of the grief out of nonprofit writing and smash through your writer’s block! Join the almost 7,000 nonprofits who receive our free Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-newsletter designed specifically to help you come up with ideas for your newsletter articles,…

Shifting Your Comm Style from Frightening to Friendly – 3 Steps

I recently talked with a nonprofit communications director whose challenge for 2014 is to remake her organization’s communications voice, style, and tone from something that’s frankly a little frightening to something much more friendly. How does she know the current approach is frightening? Because the organization’s supporters and clients said so. The nonprofit asked for…

Preparing Your Website for a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

A good content marketing strategy, like any communications strategy, involves integrating all of your communications channels. Joe Ventura, senior communications manager at Reading Partners, shares how his organization got their website ready to handle the increase in visits their content marketing strategy produced. ~ Kivi Guest Post by Joe Ventura of Reading Partners Nonprofit marketing, communications, and development…

Creating the Annual Report Your Supporters Really Want to See

Creating an annual report might be a daunting task, but it is a nonprofit management best practice. Your donors want to know what you have been doing with their money before they will give again. And if you aren’t looking at your annual report as a fundraising tool, then you need to think again. Your…