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…

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…

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…

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…

Help! My Boss is a Visionary and Makes My Job Impossible

I’ve talked to more than a few communications directors who are stymied in their work by their “visionary” bosses. These communications directors are often in awe of the visionary’s big ideas, creativity, and insights. They really do admire them, and often wish they themselves could be so bold. But that’s where the love stops, and…

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…