Not sure what to write about next month? Keep reading for social media, blog, and newsletter ideas for April. Every month we share writing ideas your nonprofit can use to produce new content. These ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter. Fill out the form below to get May’s prompts emailed to you the first week of April.
On the Calendar
4/1: April Fool’s Day. Today is a great opportunity to do something a little light-hearted or humorous, even if that’s not usually your style. Try to pull these little stunts in the morning, so you can follow up in the late afternoon with a “retraction” or “gotcha!” Use Instagram Stories, etc so they don’t stick around on your feed.
4/2: International Children’s Book Day. Find a good kid’s book related to your cause and use that as a springboard to talk about your work. This works especially well if you have lots of parents with small children on your mailing list.
4/4: Tell a Lie Day. Use this day to dispel any myths or rumors about your cause. Or point out lies people have told about your cause.
4/7: World Health Day. This year is WHO’s 75th anniversary and the theme is Health for All.
04/9: Easter. Cover the Christian approach or the secular one (Easter baskets with chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps, Easter Egg hunts, etc).
4/11: National Pet Day. Share your staff pets or ask your supporters to share theirs.
04/14: International Moment of Laughter Day. Create or share a funny meme or video.
04/15: World Art Day. Have supporters create art based on how your cause has helped them or how you make them feel. Or showcase your staff’s artistic talents.
4/18: Income Tax Day in the U.S. How do tax dollars support your cause? Make your supporters feel a little better about paying up by knowing how it helps you. Or maybe you can point out that you don’t use any tax dollars at all!
4/22: Earth Day. How can you connect what you do with protecting the environment, even if your core mission isn’t environmental? This year’s theme is climate action.
04/23: Take a Chance Day. Write about something you’ve been thinking about, but have been too afraid to share. Start a campaign with an audacious goal, or encourage your supporters to take a next step.
4/27: Tell a Story Day. Time to share stories from your clients or be more creative and tell a fairy tale about how much better the world would be with your org (or a horror story about the world without it).
4/27: Take Your Kid to Work Day. Get some of your staff to bring their kids to work and share what the kids learned about your cause. Or have volunteers bring their kids. If you work with kids ask them to explain what their parents or guardians do for work.
4/29: International Dance Day. Great for social media videos, you can join in the latest TikTok dance or show your staff getting down to take a break.
April Also Has:
- World Autism Awareness Day: 2nd
- Passover starts the 5th
- National Volunteer Week: 17th-21st
- Gathering of Nations: 27th-29th
- Day of Silence: 14th
- Arbor Day: 28th
- Celebrate Diversity Month
- Arab-American Heritage Month
- National Poetry Month
- Stress Awareness Month
- National Garden Month
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Metaphor of the Month
The metaphor for this month is weather. Think about rain, wind, tornadoes, heatwaves, humidity, cold spells, snow, thunderstorms, light showers, sun, clouds, fog, climates, floods, forecasts, and radar.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
You’ll see all kinds of news and events related to Spring fashion, gardening, and, of course, Spring Break!
Local festivals will start popping up on everyone’s calendar. Google “(your state) festivals” and you’ll see what’s coming up nearby.
Despite it being called March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Championship Games actually take place in April with the women playing on the 2nd and the men on the 3rd.
The CMT Music Awards are on the 2nd.
The Masters in Augusta, GA takes place April 6-9.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is the 29th.
The NFL Draft starts on April 27th.
Many TV shows and miniseries premier or return in April including Dave, Dr. Pimple Popper, The Good Mothers, Schmigadoon!, Beef, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, Jury Duty, Tiny Beautiful Things, Am I Being Unreasonable?, Single Drunk Female, Florida Man, Blindspotting, The Last Thing He Told Me, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, 90 Day Fiancé: Love in Paradise, Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head, Mrs. Davis, Dead Ringers, Slip, Somebody Somewhere, Saint X, Firefly Lane, Love & Death, The Afterparty, Citadel, Frog and Toad, and Fatal Attraction.
Movies premiering either in theaters or streaming include Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, On A Wing And A Prayer, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Air, Paint, Sweetwater, Renfield, The Pope’s Exorcist, Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, Evil Dead Rise, Chevalier, Ghosted, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Big George Foreman, and Peter Pan & Wendy.
Source of the Month
Read! Whether it’s a novel you picked up for Spring Break or a favorite industry blogger, reading can spark your creativity and show you new ways to look at the world.
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