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Yesterday, we celebrated Kristina’s birthday by discounting our Quarterly All-Access Pass by $100, but the sale ends tonight at midnight Eastern (9:00 p.m. Pacific). We’ve welcomed more than 40 nonprofit communicators as new pass holders in the last 24 hours. Want to join them? Get your Quarterly All-Access Pass for Only $99 Now! Live Webinars…

Calendar Confusion: Year-End Communications on a Summer Fiscal Year

  How do you handle calendar year-end (November-December) communications when your nonprofit’s fiscal year actually ends June 30? That question came up today during our Sharing Your Progress Accelerator program. Here’s the conundrum: If you try to talk about your accomplishments from the last 12 months in December, you are technically in the middle of your…

6 Things You Must Discuss In Your Year-End Online Fundraising Planning

December is coming. DECEMBER IS COMING! For a lot of nonprofits, that means the biggest online fundraising campaign of the year is right around the corner. Are you ready?    The first thing I always recommend in year-end fundraising planning? Have a brainstorm. What should you cover? Here are 6 elements to discuss and decide…

Getting Our Big Picture Organized for 2016

Kristina and I spent most of Saturday working on our Big Picture Communications Timeline for 2016. This is the exercise that I highly recommend you do BEFORE you attempt work on an editorial calendar. And if you are an office supply nerd, like we are, it’s a great excuse to go shopping! So many beautiful…

Community Nonprofits, Communicate Like the Experts You Are!

When I talk to community-based nonprofits that serve local or regional areas about content marketing or thought leadership, I often hear excuses like, “We aren’t the experts. The national groups are. Why would anyone listen to us about this issue, when we just serve this little corner of the world?” While national groups may have…

The Editorial Calendar Decision Chart

On Wednesday, we are releasing a new 45-page e-book and webinar on How to Tame Your Wild and Unwieldy Editorial Calendar.  The e-book includes ten different templates or schedules to use as a starting point for building out your calendar, along with lots of additional tips and advice.  The schedule will help you figure out…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers September 25, 2015

Greetings from beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama! I am at a tennis tournament this weekend, but I wouldn’t miss our Mixed Links time together… You have until Monday, September 28 to submit a post for this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival. The Carnival is hosted by Mary Cahalane, and the theme is How Do You Give Thanks. Check out…

Three Drivers for Nonprofit Editorial Calendars

We’ve talked to lots of nonprofits about how their editorial calendars develop over time, and we’ve identified three major drivers behind them. These drivers are not actual people, but rather how your nonprofit approaches its mission and, in turn, how that affects your communications.  If it helps, you can think of these concepts as cartoon…

What Question Would You Ask 2,000 Nonprofit Communications Directors?

  Every year in January, we release the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. But, naturally, there are quite a few steps that come before that, including developing the list of questions, which we are starting on now. Some questions are perennial, like: Which communications channels are most important? How often will you communicate via print and…

Sharing Your Progress: 12 Phrases that Give Your Donors Credit for Helping

“Sharing Your Progress” season is coming up fast.  That’s when you talk about the highlights and victories of your year, and thank donors for helping you make it happen. We usually see these communications start in mid-November, peaking around Thanksgiving, and then leading into year-end appeals. Regardless of the format that your communications take, you’ll…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers September 11, 2015

I hope everyone had a good week. Please join me for some Mixed Links… Let’s kick things off with some bold thinking. If you’re trying to get your nonprofit to appear less wishy-washy, you will appreciate this comic The Power of Polarization. Jonathan Simmons encourages new thinking and collaboration in Five Ways Charity Leaders Can Encourage…