How To Improve Your Donor Upgradation Strategy

November 26, 2018

As we enter the final quarter of 2018, many of us fundraisers are focussed on our year-end fundraising campaign. Rightfully so. With 30% of annual giving occurring in December and 10% of annual giving taking place in the last 3 days of the year, these are some of the best revenue generating opportunities a fundraiser […]

Which Monthly Giving Campaign is Right for You?

November 14, 2018

Several months ago, I wrote about building a better monthly donor file for your organization. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Since then, a number of questions have come up about the different types of channels and campaigns available for monthly donor acquisition. Monthly donors remain some of the most valuable and sought-after […]

How Small Charities Can Win Big At Fundraising

October 29, 2018

Small charities are near and dear to my heart. They tend to be more agile and nimble. The small team of staff and volunteers usually have their hands directly involved in the work. There’s a lot of passion. There are so many strengths, but often smaller charities aren’t as good at using those strengths to […]

How to talk to different generations about bequests

August 20, 2018

Life was easier back then… When my fellow Good Workers and I began our journey into marketing legacy giving to annual donors in 2003, we had a lot of things to figure out. But one thing was simple and clear. We had a pretty singular, unified audience – one made up almost exclusively of members […]

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 […]

Lifetime Value – the Only Metric You Need!

May 7, 2018

It’s an almost mythical number that comes up in team meetings and budget discussions: donor Lifetime Value. When mentioned, heads nod. Everyone agrees – it’s important. But when was the last time you calculated the Lifetime Value of your donors? Lifetime Value (LTV) is a critical metric at the disposal of every fundraiser – one […]

How to Get Donors to Make a Second Gift

April 23, 2018

You just released a killer appeal into the donor universe and you know it’s going to yield big results. The donations start rolling in and you have made a dent in your acquisition target. Congratulations! Err… maybe hold that congratulations for a minute. Many seasoned fundraisers agree that a donor is not really yours until […]

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. […]

Fundraising Trend #1: Donor Loyalty in Decline

June 12, 2017

In philanthropy today, it sometimes feels like everything is changing all at once. New tools and tactics present themselves every day. We’re inundated with blogs, webinars and conferences that offer to update our skills and improve our performance. Professional fundraisers change jobs every 17 months on average. It can be dizzying… There are countless changes […]