BRIEF: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less [Book Review]
Jul24

BRIEF: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less [Book Review]

Nonprofits do some pretty complex work. As a communications professional, it’s your job to simplify that work into language and images that others can understand and be motivated by — in as few words as possible. In his new book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Amazon link),  Joe McCormack argues that being brief is essential for everyone. He says the consequences of not being brief can be brutal: wasted time,...

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How to Perform the “You” Test for Donor-Centered Communications – Do You Pass?
Jul23

How to Perform the “You” Test for Donor-Centered Communications – Do You Pass?

You know that donor-centered communications are vital to getting and keeping your supporters. During the coaching and feedback sessions for our fundraising writing e-clinics with Tom Ahern, he uses this little trick to instantly see how many times nonprofits address the supporter specifically by seeing how many times they use the word “you” in their writing. Here is how he does it in Microsoft Word. Find the...

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If You Write Direct Mail Appeals In-House, You’ll Want to Know About This
Jul17

If You Write Direct Mail Appeals In-House, You’ll Want to Know About This

If you have been part of our community for any length of time, you know Tom Ahern and how awesome he is at writing fundraising copy – especially direct mail appeals. (If you are new here, “Welcome!”) In fact, his direct mail appeal e-clinic has been the most popular e-clinic we offer and consistently sells out each time. (Because of the personal attention Tom gives to participants, we have to limit the number who can...

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Pro Tip – Check How Easy Your Text Is to Read in Word
Jun27

Pro Tip – Check How Easy Your Text Is to Read in Word

Here’s a quick tip for you today on using Microsoft Word to check how easy it is for your supporters to read your communications. Word has the ability to let you know your Flesch Reading Ease score and your Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. You just have to turn it on! Wait, what? The Flesch Reading Ease score and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level are readability tests that let you know if your copy is easy to read or not. If you are...

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Write a Better Case for Support and Direct Mail Appeals
Jun19

Write a Better Case for Support and Direct Mail Appeals

Fundraising expert Tom Ahern is cranking out some great stuff for us this year! We just finished his Donor Newsletters That Raise More Money e-clinic and July brings two more training opportunities for you. The Case for Support Writing a Fabulous Case for Support starts July 9th. You can join us for just the first 60-minute training webinar on the 9th to get a better understanding of why a good case for support is so important. Or you...

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Communicators
Jun06

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Communicators

Has this seemed like a long week to anyone else? I am ready for some Mixed Links… Starting things off on a lighter note (Kivi and I thought it was funny, though, if cursing bothers you, best skip this), here are 21 Things You Say In Work Emails, And What They Really Mean. This time of year can be a slow one in many sectors, but Lori Jacobwith implores you to Keep Your Donors Engaged & Informed Over the Summer. Do you always...

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