America's Giving Challenge was one of the first and largest online fundraising contests in the U.S. It proved that smaller organizations can out-fundraise larger organizations by using social media strategically. If you want to use social media for fundraising, pay close attention to the lessons learned here. Conversational Case Studies on America's Giving Challenge, #2…
Interview Questions to Help You Write Great Donor, Volunteer and Client Profiles for Your Newsletters
By Kivi Leroux Miller
To write a good profile about a client, donor, volunteer or other supporter of your nonprofit organization, you need to see several sides of that person. One good way to do that is to conduct an interview. You can interview in person, over the phone, or via email.
The specific questions you ask and how you word them will depend on the relationship between that person and your organization, how much time you have, and how long you want the profile to be. You'll pose questions about working with your nonprofit a little differently, based on whether the person is a donor, volunteer or recipient of services.
Nonprofit Times publishes an annual "2011 Power and Influence Top 50" -- the nonprofit executives it says are the sector's top thinkers, innovators, and leaders. We were curious how the organizations these people work for market themselves, so we compiled some links for you. You'll find links to the organization's main web site, annual reports, newsletters, press rooms, and donate pages, when we could find them. The list is now in alphabetical order by organization, instead of in the order Nonprofit Times used.