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Here’s a simple truth: your story matters, but its packaging can make or break its impact. The right case materials have a special kind of power; they can give fundraisers a confidence boost, get volunteers excited, and encourage donor prospects to lean-in. But unlocking these meant-to-be materials requires organizations to take a breath, step back, and strategize.

Communications Strategies, Fundraising Communications, Blog

The nonprofit annual report. An age-old method to communicate how your organization made an impact over the past year, honor those who helped along the way, and connect with your closest supporters 

At a time when you have more communication vehicles to choose from than ever before, this traditional tactic can still move the needle. We’ve worked with organizations across the nonprofit sector to write and produce annual reports, and we’ve seen firsthand how they can inspire donors 

But what are the best practices for creating an annual report? How should your organization tackle the valuable opportunity an annual report presents—a chance to develop a compelling creative piece that expresses your mission and highlights your successes to your closest supporters 

Communications Strategies, Fundraising Communications, Blog

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published an article by our team, focusing on how nonprofits are embracing change and experimenting with technology—from donor analytics to social media and more.

“Technology will increasingly play an important role in philanthropy, explains Peter Fissinger, President & CEO of Campbell & Company. “By viewing it as an opportunity rather than a threat to the status quo, organizations can realize their full potential to advance their fundraising programs and their missions.”

Fundraising, Fundraising Tips, Fundraising Communications, Strategic Information Services

After finishing a delicious meal with family and friends at a local Chinese restaurant, I was anxiously awaiting the routine passing of the fortune cookies. It’s always entertaining to learn about what my future might hold, or what pearls of wisdom the fortune might share. So I hurriedly opened my fortune to see what I might learn about myself. I had to read it a couple of times, because I just didn’t understand what it was telling me. It read: “It is not your character to give.”

Nonprofit Trends, Fundraising Tips, Fundraising Communications, Communications Strategies, Fundraising, West Region

Case development offers an excellent (if generally unwanted) lesson in the difference between “simple” and “easy.”

It’s not a complicated question: why give? (And if it leads you to complicated answers, your work may not be done.) Yet simple as the task may be, case development challenges us to probe the depths of our donors’ hearts and minds and capture the essence of our mission and work in a clear and straightforward proposition that anyone can understand.

Annual Giving, Communications Strategies, Fundraising Communications

Case Development 101
Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00 p.m. CT

A powerful case for support empowers you to speak to the values and passions that drive your donors and communicate the essence of your mission and plans. Yet many organizations struggle to see themselves from their donors’ perspectives. This session seeks to help you step outside your organizational mindset by beginning with a fundamental question: Who are your donors and what do they care about?  From there, we will discuss how your organization can develop focused messages to reach your donors’ hearts and minds.

Presenters:
Andrew Brommel, Director, Communications Consulting, Campbell & Company
Jeff Wilklow, Vice President, Campbell & Company

Learning Objectives:
Perfect for Executive leaders, development leaders, marketing and communications staff and volunteer leaders.
We will answer the following key questions:
  • What is the case for support?
  • Who are your donors and what do they care about?
  • How can you develop messages that reach your donors’ hearts and minds?
  • How can you build consensus around your case?
  • How can you make full use of your case for support?
  • How can you craft powerful case language?
Registration:  $75 / registrant; free for Campbell & Company Friends and Family (just contact us for a coupon code!)

Register Now for Case Development 101!

Fundraising Communications