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Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

A recent day-trip to Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in far south San Antonio reminded me how beautiful blooming cactus can be. I was so inspired by my visit, I created a brief YouTube video collage of my Instagram photographs and Vines. Click on the prickly pear above to reach it.

This spring, I have been experimenting with YouTube and building my presence on that platform. Admittedly, it is a work in progress, but you might enjoy seeing my page by following this link. I can definitely see how one can recap events of all kinds; thank donors, sponsors and volunteers; and share information about your mission and services. As the world increasingly prefers visual information, it makes sense for nonprofit organizations to adopt ways to visualize their activities, and thereby communicate more effectively.

That is not to say in-depth written discussions are no longer important. This blog is a testament to the fact that reading and more lengthy discussions are essential for conveying critical information.

But how do you “capture” someone’s attention and draw them to your cause? Clever visual presentations are a bit like fishing. Once you have the attention of your reader with an enticing visual “hook,” you can draw them in!

I enjoyed volunteering during the 15NTC. Click on the image to reach collaborative notes taken during the conference.

I enjoyed volunteering during the 15NTC. This Instagram was taken while we were stuffing gift bags for attendees. Click on the image to reach links to helpful collaborative notes taken during the conference.

I enjoyed speaking during the 2015 NTC WordPress Day at the Austin Convention Center. Thanks to those who attended. My slide deck is now on SlideShare. I also wrote an article about how I began blogging, and you can find it by following this link.

I created a YouTube Video Editor “collage” about my experience during the 15NTC. You can also view it by following this link.

Questions? Contact me using the secure contact form on this blog.

ABOUT THIS BLOG

Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog is based on my experiences in the nonprofit sector both as a staff member and as a volunteer. Throughout this website, I discuss my most challenging and rewarding experiences. By sharing this information, I hope you will gain confidence in tackling your fundraising challenges!

Thank you for visiting,

Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE

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