Start Out Spicy: Use Feature Ledes to Combat Boring

I’ve been thinking about how spicy, vital causes like yours go with the bland, safe option when they write. Should we blame legal? Tempting. How about the curse of multiple editors? That certainly doesn’t help. But the fact is that sometimes we feel too busy to be creative. Here’s some inspiration.

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10 Ways to Stop Writing Boring Nonprofit Content

Nonprofits naturally have amazing stories to tell about lives saved, challenges overcome, heart-breaking sacrifice and huge needs that diverse communities are rallying to meet. So why is so much of our writing DEAD BORING. Understanding how journalists decide if something is worthy to print, can help change that.

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The Digital Avenger: Or How I Learned to Love Print Again

As I moved up the nonprofit ladder, I started a one-woman campaign against print. If there was no proof of ROI, I destroyed it and sometimes recreated it in digital form. But now I know that when print and email get together, average response rates soar. That means more money to fund programs and make meaningful change happen.

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Screw Perfectionism! Improvise for Better Results

Perfectionism is on the rise, and that’s not a good thing. Psychologists believe this irrational desire to succeed may cause mental health issues. If you feel stuck between delusions of perfect grandeur and the fear of being found out, let me offer a solution from my not-so-secret, secret skill: improvisation.

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Basic Nonprofit Fundraising Plan Template [Free Download]

All too often, the year starts and fundraising planning gives way to crisis control. To help you get out of emergency mode, I’m sharing this nonprofit fundraising plan template – all ready for you to customize. If you’ve ever wondered how to write a successful fundraising plan, this is a great start.

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