Learn the Job, Love the Job: It’s Why We’re Here

  Every company should be able to quickly explain why it exists.  For us at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we’ve often talked about things like “helping nonprofits do smart and savvy marketing and fundraising” and “providing training and resources to nonprofit communications pros.” This year, I realized that our business and philosophy have grown beyond that:…

Nonprofit Marketing Team Roles and Tasks – Who Does What?

I am working with two clients, ASPCApro and the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy, who are both looking at the best ways to staff what are essentially content marketing teams, even though the organizations don’t call them that. They’ve both asked me for the list of all the roles and responsibilities that should be covered by a…

Finding Purpose: You and Your Nonprofit

    You may have seen this graphic or its cousins floating around on social media lately. I liked it a lot, because it helped me explain some concepts to my 11-year-old, who is suddenly concerned about her purpose in life. I certainly believe that I have found my professional purpose by founding Nonprofit Marketing…

Book Yourself an #NpCommFreeDay or Two

I like this time of year. The air is cooling, and the kids are back in school. It just feels more calm. But before long, the holidays and year-end fundraising season will be upon us. That’s why it’s important to look at your calendar now, before the chaos, and block out some Nonprofit Communicator Free…

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…

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…