Reporting on your work — making it crystal clear

How do you write a compelling report?

If your group is like just about every other development organization, you have to tell people how and what you’re doing. You report to your donors, your partners, and your social media followers.

Reporting on your work can take any number of forms, including big annual reports — which are notoriously ignored by nearly everyone — a series of mini case studies with photos, a short video, or a semiweekly tweet.

About the author

  • Paul VanDeCarr

    Paul is a writer, editor, and communications trainer who has worked for the U.N. Development Programme, UNFPA, UNICEF, and the U.N. Secretariat. He authored a pair of guides on "Philanthropy and the SDGs" for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and has consulted with foundations on how to align their work with the SDGs. Previously, he has worked in the fields of oral history, theater, and documentary film, and wrote a guide for Working Narratives on "Storytelling and Social Change."