4 Donor Newsletter Hacks to Increase Donations

Thinking of axing your donor newsletter because it costs more than it’s worth? WAIT! It’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Luckily we have a smart guy like Tom Ahern around to set us straight! Tom knows how to take a floundering charity newsletter and…

Writing for Clarity: Explaining to a Two-Year-Old How to Unlock a Window

Last we heard from Kristan Allen, she was helping us with our core messaging. Today she is here to tell you how to get a toddler to follow your directions…just kidding! That’s almost impossible. But she can give you some tips on making sure your writing is clear and easily understood. ~Kivi Guest Post by…

Make Your Donors Fall in Love With Your Nonprofit [On-Demand Webinar]

If you weren’t one of the 1,000+ who registered originally for our webinar, How to Build a Donor Communications Plan That Will Make Them Fall in Love, you can now get the recording too! A recent study on nonprofit donor engagement found that donors gave two-thirds of their annual charitable donations to one favorite charity. How do you become…

Introducing the Tom Ahern Writing Academy for Fundraisers

We’ve been working with fundraising expert and all-around good guy Tom Ahern for a few years now.  Tom is legendary as a guidebook author, donor-centered copywriter, and speaker on the conference circuit. If we introduced you to Tom, you probably know him from our direct mail or donor newsletter e-clinics or from our marketing bequests…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators May 9, 2014

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…

We Need a Billboard, and Ads on Pandora and NPR Too

Board or executives telling you that you need a billboard, or ads on Pandora or NPR or some other expensive form of advertising? Aside from the fact that you probably can’t afford that, would it work even if you could? In response to suggestions (or demands) like this, I suggest you go into what I…

How This Nonprofit Created a “Game-Changing” Annual Report Infographic

I am loving that so many of you are experimenting with different ways to publish your annual report – and then sharing your stories with us! Matt Higgs of GreenUP in Canada tells us how they decided to do things differently for their 2013 annual report and how they came up with an awesome infographic the community…

Who’s Segmenting Email, Why, and Why Not [Infographic]

I’m presenting a brand new webinar on April 29, 2014 called Email List Segmenting: Strategies to Increase Open Rates, Motivate Action, and Build Engagement. As part of the prep, we worked with our friends at Bloomerang to do a quick survey.  We asked about whether your nonprofit was segmenting its list and how, and if not,…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers April 18, 2014

Happy Friday! Let’s cap off the week with some Mixed Links… Gail Perry has an infographic with the top fundraising tips and tweets from this year’s AFP conference. Robert Slates gives us the six deadly writing sins for nonprofits. Blackbaud released its Peer-to-Peer Participant Fundraising Study. The study looks at trends across four event types — Cycle,…

Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group —…