Welcome to the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, #8. We had no special theme this week, so I have picked seven posts from the nonprofit blogosphere that I found particularly useful and enlightening. Here you go:

Nedra Weinreich at Spare Change has been sitting on a grant evaluation panel and shares some great advice on how to win over the people reviewing your grant applications. She worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I did the same thing for many years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and while their missions are different, their grantmaking decision processes seem very similar. If you are interested in federal grants, this is a must-read.

Britt Bravo at BlogHer has reported back from the BlogHer ’06 Conference with some ideas on how nonprofits can use blogs during disasters. It’s hurricane season again in the Southeast, and it’s always earthquake season on the West Coast, so if your nonprofit is involved in disaster relief, check out her summary of tips from the presenters.

We’ve all seen the impact that national advocacy organizations and political campaigns have had using online tools. Can that success be replicated with local online campaigns? Colin Delany at e.politics offers some thoughts and shares information on GetActive’s new module that lets users connect with local elected officials.

Leila Johnson at Data-Scribe provides an update on the rules for faxing materials soliciting donations or selling products and services. I despise junk faxes much more than junk mail or spam and I suspect most people feel the same way. If you are faxing donors or others in your database, do so with extreme care.

What about reaching supporters through their cell phones? I find text message ads even more annoying than fax ads, but I’m an old GenXer. Those young ‘uns out there might go for it . . . and that’s got fundraisers for public radio thinking, says Deb Ashmore at DEIdea Lounge.

After watching Al Gore’s climate change movie, An Inconvenient Truth, Nancy Schwartz at Getting Attention doggedly searched for the call to action, and went through several inconvenient steps to find it. Don’t inspire people with a great story and then leave them hanging, wondering what they can do about it.

How many sheets of those free address labels that nonprofits send do you have in your desk right now? I’ve got a few, but I’ve thrown out even more and I’ve never sent a donation even for the ones I’ve kept. Jeff Brooks at Donor Power Blog says I’m not alone, and cautions nonprofits about using this low-end premium.

That’s it for this week. Next week the Carnival heads over to Aspiration Tech, where the theme will be Nonprofit Operations.

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