America’s Charities Blog Submission Guidelines
If you are interested in submitting an article for the America’s Charities Blog, you must follow the following guidelines:
- Your post must be original and not published, in part or all, elsewhere at any other time.
- We require one-time nonexclusive reprint rights and nonexclusive archival rights for accepted articles.
- We do not offer payment for accepted articles, nor do we accept payment for the content we publish.
- The article should be between 500 and 1,500 words.
- The voice/tone should be knowledgeable, approachable and, when appropriate, include humor. We do not accept political or politicized content.
- Articles must provide data, guidance, best practices, and other information relevant to one or both of our core audiences listed below. *NOTE: Articles that speak to both target audiences are preferred and given priority status.
- Medium- to Large-Sized Businesses (5,000 employees or more): Senior executives of Human Resources, Community Relations, Corporate (Social) Responsibility (CR/CSR), Employee Giving, Information Technology, or Marketing Communications; CEOs; Chief People Officers;
- Large, National Nonprofits: Development and fundraising practitioners
- Articles must pertain to the workplace, specifically workplace giving, volunteering, employee engagement, CSR, or nonprofit fundraising through workplace employee giving, and be of interest to a broad readership.
- Use short paragraphs, subheadings, bullets, and graphics to break up your article – good examples here and here – and include a blog title/headline.
- All quoted/paraphrased information must have been a be attributed, statistics and data cited, and hyperlinks to source materials included.
- We do not accept self-promotional articles. Any article selling or otherwise promoting a specific solution, product, or service will be declined.
Send questions, submissions, and article ideas to Lindsay J.K. Nichols, America’s Charities’ vice president of marketing and communications, at email@example.com, with the subject “Guest post for America’s Charities Blog.” Submissions must include:
- A short summary of your article idea, including the intended target audience, article title, and brief outline or description.
- Do not include or attach the full article.
- We read every email that comes in, though it may take some weeks before we respond to you. Even if we choose not to publish your blog post, we will send you a response and explanation.
- Once your article idea is approved, you will be given a proposed timeline, but please note we are working several months in advance. It may take three months or more to see your article published on the America’s Charities Blog.
- Once complete, articles should be submitted to Ms. Nichols in a Word document or via Google Doc. We will track changes and send them to you for final approval. We edit to ensure consistency with our existing content, e.g., we follow AP Style, use the Oxford (serial) comma, and do not hyphenate “nonprofit.”
- Include a high-resolution graphic with your article, along with the attribution (who created the image, or the URL of the web page where it originates), at least 200×200 pixels, in jpeg or png format.
- Each article must be submitted with at least one copyright- and royalty-free image; America’s Charities cannot source this for you. All images submitted are assumed to have correct permissions.
- We encourage using graphics to help illustrate the narrative, including headers, breakouts, and infographics. Good examples are here and here.
- Include a short biography of the author, 50-75 words in length, with up to two web links, including the author’s website, as well as a high-resolution headshot, at least 100×100 pixels, in jpeg or png format.
- Once published, we will share your article with our network via our CSR Newsletter and social media channels. Please follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our CSR Newsletter.
- Please send us your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn handles so we may tag you accordingly in our posts.
- Send us any hashtags you would like us to include with our posts. If we have room, we will be happy to do so.
- We will send you the URL of your article once published and ask that you promote the published post to your stakeholders as well. Please tag us accordingly so we can amplify your posts.
For examples of pieces written by external authors and published on the America’s Charities Blog, see the following articles:
- John Allen of RingCentral, “5 Reasons Small Businesses Should Adopt a CSR Strategy & How To Do It,” January 21, 2021
- Ronita Mohan of Venngage, “5 Nonprofit Trends to Boost Fundraising Efforts in 2021,” January 20, 2021
- Gerard Tonti of Salsa Labs, “Checking on Donors: 4 Ways to Show You Care During a Crisis,” October 21, 2020
- Jeb Banner of Boardable, "Board Member Engagement: Extending Giving Tuesday Throughout the Year," February 6, 2020
- Brad Dowhaniuk of 99Pledges, "How to Host a Successful Fundraising Event," February 6, 2020
- Gary Levante of Berkshire Bank, "Future-Proofing Business," November 6, 2019
- Adam Weinger of Double the Donation, “10 Companies Engaging Employees Through Exemplary Matching Gift and Grant Programs,” November 16, 2018