6 Fundraising Mistakes Nonprofits Make with Their Donors

The strength and wellbeing of a nonprofit organization relies on the effectiveness of its fundraising efforts. Most nonprofits are passionate about their cause and eager to make an impact. However, when you’re trying to accomplish big things, mistakes are easy to make. Fundraising is hard work and making mistakes is inevitable, but you can still […]

6 Steps for Creating Videos to Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

More than half of the content on the Internet today is video. If your nonprofit isn’t already using video to tell your story, you should be! Video is not only great for your fundraising efforts, it can also be used for marketing and awareness, member development and relations, and advocacy. Video storytelling engages viewers and […]

6 Ways to Inspire Creativity in Your Brainstorming Session

Brainstorming is a great creative thinking technique. It can help organizations identify problems, find opportunities for doing things more effectively, and achieve better results. Getting a group to think creatively can open doors for discovery and invention. However, inspiring creativity in your team isn’t always easy. Here are six ways to enhance your next brainstorming […]

DNA Presents to Clemson University Students

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), the Upstate’s leading marketing and public relations firm for nonprofits, presented to a class of Clemson University communication studies students about stakeholder communications on March 3. “Presenting to a class that I was sitting in as a student just two years ago is such a surreal feeling,” said Katie Ward, Account […]

How Nonprofit Technology Trends will Impact Fundraising in 2014

New technologies are transforming the way organizations fundraise and engage with donors. Nonprofit technologies will continue to evolve this year, opening up opportunities for organizations to use new tools and strategies to enhance donor communication and gain support. The future of fundraising will be focused on providing donors with easy and accessible ways to support, […]

DNA Presents at SCANPO Nonprofit Conference in Charleston

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), the Upstate’s leading marketing and public relations firm for nonprofits, presented Get Your Nonprofit House in Order: Human Resources and Finance Strategies at the 2014 South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) Summit in February. “Due to the success of this presentation during our Shine the Light on Your Nonprofit session […]

DNA Presents to SC Recreation and Parks Association in Greer

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), the Upstate’s leading marketing and public relations firm for nonprofits, presented Telling and Selling Your Story to the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association (SCRPA) at their Southern Leisure Management and Trends Conference in Greer. “We were honored to address this group of statewide leaders,” said Debbie Nelson, founder and president […]

What more can I do?

Attending a professional organization meeting last Wednesday with my husband was a real treat for me. He always comes home after hearing the monthly speaker and is re-energized, re-focused and re-born at times. To my delight, the closed group offered to allow spouses to join the December gathering and hear their national organization’s Speaker-of-the-Year deliver […]

10 Reasons We are Thankful at DNA

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we decided to share our “thankfulness” in the office for all of the support and guidance we received this year during our Shine the Light workshops. Everyone feels the urge to give back around this time, so we want to recognize those who gave to us year-around, allowing us to […]

Pulling An “All-Nighter” For Upstate Nonprofits

Here at DNA Creative Communications, we’re always in the spirit of giving – even in the “off-holiday seasons.” DNA has dedicated many hours of pro bono work to nonprofits since our creation in 1997. Annually, DNA offers our Live Here Give Here (LHGH) program in which we partner with a nonprofit to donate our time […]

DNA Receives Six SCIABC 2013 Palmetto Awards

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), a Greenville public relations and marketing firm, received six awards from the South Carolina chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (SCIABC) on November 7 in Columbia, SC. “We are humbled and honored to have been recognized with six outstanding awards from the SCIABC,” said Debbie Nelson, president and founder […]

Non-profits Unite! It’s a Revolution!

David La Piana’s book’s title: The Non-profit Strategy Revolution seemed like a promise I had heard before. Having served on non-profit boards and suffered through traditional strategic planning processes that guaranteed better results, I was skeptical. It was the subtitle that made me open the book: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World. Early in […]

2013 Upstate CreateAthon Participants Announced

DNA Creative Communications Provides Free Marketing to Three Upstate Non-profits in 24 Hours DNA Creative Communications (DNA), a Greenville public relations and marketing firm, announces Greer Community Ministries, Greenville County Youth Orchestras and REACH Upstate as the 2013 Upstate CreateAthon participants. The 24-hour event will be held on October 24 & 25, 2013. “DNA has […]

The Non-profit Press Conference: “Will you be on the 6:00 news?”

Do you remember the classic movie line “If you build it, he will come” from the 1989 American fantasy-drama, Field of Dreams? Farmer Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, hears a voice and sees a baseball diamond where his cornfield stands. The “he” that is being referred to is none other than Pickens-born, Shoeless Joe […]

The Importance of Social Media Listening

With today’s technological advances, communications professionals can “listen” with more than just their ears. Social media provides those in the public relations field with information we couldn’t gather in traditional ways, such as time of day, day of week, demographics, and negative and positive correlations. Certain programs have enhanced the insights we use to evaluate […]