20 Tips to Energize Dull Nonprofit Writing

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Apply one or more of these tips to it to see what works for you, then report back to us! Is your writing dry and boring? A lot of nonprofit messaging is. Eliminating jargon and overall wordiness is a great place to start, but here are 20 more ways that you can bring your writing back to life.

8 Tips for a Mobile-Friendly Nonprofit Website

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Web Site 101 Best Practices Quick TipsNonprofits are now reporting that up to a third of their Web traffic is coming from mobile devices.

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9 Content Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

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John Haydon gave me a great challenge: Share 9 content marketing tips. When you’ve written a 100,000-word book about nonprofit content marketing , boiling it down to your favorite 9 tips is a challenge.

10 Tips for Getting Your Op-Ed Placed

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Here are 10 tips that can help you get your op-ed to the top of the pile: 1. A well-placed op-ed can help your nonprofit call attention to an important issue or change minds about a controversial topic.

5 Storytelling Tips for Your #GivingTuesday Campaign

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Here are a few of my favorite tips to consider as you craft your storytelling plan for #GivingTuesday. P.S. Get more nonprofit marketing tools , templates, case studies & tips delivered right to your in-box! Guest author Jenn a Sauber is a crowdfunding and digital marketing expert at CauseVox, a peer-to-peer fundraising software for nonprofits.

7 Tips for Building an Incredibly Useful Email Swipe File

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Here are my 7 tips for building an incredibly useful email swipe file. See Tip #1. What are your tips for rocking a swipe file? A few weeks ago, the question of the week at Nonprofit Marketing Guide was “Where do you get your best writing ideas?”

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Free #GivingTuesday Tips, Ideas, and Resources

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John Haydon has Simple Donation Page Tips for #GivingTuesday and Year-End Fundraising. Chelsea Bassett shows you how to Stand Out on #GivingTuesday By Using These Tips.

NONPROFITS: 15 Instagram Tips, Tricks and Features You Don’t Want to Miss

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Here are 15 tips, tricks and features you don’t want to miss. I loved this tip from Classy : To boost your posts’ exposure, the rule is to over-tag rather than under-tag. What’s your favorite Instagram tip, trick or feature? “You don’t take a photograph.

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9 Tips From 3 Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns

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We chose three successful peer-to-peer campaigns and poured through their materials, updates, social media, and stories to create a list of nine tips that led to their success. Before we dig into the tips, let’s check out those campaigns. Rob Wu.

5 Tips for Telling Difficult Stories


5 Tips for Telling Difficult Stories. Here are five tips to consider. If you are looking for more tips on planning and strategy, check out this post: How to Plan Your Non-Profit’s Stories ). Storytelling is a constant drumbeat that resonates throughout the nonprofit community, but increasingly, stories are getting hard to tell.

7 Tips to Market Mobile Fundraising to Your Donors

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When you keep the following 7 tips in this article in mind, you’ll be well on your way to marketing a highly successful mobile fundraising campaign. We’ve got some surefire tips and tricks for the big social media platforms: Facebook. Guest post by Wauker Matthews.

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8 Tips for a Profitable Nonprofit #GivingTuesday Campaign

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I personally like the 8 useful tips that they give nonprofits to launch a successful campaign on #GivingTuesday: 1. The post 8 Tips for a Profitable Nonprofit #GivingTuesday Campaign appeared first on JCSM. Hard to believe but #GivingTuesday is only a little over one month away!

Donor Newsletter Tips to Bring in the Dough

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Photo Credit: https://flic.kr/p/awjJJg. p/awjJJg. Does your donor newsletter cost more to send than it brings in?

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Should your donors be given a chance to “tip” your organization?


Similar to how you tip a waiter, why not allow the donor the choice between several overhead support options? Next to the tipping options, why not include links to content about your organization’s management philosophy, its impact and 990? Are you confused by that headline?

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Tips for Silent Videos (Or When People Turn Off Your Sound)

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Here are a few tips for creating videos with sound that still work without sound. . Want more tips? What tips do you have for silent videos? On Thursday, I’m presenting a webinar on how to create a great thank you video for your supporters.

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5 Cold Calling Tips to Meet Your Fundraising Goals


The fundraising call has always been a staple of donor outreach. However, changes + advancements in the ways you communicate with your audience means adjusting your approach to the dreaded cold call.

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6 Foolproof Tips for Great Nonprofit Content

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It’s imperative to remember that our job as fundraisers is to write compelling stories that engage our donors. Creating great content is both art and science.

10 Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Communicators


You may not be able to incorporate every tip I’ve described below, but even using a few of them can have an impact. I’ve aimed these tips at communications managers, but any communication staff member could find them useful.). Tip #1: Don’t overload your plate.

17 Tips for Getting More Pinterest Followers for Your Nonprofit

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Here are my top 17 tips to get more followers on Pinterest for your nonprofit. The post 17 Tips for Getting More Pinterest Followers for Your Nonprofit appeared first on J Campbell Social Marketing.

14 Tips for Making Your Nonprofit Email More Effective

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Here are some of Zarrella's tips about email marketing. Subject Line and Content Tips. Improve your chances of being archived for future reference by including reference material such as data, tools, facts, tips, etc.

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8 Tips and A Free Template for Your Nonprofit RFP


If you work in the nonprofit sector, you''re probably familiar with the RFP process + the fact that it can be a stressful, labor-intensive, time consuming, yet truly fundamental part of the job.

6 Tips for Launching Your Own Member Month Campaign

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Here are 6 quick tips for launching your own member month campaign. December is done. Looking for your next great fundraising campaign? Try a member month campaign.

Nonprofit Message Tip—What’s Vital BUT Unknown?

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They may be the tipping point for your year-end fundraising campaign. I was thrilled to see this Facebook post this from the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH), one of our favorite clients.

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5 Tips for Your Next Email Newsletter

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To help you get started, here are five tips to consider for your next email newsletter plus some great examples of other nonprofits that are already taking advantage of this powerful marketing tool and are seeing great results! "We''ve used it to promote educational tips and fundraising drives to keep our supporters updated and bring them closer to our mission." Keep these tips in mind as you plan for success in 2014.

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How to use verbatims and digital body language to raise more money


Recently I was interviewed by a woman named Mazarine at Wild Woman Fundraising ! You can hear the interview here. Here’s one big point from the interview I figured you’d want to read (in case you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing).

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7 Nonprofit Content Marketing Tips from Great Chefs

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Tip of the hat to Marketing Profs for framing content marketing—how your nonprofit can use content to build strong relationships with target audiences—in terms of this delightful cooking-themed info-doodle.

Tips for Better Nonprofit Thank You Letters

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Here are some tips on doing thank yous right: Nonprofit Thank You Letter Dos and Don’ts. It happened again this week. I received a very business-like form letter, really just slightly better than a receipt, in response to a recent charitable donation.

Social Media Takeovers: 6 Nonprofits That Gave It Up for Good (PLUS: 6 Tips for Getting it Right)

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Here are 6 tips for executing a social media takeover of your own. Some advice from SFMOMA on the Go : “Set some guidelines and tips for what it is you’re looking to get out of the takeover. They prepped her with a shot list and tips for what would do well on Instagram.

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10 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit Website

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Here are just a few tips on making your website more effective: 1. Make your site social media friendly. Include social sharing links on every page of your nonprofit website. Encourage video and photo sharing, link to your social media profiles, and make it easy for bloggers and social networkers to embed your videos and feature your images on their sites and profiles. This will attract new traffic sources, retain visitors, and build community around your cause.

Why fundraiser job titles suck and cost you a lot of money!


My pal Dr. Russell James is at it again. This time, he researched what fundraiser job titles inspire more engagement, connectivity, and giving.

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Time Saving Tips for Email Newsletters and Facebook

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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. E-Newsletters Nonprofit Communications nptech Professional Development Publication Management Social Networking time

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Afraid of Twitter? 5 Quick Tips

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10 Tips for Writing Your Nonprofit Story

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Nonprofit Marketing Nonprofit Storytelling Quick Tips We''ve said it before: stories are powerful tools for nonprofit communicators. That said, a story will fall flat if it is not written or presented well. Follow these simple guidelines for finding and writing a story that is not only engaging, but also improves how your message is presented to the world. Identify the good story. Not every event at your nonprofit is a story. A story shouldn''t be about everything your nonprofit is doing.

5 Tips for Better Nonprofit Fundraising Emails


One of the best weapons in a nonprofit’s fundraising arsenal is email campaigning. We are sending and receiving more fundraising emails than ever before, all vying for the attention of supporters to act on behalf of our cause. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for your audience to differentiate your messages from the numerous emails that flood their inboxes each day, especially if your mass mailings are labeled as junk and relegated to the black hole of the spam folder.

Why fundraisers should take some lessons from stockbrokers


In March of this year I stumbled on an article written for stockbrokers (financial advisors) that I found interesting because it recounted the top three reasons why clients leave: Poor investment advice. Bad service. Poor communications. Also, it said “People die, move away, divorce.

8 Great Ways to End Emails or Letters


Cultivation starts and ends with great communication. Goodbyes are just as important as hellos. So here are some great ways to end emails you send to donors: 1. First name], I’m really counting on you!

4 Tips for Subject Lines That Work

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Revamping your subject lines with these simple tips can make a big difference in your email open rates. Subject lines are more important than you might think. On average, at least 100 emails flood your constituents'' inboxes every single day. That''s a lot of digital noise to shout over, which is why your email subject lines need as much TLC as the content inside. Here''s a simple, four-step makeover to help transform your subject lines from ho-hum to "Oh, wow!" " 1.

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Why nonprofit budgets should be developed in alignment with strategies


One of our clients achieved extraordinary results last year. They generated more leads for planned gifts and uncovered more previously undisclosed legacy gifts than ever before (74!). Unfortunately, their marketing budget for the following year was reduced by 50%.

7 Google+ Pro Tips for Nonprofits

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Here are seven pro tips from Google that can help boost your Google+ presence: Use Images and Video: Rich content is visually attractive and is more likely to engage your audience. Social Networking Quick TipsSo you've got your nonprofit Google+ page up and running. now what? Take advantage of the unique features of this social platform to connect with your supporters, encourage community advocacy and add interactivity to your outreach.

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Nonprofit executives: fundraising advice, tips, and exhortations

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She writes about some of the challenges of leading an organization and gives four great tips for giving fundraising the presidential priority it needs. Her tips will get you off to a great start!

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