Fundraising Tips & Lessons From 2019 That You Can Apply This Year

January 13, 2020

I saw lots of fun end-of-year, and end-of-decade, lists going around near the end of 2019, but I never saw a list of the best fundraising tips of the year, so I decided to write one! Check out these tips and lessons from 2019 that you can apply in 2020… Basics Are Basics for a […]

Canada Post 2020: What You Need To Know!

January 5, 2020

With the arrival of the new year comes changes to Canada Post services and pricing. Here is a summary of the changes that are most likely to affect your direct mail program. These changes are expected to go into effect on January 13, 2020. Return of Undeliverable Mail In my opinion, the best change Canada […]

4 Easy Tips for Donor Database Maintenance

December 16, 2019

Maintenance is part of our daily lives whether we like it or not. Visiting the dentist twice a year, regular oil changes for your car, and replacing your furnace filter are all examples of beneficial maintenance in our lives. This is no different for your donor database. The better you maintain your data, the easier […]

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…

December 9, 2019

When I was a kid, my mother had a favourite saying that she’d pull out and use on us every once in a while. When we came home all excited about something we saw advertised, she’d say “Honey, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” Now, if you’re reading this, you’re […]

How to Improve Direct Mail Results through Testing

December 2, 2019

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3… Are your direct mail response rates a little soft? Is your acquisition program not bringing you the results you were anticipating? Sounds like the time is ripe to do some testing to see what will improve your appeals and – by extension – increase your revenue. There’s plenty of things […]

How to build your annual direct mail plan in 8 easy steps

November 22, 2019

As fundraisers, we all know that the first signs of the holiday season mean it’s time to dive into planning meetings, campaign budgets, and spreadsheets. But I have good news to share! Direct mail isn’t dead. (You can see the research for yourself in Good Works’ State of the Direct Mail Nation 2019) The bad […]

How To Execute Killer Year-End Emails

October 31, 2019

Year-end emails: they’re probably sitting on your to-do list right now. Maybe they’ve been there a couple of weeks, being put off over and over in hopes that inspiration will strike (no judgment!). Your year-end emails can be some of your biggest digital revenue generators of the year – if you do it right. And […]

Why You Shouldn’t Just Focus on the Shiny New Fundraising Trends

October 25, 2019

I’m a fundraising consultant. And, as a fundraising consultant, I’m involved in bidding on a lot of RFPs in the course of a year. These RFPs come from charities and NGOs who are looking for an agency partner that will add lots of value to their fundraising program. And usually, adding value means adding to […]

How To Turn a New Donor into a Loyal Donor

October 18, 2019

Imagine you’ve just made your first gift to a charity. You’re feeling pretty excited about it all! It’s a cause that you’ve been feeling more connected to, and you’ve decided it’s time to get involved in a bigger way. You researched a few organizations before picking the one you believe will give you the biggest […]

JOB POSTING: Philanthropic Counsel

October 9, 2019

Closing Date: October 30, 2019 Job Region: Ottawa (flexible) Years of Experience: 5+ What exactly is a Philanthropic Counsel? It’s a position that merges the skills of a fundraising strategist with an account manager in the annual giving sphere. It’s a fundraising consultant gig. Are you passionate about fundraising? Are you self-motivated, curious and opinionated? Comfortable being called […]