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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Nonprofit Email Newsletter Design from Walden School [Before and After]
Aug13

Nonprofit Email Newsletter Design from Walden School [Before and After]

Sarah Lougheed-Gill is the director of admissions & communications at Walden School, a progressive independent school for grades pre-kindergarten – sixth in Pasadena, California. Sarah recently went through our communications director mentoring program and shared the changes her school made to their email newsletter as well as the feedback she got from the parents at her school. We thought it was a great story, and Sarah...

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Return to Spray and Pray?
Aug05

Return to Spray and Pray?

Just about every nonprofit marketing consultant I know, yours truly included, ridicules the idea of “spray and pray” marketing, where you throw out as much stuff as you can at “the general public” and hope that some of it hits the right people.  Nonprofits can’t afford to be that wasteful of their time and money. Instead, we tell you, be more refined and focused in your approach. Decide who is most...

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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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How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]
Jul10

How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]

Here’s yet another great example of how remaking your tired old traditional annual report into something more modern can reap great rewards . . . Paula Watson-Lakamp, Communications Manager at Poudre River Public Library District, shared how they pared down their 32-page (!!) annual report into an infographic that created more member engagement, especially on social media. They were able to go from 32 pages to this: Then, as...

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You’ve Just Been Promoted to Chief of Staff
Jul08

You’ve Just Been Promoted to Chief of Staff

I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know Leili Khalessi over the last six months as she participated in our Communications Director Mentoring Program. I think I learned as much from the experience as she did!  I see too many nonprofit communications directors who are treated like gophers, or the catch-all dumping grounds for work no one else in the office wants to do. But what if you could transform your role away from that and...

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