Storytelling for Nonprofits: The Creativity Plot

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Today we look at: The Creativity Plot Creativity stories create those big “Aha!” For a good creativity plot, you need a well-understood problem and a standard response that just doesn’t work. Many nonprofits use this plot to tell their “founding” stories because finding creative new solutions to old problems is behind the formation of lots of nonprofits.

New in November: Jump Starting Your Creative Brief Process! Plus Editorial Calendars and Trends for 2021

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

November 19: Jump Start Your Creative Brief with Kivi Leroux Miller. 60-Minute Jump Starter] Learn why creative briefs are important and the process behind creating them before customizing our samples and templates to fit your organization’s needs.

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Ideas to Boost Your Creativity

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This month at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we presented a series of webinars aimed at helping you get more creative with your nonprofit communications, including using metaphors and humor. I heard from many people who want to guest blog for me, so you’ll see more creative ideas here in the coming months. For now, here is a roundup of some recent blog posts to get you thinking more creatively. Creative Uses of Technology. Creative Content Ideas.

Creative Ideas for Nonprofit Writers for October and Beyond

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Inspiration can be hard to come by some days, but that’s where our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts come in. Join the almost 3,500 nonprofits who are currently receiving the Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts e-newsletter and end your writer’s block! Blogging Content Curation Content Marketing Copywriting Creative Ideas E-Newsletters Ideas for Nonprofit Writers Nonprofit Communications writing prompts“Content is King,” they say.

Tools To Help Write Quality Articles Faster

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Tools To Help Write Quality Articles Faster. Writing articles isn’t easy, but these tools will help you make the process faster and easier Here’s a list of the most essential tools that you absolutely need to try out at least once.

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Nonprofit Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Use these prompts taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles. (If If you are all set for content ideas in March, sign up for our Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter and you’ll receive April’s prompts later this week.). Be creative: think luck of the Irish, green, leprechauns, beer, and shamrocks. Just fill out the form below: Copywriting Creative Ideas

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Need Writing Ideas? Try These Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts (usually more) to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter. Source of the Month – other places to find writing inspiration. Monday, August 3rd, we will send the writing prompts for September to our 11,000+ subscribers. Just fill out the form below and you’ll be added to the Writing Prompts mailing list and will receive Monday’s email. (If

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Share Your Creative Ideas This Month

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’m calling August “Get Creative&# month at Nonprofit Marketing Guide. We are doing webinars on video , photography , and snazzing up your writing with metaphors and humor. Write Your Own Post for the Nonprofit Blog Carnival. I’m hosting the August edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival and the theme is “Creative Ideas You Can Make Your Own.&# Write a Guest Post for My Blog. Write a guest post for me here at Nonprofit Communications.

Finding Your Best Writing Ideas

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Copywriting Creative Ideas Nonprofit CommunicationsWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.

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Take Some of the Stress Out of This Month with These Nonprofit Writing Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Use these writing prompts taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter to help you think a little more creatively about your communications for this month. 12/7: Letter Writing Day. Write an open letter to your supporters, volunteer, clients, etc. Unity, self-determination, responsibility, family, purpose, creativity and faith). Copywriting Creative Ideas Nonprofit CommunicationsThe end of the year is BUUUUSSY.

End Your Writer’s Block with my Nonprofit Writing Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Then, I also have to write articles for my weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to my All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. I’ve been there, staring at the computer hoping inspiration — or a quick idea that I can write in under 15 minutes — will pop up somewhere. So I’ve come up with an idea to make it easier on you: my free monthly nonprofit writing prompts. I try to blog everyday.

8 Tips for Writing a Better Story

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Content Curation Content Marketing Creative Ideas Guest Bloggers Nonprofit Communications Storytelling We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.

Grant opportunity with a creative twist

Get Fully Funded

Here’s a unique grant opportunity: Made possible by the CTK Foundation Philanthropic Fund and Grammy award-winners, Los Lonely Boys, The Heart and Soul (H&S) grant is an innovative and creative way for nonprofits to apply for funding. Tags: Grant Writing

Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter to get them thinking about articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content for the following month. Source of the Month – other places to find writing inspiration. Copywriting Creative Ideas Nonprofit Communications

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How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

iMarketSmart

The University of Maryland encourages creative thinkers and entrepreneurial ideas, nurturing them from research and development into social and economic enterprises. Learn how to write appeal letters to major donors that raise money. The post How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community appeared first on MarketSmart | . Here’s an old letter from my alma mater.

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#INTERVIEW: Jeff Brooks, Nonprofit Blogger, Author, and Creative Director

Non Profit Marketing 360

He writes the Future Fundraising Now blog and is creative director at TrueSense Marketing. Guest blogger Don Akchin writes frequently about marketing and philanthropy at donakchin.com. Jeff Brooks has been working on behalf of nonprofits for more than 20 years and passionately blogging about fundraising since 2005. The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the MKCREATIVE blog.

Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are a few writing prompts to get you thinking creatively about March topics. If you were on our Nonprofit Writing Prompts email list, you would have received these a month ago. I’ll be sending out the writing prompts for April on March 3, so if you’d like to receive those, get on the mailing list now. Sign up for our free Nonprofit Writing Prompts.

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Quien es Mas Creative, You or Your Team?

Cause Related Marketing

Individuals who brainstormed alone,” she writes, “generated 21 percent more ideas, and their ideas were 42 percent more original than those that generated from groups.” Thompson’s insights come from her new book Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules for Breakthrough Collaboration. Who hasn’t been in a creative meeting that was dominated not by the people with the best ideas, but by the ones with the strongest personalities? Then both groups were given tests of creativity.

How to write email newsletters that people actually want to read

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

How to write email newsletters that people actually want to read. Here’s how to write engaging emails that people will actually read. How to write a great newsletter . Let’s look at the elements that make up a newsletter and how to write one.

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How to Write a Strong Branding Statement

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

How to Write a Strong Branding Statement [Ultimate Guide]. Start with writing a strong Brand Statement and understand what you want to stand for. Let’s take a look then at what it takes to write a strong branding statement in 2020, as well as the benefits of doing so.

When in doubt, write a JTOY

Fundraising Coach

So when they're looking at one or two asks but 10 - 11 more touches, they quickly run out of creativity. What if you run out of creative things to do or say? Relationships aren't a creativity contest. So when you're not sure what touch to give one of your top donors or prospects, why note write a simple JTOY note? The post When in doubt, write a JTOY appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.

Top Essay Writing Service Australia Guide!

SocialButterfly

Writing is the livelihood that is principal. The Little-Known Secrets to Essay Writing Service Australia. All of you’ll need is to place an arrangement at paper writing service and begin enjoying your own life. Quite basically, you should be a creative and more skillful author to be able to manage your entire tasks successfully. You want a writing service that is superb to assist you together along with your academic documents and so which.

How to write a Strong Nonprofit Mission Statement [Template + Examples]

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

How to write a Strong Nonprofit Mission Statement [Template + Examples]. Do you want to learn how to Write a Strong Nonprofit Mission Statement? 10 steps to write a Strong Mission Statement for your Nonprofit . 10 steps to write a Strong Mission Statement for your Nonprofit.

Great “behind-the-scenes” progress in 2013, now let’s get creative!

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Typically at this time of year I tend to write a few thoughts surrounding my hopes and expectations for digital engagement in the public sector sphere here in Canada. Organizations are either re-writing existing job descriptions or hiring entirely new staff. The above are all great positive steps in the right direction, however in my opinion 2014 should be the year we finally start to see some truly creative , original approaches for digital engagement in the public sector sphere.

How to Write for SEO and Rank on Google

NonProfit Hub

That’s why we wrote this—to give you the need-to-knows about how to write for SEO and empower you to optimize your site for search. . Too many times nonprofits bypass this stage and go straight to writing content. Use these best practice tips to write <h1>s that work: .

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Why Creativity Is Not Like Running

Sea Change Strategies

Creativity is hard. But the difference between creativity and running — at least for me — is that once I start practicing creativity, the easier it gets. Here are four tell-tale signs I’m practicing enough creativity: My curiosity increases — “expert mind” becomes more child-like and inquisitive. And while creativity begets creativity, kick starting the creativity train can be tough. I take a writing class.

5 Creative (and Free!) Ways to Attract More Volunteers

NonProfit Hub

When traditional recruiting tactics start to return lackluster results, consider implementing these five creative and free approaches to attracting volunteers: Mine Your Social Network. Some possible remote volunteer jobs include writing newsletters, designing websites, consulting and even making small items that can be mailed in. Getting creative with your strategies can help you stand out from the crowd, get your name out there and make people want to choose you to volunteer with.

Effective Writing For Small Nonprofits

The Agitator

Communications Copywriting / creative premium Unfortunately, not every nonprofit can afford to hire accomplished copywriters and designers to prepare their fundraising messages. I wish everyone could, because there’s an enormous bank of know-how out there, and there’s no real substitute for it … fundraising copywriting and design is a craft.

Would You Like Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Do you struggle with what to write about in your newsletter or blog? I’ve been considering offering some monthly suggestions to get nonprofit communicators thinking more creatively and strategically about the content they create. I’d send you March writing prompts or story ideas at the beginning of February), would you subscribe? Until then, check out some of the writing prompts I’ve offered previously: Newsletter Ideas for Every Month of the Year.

How an Agency Should Evaluate Its Cause Marketing Creative

Cause Related Marketing

Agencies care about achieving higher creative standards. But in my view what should matter most for agencies is the degree to which the creative they produced is aligned with the nonprofit’s goals and objectives. Businesses sometimes scorn nonprofits as being inherently not self-sustainable, he writes. Or did they bring creative that won cheers from their peers and yawns from the nonprofit's stakeholders?

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Write for Fundraising123!

Fundraising 123

Include your byline, a brief bio (no more than 25 words) and links to other writing or presentation samples (if available). although we prefer work that is licensed under a Creative Commons license. With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify. Network for Good welcomes submissions of bylined contributions from outside writers.

Op Ed Writing Made Easy: Ideas for a Basic Structure

Getting Attention

Margot Friedman, principal of Dupont Circle Communications, conducts trainings on writing and placing opinion editorials. There is no formula for writing an op ed. You could write stream of consciousness and it could be terrific. But for folks who like structure, two basic formats make op ed writing quicker and easier. Have you ever tried writing a creative, outside-the-box op ed?

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Write Your Marketing Plan in One Day

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I also know how much better you’d feel about your communications work if you had a focused, creative, and realistic marketing plan guiding your decisionmaking. I know how busy you are. That’s why I’m teaming up with Nancy Schwartz in October to provide a one-day, in-person, intensive marketing plan workshop. Look who’s already signed up for the New York City and Washington DC events: a statewide ballet. a watershed protection group. a journalists association.

Who Are You Writing To?

The Agitator

All the great fundraising copywriters agree on one key piece of advice … construct a very clear archetypal image (demographically, psychographically, culturally) of the individual you are writing to, and then write as though you were speaking to that person face-to-face. The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them. Then begin writing!

Try This Creative Resource

The Agitator

Whatever you think of his analysis, Denny reminds us of two key points to keep in mind when writing direct sales or fundraising copy … First … effective copy is all about the reader (donor) and what’s important to them. The piece also reminds me of news we recently got from creative whiz Jeff Brooks, who some of you know as (former) writer of the Donor Power Blog. This is why you don't want two creatives in the room at once!].

My Process for Writing Every Day

Selfish Giving

One reader asks: "What's your process for writing every day? I rarely write more than one post a day. Sadly, I don't write in a Moleskin. I write on a MacBook Pro. ?? Then I start writing. When you are writing every day you have to keep things short! I'd rather write short about a bunch of topics than long about one or two. I edit as I write and reread the post a couple of times. And, yes, it does get easier to write as the days fly by!

How To Write Fundraising Copy

The Agitator

Somehow I had never noticed the “tutorial&# on writing fundraising copy offered by Jerry Huntsinger, one of the best ever. If you write — or depend upon — fundraising copy, Jerry’s series is “must read.&#. Tags: Don't Miss these Posts Pushing the Creative Envelope charities communications copywriting creativity direct mail fundraising nonprofits Recently received my update on new packages and resources in the terrific SOFII files.

Three thoughts on writing

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

I love and hate to write. Here are three pieces of advice based on my daily struggle with blogging, fiction and work-related writing. These are lessons I re-learn every day in the creative process. Writing is that way - casting you forever in the role of novice, whether you enjoy it or not. If you write something that makes you want to hide or erase, keep going straight to that feeling. This is the work of writing.

Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for April 2021

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

These ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter*. If you would like these ideas sent to your inbox a month in advance, sign up for our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts. Nonprofit WritingLooking to fill your editorial calendar next month?

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Fixing Hidden Leaks #1: How To Write Good

The Agitator

Communications Copywriting / creative Donor retention / loyalty / commitment premium At the end of my post — The Hidden Cost of Complexity – I promised a series of posts on donor usability. Because the sector spends millions of dollars and hours creating complexity. Complexity that drives donors away. Out they go through the leaky self-created holes in the retention bucket. Let’s start with the written word. Words in direct mail. Words on websites. Words, words everywhere.

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Why I Write - Blog Hop "Old Fashion" Meme

Diva Marketing Blog

I write in coffee shops, on planes, on trains, in parks, in a car. I write most everywhere. Why do I write. Why do I write. to clear my thoughts; writing is a way to capture ideas that sometimes seem allusive. Why do I write. to share and to teach; writing provides a tangible way to help others learn. Why do I write. Why do I write. Why do I write. this may sound odd but I write to read what I wrote. . Why do I write?

How To Write Good

The Agitator

In short, the linguistic evidence of their writing revealed a yawning gap between what they believed about how something should be written and what they actually wrote. Ranking highest among the messages analyzed was one by copywriter and Guest Agitator Jerry Huntsinger whose mantra has always been: “Write like you talk.&#. Tags: Hot Research You Deserve a Raise communications copywriting creativity direct mail direct marketing fundraising

I’m Writing a Book. Wanna Be in It?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’m writing a nonprofit marketing how-to book to be published by Jossey-Bass in Spring 2010. I’ve wanted to write this book forever, and so many of you have inspired me to really make it happen, so I want to include as many of your stories as I can. I will not, however, force you to read posts about the writing of the book itself, at least not here on this blog. It’s official.