It’s the start of a new year! As we start off, don’t forget about your annual report — it’s a great way to show off your organization’s accomplishments from the year before to current and potential supporters. Check out these tips and resources:
- As always, start with a checklist to make sure you don’t leave anything out. You can stay organized with this Annual Report Checklist.
- As your organization decides what to include, be sure to benefit from the advice in Talking to Ourselves: A Critical Look at Annual Reports in Private Foundation Communications.
- Integrating visuals, such as charts, graphs, and maps will make your annual report more compelling and easier for stakeholders to read and understand. Check out A Consumer Guide to Low-Cost Data Visualization Tools for help creating compelling visuals for any publication.
- Demonstrate your organization’s value by including program, fundraising, or organizational evaluations in your annual report. The Eight Hour Outcomes Measurement Process helps break down important performance metrics.
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