Make Your Website About Visitors, Not About You

The biggest mistake that a nonprofit can make with its website is to use it as an old-fashioned brochure, where you immediately hit the visitor with your long, jargon-filled mission statement, right at the top or smack in the middle of the home page, followed by bulleted lists of “projects” or “services.” Why is this…

If Social Networking Isn’t Marketing, Why Bother?

Photo by kevindooley on Flickr The nonprofit blogerati have been weighing in lately about how nonprofits are bad, bad, bad for looking at social networking as a way to market their organizations. And “communications” seems to have become a dirty word too. Here are a few samples: Online Social Networks are Not Mailing Lists by…

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…

Is Web 2.0 Software You Buy from Microsoft?

And Other “Stupid” Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask! Photo by B Tal on Flickr The “Be the Media” project led by the Nonprofit Technology Network and Beth Kanter starts today. The project will ultimately be the “go-to” spot for people who are both learning and teaching about the use of social media in…

Measure Your Marketing in More Than Dollars

Several nonprofit friends have forward me Daniel Gross’s column on the “Coming Charity Crisis” which appears in both Newsweek and Slate. Yes, it’s likely that charitable giving will drop because of the recession. If you think it’s already hard to raise money for your cause, it may feel even harder before it gets easier again.…