PHENOMENAL COMMUNICATIONS POWER…itty bitty living space

Have you ever seen Disney’s Aladdin? The Genie, played by Robin Williams, has just been released from his lamp by Aladdin and is explaining what a genie is and what he can do. Genie has all of this power at his disposal, but he’s contained in a tiny little lamp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v57sUtvNa5o Your email subject lines, social…

If You Write Direct Mail Appeals In-House, You’ll Want to Know About This

If you have been part of our community for any length of time, you know Tom Ahern and how awesome he is at writing fundraising copy – especially direct mail appeals. (If you are new here, “Welcome!”) In fact, his direct mail appeal e-clinic has been the most popular e-clinic we offer and consistently sells…

5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

Communications directors and development directors are not magicians or miracle workers, and yet many executive directors and boards seem to think they should be able to pull rabbits out of hats and turn water into wine. Too often, when I coach communications directors through their daily challenges, I find that their jobs are being made…

You’ve Just Been Promoted to Chief of Staff

I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know Leili Khalessi over the last six months as she participated in our Communications Director Mentoring Program. I think I learned as much from the experience as she did!  I see too many nonprofit communications directors who are treated like gophers, or the catch-all dumping grounds for work…

Write a Better Case for Support and Direct Mail Appeals

Fundraising expert Tom Ahern is cranking out some great stuff for us this year! We just finished his Donor Newsletters That Raise More Money e-clinic and July brings two more training opportunities for you. The Case for Support Writing a Fabulous Case for Support starts July 9th. You can join us for just the first…

4 Donor Newsletter Hacks to Increase Donations

Thinking of axing your donor newsletter because it costs more than it’s worth? WAIT! It’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Luckily we have a smart guy like Tom Ahern around to set us straight! Tom knows how to take a floundering charity newsletter and…

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…