Kivi Leroux Miller

Round-up: Advice on Thank You Notes Just in Time for Wednesday

Round-up: Advice on Thank You Notes Just in Time for Wednesday

After #GivingTuesday comes #ThankUNoteWed. To honor the occasion, I thought I'd round-up some good tips, advice, examples, and suggestions to help you on your way. While there are lots of great ideas and suggestions, the two most critical pieces of advice are to acknowledge gifts promptly and personally.

What's Your Productivity Style?

What's Your Productivity Style?

Would you like to find out? Knowing might help you work smarter.

A couple of weeks ago, Kivi Leroux Miller, the Nonprofit Marketing Guide, recommended a quiz in the Harvard Business Review on Productivity Styles. The quiz, developed by productivity expert Carson Tate allowed people to identify their personal productivity styles and then pointed to personalized recommendations for productivity tools.

A Firestorm: Marketing v. Fundraising

A Firestorm:  Marketing v. Fundraising

This year’s Nonprofit Communications Trend Report, published annually by Kivi LeRoux Miller, highlighted the possibility of conflict within nonprofit organizations’ communications and development departments about role definitions, goals, resource allocations, strategies, tactics, and more. 

And, just to prove how prescient the report might be, nonprofit fundraising and marketing bloggers have begun to slug it out online.

I suspect where communications and development cannot agree, collaborate, and talk things through, it is often the case that, in these situations, there is no culture of philanthropy. And while Underdeveloped calls on Development Directors to work to change from within the culture of philanthropy in organizations that lack it, it’s been my experience that in those organizations where no culture of philanthropy exists, the development director often lacks the power or authority to lead such change.  By the nature of the problem, the development director is disenfranchised in these situations.