Canadian fundraising benchmarks will kick no-profits into high-gear.
Canadian Fundraising Benchmarks or Bust

December 7, 2016

It’s a sad fact here in Canada that we don’t have much in the way of fundraising benchmarks. We’re often forced to turn to reports out of the United States to get some idea of how our direct marketing programs are performing. Consulting firms like Good Works are able to compile their client data to […]

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How To Get Your Donor’s Attention

November 30, 2016

Direct mail and the seemingly innocent outer envelope. Who knew the combination of the two could elicit such conversation and discussion! “What should we have on the outer envelope?”   “We need a teaser that will ‘grab’ our donors.” “A teaser alone won’t work: we need to add a great photo that connects to the tagline.” […]

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The Science of Stories (Nonprofit Storytelling Conference 2016 Session)

November 22, 2016

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to speak at the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in Chicago. I go to a LOT of conferences, and this one is a special favourite of mine. The speakers are amazing and passionate, the tracks have so much real-world practical use – it’s a whole conference that really gets to the […]

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2016 Fundraising Challenges: 4 Ways You Can Respond Today

November 8, 2016

The wildfires in Fort McMurray and the threat of strike action by Canada Post this past spring caused a near-perfect storm, wreaking havoc on Canadian non-profits, particularly those who are solely or predominantly focused on direct mail. Conversely, the organizations using a multichannel fundraising approach seem to have fared a little better. Why? Because even […]

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Donald Trump and the First Imperative

November 2, 2016

Many, if not most, of us who are watching the American presidential campaign are bewildered. We’re totally perplexed and confused at how an ignorant, racist, misogynist egomaniac like Donald Trump can possibly be competitive as a serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America. As I write this, Trump (44%) is trailing […]

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Ready, Set, Ask! Demystifying Your Gift Array

October 25, 2016

You know the old adage: if you don’t ask your donors to give, they won’t! How much then is an appropriate, thoughtful ask? Not surprisingly, there is no magic formula.  It depends on the offer, the need (is it an emergency appeal?), time of year, type of donor (active or lapsed?)….and more. Here are a […]

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The Most Valuable Email In My Inbox

October 19, 2016

Like you, I get a lot of email. Like, a lot. So much that a few years ago I started unsubscribing to many of the e-newsletters and blogs I’d been receiving. I just didn’t have time to read them all. So, which ones did I keep? I kept a few of the fundraising-related ones (namely […]

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Legacy Lessons For The Under-50 Set

October 12, 2016

I’ve been immersed in the world of charitable bequests since my fellow Good Workers and I conducted our first donor poll on the subject way back in 2003. In the years since, I’ve learned dozens of valuable lessons about where legacy gifts come from, who makes them, why they get made and how to persuade […]

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What Makes A Successful Direct Mail Reply Coupon

October 5, 2016

The business reply coupon (BRC) is that little (or sometimes half- or even or full-page) charitable donation slip that a generous donor sends back with their hard-earned cash to your organization to make a gift. It exists simply for the donor to return their gift to you in the most elegant way possible. Your BRC needs […]

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How To Integrate Online and Offline Content

September 28, 2016

It’s just not enough anymore to send a piece of direct mail and hope for the best. We’re living in the digital age! I’m sure you’ve already heard about how vital it is that you integrate your online and offline fundraising to create a seamless, simple donor journey that ends in a successful gift. That […]