Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Emily Roush-Bobolz

Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Emily Roush-Bobolz is the Communications…

What to Do with All Those Good Ideas

Communications is a creative and constantly changing field with many different options and choices. Communications team are usually understaffed. Too many ideas and not enough resources to implement them: It’s a perfect storm that can sink your communications strategy if you aren’t careful. Whether those good ideas come flowing in from program staff, board members,…

Simple Rules, Part II: How to Get Better #NpComm Work Done Faster

  Yesterday I introduced you to some of the concepts from Donald Sull’s and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt’s Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (Amazon). We looked at three kinds of simple rules that provide frameworks for making better decisions: Boundary Rules, Prioritizing Rules and Stopping Rules. Today, let’s look at three more, this time related…

Five Ways to Plan for the Unexpected, #NPComm Style

I’m teaching about editorial calendars a lot this month, and here’s one of the key lessons: Stay strategic while also making room for the unexpected. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. But you do know that something is going to come up that you’ll have to deal with. So you need…

Getting Other People to Meet Your Deadlines

It’s a common frustration for nonprofit communications directors who are trying to work collaboratively with staff: getting people to meet their deadlines. This is a hard first step, but one that’s essential: If you want someone to meet your deadlines, they have to believe it’s important to do so. And that means that they understand…

6 Things You Must Discuss In Your Year-End Online Fundraising Planning

December is coming. DECEMBER IS COMING! For a lot of nonprofits, that means the biggest online fundraising campaign of the year is right around the corner. Are you ready?    The first thing I always recommend in year-end fundraising planning? Have a brainstorm. What should you cover? Here are 6 elements to discuss and decide…

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Cherise Arrendale

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.   Cherise Arrendale is the Marketing and Communication Manager for Central Carolina Community Foundation.  In this position, Cherise implements and monitors all marketing, communications and public relations efforts by…

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lauren Lawson-Zilai

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.   Would YOU like to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Lauren Lawson-Zilai is the director of public…

Agendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings

In working with several clients over the last few years, I’ve started to see a pattern develop about what should be covered in nonprofit editorial meetings, and who should be in what meeting. Of course, every organization puts their own personal spin on it, and exactly who is in what meeting varies based on the size…