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Client Case Study: University of Saskatchewan Legacy Series

February 13, 2017

The University of Saskatchewan invested more than 10 years in building a donor-centred planned giving program. While they had incorporated stories in an annual newsletter, advertisements and events, they wanted to elevate their proactive planned giving program and generate more leads. That’s when they contacted Good Works to help them implement a story-driven direct mail […]

JOB POSTING: Direct Marketing Logistics Specialist

February 8, 2017

Are you an expert in direct marketing, direct mail and print production management? Are you self-motivated, curious and organized? Enjoy working with extremely creative and strategic thinkers? Like the idea of a fast-paced, highly flexible work environment? Good Works is seeking a Direct Marketing Logistics Specialist to work closely with our senior consultants and clients […]

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Teeny Tiny Type, And Why It Hurts Your Fundraising

February 6, 2017

I was on a flight home to Ottawa last week. I’d had a long day of meetings, so decided to delve into the travel magazines that I’d brought along. Have I mentioned how much I love to travel? My secret indulgence is subscriptions to all of the best travel magazines. I sat back, ordered a […]

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Doubling Down: How To Make Donors Happy AND Double Revenues

January 30, 2017

Believe it or not, there was a time (not THAT long ago) when direct response fundraising for annual giving programs was a very one-dimensional exercise. Your charity had a list of direct mail donors. You mailed appeals to them four or five times a year. They sent you lots of money. You met your goal. […]

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Ditch Your Fundraising Crutches in 2017

January 9, 2017

Writing is vital to fundraising. Direct mail, thank you letters, emails, social posting, brochures, event invites – you name it, it needs copy. But many of us fall into writing ruts. How many times have you followed a template or re-used wording, not because it’s effective, but because it’s quick, comfortable, and gets that task […]

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The Website Check-up: Keeping Your Site In Top Form

December 13, 2016

Websites are a sticking point for many charities. They’re typically housed in one department or another, requiring a lot of collaboration to make updates or changes. As a result, those updates are often few and far between – which means a lot of charity websites are missing out on gifts and driving donors away. Here […]

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.” […]

Your brain lights up like a light bulb when you tell it a story.
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 […]