Special Olympics Blows It with Tropic Thunder Boycott

UPDATE 8/20/08: The Chronicle of Philanthropy picked up this post. Please feel free to comment here or there, but do participate in the conversation! I’ll respond to comments in both places. ~ Kivi Advocates for the intellectually disabled, led by Special Olympics, are boycotting the movie Tropic Thunder because of the use of the word…

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…

Notes on “Building Your Online Presence on a Tight Budget”

“Conversation in the Clouds” by Swamibu on Flickr The Chronicle of Philanthropy hosted a live chat earlier this week with Beth Kanter (Beth’s Blog) and Jonathon Coleman (The Nature Conservancy) called “Building Your Online Presence on a Tight Budget.” Beth and Jonathon are two of my favorite social media experts, so I took a few…

Stand Out with Thank You Notes, Part II

Yesterday I wrote about how you can use thank you notes to set yourself apart from the competition, because lots of nonprofits (1) don’t do thank you notes at all, (2) don’t do them very well, or (3) overlook easy opportunities to touch their donors’ hearts. Here’s another story for you about the power of…

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…