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5 Cognitive Biases That Will Improve Your Storytelling

January 15, 2018

We fundraisers live in the world of persuasion. That’s our job – to persuade folks to action, make donations, sign petitions, volunteer, spread the word, and change the world. To do that successfully, we have to understand how to motivate people. There’s lots of research on how donor psychology and neuroscience impact the choices people […]

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How to Start a Legacy Giving Program from Absolutely Nothing

January 2, 2018

Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the last decade or so, you’re no doubt aware that legacy giving (also known as gifts in wills or charitable bequests) is the biggest source of new revenue for most charities in Canada these days. If you’ve been paying any attention to me and my fellow Good […]

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The Amazing Power of Storytelling – Part 2

December 18, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an experience I had at the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in San Diego back in November. I met some really wonderful people (shout out to A.J Steinberg from Queen Bee fundraising – great lady!). But there’s one person, one story, that has really stayed with me. If you […]

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A “Year of Giving” and the Amazing Power of Storytelling

December 4, 2017

It’s hard to believe that the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference was just two weeks ago, because it kind of feels like two months. (I say that tongue in cheek, because the fall is such a busy time in this sector.) The truth is, the conference experience still lives on in my head and my heart. I’ll […]

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The Forces That Conspire to Make Your Appeal Drop Late

November 20, 2017

(And what you can do to have the force be with you!) In a perfect world, the planets would be in constant alignment and your direct mail appeals would always – always! – go out on time. However, we know that the planets often have a mind of their own. We can’t depend on the […]

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How to Time Your Email for Maximum Impact

November 8, 2017

It’s no secret that timing can be key to email opens. People split test and optimize the time of day and day of the week. They plan based on content – surveys perform best on Friday afternoons, event reminders should go 24 hours before the event, and many commuters check their email on the go […]

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The Legacy Stewardship Secret You Need To Know

October 16, 2017

I want to share a conversation I have with planned giving fundraisers all the time… We’re talking about the ways in which the charity in question can effectively market bequests to its donors. We get excited as we start to realize how much revenue we could generate – and how little it would cost to […]

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How to Calculate Your Legacy Potential

October 2, 2017

Everyone’s looking for new sources of revenue these days. You’ve no doubt got someone on your board who’s floating the idea of a social media campaign (“but they did it with the ice bucket challenge!”) or yet another special event (“why NOT have another golf tournament?”).  The hard reality of life is that we live […]

JOB POSTING: Direct Mail Marketing and Production Specialist

September 22, 2017

If you have an excellent working knowledge of printing services including print production management, data, lettershop, direct mail and Canada Post regulations; if you are self-motivated, curious and organized and enjoy working with extremely creative and strategic thinkers and like the idea of a fast-paced, highly flexible work environment, then you may be the right […]

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6 Steps To A Winning #GivingTuesday Campaign

September 18, 2017

I know, I know – it’s only September. You have loads of time before #GivingTuesday and you have a ton on your plate right now. It can wait, right? Wrong. If you really want to make the most of the influx of philanthropy that comes with #GivingTuesday (which falls on November 28th this year), then […]