Saying Thanks Even When It’s Inconvenient or Time-Consuming

Wow – yesterday’s post about thank you notes and the lack thereof got the conversation started! Thanks to everyone who took the time to add some thoughts to the debate. Several people mentioned that the practical realities of nonprofit management mean that getting thank-you notes out promptly, especially when donations come through non-traditional channels for…

The Dismal Results of My Online Giving Experiment

Or, Can a Girl Get a Thank-You Note, Please? Back on November 24, 2008, I cashed in a bunch of credit card miles through Capital One’s No Hassle Giving Site, converting them into cash gifts to charities. Capital One partnered with Network for Good to deliver the donations to the charities. I specifically selected 12…

Try This: Turn One Edition of Your Print Newsletter into Three Postcards

I’ve heard from several nonprofits lately who are only sending their 4-8 page print newsletters to their supporters twice a year. They wish they were sending it more often, but they just can’t make it happen because of time or budget constraints. My response: What’s the point? Updating your supporters twice a year on your…

Mixed Links: Good Stuff for Nonprofit Communicators February 20, 2009

Happy Friday! Here are some “Mixed Links” – my version of a Friday cocktail hour of refreshing stuff for nonprofit communicators. Using Social Media (and Looking Good While Doing It) First and foremost, I ask you to contribute to the Nonprofit Technology Network’s Scholarship Fund to get underfunded nonprofits to the Nonprofit Technology Conference in…

Fundraising Auction Tips on Magic Keys Radio, Friday at Noon Eastern

Claire and I are hosting another live edition of Magic Keys Radio and Podcast tomorrow, Friday, February 20 at Noon Eastern (9:00 a.m. Pacific) – this time on fundraising auctions. Our special guest will be Matt Holiday of Holiday Auctions.  Matt has all kinds of great advice on how to make your silent and live…

Freebie: How to Write a Great Elevator Pitch – The Recording

Did you miss this month’s free webinar on how to write a nonprofit elevator pitch? No worries – the recording is now available online and it’s free with registration. During the webinar, I reveal my five favorite formulas for nonprofit elevator pitches and apply them to real nonprofits who participated in the webinar live, including…

Nonprofit Blogger Q&A with One of My Favorites

Interplast’s blog is one my top favorites in the nonprofit world, because it does such a fabulous job of sharing success stories and letting readers behind-the-scenes, which are two of the best uses of blogs by nonprofits, in my opinion. (Here’s more on different ways nonprofits can use blogs.  Also see my Blogging for Nonprofits…

Feeding Your Nonprofit’s Biggest Fans

What makes someone a big fan of your nonprofit? It’s not that different from what makes someone a big fan of a sports team. 1. There’s an Emotional Connection. Your cause touches something deep inside of them and makes them willing to do crazy things for you. Sports fans paint their faces and wear weird…

How to Write a Great Elevator Pitch – Free Webinar

Wake Forest University’s business school is holding its 10th Annual Elevator Competition soon. Teams of MBA students have to pitch their business plans to venture capitalist judges during a two-minute elevator ride. The finalists then get to make a 20-minute presentation on their business plans, with the winners getting cash and prizes. I first mentioned…