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Donors the Focus of Gratitude Report

This week Redstart Creative kicked off a blog series on Annual Reports. With that topic in mind, we would like to share the recent gratitude report we did for the Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC). This report puts the donor front and center. The title, the content, and the cover image directly engage donors and…

Trends in Annual Reports: Content

Annual reports are a staple of an organization’s end-of-year work load. They are a valuable tool to communicate to donors and funders. As we saw with the annual appeal, annual reports have evolved over the years. In this blog series, we will review some of the current trends in Annual Report design as well as…

PGCRC Launches New Website

Redstart Creative recently worked with the Prince George’s Child Resource Center (PGCRC) to create a brand new website. At the start of the project, PGCRC identified their goals: • create an updated look, • increase functionality, and • be able to edit internally. The site was designed to have large photos on the home page…

Mobile Optimization: The Next Step

This post is a guest blog from Jenn Pak of PakComm. Within the last decade, a rapid evolution has occurred for a small businesses and nonprofit organizations. A new way of marketing, never seen before, has rapidly forced its way into our culture and changed the face of business entirely – digital and Internet marketing.…

Thank You from Redstart Creative!

(Top Row: Ally B., Laura, George, Paris, Bottom Row: Jenn P., Rebecca, Edward, Gretchen) Time flies when you are having fun. When I started Redstart Creative in 2009 I could never have imagined how we would grow and all the wonderful team members and clients I would work with. I started out with the mission…

Annual Appeals: Acknowledgement Ideas

In our previous two blogs on annual appeals, we looked at how to reach the right people and entice them to open your letter, and alternate donation formats. Today we will look at innovative ways to thank your contributors and keep them engaged throughout the year, increasing the chances that they will then contribute to…

Annual Appeals: Trends in Giving

We are continuing on with our look at Annual Appeals. Last time, we discussed mailing lists and envelope design. Today, we will look at new trends in giving. The typical form of giving is to a general fund or a specific project. Today, there are other ways collect donations and reenergize your donor relationships. One…

Annual Appeals: Lists and Envelopes

To get donations from your appeal, you first need to get prospective donors to open your letter. Getting to this step includes consideration of two factors, your donor list and the envelope used to enclose your letter. Is the letter going to the right people and will it stand out in their daily pile of…

Annual Appeals: Trends and Tips

There is no denying that it is fall already. The air is crisper, kids are back in school, and cookouts have switched over to tailgates. The change in season also means it is time for most non-profits to turn their attentions to their annual appeals. This long-standing staple of fundraising comes in many forms to…

Redstart Creative Fall Service Day

Last Saturday, September 27, Redstart Creative staff and family members joined with Blue Water Baltimore, to plant trees at the Forest Park Golf Course in Baltimore. Twice a year Redstart Creative organizes a service day in the community – one in September to honor September 11th and another in January to honor Martin Luther King…

Finding the Right Look: Logo Design

This spring, Redstart Creative began work with My Heroes Network on a comprehensive branding and website package through our Jumpstart Program. Throughout this project we will be blogging on the process. Check out our first two blogs announcing them as the winner and the renaming effort. Next up is the logo… Logo design is an exciting…

Redstart Creative has New Certifications

There are many incentives for a business or nonprofit to work with minority owned businesses. An increasing number of organizations have requirements to utilize such business for a certain percentage of their outside contracting. It is also possible to receive tax incentives for utilizing minority owned businesses.(1) We here at Redstart Creative are very excited…

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