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getting attention 2010 Nonprofit Tagline Awards logoAre you proud of your organization’s tagline?  Does it summarize your mission in a quick and memorable little bundle?

Strut your stuff at the 2010 Nonprofit Tagline Awards.  Nancy Schwartz’s Getting Attention blog annually highlights the best collections of a few well-chosen words that organizations use to help people understand and remember their mission.  While your mission statement guides internal decision-making and provides depth of meaning to those who have decided to work or volunteer with you, a tagline helps you communicate with those who have just encountered you for the first time.

You can submit taglines in several categories – for the agency, for a program or for a fundraising or marketing campaign.n Everyone who submits a tagline gets the report when it gets published.   You can learn from the winners and maybe get inspired to overhaul your tagline.

Bring home the trophy!

[Note: There is no trophy.]

You can submit taglines in several categories – for the agency, for a program or for a fundraising or marketing campaign.

A cartoon in which one of three people at a conference table under the banner "International Human Rights Conference"  says "I think it's time we added web conferences to our list of acts of torture."

So, yes…I’m Bayer Center staff, but I would attend this event even if I weren’t! Here’s why I think you should come:

#10: Good networking opportunity – lots of nonprofit (and some for-profit) peeps in one place.  A great way to say hello to those you know and to make new friends!

#9: Food and drink.  Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres – yum!  In my mind, very necessary items for an after-work event.

#8: It’s a celebration AND fundraiser (our first ever, actually), so your ticket cost is going to a really good cause and helps us continue to help the nonprofit community.

#7: The entire Bayer Center staff will be there.  All of us in one place at the same time is a rare event in itself – we are usually all over the place, consulting, teaching, etc.

#6: Bricolage has been commissioned to create a performance especially for this event.  I don’t even know what they are doing, but I checked out their past performances/creations on their website and they do some fun and crazy stuff!  This is not-to-be-missed!

#5: No talking heads.  When we started planning this event, we swore we’d not put people through two hours of speech-making and we are sticking to that promise.

#4: We’re giving something special away to everyone who comes.  I know what it is, but I’m not telling.  You’ll like it.

#3: You’ll get to see the new August Wilson Center if you haven’t been there before.  It’s lovely!

#2: There will be cake.  Who doesn’t like cake?

#1: YOU are the reason for our success.  We want you to celebrate with us!

If you would like to RSVP, visit
We hope to see you there!!

Hot Pocket“There’s no law that says you can’t eat and blog at the same time.”

This mantra is written on the cardboard shell of one of the Mexican Taco Hot Pockets I just nuked for lunch.  No, I didn’t make that up – see pic at right for proof.

It struck me as amusing at first, but then it made me think.

I give classes and seminars to nonprofits about social media on a fairly regular basis.  And, on a fairly regular basis, the most frequent question I hear is “when are we supposed to make time to do social media?”  That’s what people say.  What I hear is “we aren’t convinced social media is worth our time.”

Think about it.  Yes, nonprofits are busy.  Super-busy in most cases, with little breathing room.  We manage, however, to make time for new programs and other activities that we have deemed to be important and mission-critical.  If social media makes your list of important and mission-critical, you’ll make time for it.  Even if that means blogging while eating (as I am doing at this very moment).

Along these lines, here’s an article with some tips on making time for social media:

flickr photo: David Michael Morris - Lecturn view

Editor’s note: I posted this quote moments after it came to my mind.  It haunted me some through the day, so I workshopped it.  I think I like this version better:

The successful presenter worries as much about what he knows the audience to want as about what he wants the audience to know.

We really aim to create conversation here on our blog, and to that end, we aim for thought-provoking topics.  Sometimes, though, more prosaic topics deserve addressing, too.

Despite the well-known dangers in assuming, I assumethat you think Word 2007’s default paragraph settings are as stupid as I do. Hence, a brief primer on changing them.

  • Open Word
  • Click on the Page Layout tab.
  • Click on the expansion arrow at the bottom right of the Paragraph group.

  • Set the Spacing After to 0 pt.  You might also want to set the line spacing to Single.  Mine defaulted to Multiple, 1.15, which seems pointless.
  • Click the Default button.  Word will ask whether you want to change the Normal template, thus setting these Paragraph settings for every new document.  Click Yes.