4 Inspirational “Share Your Story” Pages That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Want to get your supporters pumped? Try a “Share Your Story” page on your website. A “Share Your Story” page gives you an ongoing (or short term) opportunity to collect inspirational stories that support your mission, move decision makers toward change, and motivate donors to give to your cause. “Share Your Story” shows supporters that they matter, …

ACTION! 61 Words & Phrases for Email Advocacy Campaigns

Sending a petition, pledge or other advocacy call to action to your email list? Try one of these tried-and-true words and phrases to get the open, click and completion! I’ve combed thousands of emails from top advocacy organizations to get these phrases that work…so you don’t have to! And if you’re interested in learning more about…

The 5 Questions Nonprofits Always Ask Me About Fundraising Emails

I love writing email appeals — diving deep into an issue, learning about the inspiring work that nonprofits do, and weaving words that inspire generosity. When I teach others how to write email appeals — through webinars, trainings and consulting work — I get peppered with questions. Some about content, but a lot about mechanics. A good…

Sharing Your Progress: 12 Phrases that Give Your Donors Credit for Helping

“Sharing Your Progress” season is coming up fast.  That’s when you talk about the highlights and victories of your year, and thank donors for helping you make it happen. We usually see these communications start in mid-November, peaking around Thanksgiving, and then leading into year-end appeals. Regardless of the format that your communications take, you’ll…

Need Writing Ideas? Try These Prompts

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts (usually more) to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter. These prompts help you come up with ideas for articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content. We send them a month ahead so you’ll have time to think…

3 ‘Sounds-Like’ Word Fails that Kill Your Content

You labor long and hard to get your marketing content right. We all do. That’s why it’s so dismaying when I see errors like these in campaigns and updates from organizations like yours. It’s not from want of trying! But the English language is tricky, with many words sounding alike. Errors like these three most-frequently-seen…

Question for You: Where do you get your best writing ideas?

For today’s Question of the Week, we’re talking inspiration – writing inspiration to be exact. Where do you get your best writing ideas? Share your sources of inspiration below! Facebook friend Andrea Baumann finds ideas skimming Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She says “It’s a great way to see what others are saying and commenting on.” Kerri Karvetski  says,…