Unplanning Planned Giving

April 27, 2020

If you stop and think about it for a minute, you can break pretty much all kinds of charitable giving into two simple categories: REACTIVE and REFLECTIVE. Let’s look at each briefly in turn: REACTIVE giving occurs in response to something that happens to you. It could be seeing a story in the news, a […]

Welcome to the Age of Authenticity

March 31, 2020

I’ve been reading a lot lately – about (what else?) the COVID-19 virus. A lot of the world’s most wise minds are calling this a watershed event – one that will change our world forever. This pandemic could well be for us what the Great Depression and World War 2 were for our grandparents. Put […]

COVID-19 and Fundraising: How to Weather the Storm

March 19, 2020

The ever-evolving COVID-19 situation is stopping the world in its tracks. Fundraisers should be looking at their planned activities for the next few months and asking what, if any, strategies need tweaking, refinement or course-correction. CONTINUE TO SEND YOUR DIRECT MAIL APPEALS AS PLANNED Even though it may go against your first instinct, you need […]

Maybe They’re Just Not That Into Me?

February 18, 2020

A great thank you letter is more than just good manners and basic donor care. Consider it another tool you can use to help you fulfill your mission. That’s because a great thank you letter does more than just acknowledge a gift. It brings your donor closer to your cause. It makes her feel more […]

Nine Reasons Why Direct Mail Totally Rocks!

February 7, 2020

The world of a direct mail fundraiser can be lonely at times, am I right? Our more digitally-inclined colleagues roll their eyes at our four-page letters. Major gifts coworkers don’t quite understand why we work so hard for gifts of $100 or less. Teammates in the marketing department grumble when we use fonts and colours […]

Quality Over Quantity: How To Crush Your Acquisition Costs

February 4, 2020

While donor retention is a key component to a successful annual giving program, there will always be donors who simply cannot renew their support, for a myriad of reasons (lifestyle changes, death, financial circumstances, etc.). Organizations always need to be thinking about how to bring new donors in the door. However, it’s no secret that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]