53. Unleashing The Power of Communication in Your Nonprofit



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About this episode

Understanding the power of words in the social sector is crucial for nonprofit organizations. Choosing and using the right language in communications can mean the difference between engaging supporters or repelling them.

A strong message not only gets noticed but also deepens connections with audiences and propels them to take action, ultimately leading to increased revenue and greater impact. It is essential for non-profit leaders to appreciate the energetic impact of words and harness their potential to shape beliefs and actions.

In this episode of The Intentional Fundraiser podcast, Erica Barnhart and I talk about the significance of combining the familiar with the novel in language usage. By crafting messages that resonate with the audience's reticular activating system, organizations can increase their potential for understanding and mobilizing support for their cause. Being mindful of word choice helps non-profits create grooves in people's minds, allowing them to better communicate their mission and connect with their audience effectively.

Erica emphasizes the importance of clear and concise messaging. With tailored communication strategies, #nonprofits can increase engagement, revenue, and impact. 

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Our guest

Erica Barnhart, Founder & CEO, Claxon


"What do you want to be known for?"

– Erica Barnhart, Founder & CEO, Claxon


Resources mentioned in this episode   

Pitchfalls: why bad pitches happen to good people by Erica Mills Barnhart by Erica Mills

Recharge: Energize your employees one word at a time

Great Mission. Bad Statement.

Free DIY Resources from Claxon

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World by Margaret J. Wheatley

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Communicate for Good Podcast

The Wordifier


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