Mobile App for Missionaries

I can’t believe it’s been almost three years since I first started work on DonorElf. And in that time I have made over 1,000 updates to it (1,098 to be exact). Needless to say, DonorElf has changed a lot over the years as I have constantly been tweaking and adding new features to it. One …

Writing a Support Letter eBook

Over the past few months, we have published a series of articles sharing how a missionary can effectively write support letters. We’ve covered suggestions for what to share in those letters, tips on writing in general, and even some guides to designing them. Now we have combined all these articles into a single eBook to …

Writing a Support Letter: Print vs. Email—Review the Options

Many organizations have a system for sending newsletters already in place. But let’s consider the pros and cons of print vs. email newsletters. Pros for print Print letters are often nice for your supporters to receive. There’s that tangible reminder of you that they have in their hands. It’s like how so many people prefer …

Writing a Support Letter: Remember CRAP Design Principles

Most of us haven’t taken a design course. So here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when you’re putting together your newsletter. Your design should use CRAP: 1.    Contrast Contrast means you need to make different items different. Design that makes items look similar but slightly different just makes your design look …

Writing a Support Letter: Make Your Letter Look Readable

You don’t have to be a designer to know a good-looking newsletter when you see one. And newsletters that are nice to look at make them more compelling to read. Even if you use mainly text, you can make it look nice. The basic idea is: Make it visually accessible. Keep paragraphs and articles shorter …

Writing a Support Letter: Comma[n] Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Here are some common grammar mistakes involving commas with explanations of the rules, so you can make fewer mistakes — at least in the grammar department. Comma splice Two complete sentences cannot be merged with a mere comma. Incorrect: This song is awesome, it’s one of my favorites. You can use …

Writing a Support Letter: Write First, Edit Later

This is a mantra among writers, especially in the creative realm. There are two main reasons to write first and edit later. 1. Your inner writer needs the space and freedom to say what she or he needs to say. Sometimes you need to write badly for a while to get through to what you’re …

Writing a Support Letter: Think of Your Readers While You Write

Your readers are real people. You need to remember that when you’re writing. They’re busy. They won’t read something that bores them. They read things that interest them. It may be because of art, information, relationship, or just curiosity. You need to work to capture their attention. Writing to your audience is a key skill …