Nonprofit Writing 101: Fundraising to Social Media

Special Writing for Special Causes

We have all received a fundraising appeal that went right to our heart with its direct language, touching stories, and a call to action we could not resist.

So who does that writing? A small army of people could be writing for a nonprofit, from copywriters to grant writers, to people specializing in social media content. Today's nonprofit writer has to cover a lot of bases and be technically proficient as well. Content, from letters to Facebook posts, rules the nonprofit world just as surely as it does the commercial sphere.

Here are some guidelines, tips, and samples that you and your staff can draw on to make you best pitches to the people who support you.

Writing to Fundraise

Autism Speaks Fundraising Event.
Autism Speaks

Fundraising is the center of your nonprofit life. Most donations are made by individuals, not companies, not foundations. Being able to reach your donors' hearts makes all the difference. Check out these guides to writing for donors.

Writing for Nonprofit Public Relations/Marketing

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Just because we live in a social media world doesn't mean that all the older forms of media have disappeared. You'll need to be muti-dimensional and keep writing like a PR/marketing pro. These articles will help you be a PR ninja.

Grant Writing

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Grant writers should participate in developing the overall communications plan for their organizations. Getty Images

Although grant writing is not a financial cure-all, most successful charities do include grants in their fundraising plans. Writing an effective grant proposal is both an art and a science. Dig in with these tips.

Writing for Social Media

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Writers today have had to add social media skills to their toolboxes. Don't underestimate the care needed for social media, from Facebook to Mobile.  It requires writing talent, the ability to strategize, and technical know-how.  Here's how to do it all well.

Email Writing

Save the Children raises funds with a matching gift appeal.
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Email is so not dead! It is, in fact, one of the most efficient ways to market anything, including good causes. Email is useful for newsletters, fundraising appeals, and thank you notes. Here are some ways to make the most of are some ways to make the most of your charity's email.