What Should You Name Your E-Newsletter?

What should you name your e-newsletter? That’s the question that the MetroWest Health Foundation asked today on Twitter.   Turns out that the current name of the e-newsletter is  . . .  “E-Newsletter.”   Here’s what it looks like. I do have a ton of nonprofit e-newsletters in my inbox called “E-Newsletter” so it’s not like…

Are You in the Joy Business? Maybe You Should Be

I have to admit that I am a little depressed thinking about the upcoming fall fundraising season. I’m expecting a lot of doom and gloom from nonprofits. I know it can work, but I’m really hoping that I will see more orgs taking Katya Andresen’s advice about how fundraising is really about giving people a…

7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising and Communications

I’m teaching a workshop in Toledo on Wednesday for the Center for Nonprofit Resources (a program of the Toledo Community Foundation) called 7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising and Communications.  I’m looking forward to meeting the 50+ nonprofits signed up for the workshop. Here are the seven steps: 1. Acknowledge Trends in the Way People…

5 Ways Nonprofits Blow Their Asks

Avoid sabotaging your nonprofit’s communications with wimpy, confusing asks.  Here are five frequent problems with the way nonprofits ask for support, whether it’s donating money or time or some other valuable. 1. Assuming One Size Fits All. There is no such thing as the general public. Know your supporters, donors, participants or whoever you are talking to,…

Creating a Two-Page Nonprofit Annual Report

You know I am a fan of the “new and improved” nonprofit annual report — which I define as anything that is shorter, clearer, and easier for donors to understand than traditional annual reports. I especially like two- and four-pagers and videos. I’m collecting samples of “new and improved” nonprofit annual reports on this wiki,…