Back in the day, a nonprofit organization annual report was a full-team effort comprised of selecting stock images, stories, paper, and binding. ED’s and advancement professionals balanced the decision of developing an impressive report with not looking like they spent too much. The end result was a 20+page volume that only the unlucky staff member assigned to editing actually read. Thank goodness, things have changed! Josh Kligman of Yearly shares with us his expertise on bringing nonprofit annual reports to life with technology and trade secrets.
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There are likely two common denominators among your nonprofit’s supporters: 1)They want to further the good works you do! And, 2) They are pressed for time. Delivering your nonprofit organization’s annual report digitally allows them to consume the content via the channel they prefer. A video, clickable PDF, or even a social post can deliver the message of your organization’s impact. Josh clearly calls out “too must text” as the most significant mistake that nonprofits make when producing their annual report. Spice up your narrative by using media to tell your story like never before.
Josh cautions nonprofits to not produce an annual report simply because you always have. Set goals! Do you want more volunteers? Convey that need. Do you need financial support? Tell a story of transformational giving that will inspire others. Start with the end in mind by recording what you hope to achieve with your report. A digital provides easily capture data so you can track your return on investment such as clicks, donations, and views. Over time, you can produce shorter and more information-rich reports by tracking what your audience responds to.
Josh Kligman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Yearly. Josh has worked with nonprofits on annual reports, brand, and partnerships since 2011. Throughout his career, Josh has helped nearly 1,500 nonprofits create more engaging annual reports with his team’s new, digital platform. Some familiar brands include the World Wildlife Foundation, Harvard University, plus small and medium-size nonprofits across the U.S.
Prior to this, Josh advised Fortune 500 advertisers at AOL, like Wendy’s and Home Depot, to provide unique opportunities for monetizing online real estate. In addition, he also worked on accounts at ad agencies and sold radio. He received his B.A. from American University in Communications and his M.B.A. from American University in Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship.
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