Posts in “Nonprofit Copywriting”

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

If you’ve been tasked with improving the impact of your organization’s messages, one of the best teachers you can follow is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His intentional use of rhetorical devices adds power to his ideas and strength to his words. There’s no question that King was one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century and a brilliant orator. What I hadn’t previously given thought to, though, was his attention to craft. Yes, he led a nation to change for the better, but it isn’t his courage and vision alone that we should seek to emulate, but also... +Read More

20 Great Techniques for Writing the Perfect Nonprofit Tagline

A pitch-perfect tagline can be the foundation for all messages you create about your organization or program. A tagline is a punchy phrase consistently linked with your organization. It enhances your name by clarifying your work and making it relevant to your audience. It’s a powerful way to signify the brand promise your organization makes to the public. Here are some hints for making your next tagline sing. Requirements of Great Taglines Be memorable. A tagline that’s easy to remember will help people connect with your mission. Make it bold and brief; it should pack an emotional... +Read More

Writing for the Web—How to Get it Right

One of the most rewarding parts of executing a new brand is rolling out a new website. Seeing your organization’s colors, imagery, and messaging come together for the first time in a dynamic new site is exciting. Our clients always look forward to this important milestone (and so do we!). Creating a new website takes work. It requires careful attention to your newly adopted brand guidelines. And this goes beyond the visual elements of your new brand. If you lose sight of your new communications goals, you run the risk of ending up right back where you started—talking about your organization... +Read More

Show Me What You’re Talking About: The Power of Visual Language

Recently, I attended a forum on education. I rose early, drove to the elegant downtown ballroom, poured myself a coffee with cream and two sugars, and took my seat, ready to listen. The session began, and eight superintendents representing urban, suburban, and rural districts responded to questions about the state of education in their districts, considering questions about testing, autonomy, compensation, and a range of other topics. While many important subjects were covered, a few hours later I found that it was difficult to recall anything specific any of the speakers had said. Sitting... +Read More

How to Show That Your Arts Organization is Critical

If you’re responsible for raising money for an arts organization, you know this challenge: your donor appreciates your mission and values what you do, but can’t rationalize making a gift when there are others who “need it more.” So how do you frame your arts organization as critical when other needs are competing for donor dollars? A widely heralded 2004 study, authored by the Rand Corporation in conjunction with the Wallace Foundation, entitled Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts, highlighted several arguments that illustrate your... +Read More