Fundraising to Help Child Abusers, Murderers and Other “Unworthy” People

I’m coming off of my Spring speaking schedule, which means I’ve talked to hundreds of nonprofit communicators and fundraisers over the last few months, trying my best to help them work through their toughest nonprofit communications, marketing, and fundraising challenges. There’s usually one person in the room who sits quietly, often with what appears to…

4 Donor Newsletter Hacks to Increase Donations

Thinking of axing your donor newsletter because it costs more than it’s worth? WAIT! It’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Luckily we have a smart guy like Tom Ahern around to set us straight! Tom knows how to take a floundering charity newsletter and…

How to Use Our Writing Prompts to Build Donor Engagement (Hint: Be creative and have fun!)

Are you one of the 8,381 people subscribed to our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter? Kate Snyder of SHIM is and wanted to share a creative idea they got after receiving our prompts earlier this year. We will send prompts for the month of July next week, so sign up now! ~Kristina Guest Post by…

Jargon Jam: Think Tank Launches Wonky Word Wednesdays

On our trip across Montana last week teaching nonprofits about clear, consistent, and compelling messaging, we heard some great examples of nonprofits doing their best to make the complicated work they do more easy to understand. One of those examples came from Tara Jensen, director of public affairs at the Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC).…

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Courtney Simms

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. As director of development for Legal Services of Eastern MO (LSEM), Courtney Simms is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining a comprehensive fundraising and marketing program on behalf of LSEM. Prior…

Reasonable Nonprofit Marketing Plans That One Person Can Handle [New Webinar]

In the 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, a majority of survey participants with every job title, and every age group, said they felt overworked. There are simply too many marketing choices available, and too little time to get it all done well. So how do you find the balance that allows you to market your nonprofit successfully…

Live from Montana – Clear, Consistent, and Compelling Messaging

Kivi and I are being graciously hosted by the Montana Nonprofit Association this week as we help nonprofits create clearer and more compelling communications. We are doing workshops in Billings, Helena, and Missoula. We began our week with a 5:30 a.m. EST wake up call (which was actually 3:30 a.m. in Montana…eek!). I got held…

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lauren Schlabach

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Lauren Schlabach is the communications director for the Alma School District and the Alma Education and Arts Foundation. She has worked in this position for 3 years as the…

Make Your Donors Fall in Love With Your Nonprofit [On-Demand Webinar]

If you weren’t one of the 1,000+ who registered originally for our webinar, How to Build a Donor Communications Plan That Will Make Them Fall in Love, you can now get the recording too! A recent study on nonprofit donor engagement found that donors gave two-thirds of their annual charitable donations to one favorite charity. How do you become…

3 Spots Left in Mentoring Program — And What is Mentoring Anyway?

I’m accepting applications for the July – December 2104 session of our Mentoring Program for Nonprofit Communications Directors.  “What the heck is nonprofit marketing mentoring?” you might be wondering. I think of mentoring as a combination of training, advising and coaching.  Through training, I tell you how to do it. With advising (or consulting), I…