Send Me Your Kooky, Quirky, and Off-Beat Ideas

One of my favorite lessons to come out of the Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits e-clinic last week was when Tom Ahern passed on this Hemingway line and applied it to nonprofit direct mail:

Write Drunk. Edit Sober.

It’s all about letting your creativity flow, and letting go of the “supposed to” and worrying about what others might think. You can always edit out the bad parts sober, but those first drafts should be carefree and uninhibited.

Which brings me to the title of today’s post, and why I want to hear about your kooky, quirky, and off-beat ideas for nonprofit marketing and fundraising.

I am hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival in August, and that’s our theme.

Looking for Posts with Kooky, Quirky, and Off-Beat Ideas

Nonprofit Blog CarnivalIf you write a blog, draft a post that shares an example, or an original idea you have, that is a  little different than the “same old” and “ho-hum.” What have you seen lately that made you take notice, or what great idea do you have that you think a daring nonprofit should try? Submit your blog post by emailing the permalink or using the BlogCarnival.com form.

If you don’t write a blog, but still want to participate, post your ideas or links in the comments below, and I will compile them into a round-up post I’ll share here in late August. Some of the ideas might also be featured in an e-book or two I’m working on.

The deadline for participating is August 29 and we’ll publish the Carnival on August 31.

  • http://bergstrom-mahlermuseum.com Jen

    I don’t write a blog, but do send regular e-news to subscribers. I work for a regional art museum. Our building in on a lake which is home to an annual hatch of lake flies. The flies cover nearly every inch of property with in a few blocks of the lake and they swarm. The hatch always makes news.
    Being near the lake this time of year is very unpleasant–not good for the museum. Last year, I decided to write that e-newsletter from the perspective of the lowly lake fly. I used Photoshop to put pics of the insects and silly thought bubbles in the newsletter.  I received several comments from subscribers thanking me for the laugh.
    So I guess this is a taking lemons and making lemonade example.

  • http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog Kivi Leroux Miller

    That’s great Jen! Have some screen captures you can share? Would love it if you could forward a copy to me at kivi@ecoscribe.com.