For this week’s Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, let’s take a look at several nonprofit makeovers. You might just discover a few big or little changes you could make on your own to increase your nonprofit’s effectiveness.

Jono Smith at Katya’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog shows a before-and-after of the Network for Good home page — Can you spot the problems with the old page before looking at the new one? Five gold stars to Katya and The Gang for being willing to so publicly point out their own flaws so the rest of us can ogle and learn!

The Washington DC Goodwill has hired a stylist to write a fashionista blog that features great fashion finds from the Goodwill store, complete with Ebay auctions of items she highlights on Tuesdays. Way to make over your “old” product into something fresh and hot, Goodwill! Thanks to Joanne Fritz at for the tip.

Marc Sirkin at npMarketing Blog offers tips on how to make over your career from the corporate world into nonprofit marketing. Britt Bravo at Have Fun – Do Good has tips for new college grads or career changers who want to get into the nonprofit sector.

Nancy Schwartz at Getting Attention highlights the effectiveness of the one-pager for nonprofits. Don’t have a single sheet about what your organization does and its recent accomplishments? It’s time to make over what you do have and create one!

Peter Brinckerhoff at Mission-Based Management talks about the makeover of IRS form 990.

Using Microsoft Word as your desktop publisher? Studio 501c recommends some professionally designed templates to make over your too-plain publications.

Benevon Blog explains how to make over your event schedule by eliminating events that no longer work.

The bonus host post from me here at Nonprofit Communications is the first of my five-part series this week on a makeover of an alumni direct mail piece by the University of California at Berkeley, my alma mater. Special thanks for Amy Cranch and Virginia Gray at Cal for their willingness to speak so openly about the behind-the-scenes process.

The Carnival travels to Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology with Michelle Murrain next week, November 19. Michelle is especially interested in posts that include why you are thankful for the work you do, in honor of Thanksgiving that week. Send your permalinks to npc.carnival AT by this Friday night, November 16.

Published On: November 12, 2007|Categories: Nonprofit Blog Carnival, Nonprofit Communications, Nonprofit Marketing Trends|

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