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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

Writing a Donor-Centered Website [This Week]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Join us this week for Writing a Donor-Centered Website with Tom Ahern. Writing a Donor-Centered Website. Fundraising Writing for the We

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!

Nonprofit Writing Prompts for September

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you want ideas every month, sign up for our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter. 9/5: Labor Day. 9/6: Read a Book Day. Want more?

Need Writing Ideas? Try These Prompts

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Source of the Month – other places to find writing inspiration. Review a book that highlights your cause. 9/7: Labor Day. ICYMI.

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Cut the Glut! Wordy Phrases to Eliminate from Your Writing (And Alternatives)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Shorter is nearly always better. Replace these wordy phrases with their concise alternatives. a majority of = most. a sufficient amount of = enough.

Cut the Glut! Part II – Redundancies to Eliminate from Your Writing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last week, we talked about those wordy phrases you need to trim (and what to use instead). ” Today, we are going to cover redundant phrases.

Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Source of the Month – other places to find writing inspiration. 4/1: April Fool’s Day. 4/4: Tell a Lie Day. 4/7: World Health Day.

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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. It was hard to write. Grant proposals.

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

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.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Ten questions should give you enough to write a great profile. A great way to do that is to conduct an interview. how did that make you feel?

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?

Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are a few writing prompts to get you thinking creatively about March topics. Sign up for our free Nonprofit Writing Prompts. Great!

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9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors


So, I decided to become a journalism major instead even though I wasn’t very good at writing. Anyway, in one of my first classes, the Professor told us to pick up The Elements of Style by Strunk and White — the timeless guide and companion for anyone who needs to write (that includes you). Don’t over-write.

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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How to write knockout proposals

Get Fully Funded

I read this book last week called “How to Write Knockout Proposals&# by Joseph Barbato. Barbato says “Your goal is to write a persuasive proposal that will get funded.&# I agree. Grant WritingIt was a quick read and had lots of golden nuggets. One size does not fit all. It’s lazy. Keep it simple.

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.

20 Resuscitation Tips for Lifeless Writing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s nonprofit writing! Not all nonprofit writing, of course, but a fair amount of it. Then go back and write. Talk it out.

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! What does Leonard Cohen say about this?

Effective Writing For Small Nonprofits

The Agitator

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. Here’s one published in.

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. If you write something that makes you want to hide or erase, keep going straight to that feeling.

Should Roger Keep Writing?

The Agitator

Let me begin with two questions. Do donors really care about getting results from the nonprofits they support? And, do they really care about the nonprofits themselves … as in, do they want a relationship with those groups? I’m prompted to ask these questions for two reasons. This is at odds with a lot of assertion.

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10 Tips for Writing Your Nonprofit Story

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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. Don''t try to get fancy with your writing. If you are writing something technical, find a way to translate it into more accessible language. Identify the good story. Your son?

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Nonprofit Writing Prompts for March

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you want ideas every month, sign up for our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter. On the Calendar. 3/2: Dr. Suess’s Birthday.

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.

Let’s Start a Nonprofit Plain Writing Movement

Ann Green

Its mission is to help government and businesses write clearly. Can your readers understand what you write the first time they read it?

8 Tips for Writing a Better Story

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now.

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

Eureka! As with all marketing “formulas,&# there’s a lot of “it depends&# here. Liking your organization on Facebook. Copywriting

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.

Want to Write Better Messages? Look to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mission Minded

His intentional use of rhetorical devices adds power to his ideas and strength to his words.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Think your in-house created direct mail appeal doesn’t stand a chance against the big boys? Think again. ET (open to everyone).

How to Write a Nonprofit Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ve just re-released my popular e-book on how to write a nonprofit annual report. You can review the complete table of contents here.

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Your Writing Warm-Up Routine

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. Copywriting Nonprofit Communications Professional Development

Metaphorically Speaking - Improve Your Writing

Social Media Bird Brain

David Brooks @NY Times Just dashing in here to drop off a quick note on improving your writing. Whether short or long, email or grant report, making your writing more engaging is a worthwhile enterprise. david brooks metaphor Small nonprofit writing figuratively speaking

Writing for the Web—How to Get it Right

Mission Minded

Blog Nonprofit Branding Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Copywriting Nonprofit Messaging Nonprofit Web best practices better writing brand branding communication communications web writingOne of the most rewarding parts of executing a new brand is rolling out a new website. Creating a new website takes […].

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

I took a workshop last weekend with the Willamette Writers Group on how to write and sell short stories, for fun! What is going on here? Ready?

Writing a strategic social media engagement plan

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

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. Writing a really solid executive summary. There are numerous factors I consider, including: Who is the intended audience? No joke. Executive Summary. Phase 1.