The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 250 communities located in 80 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $269 million in Nebraska since 1994.
Most NCF affiliated funds do not produce and mail printed newsletters because it can be costly and time-consuming. Some, like the McCook Community Foundation Fund, include a brief news update inserted into other organizational newsletters, such as a high school alumni newsletter.
Other affiliated funds are moving toward Web-based newsletters.
If you do choose to produce a printed newsletter here are some tips on writing and editing:
A newsletter should provide “news.”
It should not read like a piece of promotion.
Keep your audience in mind.
What is relevant to them? What is important? Will they want to receive your newsletter?
Determine how often you will publish.
Will you have enough news to share and time to put it together?
Establish a format.
You may want to always include certain content elements:
A message from the chair
Tips on planned giving
Progress on major projects
Good writing comes first.
An attractive design won’t make up for poor storytelling and bad grammar.
Al Svajgr has been involved in cattle feeding, ranching, farming and banking in Dawson County, at Cozad, since 1977. He was chairman of the Beef Board, a national group of beef producers, so the gift made perfect sense. “All the gain I had in those animals would have been taxable if I’d sold them and then made a cash donation,” he said. “This way, I was able to give more value, because I didn’t have to pay taxes on the capital gains.”Read more →