Plan Ahead and Think About the Lead Time for Your Campaign

May 31, 2019

We are fast approaching the time of year when I will hear many of my clients say “I can’t believe you want to talk about our Holiday appeal now!  It’s the summer!  I’m too hot and sweaty to think about Christmas!”  This is not limited to Holiday mailings, either.  Throughout the year clients will ask […]

How to Write Emails That Get Opened

May 20, 2019

The world of email marketing has never been more competitive – and inboxes have never been more cluttered. It’s getting harder to just get emails opened, never mind clicked. Donors won’t take any action if they don’t open the email! So today, I’m going to talk you through 4 key elements of email marketing that […]

How to Get Potential Donors to Open That Envelope

May 10, 2019

People generally make split-second decisions about what’s worth keeping or tossing, when going through their mail. Here are five tips to create interest and keep your mail out of the recycle bin. Size #10 envelopes are everywhere. Change it up a size or two so it stands out a little more. Or go smaller for […]

Build Your Own Inspiration Wall or Swipe File

May 6, 2019

We’ve all been there. Staring at the flashing cursor on a white page, biting your nails and pacing the floor in an effort to summon all those creative juices from the depths of your soul. It could be letter copy, a teaser, a subject line or an innovative design for a lift note or newsletter. […]

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3 Tips for Creating a Better Donor Database Audit

April 26, 2019

Spring is upon us and many organizations are starting to look back at the past year’s performance. How was your 2018? How did it differ from 2017? Now how did it compare to 2008? Did I throw you for a loop there? 2008 seems like ages ago. You may have been working for another organization, […]

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The Holy Trinity of Aging Well

April 23, 2019

Most of us who work as fundraisers have super-busy lives. We rush from family to job responsibility – and back – sometimes several times in a day. At work, we’re trying to do more with less – and to do it more quickly than we did last year. Most fundraisers live in what Jane Fonda […]

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Staff or Money? How to Accomplish Both

March 25, 2019

What comes first, fundraising staff or money? It is a conundrum faced by many charitable organizations. To raise money you need a team and a talented team raises more money, so where do you start? With a litany of needs and requests to raise dollars, organizations often feel pressure to grow their development teams. How […]

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4 Helpful Hints For Better Direct Mail Packages

March 11, 2019

When the time comes to start planning and designing your next direct mail appeal, we all start with the lofty goal of coming up with the next stop-you-in-your-tracks, jaw-dropping, game-changing mailing package.  Back here in reality, it doesn’t take long for the rain cloud of ROI and budget constraints to wash out our award-winning package design parade.  […]

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How to Create the Ultimate Donor Experience

February 25, 2019

You know how it feels when someone goes out of their way to help you, or when you get exceptionally good service? Those moments where you say ‘wow’ to yourself, and you smile? Think about the feeling that comes with the ‘wow’ – that warm glow, smiling inside feeling. Stop for a moment right now […]