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How to Get Donors to Make a Second Gift

April 23, 2018

You just released a killer appeal into the donor universe and you know it’s going to yield big results. The donations start rolling in and you have made a dent in your acquisition target. Congratulations! Err… maybe hold that congratulations for a minute. Many seasoned fundraisers agree that a donor is not really yours until […]

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Don’t tell me how easy it is to leave a legacy gift – inspire me!

April 16, 2018

I want you to pick up your planned giving brochure – or go to the legacy giving pages on your website – and check something for me… Do you stress to supporters how EASY it is to leave a legacy gift in their wills? Do you stress the convenience and efficiency of legacy gift-making? Because […]

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Helpful Hints for Selecting the Best Direct Mail Suppliers

April 9, 2018

Maybe you are new to the direct mail production management game.  Perhaps you’ve relied on a third party to manage your production process up to this point.  Or maybe, you’ve decided it’s time to see what other options are out there.  The process of evaluating and selecting new direct mail production suppliers can be a […]

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Direct Mail: Why Should You Invest?

March 26, 2018

All of us responsible for annual giving, or supporting clients who manage these programs, know that direct mail is more often than not the backbone of a charity’s annual fundraising strategy. It’s also the most cost-effective way non-profit organizations can build a stable base of donors from which they can leverage additional support. But it’s […]

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3 Data Gems to Better Personalize Your Donor Asks

March 12, 2018

Donor-centred communication is a key trait of excellent fundraising. The challenge for those of us who work in annual giving is to make a singular piece of communication feel like it is tailored to one person – even though you’re sending the exact same thing to 1,000 or 20,000 individuals. Here are three data gems, […]

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3 Tips to Build a Better Monthly Donor File

February 26, 2018

“We want more monthly donors.” That’s a common request I hear from various charities across Canada. And it’s a great goal to pursue! Monthly donors are some of the most prized and valuable supporters available to non-profit organizations. They have excellent retention (although face-to-face is usually an exception), offer a stable stream of income, and […]

Which Way Are You Growing Your Donor Pyramid?

February 12, 2018

I work at a fundraising agency that does all types of direct response fundraising with Canadian charities. Here at Good Works, we often receive Requests for Proposals (or RFPs as they’re known in the trade) that invite us to bid on consulting work with a potential new client. When we receive an RFP, we’re asked to […]

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The Interesting Tale of the Two “I’s”

January 29, 2018

Are you old enough to remember watching Sesame Street on TV when you were a kid? Well, boys and girls, today’s blog is brought to you by the letter “I”. If I were to give the gift of knowledge to new planned giving fundraisers, my biggest gift would be to teach them the difference between […]

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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 […]