8. Your Experience & Your Ideas

Community Interview: Kivi from NonProfit Communication Blog


We’re BIG on community and collaboration and we’re incredibly fortunate to be able to work with some of the most amazing minds, talents and ambitions around! This is one of a number of Community Interviews we’ll be posting, so get ready to hear about some amazing people, movements, companies and initiatives!
PH: We like starting off interviews with the WHY… so WHY is it that you spend your career on the efforts that you do? What is it about what you do that makes it worth your time and effort?

KL: I come from a long line of public servants — nurses, librarians, military — so making my professional work about service to others in some way has always been important to me. When I started thinking about having a family, I knew I wanted the flexibility to work at home, so consulting for and training nonprofits around communications was the perfect business idea for me.

PH: Now that we understand the more about why you do such awesome work, can you tell us WHAT the awesome work you’re up to is?

KL: I help nonprofits, especially small organizations and big organizations with small communications departments, do smart, savvy communications and marketing. I spend most of my time providing training both online and in person, sharing tips and advice on my blog, and working one-on-one mentoring communications directors.

PH: We feel like there are big shifts happening in the nonprofit community. Things like nonprofits starting social enterprises for sustainable funding solutions, early adopter types of nonprofits learning how to leverage tech to advance their missions, etc. What do you feel like those big shifts are and why do you feel like they’re happening?

KL: There’s just so much good work to be done, and nonprofits are figuring out new ways to do things better and faster. One of those ways is by connecting and engaging with their communities in new ways, which means opening up the lines of communication so it’s more two-way instead of one way.

PH: What about the community that is built around supporting the nonprofits… there are some stand outs like yourself who’ve really dedicated your efforts to helping them grow! Who do you think the most exciting supporters of the community are right now and why?

KL: I’m excited by anyone who is willing to shake things up a bit and try something new. It’s sort of like the Wild West right now with social media, mobile, and four different generations of adults supporting nonprofits. I think it’s fascinating to see how the more traditional ways of doing things intersect with the new.

PH: We’re big fans of your research papers and learn a ton from your work. Whats the most exciting insight you have about where nonprofits are taking their outreach efforts?

KL: What I find exciting is the combination of (1) nonprofits putting more structure and planning behind their marketing strategies while at the same time (2) being willing to play around and see what works. That combination of both strategic thinking and a willingness to experiment is wonderful.

PH: We know you support a ton of amazing missions, but what topics or issues are closest to your heart?

KL: I was going to say the environment and animals, but when I think about where I am actually giving the most money, it’s to our church and to causes that support the rights and empowerment of women and girls.

PH: We know you’re busy changing the world, so we’ll let you get back to it… but before we leave you, any new product launches or studies, exciting events or otherwise coming up for you?

KL:I’m wrapping up the final draft of my new book, which is called “Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money.” It will be out in August 2013, so I’ll be doing a lot more training and writing around content marketing strategies this year.

THANKS KIVI! We appreciate all of your hard work and know many other do too! You can follow Kivi on twitter @kivilm and visit her awesome blog here.

Recession: A Time to Volunteer with an International NGO?

Even in a world that faces continued recession for the foreseeable future, it is up to you to secure your necessities of life, which is what livelihood development is all about.

Youth Challenge International

Growing up, we learned from our parents that there are certain things we must do in order to succeed in life; be a good citizen, get a good education, and attain a comfortable middle-class life.

Enter recession.

Suddenly, political, economic, and social pundits alike started to bandy about terms like “Lost Generation” and “Basement Rats”. Traditionally stable jobs are now a dying breed and full-time work is giving way to part-time jobs, the numbers of which are also rapidly decreasing. Our university friends are working in places that have nothing to do with their degrees and some are resigned to work in retail and fast food industries. These days, it turns out that going to university isn’t a guarantee to escape flipping burgers. It is easy to see why some young people drift from one minimum wage job to another, or have become disillusioned. Some have even become the dreaded…

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Introducing Women LEAD Nepal

Meet the young women leaders in NEPAL!

Girls' Globe

We at Girls’ Globe believe in the power of partnership and collaboration to efficiently and effectively work towards the empowerment of women. Raising awareness and spreading information is the first step. That’s why we’ve decided to feature organizations that are making a difference for women and girls and give them the possibility to share their stories, experiences and needs to a wider audience. By partnering up we can learn from each other and better understand the challenges that women and girls face around the world.

It’s time for action! And we hope that the organizations that will be writing through Girls’ Globe will inspire you to take part in the action.

Women LEAD is the first of our Featured Organizations.

Women LEAD is the first and only leadership development organization for young women, led by young women, in Nepal. Since 2011, they’ve provided more than 400 young women with…

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Relay For Life, It Hits Home for Everyone

We have all seen it. We all know the brand, what they do, and all of the people they support. It is Relay for Life, and they do amazing things for everyone suffering from the forsaken disease that seems to have plagued at least one person we know in our lives.

For me, it came at quite a young age. I don’t remember the specific year but I was certainly only in the single digits of my years in life. It was my grand mother on my mom’s side. “Grandma the Kid” as I called her. She lived in San Diego, and I didn’t get to see her much, but when I did we always had a blast, and I have many great memories from the time I spent with her. She was a chain smoker, and we all know where that can lead. At such a young age I didn’t know much about what smoking could do to your body, but in that short time I learned very fast. Out of nowhere she came down with lung cancer, and it quickly seemed to not be the most treatable of conditions. She died shortly there after, and fortunately I was left with only the memory of her, happy and healthy.

For my mom though, it was not the same. She flew out one last time and was there at the end, but had to return before she passed. How hard that must have been for her and her brother, to see their mother pass at only the age of 53. At the time that seemed old to me, but now that my dad is beyond that age, it is weird to think that she passed so soon in her life. I can recall my mom getting the phone call that “Grandma the Kid” had died, she began crying, and the young me not knowing what was really going on sweetly said, “It is ok, she is just sleeping mom, she will be ok.” I don’t think I shed a tear, not because I did not love her, but because until that day I did not understand death. After that, I did.

It was some time later until I really came across Relay for Life. It happened in my sophomore year of high school. I knew of Relay for Life, but had never really been involved, until I dated a girl who almost lost her younger brother to kidney cancer. Fortunately for their family, he survived those early years and is thriving today. Seeing her support of something that nearly devastated her life, I was deeply touched. I went to the local Relay for Life, and showed my support for her and her team. I didn’t stay the whole time, but I was definitely moved, and could see how much it mattered to so many people.

This year I was talking to a good friend of mine, and she asked me if I could give a donation, even if it was just a couple dollars. Unfortunately, I had just donated to a different cause at the Tipping Point. This is the second time that she approached me about supporting a cause to fight cancer and raise awareness. I did the next best thing and have been spreading the word, and now I am here, to spread the word and get people involved in supporting something that has definitely touched my life, and millions of others. I ask that you check out this link here http://ow.ly/hAZ3p and show your support by spreading the word, and giving, even if it is just a couple dollars, every little bit counts. Thanks for reading.

7 talks on ideas for life without water

Up to 60% of the human body is water. Isn’t this more than enough of a reason for you to be more aware of the importance of water?

TED Blog

The glittering skyline of Doha, the capital of Qatar, has become famous in recent years. But as Fahad Al-Attiya points out in today’s talk, the ability for any city to grow in Qatar is surprising. After all, this is a country without any water.

Al-Attiya, the chair of Qatar’s National Food Security Programme, reveals that in the 1940s only about 11,000 people lived in Qatar — and there was no water or electricity. But in 1939, oil was discovered in the country and, after World War II, extraction of it began. Today, 1.7 million people live in Qatar and consume 430 liters of water per capita a year — one of the highest rates in the world.

But still, Qatar gets very little rainfall and no bodies of fresh water. Pointing at an image of desalination plant at work, Al-Attiya says, “That is our lake, that is our river…

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Volunteering…FunEmployed at Gleaners Food Bank in Indiana

The FunEmployed group is a new not-for-profit organization in the Indianapolis area that is being started by a girl who is also unemployed, and wanted to do something instead of sitting on her couch watching tv.

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Had a chance to do an afternoon of volunteering work for the Gleaners Food Bank in Indiana to help sort through food that was going to be served in backpacks to starving children in the area for the weekend.  The FunEmployed group is a new not-for-profit organization in the Indianapolis area that is being started by a girl who is also unemployed, and wanted to do something instead of sitting on her couch watching tv.  I give her great props for taking on such an initiative in a time where unemployment still remains stubbornly high across the nation.  We had a great group of people, most of us were unemployed or retired.

Once we got through the introduction video that they play for every group that comes through, we got divided up into 3 groups.  One small group went off to another area, so I didn’t hear what they got…

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