Welcome to the August edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival! We’re glad you’re here. Our topic for this month’s roundup is how you share progress and communicate accomplishments to your supporters.

Annual Reports

Ayda Sanver answers the question Do Your Really Need to Print an Annual Report?

In this post, Reporting Impact, consultant Rebecca Davis, PhD, CFRE, talks about the five questions behind the Charting Impact movement of Guidestar, the Wise Giving Alliance, and the Independent Sector and discusses weaving answers to those questions into your Annual Reports without sacrificing key elements of donor communications or the needs of Generation Z. She also offers a tip for keeping well-meaning, but off-base board members or executive directors from derailing the direction of your report.

The Foundation Center shared their annual report interactive website.

Dashboards and Metrics

In her post Activity Status Updates for Your Fundraising Success, Lori L. Jacobwith shares a great Fundraising Success Matrix you can use to keep your individual fundraising goals on track.

Rebecca Davis also has created a dashboard template you can download. This Excel file gives you a quick snapshot of an organization’s finances, program vitals, volunteer support, fundraising, and marketing activities at a given moment.

Communicating Accomplishments Through Stories

In 6 Best Ways to Make Storytelling a Part of Your Nonprofit Culture, Claire Axelrad explains how important it is to communicate your accomplishments through stories, and how you can find those stories.

Stories are a terrific way to tangibly show donors how their gifts are being used. Vanessa Chase shares 4 Qualities Every Stewardship Story Must Have. Not all stewardship stories are equal and these tips will help you tell the best story.

Jake Seliger has two posts for us – The Worse it is, the Better it is: Your Grant Story Needs to Get the Money and President Obama Would Likely Make a Good Grant Writer, as He Recognizes the Value of Telling a Compelling Story, both of which describe the often-underrated power of narrative in proposals. It’s too easy to get caught up in technical minutia and forget that progress and accomplishments need to be structured as a story.

Examples from Organizations

In One Nonprofit’s Anniversary Celebration Turns into a Bright Idea, Lincoln Arneal of Nonprofit Hub shows how one nonprofit’s anniversary celebration became a community-wide source of pride. Lighthouse, which provides after-school programming in Lincoln, Neb., used public art to share their mission and create more awareness while capturing the imagination of the community.

Vicky Couillard, Executive Director at Vail Place, shares how they communicate their most important information and the five practices they’ve adopted to ensure strong communication to those the organization serves.

We recently shared Getting the Media Interested in a Milestone with Dallas CASA on our blog.

Other Tips and Tools on Sharing Results

Many organizations talk too much about themselves when they communicate with donors. In this post, Ann Green shows you How You Can Share Accomplishments Without Bragging by being donor-centered and focusing on the people you serve.

Susan Chavez shares 5 Tools That Will Get Your Community to Share Your News.

Lisa Sargent says you should make your donors feel like insiders in Ushering in the Age of Donor Realism: Six Ways My Donor-Centric Copy Is Shifting.

Thanks to all of this month’s contributors!

Want to participate in September? Mary Cahalane is hosting, and wants to know how you say thanks.

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