Today, the Nonprofit MarCommunity is one year old. In some ways, I can’t believe a year has passed already and in others, I find it hard to believe the blog is only one year old. To mark our first birthday, I wanted to recognize our contributors, share some of our most popular posts and ask for your thoughts and wishes for our second year.


Our community of contributors

The breadth and depth of the information we share on our blog is made possible thanks to a group of very busy people who are willing to write for us. We’ve been fortunate to have 27 guest bloggers write for us in the last year, with new bloggers already lined up to write in the coming months. Thank you to all of our year one contributors:

Adriane Beaudry
Alexandra Axel
Amy Sept
Angela de Burger
Bianca Freedman
Donnie Claudino
Farah Ng
James Howe
Janet McCausland
Janice Babineau
Jason Shim
Katherine Moffat
Katie Ostler
Kirsty Boden
Kristen Gramigna
Linda Alberts
Marco Campana
Mark Hallman
Marnie Grona
Mike Mella
Sarah Anderson
Sherry Calder
Sue Derby
Suzanne Hallsworth
Thadshiga Jayaseelan
Vanessa Chase
Whitney Binns
Thank you also to the many individuals and nonprofits who have shared insights and experiences through expert interviews and case studies!


Our most popular content

Our most popular (most viewed) posts of the past year are very diverse. This reinforces the assumption that readers need help with the many facets of their roles. Here are our top 10 posts of year one:

    1. How to create a media kit for your nonprofit
    2. The secret to writing better ‘Donate’ and ‘Volunteer’ pages
    3. Sixteen nonprofit blog post ideas
    4. Social media planning for nonprofits
    5. How to set up your Google Grants account
    6. How to sell a nonprofit marketing plan to your board
    7. Five steps to getting noticed on LinkedIn
    8. Interview questions for writing donor and volunteer profiles
    9. Nine steps to developing nonprofit blog editorial guidelines
    10. 8 things nonprofit communicators will stop doing in 2014

Actually, at the very top of the list was The role of marketing in nonprofit organizations [#NPMC Chat]. I didn’t include it above because rather than a normal blog post, it was one of our posts designed to promote the monthly #NPMC Twitter chat. It likely reached #1 status because of the heavy promotion and tweeting around the chat, but it’s still important to note that folks are very interested in the role of marketing in our sector!


Looking ahead to our second year

As we move into our second year, I would to thank you, our readers. Knowing that this blog is helping you to connect and learn from one another – and helping you with your day-to-day work – is what keeps the Nonprofit MarCommunity going. I appreciate every visit, every share, like and retweet. And it makes my day and energizes me to keep facilitating this information sharing when I hear positive feedback, like this gem that has already come in from the reader survey:

“I subscribe to 5 or 10 professional blogs and email lists, and this is by far the most relevant to me as a one-person communications department for a small-to-midsize organization.”

Do you agree? I’d like to ensure that the Nonprofit MarCommunity blog keeps improving and keeps meeting the needs of our readers. So please help shape year two by completing our super-quick reader survey – it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes and your feedback is invaluable.

Year two, here we come!

Marlene Oliveira

Marlene Oliveira

Communications advisor and copywriter at moflow
Marlene Oliveira is communications consultant and copywriter at moflow and founder of the Nonprofit MarCommunity blog. Having worked in the nonprofit sector since 1999, Marlene specializes in working with capacity building and grant-making organizations, advising on communications strategy, and writing stories and other content.
Marlene Oliveira
Marlene Oliveira