New Online Course Teaches Nonprofits How to Write Annual Reports

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Staff at nonprofit organizations now can learn how to write an annual report through an online course called “Developing Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report,” offered by

The six-week e-course will teach participants the basic steps in creating an annual report and describe in depth all of an annual report’s most common sections. The class will cover annual report organization and themes, how to present financial information, writing a strong executive message, and the special extras that can make a report stand out above the rest. Cost-saving tips for the production and distribution process will also be shared.

The registration fee of $59 (US) includes weekly lectures and exercises, an online discussion board for e-course participants only, and free access to selected tip sheets. The course has been scheduled three times, to begin November 8, 2004; December 13, 2004; and January 17, 2005.

Kivi Leroux Miller, the president of and EcoScribe Communications, teaches the course. She has been helping nonprofits improve their publications for more than ten years and has written numerous annual reports for local, state, and national organizations.

“Writing an annual report for the first time can be very intimidating,” says Kivi Leroux Miller. “Nonprofits use annual reports to impress their funders and influential people in their communities, so it’s important to do it right. But little guidance existed on how to produce a great nonprofit annual report, until now.” This course, says Miller, will give participants not only useful information and tips, but also experience through written exercises that they can use to start drafting their own annual reports.

In addition to the e-course, offers three tip sheets on writing annual reports: “Seven Easy Steps to Writing a Great Nonprofit Annual Report" ($12), “14 Creative Themes for Nonprofit Annual Reports” ($9), and “By the Numbers: How to Present Financial Information in Your Nonprofit Annual Report” ($9). All are available at

About is a web-based service providing fast help for people who need to write well at work. We provide most of our resources through two categories: our "Resources for Nonprofit Writers" Series for staff at nonprofit organizations and our "Writing for the Real World" Series for everyone interested in improving his or her writing. We provide free advice on every topic we cover, along with in-depth tip sheets reasonably priced at $9-12. We also offer online courses. is a service of EcoScribe Communications, based in Lexington, North Carolina. Writing911 is a registered trademark of EcoScribe Communications.

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