Nonprofit Writing Prompts for March
Feb27

Nonprofit Writing Prompts for March

Haven’t quite filled in your content calendar for next month? Use these prompts taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles. (If you are all set for content ideas in March, sign up for our Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter and you’ll receive April’s prompts later this week.) On the Calendar 3/2: Dr. Suess’s Birthday....

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DON’T MISS THIS: 70 Email Subject Line Ideas for Fundraising, Advocacy and Event Deadlines
Oct06

DON’T MISS THIS: 70 Email Subject Line Ideas for Fundraising, Advocacy and Event Deadlines

Want your supporters to pay more attention to deadlines? Use one of these email subject lines: a race to the finish across the finish line almost over are you in? are you missing out? can we count on you? can you make it by midnight can’t be short can’t wait coming up short days left deadline did you forget? did you miss this? don’t forget don’t miss ending soon ends today ends tonight falling short final call final chance final...

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Cut the Glut! Part II – Redundancies to Eliminate from Your Writing
Sep28

Cut the Glut! Part II – Redundancies to Eliminate from Your Writing

Last week, we talked about those wordy phrases you need to trim (and what to use instead). For example,  just say “enough” instead of “a sufficient amount of.” Today, we are going to cover redundant phrases. Here are the major infractions impeding your efforts to “cut the glut” followed by a list of other phrases you need to re-think. Don’t Restate the Obvious Your readers will know that squares are...

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Cut the Glut! Wordy Phrases to Eliminate from Your Writing (And Alternatives)
Sep21

Cut the Glut! Wordy Phrases to Eliminate from Your Writing (And Alternatives)

We’ve all read those mission statements or fundraising appeals that seem to have smart ideas, but when you take a closer look you realize they just have a lot of words. Shorter is nearly always better. Replace these wordy phrases with their concise alternatives. a majority of = most a sufficient amount of = enough according to our data = we find after the conclusion of = after along the lines of = like are in receipt of = have...

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20 Tips to Energize Dull Nonprofit Writing
Jun20

20 Tips to Energize Dull Nonprofit Writing

Is your writing dry and boring? A lot of nonprofit messaging is. Eliminating jargon and overall wordiness is a great place to start, but here are 20 more ways that you can bring your writing back to life. 1. Use more descriptive nouns and verbs. Don’t say child when you can say teenager or toddler or even 16-year-old or 3-year-old. 2. Add short anecdotes or stories. People often need an example to understand what you are talking...

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The 5 Questions Nonprofits Always Ask Me About Fundraising Emails
Oct22

The 5 Questions Nonprofits Always Ask Me About Fundraising Emails

I love writing email appeals — diving deep into an issue, learning about the inspiring work that nonprofits do, and weaving words that inspire generosity. When I teach others how to write email appeals — through webinars, trainings and consulting work — I get peppered with questions. Some about content, but a lot about mechanics. A good email appeal is part art and part mechanics. It dials up your emotions and proffers giving as...

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