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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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Annual Reports: Print vs. Online

In our last post we looked at the evolution of content in an annual report. Today we turn to examine how the rise of online and mobile content is impacting the annual report. These days, there is a major push towards using both print and online reports. In a recent survey cited in this post,…

Annual Report Trends: Less is More

In our last two blog posts we looked at engaging content and the debate between print and online formats. today we look at the trend of brevity. Many organizations are producing a one page online report or a postcard report. This gives donors a simplified report and makes the organization really examine the core of…

Benefits of Maintaining Your Website

According to Forbes, today WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day. (1) Developers are consistently addressing the needs of companies who use WordPress content management system (CMS) as their company’s website development platform. However, after the company spends thousands, or…

Using Visual Patterns in Website Design

Any small business or nonprofit with a website wants to make sure their message is clear and easy for users to process. Fortunately, it’s possible to predict how users will read your website. We enjoyed this recent article from Creative Bloq about the science of eye movement and visual patterns in website design. The article…

Theme is Postcards for Annual Report

Over the past month, we’ve been looking at Annual Reports, starting with a series on trends in reports and sharing the gratitude report we did for the Baltimore Child Abuse Center. Today we will be looking at the 2013 Annual Report we did for Blue Water Baltimore. We wanted the annual report to fit the…

Website Maintenance

Website Maintenance Plans We design our website maintenance plans specifically for businesses who want their website to be running the most up to date versions of WordPress and associated plugins. Additionally, we offer services including but not limited to: content editing; SEO monitoring, review, and maintenance; and security reviews. Our services help our clients avoid…

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