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 […]

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 […]

The Best Tool in Your Legacy Giving Toolbox

September 10, 2018

My fellow Good Workers and I have been building legacy giving programs with Canadian and U.S. charities since 2003. Over those fifteen years, we’ve worked with more than a hundred organizations and communicated with about a million donors. We’ve written a gazillion words of letter, brochure, email, booklet and web copy. As you can imagine, […]

7 Easy Tips for Outstanding Donor Premiums

August 27, 2018

We’ve had an incredibly hot summer here in Ottawa. In fact, most of us have found it too hot to spend a whole lot of time outdoors. With the A/C on blast, many of us have taken to indoor projects. For me, that’s meant finally tackling the mountain of charitable mailing samples and donor premiums […]

3 Things I Learned at the 2018 Bridge Conference

August 7, 2018

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to join over 2,000 fundraisers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Bridge Conference. It’s a conference I have wanted to attend for a long time. I’m happy to say it managed to meet my lofty expectations! Coming out of a whirlwind three days, I can honestly say that […]

How To Get Your Direct Mail Ducks in a Row

July 23, 2018

We’ve all been there. After a productive meeting with your team about your upcoming fundraising appeal, the creative ideas are bouncing off the walls. Full-coverage and full-colour imagery, a glossy stock, jazzy premiums… the possibilities are endless! Or so they seem – until you start the work, and either your budget, your timeline, or the […]

What A Rainy Day Can Teach You About Legacy Gift Marketing

July 9, 2018

Raindrops on the roof…my favourite sound of summer. As I write this blog, I have two more days until my July summer vacation. And, I’m looking forward to it SO much… My wife Sylvie and I have rented a cottage perched on a bluff above a beach on the shores of Lake Huron. We’re both […]

What Do Donors Really Want?

June 25, 2018

There have been several reports circulating over the last few months looking at charitable giving in Canada. These reports do a deep dive into how donors are feeling about charitable giving, donor motivations, what they want to receive from the charities and causes they choose to support, as well as things like how often they […]

Fundraising Trend #5: The End Of Corporate-Speak

August 8, 2017

Donors are no longer interested in hearing corporate-speak: that is, your self-promotional, infomercial-sounding, advertising age slogans and jingles. It’s a sea change going on in the philanthropic marketplace. In fact, it’s already happened. Rather, donors want to hear authentic truth from you – and then judge for themselves whether that truth is sufficiently relevant and compelling for them to take action. […]