Search For New Donors The Smart Way

June 30, 2020

Where we’ve been In today’s direct mail marketplace, the fundraiser’s biggest struggle is the search for new donors. No matter how great our stewardship and retention efforts are, the fact remains that we need to replenish about a third of our direct response donor base annually if we want to avoid shrinking our donor pool. […]

Welcome to 2020 DM Benchmarks!

June 22, 2020

It’s here! I’m super excited to finally share with you the 2020 Canadian Direct Mail Benchmarks Study. And you can download it – for free – right here. (SOME OF) THE HIGHLIGHTS Direct mail revenue is GROWING in Canada! Direct mail revenues grew in 2019 by more than 5% from the previous year. And average […]

Big Fish, Small Fish

May 1, 2020

We have two big dogs at my house. They eat tons of food. They need to get haircuts (because they’re extremely shaggy!) and occasionally, they need daycare when we haven’t had enough time to play with them. Now, there’s a PetSmart just a couple of minutes from our place that does all those things. It’s […]

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 […]

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 […]