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…

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…

Jargon Jam: Think Tank Launches Wonky Word Wednesdays

On our trip across Montana last week teaching nonprofits about clear, consistent, and compelling messaging, we heard some great examples of nonprofits doing their best to make the complicated work they do more easy to understand. One of those examples came from Tara Jensen, director of public affairs at the Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC).…

My Awareness Has Been Raised. Now What?

Once you’ve done a bunch of work to “raise awareness” about your cause or your organization, then what? You don’t just want people to sit on the couch feeling all aware, right? The answer to the “now what?” question is one you should know before you even start your awareness raising activities. Where is all…

When They Want You to “Raise Awareness”

It is one of the most dreaded requests from a board of directors or management team to a nonprofit communications director: “Could you go raise some awareness? If we could raise awareness, all of our problems would be solved!” Really? And what does “raising awareness” really mean? Surely not a massive, multimedia advertising campaign like…

This Is How You Get Your Fans Engaged – Nonprofit Success Story

I coached the fundraising staff at Children of the Nations for part of 2012 and 2013, and I am so excited about the creative ideas they have had to engage their fans and child sponsors. I asked Cassia Burke of Children of the Nations to share how they came up with a recent campaign that I think you might…

You Might Need New Tech More than New Staff

This is a loooong post . . .  so grab a beverage and a cookie. But it’s something that’s essential for all nonprofit communicators to understand and to work towards, so rather than breaking it into separate posts, I wanted to share it all at once. ~Kivi In many nonprofits, technology budgets are seen as…