I can hardly believe that 2013 is just about over. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the year just started and now it’s done!
2013 has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve published over 140 blog posts this year including in-depth how-to’s, interviews, case studies and inspiring examples of non-profit fundraising and communications work.
The Top Five Fundraising and Communications Blog Posts
21 Ideas to Refresh Your Donor Stewardship
Several readers emailed me to tell me that they had printed this list out and shared it with their teams. While this is definitely not an exhaustive list of ways that you can stewards your donors, it is a good start if you’re looking for a little inspiration
Thanking Donors – 10 Mistakes to Avoid
This was a guest post written by my wonderful friend and colleague, Claire Axelrad. Claire draws on her 30+ years of fundraising knowledge to help us be stewardship super stars!
Story-based Stewardship – why it works
If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time, you probably know that storytelling is my game! In this post, I suggest why story-based stewardship is the way forward for us and how you can start to implement it now.
How to Create A Culture of Storytelling
One of the biggest challenges people tell me that they face is trying to collect great stories to tell their communities. The solution – create a culture of storytelling at your organization. I promise this will make your job way easier!
How to Write Fundraising Email Copy Like Pro
This post is my personal favourite from this year. I know that many non-profits don’t have access to a great writer, but in fact great copywriting is more achievable than you might think.
A few things to share about 2014. . . .
If you’re on the newsletter list, you’ve likely heard me say that I’ve been in the process of creating a new website that I feel better aligns with what I actually write about and believe in. That new website will be live in early January and is called The Storytelling Non-Profit. To say that I am excited about this new chapter is an understatement! I am beyond thrilled to be moving in this new direction and I hope that you’ll come along for the ride!
Philanthropy For All will still be around, but I won’t be post here as much as on the new site.
To celebrate the launch of The Storytelling Non-Profit, I’ll be hosting a free week long virtual conference during the week of January 27th. I’ve lined up some amazing experts including Joe Garetch, Betsy Baker, Connie Hubbs, Claire Axelrad, Mazarine Treyz and Natasha Golinsky to share ways that your non-profit tell more stories in 2014! Stay tuned for details on this fabulous event!
I want to wish you all the best for the holiday season and may 2014 bring you plenty of success and opportunity!