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How To Get Your Direct Mail Ducks in a Row

July 23, 2018

We’ve all been there. After a productive meeting with your team about your upcoming fundraising appeal, the creative ideas are bouncing off the walls. Full-coverage and full-colour imagery, a glossy stock, jazzy premiums… the possibilities are endless! Or so they seem – until you start the work, and either your budget, your timeline, or the […]

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What A Rainy Day Can Teach You About Legacy Gift Marketing

July 9, 2018

Raindrops on the roof…my favourite sound of summer. As I write this blog, I have two more days until my July summer vacation. And, I’m looking forward to it SO much… My wife Sylvie and I have rented a cottage perched on a bluff above a beach on the shores of Lake Huron. We’re both […]

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What Do Donors Really Want?

June 25, 2018

There have been several reports circulating over the last few months looking at charitable giving in Canada. These reports do a deep dive into how donors are feeling about charitable giving, donor motivations, what they want to receive from the charities and causes they choose to support, as well as things like how often they […]

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How To Achieve Awesomeness: A Summer Challenge for Fundraisers

June 18, 2018

We have a small tradition in our family – it’s the annual crafting of our summer “Poo-Butt List.” Now stick with me for a minute. Each summer we pull out a yellow pad of legal paper and gather around the kitchen table. We all toss out the wild things we’d like to do which can […]

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How to be a good fundraiser

June 4, 2018

I love the work I do. I admire and respect my colleagues and clients. Donors inspire me every day. I’m proud to call myself a fundraiser and I’m grateful that I found my way into this profession thirty-some years ago. I’ve watched the profession and the sector grow and change and I’ve learned a few […]

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How to Grow a Blooming Great Digital Program

May 28, 2018

Whether you’re just starting up a fledgling email program, or you’re already deep into the world of remarketing, I have the same advice for just about every digital fundraiser: Treat your program like a garden. It might sound a little crazy, but it’s true. Here’s why: Best practice digital programs have long-term commitment. You can’t […]

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Weathering the storm: How to talk about financial trouble

May 22, 2018

This morning, a friend and colleague sent me a sample mailing from a brand-name UK charity that he found interesting. I read it over and sort of sighed under my breath…“here we go again”. Now, this particular letter was from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – or RNLI as it is commonly known in Britain. […]

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Client Case Study: Matching Gift Testing with Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

May 14, 2018

The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is located in Barrie, Ontario. RVH provides care for more than 450,000 residents who call Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka their home. The Foundation has been a Good Works client since 2015. The Year-End Mailing The RVH Foundation mails donors four times per year – winter, […]

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Lifetime Value – the Only Metric You Need!

May 7, 2018

It’s an almost mythical number that comes up in team meetings and budget discussions: donor Lifetime Value. When mentioned, heads nod. Everyone agrees – it’s important. But when was the last time you calculated the Lifetime Value of your donors? Lifetime Value (LTV) is a critical metric at the disposal of every fundraiser – one […]

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How to make the most of Facebook’s new algorithm

April 30, 2018

Earlier this year, Facebook announced they’d be making some major changes to their algorithm. For most social media marketers, Facebook changing their algorithm is par for the course – anyone who’s ever tried to measure Facebook KPIs year-over-year will be familiar with the frustration when Facebook suddenly changes how a metric is calculated (or even […]