Best Nonprofit Videos of the Year 2015

Last week Kivi and I were on hand to see the winners of the 2015 DoGooder Awards during the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, TX. Hosted by See3, YouTube and the Nonprofit Technology Network, the DooGooder Awards highlight nonprofits, do-gooders and creators who use video to change the world. Over 150 videos were submitted from around…

Five Ways to Sabotage Your Call to Action

I hear it all the time from nonprofits: Our e-newsletter doesn’t work. Direct mail doesn’t work for us. Social media doesn’t work for us. When I probe a little deeper, what people often mean is that their communications don’t seem to be motivating people to do what the nonprofit wants, whether that’s donating money, signing…

How to Create a Facebook Group [Social Media Basics]

Having a Facebook Page is pretty much a must these days. Whether anyone sees what you post there is a completely different story. They also aren’t the best for coordinating activities or sharing ideas with a specific group of people. If you need to have a dialogue with a number of people related to your cause, you might want to…

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts

Do you break out in a sweat trying to write the first line of your email appeal or advocacy alert? And do you struggle with connecting ideas in your donor communications?  You’re not alone. Even professional copywriters struggle with these all-important lines. If the first thing you say is confusing or dense or boring, chances are very high that…

Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter to get them thinking about articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content for the following month. We send them a month ahead so you’ll have time to think about the ideas…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators February 20, 2015

Happy Friday! Let’s dive right into some Mixed Links… Third Space Studio and BC/DC Ideas are looking for smaller nonprofits with budgets under $2 million to round out survey data for their 4th annual Individual Donor Benchmark Survey. If you are headed to Austin in a couple of weeks for the Nonprofit Technology Conference, NTEN has Top…

Interview Questions to Help You Write Great Donor, Volunteer, and Client Profiles for Your Newsletters

Whether they are focused on your clients, donors or volunteers, profiles — or stories about people — should be a integral part of your content marketing plan. Letting your other program participants, supporters, and influencers in your world see what goes on behind the scenes or the reasons why real people get involved with your organization…

What’s in Your Welcome Kit?

When someone new donates to your cause, do they get any kind of welcome kit beyond a receipt? How about e-newsletter subscribers? Do they get something special beyond a subscription confirmation? These “extras” are often called Welcome Kits and they can include several different kinds of items. What you include will depend on the kind…