Welcome to our monthly post where I share writing ideas for newsletters, social media, blog posts, and more! These writing ideas for November come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter. Fill out the form below to get December’s prompts emailed to you the end of next week.
On the Calendar
11/3: Cliche Day. Relate those common cliches to your organization or explain why a certain cliche is bad.
11/4: Book Lovers Day. Share your favorite books relating to the work your nonprofit does.
11/11: Veteran’s Day. Highlight volunteers, staff, or clients who have served in the military.
11/13: World Kindness Day. Feature those volunteers who go above and beyond making your clients feel loved. Or share how your supporters can show kindness to others in a way that aligns with your cause.
11/15: America Recycles Day. Share how your organization recycles. For a twist, try “recycling” old content that got a good response.
11/15: National Philanthropy Day. Recognize your greatest supporters.
11/20: Absurdity Day. Take the opportunity to do something crazy! Social media is great for these kinds of things. Or dispel an absurd notion people believe about your organization.
11/23: Thanksgiving (U.S.). Thank supporters, clients, and volunteers. Email messages of gratitude around Thanksgiving are a great way to kick off a series of fundraising emails in November and December.
11/28: Giving Tuesday. Encourage people to give back in whatever ways they can.
November is also:
- National American Indian Heritage Month
- Child Safety Protection Month
- National Diabetes Awareness Month
- National Adoption Awareness Month
- National Epilepsy Month
- Peanut Butter Lovers Month
- World Vegan Month
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
- National Caregiver Month
- Mo-vember (men’s health issues)
You also have:
- November 2: Dio De los Muertos ends
- November 11-18: National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
- November 16: Great American Smokeout
- November 16: International Day of Tolerance
- November 17: World Prematurity Day
- November 20: World Children’s Day
- November 23: National Day of Mourning
- November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Metaphor of the Month
This month’s metaphor is Shopping. Think about sales, bargains, prices, Amazon, mark-downs, malls, Black Friday, close-outs, grocery lists, shopping carts, aisles, cash register, lines, secret shoppers, credit, returns, yard sales, convenience store, coupons, advertising.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
The New York City Marathon will be held the 5th.
Daylight Savings Time ends on November 5th.
The U.S. general election is the 7th.
The 57th Annual CMA Awards will be the 8th.
The Leonid meteor shower reaches its peak around November 17th – 18th.
The busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is November 24th with Small Business Saturday the 25th and Cyber Monday the 27th.
Some movies coming out in theaters this month include Priscilla, Divinity, What Happens Later, The Marvels, The Holdovers, Your Lucky Day, It’s a Wonderful Knife. Thanksgiving, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Trolls Band Together, Next Goal Wins, Wish, Napoleon, and Maestro.
Movies streaming or made for TV include Fingernails, Nyad, Quiz Lady, The Killer, Rustin, Good Burger 2, and Family Switch.
TV shows premiering this month include Behind the Attraction, Love Island Games, The Real Housewives of Miami, Blue Eye Samurai, Invincible, The Wall, The Real Housewives of Potomac, The Buccaneers, For All Mankind, The Curse, Ghosts [UK], Julia, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, Fargo, Squid Game: The Challenge, The Santa Clauses
You’ll also see LOTS of Holiday/Christmas specials on TV.
Source of the Month
Sharing Your Progress. Before kicking off your year-end giving campaigns, make sure you have properly shared your victories and highlights of the year giving your supporters credit for it all.
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