AmEx Members Project – Tips for Doing It Right

If you watch any late night TV, you’ve probably seen the American Express commercials with Sheryl Crow, Ellen DeGeneres and others promoting the new Members Project. For every card member who registers at MembersProject.com, American Express will donate $1 toward a $5 million grant to a single project, selected in part by member voting. How…

15 Places to Find Article Ideas for Your Nonprofit Newsletter

Searching for some good article ideas for your next nonprofit newsletter, blog post or website update? Here are 15 places you can look for article ideas. 1. At the receptionist’s desk. Ask whoever answers your organization’s main phone number for the top three questions they get from callers and turn the answers into newsletter articles.…

Including Fundraising Event Info in Nonprofit Annual Reports

This question came in last week to AskKivi.com: “Should we include articles and photos of our fundraising events over the last year in our annual report? Based on your “Seven Easy Steps to Writing a Great Annual Report“, I would say no since it is an activity, not an accomplishment. What do you say?” —…

How to Write an Event Summary for Your Newsletter

Whether it’s a board meeting, a seminar, or a conference, the events your organization hosts or attends can provide great fodder for newsletter articles — if you highlight the most important points and forget about the rest.When you start writing an event summary, you may be tempted to regurgitate the agenda with a few extra…

Your Vote Needed: Which Newsletter Article is Hardest?

Next week will be “Newsletter Week” at Nonprofit Communications, including a post with tips on writing the hardest kind of newsletter article, as determined by this blog’s readers (you!). Problem is, right now there is a four-way tie between “Donor or Volunteer Profiles,” “Program Updates,” “How-to Articles or Tips” and “Event Summaries.” Vote now and…

Let’s Rewrite Some Newsletter Headlines

Copyblogger is showing people how he would rewrite some of their blog headlines, including notes on why he made the changes he did. I do a similar exercise in my newsletter writing courses and it’s always fun. So, let’s try it here. Either leave a comment or send an email to me at kivi *AT*…

Carnival #30 – Tips on Nonprofit Newsletters

This week’s Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants is back at its birthplace here at Nonprofit Communications. Our topic this week is Nonprofit Newsletters and we have lots of opinions to share about what works and what doesn’t. If you are responsible for your newsletter, read on. If someone else in the office does it, forward this…

Writing Better Personal Profiles for Your Newsletter

Including personal profiles in your newsletter is great way to tell an important story about your organization, while also recognizing the contributions of a single person. I write a lot of donor profiles, for example, that tell nice stories about the individuals and acknowledge their generosity, while highlighting the organization’s accomplishments — i.e. “Jane Donor…

Connecting with Your Audience – A Fundraising Essential

There is no such thing as the “general public” in nonprofit communications, and especially in fundraising. From the core of your message to how you deliver it, your communications need to target specific people or at least specific groups of people. But if developing a targeted communications plan is a new concept for you, knowing…