Year-End Fundraising Decisions to Make Now

I’m coaching a fundraising team at a national nonprofit that wants to revamp its annual communications calendar. As part of that process, we are looking at their editorial calendar for their year-end fundraising campaign, which will include direct mail, email, and social media. Before they can develop that plan, however, they have several strategic decisions…

9 Tips for Creating an Editorial Calendar Chock Full of What Your Community Wants

Diane Greenhalgh joins us again with some more great ideas on creating content for your nonprofit. ~Kivi Guest Post by Diane Greenhalgh of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association On this blog and in her webinars and book, Kivi talks about how you should try to become your community’s favorite nonprofit because research has shown that people give two-thirds of…

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…

Kick-Start Yourself with a Communications Grid

We always hear from nonprofits asking how other organizations organize their content. We’ve talked about Big Picture Communications Timelines and Editorial Calendars, but there are lots of great hybrids in between.  Former Mentoring Program participant Carol Goglia, Director of Marketing and Communications at Communities Foundation of Texas, was kind enough to share her communications grid with us,…

What to Do BEFORE You Send a Bulk Email

Today’s post was inspired by All-Access Pass Holder Esther Wieman,  Associate for Business Development for the Cultural Data Project (CDP). Since CDP has over 30 staff members, but no dedicated communications capacity, Esther wanted to make sure anyone sending an email to a big list not only proofread the email for spelling and grammar problems, but also checked…

How Nonprofits Are Using Editorial Calendars

During our webinar yesterday where we previewed the 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report (coming January 14, 2013!), I asked two poll questions about how nonprofits are currently using editorial calendars for their communications. First we asked about the format of the editorial calendar. As you can see, there is a pretty even split between shared…

Using Those Special Months on Your Editorial Calendar

After the 10 Changes to Make in 2012 webinar, I received an email from Sherry Kirschenbaum about how her organization uses an editorial calendar to organize ideas for their newsletter and media pitches. I was so impressed with how Sherry was connecting such a diverse number of those “special months” to her organization’s mission and…

Creating an Editorial Process at CompassPoint

Is your process for creating and distributing your nonprofit’s content (you know, the stuff you put in your newsletter, on your website, etc.) non-existent or always done on the fly? The ad hoc approach can work, but it only gets you so far. That’s the conclusion that CompassPoint Nonprofit Services reached last year. Nelson Layag, project…