If you have been on vacation (and we really hope you have!) and haven’t quite figured out your content calendar for next month, then use these prompts for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles for next month taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter:
On the Calendar
9/5: Labor Day. Is your organization helping find jobs for those out of work? Interview a volunteer on how they juggle a career and volunteering.
9/6: Read a Book Day. Review a book that highlights your cause. Suggest books to your volunteers that will help them get fired up. (International Literacy Day is also on the 8th)
9/10: Swap Ideas Day. Find another nonprofit to collaborate with to share ideas on a common problem. Find a staff member who works in another area and ask them their thoughts on a problem your area has (like what should we include in our content).
9/11 Grandparents Day. If you work with seniors, do a photo spread of them with their grandchildren.
9/13: Positive Thinking Day. Share how you WILL eradicate the issues your cause faces.
9/19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Have fun on social media translating your industry jargon into pirate terms and see if anyone knows what you mean.
9/28: Ask a Stupid Question Day. Is your organization one that’s hard to explain? Know some people who are embarrassed to admit they don’t know the answers? Do a top-ten list of stupid questions you have received. Or turn this idea upside down and take an “apathetic” question like “How can we possibly make a difference, so why bother?” and tell how you will.
September is also:
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Baby Safety Month
- Self Improvement Month
- Classical Music Month
Other Dates in September:
- International Day of Charity is the 5th
- World Suicide Prevention Day is the 10th
- 911 Remembrance Day is the 11th
- International Day of Democracy is the 15th
- International Day of Peace is the 21st
Metaphor of the Month
This month’s metaphor is School. Think about classrooms, textbooks, a syllabus, principals, teachers, students, tests, desks, chalkboard, recess, subjects, detention, field trips, homework, and report cards.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
College football kicks off the 1st and the NFL starts back the 8th.
The US Open for tennis will wrap up the 11th
The Emmy Awards will be presented on the 18th.
The first day of Autumn is the 21st.
The 26th is Batman Day commemorating the anniversary of the character’s first ever appearance in 1939.
Golf’s Ryder Cup starts the 30th.
Many TV shows begin new seasons this month like American Horror Story, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder.
Major League Baseball wraps up its regular season.
Movie releases include The Magnificent Seven, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, and Blair Witch
Source of the Month
Blog Round Up. Pick a topic related to your cause and create a blog post with links to recent articles, studies or blog posts. See our Mixed Links series for an example.
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