Category Archives: Social Responsibility

Grad Gift Pack: Get your social sector career off to a great start!

grad capDo you know a recent graduate interested in the nonprofit or social enterprise sector? (Hey, that recent graduate might even be you!)

Now that the caps have all been tossed in the air, it may be time to start focusing on the next step. If so, you’re in the right place.

Great writing is CRUCIAL to success in the social sector (nonprofits, foundations, green businesses, and the like). Improve your writing and you’ll boost the effectiveness of your fundraising, marketing, program development, or organizational management. You’ll also become an “authority” (the root of that word is “author”).

But few of us know how to share our work with the world in the most effective and efficient way. That’s where I can help.

Through August 31, I am offering a special Grad Gift Pack, which includes:

A) 20% off your paperback or e-book copy of Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact. This “portable writing coach for social change” is filled with solid advice, examples, bonus tips, and writing exercises designed to get you in the writing groove — no matter what position you get at an organization. Continue reading

Eco-Persuasion: A Model for Connecting with Your Audience

green earth[Dalya's Note: This guest post was written by Patricia Dines. She is a freelance writer who's been inspiring constructive eco-action for 20+ years and can be found at www.patriciadines.info or www.askecogirl.info.]

In my conversations with people about eco-action, one common question they have is how to talk with folks who don’t care about their issue, or worse, respond in non-factual and argumentative ways.

Understandably, most of us want to avoid conflict, keep conversations agreeable, and steer clear of the strident activist tone that turns people away.

However, simply skipping these discussions can leave us feeling unsatisfied, because we know that literally life and death is at stake for so many people, animals, ecosystems, and the planet itself.

So how can we communicate about these issues both pleasantly and effectively, and, through that, help our culture cheerfully shift from eco-destruction to eco-sanity?

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5/7: (FREE) Writing Wednesdays: Growing Community through Blogging (with a Special Guest)

writing_wednesdays_jpeg Special Guest Allison Jones spoke about the launch of Idealist Careers–a blog by Idealist.org that helps jobseekers find, land, and love their social impact careers. Allison reviewed the reasons for the launch, challenges in maintaining the blog, successes for the blog and Idealist, and best practices for organizations interested in blogging for the communities they serve. You can apply these lessons to your own blogging work!

The recording is now available: HERE.

Allison JonesAbout Allison Jones:

Allison is passionate about connecting people to the resources they need to change the world. In her current role as Editor, she engages the Idealist community on social media and manages IdealistCareers.org. When not working, she’s blogging about how Millennials can create careers that make a difference at allisonj.org, exploring her New Jersey neighborhood by foot, and making a mess in her kitchen. Drop her an email if you want to chat about careers, the social sector, and social media–allison [at] idealist [dot] org. Continue reading

4/16: Free Webinar: Grantwriter as Strategic Leader: Your Crucial Role

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Please join me on Wednesday, April 16 @ 12-1pm PST as we discuss “Grantwriters as Strategic Leaders.”

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As a grant professional, you are perfectly positioned to help your organization plan strategically for its grantseeking future. You are the knowledgeable guide who can lead executive and program staff to design work that is attractive to grantmakers. In this webinar, we will discuss ways to “rally the troops” while staying calm, cool, and collected. This is a sneak peek at the 4-week Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program.

Takeaways:
1. How to make sure everyone is on the same page
2. What questions to ask to get the information you need
3. Examples of strategizing with staff – before , during, or after the grant award

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(FREE) Giftworks Webinar on 3/25: Web Writing that Gets Noticed

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Thanks for joining me and GiftWorks for a free webinar on Tuesday, March 25. If you weren’t able to attend, you can still access the webinar.

Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But that site must contain content that your users really want to engage with and can find with ease! Your website is a key part of your organization’s outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This workshop offers you plenty of tips and techniques to make sure your content is web reader-friendly, while it stresses your impact.