What the Heck is Alt Text and Why Should I Care?

So you found the perfect image of the perfect family that perfectly represents your cause. No words are necessary as this picture says it all, right?  Wrong! Words are absolutely necessary if you are including that image in an email (or even on your website) or your supporters could be seeing a big fat blank…

Charity: Water Progress Email – Learn from It!

Charity: Water has done it again  – they’ve sent another incredibly effective progress report email. (See past examples I loved here and here.) Here’s what I love about this . . . It reminds me that I gave money and they say where that money is going, plainly and simply. It gives me perspective on…

Let’s Hear Your Stories from Interviewing Donors, Volunteers and Clients

Kristina and I were looking over our Google Analytics a couple of weeks ago, and noticed that one relatively old article on our site consistently gets a lot of traffic, month in and month out: Interview Questions to Help You Write Great Donor, Volunteer and Client Profiles for Your Newsletters. So we thought we should update…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers January 4, 2013

Happy Friday! Here are this week’s Mixed Links… The “bitty award” for brilliance in direct mail fundraising for small shop nonprofit organizations is accepting applications from now through February 8. Katya Andresen tells you What You Absolutely Must Know about Where Tech Is Headed. While you may not be able to get Morgan Freeman to…

My Favorite Post-Sandy Email

I received lots of post-Sandy email from nonprofits, with content all over the map, from direct pleas for assistance for those affected, to educational and advocacy emails tying severe weather to climate change. In looking through them all, one stands out: This email I received the day after the storm passed through Washington, DC from…

2012 Nonprofit Tagline Awards – The Winners!

Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention.org has announced the winners of the 2012 Nonprofit Tagline Awards – or as they are affectionately known – the Taggies. This year, Nancy had over 1,400 tagline entries that were then whittled down to 63 finalists identified by an expert panel of judges (including moi). Then 3,300 voted for the 18 winners categorized…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators November 2, 2012

Here are your Mixed Links for the week. First off, I hope all of my readers in the Northeast are safe and recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Network for Good has set up a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief donation page. It lists several organizations you can donate to safely. It’s that time of year again — lots of…

Dress Up That Dog: Making the Boring Stuff Interesting

You are trying really hard to focus your communications on what your participants and supporters want — to make your communications more about them, what they want to read, how they can get involved, and the good work their support has made possible. But not everyone in your organization really understands what you are trying…