Powerful Segmentation Ideas for Year-End Online Fundraising Campaigns

Are all your email subscribers the same? Of course not! Some donate. Some volunteer. Some do both. And some have no CLUE how they got on your email list! If you send all your email subscribers the exact same fundraising emails for every campaign — year-end or any other time — you’ll never unlock their…

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…

Want People to Share Your Story? Stop Making It So Hard! Do This Instead.

A few weeks ago, in preparation for my Nonprofit Marketing Guide Tweet Like a Boss Pass Holder webinar, I had a wonderful conversation with Kids Are Heroes founder Gabe O’Neill. We chatted about how he became a big fan of Twitter, and then he asked me to look at this section on his website called Share…

3 Things Successful Nonprofits Do NOW to Prepare for December Online Fundraising

The other day my daughter and I were walking down an aisle in a department store and she noticed a huge Halloween products display. “Oh come on!” she said. TOO SOON. I agreed, and we had a laugh about how I forbid holiday music until after Thanksgiving. Ah, the apple doesn’t fall far from the…

Let’s Give! The Big List of National, Local and Collegiate Online Giving Days (2016 Edition)

[Updated Aug. 11, 2016] Are you thinking about participating in a Giving Day? Good news! There are so many organizations that have given it a try, and YOU can learn from them (the good AND the bad). Look at their websites, donation landing pages, countdown clocks, emails, social media accounts, images, and hashtags. Do a…

Will You Let Everyone Know? 3 Examples, Oodles of Tips (and 23 Real Emails) to Support Your Next “Share This” Call to Action

Let me start by declaring what this post IS NOT about. It’s not about making an image or video go viral. It’s also not about “post to Facebook” or “share on Twitter” messages after a supporter has donated or signed a petition (the after-action social share). It IS about how nonprofits can move the needle…

RESOURCE REVIEW: “A Progressive’s Style Guide” Helps Unlock Power of Language to Shape and Change the World

I am a nonprofit copy writer. I believe that words can move people to act, and inspire people to change the world for the better. So when I heard about “A Progressive’s Style Guide” (pdf),  I both flinched, and lurched to download it. It’s no secret that I lean left in my politics, but I know that…

SEE HOW THEY STACK UP: 6 Popular Online Engagement Tools for Advocacy and Fundraising

Looking for a new tool to help you raise money and engage supporters online? Check out The Nonprofit Guide to Online Engagement Tools by Firefly Partners. The report reviews six commonly used online tools designed specifically for nonprofits —  Blackbaud Luminate Online, CharityEngine, Engaging Networks, EveryAction, NeonCRM and Salsa — and ranks them in 10…

Oops! 36 Subject Lines and Phrases to Help You Fix Email Mistakes 

via GIPHY Shame. Embarrassment. TERROR! These are just three of the frightening emotions that email marketers have experienced after sending a mass email with a mistake. Sometimes the mistake is harmless, like a small typo. Sometimes it’s a DOOZY, like misidentifying a donor, sending to the wrong list, or using inappropriate phrases as placeholder text (stupid…

3 Powerful Tools to Help You Optimize Your Nonprofit Website

via GIPHY Want to make your website better? And by better, I mean get more people to join your email list, sign up to volunteer, and donate. You could ask for user feedback, but what users say and do are often polar opposites. You could check out your aspirational peers for best practices, but your…