My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re…

The 5 Best Nonprofit Digital Stories from TechSoup’s Storymakers Contest

TechSoup’s annual Storymakers contest had some great entries this year. Watch the winners and see what you can learn from them.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Alexandra (Ale) Bezdikian of TechSoup The world is changing. The landscape of communication is evolving at an exponential rate, and digital media creation is riding at the head of the wave. In…

Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at…

Not Too Late to Join the Instagram #NPCommPix Challenge

We have had over 750 pictures tagged #NPCommPix since we began the Nonprofit Communications Photo-a-Day Challenge on Instagram October 1st. You can still join in on the fun! And, no, you don’t have to catch up on days you missed or anything like that. Just jump right in! Just check out the theme for the…

5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization)

We encourage telling stories about people, but a lot of you don’t deal directly with the actual people you want to help! As a nonprofit communications consultant and former communications director at TransForm, Marta Lindsey shares some tips on how you can still tell powerful stories even if you don’t have cute kids or puppies. ~Kivi…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators October 3, 2014

Let’s celebrate the end of the week with a round of Mixed Links… Givelify just released a new white paper called “Nonprofit Fundraising: Removing Roadblocks and Meeting Goals with Mobile Technology.” Aplos has started a funny new blog series on creative approaches to fundraising. Did you miss September’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival? It was published earlier this week…

Great Advice on Storytelling for Nonprofits

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has been running a great series of articles by Paul VanDeCarr on storytelling the past few months called “Storytelling Summer: Advice about Motivating Your Audience.” The columns are packed with advice as well as lots of great examples, written in response to specific questions. It’s worth curling up with these links…

Turn Your Year-End Campaign Into Year-Round Success [Video]

Year-end campaigns get a lot of attention (as they should), but what if I told you we have come up with a way to better engage your supporters and raise more money ALL year long? Let me explain… (Can’t see the video? Try this.) We are really excited about this new training as it brings everything I have been…

Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer

Would your nonprofit communications make your English Lit professor cringe? Good! You’re probably on the right track. Today, Laurel Dykema shares some habits she had to change once she started writing for the real world. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Confession: I had a lot of bad habits when I started in nonprofit…

9 Tips for Creating an Editorial Calendar Chock Full of What Your Community Wants

Diane Greenhalgh joins us again with some more great ideas on creating content for your nonprofit. ~Kivi Guest Post by Diane Greenhalgh of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association On this blog and in her webinars and book, Kivi talks about how you should try to become your community’s favorite nonprofit because research has shown that people give two-thirds of…

PHENOMENAL COMMUNICATIONS POWER…itty bitty living space

Have you ever seen Disney’s Aladdin? The Genie, played by Robin Williams, has just been released from his lamp by Aladdin and is explaining what a genie is and what he can do. Genie has all of this power at his disposal, but he’s contained in a tiny little lamp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v57sUtvNa5o Your email subject lines, social…