Mixed Links: Good Stuff for Nonprofit Communicators October 22, 2010

Happy Friday to you all! After a busy week of traveling to Erie, PA for three presentations at Nonprofit Day and preparing for my upcoming planning workshop with Nancy Schwartz in DC next week, I am ready for some mixed links (and drinks)!  Join me, won’t you . . .

Want more national exposure, but don’t have hundreds to spend on newswire services? PR Newswire is offering subscribers of this blog a  very affordable rate of  $69 for a web release. Get your press releases posted to PR Newswire’s high-traffic news site, which is also a source for news engines like Yahoo! News and Google News.

The leaves are falling in my front yard here in North Carolina, which means it’s time to get your end-of-year appeal in motion. Check out these two great fundraising guides to get you started:

More fundraising tips, including the art of the thank-you note and end-of-year appeals can be found in this article written by Big Duck‘s Sarah Durham, quoting yours truly.

And once you have your fundraising plan in place, join Network for Good’s 2010 Year-End Fundraising Challenge! Your organization could win a profile in a Network for Good e-newsletter that reaches over 155,000 people, free services from Network for Good and a chance to be mentioned on AOL.com’s homepage.

Speaking of challenges, the results of the 2010 Nonprofit Tagline Awards have been published. Find out who won Nancy Schwartz’s annual contest for the best taglines in the nonprofit world and register for the 2011 Nonprofit Tagline Report so you have a shot at next year’s contest. If you don’t have a tagline or you just don’t like the one you have, Nancy is offering all the help you need.

You can do so much more with your “Email me” links, like adding subject lines, adding the body of the email, sending to more than one person, or adding cc and bcc. Check out this blog post by my assistant (and little sister), Kristina Leroux Brown: Tip Of The Day: Add Subject Line and More to Your Email Links to find out how.

The  Pew Internet & American Life Project has released several interesting reports, including one showing that social media use by Americans 50 years and older doubled last year and that 2/3rds of us sleep with our cell phones:

What else . . .

Aimee McLaughlin at Forum One put together a great post summarizing a webinar I did for NTEN on making your nonprofit marketing more doable. Thanks Aimee!

The Prospecting blog at Philanthropy.com tells you how to test your online fundraising ideas with affordable tools.

John Haydon explains how you can use Facebook Places and lists the most useful Facebook apps.

NextGen: Charity is a conference in NYC on innovation in non-profit and philanthropy work featuring Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington, Jonathan Greenblatt, and Scott Belsky on November 18-19.

See you next week, with an interview with Allison Fine on The Networked Nonprofit (Amazon link) and a guest post on how one nonprofit changed its Twitter strategy with great results.

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