What’s Your Six-Word Annual Report for 2012?

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Can you explain how your nonprofit left a print on the world in 2012 - in six words?

I know many of you are busy bees trying to get your 2012 annual reports together. (If you feel like you need some guidance, I’m teaching my annual reports webinar at CharityHowTo on February 13, 2013).

To help you focus on what’s really most important about last year, I recommend that you come up with a six-word annual report. Or if you prefer, a tweetable one (under 140 characters).

I know I get on a soapbox about making your annual reports short and readable, but no, I am not actually recommending that you tweet your annual report and nothing else. But it’s a really good exercise.

I asked for your six-word annual reports back in 2011 and here’s a sampling of some of my favorites:

  • Families supported, communities mobilized. Prevention works.
  • Profits and peace on the rise.
  • Asked. Received. Improved mental health realized.
  • More people self managing their arthritis!
  • Mr. Yuk, still vigilant, kids safe
  • Business great, funding not so much
  • Told Sacramento: Housing Matters! Sacramento listened.
  • Jackrabbit bounded, I smiled, coyote watched.
  • Largest fundraiser, improved outreach, 7,000 served.

Remember, this isn’t supposed to be a tagline, but rather a summary of what happened last year.

What would your 6-word annual report for 2012 be? Share in the comments. 

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  • Steve Levine

    Caring for patients in changing times

  • thefriendraiser

    Kivi, this is awesome. i think if/when folks do this they will see that it should be their vision. and if it isn’t, they need to change course.

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  • Liz Moore

    A vibrant Montana through stronger nonprofits.

  • Stephanie Cain

    This is a great exercise–it really makes you drill down to the most basic level. I guess mine would be: “7600 visitors, blogging increased, seeking engagement.”

  • Anna

    “Finally (mostly) getting our shit together.”

    • Mary

      Best one ever. You are my hero.

  • Rob Riordan

    NATURE protects, nourishes, strengthens, inspires, MATTERS

  • Denisa

    Just grubby enough to be effective,

  • Valerie

    Love this challenge. Homes rebuilt, lives changed, hope restored.