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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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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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators
May09

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

How was your week? Let’s finish things off with some Mixed Links… More than 300,000 donors gave over $50 million to 7,000 nonprofits in 120 communities during May 6′s “Give Local America” campaign. This made it the largest, single-day charitable crowdfunding event ever. For more on the Give Local America Campaign, Marika Lynch of the Knight Foundation put together some of  images from social media that...

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators
Mar28

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi and I just got back from a family vacation to the Mouse House (Disney World for you uninitiated). I think I need a vacation from my vacation, so let’s wrap up the week with some Mixed Links… Craig Newmark has released an infographic that Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code. Blackbaud has also created an infographic featuring key findings from the 2013 Charitable Giving Report. Did you vote in this...

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10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits
Jan29

10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits

The beauty of Twitter is that it is simple, short and fast. When something happens in the world, more often than not, Twitter carries news of it first. From earthquakes to elections, mundane to momentous, Twitter tells us what’s going on and who’s saying what. It lets us take the pulse of humanity. But Twitter is also a firehose, a never-ending, unfiltered stream of characters. Not all of it is helpful, wanted or useful....

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What to Do BEFORE You Send a Bulk Email
Oct18

What to Do BEFORE You Send a Bulk Email

Today’s post was inspired by All-Access Pass Holder Esther Wieman,  Associate for Business Development for the Cultural Data Project (CDP). Since CDP has over 30 staff members, but no dedicated communications capacity, Esther wanted to make sure anyone sending an email to a big list not only proofread the email for spelling and grammar problems, but also checked the more technical aspects of the email before hitting...

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