How to Use Data for Donor Love

August 23, 2019

Communication and Connection As fundraisers, we’re always trying to find the best possible way to communicate with our donors. Sometimes it seems like we’re just doing it to raise more money. And that would be fair, since raising money is the reason we have jobs. But there’s something more to it than that. I would […]

What Are the New Trends in Direct Mail?

August 16, 2019

When I think of trends, I tend to think of the hot new thing. The newest fad that is here today and gone tomorrow.  To be honest, the pace of change in the direct mail universe may be a bit glacial to think of things in terms of trends. That isn’t to say there isn’t […]

Advice for Building a Solid Case for Support

July 8, 2019

Have you seen the refrigerators they’re selling today? They have hidden doors to store all those annoyingly awkward bottles of sauces, and super-sleek ice cube dispensers. The one that caught my eye recently has a tablet-like screen on the front that can help you with meal planning and grocery lists. It’s a beauty. But it […]

Important Fundraising Lessons I Learned From Rocket Science

June 28, 2019

Curing diseases. Ending starvation. Protecting our environment. Charities are taking on some of the biggest challenges of today’s world. As fundraisers, we’re responsible for generating revenues that fuel our organizations’ efforts in achieving these goals. At times, it can appear daunting. When that happens, I like to think back to December 21, 2015. Why? Well, […]

Three Easy Tips That Will Make Your Donors Love You

June 14, 2019

Donor-centricity. Mention that term in a room full of fundraisers and you’ll always get lots of approving nods. We are very smart and highly attuned people. We fundamentally understand that great fundraising is never about us or our organizations and that donors give through us and not to us. In fact, in a perfect world, […]

Cutting Through the Clutter: How to Get Your Direct Mail Campaign to Stand Out

June 7, 2019

SO MUCH MEDIA!! I know I don’t need to tell you how pervasive all the media we consume is. It’s littered with targeted advertising messages. All that might make you think it’s getting harder and harder to cut through all that clutter. It’s everywhere. And it’s overwhelming. According to Forbes, we’re exposed to anywhere between […]

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. […]