How to Ask Your Current Donors for Bequests – Tactfully!
Aug26

How to Ask Your Current Donors for Bequests – Tactfully!

Did you know organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? Fundraising expert Tom Ahern believes that the answer may be as simple as not having a marketing plan to ask for those bequests. A simple plan might include: Writing a vision statement that lets donors know how their bequest will help the organization for future generations. Identifying your best donors. Creating a bequest...

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Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge
Aug21

Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge

It’s the question that thousands of nonprofit communications and development staff will be asked over the next several weeks: What’s our version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Of course, the real questions behind that are “How come we aren’t raising a bazillion dollars online?” and “Why can’t we get our supporters to make videos of themselves about our cause and share them with their...

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What Does Raise Awareness Really Mean Anyway? [FREE Webinar]
Aug20

What Does Raise Awareness Really Mean Anyway? [FREE Webinar]

Executive directors and especially boards of directors love for you to “raise awareness” about your cause. But what does that really mean anyway? Surely not a massive, multimedia advertising campaign like corporate America would do, because you don’t have that kind of a budget. And surely not a door-to-door canvassing campaign like politicians do, because you don’t have an army of volunteers. Being told to...

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No Hard Choices = No Strategy and No Leadership
Aug19

No Hard Choices = No Strategy and No Leadership

Just the other day a nonprofit communications director showed me her brand-new marketing strategy. Her organization’s leaders, the executive director and a committee of board members, had commissioned the strategy from a consultant. After several  months of work, the strategy was delivered to staff to implement. But the document I saw contained very little leadership or strategy: instead, it was everything and the kitchen sink....

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Nonprofit Email Newsletter Design from Walden School [Before and After]
Aug13

Nonprofit Email Newsletter Design from Walden School [Before and After]

Sarah Lougheed-Gill is the director of admissions & communications at Walden School, a progressive independent school for grades pre-kindergarten – sixth in Pasadena, California. Sarah recently went through our communications director mentoring program and shared the changes her school made to their email newsletter as well as the feedback she got from the parents at her school. We thought it was a great story, and Sarah...

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