Tips on Getting Your Nonprofit’s Message Right

I’m reading “Message Matters: Succeeding at the Crossroads of Mission and Market” by Rebecca K. Leet. I’m about halfway through it, and here are some of the tips that I found most interesting. When creating a message that works, you need to start with the action that you want others to take. Unfortunately, lots of…

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Corporate Storytelling Books

I’ve been reading several books on storytelling, most of which were written for a corporate audience, in search of great advice and tips for nonprofits. I’ll share some of the best stuff during this Wednesday’s webinar, “What Should We Write About? Storytelling Ideas for Nonprofits,” and in future posts here. But for now, here is…

Webinar Services: Comparing ReadyTalk and GotoWebinar

After trial runs with both GoToWebinar and ReadyTalk this fall, I’m launching my 2008 webinar series on nonprofit marketing topics using ReadyTalk. And after hearing from a woman in one of my Duke classes that her nonprofit adoption agency paid a ridiculous sum of money (in the several hundreds of dollars) to host a webinar…

Anatomy of a Direct Mail Makeover: Lessons from Cal

This is the fifth in a five-post series on a direct mail make-over currently being tested by the University of California at Berkeley (Cal). Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 This week I have chronicled the story of how Cal’s fundraisers took a new approach to turning alumni into…

Anatomy of a Direct Mail Makeover: Connect with Donors

This is the fourth in a five-post series on a direct mail make-over currently being tested by the University of California at Berkeley (Cal). Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | This is Part 4 | Part 5 The direct mail makeover by Cal fundraisers highlights the cultural contributions of alumni and…

Anatomy of a Direct Mail Makeover: Knead Until It Shines

This is the second in a five-post series on a direct mail make-over currently being tested by the University of California at Berkeley (Cal). Read Part 1 | This is Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 The fundraisers at Cal have decided to break away from their standard business letter…

Anatomy of a Direct Mail Makeover: The Value in Listening

This is the first in a five-post series on a direct mail make-over currently being tested by the University of California at Berkeley (Cal), my alma mater. Read Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 The fundraisers at Cal had a problem: they needed to raise more money from alumni to…