Did you ever have a homemade Halloween costume?
If you did, I bet you remember it well.
Homemade is not something you can easily forget.
In Cooper family lore, top homemade costume honors go to the cardboard box robots of 2006.
Here's what they looked like, along with the first part of a "mom...
With your appeals, you no doubt work hard to paint word pictures that bring to life your stories, the need, the urgency, and the potential impact.
So, when your "work of art" is finished, don't forget the frame — white space!
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On September 15,...
Reminder: In our parlance, "ask dropping" means skillfully dropping asks in an appeal. (Hesitation is not your friend.)
Note: Part 1 of this appeal includes mentions of child abuse and suicide. Please take care while reading.
Below is Part 2, the analysis of the rest of the appeal:
Dropping things is bad, right?
Depends on what you're dropping.
Bad things to drop include: crystal vases, names, the ball.
Good things to drop include: records, things while they're hot, ASKS . . .
You should be an "ask dropper" (#fundraisingappealtip)
What, you might ask, is an "ask...
"Don't put that in there!"
This is how Julie replied to my beloved first idea for a subject line for this newsletter.
She deemed my idea "gross" and "not good."
She was right, of course. (As she usually is! )
Still, I can't resist telling you my bad idea anyway...
Skip over the ...
I love a good cliffhanger – don't you?
Question: are you using cliffhangers in your fundraising?
More on the why soon. But first...
(spoilers ahead... for those of you still avoiding Star Wars)
Consider the power of a good cliffhanger.
–Star Wars: The Empire Strikes...
You can find a lot of cool stuff tucked away in the nooks and crannies of a person's brain.
Before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak introduced the Apple Macintosh, computers did not offer multiple fonts. You got 1 font and 1 font only. (Don't like it? Too bad!)
I received an important appeal-writing question from newsletter subscriber Miriam.
All the fundraising appeal trainings I’ve attended say the best appeals talk about an immediate need, and the more dire it is, the better.
That tenet goes against all our messaging, which is...
There's something so special about crayons. The distinct smell.... that waxy feel… the memories of childhood creations that sometimes were displayed on the refrigerator door.
If you’re like me, a crayon was the first drawing tool put into your little pincer grasp when you were a...
Last summer, I was given a project to write a content piece. The wonderful nonprofit client usually provides a full-page creative brief. Essentially, the brief is the plan for the project.
This time, though, I didn't get any such plan. The client's attention was focused on another important...
Beginnings are so memorable.
You can probably remember a bunch of "firsts" clearly. Your first crush. Your first apartment. Your first day at a new job.
I'll never forget the first time I met each of my four children. The picture below is the first family photo taken after my husband and I...