No Going Back for This Nonprofit After Switching to a Digital Annual Report

Sick of me telling you to get rid of your long printed annual reports? Well, I’ll stop when you stop ūüėČ Here’s what Rod Ruff, Program and Engagement Manager of Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, told us about switching from a print annual report to an online version: For the first few months of this year I…

How to Ask Your Current Donors for Bequests – Tactfully!

Did you know¬†organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? Fundraising expert Tom Ahern believes that the answer may be as simple as not having a marketing plan to ask for those bequests. A simple plan might include: Writing a vision statement that lets donors…

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…

What Does Raise Awareness Really Mean Anyway? [FREE Webinar]

Executive directors and especially boards of directors love for you to “raise awareness” about your cause. But what does that really mean anyway? Surely not a massive, multimedia advertising campaign like corporate America would do, because you don’t have¬†that¬†kind of a budget. And surely not a door-to-door canvassing campaign like politicians do, because you don’t…

Nonprofit Annual Reports – Advice for You Regardless of Your Experience

Whether this is your first time creating a nonprofit annual report or you’ve been putting out annual reports for years, we have you covered. Earlier this summer we started rolling out a new way to organize the tips and advice we give you on our website. While we’ve organized the site by topic for some…

Year-End Fundraising Decisions to Make Now

I’m coaching a fundraising team at a national nonprofit that wants to revamp its annual communications calendar. As part of that process, we are looking at their editorial calendar for their year-end fundraising campaign, which will include direct mail, email, and social media. Before they can develop that plan, however, they have several strategic decisions…

How to Perform the “You” Test for Donor-Centered Communications – Do You Pass?

You know that donor-centered communications are vital to getting and keeping your supporters. During the coaching and feedback sessions for our fundraising writing e-clinics with Tom Ahern, he uses this little trick to instantly see how many times nonprofits address the supporter specifically by seeing how many times they use the word “you” in their…

If You Write Direct Mail Appeals In-House, You’ll Want to Know About This

If you have been part of our community for any length of time, you know Tom Ahern and how awesome he is at writing fundraising copy – especially direct mail appeals. (If you are new here, “Welcome!”) In fact, his direct mail appeal e-clinic has been the most popular e-clinic we offer and consistently sells…

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…

Download Your Multi-Channel Fundraising Campaign Worksheet [FREE]

We’ve added another advice and tips page to the website – this one covers online fundraising. So whether you are just getting started with raising money online or if you are looking for more advanced ideas, we’ve got you covered. Haven’t accepted online donations before? We’ll show you where to start with getting your website…

Rock the Socks Off Donors with a Fabulous Case for Support

Whether she actually asks it out loud or not, a donor’s first question¬†is always: “Why Should I Give You My Hard Earned Money?” The answer to that question starts with your case for support. Your case for support explains what your organization does, why you do it, and why others should support you in doing…