8 Ways AI Can Help You Create Better, More Engaging Content

8 Ways AI Can Help You Create Better, More Engaging Content

8 Ways AI Can Help You Create Better, More Engaging Content

This blog post was written with the support of Tailwind’s AI Lab. It helped generate the outline and I wrote out the details. 

Creating content that is high-quality and executed consistently can be difficult. It takes time to produce and ensure that it is providing value to your audience and generating results for your organization. Using AI can help you streamline some of the process, however it isn’t a copy paste situation. For example, AI helped me generate this blog post, but this introduction is all my own words.

Generating Headlines with AI

Your headline is what encourages people to read your content. Similarly to your email subject line, your headline is crucial. If they don’t think the content will be valuable to them they won’t even click in to see your hard work.

There are two ways you can approach this. The first is write the post first and ask AI to generate headlines from that post you’ve already written. The second is to use AI to help you come up with ideas.

Prompt tip #1Write me 10 blog headlines that can teach small to medium sized nonprofits how to use AI with their content marketing.

When you have multiple ideas generated it makes it easier to pick the one that you think would fit with your ideal audience. Remember to still make it your own!

Prompt tip #2: Take the following text and generate 10 headlines for it for a blog post. Use the keyword ‘AI and content marketing’ 

Identifying Relevant Topics and Keywords

Your content only makes an impact if it connects with your audience. AI can help you find the right topics and keywords people will get excited about. They can also analyze the content you’ve already created and help you bake it even better.

Prompt tip #1: Our target audience is nonprofit executives with budgets under $1 million. They are struggling with time management and consistency in funding. What topics would be helpful?

Prompt tip#2: Analyze these blog posts and give me 5-10 topics a nonprofit leader would also be interested in.

In this case you’ll want to include the text from some of your top performing pieces of content.

Creating Unique Content with AI

The more specific you get with your prompts the easier it will be to use AI to create ideas that are uniquely yours. It’s important to have your ideal audience, voice and goals in mind as you create your prompts.

Unique content will help you stand out amongst other nonprofits that are doing similar work and keep you front and center as a thought leader and/or expert in your cause. It will also be more engaging because it will speak to your your audience. It will also make it easier to edit because it will already be in your voice.

Prompt tip: Create a blog post about using AI to help with content creation. Write it in a funny tone that makes it easy for small-medium sized nonprofit leaders to understand. Write at least 1,000 words. Create subsections followed by text. Make sure to use the keywords ‘ai for nonprofits’ ‘content marketing made easier by ai’ and ‘using ai at my nonprofit’ 

Optimizing Content for SEO with AI

Search Engine Optimization (or SEO) heps you get more visibility for your content organically. AI can help you optimize it! A few ways you can do this are having it write your meta descriptions and titles. You can also help it write your schema markup. Schema gives search engines more information about the type of information your content is. For example, if you have recipes or need to highlight authors. AI can help you generate the code to add to your website.

Prompt tip #1: Generate schema markup for this blog post

Prompt tip #2: Give me a keyword, meta description and title for this blog post

Maximizing Readability with AI

Readability is in important factor to people engaging more with your content. This includes how its formatted, the language, sentence structure, etc. It also relates to grammar and spelling. There are several tools out there that can help you with this but AI can do it all in one quick review! 

Prompt tip #1: Read this post and check it for readibility issues. This post is targetd to small-medium sized nonprofuts and should have a casual voice.

Personalizing Content with AI

With the ability to create content at lightning speed, automated content creation has revolutionized the way we produce and deliver content. However, one of the biggest criticisms of this approach is that the content can feel impersonal and robotic. This is where AI-powered content personalization comes in. By leveraging data about your audience’s preferences and behavior, AI enables you to tailor your content to their specific interests, making it more engaging and relevant.

Personalized content is not only more engaging but also more effective in building a stronger relationship with your audience. By demonstrating that you understand their needs and interests, you can build trust and loyalty. Additionally, personalized content can lead to increased conversions and sales.

We especially like taking topics that are for your broad audience and customizing it for their particular pain point. For example, you could take one topic, tips for adopting a dog, and quickly turn it into multiple pieces of content.

Tips for adopting small dogs.
Tips for adopting big dogs.
Tips for bringing a dog into a house with kids.
Tips for bringing a dog into a house with other pets. 
How to determine the right dog breed for you.

We could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.

Prompt tip #1: Write a blog post that gives someone information. on pet adoption. They want a dog that is a small breed and perfect for their small children at home. They don’t have a big yard and are nervous about having to burn too much energy.

Prompt tip #2: Write a similar blog post to this. Instead, the audience is a single person in their late 20s looking for a dog companion to take out on hikes and share in their active lifestyle.

Enhancing Visual Appeal with AI

Not AI can generate visuals, but many do! This means it is easier than ever to get the perfect images that you need to go alongside your content.

You can also ask AI to give you branding ideas by sharing information about your target audience with it. If you’re working on a rebrand, or just starting out, this can be a great place to start.

Prompt tip #1: Our audience is single moms looking for affordable after school activities for their elementary aged kids. What types of colors and fonts would appeal to this demographic, build trust and help them feel leaving their kids with us?

Prompt tip #2: Our upcoming fundraising campaign is raising funds for a STEM based afterschool program for elementary aged kids. Give me images with 3-5 students. 

Improving Content Distribution with AI

Use AI to research what platforms your ideal audience is most active on. You can then utilize it to tell you what types of content and time of day are best to share on those platforms. Finally, it can help you generate social media posts that are platform specific from your bog posts. Getting more visibility for your content is key!

Prompt tip #1: Create 3 Instagram posts with at least 10 hashtags each for this blog post.

Prompt tip #2: Our audience is men, 25-40, that are interested in mentoring elementary kids active in basketball. What social media platforms would be best to reach them?


By incorporating AI in your content strategy you can have a win-win. You can get more content out there while also being able to personalize it and better connect with your audience. Time to get out there, practice using it and give it a try!


Ways Nonprofits Can Use Volunteers For Content Creation

Ways Nonprofits Can Use Volunteers For Content Creation

Ways Nonprofits Can Use Volunteers For Content Creation

Creating content is time consuming, we won’t lie about that. However, it makes a huge impact on your organization from getting new donors to donor retention to brand awareness.

If your staff is smaller or you don’t have a dedicated marketing team then this is something that often gets put on the back burner. Since you aren’t a marketing yourself, you may not feel comfortable leveraging volunteers to help you.

There are a few key ways you can leverage volunteers to help you with things from writing blog posts, taking photos, creating social media posts, etc. To be effective, here are a few tips.

Do your research and set your strategy

It helps to know what your goals are for your content. Putting a little bit of time on the front end will allow you to be more specific with your volunteers. That means you’ll get better quality work and minimize the back and forth.

If you don’t have anyone to help you create the strategy, find a consultant that can come in, short term, to help you build it out. Creating content for the sake of content doesn’t help and just wastes time. It is well worth the investment of time and/or money to ensure you’re efforts support your goals.

Set realistic timelines

It’s always good to plan ahead with your content strategy. Having a content calendar that lines up your topics with your big rocks like events, registration periods, donor campaigns, etc will be helpful. That will all come with your strategy. 

The quickest way to burn out your volunteers is to ask for things right away. You know they’re busy and have their own work and obligations. By giving them ample time to create the content will ensure you get higher quality work. It also increases the likelihood they’ll keep supporting you in this role.

A realistic timeline can vary. Start by asking them what their situation is. It will probably mean having a variety of timelines based off of the individual volunteers. Because you’re working off of their schedule, the sooner you can identify what that is the easier you can manage the project.

Set clear expectations

The worst thing you can do is reach out to vlunteers and say, “hey, can you help us create content.” That is vague and doesn’t really convey what the acutal requirement would be in both time and skill. In fact, one piece of final content might go through multip volunteers before its even published. You might have writers, video editors, photographers, etc.

 When you reach out to volunteers be clear with what you need. For example:

  • Would you be available to take photos at our event? Here is the shot list of what we’re looking for.
  • Could you write 1-2 blog posts for us a month? They would need to be about 750 words and we’ll provide the topics for you.
  • We have a lot of video footage. Would you be able to create 2-3 30-60 second vidoes for us?

Knowing what you need and where you’ll use it will help you make a specific ask.

Get organized

Once this all gets started you’ll want to keep things organized. You’ll likely have different parts of the project coming in at different times. You’ll also want to make it easy for people to submit their stuff. Google Workspace is free for nonprofits and a great way to set this up.

This will make it easy for your volunteers to submit their materials and help you easily access when they’re ready to publish.

Identify the volunteers

Sometimes there are people you might not even consider that are great a content creation. You’ll want to ensure they have a skill set you can use so that the quality matches the work you’re doing.

Start by making a short list of the people that immediately come to mind. Reach out and have 1:1 conversations about the project you need their support on. Make sure to ask them who else they might know that would be a good fit. 

After that inital outreach, send out emails to your community to see who engages. You might be surprised! Your audience is looking for more ways to support you, they just may have not been asked in a way that aligns with their skill set and passions. Because you have all the planning and strategies in place you will be able to make a thoughtful ask with clear expectations. 

Pro Tip: This is a great opportunity to enlist Gen Z and Millenials as well!!!

Tips for consistency and project management

Undoubtedly, the hardest part of the whole thing is making sure deadlines are met and your content goes out on schedule. Here are a few tips that I recommend.

  • Create a spreadsheet with all the information in a Google Sheet or something cloud based that everyone can access. This should have all deadlines and relevant information that is updated in real time.
  • Communicate regularly. Create a weekly newsletter for your volunteers in the content space specifically. Send updates, share launches, and reminders. This weekly reminder will keep their individual tasks top of mind.
  • Push out deadlines! If you need something on the 15th of the month, make the deadline the 1st. Give yourself a buffer so you aren’t stressed and you can accomodate life.


Volunteers are a great asset for things like content creation. By setting it up appropriately you can make it less stress for you and more successful for the organization. 

How to Share Emotion In Your Content

How to Share Emotion In Your Content

How to Share Emotion In Your Content

Messaging is a critical element in the success of your marketing. When you connect the right message with the right donor you see conversions. While this is easier when you’re having one-on-one conversations, it can be trickier to do this at scale. Here are a few tips to keep handy when you are creating content that connects on an emotional level with readers.

Put Yourself in Your Audience’s Shoes

It all starts with knowing who your ideal donor is. What are their motivations? Why do they give? What are their concerns? Creating your donor avatar will help you write your content in a more personal way. When you write, pretend you’re writing directly to them.

You may have multiple donor avatars, and that’s ok. For example, your monthly donor avatar might be different from your corporate sponsor from your major donors. When it comes to creating content you will want to have a variety that speaks to different audiences.

This also comes into play when you’re crafting social media posts, email newsletters, or any other type of mass communication. Being specific in who you talk to and hitting them where they are hanging out will make your content more successful.

Craft Compelling Stories

Stories are a big part of effective marketing. They help you connect to your audience and are a much better way to communicate the incredible work you’re doing vs spouting stats and data. People also remember stories much more.

Start collecting stories from those you serve. Share the reasons board members joined your organization. Interview sponsors on how they engage with their entire team to rally for your organization. 

These stories can be in a variety of ways. You can write them down and use them as a blog. Record a video interview via Zoom. Cut up highlights to use as Reels or TikToks. Seriously consider how video will be used as it connects with viewers even faster.

Get Personal with Language

You definitely want to sound professional. Building trust with your audience is critical after all. However, when you use language that’s in first-person it feels more like you’re having a conversation with them rather then speaking at them. 

Use ‘we’ or ‘us’ instead of ‘the organization’ or ‘the nonprofit.’ Bring them in and make them feel like they are a part of your team. Which one feels more welcoming?

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Reinforce Shared Values

Donors that are in alignment with your values will stick around longer and be more engaged with your organization. It is important that you consistently share your values in your content. Remind people whey they are connected to your organization.

Craft social media posts that highlight the different values of your organization. Build in your values to your website language. Write blog posts featuring the core elements of your organization for easy reference. 

Don’t forget, sharing your values with stores helps!

Be vulnerable

Building trust is crucial, and you can do that more easily by being honest and transparent. No doubt during the growth of your oganization you’ve had ups and downs. Thoughtfully sharing where you’re at with your community can rally their support around you. It also shows authenticity and that you are open with your communication.

While you don’t want to be out there talking about all the struggles you’re having, instead, share stories about obstacles you faced and how you’ve been working through them. Or, share the solution you’re working towards and ask how people can help you fill that gap. It helps your community feel as though they are a part of the solution and your organization.


Being emotional, open and honest with your community helps drive deeper connection. Those connections keep donors coming back to support you again and again. Think about these tips and how you can connect in a deeper way. 

8 Ways Content Can Support Your Marketing

8 Ways Content Can Support Your Marketing

8 Ways Content Can Support Your Marketing

Content is essential to support your marketing. When you create content consistently it helps you generate leads, reinforce yourself as a knowledge expert, support your fundraising efforts and more.  Understanding all the benefits of content can make it easier to prioritize it as a marketing activity.

What is content anyways?

There are really two forms of content that you’ll create, short form and long form.

Long form content includes things like YouTube videos, podcast episodes, blog posts. Short form content includes social media posts, video clips, email newsletters, infographics.

Having a content strategy doesn’t mean you have to make use of all the different types of content. Instead, think about what you can create consistently. You might feel more comfortable writing or recoding audio. Maybe you feel your best on video! Then utilize the short form content to promote on all the channels you are active on.

If you’re on the fence about how a content strategy could help your business than this blog post is for you!

Reinforcing Your Brand

Your content can showcase your organizations values, goals and reinforce messaging. It allows you to connect with your audience in a way that can distinguish you from your competitor and share your unique voice.

Here are some examples of content you could create:

  • updates on your impact.
  • staff announcements or behind the scenes content.

Increase your Visibility

The more content you create the better idea search engines have about your organization and who you serve. This helps them figure out what results are best suited for the searches people make. The more information on your website the easier it is and the better it is. 

It all starts with creating an search engine optimization (SEO) strategy that is alignment with your content strategy. It doesn’t have complex, just get started.

Here are some examples of content you could create:

  • content ideas you get from keyword research.
  • basic information on what your organization does.

Building Credibility

Sharing content regularly shows people that you are an authority in your space. It allows people to get to know you and why you are the person they should trust to do this work. By sharing different elements of what you do you’ll allow people to dive deeper into your organization and truly understand your area of expertise.

Building credibility helps you build trust with those that might need to utilize your services and/or people that are thinking about donating to your organization.

Here are some examples of content you could create:

  • articles written by the experts on your staff.
  • content from your community on what it’s like to work with you.

Generating Leads

A lead can be a lot of different things. It could be someone reaching out to have a conversation about being a donor, a new vendor to help you lower your prices, someone utilizing your services, email newsletter signups, etc. Think about the leads you need to generate and create content around that.

How you capture those leads comes from the calls-to-action you include on that post as well as the content topics.

Here are some examples of content you could create:

  • donor spotlights.
  • impact stories.

Nurturing Leads

Building relationships is the cornerstone of fundraising. While the bulk of it happens offline in personal conversations, your content can be a big support in this.

People will often go to your website to dive deeper and get more information. They will also go there to get additional questions answered that they maybe forgot to ask when they were with you. Having information there for your leads to consume can help you close more deals.

Here are some examples of content you could create:

  • responses to your most commonly asked questions.
  • responses to your most common objections.

Supporting Donor Retention

Once someone has given to you the next step is to get that second (and third and fourth) gift. Your content can reinforce the reasons why they gave in the first place. Because you’ll use that content to share on all your social channels and your email marketing, this content will show up for your donors regularly and keep you top of mind.

Here are some examples of content you could create:

  • stories from your community and testimonials.
  • impact that your donors have inspired.

Encouraging Social Sharing

You go through a lot of effort to create your content. So let’s make it sharable and easy for people to do so. That will increase your visibility and exposure. All of the topics listed above are great for social sharing. There are lots of ways you can encourage this. 

  • make it easy with social share buttons on your posts.
  • use calls-to-action to encourage sharing – you get what you ask for!
  • create infographics that provide value.

Provide More Information About Your Audience

The more content you create, the more information you’ll gather. You’ll be able to see what topics your audience likes the most, what gets them to convert, and who they are. Make sure you have Google Analytics and other data trackers on your website so you can glean the info you need to make future decision.


Content can help support all areas of your organization with a little thought and care! By thinking about what you need your content to do first and then creating it can really make all the difference.


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