Using Stories in Fundraising: What Would You Do?

Love using storytelling in fundraising? Weigh in on this question about how you actually do it, from Barry Wein, the marketing manager of the Wisconsin Historical Foundation. I share my thoughts below, and I hope you’ll add yours to the comments. “I have a question for you about storytelling messaging consistency across touch points over the course…

Talk about Family and Tradition, Not Raking Leaves

I presented the Thursday night keynote at the City of Jacksonville’s Board Development and Training Program last week (this North Carolina city requires nonprofit grantees to send their board members to free professional development training – a brilliant idea!).  My topic was the importance of storytelling, and how as board members, they needed to help…

Major Donors and Their No-Good Kids

If we agree that we should develop messaging that resonates with our donors, what should we do when that messaging might be offensive to others? Take the case of donors who make substantial gifts to charities rather than leaving assets to their “good for nothing” adult children. I presented a “Storytelling for Fundraisers” workshop in…

Social Media Q & A

A flurry of questions came in at the end of today’s webinar on Writing for Social Media, so I’m going to try to quickly answer a bunch of them here. I didn’t get permission to use people’s names, so I’m sharing these questions anonymously. We have both the Facebook Page and the Group.  I know…

Learn Storytelling from NBC’s Making a Difference Reports

I’m a regular watcher of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (usually recorded – it’s part of my nightly wind-down routine), and one of my favorite segments is Making a Difference. For the last few years, the Nightly News has regularly run segments on do-gooders. Because these clips are so popular, NBC recently created…

7 Tips for Email Subject Lines

During the online marketing bootcamp I presented for a local AFP chapter recently, one of the participants asked, “If we have been sending out terrible email newsletters and I want to revamp them, how do I get all those people who have been ignoring them to give us a second chance and start reading them…