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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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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Live from Montana – Clear, Consistent, and Compelling Messaging
May21

Live from Montana – Clear, Consistent, and Compelling Messaging

Kivi and I are being graciously hosted by the Montana Nonprofit Association this week as we help nonprofits create clearer and more compelling communications. We are doing workshops in Billings, Helena, and Missoula. We began our week with a 5:30 a.m. EST wake up call (which was actually 3:30 a.m. in Montana…eek!). I got held up in Atlanta due to fog, but was able to make a last minute dash to meet Kivi (who was flying from...

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How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human
Apr16

How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human

We’ve been telling you for years that most nonprofits need to create less formal communications. But we know a lot of you are not being heard by your executive director or board members. Kate Snyder, who is the donor communications coordinator for South Hills Interfaith Ministries and also runs Kate Write Now, shared how baby steps may be in order to convince your boss to be more friendly. ~Kivi Guest Post by Kate Snyder...

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Embracing Your Community’s Voice: The Art of Incorporating Your Community as Co-Producers of Content
Apr09

Embracing Your Community’s Voice: The Art of Incorporating Your Community as Co-Producers of Content

Last week Diane Greenhalgh shared some tips on how to get your staff involved in creating content for you. Today she shares how to get your community of clients or supporters to help. ~Kivi Guest Post by Diane Greenhalgh of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association While there are certainly tactics for including constituent produced content in your editorial lineup, which I share below, you must first take a look at how you think about...

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Shifting Your Comm Style from Frightening to Friendly – 3 Steps
Dec19

Shifting Your Comm Style from Frightening to Friendly – 3 Steps

I recently talked with a nonprofit communications director whose challenge for 2014 is to remake her organization’s communications voice, style, and tone from something that’s frankly a little frightening to something much more friendly. How does she know the current approach is frightening? Because the organization’s supporters and clients said so. The nonprofit asked for feedback on its website content, and heard...

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