How To Turn a New Donor into a Loyal Donor

October 18, 2019

Imagine you’ve just made your first gift to a charity. You’re feeling pretty excited about it all! It’s a cause that you’ve been feeling more connected to, and you’ve decided it’s time to get involved in a bigger way. You researched a few organizations before picking the one you believe will give you the biggest […]

JOB POSTING: Philanthropic Counsel

October 9, 2019

Closing Date: October 30, 2019 Job Region: Ottawa (flexible) Years of Experience: 5+ What exactly is a Philanthropic Counsel? It’s a position that merges the skills of a fundraising strategist with an account manager in the annual giving sphere. It’s a fundraising consultant gig. Are you passionate about fundraising? Are you self-motivated, curious and opinionated? Comfortable being called […]

How to Get Your Reactivation Email Campaign Started

October 4, 2019

If you have a digital strategy to reach your donors, growing your email list is likely a priority for you. After all, more subscribers = more money, right? But in the world of digital marketing, sometimes less is more. In fact, you can read a whole blog post by my fellow Good Worker Charlotte Field, […]

Design Fundamentals for Your Direct Mail Campaigns

September 27, 2019

Planning a good direct mail appeal has many components – strategy, data, creative, artwork, suppliers, and timelines, just to name a few.  With all these elements, sometimes the basics get lost in the shuffle.  Here are three fundamentals for creating a stronger appeal and optimizing the experience. And be sure to read to the end for […]

Client Case Study: Texting Services with Kids Help Phone

September 20, 2019

Context As part of a larger strategy to leverage donors into higher orders of giving, Kids Help Phone began testing leadership direct response campaigns in 2016, to great success. Donors responded well to the highly-personalized appeals and tangible asks, designed to make them feel like a key partner in the work they were enabling through […]

ROI – The True Value of Your Direct Mail Program

September 13, 2019

  I started doing direct mail fundraising work in 1989 – that’s 30 years ago. While most of what makes direct mail (and all direct response channels for that matter) work hasn’t changed – like high personalization, great storytelling, compelling response devices, and powerful offers – there is one area that has changed quite a […]

What You Need to Know About Millennials and the Legacy Market

September 9, 2019

I’m writing this blog on an early-morning flight from Ottawa to Toronto. Today, I’m going to be a panelist at a joint CAGP-AFP luncheon and will be speaking to “How to Leverage the Boomer to Millennial Wealth Transfer”. I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic for the past week or so – and I’d […]

How to Integrate Your Multi-Channel Campaign

August 30, 2019

To run integrated campaigns, we need to communicate across channels and break down silos. These are increasingly common requests we hear from fundraisers across the sector. They’re also the right objectives to pursue! Donors today are communicating with people, companies, charities, and even government officials in every channel imaginable. If you’re going to build a […]

How to Use Data for Donor Love

August 23, 2019

Communication and Connection As fundraisers, we’re always trying to find the best possible way to communicate with our donors. Sometimes it seems like we’re just doing it to raise more money. And that would be fair, since raising money is the reason we have jobs. But there’s something more to it than that. I would […]

What Are the New Trends in Direct Mail?

August 16, 2019

When I think of trends, I tend to think of the hot new thing. The newest fad that is here today and gone tomorrow.  To be honest, the pace of change in the direct mail universe may be a bit glacial to think of things in terms of trends. That isn’t to say there isn’t […]