Are Members-Only Nonprofit Newsletters Ancient Relics?

This Thursday (April 7, 2011), I’m presenting a webinar called “Rethinking Your Nonprofit Newsletter: Making It More Relevant for Today.”  I first presented this webinar back in September, and one of the big questions that people wanted to discuss was: Is it better to keep your email newsletter to members only or make it openly…

Using Stories in Fundraising: What Would You Do?

Love using storytelling in fundraising? Weigh in on this question about how you actually do it, from Barry Wein, the marketing manager of the Wisconsin Historical Foundation. I share my thoughts below, and I hope you’ll add yours to the comments. “I have a question for you about storytelling messaging consistency across touch points over the course…

Fundraising Platforms: Is Three a Crowd?

Over the last month or two I’ve received lots of questions from communications and development directors about third-party fundraising applications like Jumo and Crowdrise. The same question came up this morning at the Nonprofit Marketing in 2011 workshop I did this morning for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. I’m personally taking a wait and see…

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…

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…

Participate in a Marketing/Fundraising Experiment

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll remember the “thank you” note experiment I did in 2008 and 2009. More recently, Marta Lindsey’s experiment on keeping all of the nonprofit direct mail she received for a year was also a big hit. So, I started thinking, what if a bunch of us picked…