The Seven Writing Styles That All Nonprofit Communicators Should Master

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Most nonprofit communicators consider themselves to be good writers. But what really sets apart the great writers in the nonprofit world is mastery of seven distinct types of copywriting. Storytelling Nonprofit storytelling refers to narratives about participants and supporters that include characters, descriptive details, emotions, and plot. News Writing News writing is straightforward, factual writing found in press releases, reports, and blogs.

Enough with the Pointless Nonprofit Storytelling

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Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman All of the five words I have in bold are essential to nonprofit storytelling success. Your stories need to help people see how their relationship with and support of your nonprofit transform the world (that’s why nonprofits exist).

Tips for Nonprofit News Writing

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News Writing is one of the seven writing styles that all nonprofit communicators should master. In the world of nonprofit comms superlatives, news writing wins for the “Writing Style Used Most Often When It Shouldn’t Be.”

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Find out Why Your Nonprofit Should Retweet Its Own Tweets – and How to Do It. TalentDesk gives us the 2018 Best Nonprofits to Work For using data from Glassdoor on salary and employee satisfaction and Charity Navigator’s organization accountability ratings. The Bombay Club.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Kivi is presenting it for PRSA’s Nonprofit Section on March 29 and you can attend free, even if you aren’t a member. Find out how to Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling. Nonprofit Training. Mixed Links Nonprofit Communications

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Marc Pitman explains It’s Not about Scaring, but Caring when it comes to storytelling. Here are 7 Classic Quotes to Inspire Your Writing. Try these 8 Tips to Improve Your Business Writing (applicable to nonprofit writing too). Nonprofit Training.

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Storytelling for Nonprofits: The Connection Plot

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We’re wrapping up our Storytelling Series based on the marketing book, Made to Stick (Amazon link) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath today. We have broken down the Challenge Plot and the Creativity Plot and how nonprofits can use them in their stories. You’ll see heartfelt connections between the people in the stories and also between the storyteller and the reader. You’ll have great stories to tell for your appeal letters, newsletters, websites, and other communications.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Joe Garecht at the Fundraising Authority is hosting this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival and is looking for submissions on The Best Tips for Amazing Non-Profit Newsletters. Rebecca Reyes shares 13 tips for powerful nonprofit video storytelling. Nonprofit Training.

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Storytelling for Nonprofits: The Challenge Plot

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A few weeks ago I shared Why Stories Are Important for Nonprofits and promised some more ideas on how to actually write those stories. They each have very basic elements that anyone can use especially if you are just starting out with storytelling. Over the next few weeks I will share the features of each and how you can make them work in the nonprofit world. What You Need to Write The Challenge Plot Characters at a particular time and place. Storytelling

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – October 5, 2018

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Today’s post is brought to you by the number 7 and include tips on social media, storytelling, and segmenting lists. It’s time for Mixed Links… Here are some ideas for Writing for Social Media: 7 Tips and Tools. Nonprofit Training Opportunities for You.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – January 25, 2019

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This week, we’ve got the state of social media, storytelling, and creating the perfect video. Nonprofit Training Opportunities for You FREE! Queen and Crescent Hotel Bar. New Orleans, LA Happy Friday!

Storytelling for Nonprofits: The Creativity Plot

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Welcome back to our Storytelling Series based on the marketing book, Made to Stick (Amazon link) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Next introduce the new approach that your nonprofit or someone affiliated with your nonprofit is trying. 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. Storytelling

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Join me for some of the best Mixed Links around… Something that could help you with your nonprofit communiations – How to Add Color and Richness to Your Writing … Without Making Us Want to Barf. Beth Kanter reviews Julia Campbell’s book Storytelling in the Digital Age.

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Storytelling Secret Sauce—Via Maya Angelou

Getting Attention

Today, I want to share her storytelling secret sauce with you… I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Dr. Angelou was a masterful communicator.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 8, 2018

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I am sharing free webinar info, tips on donor communications, and internet trends. John Haydon shares How to Create Deeper Relationships with Donor Communications. Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators. Mixed Links Nonprofit CommunicationsVintage Year.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Are you making any of these 5 Biggest Nonprofit Storytelling Mistakes ? Mitch Peterson warns Nonprofits: Be Careful With Your Acronyms. Nonprofit Training. Good day to you, fine madams and sirs!

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Early bird pricing for the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference ends today. Nonprofit Training. May 20: Thought Leadership for Nonprofits: Marketing to Build Your Authority and Share Expertise. June 9th – 17th: Writing a Fabulous Case for Support with Tom Ahern.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Join me for some Mixed Links… If you aren’t one of these people who can sit down and churn out articles and blog posts in one sitting, try these 5 Ways to Write Faster. Michael Aynsley of Hootsuite shows you How to Write The Best Instagram Captions: Ideas, Tips, and Strategy.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 15, 2018

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This week we’ll cover stressful nonprofit workplaces, better Facebook posts, inspiring action and more. It’s time for Mixed Links… Beth Kanter dives into Why Nonprofit Workplaces Are Stressful and What To Do About It. Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 1, 2018

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Today we’re looking at social media, storytelling, the economy and more. Stephanie Stahl shares 4 Secrets of Great Storytellers. Miriam Brosseau tells us How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos on Beth Kanter’s blog. Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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TechSoup Global has launched its 3rd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge. The DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards program is now taking submissions for its annual video contest. The awards are completely free to enter and open to any eligible nonprofit organization in the U.S.,

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – May 25, 2018

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Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators. May 30: Transform Your Boundaries and Get Better Results: CALM Coaching for Nonprofit Communicators with Sarri Gilman. July 10 & 11: Writing a Donor Centered Website with Tom Ahern. The Hound. Auburn, AL.

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#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators – #15NTC Style

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As you probably know, Kivi and I are at the awesomest nonprofit conference of them all this week – NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas. Learn how to find and cultivate your org’s stories in Multichannel Storytelling for Social Impact.

Shape Stories to Motivate Action: Nonprofit Storytelling #8

Getting Attention

Nonprofit Storytelling # 1-7. Early grade teachers know this and center connections at the core of teaching reading and writing. But us communicators usually forget it. P.S. If you’re interested in becoming a 5-star storyteller, please email me here.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for some Mixed Links, my roundup of good links for nonprofit communicators. Wild Apricot Blog has a list of 30 Great Podcasts for Nonprofits. Anyone working for a nonprofit will benefit from checking out these sites.

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Put Shakespeare’s Storytelling Skills to Work for Your Nonprofit

Getting Attention

John-Stevenson is the communications officer at the St. Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, and a dedicated advocate for funding nonprofit skill building in Communications. storytelling Kim St. John-Stevenson Nonprofit Communications writing

8 Tips for Writing a Better Story

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Emily Roush-Bobolz

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Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Day in the Life Nonprofit Communications

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Teresa Arnold

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Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro.

Storytelling Q & A

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I asked for your storytelling questions at the beginning of March on Facebook, and answered a few of them with these posts: Three Stories Every Nonprofit Should Tell. Storytelling: Behind the Scenes at One Warm Coat. More Proof that Storytelling and Gratitude Payoff. Examples of Nonprofit Stories. Q: How do you incorporate storytelling when the people your organization serves are children? Can the communications that nonprofits create be ONLY stories?

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kallie Rollenhagen

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Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro.

Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

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In my Nonprofit Technology News Celebrity Forecasts for 2014 , one of the most cited themes among charity leaders was the importance of multi-channel fundraising. According to nonprofit video expert, Aaron Bramley of Lights. Jim Lynch.

Hot Topics in June: Storytelling, Decision Making, and Having a CALM Summer

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Here’s what’s happening at Nonprofit Marketing Guide this month: Online Training: STARTS TOMORROW! Learn the science and secrets of writing a good donor newsletter from Tom Ahern, and you can reap extraordinary rewards. Nonprofit Communications Online Courses

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Interview Questions to Help You Write Great Donor, Volunteer, and Client Profiles for Your Newsletters

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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. Ten questions should give you enough to write a great profile. What was your first impression of (the Nonprofit)?

Storytelling Works: Capturing Success Stories and Sharing Them

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This guest post by Allison Monnell demonstrates not only the power of storytelling in nonprofit communications, but just how beneficial it can be to your nonprofit when you integrate a culture of story sharing into your everyday work, as the Chemung ARC has done with its Stringer Success Stories.

Mixed Links: Good Stuff for Nonprofit Communicators

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In the end, it will be a lot easier for our Free Learning Center members and All-Access Pass holders , as well as anyone attending a webinar, to get their nonprofit marketing tips and training, but right now we’re working hard to get all the kinks worked out.

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Mixed Links: Goodies for Nonprofit Communicators

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End-of-year fundraising was also the topic for last month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival , hosted by Joanne Fritz at About.com. This is really, really good stuff that every nonprofit should be doing. Nonprofit Marketing Training. December 3: Writing for Social Media.

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More Proof That Storytelling and Gratitude Pay Off

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I’ve been working as a volunteer board member with Positive Wellness Alliance (PWA), a small nonprofit that serves low-income people with HIV/AIDS, to incorporate more storytelling and more gratitude into their donor communications.

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Lizzie Chen

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Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. She is a passionate visual storyteller. I meet with our communications director to go over my videos to get feedback.

E-Clinic: 20 Days to More Powerful Nonprofit Writing

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I’ve been listening intently to all of the great ideas you’ve been sharing with me about the kinds of coaching programs you want on nonprofit marketing and communications. In May, we’ll cover nonprofit writing.

Steve Jobs' Presentation Technique Works Magic for Nonprofit Communicators

Getting Attention

Many communicators consider Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and leader, to be the world's greatest corporate storyteller. One of Jobs' most ardent fans is communications coach Carmine Gallo, who decided to absorb thousands of Jobs' presentations to distill his magic formula. They're incredibly useful for program or fundraising communications, whether you're meeting with a major donor or presenting to your board: Brainstorm before you write a word or slide.

E-Clinics on Nonprofit Writing and Online Fundraising

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20 Days to More Powerful Nonprofit Writing. This e-clinic is for up to 12 nonprofit communications professionals who want to hone their writing skills, focusing specifically on communications with donors and other supporters. We’ll cover a variety of topics, from getting away from nonprofit jargon and formal, stilted language, to using emotional stories and compelling statistics effectively in your writing.

Tell the Stories Your Donors Want to Hear

Ann Green

How often do you use stories when you communicate with your donors? Create a culture of storytelling. If you create a storytelling culture in your organization, you can make storytelling the norm instead of the exception. The Storytelling Nonprofit.