That Hideous State Fundraising Solicitation Disclosure Language

I received a question this week about all of that state-by-state fundraising solicitation disclosure language and how that should be included within a fundraising direct mail package. This language is hideous, naturally, from a communications perspective. It’s our equivalent of those pages of fine print that no one reads on the back of our credit…

What is Your Chief Obstruction Officer Doing to You?

Much of successful nonprofit communications today involves taking chances, trying something new, and tweaking and updating approaches that aren’t working quite so well anymore. I’ve found that as I coach nonprofit communicators, we talk almost as much about human nature and managing up the chain of command as we do about specific communication strategies and…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers March 15, 2013

Happy Friday! I spoke this morning on communications planning in South Carolina at the SCANPO conference and am now back home in North Carolina, and ready for some Mixed Links. Nancy Schwartz helps explain the distinction between nonprofit marketing and organizational goals and why it’s important to know the difference. If your nonprofit is on…

What the New Book Will Look Like – Pre-Order List

This is what the cover of my new book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money, will look like. It won’t be out until sometime in August, but Amazon will start taking pre-orders a few weeks before it is released. If you’d like us…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers March 8, 2013

Happy Friday!  It’s a West Coast edition of Mixed Links. Been in Silverdale and Seattle, Washington this week, and Santa Cruz, California today, working with some great clients on their content marketing strategies. This week Blackbaud released npEXPERTS: Online Marketing Insights for Nonprofits, an e-book that contains tips and advice from experts on nonprofit marketing,…

What the Heck is Alt Text and Why Should I Care?

So you found the perfect image of the perfect family that perfectly represents your cause. No words are necessary as this picture says it all, right?  Wrong! Words are absolutely necessary if you are including that image in an email (or even on your website) or your supporters could be seeing a big fat blank…

Charity: Water Progress Email – Learn from It!

Charity: Water has done it again  – they’ve sent another incredibly effective progress report email. (See past examples I loved here and here.) Here’s what I love about this . . . It reminds me that I gave money and they say where that money is going, plainly and simply. It gives me perspective on…