Guidelines For Writing NBB Blogs

Screen shot 2014-06-17 at 12.19.03 PMWe’ve assembled some great writers and thinkers, like Joel Widmer, Shannon Litton, and Daniel White as our regular contributors, with some great part-time writers and guest-posters as well. As we officially launch this NBB site, I like to make the guidelines and suggestions known for what we’re looking for and trying to accomplish for each blog.

Dear blogger: Here’s what you need to know when writing for NonBoardBoard (NBB)

1) It’s OK to mention Jesus in your post. Most of the focus of NBB is on the business side of running a non profit. However, that shouldn’t make us forget the ‘why’ of what we’re doing.  Some guy 2,000 years ago worked hard to make sandals that helped the disciples walk farther and longer to reach more people with the gospel.  Even though he didn’t have a glamorous job, he was still very important at helping the disciples do what they do better.  The same goes for us.  We share our ‘non-glamorous’ expertise in skills like social media, accounting, efficiency, strategic planning, networking, etc, so that these leaders and their nonprofits can go out and preach the gospel, serve the widows and the orphans, heal the sick, rescue the slaves, and make an impact on the world.

2) It’s OK to mention mistakes in your post.  One of the driving goals of NBB is to remind leaders it’s OK for them not to know everything, and part of that is admitting mistakes.  In the ‘about’ section, I admit one of my mistakes that almost stopped NonBoardBoard before it really got started.  The important thing is that if you do make a mistake, you fix it, you improve, and you go on to make an even bigger impact. Read More

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An Easy (and Free) Way To Explain Your Nonprofit To The World

Adobe just announced the launch of a new piece of software that will be a game-changer for nonprofits.

It’s called Adobe Voice

It’s free. It works on only on your iPad (for now)  and unlike the rest of their products, it’s incredibly simple to use.

The free app makes it easy to create explainer videos. Explainer videos are short, simple videos used to tell a story,  explain a cause or capture the voice of your nonprofit.

Up until now, videos like this could cost a few hundred dollars to several thousand for a custom video. But with Adobe voice, your nonprofit can have your video created and sending to your audience in a day! Click the link below to watch the video:

http://youtu.be/fnS4VhEj0Z4

A Conversation with Barrett Ward of fashionABLE and Mocha Club

Screen shot 2014-05-30 at 12.46.00 PMI recently had a chance to chat with our June 20 speaker, Barrett Ward, founder/president of fashionABLE, and founder and former director of Mocha Club, and was intrigued by his approach to fundraising.

One of the things I find very interesting about Barrett’s approach is how, when it came to Mocha Club, he talked about the donor first.  Obviously, helping those in need in Africa is very important, but sometimes your differentiation as a nonprofit can occur from the donor side. In the case of Mocha Club, he saw this under developed resource, young donors, and found a way to engage them.  Other, more established non profits brushed off the idea of young donors, but by using some creativity, he was able to show those donors how they could make a big discount with relatively small amounts of money.

In your nonprofit, how do you approach under utilized donors? Read More

Two Easy Ways To Make Cool, Sharable Graphics

TorresReisSocial media has tremendous upside. But it sure eats up a ton of content! One of the biggest challenges we face as non-profit marketers is how do we effectively communicate in the social media space and balance the content demands. When so much of social is visual, how do you create great looking graphics and social media shareables without constantly sending work to a designer?

One of my favorite iPhone apps is WordSwag. WordSwag allows you to create quick and great looking shareable graphics, all you need is a quote. For example, Beth Torres, CEO of Make A Wish Middle Tennessee, recently spoke at our @NonBoardBoard meeting and many of her quotes struck me, here’s one that I created a shareable from in about 30 seconds:

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May 16- Creating A Culture of Gratitude- Beth Torres

Screen shot 2013-08-07 at 5.31.52 PMIs “Gratitude” a legitimate non-profit business concept? How can Gratitude positively drive business strategy, board management, staff management, and community engagement?

Beth Torres will reveal the truth that the power of Gratitude is something  all nonprofits can use to create a point of difference.  For location, time and details, click here.

Beth Torres has been the President and CEO of Make A Wish Middle Tennessee for the past two years.  Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Event Funding and Development for Junior Achievement.  She is a fan of the best sports conference in America, and likely the world, The Big Ten.  You can follow her on twitter here: @_beth_torres

A Love of Running and a Fear of Failure

The following is a guest post from NBBer Isaac Ezell, Senior Regional Representative at HOPE International

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My name is Isaac and I love to run. Really, I do. In the afternoon at the end of a long day of work I love to lace up my shoes walk out the front door and go. The feeling of the wind blowing in my hair and the ground retreating behind me as I spread my legs for each stride is electrifying. Now don’t get me wrong, my relationship with running did not start out that way. If you were to go back in time and ask the Isaac of 3 years ago if he loved to run he would looked at you like you were crazy.   Read More


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