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Every month we share writing ideas your nonprofit can use to produce new content for your newsletter articles, blog posts, or social media updates. Need them sooner? These ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter. Fill out the form below to get June’s prompts emailed to you next week.

On the Calendar

5/1: National Mother Goose Day. Write a fairy tale or nursery rhyme about your nonprofit.

5/2: National Teacher’s Day. Who are some of the great teachers in your field? Can you honor a teacher who is also a great volunteer or donor for your cause?

5/4: Star Wars Day. Who are the good guys and bad guys in your epic battle to make the world a better place? Who in your office is the naïve but brave Luke Skywalker, the cocky, but loyal Han Solo, the fierce Princess Leia, or know-it-all C-3PO? Incorporate other characters too like Ahsoka, Din Djarin, Grogu, Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe, and Finn.

5/5: Cinco de Mayo. Though many seem to use it as an excuse to go out for Mexican and margaritas, this date is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, commemorating the Battle of Puebla. Note that it is NOT Mexican Independence Day, which is on September 16. Can you make any connections to the Mexican community, or to Mexican restaurants or services in your community?

5/11: Twilight Zone Day. Does it feel like you’re living in the Twilight Zone sometimes? This day celebrates the mysterious show. Have your readers enter the Twilight Zone by writing about how eerie and scary the world would be without your nonprofit.

5/14: Mother’s Day. Do you have that certain someone who is a “mom” to all those in your organization? How can your supporters honor their mothers in a way that’s consistent with your cause? But be sensitive to those who may have lost their mothers.

5/18: International Museum Day. Does your cause have a museum associated with it you could encourage people to visit? Or could you partner with a local museum? If not, create a virtual museum based on your mission.

5/20: Armed Forces Day. Does your cause have any connections to the military, or local military bases?

5/24: National Scavenger Hunt Day. Can you create a scavenger hunt for your followers? It can be a digital one where they submit pictures or do quests based on your mission.

5/28: Amnesty International Day. Is your organization involved with protecting human rights? Can you call on supporters to get involved with a related issue?

5/29: Memorial Day (US). Officially marks a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service to our country. Unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

May also has:

  • Asian American Month
  • Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Foster Care Month
  • American Wetlands Month
  • National Nurse’s Week (6th – 12th)
  • National Women’s Health Week (8th – 14th)
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17th)
  • Victoria Day (Canada, 22nd)
  • Amnesty International Day (28th)
  • World No Tobacco Day (31st)

Metaphor of the Month

This month’s metaphor is Parenting. Think about moms, dads, growth spurts, stages, giving birth, pregnancy, nursery, family dinner, sibling rivalry, discipline, adoption, empty nest, sleepless nights, divorce, packing school lunches, blended families, soccer moms.

How can you relate these things to your organization?

Pop Culture, Events, and News

The end of May is the unofficial start of summer, so you’ll see lots of discussion about outdoor and warm weather activities.

May is also the beginning of graduation season for high schools and colleges. What words of wisdom can you give seniors as they enter college or the workforce right now?

The Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks on the 5th-6th.

The Kentucky Derby is May 6th.

The Coronation of Charles III and Camilla will be the 6th.

The 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards is the 7th.

The Eurovision Song Contest starts the 9th.

The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards is the 11th.

The Cannes Film Festival starts the 16th.

The Monaco Grad Prix starts the 23rd.

The French Open tennis tournament begins the 28th.

The Indianapolis 500 will also run the 28th.

May TV premiers include White House Plumbers, Bupkis, The Other Two, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, The Great American Baking Show, Silo, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Class of ’09, The Muppets Mayhem, The Great, Fear the Walking Dead, XO, Kitty, The Secrets of Hillsong, Happy Valley, American Born Chinese, MasterChef, FUBAR, The Kardashians, America’s Got Talent, and Nancy Drew.Movies coming out in May include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Knights of the Zodiac, Love Again, Hypnotic, Book Club: The Next Chapter, The Mother, Fast X, White Men Can’t Jump, The Little Mermaid, The Machine, and About My Father

Source of the Month

Your Facebook Page. Look through your Facebook posts and see what got the most attention. Talk more about that in an article or blog post. Or ask your followers how to solve a problem, then post their answers on your blog.

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Published On: April 27, 2023|Categories: Writing Skills and Content|