What to Do with All Those Good Ideas

Communications is a creative and constantly changing field with many different options and choices. Communications team are usually understaffed. Too many ideas and not enough resources to implement them: It’s a perfect storm that can sink your communications strategy if you aren’t careful. Whether those good ideas come flowing in from program staff, board members,…

How We Created Our (First-Ever) Brand Identity

If you are curious about how other nonprofits handle branding and graphic design, join us Thursday, October 20th for our latest Nonprofit Q&A Panel. Today’s guest post is by one of the panelists, Cindy Olnick.  ~Kristina Guest Post by Cindy Olnick of the Los Angeles Conservancy After thirty-five years, the Los Angeles Conservancy got its first…

An #NpComm Showdown on Repurposing Content: Girl Scouts versus Boy Scouts

Earlier this summer, I mentioned that we’ve been tracking the communications of pairs of national nonprofits working in the same space. Where are the  organizations’ strategies in sync? Where do they diverge? What can you learn from their approaches? We are calling the comparisons The Showdown. We will often declare “winners,” but that part is…

Please Share Your Storybanking and Photobanking Process

Our contributing writer Antionette Kerr is working on a new e-book on both storybanking and photobanking — how you collect, store and organize your stories and photos. She’s got some great how-tos and resources pulled together. But it’s missing your real-world stories and data. So we need your help! Can you take this quick survey…

How a Small Nonprofit President Got a Big Spot in The New York Times’ Room for Debate

It’s more difficult than ever for nonprofits to get media coverage. But it’s not impossible — especially if they are willing to do more than pepper news editors with press releases. As the communications manager for a small education nonprofit in Bethesda, Md., Juliana Avery has sent her share of releases to the media in Washington…

More Than Words: Why Visuals Are Critical in Pitching Your Story

If you have been reading our blog the last year, you will probably recognize Peter Panepento. Peter is the principal at Panepento Strategies, a full-service content, digital, and social strategy firm for nonprofits and socially-minded companies. He was formerly an assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy as well.  We are excited to announce…

Are Shorter Facebook Posts Better? NPR Analyzes 3,000 Posts to Find Out

In October National Public Radio released an interesting analysis of how the length of lead-in text affects post performance on Facebook. The organization pulled all its link posts from the last six months — over 3,000 in all — and analyzed post performance in groups of 40-character increments. On the first look, NPR found that shorter…

November Photo Challenge for Nonprofit Communications Pros #NPCommPix

#NpCommPix is back in November!   We co-host this fun photo-a-day challenge with BC/DC Ideas and encourage anyone who works in nonprofit communications (nonprofit staff, volunteers, consultants, whoever!) to play along. We play mostly on Instagram and Twitter, but you can post wherever you’d like. Just let the word of the day inspire you, post…