Blog Posts Needed: Sharing Progress, Communicating Accomplishments

In August, we here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide will be hosting the latest edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival. The Carnival is a round-up of recent posts — like a “best of”  — on a particular topic.

For example, this month Joanne Fritz at About.com compiled 18 posts all about year-end fundraising. Reserve some time on your calendar now to review them as you plan your 2015 year-end campaigns.

We are also interested in a topic that’s discussed a lot at year-end, but is relevant year-round: How you share progress or communicate your accomplishments, not just with donors, but to program participants, and other supporters and influencers as well.

What to Write About

New posts, or recent posts written within the last couple of months, are great.

Possible topics include

  • Annual reports
  • Progress reporting in newsletters
  • Dashboards
  • Storytelling that conveys an accomplishment
  • Getting the media interested in a milestone
  • Donor-centered writing that shares credit for an accomplishment with donors

As you can see, it’s a fairly broad topic — anything related to how nonprofits communicate success stories or progress is welcome. We particularly love case studies or advice with real examples.

How to Submit Your Post

Write a post on your own blog or an article on your website. You don’t have to mention the Carnival at all. Just write for your usual audience. Then submit it to the Carnival. I’ll look all the submissions over and pick the best to feature in a round-up post right here at the end of the month.

Don’t have a venue to publish your own post, but have a great example to share? Let us know by emailing Kristina, and mentioning an example for the Carnival. We may be able to let you guest post here this month or include you in a post of our own.

Deadline for submissions:  Friday, August 28, 2015
Publication of roundup: Monday, August 31, 2015
To submit, just email your post to nonprofitcarnival@gmail.com

Include:

  • Your name
  • The URL of your post
  • A two or three sentence summary of your post, written in the third person (“In this post, Hilda shares,” not “In the post, I share,”)

I hope you’ll participate!

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