The LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest
As we step into May, this week’s LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest brings together five articles that can help your nonprofit make this month even more successful than the last.
You’ll find insights to help you improve your fundraising and communications efforts, adjust your grant strategy, and transform your board. You’ll also discover guidance to help your organization decide whether the latest social media obsession should be on your radar.
Here are five must-read articles for nonprofits this week:
1. Donor Appeals: The HOW Matters as Much as the WHY (Bloomerang)
Your messaging can be perfect—but if your delivery mechanism is at odds with your goals, your donor appeals are unlikely to generate the results you hoped. Drew Coursin, president and lead consultant at Twin Purpose Consulting, discusses three mistakes nonprofits should avoid when deciding how to send their appeals out into the world.
2. 10 Proactive Questions Every Board Member Should Be Asking (Harvard Business Review)
When board members ask proactive questions, rather than just reactive ones, they can play a transformational role at organizations. While this article from HBR is designed for corporate boards, many of the questions outlined within may also stimulate meaningful conversations at your nonprofit’s next board meeting.
If your organization has been curious about the social media app Clubhouse, this article from Chris Marlow, founder of Help One Now, may encourage you to check it out. Marlow explores the benefits Clubhouse can offer to nonprofits, as well as some practical tips for leveraging the app effectively.
4. Recalibrating How You Think About Grants (The NonProfit Times)
The importance of grant funding is sometimes undervalued. Barbara Floersch, author of You Have A Hammer: Building Grant Proposals for Social Change, discusses the vital role grants can play in moving missions forward, and some questions nonprofits can ask to start developing more intentional, integrated grant strategies.
5. 4 Timely Nonprofit Fundraising and Communications Strategies (Clairification)
Summer is fast approaching, but there’s still time to do a little spring cleaning at your nonprofit! Fundraising expert Claire Axelrad shares a few timely tips for refreshing your fundraising and communications strategies—from cleaning up your databases to informing donors of new tax benefits.
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