Welcome to this week’s edition of the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. Remember to visit the Carnival home page to subscribe to the feed so you’ll know when each edition is published or to join the contributors’ mailing list for reminders about deadlines, themes, etc.
I also offer an especially warm welcome to four new contributors this week, who you’ll find in the first four posts.
On to the show . . .
Kevin Kennedy of Clay and Wattles (our first Canadian contributor) makes a strong case for why nonprofits, and especially activists, should switch to open source software in Ã¢â‚¬Å“Organic, cruelty-free, fair trade, green, CFC-free, low-fat, shade grown, free range, 100% post-consumer recycled computing or Software for Activists.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Nedra Kline Weinreich at Spare Change explains how nonprofits can promote their issues by developing social marketing campaigns around movie or television programs in Ã¢â‚¬Å“Movie Marketing and Murderball.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Heather Carpenter at Aspiration offers Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nonprofit Office Space Searching Tips.Ã¢â‚¬Â If you are looking for new office space for the first time, HeatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s post will point you in the right direction.
Katie at Aridni offers Ã¢â‚¬Å“Weekend homework: dream up your squad quads.Ã¢â‚¬Â This blogÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s focus is on getting money to work for you, instead of the other way around. The message translates easily to nonprofit fundraising.
Ken Goldstein at the Nonprofit Consultant Blog asks Ã¢â‚¬Å“Foundation Relations: Is it what you do or who you know?Ã¢â‚¬Â and answers that connections mean nothing and relationships are everything.
Jeff Brooks at Donor Power Blog continues his plea for nonprofits to be direct and honest with donors in Ã¢â‚¬Å“Passive-aggressive fundraising — just stop it!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Leila Johnson at Data-Scribe Blog offers recommendations to give you a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jump Start on Nonprofit Direct Mailings.Ã¢â‚¬Â Print marketing is expensive and LeilaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tips will save you a few bucks.
And the Bonus Host Post . . .
This week I explain why writing your newsletter for just three people is a wise decision in Ã¢â‚¬Å“The General Public? Write for the People Who MatterÃ¢â‚¬Â
I’ll host next week’s carnival here at Nonprofit Communications one more time before we start rotating it to other blogs. Next week we have our first theme, “Advice for New Executive Directors.” What would you tell someone hired for the first time as an executive director? Submit your blog post by Friday, June 23 at 8:00 pm ET to npc.carnival AT yahoo.com.