Help Wanted: I’m Hiring Freelance Writers/Editors

I’m interested in hiring a handful of freelance writers/editors who are familiar with InDesign, Dreamweaver, WordPress and/or Joomla to help me get a number of exciting projects off the back burner. You’ll find the details here. Help me find some good help and I’ll be able to double the amount of resources I can get…

Make These Changes When You Redesign Your Website

Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox for March 12 (always a must-read e-newsletter) covers “10 High-Profit Redesign Priorities.” The tips are focused on ROI — return on investment — for commercial sites, but many of the tips are applicable to nonprofits too. Here are a few of my favorites, with some comments. — Publish an email newsletter, if…

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants #35

Heather Carpenter at Aspiration Tech has posted this week’s edition of the Carnival. You’ll find posts on learning what donors want, finding your core message, retaining baby boomer volunteers, executive compensation and more. Check it out and recommend the carnival feed to your friends! Next week we’ll be at Getting Attention with Nancy Schwartz.

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*…

Where Do You Find Freelance Writers?

This question came in to me recently on AskKivi.com: “Do you have any referrals to non-profit/charity writers who can write brochures? I don’t want a full service firm, I want a consultant who has written copy for charities: direct mail, annual reports, brochures, promotional/fundraising pieces, etc.” As a full-time freelance writer, I’ve found that most…

How to Start a Blog Carnival: Five Tips from Experience

As the founder of the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, I’m happy to see that the success of this carnival has inspired two of our participants to start their own carnivals. Sean Stannard-Stockton at Tactical Philanthropy started The Giving Carnival and Michele Martin at the Bamboo Project started the Wiki Carnival. A quick web search will…

Nonprofit Carnival #34: On Data Management

This week’s edition of the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants is up at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology. Michelle highlights several posts that will help you figure out the best ways to manage all kinds of data that nonprofits need to track efficiently. Next week the Carnival heads to Heather Carpenter’s Nonprofit Operations Blog…

Writing Great ALT Tags for Your E-Newsletters

ALT tags are the bits of text that you can attach to images on webpages and in email messages and e-newsletters. As I explained yesterday, using the ALT tag is essential when including images in email campaigns and e-newsletters, because if the people reading your email have image blocking turned on, they won’t see the…

Images in Email and E-Newsletters: Dos and Don’ts

I always advise nonprofits to include photos in their print newsletters. But what about images in e-newsletters? The answer is not as clear-cut and here’s why: a large portion of your online readers probably won’t see the images automatically. Worse yet, if you don’t watch your design carefully, these readers may see only a big…