I am the founder and CEO of Nonprofit Marketing Guide.

Talk about Family and Tradition, Not Raking Leaves

I presented the Thursday night keynote at the City of Jacksonville’s Board Development and Training Program last week (this North Carolina city requires nonprofit grantees to send their board members to free professional development training – a brilliant idea!).  My topic was the importance of storytelling, and how as board members, they needed to help…

Major Donors and Their No-Good Kids

If we agree that we should develop messaging that resonates with our donors, what should we do when that messaging might be offensive to others? Take the case of donors who make substantial gifts to charities rather than leaving assets to their “good for nothing” adult children. I presented a “Storytelling for Fundraisers” workshop in…

Revamping Your Tagline: Interview with Nancy Schwartz

Yesterday, we heard from Melinda Pearce McKee about how NCGives transformed its tagline. Today, I’m sharing an interview with Nancy Schwartz, queen of all things nonprofit tagline and publisher of Getting Attention.org. In this 17-minute interview, Nancy shares How your nonprofit can explore the nearly 5,000 taglines in her new database, searching by several criteria,…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers January 21, 2011

Another week over, another round of Mixed Links! Blackbaud has a couple of things for us this week. The Blackbaud Index reports some good news for small nonprofits:  The Index found that three-month overall giving for small organizations (prior year revenue of < $1 million) increased 18.2% in November. Giving at medium organizations (prior year…

Social Media Q & A

A flurry of questions came in at the end of today’s webinar on Writing for Social Media, so I’m going to try to quickly answer a bunch of them here. I didn’t get permission to use people’s names, so I’m sharing these questions anonymously. We have both the Facebook Page and the Group.  I know…

You Are Not Your Target Audience

Putting aside for a moment whether we should call them “target audiences” or not, it’s always good to remember that, as a nonprofit communicator or fundraiser, you are very rarely the kind of person that you are trying to communicate with. Even if you match the demographics, the fact that you are employed by your…

Where Focusing on Social Media ROI Fails Us

Back in June, I shared some of my favorite tips for writing Facebook and Twitter updates. In that post, I urged you to think of your social media writing goals in terms of the reaction you were looking for. Do you want someone to DO something, THINK something, or FEEL something in response to what…