Ideas to Boost Your Creativity

This month at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we presented a series of webinars aimed at helping you get more creative with your nonprofit communications, including using metaphors and humor. I heard from many people who want to guest blog for me, so you’ll see more creative ideas here in the coming months.

For now, here is a roundup of some recent blog posts to get you thinking more creatively. This roundup is also the August edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival.

Creative Uses of Technology

Many nonprofits are contemplating creative ways to use mobile technology. Jason Dick presents Mobile Giving Research and Opinion posted at A Small Change- Fundraising Blog, along with How Does Mobile Giving Work? and Text to Give Pricing.

You should also check out Pew’s latest report on the use of social media by older adults and keep an eye out for a report coming next Thursday (September 9) on Pew’s first-ever look at “apps culture” – who has apps on their cell phones, which ones, and how they use them.

Jennifer Saksa presents IVR at the Museum posted at NCH Software Blog, sharing a look at the creative way museums have started using Interactive Voice Response telephone software systems to help teach and spread information to people, with less staff or volunteer time required.

Toying with using more personalization of your email communications? Read what Devin T. Mathias has to say about When Personalized Data Go Bad… And Go Right posted at through non-profit eyes.

Creative Content Ideas

The Agitator suggests you listen to your donors for your best creative ideas in Who Made Your Best Ad?

Looking for some creative ways to connect your blog to the greater blogging world? Woman Tribune presents Blogging is Activism — 6 Blogging Events to Get Involved In.

Community Media Workshop urges you to look beyond the typical, tired ways you frame up stories for the media in Reframing Stories of the Great Recession. (Thom Clark from Community Media Workshop is doing a webinar for us next week on being a good spokesperson for your cause.)

Marc Pitman reminds us to stay curious if you want to be a good fundraiser.

When to Play it Straight

Jake Seliger at Grant Writing Confidential cautions you against creativity when grant writing. When writing grant proposals in response to RFPs, Jake says, “Most of the time, you’ll be given a box, and if you step outside it, you’re not going to be praised like a precocious high school student. You’re going to be treated like a cat who’s decided to show its creativity by ignoring the litter box. The RFP is your litter box. Ignore it at your peril.”

Maybe doing things the same old way works just fine . . .  or does it? See what Katya Andresen says in ‘Old” donors give more – so do we stick to the same ‘old’ fundraising?

Read a blog post lately that got your creative juices flowing? Share it in the comments.

© 2007-2017, Nonprofit Marketing Guide. All Rights Reserved.

Share This Post On
  • Brunowscruz

    excellent post congratulations!
    Our team loves to read this blog!
    Once again congratulations

  • Thanks for the HT!

  • Pingback: How To Unleash Your Inner Nonprofit Ninja Artist | Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer()

  • Pingback: Quirky, Kooky, and Off-Beat Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising()

  • Thanks a lot for the blog article. Fantastic.

  • I simply want to tell you that I am all new to weblog and honestly savored this website. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You really have wonderful posts. Many thanks for sharing with us your web page.

  • you’re truly a good webmaster. The website loading velocity is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a great activity on this subject!

  • Pingback: Brian Lock Highwood IL()

  • Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  • Wonderful beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear idea

  • I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something too few people are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy that I found this during my hunt for something relating to this.

  • When I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I recieve four emails with the exact same comment. There has to be an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  • Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

  • Very good post. I definitely love this website. Stick with it!

  • When I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a means you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

  • You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the best websites online. I’m going to recommend this blog!

  • Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe this site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

  • Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  • The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.

  • Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

  • Decouvrir notre magnifique post : financement immobilier

  • The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

  • Next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not disappoint me just as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, nonetheless I actually thought you would have something useful to say. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you could fix if you were not too busy looking for attention.

  • This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  • Next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn’t disappoint me just as much as this particular one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read, nonetheless I actually thought you would probably have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you could possibly fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.

  • A motivating discussion is worth comment. I do think that you need to write more about this subject, it might not be a taboo matter but generally people do not discuss such issues. To the next! Cheers!!

  • Pingback: sex toy()

  • Thanks so much for providing individuals with an extremely splendid chance to discover important secrets from this blog. It really is so pleasurable and as well , packed with amusement for me personally and my office co-workers to search your web site at least 3 times a week to read the latest guidance you have got. And definitely, I’m also at all times impressed with the unbelievable points you serve. Some two facts in this post are ultimately the most suitable I have ever had.

  • I’m more than happy to find this page. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely loved every bit of it and I have you book marked to see new stuff in your web site.

  • Right here is the right webpage for anyone who wishes to understand this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject which has been written about for many years. Excellent stuff, just great!

  • If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

  • Very nice post. I absolutely love this site. Continue the good work!

  • Spot on with this write-up, I seriously feel this website needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the info!

  • You’re so awesome! I do not believe I have read something like this before. So wonderful to find somebody with a few unique thoughts on this topic. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!