Category Archives: Social Responsibility

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


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.

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


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. 

Now Available: New Independent Publishing Resources for Changemakers

ebookLooking for a new way to attract and engage prospective donors, clients, or customers? Today’s audiences often bypass traditional fundraising or advertising. Instead, they want relevant and useful content that they can act on right away. Are you offering them that?

A book or e-book (maybe even a “free-mium”) is a great way to share your experience and insights, bring more visibility to your cause or organization, and establish yourself as a passionate and credible “author”-ity in your field.

Vital components of your overall marketing strategy, books and e-books can be recycled across many communication and fundraising channels (online and offline). You’ll make a winning impression when you can say: “We wrote the book on that topic!”

With e-books and books so easy to create these days, what’s holding you back? And how can you make them work for your organization?

My website now houses lots of great new resources for current and emerging self-publishers—especially leaders of social sector organizations:

Conference call: Independent Publishing for the Changemaker: Advice on how to use this ultimate marketing technique: what’s involved and how to get started (handout plus recording)

Webinar slides:

  • Publishing Your Ebook for Greater Business Impact
  • Thinking About Hiring an Independent Editor? Start Here!

Detailed handouts:

  • The right team for the indie publishing process
  • Where to find an independent editor: professional associations
  • Websites of interest to the indie writer/publisher

Download your copies HERE.

This Valentine’s Day, Share Some Words of Love @vday

Valentine-NoteAh….Valentine’s Day. The most popular day of the year for expressing love and appreciation. A brief, heartfelt card or note (even an email) can go a long way and really give new meaning to “writing to make a difference” by making someone’s day — today or any day.

I also wanted to commemorate V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. I am one of the 1 billion women and men rising up in this movement in over 200 countries. We’re all taking a stand and many of us are dancing together to a special song called “Break the Chain”. (Yep, I like dancing in my free time). You can learn more about this movement and/or donate  HERE.

Please take a moment to share some words of love today. We all need it!


3/5: (FREE) Writing Wednesdays: Importance of Graphic Design to Complement Your Writing

writing_wednesdays_jpegAs a writer, you probably already know that good graphic design can supersize the impact of your message. On the March 5 call, we spoke with seasoned graphic designer from Design Action–Nadia Khastagir. We focused on the print medium and talked about how design interacts with text. We learned that good design practices will not compete with the content, but bring it to life. We looked at some samples of various outreach and fundraising materials that illuminated the conversation.

The recording is now available: HERE.

nadia kAbout Nadia Khastagir:

Nadia Khastagir is a co-owner/graphic designer at Design Action Collective. Design Action provides creative communication services for the movement for social justice. Founded in 2002, Design Action has grown to an 11-person multilingual print design and web design and development service. Nadia has been with Design Action since 2003 and has worked in the print medium for 25 years.

To learn more, read Nadia’s guest post.

Special Offer: Design Action Collective is generously offering 15% off graphic design services to all Writing Wednesdays participants. This offer expires December 31,  2014.

The images for our conference call are located HERE.