Five Features Every Nonprofit Annual Report Should Include

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We really push for you to create a shorter, more visual nonprofit annual report here as opposed to long print reports. Shorter annual reports don’t take as many resources, can be shared more easily, and will be read more often. But whether you have an infographic, a video, a 4-page, or a 40-page annual report, there are five elements essential to a successful nonprofit annual report. Five Essential Elements for a Successful Nonprofit Annual Report 1.

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Media Relations Without Reporters?!?

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In addition to that “Earned Media” you get from chasing after reporters, you can also focus on your “Paid Media” like advertising and “Owned Media” which includes your website, newsletter, blogs, and any other content you publish. Generate unconventional media buzz to get reporters to come to you. The post Media Relations Without Reporters?!? If you are…. Tired of begging for media coverage. Wondering how to engage social media activists and citizen journalists.

8 Annual Reports We Love


Annual Reports are a staple of nonprofit life, but are they worth it? Pathfinder International’s annual report combines colorful graphic design, individual stories, and gorgeous portraits. The Brookings Institution Annual Report is comprehensive.

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7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report

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One of the beautiful things about a short annual report (think 2-4 pager, infographic or video) is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time creating the thing. Here are the steps I recommend you follow as you create your short annual report this year. Annual Reports

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Your Nonprofit Annual Report – Shorter and Faster

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And our next Accelerator will help you knock out a HUGE to-do on your list: Your Nonprofit Annual Report. During this four-week Nonprofit Marketing Accelerator coaching program with Kivi Leroux Miller, you’ll create a short annual report that’s ready to distribute in early 2018.

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How Long Should Your Nonprofit Annual Report Be?

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One of the new questions we asked is: “Which format is your nonprofit most likely to use for its next annual report? Infographic annual report – 21%. 2-4 page print annual report – 17%. Postcard annual report – 2%. On December 4th and 6th, I’ll be teaching our two-part webinar series on Creating an Awesome 2018 Nonprofit Annual Report. The post How Long Should Your Nonprofit Annual Report Be? Annual Reports Trends

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Another 4-Page Annual Report Success Story

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I have been preaching alternative annual report formats for quite a while now, but I know a lot of you are still either too nervous to make a change or can’t get approval from above. My boss and I listened to your webinar on Annual Reports. Share your annual reports with us!

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How Often Should You Report Results?

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If you aren’t reporting your communications results regularly to your management and board, you need to start. Below I’m sharing a quick video with some stats from our 2019 Trends Report, but I think you’ll also find these resources helpful too: Not sure what you should measure? How Often to Report Comms Results? How often should you report communications results to your leadership and board? The post How Often Should You Report Results?

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Creating a Short Annual Report for 2016 – Yes, You Can!

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We just finished our free webinar on Go Short for Your 2016 Nonprofit Annual Report , and we’re excited about how many of the attendees are ready to take this step (and how many already have!). You CAN ditch the long report! Annual Reports

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Go Short with Your 2016 Annual Report [FREE Webinar TOMORROW]

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You need to publish an annual report. Find out how TOMORROW during our FREE webinar: Go Short with Your 2016 Annual Report. During this free webinar, we’ll look at scores of real examples of short annual reports in these formats: Infographics. 1, 2, and 4-Page Reports.

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2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

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We’ve officially released the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and infographic. We’ll be sharing more details from the report on the blog in the coming weeks, but wanted you to get access to the goods right away. It’s here!

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What Reporters Really Want

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You need to meet reporters where they are now and take a more personal approach. Luckily, we have an expert who understands how to build meaningful relationships with reporters that yield more headlines and better coverage. Are you still sending the same cookie-cutter press releases?

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5 best practices for delivering progress reports to your major gift and legacy supporters


Here are my 5 best practices for delivering fundraising progress reports: 1. Use charts and graphics, headlines and captions for your fundraising progress reports.

Why You Should “Go Short” With Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report

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Long annual reports just don’t make sense for most nonprofits now. People can’t focus on what they actually care about let alone on a long, boring annual report. Learn how during this free 60-minute On Demand Webinar: Go Short with Your 2016 Annual Report. Annual Reports

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A Great Nonprofit Annual Report in a Fabulous Infographic

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We love showcasing what I like to call “New and Improved” annual reports from our readers. I think the time of the 40+ page annual report is over and we should focus on our donors and what they actually want. Established in 2008, we had never done an annual report.

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Rethinking Your Annual Report

Ann Green

What do you think of when you hear annual report? These are all negatives, but an annual report can be a positive experience for your donors and also doesn’t have to be something that’s going to stress you out when you put it together. Your annual report is for your donors.

Measuring the Success of Your Annual Report

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Are you starting to think about your annual report? Next week, I’m presenting my webinar on How to Write an Annual Report People Will Actually Read , and throwing in our e-book too, all for a “happy holidays” price of just $20, instead of the usual $99.

Create an AWESOME 2018 Nonprofit Annual Report

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You have to publish an annual report – it’s a nonprofit best practice. But you DO NOT have to publish a 30+ page report that takes over 100 hours to create. Just imagine your supporters sharing YOUR annual report with their friends on social media… It can happen, but if you want them to do that, your annual report needs to be more than charts and numbers. Who is really going to read that?

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The Annual Report Donor List is a Stupid Waste of Time

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Could your annual report fit right in with this scene? If you’ve heard me on an annual reports webinar any time in the last decade, you’ve heard me say some version of this: It’s OK to go short and stop publishing the donor list.

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Changing Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report Format

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Yesterday I taught a webinar with our training partner called “How to Create a Nonprofit Annual Report People Will Actually Read.” ” At the beginning of the webinar I surveyed the participants (about 80 people) about the format of their last annual report.

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Tracking Long-Term Donor Value: The Report You Shouldn't Miss in 2019


In a 2016 study conducted by EveryAction and Nonprofit Hub , nearly half of nonprofit professionals reported that they do not consistently utilize data as part of their decision-making process. Then read about one of our highlighted reports below! Long Term Donor Value Report.

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Evolution of a Nonprofit Annual Report

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You should all know by now that I love the shorter and more visual nonprofit annual reports as opposed to skimming through 20+ pages of boring financials. Hi there, Thought I’d give you a little report back on our transition to a much shorter annual report.

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5 Things Reporters Want From the Nonprofits They Cover

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A new survey of more than 1,350 media members by the media database company Cision shows that reporters want to be treated the same way. Let’s hear from the reporters themselves. Ultimately, this will save you — and the reporters — a lot of time.

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You Really Need to Get Your 2017 Nonprofit Annual Report Done

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We’ve tried to get you thinking about your nonprofit annual report back in November , but we know a lot of you are just too focused on year-end giving to think about it. (We’ll Your Nonprofit Annual Report needs to go out. Annual Reports

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Week of Freebies, Day 3: 2019 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

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Our Nonprofit Communications Trends Report has become the “go-to” source for what’s REALLY happening in the world of nonprofit communications and fundraising. What will your next annual report look like? We will release the full report on January 16, 2019. Happy Holidays!

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Nonprofit Annual Reports – Advice for You Regardless of Your Experience

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Whether this is your first time creating a nonprofit annual report or you’ve been putting out annual reports for years, we have you covered. Now, when you go to our annual reports resource page , you will be able to select from 3 tabs: Start Here.

Creating a Two-Page Nonprofit Annual Report

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You know I am a fan of the “new and improved&# nonprofit annual report — which I define as anything that is shorter, clearer, and easier for donors to understand than traditional annual reports. Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) recently published a two-page annual report.

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Download the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report #NPCOMM2018

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Our Nonprofit Communications Trends Report has become the “go-to” source for what’s REALLY happening in the world of nonprofit communications and fundraising. Highlights from the 2018 Trends Report. The report includes how often email and print are sent as well).

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Annual Report How To: A Different Way to Present Your Print Report Online

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Annual reports – when they are done right – can be a great marketing tool showcasing your nonprofit. I cover nonprofit annual reports quite a bit, and thought I would share how this nonprofit went about creating both a print and online version of their annual report.

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What We Learned About Digital Engagement from the 2019 M+R Benchmarks Report


Every year, nonprofit consultants M+R release their annual Benchmarks report , which provides an overview of digital trends in the sector. If you haven't yet had time to dig into the full report, here are some of the top highlights that we think are important for nonprofits to know: 1.

December is HOT: Pass Sale, Annual Reports and Mentoring Opportunities

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Get Your All-Access Pass December 4 & 6: Creating an Awesome 2018 Nonprofit Annual Report Learn how to create an annual report this year that people will actually read and respond to.

How This Nonprofit Got More Out of Their Annual Report [Infographic]

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Here’s yet another great example of how remaking your tired old traditional annual report into something more modern can reap great rewards. annual report into an infographic that created more member engagement, especially on social media.

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Heating Up December: Save on 2020 Training, Annual Reports, and Communications Trends

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Get the scoop on communications trends for 2020 by taking the survey and being among the first to get the 2020 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. December 10 & 12: Creating an Awesome 2019 Annual Report with Kivi Leroux Miller.

A Nonprofit Annual Report on a Postcard

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During my recent webinar on new and improved nonprofit annual reports (recording available to All-Access Pass Holders ), I said that I would love to see a nonprofit do its annual report as an oversized postcard (think that big size popular with political candidates).

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Five Questions about Nonprofit Annual Reports

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Here are five common questions I get about nonprofit annual reports , along with my answers. When you do, you can also purchase the e-book, How to Write a Nonprofit Annual Report , at half-price. This will be our first annual report. How do we talk about it in the annual report?

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24 amazing benchmark reports on fundraising all in one place


Anyway, I stumbled on this link that houses 24 benchmark reports on fundraising. Report: A Decade Of Million-Dollar Bequests. Report: 77 Bare-Knuckle Marketing Strategies. Fundraising charity charts fundraising reports graphs major giving Philanthropy Planned Giving

Another Postcard Annual Report Success Story!

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Last week, I received this note from Nicole Daspit Sarkar, the director of development and outreach for AGE (Austin Groups for the Elderly), about what happened when they decided to reduce their long annual report to a postcard, and she agreed to let me share it with you.

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No Going Back for This Nonprofit After Switching to a Digital Annual Report

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Sick of me telling you to get rid of your long printed annual reports? As such, I wanted to incorporate a digital version of our annual report that aligned visually with the new website. No one ever asked what the load time is for a printed report!

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Nonprofit Annual Report on a Postcard

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On Monday, I asked if you could boil down your annual report to just six words. That’s more room, but still very short and readable, and one of the formats I advocate as the New and Improved Nonprofit Annual Report. Could a postcard annual report work for your organization?

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Nothing like a good report

A Small Change

As we continue our series on the tools a fundraiser should have, needs to refine, or better pick up if they haven’t in a while, it would be a grand miss to not highlight how effective crisp, consistent, and compelling reporting can be.

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Your Annual Report is Missing Something

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Annual reports generally follow the same formula. The post Your Annual Report is Missing Something appeared first on Mission Minded. Nonprofit Annual Report Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Copywriting Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit Messaging Storytelling

REPORT: Facebook Levels Off While Instagram Rises

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Be sure to dive deeper in the whole Pew Report here. Image source: p/7CdtRG. Reading this on email? Be sure to click over to the post to see the graphics.). Nonprofits, it’s time to see other people (besides those on Facebook).

Adventures Ahead—Will Report Back

Getting Attention

Looking forward to reporting back on the far side. Today’s the day—the last blog post before my two-month sabbatical which begins Friday. I’m taking this time to reboot, and to see what bubbles up.

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