How to Get Better Stories from Your Staff and Board

Earlier this month, I wrote a post on ways to get your board involved with your communications and marketing. Kathy Swayze, who recently led a storytelling webinar for us, shares some more ideas on getting your board (and staff members) to capture better stories for your organization. ~Kivi  Guest Post by Kathy Swayze, Impact Communications Do…

Seven Easy Ways to Repurpose Your Content

I recently presented a webinar for GuideStar called Taming Your Communications Calendar Six Months a Time (which I am now teaching for CharityHowTo). Due to the large number of people who attended, I just couldn’t answer everyone’s questions live. Guidestar asked me to do a couple of follow-up blog posts answering two questions that tended…

Uncharitable, Overhead, and Communicating Results More Clearly

Have you ever had to answer the question, “What percentage of my donation goes to the cause?” Or what about, “How much do you spend on overhead?” Last Friday, Dan Pallotta was the plenary speaker at the Nonprofit Technology Conference. Dan is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential and thinks those are the…

Creating Content on the Topics You Want to be Known for

Your nonprofit wants to be known as a go-to organization on a certain list of topics, right? So if someone in your community, or a reporter, or a legislator has a question about that topic, you want them to think about your nonprofit first, or you want your website to come up first in search…

Creating Content While at Conferences Like #13NTC

Later this week, I’ll be attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Minneapolis. Aside from the fact that I will be leaving 80-degree, Spring-Has-Finally-Sprung weather in North Carolina for a snow storm in Minneapolis, I am really looking forward to the big show. I take my reputation as a prolific creator of high-quality content for nonprofits…

Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications – Book Review

I often advise people who are writing email newsletters, for example, that if you highlight everything by overusing bold and underline, you end up highlighting nothing. I should have followed my own advice when reading The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications: Real-World, Field-Tested Strategies for Raising More Money by one of my favorite bloggers and direct mail…

No April Fool’s Joke – Email Response Rates Drop – A Lot

The seventh annual eNonprofit Benchmarks Study by M+R Strategic Services and NTEN has been released. This report examines the online performance of some of the country’s leading nonprofits, including American Red Cross, Sierra Club, AARP and the Human Rights Campaign to gauge the latest trends in online fundraising and advocacy. The results have a  “It was the best of time,…