Customers generally don’t care about your story; they care about their own storybrand

‘Building a Storybrand’ – This is not a book about telling your company’s story. A book like that would be a waste of time. Customers don’t generally care about your story; they care about their own.’ Such was the overarching message of the Lucidity Business Book Club’s book of choice for the June meeting as … Continue reading Customers generally don’t care about your story; they care about their own storybrand

Inclusive communications in the fundraising and philanthropy sectors

Generations of fundraisers and NGOs have been conditioned to a very insidious formula for the way we fundraise. This formula has evolved, it has mutated, but it is still very much alive. Essentially, this formula rests on humanising the donor, and then predominantly the white donor, and on dehumanising the predominantly non-white beneficiaries and more … Continue reading Inclusive communications in the fundraising and philanthropy sectors

5 Ways for Nonprofits to Tell an Ethical Story

In an effort to raise money and awareness for causes, nonprofit organizations often feel compelled to tell stories of desperate victims. Well-intentioned efforts to convey the urgency and severity of need lead organizations to reduce people to their problems. And to stand out in the crowded marketplace, organizations often conflate value with heroism, representing themselves … Continue reading 5 Ways for Nonprofits to Tell an Ethical Story

“Othering” Language akin to Poverty Porn: Is Your Nonprofit Guilty?

“Poverty porn” refers to the use of pictures, video, the written word, and other forms of communication to present participant stories through a victimizing lens. These elicit feelings of pity and motivate donors to give. These media show helpless, passive victims just waiting for someone to rescue them. While dehumanizing language may bring in funding, … Continue reading “Othering” Language akin to Poverty Porn: Is Your Nonprofit Guilty?

Helpful advice for aspiring writers of all ages

“Write something good, and feel good about writing it.” That sentence is from award-winning writer Jacqueline Woodson in response to the question “What’s the goal of writing when you’re 15?” Being a writer is all about expressing your unique perspective with feeling and originality, not about having a huge vocabulary or getting published, says author … Continue reading Helpful advice for aspiring writers of all ages

2019 Global NGO Technology Report

The Global NGO Technology Report is a biennial research project that seeks to gain a better understanding of how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide use technology. Sponsored by Funraise and produced by Nonprofit Tech for Good, the report examines how NGOs use web and email communications, online fundraising tools, social media, mobile technology, and productivity software. … Continue reading 2019 Global NGO Technology Report

The Ultimate List Of Charitable Giving Statistics

Looking for the latest charity giving stats and trends? NP Source has got you covered with stats on charitable, online, social, mobile and email giving, including: In 2017, the largest source of charitable giving came from individuals at $281.86 billion, or 72% of total giving; followed by foundations ($58.28 billion/15%), bequests ($30.36 billion/8%), and corporations … Continue reading The Ultimate List Of Charitable Giving Statistics

10 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising More Social

Online fundraising is becoming more popular each year. It is offering new opportunities for nonprofits to improve their fundraising success while trying out new channels. As more people are inspired to donate online, social media can make an extremely useful addition to your fundraising strategy. It can help you reach a younger audience but also … Continue reading 10 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising More Social