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20 Tips to Energize Dull Nonprofit Writing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Is your writing dry and boring? Then go back and write. Make the reason you are writing crystal clear. Use analogies or metaphors.

Write Better than Ever Before

Getting Attention

You can get it all with Jeff Brooks’ Turn Your Words into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing. You’ll learn and laugh as you gobble your way through this guide to writing good—then great—messages that spur the actions you need. Writing fundraising Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing writing

Write Your Way to Connection & Action

Getting Attention

Then learn and laugh as you gobble your way through Jeff Brooks’ new guide to writing great nonprofit content: How to Turn Your Words Into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing. Write for a fifth-grader to boost the likelihood you’ll capture attention and spur the actions you want. Nothing better!

Why do people at work treat me this way?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve seen all of these responses and more, when I go in to work at nonprofits. What are you giving up to work at a nonprofit?

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Nonprofit Writing Prompts for September

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Is your organization helping find jobs for those out of work? If you work with seniors, do a photo spread of them with their grandchildren.

The Inner Game of Writing Your Appeal Letter: Part 2

Wild Woman Fundraising

How should you write your appeal letter? Do you have a way you get yourself in the space to write? Why not take a page from Paul Simon?

Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Source of the Month – other places to find writing inspiration. 4/23: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. 4/4: Tell a Lie Day.

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Need Writing Ideas? Try These Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Source of the Month – other places to find writing inspiration. Is your organization helping find jobs for those out of work?

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I am learning how to write. How about you?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I am always learning how to write. In our nonprofits, we have to write all the time. Some will work, and some won’t.

Writing a Donor Centered Website

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This training IS about how you write awesome landing and donation pages that get your visitors to give! Online Marketing Writing for the Web

Why I’m Working with Bloomerang

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

So it was sort of a big deal, at least in my own head, when I started talking to Jay Love , the CEO of Bloomerang , about working together. In late 2012, Jay decided to create a new kind of donor management and fundraising software, this one with best practices baked right into how it worked. Jay’s work with Tom led him to me.

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Nonprofit Writing Prompts for August

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But now you are less than two weeks away from August and have no idea what you are gonna write about. You’ve been on vacation.

How MarketSmart Works With Partners

iMarketSmart

People often ask me, “How does MarketSmart work with partners (allies) to help nonprofits lower costs and increase revenues?” So, today I thought I’d explain how we work with consultants, consulting firms, direct marketing agencies, CRM software companies and others. Do you work for a CRM or other software company?

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How to Recognize and Manage Different Work Styles

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During the webinar, Carson will discuss how to prioritize your work based on the way you think and process information. Carson Tate. Kristina.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You’ll usually want answers that relate back both to the nonprofit itself and to the larger issues or cause that the nonprofit works on.

Stay Focused at Work: 4 Ideas You Can Try

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Pick just one and see if using it every day for a week helps you feel more focused at work. I’ve got a challenge for you.

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Reader Questions: Are you being bullied at work? What can you do?

Wild Woman Fundraising

This work draws on policies that they have put in place to protect their workers. How can you resist manipulation at work? Jobhunting.

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How does an appeal letter edit work?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I decided to re-write the whole letter. She also began to hire people to do things around her house and was being over charged for the work they did. The reasons vary: bills and expenses may exceed their income; overspending on unnecessary items; forgetting to pay bills; or writing the checks and then not mailing them. Address.

Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are a few writing prompts to get you thinking creatively about March topics. What about your cause or your work is like. 3/17: St.

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Op Eds: Writing Leads that Grab Readers by the Lapels

Getting Attention

Guest bloggerMargot Friedman, principal of Dupont Circle Communications, conducts trainings on writing and placing opinion editorials.

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Finally, you can learn what words work to raise money!

iMarketSmart

If you want to see the whole Words that Work webinar, you can check out the recording here. LIKE THIS BLOG POST? Click to tweet!

A winning formula to write your appeal letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

For the last month I’ve been writing you posts and showing you examples and giving you free webinars all about what makes a good appeal letter.

Put Shakespeare’s Storytelling Skills to Work for Your Nonprofit

Getting Attention

John-Stevenson Nonprofit Communications writingGuest blogger Kim St. John-Stevenson is the communications officer at the St. Othello ).

The Inner Game of Writing Your Appeal Letter: Part 1

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever felt, “Geez, I work hard, but my writing muscles don’t want to flex today! It’s about hard work.

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. Writing is that way - casting you forever in the role of novice, whether you enjoy it or not. This is the work of writing. They are rarely the results of writing anyway.

Nonprofit Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Social Work Month. How is your work like these things? Haven’t quite filled in your content calendar for next month? are favorites.

11 Tips On How to Write Original Appeal Letters

Wild Woman Fundraising

How can you be brave and stand up and write something different than has been tried before? Take out the first three paragraphs you write.

Write Four Stories

The Agitator

I like this story-writing exercise recommended by Leah Eustace at Good Works. After reminding us why storytelling is so important to fundraising, Leah suggests four stories to write: Write the story of the people who founded your organization. And as Leah says … always write about why.

Size Matters – When to Write Long, or Short

Getting Attention

Longer copy works well to motivate actions that are tougher to move on and dependent on a rational analysis as resources are limited. Eureka!

Quick Reminders about Writing Real from Claire

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Write to an audience of one. Write as if you are speaking to that person. Claire Meyerhoff. Avoid complicated language. Meyerhoff.

Reader Questions: Does adding extra stuff your appeal mailing work?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Did I use the pen to write on the card? Would a sticky note or brochure dramatically increase or decrease our money raised via appeals?&#.

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Writing Your Own Direct Mail Appeal Letter This Year? You Got This!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Learn more and decide which option will work best for you. Think again. You also don’t have to be an expert in fundraising.

You want to make a donor care with your writing? Do this.

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you working on your summer appeal or your summer newsletter? I am going to assume that you are not skilled in flash fiction. I digress.

Are You Working on CX?

The Agitator

Now, it’s not surprising that marketers are working hard. See here, including the footnote, for the sordid history.

Grant Writing Work, Jobs, and Contractors

Seeking Grant Money Today

Perhaps you're considering a new career and want to look into writing grant proposals for a living. This is actually how I got into professional grant writing and fundraising. I was intrigued by grassroots work. Based on what I said I enjoyed in grad school she encouraged me to look into grant writing. for free.

Five Tips for Writing a Four-Page Nonprofit Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Write an annual report that. “How to Write a. Yes, this means you will leave the work of someone on your staff out.

Write Your Own Appeal Letter and Raise More [Starts Next Week]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you want to write your best appeal letter ever in 2016, join us next week! with fundraising expert, Tom Ahern. BEGINS NEXT MONDAY, MARCH 7th.

Writing a strategic social media engagement plan

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I often get asked how I structure my actual written strategic social media engagement plans when working with a public sector or non-profit organization. In truth, when it comes down to actually writing a deliverable for a client, even details such as the report style, format, length and the sections I use vary considerably. No joke.

How to write effective fundraising letters

Fundraising Coach

In writing up a project for a client, I drafted this short reminder on how to write effective fundraising letters. I’d experiment to see what works best for your donors. Test it out and use whatever works best. What else would you add? The letter is personalized. Dear Friend” doesn’t cut it. The ask is upfront. c) Marc A.

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. Conclusion.