Interesting Stats about Nonprofit Newsletters – and Winners!

Thanks to all of you who took our survey this month on nonprofit newsletters. I’ve shared some of the results already in posts on how social media is influencing newsletters and how often you should send email newsletters to supporters. Here are some other interesting stats from the survey, which was completed by 419 nonprofits.…

Here’s Why Online Fundraising Doesn’t Work

You may be wondering why online fundraising seems to work so great for a few organizations and really poorly for others. And you may have heard that online givers are flaky or fickle, which was reinforced by Blackbaud’s research that concluded that online-acquired donors are more valuable in the long-term than traditional mail-acquired donors, but only…

Six Ways Social Media Has Affected Nonprofit Newsletters

Last week, I asked for your thoughts on how your newsletter has changed, including how your organization’s use of social media has affected your newsletter, whether print or online. Of the 299 people who had answered this particular question when I pulled the data yesterday, a third said that social media had little to no…

How Social Media and Fundraising Fit Together

You’ve probably been cautioned to avoid using social media as a fundraising tool and to focus instead on donor “engagement” – which will someday lead to fundraising opportunities. But when? What about all of those nonprofits using social media to raise money right now? Can you create a social media strategy that does both? I…

The Nonprofit Newsletter – Still All That?

When I first started working in nonprofit communications, the job was really all about the newsletter. The nonprofit newsletter, first in print and then in email, was the mainstay of communications between the nonprofit and its supporters. More than any other piece of communications, the newsletter consumed a lot of staff time and energy, not…

Evolution of a Nonprofit Annual Report

You should all know by now that I love the shorter and more visual nonprofit annual reports as opposed to skimming through 20+ pages of boring financials. I recently received an email from Katie Bryan, communications director at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement on how their annual report has changed over the years based on the training she’s taken…

How Are Nonprofit Newsletters Changing?

Is the classic nonprofit newsletter still relevant? If yes, why? If not, why not? What changes have you made, or what changes are you seeing or recommending, in nonprofit newsletters — in print and online? Those and any other questions or issues related to producing nonprofit newsletters in 2012 and beyond are the focus of the…

Your Organization’s Superhero

One of the questions Tom Ahern always asks during our Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits E-Clinic is, “Are you treating your donors like your organization’s superhero?” He’s not just talking about being grateful for their gift. He’s talking about shifting the responsibility of your cause onto the donor’s shoulders. The donor is the answer to your…