Need social media and newsletter ideas for September? Then you are in the right place! You can also use these writing ideas for blog posts, videos and more. These writing ideas for September come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter. Fill out the form below to get October’s prompts emailed to you the week of September 4th.
On the Calendar
You’ll find events with specific dates on the shared Google Calendar.
9/1: National College Colors Day. Post pictures of your staff wearing their college colors. Highlight rivalries or local colleges. Or if you deal with inequities in education, etc, explain why not everyone has this opportunity.
9/4: Labor Day. Is your organization helping find jobs for those out of work? Interview a volunteer on how they juggle a career and volunteering.
9/6: Read a Book Day. Review a book that highlights your cause. Suggest books to your volunteers that will help them get fired up. (International Literacy Day is on the 8th)
9/10: Swap Ideas Day. Find another nonprofit to collaborate with to share ideas on a common problem. Find a staff member who works in another area and ask them their thoughts on a problem your area has (like what should we include in our content).
9/10: Grandparents Day. If you work with seniors, do a photo spread of them with their grandchildren. Or have people who have lost their grandparents write letters to them.
9/11: National Boss/Employee Exchange Day. Swap roles with your boss (or vice versa) and document the day for Reels, TikTok, etc.
9/13: Positive Thinking Day. Share how you WILL eradicate the issues your cause faces. Or talk about toxic positive thinking as it relates to mental health issues.
9/23: Autumn Equinox. Relate the changing of the leaves or fall trends to your cause. Or just make fun of the pumpkin spice everything that’s coming.
9/25: National Comic Book Day. What comic book hero would stand for your cause? What villain would be against you? Can you compare these characters to real-life people in you organization? You can also create your own comic book hero!
9/28: Ask a Stupid Question Day. Is your organization one that’s hard to explain? Know some people who are embarrassed to admit they don’t know the answers? Do a top-ten list of stupid questions you have received. Or turn this idea upside down and take an “apathetic” question like “How can we possibly make a difference, so why bother?” and tell how you will.
September is also:
- Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th)
- National African Immigrant Heritage Month
- National Preparedness Month
- Baby Safety Month
- Self Improvement Month
- Classical Music Month
- Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
- Hunger Action Month
- Ovarian Cancer Month
- National Prostate Health Month
- Pain Awareness Month
- National Recovery Month
- Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Other Dates in September:
- International Day of Charity is the 5th
- International Literacy Day is the 8th
- Stand Up to Cancer Day is the 8th
- World Suicide Prevention Day is the 10th
- 911 Remembrance Day is the 11th
- Rosh Hashanah begins on the 15th
- International Day of Democracy is the 15th
- Mexican Independence Day is the 16th
- Talk Like a Pirate Day is the 19th
- World Alzheimer’s Day is the 21st
- International Day of Peace is the 21st
- Business Women’s Day in the 22nd
- Native American Day is the 22nd
- National Public Lands Day is the 23rd
- World Rivers Day is the 24th
Metaphor of the Month
This month’s metaphor is School. Think about classrooms, virtual learning, textbooks, a syllabus, principals, teachers, students, tests, desks, chalkboard, smartboards, recess, dress codes, subjects, computers, detention, field trips, homework, back-to-school shopping, and report cards.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
This NFL season kick offs on the 7th.
The US Open for tennis will wrap up the 10th.
The MTV Video Music Awards are the 12th.
Oktoberfest kicks off the 16th.
A GOP Presidential debate is scheduled for the 27th.
The Writer’s and Actor’s strikes may still be ongoing.
Movies being released in theaters include The Equalizer 3, The Nun II, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe, Poor Things, A Haunting in Venice, Dumb Money, Expend4bles (not a typo), PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, The Kill Room, The Creator, and Saw X.
Movies streaming are Self Reliance, Sitting in Bars with Cake, Love at First Sight, Cassandro, No One Will Save You, and Spy Kids: Armageddon
TV premiers include Power Book IV: Force, Disenchantment, American Dad, The Swarm, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Virgin River, The Changeling, Dreaming Whilst Black, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, Welcome to Wrexham, The Morning Show, The Other Black Girl, Southern Charm, Miseducation, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Neighbours, The Super Models, Sex Education, The Continental: From the World of John Wick, Krapopolis, The Irrational, Kitchen Nightmares, The Voice, The Amazing Race, The Masked Singer, Survivor, The Kardashians, and Gen V.
Source of the Month
Blog Round Up. Pick a topic related to your cause and create a blog post with links to recent articles, studies or blog posts. See our Mixed Links series for examples.
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