25 Interview Questions to Help You Write Newsletter Profiles

Profiles of donors, volunteers, clients, and other supporters are a staple of nonprofit newsletters. You can also use them in your annual reports and other marketing materials. Today I posted 25 different questions you can ask when interviewing the people you’d like to profile. These questions will help find that special something about the person…

Who’s Your Target Audience? Please Not the General Public!

We chant it together in my in-person nonprofit marketing trainings: “There is no such thing as the general public. There is no such thing as the general public.” If you are spending time and money trying to reach the general public with your nonprofit’s message, you are wasting it. All of it. OK, maybe just…

Video Annual Reports: Tips for Nonprofits Who Want to Try It

Photo by the_toe_stubber on Flickr Some might argue that annual reports are dead, but I say that they are simply undergoing a transformation, much like the rest of the publications that nonprofits use for advocacy, education, and fundraising. All print publications, including annual reports, are being reevaluated as online and multimedia tools become much more…

What’s New: Online Marketing, Annual Reports, Writers Block

Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been working on the last week or so . . . Online Marketing Workshops I’m being asked to speak a lot lately on various elements of online marketing for nonprofits. Last week, I presented two workshops to museums, historical sites, and other arts organizations in Charlotte, NC. The…

Stand Out: Write a Decent Thank You Note

After many years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington DC, my husband and I moved back to his hometown of Lexington, North Carolina in 2001. Living in a small town in rural county has given me an entirely new appreciation for the complexities involved in nonprofit management, fundraising, and marketing. We…