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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3 Email Acquisition Campaigns You Can Use to Grow Your Email List
Jul16

3 Email Acquisition Campaigns You Can Use to Grow Your Email List

We get a lot of questions about how to grow your email list, so we decided to create a new advice and tips page devoted solely to growing your email list. We still have a page focused on email newsletters, but we thought that email list growth needed its own page. Like the other advice and tips pages, this page is also organized based on your experience level, so whether you are just starting to acquire emails for a new e-newsletter...

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5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising
Jul15

5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

Communications directors and development directors are not magicians or miracle workers, and yet many executive directors and boards seem to think they should be able to pull rabbits out of hats and turn water into wine. Too often, when I coach communications directors through their daily challenges, I find that their jobs are being made so much harder than they should be because of a handful of leadership failures. Here are five that...

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Download Your Multi-Channel Fundraising Campaign Worksheet [FREE]
Jul09

Download Your Multi-Channel Fundraising Campaign Worksheet [FREE]

We’ve added another advice and tips page to the website – this one covers online fundraising. So whether you are just getting started with raising money online or if you are looking for more advanced ideas, we’ve got you covered. Haven’t accepted online donations before? We’ll show you where to start with getting your website and email list in shape. Or if you have been taking donations through your...

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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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What Questions Do You Include in Donor Surveys?
Jun10

What Questions Do You Include in Donor Surveys?

I’m getting a lot of questions about questions — the ones you should ask donors or other supporters of your work in surveys. First, yes, surveying your donors a couple of times a year is a great idea. It not only gives you information you can use to adjust your programs and how you market and fundraise for them, but surveying also demonstrates that you actually care what your donors think! What questions do you include in...

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