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…

What Questions Do You Include in Donor Surveys?

I’m getting a lot of questions about questions — the ones you should ask donors or other supporters of your work in surveys. First, yes, surveying your donors a couple of times a year is a great idea. It not only gives you information you can use to adjust your programs and how you market…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Communicators

Has this seemed like a long week to anyone else? I am ready for some Mixed Links… Starting things off on a lighter note (Kivi and I thought it was funny, though, if cursing bothers you, best skip this), here are 21 Things You Say In Work Emails, And What They Really Mean. This time of year…

How to Use Our Writing Prompts to Build Donor Engagement (Hint: Be creative and have fun!)

Are you one of the 8,381 people subscribed to our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter? Kate Snyder of SHIM is and wanted to share a creative idea they got after receiving our prompts earlier this year. We will send prompts for the month of July next week, so sign up now! ~Kristina Guest Post by…

Jargon Jam: Think Tank Launches Wonky Word Wednesdays

On our trip across Montana last week teaching nonprofits about clear, consistent, and compelling messaging, we heard some great examples of nonprofits doing their best to make the complicated work they do more easy to understand. One of those examples came from Tara Jensen, director of public affairs at the Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC).…

Writing for Clarity: Explaining to a Two-Year-Old How to Unlock a Window

Last we heard from Kristan Allen, she was helping us with our core messaging. Today she is here to tell you how to get a toddler to follow your directions…just kidding! That’s almost impossible. But she can give you some tips on making sure your writing is clear and easily understood. ~Kivi Guest Post by…

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…

Introducing the Tom Ahern Writing Academy for Fundraisers

We’ve been working with fundraising expert and all-around good guy Tom Ahern for a few years now.  Tom is legendary as a guidebook author, donor-centered copywriter, and speaker on the conference circuit. If we introduced you to Tom, you probably know him from our direct mail or donor newsletter e-clinics or from our marketing bequests…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers April 18, 2014

Happy Friday! Let’s cap off the week with some Mixed Links… Gail Perry has an infographic with the top fundraising tips and tweets from this year’s AFP conference. Robert Slates gives us the six deadly writing sins for nonprofits. Blackbaud released its Peer-to-Peer Participant Fundraising Study. The study looks at trends across four event types — Cycle,…

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…