Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators May 9, 2014

How was your week? Let’s finish things off with some Mixed Links… More than 300,000 donors gave over $50 million to 7,000 nonprofits in 120 communities during May 6’s “Give Local America” campaign. This made it the largest, single-day charitable crowdfunding event ever. For more on the Give Local America Campaign, Marika Lynch of the Knight…

We Need a Billboard, and Ads on Pandora and NPR Too

Board or executives telling you that you need a billboard, or ads on Pandora or NPR or some other expensive form of advertising? Aside from the fact that you probably can’t afford that, would it work even if you could? In response to suggestions (or demands) like this, I suggest you go into what I…

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Megan Maiolo-Heath

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 a Coloradoan with a strong passion for the environment, Megan Maiolo-Heath has a keen interest in natural resource policy, conservation, and management. Professionally, she enjoys using…

You’ve Made It When You Control Your Calendar

I’ve mentored a lot of younger-than-me nonprofit communications directors (I’m 45), and in between the marketing talks, we often chat about career development and how to be more focused, productive and happy in the job. When I look at my own job satisfaction working in this field — and what I think holds back a lot of…

Who’s Segmenting Email, Why, and Why Not [Infographic]

I’m presenting a brand new webinar on April 29, 2014 called Email List Segmenting: Strategies to Increase Open Rates, Motivate Action, and Build Engagement. As part of the prep, we worked with our friends at Bloomerang to do a quick survey.  We asked about whether your nonprofit was segmenting its list and how, and if not,…

Celebrating Your Nonprofit’s Milestone Anniversary

I’ll admit that I am not into super big anniversary celebrations. Today my husband and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary and we just returned from a nice hike with the kids, and will have a nice dinner at home. That’s good enough for me. And for most nonprofit anniversaries, I think the low-key…

Communications Director Mentoring Program – Accepting Applications

We’ve opened the application process for the July to December 2014 session of our Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program for Communications Directors. This will be the sixth “class” to go through the program. Helping you make good marketing decisions for your nonprofit is the primary goal of the Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program. I want…

Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group —…

How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human

We’ve been telling you for years that most nonprofits need to create less formal communications. But we know a lot of you are not being heard by your executive director or board members. Kate Snyder, who is the donor communications coordinator for South Hills Interfaith Ministries and also runs Kate Write Now, shared how baby steps…